“A Needy Reign” by Calvin Dark (North Carolina Folklore Journal)

In the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of the North Carolina Folklore Journal, Calvin Dark’s historical fiction short story about his Aunt Janie was published.

An excerpt from the short story and the link to the full story are below:

“On that summer day when Aunt Janie was born Great-Grandma Maggie said we got a needy rain. Needy for the tomatoes and beans that were frightfully dry. Needy for the grazing creatures whose parched throats were not satisfied by the water we provided. We, who toiled in the life-giving ground of the old home place, rejoiced because such a rain was needy.

As Aunt Janie grew, she did exactly for the old home place what the needy rain did for the dry ground and parched throats. She had a way of bringing new life and new hope to folks who felt the toil of the years heavy on their shoulders. So, you know that it hit us mighty hard when Aunt Janie (who was “just a handful of fortnights a woman,” according to Great-Grandma Maggie) said that she wanted to leave the old home place and live in New York City.

Well, the old folks threw up their hands and bombarded Aunt Janie with the Gospel Truth about New York City, or, as the Prophet Ezekiel more aptly referred to it, the valley of dry bones. They said that the air reeked of ashes and sulfur and its wide boulevards were paved with sin and laden with strife. And its poor inhabitants, whose lot it was to travel that hopeless highway, were pitiful, sinful creatures who grazed ignorantly on a dead, desolate hill.”

Click the link for the full short story -> ncfj_wcvrcdark_mar2019.pdf

How are you leading? I lead with LANGUAGES.

I’m SO proud to be a part of the Lead with Languages national campaign which encourages young people & professionals to learn a 2nd (or 3rd) language to help them thrive in their careers! Passion for foreign languages & stellar foreign language educators have been life-changing…what about you?! For more info, check out http://www.leadwithlanguages.org/2018/10/24/calvin-international-pr-executive-leading-french-spanish-arabic/

Does ‘Make America Great Again’ mean go back to where you came from?

Following President Trump’s racist admonition to 4 Congresswomen of color, all US citizens, to go back to their home countries, America is once again seeing if this is the racist straw that finally breaks Trump’s back of support. RC Communications’ Principal & Co-founder, Calvin Dark, joined Channels TV (Nigeria) and host Amarachi Ubani to discuss how Democrats, Republicans, and voters will respond now and in 2020.