Time for some treble clefs and Martindale readers

What is a good friend? A good friend is someone who is there for you regardless of the radicalisms and/or mundanities. A good friend – shuffles through the weeds and finds your gold chips that were accidentally dispersed there by a runaway elephant, a court’s jester in shabby clothes and  sidekick actress from life’s melodramatic bowry .

A good friend takes time for treble clefs and Martindale readers.

A good friend has a heart and understands source energy as a blessing from God.

A good friend can peeve you off once in a while but works back into the horizon with you.

Vintage funky, retro, rustic, shabby chic at The Vintage Barn in Carthage North Carolina

The Vintage Barn has an eclectic assortment of trend-setting nostalgic, urban, and timeless artifacts, bustiers, clothing, collectibles, costumes (Halloween!), masks, and other merchandise you just cannot find elsewhere!

Style has been undergoing a continuous revolution since it became a thing and The Vintage Barn, located in Central North Carolina – Town of Carthage, is a surefire representation of a renaissance in elegance! The Vintage Barn features an extremely unique array of antique, funky, retro, rustic and vintage albums, artwork, books, boudoir items (beads, bustier, faux fur, garters, robes, nightgowns, silks, tulle, wedding dresses, etc.), cards, collectibles, costumes, cowboy boots, dreamcatchers, furnishings, hats, kitchen wares, jewelry (magnificent selection), period clothing, personality memorabilia (Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, etc.) masks, instruments, rustic boots, wall-hangings, woodworking as well as “original” attention-grabbing artworks. This go-to location for Central North Carolina travelers

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(especially when visiting Pinehurst, Southern Pines and surrounding golf communities) is a hidden gem. If you don’t visit – you are missing an experience in coolness.

Owned, and operated, by Ms. Ann Turner, The Vintage Barn is a small woman-owned business and, as such, deserves a tribute for its resilience in maintaining a visage, which easily could be beamed to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City,  or Paris (etc.) as a cat’s meow destination for opulence that disavows designer labels (unless they are previously owned of course). Ann demonstrates her visionary art and theater senses, through interior interpretations her guests come back for time and again. Because once bitten, she’ll be the first to say, customers maintain a strong repeat performance. And, if not for the wares, they return for the lady herself because Ann is as eclectic as the items she represents! Most definitely, guests love the advent of occasion at The Vintage Barn that usurps the ideal of routine shopping excursions “and” often at cost savings too boot.

During the summer, when everyone is searching for weekend “to-do’s”, The Vintage Barn is a definite “must visit” destination. Ms. Turner’s collectibles are hand-picked from venues up and down the seaboard. These delightful “previously owned and celebrated” collections are pieced together to create one-of-a-kind results.. Ann is also very personable . . .  she often shares . . . “I don’t price per product – I bundle. Pick the items you like, and I’ll price it affordably for you.” The novel regalia, and décor to choose from, is exhaustive at The Vintage Barn. And, the store is expertly laid out and designed, it is like a museum tour – guests do get lost for some time while visiting. And, if you are an early planner, The Vintage Barn sells out of Halloween goodies early; if it does there’s “other” holidays but you don’t need a holiday to visit. The Vintage Barn is a great experience every, and any, day.

If you aren’t already an aficionado or collector, here’s a quick lesson on the differences between 1) antiques (rule of thumb 100 years or older), 2) retro (1940’s and 1950’s), and 3) vintage (not antique and not retro – usually older than twenty years). While vintage is often used as a “catch-all-phrase” for antique, collectible, pop, previously owned, retro and vintage collections – it is really its own blend of sumptuousness.

The Vintage Barn is registered with the State of North Carolina Film Office as a filming location and a venue for props. It is housed within a historic building and within the  Historic District of Carthage, North Carolina. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11AM to 5:30PM and Saturday from 12PM to 4:30PM. Location is 108 McReynolds Street, Carthage, North Carolina 28327 in Moore County.

If you are traveling a long distance, as many customers do, be certain to pick a Friday or Saturday when the store is certain to be open . . . and/or call ahead!
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/thevintagebarnincarthage (https://www.facebook.com/thevintagebarncarthage

Contact
donnaink@gmail.com to learn more

J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Lifestyle

Slide8In Carthage in Central North Carolina within the Sandhills . . . resides the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom. It is a gem among a multitude of treasures that delight the senses and sensibilities. It is our nugget in the stream of life and as proprietors we are happy to share with visitors to our area.

Airbnb Guest Room at J. F. Cole National Historic Registry Home

Mr. Jamie R. Hatcher and Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry are the proprietors of the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom – we are a son and mother. Mr. Hatcher is a thirty-seven (37) year old traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor of over sixteen (16) years. Having sustained a work-related brain insult in 2003, Mr. Hatcher (Jamie) has been through the most well-received treatment programs in the nation and now is in community re-entry with supplemental equine and “other” therapies that make his life more enjoyable. He loves to talk with guests about the stars, conspiracy theories and politics but is also very good about letting folks enjoy their privacy when requested.

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Ms. Quesinberry is an author, consultant and publisher – as a solo-entrepreneur, Donna features two distinct business tracks:

  • dpInk Ltd. Liability Companyhttps://www.donnalquesinberry.com – featuring business development, capture administration and proposal solutions – this includes coaching, copywriting, document layout and design, editorial, graphics, process flows, program management, senior technical writing, and website design – etc.
  • DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.https://www.donnaink.com – featuring thirty-six (36) authors as a small, woman-owned, traditional Indie publishing house – this includes cover design, editorial, formatting and layout, marketing platform, press kits, publishing, registrations, etc.

When guests arrive at J. F. Cole, even on our tight budget, Mr. Hatcher and Ms. Quesin-berry work to roll out the proverbial red carpet in hope Airbnb guests experience excellence in the Sandhills. Ms. Quesinberry is developing a book that identifies places to see and people to meet while visiting in the Sandhills as a phased project – initially, tried and true venues; secondly, unique finds; and third – unearthed treasures. There is a certain underground flavor in the Sandhills that J. F. Cole Airbnb guests deserve to have occasion to tap into.

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Apart from sights and seeing the interesting and/or unusual – the J. F. Cole Historic Home itself has an added layer of mystic. According to the owners original real estate showing realtor (not the listing agent purchased from), the J. F. Cole Historic Home is haunted! Now, Jamie and Donna haven’t officially seen a ghost or ghoul – they have seen a large orb manifest in the reading room and then move up the stairs and knock a picture off the wall but it was a fairly fast trek of light formation, which is nothing like what the realtor suggested of a malevolent ghost chasing another real estate agent from the upstairs bedroom that scared him and the buyers so much they wouldn’t return. While Jamie and Donna state, “Things do go bump in the night,” they share that only positive energies exist within the walls of the J. F. Cole Historic Home.

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In the future, new features are coming to J. F. Cole Historic Home, such as:

  • Author Readings and Book Signings
  • Book Release Launches
  • Craft Classes
  • Single’s Meet and Greets
  • Social Affairs
  • Etc.

And, more and more souvenirs and gifts for guests to consider from their stay in the quaint Town of Carthage in the Central North Carolina Sandhills!

To learn more contact: verylittlebookstore@gmail.com or jfcolehouse@mail.com.

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Life, karma and validation . . .

2018_10-09, Karma

Karma, everyone mentions her name now and again. She’s quite the gal. Personally, I’ve learned to love her, even though she’s bitten me once or twice throughout this lifetime full of blessings, and the occasional tumultuous event thrown in for the measure of good story, and a healthy dose of wisdom.

“Life is what we make it.”

“Life is abundance.”

“Life is our vision in reality.”

“Life is for living.”

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

“Life is about creating yourself.”

“Life goes on.”

“May you live every day of your life.”

“If you’re reading this… congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about then I don’t know what is.”

At one time I prayed for wisdom – I wanted to be wise over everything else. And, the universe delivered – many trials and tribulations resulted in a need for wisdom to produce the best outcome.

After praying for wisdom, and understanding, and depth of spirit – I realized these desires are acquired through practical experience and our reaction to it. If we are praying for wisdom but do not practice it – we are provided greater opportunities to experience the need for it and to learn from those needs until we achieve what we have asked the universe to deliver.

Karma also delivers . . .

The Bible states:

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Isn’t that a hefty dose of karma? For a long time I’d believed that Heavenly Father was enacting cruel and unusual punishment upon the Saints for iniquity of the fathers visiting the children and the children’s children, but in learning more about wisdom, I came to understand poor qualities , negativity, iniquity, transgressions, sin, wrongful acts, criminal behavior, chemical dependencies, adultery, etc. naturally affects in an adverse way children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. It isn’t so much Heavenly Father’s vindictive as it is that the acts of a generation within family, community, regions, nations and the world have an effect on their offspring that takes generations to repair. It is a natural outcome.

The idea of what we put into the universe returns to us is a natural phenomena of life. If we awake to bless the day and remain thankful for our circumstance while envisioning an expanding universe – it is natural for our universe to expand. If we do so with clarity of mind and goodness in our heart, then our expansion is beneficial.

Conversely, if we perform negative acts, attempt to hide them, and set a course toward an expanding universe riddled with addiction, crime, negativity, poor intentions, wrong-doing – karma returns those elements to us in multiplex. It isn’t even a good thing to talk about.

So where is the validation in all of this?

Well, if you have been through a rough patch while remaining diligent with positive acts, benefiting the people you encounter, sending good vibes, believing in affirmative outcomes, going into your prayer closet and moving toward an expanding universe of abundance . . . the universe hears you, the magnetics of life receive you, Heavenly Father restores you and your prodigy and their future generations reap the just reward.

Eventually, if you hold fast and continue in faith, things will align and even those wrongful deeds you may have sustained unwittingly or without cause will be unearthed and disclosed. Karma will result, and the ultimate power will be your own expanded vision, and the joy of the wisdom of understanding, because life delivers the meaning you place on it . . .

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About the author: Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a resident of Carthage North Carolina, and lives in the Historic District in the J. F. Cole House, created in 1889. Originally from the metropolitan Washington DC area, she has resided in Hawaii, California, Florida, Virginia, and Maryland. Donna has published in excess of twenty thousand journalistic quality publications and was a syndicated columnist for many years, including business documentation and solicitations as well as books and poetry. She is a mother of five successful adult children and Grandmere’ to eleven (11) les enfants petits. Currently, she is working on a new book while publishing authors’ works, performing grant and proposal efforts and continuing as a publication guru.

Visit: http://www.donnaink.com or http://www.donnalquesinberry.com to learn about Ms. Quesinberry’s business pursuits.

And, visit her on social media at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msdonnalquesinberry

Twitter: @donnaink

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donnaink

 

 

Pivotal moments in the lives of women

Pivotal moments in the lives of women

PR Log Press Release, by Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry

Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry, CEO – President of DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C., a fledgling Indie publishing initiative, shared the written word relative to child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault, which is pivotal “in the now.”

Stolen Lullabies and Secret Impasses, by Donna L. Quesinberry

CARTHAGE, N.C.Sept. 25, 2018PRLog — Talking about child abuse and neglect, Stolen Lullabies and Secret Impassesdomestic violence and sexual assault is never an easy accomplishment, especially when you’ve been exposed to one or the other of these hurtful topics. Statistics tell us, every one of us has experienced, or have a close association with someone who has experienced all three, one or classically two of these travesties that the majority of us like to believe we’ve grown “past.” Presently, these are pivotal moments in the lives of women “and the men they know.”

In today’s employment, entertainment, political and religious industries or practices, we are hearing story after story that reach down into the inner core of our beings. People who have suffered injustices, abuse, neglect, mayhem, torture, blackmail in the guise of sexual perpetuity are being thrown into the media daily. Initially, people were appalled, then revolted and crying for retribution and “now” folks are beginning to suggest it is too much.

Why all this “coming out” against abuse, assault, neglect and violence anyhow?

Why didn’t all these people speak up when the acts occurred?

Haven’t we had enough of these latent revelations of injustice?

If it hurt so much, they would have said something way back when?

These must be lies . . . These stories are embellished . . . This cannot be true . . .  After all, we’ve known that priest our entire life. The newscaster has been exemplary in every other way. No one said anything about this when he was on syndicated reality television. The family should have stopped him before he blew up the house. She could have left the backyard at any time. It is only when s/he is being elected these folks come out of the woodwork . . .
Why should I care?
It was just a century ago when marriage between cousins was still an acceptable act in some states and countries – it may still be legal in a few nations. It was just a century ago that slavery was accepted. It was less than a century ago that desegregation occurred. It was only within the past century women earned the right to vote. In the previous century children were permitted to work, indentured service was permitted (and is somewhat permitted today through immigration), women did not work outside the home, the glass ceiling was like steel, men held private clubs and associations, and television aired programs depicting women stayed at home, men held jobs, alternative lifestyles didn’t exist, we forgave indiscretions because a) we never heard of them or b) they were overlooked.

In the book, “Stolen Lullabies and Secret Impasses,” the author, Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry, uses poetry to exculpate sexual assault from her memory banks onto the published page. And, her work is timely because through her poetry, which her mentor stated reminded him of Hermann Hesse . . . with backstories and prior reviews . . . she inadvertently answers the questions ringing in the media “today.” The reasons for waiting are many and real and visceral and have a pulse that makes sense when readers and pundits care to understand.

If you are interested in learning the “why’s” of latent disclosure regarding abuse, assault, neglect and violence – take a moment to leaf through this title that is easily digested in an afternoon. Afterward, revisit the burgeoning revelations regarding these vile topics and our universal history of sweeping them under the rug, before discarding them in the current hour.

Stolen Lies and Secret Impasses, by Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is available at http://www.donnaink.com for biggest discount and it is also available on major online retailers (i.e.: AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, etc.).

#metoo #sexual assault #women

Media Contact
DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.
601 McReynolds Street, Carthage, NC 28327
donnaink@gmail.com

 

Audience

There was a time when I knew my audience innately and writing flowed to and Increasing Readershipthrough them but what happens if your audience changes? Recently, I’ve come to want more from my writing for the sake of audience and desire to include greater shares of readers. Albeit, this is altogether different than the audience changing, it is more closely related to an expanding horizon of readers.

 

How do you increase readership in a basic sense?
The answer is multi-fold. First, good writing. Second, consistent writing. Third, writing what you know and then, writing about what you know. It goes without saying, if you want readers to grow in number, your content must warrant them. In today’s quick-pace publishing landscape, how often do you see one novel from an author clearly well-edited that you thoroughly enjoyed; so much so, you research the author to learn more and find their website, blog, random media and additional materials. Taking a closer look you clearly note their Internet work is unedited and sometimes poorly written . . .  I don’t know about you but when this happens to me, I’m often disparaged and curious as to the variable. It makes for a tenuous budding reader interest on my part. The best use of every writer’s spare time is to “clean it up” on the Internet – make certain everything rings with a bell of clarity and consistency, with proper editing, featuring researched topics.

A mortal literary sin I’ve fallen victim to, is lack of consistency, not in relativity of accurate data but in seeming bursts of material followed by hiatus’ that can really put-off readers. And, I know it is a folly of mine, I’ve had since elementary school. When you have good writing that is relative throughout all your media with content you can even brag about – don’t stop there. Keep your eye on the ball, keep it in play, stay the course, move the game forward.

Expressly, if you are a blogger or entertaining syndicated columnist or features writer . . . don’t shirk readers with five weeks of effort followed by three weeks of off the radar. Readers have a synergy with writers, especially columnists and/or bloggers. People used to laugh at Internet bloggers when they came on the scene, the “Oh she’s just a blogger” was a chiding remark heard round about under the breath between others. Today, it is obvious, bloggers often experience take-off careers with par excellence! And, they earn them through consistent and loyal presentation.

Of course, writing Rules 101 states, “Write what you know.” Novice authors often think, “Well, I’m from XYZ, haven’t traveled the world, only know ABC, how can I write what I know and be compelling?” It seems like a reasonable question. Writing what you know is about morphing experience for reader consumption. For instance, you reside in a small town. All around you are characters and monumental visual imagery to share with readers – so many stories – so detailed and so riveting – so much so they entertain an entire landscape for generations. In writing what you know, take the bits and create original characters, combine some stories, take out the boring part, put your genre of spin on it and create a new community that is all your own that your readers will love to share. Or, if you are from the city, with its diversity, developing universal intonation when wielding the pen should come naturally, you can speak to the world – you know its characters.

So, content, consistency and knowing your story grabs readers who, in turn, share what entertains them and expands your reach.

How do you make a pivotal shift toward greater audience without compromising your writing style?
Your style is your own. Every writer is special in that regard. Many emerging authors start out wanting to write like a previously famous author and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – eventually their own voice emerges – but for a surety, all writers have a method that is theirs. The glory of a literary or nonfiction writing career, is the art. Every keystroke belongs to the writer who strikes it – just as every brush stroke belongs to the artist holding the paint brush.

Expanding your audience isn’t a sell-out. I know a famous artist who has famous artists for relatives. His family members market their work and earn a great living doing so but my friend believes it is a sell-out to broaden audience through sales and marketing. He believes his art should speak for itself. It is the classic, starving artist syndrome and while I see both viewpoints – I know the art is best served viewed. Regardless of what comes first, art or marketplace, each is essential to the audience – without the art their is no market and without marketing their is no realization of the art’s existence. The same is true for writers. In thinking of audience, and growth, you are not duping readers – you are privileging readers to have greater awareness and access to your work!

It isn’t a sell-out to increase readership through expanding writs within and around genre, target and secondary markets.

It is my hope we all reap our greatest intended rewards regarding our art and our audience!

About the Author:
Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a mother, daughter, sister and friend. Donna
has five adult children and eleven grand-children. She also has two dogs
(Scuddle and Charlotte) from two states, and four cats (Cali, Garfield,
Jersey and Lucious), from three states. And, she’s thinking about getting a
goat and some laying hens in 2019. Ms. Quesinberry is also a federal proposal
and grant writer, business developer and capture administrator through dpInk
Ltd. Liability Company as Founder and CEO. She has a small publishing initiative through DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. as CEO and President. She has an inactive partnership, Developmental Arts and Community Services, L.L.P. as a General Partner and manages an Airbnb at the J. F. Cole House (J. F. Cole Mercantile, since 1889) in the historic district of downtown Carthage, North Carolina, where she is the Proprietor / Host along with her son, Mr. Hatcher who has a work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) post-insult fifteen years. Donna has written and published works since childhood. She has over 10,000 published stories to her name. She is a former syndicated columnist, online university course instructor, author, poet and journalist/stringer and story writer. Her second volume of a poetic series is being released fall 2018 and a year plus over-due.

 

2016 has happened . . .

Peder Severin Krøyer (1851-1909) Portrait of Holger Drachmann by the FireplaceAnd, here I sit amidst an emotional drift. There hasn’t been a record snow fall and the cold air has only “just” settled in after the holidays. Unfortunately, my time consumed and this blog ignored during the sully days of Seasonal Charm and Decorum.

Actually, I love the holiday season. I especially love it when my Clients have paid me on time and there is plenty to share with family and friends. After all – family and friends are the bliss nation of every holiday season. And, yet, it is always wise to fine-tune the fact of Christ’s birthday celebration by reminding oneself and others Christmas is about his birth and ultimate sacrifice of atonement some thirty years later in March – April at the spring equinox.

Understanding all that – the holiday season is still about our abundance and directed outwardly instead of inwardly. Clothing is spirited. Faces are converted to joy. Folks are rushing about. Scrooge really brings more affection to the description of the Thanksgiving for the splendor of the holiday season more than any other historical archive and I love Scrooge – especially theatrical performances.

New Year’s is like the icing on the holiday cake of life. It is the after-glow of a warm gathering of rich foods and sensations. It is the proverbial cigar and cognac moment with a plum pudding and hard sauce waiting in the wings. It is where the gossip is shared in the women’s chambers and the men set their impending foibles out on the lounge table for display and feedback. It is the time of planning until the next Christmas session.

Winter has just given way. Her gift is a stillness. She embraces our conceptual thinking. Our time to plan. She shortens the workday so we have more time to focus on the inner sanctums of thoughts and intentions. She gives us more free time to pray toward a success-driven harvest in the upcoming year of living. She is our time of preparation. And, our friend. God bless the winter solace for us all.

It is my hope everyone in Carthage and throughout the myriad of small town Americana and the beloved cities we all miss enjoy a thoroughly renewing New Years. Remain safe and be ever thankful.