Showcase of the Month – January 2012
Hermene Hartman has created a book that is powerful, passionate and real. Her writing is crisp and grabs you from the start. I appreciate the diversity of the poems, this collection of contemporary love poetry. The poems are intoxicating and timeless. For example in the poem, “If I Could Construct You a Day,” she writes:
“I’d make it nightAnd the breeze would stir to sounds of Nancy and Dinah in your earAnd whenever you wanted a majestic moment, hilltops, a glistening lake and sunrises would appear.
One the Day
One day when your’re oldand the world has exposed itself to you
On the day when you winkat the sun saying,I know why you shine
On the day you rememberyour renaissanceand reveal your rendevous with you
I love the fact that her words reach out and speak to you in surprising ways. You are left wanting more. And the good news . . . there is more . . . much more.
This is a book of poetry you will return to again and again, when you are sad or depressed or filled with joy. It’s a book for today and tomorrow.
Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her radio program, VIEWS OF THE HEART, appears on Clear Channel station, WVAZ daily at 9:15 and 2:15.
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I have authored and co-authored a number of books. Read them as a group in a book club and I am happy to arrange a time to speak by phone to your group. Here is the most current list:
- 50 Ways to Better Social Media (Amazon)
- Timeless People (Amazon)
- The Nanosecond Networlders (Amazon) and on Kindle
- 75 Cage Rattling Questions to Change the Way You Work (Amazon) and on Kindle
- The Power of Two (Amazon)
- Graduate to LinkedIn (Amazon) and on Kindle
The $12 Billion Dollar Gift
The rich may be very different from the rest of us but the articles I have been reading recently show that when it comes to charitable giving they struggle with it.
So when you factor in that the 2009 net worth of the Forbes 400 was said to be around $1.2 trillion, if those 400 were to give 50% of that net worth away during their lifetimes or at death, that would be $600 billion. Buffett and Gates are asking for a HUGE amount to go to “The Greater Good.” I call this Smart Philanthropy.
But, “Where would you put $600 billion? What would be it’s best use?” I love what Buffett said in a recent article, ‘If I wanted to I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would still go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching or nursing.” Smart philanthropic thinking, indeed.
Bravo Mr. Buffett! Bravo Bill Gates! But what are good uses of such large amounts of dollars?
When you look at The Gates Foundation the largest giving they are currently involved in is in the form of health care followed by education and information and then poverty. Every day that you get up and go to work or, if you are retired, get up and think about what you will do with your day, Melinda and Bill and the others from the Gates Foundation, are thinking about how to create the greatest good for the greatest number in focused areas of need.
But if it were your dollars, how would you spend them? That’s the question I am asking as I write this book.
- Warren Buffett Donates $1.78 Billion To Charity (inquisitr.com)
- Explaining Warren Buffett’s $1.5 Billion Gift to Bill Gates (blogs.wsj.com)
- Bill Gates and Warren Buffett praise uranium (theglobeandmail.com)
- Video: The morality of profit (hotair.com)
- What should you be giving to charity? (newphilanthropycapital.wordpress.com)
- Your Take: The Gates and Buffetts’ Inheritances (bargaineering.com)
- Silicon Alley Insider: HEY, LOOK: Warren Buffett, Bill Gates And Ludacris (MSFT, BRKA) (businessinsider.com)
- $BRK.A $BRK.B Bershire Hathaway Next Big Short #Warrenbuffett (financialskeptic.wordpress.com)
- Gates Foundation Sells Coke, B Shares of Berkshire (blogs.wsj.com)
- Warren Buffett’s Son Disagrees With Bill Gates (blogs.wsj.com)
- The world needs more crazy billionaires (finance.fortune.cnn.com)
- Mayor Nutter Calls for Transformation of City Schools; Seeks Combined Effort of City, Schools, Businesses, Foundations and Community Groups (cityofphiladelphia.wordpress.com)