I Died One Year Ago Today

On this date one year ago I had a massive heart attack. My heart stopped beating twice. I was in ICU for a week and in another hospital a second week.

Today I am up and about and back to fully living my life. I think about all the wonderful things I have experienced in the past 365 days that I came so close to missing and I thank God for his goodness and mercy in bringing me back to the people, places, and things that I love.

So many friends, family, and readers stood by me during this experience, more than I can individually name, but I have to send out a special thank you to my daughter, Tiffani, and my granddaughter, Zayna for their love and care. Also special thanks to my sister, Starr and my best friend, Helen, for the many times they came to visit me in the hospital and all their love and support. 

During this past year, I have said to myself, “This may be my last Halloween,” and “This may be my last Thanksgiving,” and “This may be my last Christmas.”  On just about every special occasion I told myself that it might be my last and I tried my best to fully experience, appreciate, and enjoy the occasion.

But one day I realized nothing had really changed about that.  Every Halloween of my life could have been my last.  Every Christmas of my life could have been my last.  And realized that is not only true for me but true for every one of us.  None of us know which day on this earth will be our last.  Tomorrow is promised to no one.

So the circumstance had not changed at all.  What changed was my realization of this fact.  Intellectually, we all know one day we are going to die. But for me, it took my walk through the valley of the shadow of death to make me truly appreciate just how precious every day, every hour of life is, and to try to live it to the fullest.

So as well as returning me to life God also gave me another gift.  The full appreciation of every minute of the life He returned to me.

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Raynetta Manees Author Interview, March 19 2018

This is the video of my podcast author interview from earlier today (3/19/18) on the Glamour Shoppe Talk program.  My thanks to program hostess Zsh-Zsh Proche!

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Awesome New Video! “What If Times” by Shinobi Ninja

This video is from a new acquaintance I met online and I think it’s fabulous!  Check it out!

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Podcast Interview Tomorrow, March 19: Author Raynetta Manees

This is an invitation to my radio Podcast interview that will be tomorrow March 19 at 1 o’clock.  PODCAST ADDRESS:   https://worshipradiodetroit.com/glamour-shoppe-talk/

MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  amazon.com/author/raynettamanees

Hope you can join us!

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In Homage to “Black Panther”- The PantherPuff Girls!

The Pantherpuff Girls are here for ! We must see, respect & honor the different kinds of strength that women possess. Give a voice to women around the world and take the pledge for ’s : Art:

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Black History In My Novels Part V “All For Love: The SuperStar”

Happy Black History Month!  Although I write fiction I incorporate factual Black History into my books.  Throughout this month I have been posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history.  This is the last and fifth installment, an excerpt from my most recent romance novel, which was a finalist for the 2017 Emma Award for the Best Contemporary Romance of the year,  All For Love: The SuperStar.

“As soon as Mate reached the top of the terrace steps, the orchestra began to play the “Triumphal March” from the opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi.  

This was my amazing Angela’s homage to Black History for our wedding; her backdrop as she walked down the aisle.  In “Aida” the star and central character of the opera is a Nubian princess, and the role was famously sung by opera great, Leontyne Price.”

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Black History In My Novels Part IV “Fantasy”

Happy Black History Month!  Although I write fiction, I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history.    This is the fourth installment, an excerpt from my classic romance novel FANTASY.

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 This excerpt is truly personal because it is based on an incident that really happened to me.  I am an avid cruiser, and this happened to me as I boarded a cruise ship several years ago:

“Sameerah stopped for a moment to show her ticket to the waiting steward, then continued up the gangplank to the cruise ship.  A fortyish woman in a blue uniform was greeting passengers.

“Hello!” the woman said brightly to a group of women boarding together.

“Good Afternoon!  Welcome aboard the Fantasy!” the woman said to the couple directly in front of Sameerah.

The woman’s eyes shifted in anticipation of warmly welcoming the next passenger.  Then her gaze focused on Sameerah.  The woman looked confused for a moment, then looked right through Sameerah, not saying a word.

The light-hearted holiday mood that was just beginning to build for Sameerah crashed in flames.  The woman’s gaze and silence said more clearly than words, “What are you doing here?”

Oh, no, Sameerah thought, hurt, angry, and indignant, all at the same time.  Do I have to deal with this crap even here?  Well, Missy Anne, I have as much right to be on this ship as anyone.  And I’ll be damned if I let you get away with ignoring me!

Sameerah stepped to her and fixed the woman with her brightest, phoniest smile.  “Hello!  How are you today?” she called to the woman in the most syrupy, artificial, nice-nasty tone she could muster.  The woman really looked at her then, giving Sameerah the uncertain, frightened gaze of an animal trapped in a corner.

Yeah, girlfriend, Sameerah thought with satisfaction.  We both know what time it is.  You know you were deliberately slighting me, and now you know I know you were deliberately slighting me.  As she continued into the ship, Sameerah chuckled to herself as the woman greeted the passengers boarding behind her, but with quite a bit less gushing gaiety than before.

Maybe you’ll think before you pull that crap again, Sameerah thought as she made a mental note to file a complaint about this heifer with the cruise director.

 

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