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INTRODUCING EEVIE!

WELCOME, MISS EEVIE!

Hello, everyone!  Today, I have a very special guest who I would like to introduce to you.  Her name is Evelyn Faye Randall, but most people call her Miss Eevie.  Many of you will probably remember her from my short story, ONE OF A KIND.  She is the incredible aunt of Paula.  Well, Miss Eevie has just launched her very own Web site called ASK EEVIE, and I thought it would be nice to sit down with her for a few minutes on an interview.  And since I love her cheery, melodious, Southern accent and way of talking so much, I decided to script the typed interview in the exact manner that she speaks.  So here she is, everyone, the lady we all know as Miss Eevie!

M:  Well, first of all, Miss Eevie, I would like to welcome you to my blog site and to the worldwide web.

E:  Well, thank yuh very much, Maxine.  Um so excited to be here!

M:  We are just as excited to have you.  So tell us, Miss Eevie, what do you plan to do on her new Web site, ASK EEVIE?

E:  Well, it’s a advice column where folks can submit problems they need help wit, and I tries to share thangs wit ’em that hopeferly will help ’em deal wit what they going through.  But it’s also a inspirational column.  Everbody’s going through sumpthin’.  Yuh know, we’s living in critical times hard to deal wit.  Now, that ain’t me talking.  That’s the Bible–2 Timothy 3:1-5.  I tries to base everthing I tell people on what the Bible say.

M:  Thank you, Miss Eevie.  We appreciate your sharing that Scripture with us.  Now, we understand that you’re a spiritual woman, so does that mean your column will be preachy?

E (laughing):  Well, that depends on what some folks call preachy.  Like I said, I try to base what I say on God’s Word, so from time to time, I will throw in a Scripture or two, but I’ll try to do it in a way that hopeferly leave people feeling like um trying to build ’em up instead of tear ’em down.  I just know everbody need encouragement from time to time, and I just wanna add some ‘freshment to folks’ lives.  That’s how Jesus was, yuh know–he made folks feel refreshed.  And that’s what I wanna do.

M:  He did indeed, and thank you for that very timely but friendly reminder.  So, Miss Eevie, a lot of people would like to know if you’re originally from North Carolina where you live now.

E:  Well, I was act’lly bone and raised in Savannah, Georgia.

M:  Ah, so you’re a Georgia peach.  No wonder you’re so sweet.

E (laughing again gregariously):    Well, thank yuh, honey.  That’s mighty sweet o’ you to say that.  Yes, I was bone in Savannah in 1931.  Me and my brother, Paula’s daddy, worked in the cotton field from sun up ’til sun down.  I only got a fifth-grade education.  We did’n have the opportunity to go to school like these young chil’ren today.  Poppa made us stay home from school and pick cotton.  What I learned, I mostly learned from reading and teaching myself.

M:  Miss Eevie, thank you for sharing that because, you know, a lot of people feel that just because a person is up in years and seems to be uneducated in a secular, worldly way that he can’t teach anyone anything.  Now, you’re a mature lady  who, even though you only have a fifth-grade education, seems to have a lot of wisdom and knowledge.  I know you said that most of what you learned, you learned from reading and teaching yourself, but is there something else in particular that accounts for the knowledge you’ve obtained over the years?

E (her expression turns serious as she presses a fist to her chest):  I owes it all to God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  (Her eyes appear to well up with tears as she continues.)  If’n it was’n fer them, I’d have nuttin’–I’d be nuttin’.  I cherishes my relationship with God.  A lotta what I know–the thangs that matter most in life–I learned from His Word the Bible.  It’s got the answers to all our problems, if’n only we’d read it and obey.

M:  That’s nice, Miss Eevie.  Thank you for sharing that with us.  I can tell that your relationship with God is extremely important to you.

E (nodding):  Yes, it. is.

M:  So, Miss Eevie, how can folks get in touch with you when they need some of your godly, motherly wisdom or just want to chat with you?

E:  Well, my Web site address is  www.askeevie.wordpress.com(She adds, giggling):  Wow, that was a mouthful.  Um surprised I ‘membered it, but I been practicing.

M:  Well, you did good.  Thank you.  I have just one last question before you go.  Do you ever plan to write and publish any books?

E (releasing a quaint giggle):  No.  I thank I’ll leave the writing to you and all the other writers out there.  But yuh never know–that could change one day.

M:  Well, I sure hope so.  I would love to read some books written by you.

E:  Well, we’ll see.

M:  Alright, Miss Eevie.  Well, thank you again for visiting me on my blog and allowing me to be the first to interview you and welcome you to the worldwide web.  And congratulations!

E:  Thank yuh, Maxine, and thank yuh kindly fer having me.  I really enjoyed it.

M:  Me, too.  Well, this is Maxine Billings signing off and wishing you all a very blessed and awesome day!


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INTRODUCING ME–EEVIE!

ELDERLY A-A WOMANHey, y’all!  How y’all doing?  My name’s Eevie.  Well, actu’lly, it’s Evelyn–Evelyn Faye Randall–but folks call me Eevie.  Now, this picture you see here ain’t me.  I just wonted to give y’all a idea of what I might look like when my creator Maxine Billings introduces me to y’all soon.

Most of y’all prob’bly remember me from Maxine’s short story, ONE OF AOOAK KIND.  I’m Paula’s ain’t.  We lives in Charlotte–Charlotte, North Carolina.  Have any of y’all ever been to Charlotte?  If’n you had’n, you needs to come.  Ooh, it’s beautiful here.  It’s the perfect place fer yer fam’ly to visit.  We got all kinds of parks, museums, and other fun places.  But enough of dat–y’all be thankin’ I works fer the Board of Tourism.  I best be gettin’ on wit what I was sayin’.

I’ll soon be making my ‘ficial–how you say it?–day-boo–day-brew–oh, you know what I mean–on the worldwide web.  I never woulda thunk it!  Me, a seventy-sumpthin’-year-old woman wit her own advice column all over the Innernet.

Well, I gotta keep this first blog–Whoo wee!  Um talkin’ Innernet lang’age!–short and simple.  Maxine let me borrow her Word Press account to write this–but she don’t know it yet.  Shhh.  Mum’s the wordUh-oh!  Gotta go!  I think I hear her coming!  I’m busted!

Talk to y’all later.  Good night!

Eevie

Photo of elderly African-American woman (Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)

 

 


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WHEN COMES THE BRIDE?

BRIDE & GROOM

God instilled in man and woman a natural attraction between the sexes. Therefore, the desire to be married is a natural human feeling. Understandably, some feel discouraged or left out if they are still among the single. This may be especially so if most of their friends are already married. In my short story, ONE OF A KIND, this is exactly how Paula feels.

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For some, singleness can seem like a brick wall that separates them from true happiness. A common belief is that marriage is the mechanism that automatically opens the door to total, infinite exhilaration. Yes, marriage can and often does add more joy to our lives. However, just as it takes hard work, self-sacrifice, and effort to preserve and maintain the things that are precious to us, the same is required in order to keep the flames of marital happiness burning.

The desire to be married may not go away. Be patient. Marriage may come when you least expect it (Ecclesiastes 7:8), as Paula will learn in DESPERATE HEARTS, my soon-to-be-released sequel to ONE OF A KIND.

DH

HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com


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ONE OF A KIND CONTEST

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have some extra cash in your wallet the next time you shop at Wal-Mart? Well, here’s your chance to win a Wal-Mart gift card valued at $25.00! My contest is still ongoing. Be the first person to answer correctly the two-part question below about one of my characters from ONE OF A KIND. In the event of simultaneous correct answers, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.

QUESTION: Who is Taylor’s favorite male solo recording artist, and what is her favorite song by this artist?

In addition to the winner receiving the $25.00 gift card, the first five people to respond will receive a personalized ink pen and a personalized keychain flashlight! Remember to include your mailing address so I’ll know where to send your gift card and/or other gifts.

HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com


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“YOU’RE ACTING LIKE A CHILD!”

CHILDREN PLAYING DR

How would you feel if someone expressed those words to you? Offended or joyful? Before you answer, let’s take a moment to consider what we, as adults, can learn from children.

As adorable as they are, children clearly lack the more mature qualities usually associated with older ones. However, as Jesus so eloquently illustrated, there are lessons that adults can learn from them. One fascinating quality he focused on was their humility. (Matt. 18:3 & 4) One dictionary definition of humility is: modest opinion of one’s own importance or rank.

In my short story, ONE OF A KIND, Paula
has to learn a hard lesson dealing with this quality.
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Is it possible in real life, though, to recapture any beautiful qualities associated with childhood that we may have lost? The answer is a resounding yes! because with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26), and we can trust Him to help us in our earnest efforts to do so.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com