A High Tea Honor

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Blog, Blog: The Legacy of Nobody Smith, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 1 comment

Little did I know the adventures ahead when I agreed to write James Smith’s story!  Recently I had the honor of being the guest speaker at The Irene B. Reid Memorial Tea, an annual event hosted by Leah’s Book Club in Baltimore. Two weeks later I’m still filled with joy from the experience. Their speakers in years past have been university professors, civil rights activists, and well known lawyers – big names!  I was...

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A Handshake with History – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Blog, Blog: The Legacy of Nobody Smith, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 0 comments

  He said it so casually. I was amazed.   Here at Smitty’s kitchen table I sat next to history. “Does your granddaughter know this about you? That you met Martin Luther King, Jr.?”   Smitty leaned back, a wistful smile on his face. “You know I don’t think I’ve ever told her.”   “Well, please, tell me again.” As he spoke my pen danced over my paper and scribbled notes as I listened.   Smitty cleared his...

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What a Journey!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Blog, Blog: The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 0 comments

Over the course of my life, I’ve been blessed by being able to travel. When I was a little thing, my dear father Irving did his best to offer the world to his young family. He would pile us in a tiny, little Volkwagon bug and drive us to the mountains of Skyline Drive in Virginia. Other times he took us to the beach for days spent jumping in the waves. As a young adult I saved money all year to go out on summer adventures shared with like...

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A Reassuring Plan

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Attitude & Encouragement, Blog | 0 comments

  Years ago one of my little nieces was preparing to turn nine years old. She wasn’t so sure she was ready, to her young ears nine sounded a lot older than eight.  We gathered as a family to celebrate the big occasion. Weeks later I received a thank you note for the birthday gift I’d given. In her careful pencil print she wrote, “Nine’s not so bad after all!” We probably all feel that way from time to time,...

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Surfing an ER Visit

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Attitude & Encouragement, Blog | 0 comments

Even a quick trip to the hospital Emergency Room can bombard you with a wide range of emotions, can’t it? Recently that was true for me when my husband experienced some symptoms that needed to be immediately checked by a doctor. (So grateful to say, all is well!) As I sat alone in the ER waiting room I prayed, reviewed the facts, and tried not to panic (something I’m very good at doing), when I overheard two women chatting behind me....

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Congratulations, Book Winners!

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Blog, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 0 comments

Happy July 4th Weekend to Everyone!     And special congratulations to the winners of our 3-free book giveaway: 1.) maemoo1957 2.) tlwilliams115 3.) pbrowne1 (If each winner would please send me their mailing address by using the contact form at http://www.lesliebasilpayne.com/contact/  I will happily send the books on their way!) I so appreciate the interest and support of the many people who signed up for the giveaway, and only...

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