Its been a tough five years for me, I’ve lost so much, family members, even my own mother just this Christmas, with a brother who is hospitalized, barely making it now. Heart failures, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failures and lung disease has robbed me of so many members within the last five years, only to be told that I too am added to the list of receivers! What a reward, what a test of times?
I have felt like Job from the bible, but I am back with two new novels which will be published this year, The Transfiguration of Faith and The Legendary Cross Road. These are Veterans Stories, and I am a Disabled American Veteran! I always and I am asking you, to keep our service members in your prayers. Now talking about standing on the Ledge of Greatness about to tip over, I am Edith M. Holmes, author of ‘Pressions: Memoirs of a Southern Cat.
Solemnly, I have missed the groups and friends I’ve met while attempting to becoming a published author. I have read the Reviews of ‘Pressions, and do feel honored. To be included in the 100 Top African American Divas in Literary by Ms. Covington took me away into a land of make believe! The Book is up for a NAACP Award! Let me thank everyone again, and tell you also, that I always read all the e-mails and enjoyed the information received from each group!
With the Introduction of VAL’s newly received bound of joy into this world, Author of Insight, I have added my own:
Caitlan Ede’ Holmes, my granddaughter. I invite the members and friends of CoalitionofMentorsAndMuses and PalsAndBooks with all the other groups I am a member of to visit the site of www.KatieEde.com. She is my youngest humanitarian, keeping the works of my mother and grandmother who previously passed moving onwards. I am here to tell the world, not all of our African American children thinks materialistic possessions first, there are those who think of others first…I have my own, KatieBear! In the tradition of the Holmes Family, we are humanitarians…have been and will always be! Our homes and hearts are like hotels and motels with the lights always left on. Strangely, it is not for our glorification, it is a blessing received from JAH, who created the Heaven and earth…
Check out this letter that I am sending to the NAACP Awards. I think it is time to recognize someone who is not in the lamp light, yet the lights that shines is brightly pointing her way. She is a giver from the heart, so small with big dreams.
NAACP Image Awards
4929 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Before you open the last envelope for the NAACP Awards, please consider a new Award for the Youngest Humanitarian!
Let me introduce you to Caitlan Ede’ Holmes, a child that helps patients, elderly citizens in America. She also gives to the Caregivers of these wonderful people. She is by far the youngest humanitarian with the biggest heart today. She is only six years old! Caitlan is and will always be what the NAACP stand for, giving! She is beautiful in spirit and soul.
Like a star that appears in the night sky, her rays have started glowing brightly. She has appeared at 96.3 WJIZ Radio Station in Albany, Georgia, won the Different Maker for the month of November 2006 with D.J. Christopher Pike Sunday Morning Show. She has appeared on Fox News in Albany, Georgia, WSST-TV 55 in Cordele, Georgia and she is getting ready to tape with WALB-Channel 10 news of Albany, Georgia. Caitlan has been in the newspapers in Tifton, Cordele and Ashburn, Georgia, telling her story concerning the Elderly. She has her own Web page at WWW.KatieEde.com, featuring all the amazing things she is doing and plans on doing in the future. She has pictures on the site of many of the elders her small hands and heart has touched. It is by far the greatest achievement of one so young, the smiles, the hugs and the love that Caitlan is giving. Over four hundred people in Nursing homes, and at homes, she has visited and made her way into their hearts. The look on the faces of those receiving is wondrous.
Isn’t this what the NAACP stands for? How many other children watching will join with Caitlan, making a difference in the lives of others. How many can be reached, sending a new messages of old, coming from the NAACP, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of the Civil Rights Workers who has set the standards for a better world for all God’s Children? Yes, Caitlan really believe in “I Have This Dream, her own Teddy Bear Production.
The newspapers stated, “Caitlan helps local patients through the holidays. She collect stuffed animals for residents of local nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.”
She has given out over 400 Teddy bears during the holidays with help from her family, community and the good wills of citizens in the area. She used her own allowance to accomplished this mission unselfishly. Caitlan was able to deliver the stuffed animals to people in five different counties, including patients of the Tifton Dialysis Clinic. As one of her family members, I solely wondered how she could do this, Caitlan lost two grandparents in the month of December, her Grandfather and Great Grandmother within two weeks of each other. Unstoppable, Caitlan continued in the remembrance of them, Willie D. Holmes, the original humanitarian in our family, and her grandfather, Willie Jackson of Ashburn.
I watched her give away bears and I watched her hug, kiss and cry at times while accompanying this feat, “I have this dream.” It was all amazing to see this little six year old child have compassion for others. She has taken the last money from the project and mailed it to Feed The Children in Oklahoma City, OK, and the extra bears are going to our local police force and our fire department to be given out to children in distressful situations.
Caitlan on January 18, 2007 is being recognized by our City of Ashburn, she is being given her own local holiday, The Katie Bear Day!
Caitlan Christmas Float won 1st place on December 2, 2006, featuring the Theme of Africa, with Caitlan performing her new CD for the town. Her float can be viewed at WSST-55 TV in Cordele, Georgia. She made her CD, My Mama’s FlimFlam, featuring ArVon Johnson, a local Rap Artist in order to make money to buy Teddy Bears for her project, “I Have This Dream.”
Caitlan Holmes isn’t finished yet. She plans to collect clothing, books and toys this year for the children living in Africa. She hopes to deliver them herself with the help of our community, her family…if she is lucky, maybe Oprah, Gail and Star will let her travel with them! (Smile…I am a believer!)
Caitlan is back in the Studio now making a new CD called Genie In A Bottle for this purpose, to sell and receive funds for her new project of Feeding the Children and going to Africa with all the gifts she can muster for the children. She has a Picture Book in development for publication. Caitlan so wants the other young children in America to join her, helping those who can not help themselves. She is the light of the world, a new world and should be considered for an NAACP for all her humanitarian work.
Special message: Get ready for the Publication of ‘Katie Are You Ready Picture book,’ with over four hundred pictures of Caitlan in her project of giving away bears to the Elderly during the holidays!
Edith M. Holmes
Author of ‘Pressions: Memoirs of a Southern Cat
Coming Soon: The Cross Road
and the Transfiguration of Faith!