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Remembrance of Dingbats
By Kali Amanda Browne
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About the Author
This collection includes four e-books that serialize the memoirs in different ways. One Night with B.B. is my memory of seeing B.B. King performing live at The Blue Note in the Village back in 1997. Life, Dreams and Magical Landscapes was a collection of journal entries made for a decade from 1997-2007. Putting May to Rest is presented as a short story and fictionalized, but it is entirely based on a true story – and all the details are absolutely true. La Chancleta is fictionalized but it combines a story I was told by a former coworker and something I overheard on the bus, and it stands for so much of growing up Latina.
Visiting God This summer marks our 20th year living at the border between Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. In that time, I have managed to never go inside the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I walk by it almost daily, so you would think I'd go in. True, I left the Church when I was about 12; but I love churches for their architecture, their artwork and the general quietude of the places. There's no law that says you can't love the structures if you disagree with the dogma taught inside it. Still, for 20 years I have walked by it but never entered it. The last time I attempted to go in, it was closed and I took it as some sort of sign. Today, I walked up the steps and went in. They were celebrating a wedding and I sat in the back, taking in the stained glass window and wondering if they'd be done soon so I could go check out the altar up close. Outside the sun had long gone, replaced by a darkened cover. Now inside, the wind picked up and some pamphlets swirled into a vortex and landed all about the floor. I got up and picked some of them up and placed them in a way they'd resist the wind's force. Then I sat back down, that was my Christian act of the day I told myself in uncharacteristic self-satisfaction. I glanced outside and saw that though it wasn't 4 o'clock yet, it looked like the dead of night. As I sat the wind howled again and that's when I had the image of Jack Nicholson entering the pristine little white church on "The Witches of Eastwick" to denounce God and, his evil creation, Women. ("A mistake . . . or did He do it to us on purpose?")
Kali Amanda Browne was born in New York City, came of age in Puerto Rico and has lived her entire adult life in Brooklyn, NY – writer, food enthusiast, devoted daughter, marketing specialist, technology analyst, big mouth with a daemon tongue, and super geek with pagan tendencies. You can follow all projects at http://amapolapress.weebly.com – from fiction, short stories, and cookbooks, to online articles and commerce, blogs and social media.
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