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Avril Somerville

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Avril Somerville is a writer and educator. She is active in her community and welcomes the opportunity to engage in transformative talks with women who prioritize living authentic lives of purpose. Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Somerville migrated to the United States at the age of ten. She grew up in the South Bronx and is a first-generation graduate of Swarthmore College and PSU's MBA Program. She is a proud wife and mom who lives in the greater Philadelphia area with her husband and their three children. A Journey Of Life On Purpose: Creativity, Love, Womanhood, Community, Race, and Identity is Somerville's first book. ...more

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Avril Somerville Write daily. Write even when you don't feel like it. Don't self-censor when doing so. Your voice matters. Just keep writing until the story comes forw…moreWrite daily. Write even when you don't feel like it. Don't self-censor when doing so. Your voice matters. Just keep writing until the story comes forward. Don't compare yourself to other writers. Your story matters. There are as many voices as there are people. Your story might save someone else's life, or simply entertain them; the story will find its way to where it belongs, but you must first release it.(less)
Avril Somerville Janie and Teacake from Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Vulnerability, tenderness, and perseverance through life's tumult is inspi…moreJanie and Teacake from Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Vulnerability, tenderness, and perseverance through life's tumult is inspiring. I love to see love, especially from its rawest of edges. (less)
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Writing in The Dark

How do you write healing?





There was a time when I awakened with an urgency to help others heal. Through writing, I would lay bare the first fruits that God poured into me upon the rising of a new sun. Oftentimes, the inspiration came to me first, beckoning me to see someone or something differently; to be more attentive to those around me; to stand in the gap for someone else somehow. This ritual m

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Sun Is Sky by Jedah Mayberry
"I really couldn't get into this one, it was a real slog for me to get to the end. Most of the time I didn't have a clue what was really going on, and at the end I was left wondering what was the point of this novel.

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"This was the #readsoullit pick for February 2022 and I’m trying to read more of the selections. My book arrived late so here we are in March.

This is a Bildungsroman set in Picayune, Mississippi where Penny Hill has been banished by her mother after " Read more of this review »
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"Penny's mother ships her off to live with her maternal grandmother in the town of Picayune, Mississippi. There, Penny immediately falls in love with a boy and suffers a painful loss. After her grandmother dies, she takes over Gran's role in that smal" Read more of this review »
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A delightful read with no easy answers. Gorgeous prologue by Zadie Smith. We have work to do, us humans. We prejudge, categorize and label all too swiftly and unfairly. At the intersection of childhood, race, and class, Madame Morrison does it again— ...more
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“Life doesn't happen to us, but because of us.”
Avril Somerville, A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE: Creativity, Love, Womanhood, Community, Race, and Identity

“I’ve fought this march to the bitter end,
 Yet death won’t loosen its grip.
 So until the death knell rings for them,
 My life will kindle their wick. For Trayvon Martin DOD: 26 February 2012. Age: 17”
Avril Somerville, A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE: Creativity, Love, Womanhood, Community, Race, and Identity

“It was a subversion of sorts––my understanding of what really needed to happen with me in order for me to be fully present and prepared for any spiritual restoration or renewal,”
Avril Somerville, A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE: Creativity, Love, Womanhood, Community, Race, and Identity

“A young woman stepped forward from the throng and asked, "0' great prophet, tell us how we might find love that is unconditional, unwavering and unending." The prophet did not answer right away. He looked off into the distance, gathering his thoughts. Silence descended upon the crowd. Then he turned his gaze upon the young woman and said, "Get a dog.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.”
Kahlil Gibran

“I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou




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