Penni Goode Evans

  Saturday, March 31, 2018
  If you're going to be in Minneapolis...  
        

 in May (specifically, May 18th to June 7th)  please stop in at The People's Museum for Prince. The Museum's first exhibition will open May 18th through June 7th and will lead into a closing event to celebrate Prince's 60th birthday. I'm thrilled to be a part of this and my oil pastel will be a part of the show! I shipped it out yesterday and I am super excited to see how the show comes together! If you're in Minneapolis, stop by- The venue will be at the Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Avenue NE Minneapolis. Look for my Paisley Park piece. :)

 
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  Friday, January 5, 2018
  My Brittany Sparkle...  
        

My beautiful Brittany Sparkle passed away yesterday. I have been dreading this day forever. I am devastated. My heart is broken. She was the best girl. I don't know how I will live without her. I know what love is and I know what love is not. Love is having someone who loves you back unconditionally. That is what Brittany was- unconditional and pure love. May she rest in peace.

 
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  Saturday, December 16, 2017
  Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee  
        

The book Steve has been working on about our time in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee is finally finished!!! Yay! It seems he has been working on this book forever- which, he has... but, it is finally finished and I am so happy. We are going over the proofs now and the book will be availble on Amazon Kindle and in paperback by Christmas! Here is the link to his page https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Salem-Evans/e/B00UW3ID54    It will be up in the next few days.

 
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  Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  Writer's Digest Judge's Commentary-  
        

So, I learned a few weeks ago that I placed in the Writer's Digest Self Published Book Competition (thank you, Writer's Digest! and thank you, Judge 56!)  but, today I received my judge's commentary on my book and I wanted to put it up here because, this commentary is simply fantastic!  I am so thrilled- almost as much as if I'd won! That's how excited I am by this review! :)  So, here is what Judge 56 had to say about Cheeking My Meds:

When parents are so dysfunctional that they lash out against their own brilliant daughter of fourteen by shoving her into a mental institute, the result can be a book that grips, shocks and reveals. Francis Coco was catapulted one bright morning into such a place when she thought she was on her way to school. The author’s voice is magnetic. There is no getting away from the helplessness of her confusion, her tempestuous desperation, her need for love, and her sincerity. The narrator meets other young people at the institution who have developed obsessive-compulsive disorders due to similar dysfunction at home, like Eva Dawn, who pulls out all her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.The most violent case is of Charles, who was raped by two guards at Juvenile Hall and who manifests permanent anger. The Institute slowly emerges as not a prison but a healing zone at its best or a place to escape family and societal torment at the least. While there, Coco begins reading Catcher in the Rye, a book that resonates. She loves books. Yet she is in denial, as most people are, but unlike most people, she is called out on it and institutionalized. Readers will follow this narrator with loyalty and recoil at the spinelessness of her father, Gordon, who becomes brainwashed by his conniving wife, Veronica, and breaks off with his daughter, never to speak to her again. He seems to have no conscience or understanding of life’s purpose. Lillian, the narrator’s mother, is a different case—infuriating for her lack of intellectual ability, yet tender hearted and sincere. I was happy the author went back to her mother. Tiny errors—not capitalizing the Bible—do not distract from the strength of this author’s voice.

 

 
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  Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  The Red Sea Bride- An amazing book...  
        

My review:

This book has a bit of everything. A beautiful love story. A story about God and the unseen world. A love story that broke my heart at the end. What began as a fairy tale romance, with letters signed, “Your slave, Malik” ended when the author just could not, no matter how hard she tried, conform to what her husband and the Saudi culture wanted her to be.
In the end, it was impossible and she had to save herself. Her life in Jeddah- sometimes reads like a fairy tale and sometimes like a prison. In some parts I thought, “Oh, I'd love to live there!” and in others I thought, how I would never want to live there and how brave Sylvia was to go and try and adhere to all of the strict rules of the Saudi culture. The ending broke my heart. The end of the beautiful love story between Sylvia and Malik, and also Mama Johara. Sylvia looking at her and seeing the orphan/co-wife/female who was deprived of an education, but whom she'd grown to love and who loved her. This book also had funny parts that had me laughing out loud as I read and the author painted a visual in my head of Eucalyptus trees and the Red Sea and the painted ceiling in her salon – the night sky, blue with gold stars and a chandelier. I want to sit in that salon!
I also feel like I know the characters after reading this book. Little Yousef, who was ostracized and abused as a child because he had a Western mother, when all he wanted was to fit in and be identified as a Saudi. I wonder how they are doing – Ann and Sylvia's brother Steven and poor Rita, who was put on house arrest by her husband. Malik's daughter Jasmine and even spoiled little Miyaz. There were many layers to this book and to these characters, who are not characters but real people. Little Miyaz was in many ways a holy terror but, it is heartbreaking when you read why he was so difficult and why he was so spoiled.
I loved the story of Sylvia and Malik, but besides them, there was also the older Yousef and Johara, and that he said to her, “When I die, I want my head here,” indicating her shoulder, when she was upset that he had taken two other wives. I'm trying not to give too many spoilers but the ending to their love story was beautiful and heartbreaking as well. So many layers to this book and so many layers to the people in the book! I love that no one is good and no one is bad-- the author shows us that people are just people- trying their best, doing everything they know to do – whether right or wrong. One thing is certain though, the women in Saudi Arabia are strong women!
This is a book I will certainly read again and recommend to friends and family. It's a book that you're sort of sad when you get to the end. You hate it when you get to the end but you're glad you've read a book that made you feel that way.

https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sea-Bride-Sylvia-Fowler-ebook/dp/B01MUJZPRG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1519759468&sr=1-1&keywords=the+red+sea+bride

 
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  Monday, November 20, 2017
  Book Club Skype Interview  
        

On Friday I did a Skype interview with the "The Ladies of the Lakes," book club out of West Bloomfied, Michigan. It was the first time I'd ever used Skype or done an interview with a book club and I was nervous :O   --- But, the women were so great and made me feel comfortable and it ended up being an interesting experience!  They asked some great questions about Cheeking My Meds- some that I continued to think of after the interview was over. I wish I lived near them, I would join their book club- it seemed like so much fun!  Anyway, thank you to the "Ladies of the Lakes," for reading the book and listening to it on Audible-- and thank you for making me feel comfortable! :)

 
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  Friday, October 20, 2017
  Honorable Mention....  
        

I am so thrilled! I just found out that Cheeking My Meds has won Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self Published Book Contest! I feel so grateful and so excited! There will be mention of the book in the magazine and that's wonderful!

 
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  Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  Listen to Cheeking My Meds on Audible...  
        

I have been so excited for Cheeking My Meds to be available on Audible and now it is!  The reading is done by the amazing Angela Mae- who did such a fantastic job! Click here to listen to a bit of it-- https://www.amazon.com/Cheeking-My-Meds/dp/B075VCZMJC/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1486836525&sr=1-1

I could not be more excited...

 
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  Thursday, August 31, 2017
  Louise Hay has left the movie of life...  
        

Last night my mother called to tell me that Louise Hay had passed. I thought about it for a minute and thought, "Am I sad?" and, realized that, no I am not sad. Because I know that Louise did not look at death as a death she looked at death as merely, "leaving the movie of life," and so, I am happy for Louise because, what a life! I can honestly say that her book, "How to Heal Your Life," changed mine. I have hardly read any self help books - and after reading hers, there's no reason to read any others. That book has been my guide ever since I randomly picked it up at Books A Million, twenty-plus years ago. I said this to someone recently and they said to me, "How did it change your life?" and I thought about that. The answer is, that even though I am still working on me and always will be, that without that book, without knowing how my thoughts create my reality, without the knowledge that I am always only dealing with a thought and a thought can be changed, I don't know that I would have necessarily grown as a person. You know, some people grow and some people only get older. If not for that book, I might have just gotten older or I might have gotten worse.I've mentioned before that I basically had to raise myself. So, it's an odd thing because, I'm 44 but in dog years I'm 104 and in years of learning and growing and being nurtured, I'm 24. But,the good news is,  you can start anywhere.  Unfortunately, a lot of people do a lot of things to escape the pain they feel in their lives because it is too difficult to look that pain square in the face and try to overcome it. I know this is what is happening when I see someone who is bad on drugs or drinking or any of the other various ways people hide from themselves. I wish everyone would read, "You Can Heal Your Life," no matter their situation, upbringing, age, or stage in life. I made my daughter read it when she was a teenager and I still say to her, "Remember what Louise Hay says..." --- If she starts to read off the reasons why something might not happen, I remind her that you shouldn't think, "of the reasons why it won't but the reasons why it can."  When I see a commercial telling me that because I'm a woman blah blah blah - I'm at risk for this dis-ease or that dis-ease, I think of what Louise says and I hit mute on my television and say aloud, "The normal state of a body is to be happy, healthy and safe."  and this is not mumbo jumbo, this is truth. Kill your television. Sit in silence. Read "You Can Heal Your Life."  You are always only dealing with a thought (man is only thought) and a thought can be changed.  God Bless You, Louise Hay.

 
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  Saturday, August 12, 2017
  The Lady On The Rooftops is now on Audible...  
        

To listen to my book on Audible, please click here to order:  https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Lady-on-the-Rooftops-Audiobook/B074MCSYZ5/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1502559980&sr=1-1

narrated by Kevin Iggens -- Small town mystery about a boy who sees ghosts!

 
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  Thursday, July 20, 2017
  Cheeking My Meds Review  
        

Thank you, Sandy at feedmybibliodiction.com for such a great review on Cheeking My Meds!  https://feedmybibliodiction.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/50-of-cheeking-my-meds/

 
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  Monday, July 10, 2017
  Under a Crescent Moon: Stories of Arabia  
        

Awesome book by Julia Simpson Urrutia --

My review:

With Saudi Arabia as a backdrop, this collection of stories will leave you thinking of them long after you've put the book down. I've not given much thought of what it might be like to live in Saudi Arabia but after reading these stories, I can certainly say I would love to visit! It seems like a sometimes harsh but also beautiful and magical place. Julia Simpson-Urrutia is an excellent writer, I did not get bored and in fact, couldn't wait to read a new story each day. I read one story every morning with my morning coffee. I liked to read them that way because I would then think of the story throughout the day. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. My heart broke over (I hope this is not a spoiler) the severe punishment the young boys got in "The Swedish Boy and the Camel's Back," although the story was beautiful. I loved reading about how, in Saudi Arabia, they stop what they're doing and shut everything down to go and say their prayers. That is truly beautiful. "The Desert Lynx," was another favorite- a dark and very raw story that I loved. I guess my favorite of all, though, would be "The Crow," - the ending was so powerful! I will definitely read these stories again and again.

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Crescent-Moon-Stories-Arabia-ebook/dp/B003I64A6S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1519759331&sr=1-1

 
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  Monday, July 10, 2017
  The Lady on the Rooftops  
        

Preview here:  https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1223369
Order here: www.amazon.com/author/franciscoco

 
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  Sunday, April 30, 2017
  Cheeking My Meds  
        

link to Cheeking My Meds preview -

https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1223262

order here: www.amazon.com/author/franciscoco

 

 
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  Sunday, March 12, 2017
  The Lady on the Rooftops  
        

Oh the road to End-dor is the
oldest road
And the craziest road of all!
Straight it runs to the Witch's
abode,
As it did in the days of Saul,
And nothing has changed of the
sorrow in store
For such as go down on the
road to En-dor!

 

Rudyard Kipling (1919)

 
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  Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  Paisley Park Video  
        

Conte Crayon Collage -  see it here https://youtu.be/1YLjq8ON8BE

 
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  Monday, December 12, 2016
  How to tell if you're brainwashed....  
        

Please excuse my flat earth fervor but, really, how exciting to find out that we are the center of the Universe!

How to tell if you're brainwashed:

1. You believe the earth is spinning at 1000 mph but you can't feel it.

2. You believe the oceans are curving because of "gravity" but you can't measure it.

3.You believe ships disappearing over the horizon is proof of the globe and not due to perspective.

4. You believe pilots would not have to account for the earth's curvature or spin while flying.

5. You believe the sun is really 93,000,000 miles away.

6. You believe NASA's pictures of earth from space are real.

7. You believe the earth is a spinning ball whirling through infinite space without a single proof.

 
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  Monday, October 31, 2016
  Documentary...  
        

Well, a quick note as to what I'm up to- If anyone is interested :)  ----  I am working on a documentary.  I can't really say what it's about but I am so excited about it and consider it to truly be important.  And, if not important to anyone else, important to me-   I have never done anything like this and don't know the first thing about it, but I'm learning.  It's harder than I thought it would be but, I can't wait until it's finished.  I wish so much that I felt like painting or writing but I just don't feel like that's what I want to do at this time, so I've switched gears.  So, no new paintings for a while.  But maybe a break is good.  Anyway, I should spend the next year or so on this and I hope whoever is reading this post will send good thoughts my way -- I so want it to turn out good! I'm not sure if, when it's finished I will put it out for the public or just share with friends and family  -- hmmmm --- I don't know, I think I've learned a lesson or two about exposing yourself to the world. But we'll see. --- Oh, and Happy Halloween!  :)

 
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    Looking forward to seeing this documentary, and with everything you do, I know it will be great!
  Nancy Wolf   November 09 2016
   
  Sunday, October 2, 2016
  A dream I had...  
        

I dreamt this a few years ago.----- I was sitting at a desk, on the computer when Patrick Swayze walked up to me. He was looking for something. He looked great.  He had a full head of hair and a lot of weight on him. I said, "Oh my God, you look GREAT!" --- He said, "I feel great!" ---- I asked him what it was like to be dead and he sort of shrugged like, not a problem. ---- "Do you see God?" I asked.--- "Yes,I see God." ----"What about the devil? Do you see the devil?"---- "Yes, I can see the devil," he said. ---- "Oh God," I said, "I would not want to see the devil!" --- He smiled, "It's okay, you can discuss things with him, like politics."

 
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  Sunday, October 2, 2016
  The earth is flat...  
        

The earth is flat. You can laugh if you want to, but it's true. There's a firmament over it and so, basically, we live in a snow globe. 

 
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  Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  When you finally burn out your energy...  
        

When you finally burn out your energy, you return to the Cosmos to help the masses stay together.

 
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  Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  My time with a cult....  
        

This morning as I was checking my emails, I saw that I had a message from a man who had run across my name when doing a Google search for Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee.  He wanted to know what I knew of the Anzara Hotel and the cult who ran it. I thought I would write a quick piece about it before responding to him.  Wow! The Anzara Hotel!  What a place!  It is now called The Thomas Hotel and is supposedly haunted. The crew from the show Paranormal State have done a few shows there and ghost hunters from all over come to stay and hope to see a ghost.  They are in the wrong place.  The most haunted house in all of America is in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, let me tell you ,and it ain't the Thomas Hotel.  I never saw anything ghostly while staying there, and I'm pretty certain this is just a gimmick to draw business, but, as I've learned from my own experiences, no one has any right telling anyone else what they saw or what did or did not happen to them when it comes to the supernatural, so let me back off there.  Okay! Back to the cult!  So, as I've said in my bio, I was raised by coyotes.  And since that was the case, I left home at sixteen.  My now husband (then boyfriend) had a similar background (Please read his book Anneewakee - such a great book)  anyway,, so we left our abusive homes and ran away (no one was following but we ran anyway) to Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee.  I have so many stories about Red Boiling and our wonderful time there- they would fill a book -  and I hope to one day write about it but for now, I want to talk about the Cult.  We stayed at all three hotels in Red Boiling at different times, but for a few months we lived at the Anzara.  I was seventeen then and very naive, I knew nothing of cults or anything like that, and wasn't even sure they WERE a cult until we'd left and Dateline or one of those shows did a piece on them, somewhere around 1990.  By the time they did the piece, the cult had picked up and split.  Anyway, my boyfriend and I got a room at the Anzara.  At that time, there was a very big, hard-nosed woman who owned the hotel (she was the leader of the cult) and in the beginning, I thought they were just Baptists or something and I remember telling her, "I'm a Christian......Baptist?" - She just looked at me like I was stupid. Our room was downstairs by the laundry room. I remember some strange people staying there, which I chalked up to just people being strange.  My seventeen year old mind was blown, though, one night, very late, when my boyfriend went down to the kitchen (we were allowed use of the kitchen)  and saw the people staying at the hotel, naked, and dancing in the dining room.  He ran back to our room, like, "What the fuck did I just see?"  ---- I remember, also, there was a very rich lady staying at the hotel.  I now know the cult was milking her for her money, but back then, I wasn't hip to people and their motives.  Anyway, so this fancy pants lady was from New York City and she had a little white dog and she and I would sit on the swing on the front porch and I would smoke her Pall Mall filterless cigarettes with her (and almost die because they had no filter!)  and we had a lot of long talks.  I don't remember now about what but, I really liked this lady. I do remember that she was sad and she seemed very lonely. It was summer then, and I recall that she drank a lot of sweet tea. -- Funny, as I think of our time there, I also remember that there was a front desk in the foyer, with an old fashioned cash register, and back then, it cost fifty dollars a week to stay at the hotel and my boyfriend would pay our fee, and then, when the cult leaders were out of sight,, he would go back and hit the NO SALE button, and take our money back.  Don't judge! I told you we were raised by wolves.  There's more I could write but I'll close with my most memorable time at the Anzara.  One night,  we were starving and my boyfriend stole down to the concession stand that was by the pool.  It was unlocked, and he snuck inside and stole all kinds of snack food and brought it up to the room.  I was so excited- look at all this food! Ho-ho's, ding dings, icicle popsicles! Holy crap!  We stuffed ourselves silly.  Once we were nice and full, we lay back on the bed, thrilled that we'd gotten all this free food (remember, back then we were young, poor teenagers)  smiling, wrappers all over the bed, and then we began to remember the things we'd seen; At that point, my boyfriend had begun to suspect that they were a cult or that something was up, and then we became terrified.  What if we'd been poisoned, Jim Jones style? What if this food we'd eaten had been intended for their big finale? We were so scared then.  I'll never forget laying there thinking, "Oh no. What have we done?" We might die. Oh God... Oh God....    We left not long after. Recently, I stopped by the Thomas Hotel and chatted with the new owner.  She said that the lady who'd run the cult had come to the Thomas Hotel at some point after she'd bought it and told the new owner that she'd once owned it and the lady knew who she was. I guess everyone has a story in them, or many stories, but my life has played out like frames in a movie.  My Red Boiling Springs experience was one.  My Mondovi experience was another. I have had a very strange life..... UPDATE---  Since posting this,I have now had two more people contact me regarding the Anzara, both are working on a book about the town and the hotel. The last guy told me that after the new owners took over, they found giant circles with feathers and blood in some of the rooms, beneath the carpet and folded metal prayers in the trees.  That is certainly interesting!  What in the world was going on at that hotel?

To read about our time in Red Boiling Springs, click here: https://www.amazon.com/House-Dale-Street-Boiling-Tennessee-ebook/dp/B078K563RR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520614222&sr=8-1&keywords=the+house+on+dale+street&dpID=51sc8s6lWQL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 
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  Thursday, May 12, 2016
  When I get to Heaven...  
        

First, I'll see my grandmothers.... And then I'm going to find Prince!

 
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  Thursday, April 21, 2016
  Admission is easy, just say you believe and come to the place in your heart....  
        

Paisley Park is in your heart. So, Prince died today.  I cannot believe it.  I have been a fan since I was seven years old and a huge part of me is now crushed. There will never be anyone to replace him, ---  never.  I was so lucky to have been a child and a teenager during the time period that he was making music and being a genuis in every area. I loved his films, -  I still watch Under the Cherry Moon when I'm feeling down and Graffiti Bridge when I need a spiritual lift. So, this is a sad day for the entire world and I'm just a teeny part of it.  I feel so grateful for the time my family and I travelled to Chanhassen and went to Paisley Park and chased his precious self all over town.  Rest in purple, Prince.

 
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