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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Five Ways to Win My Heart

1.   To enter the golden gateway to my heart, my lady love must be considerate, thoughtful, compassionate and generous.  Respect and self-love should be enviable parts of her innate make-up.  No pretending or sending a representative to be a "model" soul, until she unsheathes her true self.  I don't want her to lose herself in trying to please me.  She should know herself.  I desire a gentlewoman, one who is not only gentle with herself but with me, others and definitely those who can never repay her kindness.  I'm no longer in a combative mode thinking the worst about a person or a situation.  I'm faithful, and want her to be the same.  I trust that everything is already just fine, is as it should be, and if it isn't, it will be when I bring the quiet stillness of spirit to any uncertainty.

 2.  My lover has to match my adventurous spirit and want to see the world with me, whether that world is the beauty of discovering American states and cities or the mystical wonders of the globe.  Beside her, I want to taste the cuisine of life, to smile and shimmy at strange, new dishes and pucker our faces and words when those dishes are discordant melodies of yuck.  She's got to be game, not squeamish, for the unknown.  A trailblazer, not a complainer.  Filled with a joie de vivre, my lady and I will cultivate oneness in love to encourage one another to great heights.

3.   I want passion.  Give me, Universe, a deep-running river of "you satisfy a visceral place within me, Baby, and together, we can accomplish the impossible dream."  Our passion will fuel our every day experiences, and nothing will ever be the same.  The simple art of reading, when we read to one another in the middle of the night, can be foreplay with passion.  I want to be passionate about everything about her, and she me; I can already appreciate her voice, her excitement at what makes me shiver in the reading, the revelation of story, and what types of stories take me their and appreciate what happens when two experience life and stories together.  In all that we undertake in our love affair, I want the two of us to become one in more ways than being engaged in glorious sex.  She should hypnotize me with her walk, her thoughts, her touch, her stare.

4.   Humor is a mainstay, a balm, a bridge over troubled water.  If she can make me howl with laughter, she can melt my heart, even if it's iced over from something she did or something out of her control.  Laughter has the medicinal ability to turn tides and to win wars.  Humor requires a certain charm and natural intelligence and a captivating way of seeing the world.  Possessing these qualities, my lady love will be able to stand with me in any wind, in the lee of our love, and bend and sway like a tender tree.  Humor will allow us to experience life with a heart beating with optimism.

5.   She must love music, especially the music from the 60's, 70's and 80's.  With the love of music must come the joy and bliss of dancing and dancing with me.  Life is too fabulous to dwell in the doldrums.  I want her to know the power of music and dance to fall deeper into the Present, to lift us and transcend us to other worlds and times.  This love of music and dance can also include learning to appreciate these arts from other countries.  She should understand the language of music and dance to make love vertically, to be sensual foreplay that leaves us sweating and wholly captivated with the other long before we recline in the others embrace.

Living a Golden Life,


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

On Claude Moss, Sr. retiring...

On Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012, in Patterson Hall Atrium in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, & Allied Health, at 11:30 a.m., my beloved, hard-working father, Claude Moss, Sr., 80 years young, retired from Tuskegee University.  He is 80 years young, lively, sharp, witty, spiritual, intelligent and a dynamic orator.  My father began his Tuskegee University experience on June 17, 1975, as the Necropsy Technician in the Department of Pathology & Parasitology (now Pathobiology).  He served with "dedicated excellence" in this position for 42 years. 

As a sidebar, I graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1976.  My father's position allowed me to attend Tuskegee Institute (the school's name at the time) for half price, which was a blessing to me and our family.  The other half of my tuition was covered more than adequately by scholarships I won for maintaining a 4.0 academic average throughout my studies, which culminated in me matriculating with Highest Honors in the School of Education as an English Education major. 

When I look back on my life, I realize how invaluable and instrumental my father was for a major part of my success.  He possesses "stick-tuitiveness," resolve, fortitude, honor, dedication and long-suffering.  Claude Moss, Sr. is a man who did what was before him to do, no matter what.  And I am grateful to be his daughter, a twin to my brother, Claude Jr., who is seemingly a polar opposite of me yet we are one.  My father named me Claudia.  Wanting me to be named after my great-grandmother, Claudie, yet desiring to up-dated the treasured name, he settled on the name Claudia, a classic, spit-shined version of Miss Claudie!

My mother, Clementine Young, married my father after her graduation from Tennessee State and their union was blessed with 6 children.  She made her transition when I was in the ninth grade at Tuskegee Institute High School.  Later, my father took Gladys Levett as his wife and was blessed again with three more children.  From my 9 siblings, my father has 20 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren...and counting!  My siblings are Diane, Claude, Jr., Bernadette, Glenda, Athera Everlener, Lorenzo, Delton and Katarina.

Daddy served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955, after which he was honorably discharged.  While serving his country, he fought in the Korean War.  During that time, he had his fill of water and will not cross it to this day, which postpones our fabulous foray into Hawaii!  Yet we remain hopeful!

Educated in the Macon County School System, Mr. Moss is a faithful, beloved member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where he serves on the Deacon Board.

He is an inspiration to me, my family and a plethora of others!

(L to R) My sister Bernadette "Chicken or Bernie" Stitts, my Aunt Marion and my older sister, Diane Moss

(L to R)  My lovely nieces, Whitney McCall and Dr. Jeannette McCall, Dr. of Physical Therapy, Diane's two daughters.  They have a brother, Kenny McCall.

( L to R)  Entrepreneur Glenda P. Halcromb, Whitney, Bernadette, Jeannette, Diane and Aunt Marion 

Sister Glenda snapping IPad pictures at the Tuskegee Institute retirement celebration.

Gladys and Daddy enjoying the distinguished ceremony.

Diane smiling for the camera!

Me!!  Claudia posing for the flash!

Mikyla and Mann, my adorable niece and nephew, behaving themselves at the ceremony!  They are my baby sister Katrina and her beloved Q's children.

Dr. Fredrick E. Tippett, Head of the Department of Pathobiology, honors my father with gifts.

 My father was honored with June 26, 2012 as Claude Moss, Sr. day in Tuskegee Institute, AL.  In addition, he received Keys to the City.  The only other family member I know of who received such an honor was my cousin, Douglass Moss, who, posthumously, received a day in his honor in Massachusetts, when he was laid to rest last year.

 Claude Moss, Sr. delivers a moving, humorous and loving presentation to say THANK YOU!  I am a speaker today, because my father is one of the most outstanding speakers I know...outside of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sisters Glenda and Bernie and Auntie Marion smile for my cell phone!!

My sister Stephanie gives us a pretty laugh along with my adorable niece!


Living a Golden Life,

July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Fairy Tale Love of Terri and Cynthia....

I am blessed that the Divine has seen fit for me to witness the conjugal bliss of two very special ladies, two beautiful brides, Terri Holley and Cynthia Philips.  I photographed their love in a ceremony I shall long remember.  The love they share is timeless, awe-inspiring.

Terri's smile brightens any space, brings warmth and beauty and rivals even sparkling, ornate chandelier lights.  Cynthia gazes upon her face and suddenly love is defined...without words.

I call this shot "The Cake Kiss," for any morsel shared on the lips of lovers is by far sweeter and more sacred than light piercing the darkest night.

This one is "The Embrace," for how could it be otherwise?  To hold and be held takes on a whole new meaning when no one loves you better than she....

Every story is a love story at heart....including theirs, including yours and including mine.  And so it is.  When I see this picture and others, I think if Celine Dion's song and her words about being in a space where dreams and shadows play.

Today and always, I will live the love in my heart, speak the words in my soul and walk where the fearless refuse to go.

Loving Terri and Cynthia~~

Living a Golden Life,

Monday, July 2, 2012

My sister's new store, Embroidery MossWear International

My knee-baby sister, Miss Glenda, is a whiz at making something out of nothing!  She's creative, hilarious, intelligent, generous, sweet and business-minded.  The chick has always been an entrepreneur, discovering many years ago that she simply wasn't one for punching another's clock.  Glenda Pearl is the first person in our immediate family to open her own store.  If you are ever in Stockbridge, GA, go in and tell her TheGoldenGoddess said HELLO!

She is the person to know for all of your embroidery needs.  With a visionary eye, she can create any art you can clearly describe.  Need school or workplace uniforms?  She's got you!  Need screen printing on family reunion shirts and other paraphernalia?  She's got you!  Got a Stepping or Motorcycle Club and need a unique logo on your gear?  Miss Halcromb has YOU!  And I know I am overlooking the 1,000 other services she provides, but I'm just her writing sister, giving her a SHOUT-OUT on my blog!  I mean, really, what do I know?

This is a view inside her store!

When you visit, you will be greeted by Debra, her fabulous assistant, who provides SUPERB SERVICE with a smile!

Here is Glenda Pearl and our sister Bernadette, our entrepreneur/beautician/barber sister, who is a  MASTER BARBER!

Miss Glenda is the epitome of fun!  She will have you laughing throughout your visit to her store.

Miss Glenda P. on a cruise last year!  Goodness knows, they should have paid her!  She was the LIFE of the ship!

                                                    Embroidery MossWear International

                               Step out on FAITH and live the Golden Life you were meant to live!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Two Retirement Gifts...a poem and a quilt...

This is the gorgeous quilt that my sister made as a retirement gift for our father, Mr. Claude Moss, Sr. A version of my poem is in the middle of the creation. Pictures of my family and our siblings come before and after the poem.


The Measure of a Man

Retirement is a time in a man’s life when the world dictates

We measure him by the life we think he’s led,

So we say

The true measure of a man is how tall he stands

Above his peers

How many treasures his storehouse holds

To determine his weight in riches

How many bonds and funds his accounts boast

How many possessions he’s amassed

Yet others argue his credibility

Lies in the races he’s won and the places he’s been,

Who he knows and the brands he can afford and recommend.

Be that as it may,

Truth rises like mist before us on a steamy summer day.

The true measure of a man is what he believes

How he opens to the Divine manifesting in his every day.

It lies in who he gives a helping hand

Because he knows the poor, dubbed the least of us,

are among God’s chosen too.

Yes, the true measure of a man lies in whether he leaves the world

Better than he finds it

Whether he walks up to fear and embraces those deeds

That buckle his knees.

The true measure of a man is whether he allows

His Heaven Within to guide his steps without.

When judged by a spiritual yardstick,

A man knows the world’s judgment is tolerated

But never needed

For if he has walked by faith

The greatest part of him, as unseen as breath,

Whispers, “Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant,

Well Done,”

And that man walks among men showered in a Grace

That springs not from this place.

©   Claudia Moss   6/29/2012

This is a lovely quilt that my knee-baby sister made for a customer to commemorate the love of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother!

The quilts can be purchased at my Glenda P. Halcromb's store, EMBROIDERY MossWear International in Stockbridge, GA.

Live a Golden Life

July 1, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jo Linsdell: In the Book Spotlight

About the author:

Jo Linsdell is a freelance writer, author and illustrator. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their two young sons.

Author website:
I am delighted to welcome the lovely author, JO LINSDELL, to the blog home of the Golden Goddess.  It is my pleasure to spotlight her latest release, OUT AND ABOUT AT THE ZOO.

A multi-talented writer, Linsdell has not only written a fabulous read for our little angels, bus she has also illustrated it with warm, sweet-faced characters children are bound to love!

What better setting in which to charm the little ones than at the zoo!  When my son was young, he adored our trips to the Atlanta Zoo, and your little angels, be they your children or the grandchildren or the neighbor's children, will love the memorable animal pals in the pages of this bright book.

Rhyming text and colourful pictures accompany this fun day out discovering different animals at the zoo.
Release Date: 1st June 2012
Product details:
ISBN/EAN13: 1477446591 / 9781477446591
Page Count: 32
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Colour: Full Colour with Bleed
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Stories in Verse
Purchasing links:
Contact details:
5 Stars
"This is a fun, short book for the grandkids! If you love reading to your children or grandchildren, this book will become a family favorite quite fast. The simple wording and bright interaction of characters makes it easy for very young readers and exciting for toddlers still listening.

Jo puts some serious thought into toddler reactions and includes those in the book. My favorite part was the last page, because my toddlers decided immediately that we needed to take a trip to the Denver Zoo. "Yay!!! I get to see the elephants!" (Okay, that part was ME not them.
But they get to go too.)"

5 Stars

"Out and About at the Zoo by Jo Linsdell is a delightful story set in rhyme about a boy and his mum. The two spend the day at the zoo and meet many animals along the way. Your child will enjoy reading this book time and time again. The colorful illustrations make this book a joy to read. Pick up a copy of this book and share a day at the zoo memory with your little one".
By Kate Mueller, Author of Bella's Birthday Surprise
5 Stars 

"Out And About At The Zoo is a cute book that describes a child's memory filled trip to the zoo. Are you heading to the zoo and you would like to tell your kids what animals they will see there and what they might be doing? Then Out And About At The Zoo would be a great choice. Easy to understand and easy for children to read along with. It is filled with simple yet colorful pictures that even held my one year old's attention!

Would also make a good gift for young readers who are just beginning to read!"

5 Stars 
"What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?  Author and illustrator Jo Linsdell both describes and pictures a fun day at the zoo that a young lad has with his mum.  They get to look at colorful parrots, tall giraffes, screaming monkeys, meat-eating lions and tigers, striped zebras, scary crocodiles with big teeth, hopping kangaroos, bathing hippos, and huge elephants.   But how does the boy feel when it’s time to go home?   How would you feel?
Children love to visit the zoo.  Our two boys certainly did when they were little, and we still do even today.  Jo Linsdell is a freelance writer and artist who is originally from the United Kingdom but now lives in Rome, Italy, with her husband and their two young sons.  The rhyming text and colorful pictures in Out and About at the Zoo not only make a truly fun story for children to read or have read to them and imagine what it’s like, but will also help to familiarize them with the different kinds of creatures that they will discover at the zoo when they do go".
By Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review

4 Stars 

"I enlisted some help from my daughter who turns three next month to write this review.
After reading "Out and About at the Zoo," to her, I asked if she liked the book. Her response: "I YOVE it." (she can't pronounce "L's" very well yet but you get the drift).
Caitlin has summed up everything you need to know and there's not much more to add to her comment. Jo's book is fun with cleverly rhyming text and is brightly illustrated. Your littlies will love "Out and About at the Zoo."
Strive to live a Golden Life each day,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meet Me and Enjoy a Reading/Discussion in your own Home

We are all curious beings!  We want to know how the other half lives and how they do what they do!  I'll be honest.  Peeking over into another person's life is enchanting to me.  And that is exactly what I'm inviting you to do on the last of this month.  Come peep into mine!  I'm calling this gala: "Meet Author Claudia Moss and Enjoy a Reading/Discussion as She Introduces Ms. Wanda B. Wonders!" 

It all happens on, a website that will allow you to view me, if your computer is relatively new and comes with built-in camera capabilities.  I will be unable to see you, although you will be able to hear me and communicate with me by typing messages and comments in a box at the bottom of the video screen.  How exciting is that!

The entire process has been streamlined for your convenience.  Please follow these steps.  First, on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 7 p.m. EST, type the following web address into your browser,   Once there, please type the password Clementine to enter my chat room.  Next, you will be asked to select a method of sign-in authentication.  Feel free to select Guest or one of the other methods, i.e., Facebook or Twitter.  And that is all to it!  No joining for the event.

I'd love for everyone to have at least 2 questions and comments!  That will make for a satisfying discussion.

During the gala, I will raffle off a copy of the Wanda B. series!

Isn't this an extraordinarily fabulous way to host and attend a reading/discussion within the comfort of your own home?  It speaks to the magnanimity of technology and the possibilities that exist in an idea.

For those on Facebook, you can RSVP to attend the gala by going to my wall and accessing the event.  Or leave me a comment on my fan page.


I'd love to meet you on May 31, 2012!  Drop in and let's appreciate the beauty of an online or virtual reading!

Living the Golden Life,
The Golden Goddess

May 21, 2012