"King of the country, boss of the stix!" Hip Hop has long made braggadocio a work requirement, often for the same "show" factor that arrives when aspiring rappers rent jewelry and nice cars to wear and drive in their music videos. With Big Smo, everything about him as a superstar is authentic: from the farm in middle Tennessee he shot the majority of his music videos, television show, and continues to live and raise his three daughters on to the family Moonshine recipe and even the head of a live chicken he personally cut off to great controversy in his now legendary Kickin' It in Tennessee video. By far the biggest star of the country rap genre he helped invent and put on the national map with the help of well over 70 million Youtube views, he remains the first and only country rapper to date to ever sign a major label record deal with Warner Bros. With a catalog of 10 albums, including highlights like American Made, Kuntry Livin, which spawned the hits Workin' and Anything Goes, We the People, and Special Reserve among other fan favorites, Smo cultivated a fervent fanbase--affectionately referred to as Kinfoke--and brought them to the mainstream as the grassroots fire was soon blazing hotly enough to capture the Wall Street Journal's attention. A natural ambassador for his listeners' lifestyle with a star personality so charismatic he wound up with his own A&E reality show--another first for his genre--more than 2 million fans made it so officially when The Big Smo Show debuted in June 2014 on A&E and ran for two seasons. Now, Smo tells all in My Life in a Jar: The Book of Smo.
This book is a collection of my poetry over the years inspired by the life I have led working in the care setting and traveling all over the world. I hope you enjoy my work and may find it useful to use in the right settings, for instance “Those in Grief” has been used in funerals. My life has been rather colorful to say the least, and I have been in a few situations facing danger and adventure, bringing me to the present day. Now at sixty-three, I can reflect on this and laugh at the funny events and sigh with relief at actually surviving other situations. I consider each event as a blip in my life and nothing more. Yes, I do have nightmares from my worst experiences as a teenager, but I just thank God that I survived to tell the tale.
Deegie Tibbs is an independent young witch with a funky little shop that sells magical items, a crazy collection of magical friends, and a brand new (haunted) house, complete with ghosts in the walls and a basement with a gallon jar of human fingers and its very own demon. It’s a complicated life…and things are about to get really weird.
"He who changes one person, changes the world entire." That is how Irena Sendler viewed life, and that view moved her to the heroic actions she displayed during World War II. As a Polish social worker who saw the disturbing treatment of the Jewish people by Hitler and the Nazis, Irena was determined to do all she could to provide help and safety for Jewish families. It was her bravery and leadership that led to the rescue of so many Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. In Mommy, Who Was Irena Sendler? children will learn how Megan Felt and her high school classmates uncovered the amazing story of Irena Sendler and brought that story to light. As the three high school girls from Kansas began to share the story they called Life in a Jar, many lives were touched and forever changed. Even after the story was first shared with the world, that emotional connection continued to reach across generations. Megan's daughter, too, learned a life-changing lesson from both the courage of Irena Sendler's selfless acts and those of her own mother's determination to share Irena's story. What Mommy, Who Was Irena Sendler? is the thid in a series of children's books about the amazing Unsung Heroes featured at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas. Through Irena's story and those of other Unsung Heroes, the Center helps students, educators and communities recognize the value of each person in effecting positive change in the world. Cathy Werling, the author, is an award-winning and recently retired elementary educator. Her passion for helping students develop positive character traits and seek out worthy role models led to her part time work at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. Through her series of books about these humble heroes, Cathy inspires elementary children to also be those people who make a positive difference in the lives of others.