July 13, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes Norman A. Carter, Jr., author of The Long Blue Walk: My Journey as a Philly Cop
Norman A. Carter was born and reared in the North Central section of Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Army and trained as a Combat Medical Corpsman. In 1964, Carter was selected to attend and graduated from the prestigious United States Military Academy Preparatory School and later was honorably discharged with a rank of Specialist Fifth Class.
In 1967, Norman joined the Philadelphia Police Department. While in the department, studied Administration of Justice Curriculum for two years at Temple University. He served in various patrol and patrol-related assignments. During his 25-year career, Norman earned two commendatory letters and worked with the Guardian Civic League, which is a local chapter of the National Black Police Association to increase the number of minorities hired and promoted. He also participated in community meetings as well as radio and television programs to curtail violence and improve the relationships between the community and the Police Department.
In 1977, Carter gave the Police Department, its Internal Affairs Bureau, and the Mayor of Philadelphia detailed information about a criminal organization headquartered in the Roxborough/Manayunk section of Philadelphia. This organization was actively facilitated by Police Officers. The leader of this organization was eventually arrested and served five years in federal prison. Norman retired as a Police Corporal in the Narcotics Field Unit in 1992.
In 1993, he joined what later became known as the Office of Inspector General, Welfare Fraud Division where he was promoted to Claims Investigation Agent Supervisor. Norman retired from this position in 1997. In October 1998, he contributed to an exposé in the Philadelphia Inquirer revealing the process the Philadelphia Police Department used to decrease crime statistics. An indirect result of this exposé was the arrest of a serial rapist/murderer who had terrorized Center City Philadelphia and Ft. Collins, Co.
In May 2001, Norman contributed to an exposé in the Philadelphia Daily News that revealed the safety hazards encountered by prisoners transported by Police Officers. This resulted in improved safety provisions for all vehicles transporting prisoners in Philadelphia.
Norman A Carter is the author of The Long Blue Walk: My Journey as a Philly Cop, where he details his experience as an officer and as whistleblower helping to root out poor practices and corruption in the Philadelphia Police Force.
June 29, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Marcus Tony Campbell, author of Rich City Thug-Life
Marcus Tony Campbell was raised, along with his brother, in a single-parent home in Richmond, Virginia. As a young man, he got involved in the street life and in the process was eventually incarcerated. While incarcerated, a friend he knew from the street suggested he try writing since he read so much. Not paying any attention, it took for Marcus to get out and get reincarcerated before he gave writing a try. After reading Zane's Sex Chronicles, he thought to himself, I can do that and thus his first novel Club S.E.X. was written. After another setback, he wrote Rich City Thug-Life. He does all his own writing, editing, proofreading, typing, and printing. The true meaning of self-publishing. So far, he has gotten Rich City Thug-Life into his home library system and has been featured in a magazine and at Author Speaks at his main library.
June 15, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Chiropractor and Yoga Instructor Dr. Kiva Davis
Dr. Kiva L. Davis, DC is a licensed Chiropractor, with a strong background in Anatomy and Kinesiology, and is a registered Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 200, YACEP® teacher.
Dr. Kiva’s approach to anatomy and yoga is lighthearted and passionate. She has practiced Yoga for more than ten years. Her introduction to Holistic health was in 2003 when she received a certification in Reflexology.
She became interested in Yoga after taking a class at a local gym in the late 90’s. Her desire to deepen her understanding of the practice resulted in her obtaining a certification to teach from Yoga Lotus in 2007. She completed more than 700 educational hours in Hatha Yoga at Yoga Lotus, Kemetic Yoga, and Rocket Yoga.
Dr. Kiva considers herself the "happy" yoga teacher and is known for her engaging style and ability to share concepts in a clear and accessible way. As her students move through asanas, she wants them to experience the movements and the freedom that can be obtained. She compares yoga movements to dance.
She conducts Anatomy training for several Yoga Teacher Training programs and she is certain that a strong foundation in anatomy gives teachers advantages in class development. Kiva believes strongly in bringing humor to her classes and training while still respecting the practice. Her mission is to empower students and teachers to move beyond perceived limitations to find freedom, confidence and to allow energy to flow through their bodies.
Dr. Kiva is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a major in Psychology and minor in Art History and received a Doctorate Degree from Texas Chiropractic College. She is enrolled in a 500-hour yoga program and a Chiropractic Diplomate Program in Nutrition.
June 1, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle Welcomes Daisy Brown and Phil Hilinski
Daisy Brown is a native of Baltimore, MD, where she currently resides. She is the Road Manager for The Chi-Lites featuring Marshall Thompson and has been a member of that organization for the past 46 years. She is a retired legal secretary having worked in the field of law for 40 years and, for the past six years, Ms. Brown has been a dedicated supporter of the Miss Dream Castle Pageant, which gives young women a chance to showcase their talent and supports education scholarships to children in Jamaica.
Daisy Brown has served in the US Military and received an honorable discharge in 1982. In 2004, she became a life member of Associates of the Vietnam Veterans (AVVA). She joined The Enlisted Association (TREA) Chapter 9 in 2012, where she serves as secretary. Daisy is the producer and co-host of the online radio show “Called To Serve” and is co-producer of “Soul School Music,” which is hosted by Marshall Thompson of The Chi-Lites. Ms. Brown also is an accomplished poet and lyricist.
Philip J. Hilinski was born in Cleveland, OH. He is a military veteran who served 21 years in the US Army from 1973 to 1994 when he retired as a Master Sergeant with a rank of E-8. During his time in the military, Philip served mainly in the United States. He also has worked as a contractor in the Middle East.
Philip is a member of several veterans organizations, including The Enlisted Association (TREA), where he currently serves as a Director on the TREA National Board of Directors and is in charge of an IT Committee.
Philip J. Hilinski is married with four adult children and lives near Columbus, Ohio, where he resides with his wife, Judith.
May 18, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes Mitchell Levy, the AHA Guy
Mitchell Levy (pronounced Lee Vee) is The AHA Guy at AHAthat (https://AHAthat.com) who empowers thought leaders to share their genius. His superpower of extracting the genius from your head in a two-hour interview so you can then share it with those that need to see it. He is an accomplished Entrepreneur who has created twenty businesses in Silicon Valley including four publishing companies that have published over 800 books.
Mitchell is a TEDx speaker and international bestselling author with fifty-nine business books. He's provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies, has advised over five hundred CEOs on critical business issues and has been chairman of the board of a NASDAQ-listed company. In addition to these accomplishments, he’s been happily married for twenty-eight years and regularly spends four weeks annually in a European country with his family and friends.
May 4, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes Dr. Glenville Ashby
Glenville Ashby, Ph.D. is an Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader, Life Coach, author, journalist, syndicated newspaper columnist, wellness counselor, and lecturer. Dr. Ashby is a certified QiGong instructor who studied under Grandmaster Zhou Ting-Je and SifuTina Zhan, a Wellness Consultant at the Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Master Reiki practitioner; a certified meditation instructor; and an initiate in the Ifá tradition. A prolific writer, Dr. Ashby’s literary works include The Mystical QiGong Handbook for Good Health, Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend and Bridge to Enlightenment and Creativity which received the Literary Titan Gold Book Awards, The Believers: The Hidden World of West Indian in Spiritualism in New York, and One Hundred Paths To God, which is scheduled for release in early 2018. Ashby also authored, “In Search of Truth: A Course in Religious Psychology,” which is being released in May of this year.
April 20, 2018
Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes J. Elliot Howard
Poet and Author J. Elliot Howard was born in Findlay, Ohio. At the age of 16, his family moved to Sugar Land, TX. Shortly after moving, he began to write. No matter where he went, writing followed. He wrote while attending the University Of Houston, transferring and graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, graduate school at Bowling Green State University, marriage, fatherhood, and all points in between. Poetry is his snapshot in time because words mean more than pictures to him. They allow him to look, remember, and truly embrace each new experience.
He loves the city of Houston. Houston is where he met his wife, and where his son was born. Writing has enabled him to express himself thoroughly and creatively. Life is more than "happy love." At times, he has had to say good-bye. Sometimes, he has had to give chase. In other situations, he has had to sit still. Nevertheless, in all of the places he has lived, and moments he has experienced, all are worthwhile.
April 6, 2018
Somewhere In The Middle with Michele Barard welcomes author I-netha Dickerson-Knox
I-netha Dickerson-Knox is from Milwaukee Wisconsin but currently resides in Lake Wales, Florida. She began writing songs at the age of 13 and fell in love with writing. While in high school, I-netha developed various intrests including writing, drama and dance. She was a victim of bullying and aspires to be a role model for those who feel insecure about themselves and think about suicide. She enjoys reading, writing and loves meeting her readers and getting to know them.
March 23, 2018
Somewhere In The Middle Welcomes Guest Bernard N. Lee, Jr.
Bernard N. Lee, Jr. is the oldest son of a career veteran of the US Army. He traveled throughout the United States and Europe during his childhood. The places he traveled, the people he met, and the stories he remembers are shared in his memoir; “A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid In The Fifties.”
Bernie attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., joined the Army ROTC Program, obtained a private pilot’s license, a regular army commission, and retired as a Captain from the Army Reserves. Upon graduating, Bernie joined AT&T in New Jersey, where he worked until his retirement in 2003. Bernie also taught classes at Somerset VoTech and led a group called PACE, preparing high school students for STEM programs in college.
Bernie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); Georgia Writer’s Association; Books By Brats, Writers Helping Writers, and Indie Author writers’ groups.
Bernie is also a member of the Nuremberg Alumni Association and the “How Big Is Your Dream Foundation (HBIYD?!)”.
Bernie resides in Conyers, Georgia, with Edwina (his wife of forty-one wonderful years), where he teaches “Chess for Advanced and Beginning students” in an after school program.
March 9, 2018
Somewhere In The Middle welcomes Dr. Kendra Davis-Burch
Kendra is a 1999 & 2009 graduate of Winston-Salem State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology (1999) & a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (2009). She is also a 2016 graduate of Apex School of Theology where she earned a Masters of Divinity Degree. Kendra earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Biblical Studies at Apex School of Theology May 2017.
In 2010, Kendra established K*METAMORPHOSIS, a Christian counseling organization whose vision, mission and philosophy was birthed out of the desire to fill a much needed treatment gap in the community. The organization’s mission is to utilize a holistic approach to restore fallen humanity. This organization believes that individuals; despite their past are capable of transforming spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
In 2012, Kendra became a published author. Her book Rivers of Life, a collection of life changing sermons and homilies; has been said to be resource that will empower you and inspire you to bounce back from anything. Many have described it as a spiritual vitamin that will rejuvenate, revitalize and refresh you! Kendra has released her second book NO MORE DISCOUNTS: “Lessons Learned Living Single!” A therapeutic tool used by many who have found themselves in the vicious cycle of abuse and toxic relationships, while seeking love and happiness. Kendra’s transparency in this book has empowered others to heal, forgive and move beyond the pain to finding their purpose! In May of 2017 Kendra released her third literary project PRAY MORE, TALK LESS.