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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Life is hard and, faced with this pandemic for the past year and a bit, many are finding life to be exceedingly difficult. All the restrictions imposed, especially the self-isolation, have resulted in conflicting emotions and opinions and many have faced daunting sentiments of low self-esteem. Isolation doesn’t work for everyone, and even those who are more introverted than others find it difficult to be totally isolated and alone. With all the negative vibes circulating out there, it’s nice to realize that there can be, and for many there is, a silver lining. Seek within yourself and find your hidden creative force and you will find a more positive energy source to see you through these difficult times.
That’s what Latoya Stewart did. She looked inward and found a creative force, a writer’s voice that had been subdued for many years. Using this newly found gift from the past, the author started writing her thoughts, her goals, her aspirations and how she could make the world around her a better place for her. The collection of ramblings resulted in a chapbook, The Divine Tales of Taylor Maid: Short Empowerment Stories. Each story is a revelation of something that happened in her life that had a negative impact and how she could look at it to change her perspective. A bad hair day can become a good friend day; one bad day doesn’t have to morph into multiple bad days; keep moving forward no matter what; maintain a judgment-free attitude; and so many other words of wisdom.
The author sums up her positive affirmations at the end of the collection of stories and then the second half of the book begins with a beautiful photograph of a sunflower and the instructions to write your own creative aspirations: “Allow your favorite pen to guide you through your own unique expressions. Growth is on the other side of perception.” This tiny gem of a book is a great source of positive energy to help us all get through the most difficult days of our lives because we will all have those days, Covid or not.