Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gang wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. The playgrounds were sometimes silent. These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories; places packed with people, but were virtually empty on late summer mid-days… Streets that were made habitable again by the actions of a few good men…
Stephen Thedford’s Amazon. Com Review Too often on the news we hear of African American males who have succumb to violence and drugs. After a while, we do not care why, we just hope and pray that we are not caught in the crossfire. However, in Philly Style and Philly Profile Thompson does not let us ignore them, as society would like to. Moreover, he introduces the reader to some of these young men and their fears, hopes, desires, and beliefs. Even though the story takes place in the seventies, Philly Style and Philly Profile occurs every night in America
Alberto Romero’s Amazon.Com Review This is another remarkable novel by Julius Thompson. In Philly Style and Philly Profile he takes the reader through the streets of the City of Brotherly Love and shows us, with engaging and touching down-to-earth prose, the good and evil, the hate and love in the lives of hostile and violent young people, some of whom are saved thanks to the constant help of dedicated community counselors. A troubled side of the great city of Philadelphia, portrayed vividly by a brilliant storyteller
Five Ghosts—basketball players whose lives were cut short—return to haunt five basketball starters to help them try to win the coveted State Championship.
Five Ghosts, who were young basketball players that died too early, are given an opportunity to return to life. They inhabit the bodies of five living basketball players to inspire, motivate the five starters to the coveted State Championship. As they themselves continue to learn life’s obstacles that can only be overcome in growing up.
Some of the ghosts were not good people and given a second chance. Some ghosts will continue their good lives.
Rockwood High’s once proud basketball team is now in the midst of a 30-game losing streak as the long-time successful coach, is under fire from a principal who wants to use this opportunity to show that he is in control and thus impress the Board of Education members.
The Phantoms come back to help, but also to save someone who is going down the wrong path to destruction.
The five phantoms help a losing basketball team and its embattled coach, a community racially and socially divided and turn the season around to win an elusive state basketball championship.
Coach Jones, despondent after loss of another game and a star player leaving the team, is about to quit on Rockwood and his varsity basketball team.
However, he receives help from a supernatural source as five Ghosts arrive, former players, to rally the team. But they not only come to help, but to take someone back as a sixth man for their games in the corner of the sky.
Every great team needs a great sixth man!
Julius JE Thompson speaking at the Atlanta Writer’s Club Monthly Meeting on Saturday, March 19, 2016: Georgia Perimeter College/Georgia State University in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Mr. was behind the podium early in the presentation, but moved in front of the screen and talked straight to the audience. Mr. Thompson’s topic was “ Writing Confidence–Which is imperative to the success of an author.
This is a milestone moment for Mr. Thompson who is the former Evening at Emory University Creative Instructor and National Award Winning Author.
Preparing to love my “Spice” near the end of her life!
People love their pets and I am one of those crazy animal lovers. This is a story I wrote about my friend Spice.
On this October Tuesday, the day dawned cloudy, with a cool mist washing my face. The moisture mixed in with the tears forming as I reached down and gently picked up Spice, a Lapso Apso mix-breed small dog, from the bed and carried her to my car and laid her softly on the back seat.
She is fragile.
The growth mass on her back is increasing in size and is slowly draining blood and the life force from her body. This year, 2013, was the fifth since I adopted Spice from PAWS an excellent animal rescue shelter in the Atlanta area.
Today was time to take Spice to the vet on Lawrenceville Highway in Snellville, Georgia. “Spice and Me” love to ride in the car, but this time she wasn’t poking her head out the window, but lying on the back seat with a blanket covering her body.
Once at the animal hospital, the Vet carried Spice into the hospital-like room and, what seemed like eternity, she returned with a syringe filled with Spice’s blood drawn from the mass on her back.
There was an awkward pause as she said the possibility the growth on Spice’s back was a malignant tumor. The blood work would confirm the doctor’s analysis. The Vet has excellent bed-side manners and delivers the news with respect, concern and love for “Spice and Me”.
Spice is dying!
It could be three months or three years—in other words she will be in hospice care in our home until it comes time to make the “Decision”. That means to put her to sleep when she can no longer respond or life is zapped from her body. When I heard the word, I felt as if someone had punched me in my stomach. The dreaded “C” word sent chills up and down my back. I recently watched a television special on a cable station about how there is a rise in cancer in animals.
Now, cancer was not only at my front door but in my home.
I cried deep inside my soul for a relationship for “Spice and Me” that would last a long time.
My sister, Rochelle, cried out loud.
Until that dreaded “Decision” moment in time, we will fill Spice’s life with anything and everything she desires. This shocking moment frees us to love her, feed her as many treats and whatever she wants to eat or drink. Spice loves to ride in the car and look out the open car window with the wind blowing in her face. I will take her for special car rides and walks in the park. I may even sneak a trip to the McDonald’s drive through to get a hamburger for Spice (smile).
Now, I enjoy her company as she sleeps on the bed, or lay next to me, on a blanket, as I write my novels on the computer.
Spice has a personality that reminds me of the Divas from one of those reality cable television shows like House Wives of Atlanta. Sometimes she will give you an almost human look when you try to make her do something she doesn’t want to do at that particular moment. That look is priceless, almost as if she is thinking “Leave a message”. In other words, Spice will ignore you in her “Diva” way.
I will not only enjoy these precious moments, but live the moments and not live in the past or live in an uncertain future. I will live and breathe this present moment in time that is filled with love and caring, and even a hope for Spice that she might recover. I pray everyday for her recovery.
` People, who are not pet lovers, don’t understand the bond that develops as you and your pet’s personality mesh. It is a special love.
Now, each day is special.
As I look into those big pretty eyes I see unconditional love.
The Ghost of Atlanta is on the Barnes & Nobles Bookshelves for the second year. Today, Sunday, March 13, 2016, the store manager asked me to autograph copies of the book. Great Feeling!
The Ghost of Atlanta won the 2011 Readers Favorite National award for Fiction. JE Thompson received his award in a presentation at the Miami International Book Festival.
In The Ghost of Atlanta, Andy Michael Pilgrim faces demons from his youth that haunted his life. These are the ghosts in the crawl spaces of his life; some are real and some supernatural.
After landing a job with The Atlanta Defender, Andy returns home and visits the place where he finally faces remembrances of his deceased abusive father. While walking around the grounds, he meets his mysterious cousin, Joe Boy, and finds out that the property is going to be sold by unscrupulous cousins.
JE Thompson is speaking at the Atlanta Writer’s Club Monthly Meeting on March 19, 2016: Georgia Perimeter College/Georgia State University-Dunwoody, Dunwoody, Georgia at 1:30 pm in the auditorium of the NC building.
Mr. Thompson will have 15 minutes to share whatever he feels will be of interest to the members from his experience as a published writer.
This is a milestone moment for Mr. Thompson who is the former Evening at Emory University Creative Instructor and National Award Winning author.