The voices of women are raising in an alarming quantity. Women poets. Women musicians. Women speakers. Women teachers. Women with messages that must be heard are stepping in the limelight beautifully.

For centuries, it’s been “a man’s world”. The tide is changing and the voices of women are rising with a message of harmony, sanity and peace. Violence by hand, gun, chemical, pure neglect is diminishing. We are happy people on Earth, again.

According to Herstory, things are as we make them. We make them peaceful. We make them harmonious. We make things from abundance that surrounds us. We are co-Creators with the Universe. It is ours to create within. We create happiness and peace.

Reframing His-story


IYPAD goes unnoticed by media


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Afro-Latin Voices

Navigating the System

While searching for funding opportunities for our nonprofit, we found a grant on www.grants.gov.

A few of us read the 39-page instructions and we knew that we had to submit the proposal on http://www.sam.gov but what we did not understand is that, although our grant writer had set up our account over nine months ago, all of the other steps were not taken. First, we had not registered the company this year. Second, we had not appointed an entity administrator, which required a notarized form letter signed by the appointee, then, scanned and uploaded to this site www.fsd.gov

Ironically, the people who I communicated with from Sam.gov were all either Black, African American, or some other title of a person of color born in the U.S.A. Their names were Earline Fair Edwards, Jaylin, and his supervisor was a young lady named Lucky.

I made sure that we were on a recorded line and told each of them that this system was either rigged to be difficult to prevent a mass amount of people from accessing the grant monies or some similar scenario. It too from June 1, 2022, until August to get my address changed in this system. That is ridiculous. Ms. Edwards had to go into my account, physically, with me on the phone to affirm that the change got done.

Each conversation I had with a representative was recorded and I am so sure my frustration bled through. Then, I went to YouTube, where you can learn how to do anything, and I found this video collection that is only six months old. I suppose they got enough complaints about the site to inform people how to navigate it. The problem is that you must be computer savvy, you must register with three different sites, and you must remember what to do and where to go to do it.


On January 10, 2023, I sent this message to


First, let me say that this is the most frustrating process that I have ever encountered.

I submitted our nonprofit to Sam.gov over nine months ago. It took two months just to get our address changed in this system. Now, I am trying to submit a NEH Grant and find out that our company is not verified. I uploaded a notarized letter appointing me as the Entity Administrator but it will take up to 6 days for someone to verify it. We need another person listed in order to upload the grant documentation.

Does that person need to have a notarized letter, too?

You cannot reach anyone at your office on the phone. Your instructions are click this, click that, click the other. This system is in sore need of simplifying. It is not user-friendly in any way at all.

I just called your number and was told the wait time is 63 minutes. That is absurd.

Can someone please call me at the number below, so I can get some help with this issue.


Dr. Joan Cartwright

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.



Then, I got a message that there was no address on our letterhead, which is not true. I’m just sayin’.

Do you see our address?

This is an impossible system managed by incompetent and arrogant people. Only Mrs. Edwards gets my thumbs up. The rest of the staff is belligerent, arrogant, and not serving their citizenry. They need to learn some soft skills like customer service. I say this because Lucky hung up, after saying, “Our agents cannot stay on the phone with you. Contact your tax accountant for help.”

Then, Lucky called me back and made sure I got everything done. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

What do you think?

I’m just sayin’!

This system needs an overhaul and the people working there need customer service training.

That’s all I have to say.

Saluting Veterans

November 11, 2022

Dear Veterans,

This letter is my tribute to the veterans in my family and families around the nation. It is with deep love and appreciation that I acknowledge my father, Uriah T. Cartwright, who served in WWII in the Army as a radio dispatcher in Viareggio, Italy, for the Red Tails, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. He was the only one in his unit to get hit just before they shipped out. He received the Purple Heart for the injury to his leg from shrapnel and the Bronze Star for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. My father’s brothers, Garfield and Carl, served in the Navy and Army, respectively. Carl Cartwright served as a lifetime serviceman.

My mother, Charlotte Galloway Cartwright, served in WWII in the Army as a WAC in France and Belgium. She was a typist, and, after her honorable release, she was the administrative assistant to the Assistant Director of the Veterans Administration in Manhattan. Later she worked at the Naval Hospital in St. Albans, New York, processing wounded soldiers.

My husband and the father of my two children, Peter J. Serrano, served in the Army in Vietnam, where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart.

My brother, Carlton G. Cartwright served in the Air Force in Wiesbaden, Germany. Following in our Uncle Carl’s footsteps, Carlton became a professional photographer and videographer. Through his nonprofit organization, The Children’s Coalition, Carlton has produced video interviews for the Veterans’ History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center created by the United States Congress in 2000 to collect and preserve the firsthand remembrances of U.S. wartime veterans available at this link: https://www.loc.gov/search/?fa=contributor_organization:children%27s+coalition+/+va+medical+center,+west+palm+beach

Carlton’s interview with my father is linked here: https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.79149/


Dr. Joan Cartwright

Tiny House Update

So, after four month from moving out of Florida to North Carolina, I am still not in my tiny house, which is still being renovated by a new contractor. This has been a harrowing summer with moving, renovating, back surgery, recuperation, technical difficulties with TMOBILE and the sketchy Internet in North Carolina, where phone calls drop in an instant. To teach, I must drive to the community college in Whiteville.

My Tiny House and 2 Sheds

However, life goes on. My children, grands, and great grands are all fine in New York, Atlanta, and Sacramento. So, I have little to complain about, especially since I was not in Florida when Hurricane Ian hit. The west coast of Florida was battered and in Delray Beach, King’s Point got hit. But luckily my cousin’s apartment is in tact. My friend in Delray had her roof all but cave in. That was frightening!

Musically, I’m delighted to be teaching Music and Media at SUNY Old Westbury. But it will not be taught in the Spring, so I need some courses to teach. I applied to SNHU and CCNY in the Center for Worker Education (CEW). We’ll see what develops there.

In the meantime, I am open to suggests about grants for the Musicwoman Archive and Cultural Center.

When will women be remunerated equitably? That is the question.

On November 10 @ 10 a.m., I will be the keynote speaker for http://documentingjazz.com/ and I am excited and honored to have been chosen for that!

More at 11:11 p.m.

Do not trust!

People come in all sizes and shapes but nowhere on them is a label that says, “Do not trust!” ~ Dr. JC

I have been defrauded by the handyman who has worked for me and my daughter for two years. He took my money and did not pay the people he brought in to do the work. Please see the attached statement for details.

September 7, 2022

John Hardgraves was working on my tiny house, in Clarendon NC. Someone stole my refrigerator, stovetop, and dishwasher from Lowe’s in Whiteville, on August 1, 2022, three weeks after my back surgery in Wilmington,  NC. John had my Lowe’s credit card that he did not return to me. I gave it to him before I went to Wilmington. There was only $9 on it.

I spent $6,981 on materials and appliances. I reported it stolen and requested a  new card for me and my daughter. Later, the Whiteville Detective discovered that the goods went missing from the Lowe’s warehouse. Lowe’s refunded all of the money on my credit card. Then, I read an article about Target and Lowe’s missing millions of dollars of inventory. So, I presumed that the warehouse manager took the goods.

The new contractor ex-state trooper Richard Capps insisted that I go to Lowe’s and see what they were holding for me. Two of five items showed on hold. Lowe’s records showed that three of five appliances on hold were picked up on August 1, 2022. I was recovering in an Airbnb in Fayetteville. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and stovetop are not in the house, nor the shed located at 194 Ed Ward Road, Clarendon, NC 28432.

The stackable washer and dryer and the shower door were still at Lowe’s. Someone took the refrigerator, dishwasher, and stovetop that added up to $2000, the exact amount of John’s last unpaid invoice. My daughter, Mimi, who hired him in 2020, fired him two weeks after the appliances had been picked up without my permission or knowledge. So, his actions may have been premeditated if he took them.

I made a police report at Lowe’s and waited for the police to report who picked up the refrigerator, stovetop, and dishwasher without my permission. At the end of June, July, and August, I called Lowe’s to ask for an extension of time to hold my five appliances. I received a call back from the manager, at the end of August. He said they could keep the appliances for another month only. We did not discuss the items being held, during this conversation, because I did not know that John Hardgraves has picked three of them up on August 1st, until the new contractor Richard Capps informed me that he went to Lowe’s to see what was being held for me. At Lowe’s, Capps learned that there were only two items not five on hold.

John Hardgraves threatened to file a mechanic’s lien. He had no contract. His work was that of a 12-year-old, according to the new contractor who reworked the electrical panel, water heater, and electrical outlets, and invoiced me $817 for the labor.

They are pulling the store video at Lowe’s. I’m pressing charges because we’ve paid John Hardgraves every dime that he invoiced us for since 2020. He overcharged for removing an old house. Nothing he did was right except mowing the lawn and his old cousin did that.

John Hardgraves invoiced me once for drywall, then another time for sheetrock, which is the same thing. The new contractor and another builder both said the drywall looked like it had been done by a 12-year-old. There is still a lot of drywall work to do to make the job right.

Hardgrave’s cousin Robbie and his son Hoss were supposed to be doing the work. But the last time I was at the house when they were there, Robbie told me that he worked a 10-hour job then came to do this work on my house. John was not paying the people who did the work for him. That’s why his cousin wound up coming to do the work. In addition, John’s nephew Timothy Marlowe was paid to do the plumbing. His quote was for $5,400. I paid him half to get supplies. He never finished the work.

The electrician we hired Anthony Lewis from Fuquay Electric never finished the work we contracted him to do, either. We never paid the final invoice for $338 because he did not come to finish the work. According to him, he did not answer to John who was a handyman telling him where to put the outdoor electrical panel. So, he dropped off the job. We paid John $338 to finish the outlets, but they were never done. Also, I paid for lighting fixtures that he picked up from Lowe’s, but they are nowhere to be found. That charge is on my credit card.

Around the time he took the appliances, we asked John Hardgraves to leave the keys because I thought I lost my set. But I found them hanging on my cooler. He asked us if we were firing him then. We said no because we did not intend to fire him.

So, he went and got my appliances because he had the order number and knew the people in the Lowe’s warehouse. told my daughter that he was a liar. Now, we know he’s a thief, too.

I’m exhausted from this process. I have been taken advantage of by people I paid to do a job for me. They left the house a mess. I paid Richard Capps to clean the house up and pay the electrician to repair and rearrange electrical apparatus in the amount of $1,000.

To date, this project has cost me $60,499.26. I paid John Hardgraves $6,690 from my account and $3,939 on credit cards for a total of $10,629. There is an outstanding invoice for $2,050.

My daughter was referred to John Hardgraves in 2020 by our realtor Kip Nance who sold us 9.5 acres of land without disclosing that at least 6 acres are in a flood zone. The 3.5 acres we put the house and sheds on perked. The rest of the land is in the flood zone. Kip referred only John to us. He did not give a list of professional contractors. John maintained the lawn, after the cornstalks were removed. We trusted John because we had a relationship with him. But he defrauded us in every way.

Dr. Joan Cartwright

Mimi Johnson

Clarendon, NC


Photos of the house before and after the new contractor cleaned up the house.

After the cleanup by the new contractor

The moral of the story is “Do not trust anyone, especially workmen who take your money and promise to do the work but hire incompetent people whom they do not pay. This is a harrowing experience. Check and double-check anyone you hire to work for you. People, today, are desperate, greedy, and deceitful. They have no respect for seniors, women, or anyone they think they can bilk for money.

Needless to say, I am making every effort to resolve this issue. Today, I spoke with a Whiteville Police Department Detective. Last night, I submitted this statement to the Columbus County District Attorney. Now, I need to file a report with Columbus County State Troopers. It’s an ordeal but must be done.

Be safe and DO NOT TRUST anyone!

Snowbird on Fire

Be careful what you wish for. I spent 35 years in Florida and I just moved to North Carolina, where it’s been 95 to 100 degrees but seems to be cooling down. At least, it will be cooler in the Fall. But this snowbird might wish he’d thought about his move to Florida, first.

Dear Diary,

Just moved to Florida! Now this is a state that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. It is beautiful. I’ve finally found my home. I love it here.

June 14:
Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a sun worshipper.

June 30:
Had the backyard landscaped with southern plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing the lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10:
The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least, it’s kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15:
Fell asleep by the community pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol’ sun in a climate like this.

July 20:
I missed Lomita (my cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the hot car at noon, Lomita had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag, then popped like a water balloon. The car now smells like Kibbles and Sh*ts. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat. Good ol’ Mr. Sun strikes again.

July 25:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And it’s hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30:
Been sleeping outside on the patio for 3 nights now, $225,000 house and I can’t even go inside. Lomita is the lucky one. Why did I ever come here?

Aug. 4:
It’s 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85. I hate this stupid state.

Aug. 8:
If another wise ass cracks, ‘Hot enough for you today?’ I’m going to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work, the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

Aug. 9:
Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and when I sat on the seats in the car, I thought my ass was on fire. My skin melted to the seat. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass. Now, my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and baked cat.

Aug 10:
The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It’s been too hot to do sh*t for 2 damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn’t it ever rain in this damn state? Water rationing will be next, so my $1700 worth of cactus will just dry up and blow over. Even the cactus can’t live in this damn heat.

Aug. 14:
Welcome to HELL! Temperature got to 115 today. Cacti are dead. Forgot to crack the window and blew the damn windshield out of the car. The installer came to fix it and guess what he asked me??? “Hot enough for you today?” My sister had to spend $1,500 to bail me out of jail. Freaking Florida. What kind of a sick demented people would want to live here?? Will write later to let you know how the trial goes.


When will we have enough of white men working steadily to wage war on women, people of color, government, the economy, the environment, ecology, and the planet?

Let’s focus on:

Mississippi voter’s rights and water

Past presidents who abuse their privilege to run the country

Dumbing down of students who cannot read, write, think, or converse

Generational wealth through real estate ownership

A damaging economy that enables cheesy, greedy landlords to raise the rent and cause whole families to become homeless

Eastern wars on their own people

The right for people to live and love how and whom they please

Salute the Ancestors

The Vision Alignment Project

A Vision for Our Ancestors

We see a world where we all understand the immense difference between our lifetime and our existence; where we know that we live in eternity, and that when we leave our bodies, we persist nonetheless.

Accordingly, we envision a world where all peoples everywhere are consulting those who have been here before us; where the dimensional barriers have been breached, the limited mindsets transmuted and transformed to where we are all able to communicate with our loved ones who are out-of-body, and where this is a common, everyday occurrence.

And we see a world where the legacy that our ancestors left us is honored, where we acknowledge the good works they did in preparing this world for our arrival, and where the love they felt as they made things ready for us is felt as strong today as it was felt back then when they walked the land.

As you line up with this Vision, it becomes your Vision too!
You can align with this Vision by double-clicking the link below.

I Align with this Vision!

Are we the keepers?

Americans, are we the keepers of the people at the southwestern border?

Do we know why they are really there?

Are we our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers? What would Jesus do?


Cleaning up the system

When your foot is on my neck, you cannot run. Your system keeps you down, too. We cannot tell you how to change your system. We can only tell you what the impact of your system is on us.

When will Black and Brown people understand that they did not create systemic racism and they do not have the cure, solution, or resolution for it?

Do white people understand that it is up to them to dismantle the racism machine that their forefathers and mothers put in place to subjugate other human beings?