Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Season of Sacramental Preparation and Compassion


     As we stood in our church and watched our youngest child go through the "Rite of Enrollment" for the sacrament of Confirmation last week, I was happy to see her continue her Christian journey and commitment to being a compassionate and loving Christian person. Her older siblings completed this sacramental process which she is now going through.

      It is also good to see that our daughter is eagerly receptive of her mandatory volunteer service projects, which are a part of this process. There are many different types of volunteer projects from which the Confirmation candidates can select at least one, like volunteering for the Share Food Network of the Catholic Charities, collecting coats for people in the community in need of a coat, making Thanksgiving baskets for families in serious need, participating in Stations of the Cross during lent, and making greeting cards for those who serve in the military oversees. In these volunteer projects, Christian compassion is demonstrated and people's lives are positively impacted. I am thankful for this experience for our children, and other children, who will learn how to show compassion by helping other people.
     When I married my husband, I decided to be a part of the Catholic Christian faith. It has been a fruitful journey for more than twenty years. There are some aspects of the Protestant church, which I attended growing up, that I remember fondly and sometimes miss, like the music from the Baptist Church.
      As a young woman, I did not think it was a big matter to join the Catholic faith, since I was already a Christian. I thought a Christian was a Christian. It has taken me two decades to get use to the practices of the Catholic Church, yet I’ve benefited from the experience.
      My husband, however, grew up in a Catholic family, and we have raised our three children as practicing Catholic Christians. It has been worth it, as each of our children is a compassionate Christian person. For me, the heart of the Christian faith is God's compassion and love for us all. 
By Angeline Bandon-Bibum

Monday, October 20, 2014

Journey to Writer: A New Streamlined eCourse

A 7-Week Writing Webinar/Teleseminar
When: December 06, 2014 to January 24, 2015; Saturdays from 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Where: Webinar/Teleseminar
Webinar Dial-in-Details will be provided.  Cost: $97 (Almost Free rate ends Friday, at 6pm!)

Provided by
Angeline Bandon-Bibum

This is a fiction Writing eCourse for beginners, and those who want to review the fundamentals of fiction writing. You can complete this eCourse from the comfort of your home office, or sofa.
There is a story that you want to write, so sign up for “Journey to Writer” and starting working on that story.

Journey to Writer eCourse consists of the following:

Module 1: Introduction: Story ideas • Presentation on Setting • writing Prompt #1 (300 words).
Module 2: Character: Presentation on Character • Writing Prompt #2 (400 words)
Module 3: Character and Point of View Presentation • Writing Prompt #3 (400 words)
Module 4: Plot • Presentation on Plot Writing Prompt #4 (400 words)
Module 5: Plot (Continued) Presentation • Writing Prompt #5 (400 words)
Module 6: Dialogue and Scene Presentation • Writing Prompt #6 (400 words)
Module 7: Description • Presentation • Writing Prompt #7 (400 words)

This eCourse is for you if you are:
 • Someone who has always wanted to be a fiction writer, but doesn’t know where to start.
 • Someone who has been putting off telling a story that's meaningful to you. (Fulfilling your dream is worth your time; it's uplifting and energizing, too.)
To purchase this eCourse, go to

Friday, September 19, 2014

Inspiration from Images of the Ancient Culture of Rwanda

A strong and graceful warrior is the main image of the following poem:

Watutsi Warrior of Yore
The Watutsi warrior stood, with a spear in his hand,
With the grace of a woman, but the strength of a man.
In ceremonial regalia, he dances.
With a smile on his face, he prances.
The Watutsi warrior is thin and tall,
From my imagination he will never fall
From his wooden pedestal.
He is more than a sculpture in a museum.
He represents an ancient, proud people,
Flesh, blood, and beauty.
To write this poem is my duty.

By Angeline Bandon-Bibum
Copyright © 2005 by Ms. Angeline Bandon-Bibum 

The following images are photos of the ancient Watutsi warrior style.
(See Pinterest for source reference.)

Watutsi Warrior Dance

Watutsi Warrior Dance (See images on Pinterest for more information.)

 Tutsi Royal Warrior
(See image on Pinterest)

Fierce Dignity of a Warrior Displayed

(See image on Pinterest for more information.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Reflections: A Journey in Progress

For kindergarteners to graduate students, it is back to school season.  Likewise, all three of my children will be returning to school, from my youngest child to my oldest young adult.
Our son, the oldest of his siblings, is preparing to go to graduate school, a six hour drive away. That's a big difference from the close proximity of his undergraduate school. It is a big step, and I'm so proud of him.

It has been a beautiful journey to watch him grow up. I remember his first sonogram photo. My husband and I happily anticipated the birth of our son, our first child.
Years went by, and we continued our life as a family together. We had two more beautiful children, our daughters. Our eventful journey as a family continued. I thank God for his mercy and generosity, which made our progress possible.

Like all families, we experienced some problems along the way. Yet, through God's grace, life has been wonderful. Like many parents, we did the best that we could with the resources that we had. I must say that we have been blessed.
Now, it is like we are passing a baton to our son. It is his turn to join the race. (The practice sessions are over.) Yet, we remind our son that we, too, are still in this race, running with him and cheering him on, putting a glass of water in his hand, when he gets thirty.

We encourage him to try his best, to be kind to himself, and to continue to be kind to others. He knows, as we've communicated to him many times, that he should continue to have good standards. These standards will require him to work diligently towards his goals daily.

By  Angeline Bandon-Bibum

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Get On Up Movie Honors a Music Legend

The movie Get On Up contains a vivid setting, strong characterization, and a reverse chronology, replete with flashbacks. The image of James Brown, the bold and brilliant entertainer who was also an abandoned and heartbroken boy, is like a haunting metaphor. Perhaps I’m waxing too profound, yet I think that James Brown’s music legacy deserves no less.

Also, the lead actor, Chadwick Boseman, plays the role of James Brown excellently. He seems to transform himself into the persona of the "Godfather of Soul." The list of supporting actors is star-studded, with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, and Tika Sumpter, to name a few.
By Angeline Bandon-Bibum

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Writer's Genocide Research Reflections

I researched the topic of my novels, Sojourner's Dream and Lamentation of a Warrior, for years before, during, and after writing these novels. As a part of my research, I read many books, journals, newspaper articles, and more than a hundred news information website articles on the subject of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and the Rwandan history that preceded the genocide. Also, I watched many historical documentaries on this topic, and I interviewed a Rwandan person who lost his family in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

Hence, I accumulated some boxes and disks filled with the research materials on this topic. Within these books, boxes, and disks is more than a decade of researched information which I've read. It often provided inspiration for some of the most poignant scenes of both of my novels. If you're a writer, or a storyteller, you'll, at some point, need to do research on your topic.

When researching, you may also need to explore into the depths of your topic. So, since the core of my topic was genocide, I also did some research into other genocides in various time periods and parts of the world, for example The Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge, the Nanking Massacre, and even the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

I'm passionate about history, so I was able to pursue researching this topic with great interest. When researching a topic in depth, it is best to have a strong interest in it. So, this worked in my favor. Though much of what I read during my research on this specific subject was profoundly heartbreaking, and often left me speechless with horror, I learned a great deal about it.

In the mist of the deep sorrow of the topic, there were moments of beauty and insight. For example, there are normally at least a few extraordinarily kind people who risk their lives to help others. The physical beauty of the geography of Rwanda is remarkable, and showed that in even in this midst of such a lovely natural setting, extreme terror can erupt.  Finally, the history of Rwanda, as it relates to other historical topics of African history during the colonial period, provided me with insightful reading.

By Angeline Bandon-Bibum, Author

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fulfilling the Dream of Becoming a Writer

    As a wife and working mother of three, a son and two daughters, I know what it is like to put a dream on hold and devote oneself entirely to the care of family.  I suppose it's what most of us parents do at one time or another.

    Growing up, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. In college, I choose a liberal arts major, English literature, for that same purpose, to be a writer. Yet, when I graduated from college, and entered graduate school, I chose Public Administration as my graduate course of study, a subject that I was not passionate about. I chose it because I thought it would be a more practical course of study.

    I married my college sweetheart, and we had three children.  I entered the IT field a few days before the Y2K scare. Hence, I seemed to be moving even farther away from my creative writing aspiration.

    I was happy to put my husband and children first. Still, I always thought about my dream of being a writer. So, in 2002, I took my first steps towards writing a novel. It was not easy with my schedule. Yet, it was fun, so I found a way. Through the grace of God, it happened. I completed my first novel, Sojourner's Dream, in 2006.

    My second book, Lamentation of a Warrior, took one year, however. I had compiled information, tools, and methods which greatly shortened the time it took to write my second novel.

    I would like to share what I've learned with aspiring writers who want to contribute to the world in a positive way through their writing. It is for that reason that I developed Journey to Writer, an eCourse. Here is more information about it:
Journey to Writer
A 7-Week Writing Webinar/Teleseminar
When: October 11, 2014 to November 22, 2014; Saturdays from 1pm to 2pm
Cost: $297

     It's a step by step plan for you to place pen to paper, finger to keyboard, and share your book with the world. In seven weeks, you'll have obtained the foundational tools and information you need to:
  • Gain the confidence to write your book for the world to see.
  • Take action on your dreams of being an author or writer.
  • Be the author signing books at your own book signings.
  • Have the basic tools to create the book.
***And, this is all from the comfort of your home office, or sofa.

If you are an aspiring writer, you don't have to let your dream wait, or die. You can be a writer, if you're willing to put in the time and effort.  Try Journey to Writer.