Hyphened-Nation – Poised to Advance the End of a Hyphenated America

The days of ethnic minorities being labeled as a Latino-American, African-American or Asian-American may soon come to an end following the launch of a book Hyphened-Nation that has sparked the social movement, Don’t Check the Box.

There is no doubt that hyphenation creates separation and many problems for individuals placed in these categories. In fact, it was former American President, Theodore Roosevelt, who said: A Hyphenated American is not an American at all. But Hyphened -Nation is on a mission to change all that.

The movement was founded by Nicole Draffen and was inspired by her travels overseas. She said:Living abroad was an eye-opening experience. I grew to understand certain aspects of American culture better, the longer I lived overseas. The differences were startling, and lead me on a journey to understand why the United States is one of the only, if not the

The movement also inspired the book, Hyphened-Nation: Don’t Check the Box. This dynamic book is about the author’s insights while living in the UK and her experience of being treated as an American, rather than as a hyphenated one. It also focuses on ways the U.S. and Europe differ culturally via media, and how a bridge might be created.

Draffen writes in her book: “The hyphenation of your nationality minimizes your standing in the nation. The hyphen might as well act as a minus sign. Both are represented by the same symbol and have the same consequences. Just as a minus “takes away” a numerical value, its counterpart hyphen lessens the value of your nationality.”

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On the third Sunday in June of 1963, an emotional drama unfolded at the First Macedonia Baptist Church of Sipsey, Alabama. It was the day that the adulteress at the center of the community’s tragedy brought herself before the church body for baptism.

The baptism was a confession of her sins and a plea to God for forgiveness for the part she’d played in the tragedy.

It all started about a year ago. On a Friday night after a week-long revival, her long-time lover, Deacon Josiah Hess, brutally murdered her fiancé, Luther McGill. The close-knit community was devastated, having never witnessed anything like it. Months later, the trial of Deacon Hess revealed secrets about this woman that left her reputation in ruins. Now, rumor had it that she was starting her life over. And she was beginning by getting baptized again.


Innovative Service Allows Anyone to Create a Beautiful Book

(PRWEB) October 12, 2012

When Shannon Martins discovered a box of her grandmothers secret recipes carefully stowed away in a closet, she knew she had to share them immediately with all of her cousins. She just wasnt quite sure how to go about it.

There were close to two hundred recipes on small 3 x 5 notecards, said Shannon. I knew it would take forever to scan them all, and I wasnt sure what to do with them after I did. Typing them in made more sense, but I wanted to create a keepsake that we could all treasure. Something that would remind us of my grandmother.

Instead of simply typing the recipes into an impersonal document and passing it around, Shannon used, an amazing startup offering unique technology, to create a beautiful hardbound book of filled with her childhood favorites like Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits and Hearty Bean Soup.

The results were nothing short of amazing. Shannon was able to order a copy for each of her ten cousins, giving everyone a chance to share Grandmas cooking love with their own families.

I was surprised at how easy the process was. There were a ton of templates to choose from, and all I had to do was enter the recipes. I even included a few pictures of Grandma with each of us and threw in a couple of quotes that she always told us when we were in the kitchen with her, said Shannon.

So Many Books, So Little Time

Services to create your own book have been around for some time, but this startup company is quite different. Bookemon was designed specifically for situations like Martins. A wholly unique company, they are now offering much more than a chance to make cookbooks from treasured family recipes. From building childrens books to creating a biography, the technology behind this amazing startup makes it easy to design treasured classics. Theres even a collaboration feature in the event youd like to design a book with friends or relatives.

The process is a simple one. Start with a document, a blank template, or one of their hundreds of preloaded templates. Begin adding pictures, text, poems, or other ideas to the page, and arrange each element for maximum effectiveness. Once the process is complete, order a copy for yourself, or email friends and relatives to let them know the book is ready so they, too, can order a copy.

Theres a Creative Genius Inside Waiting

Bookemon means the chance to unleash your inner sense of creativity in a way never thought possible. With a new iPad app and even cloud services to help with collaboration at every level, this is one chance you dont want to miss.

My cousins were so excited to see the recipes, the pictures, and the book itself, said Shannon. It really was the best way to remember her.

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