Writing Letter

“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” Andy Rooney



As I was visiting with Ms. Burnece Walker Brunson it blessed me to hear more about her journey.  I was so excited to share my book with her since she blessed it with some of her poetry. She is now 98 and still doing well even though she has slowed down a lot. During my visit she began to share with me about her nephew who did work with Nelson Mandela and how he made sure he read all of her poetry books.  She showed me a picture of him reading one of her books and a plaque that President Mandela sent to her a couple years ago. 

Let us not forget to honor our elders and sit with them to learn about their journey and our history. We will definitely leave wiser and grateful!!  I am blessed to have had this amazing educator in my life and don’t take it for granted.  She allowed me to use two of her poems in my book (Letters to Our Sons) about sons and children.

I wanted to take time out today to Thank her for mentoring me over the years and being like a mother and grandmother to many in Nashville and around the country.  She always takes time to ask about my son before she even ask how I am doing.  She has done this since he was about 4.  Her and her daughter Carolyn told me to make sure I told him that they are still praying for him. I am blessed and humbled that they still care and pray for him. 

Even though she’s frail and moving a little slower you can feel the strength on her when she begins to talk and give her advise and sometimes correction.  Her love and wisdom makes you feel empowered to move forward in the work God has called you to do. Make sure you purchase your copy of Letters to Our Sons to see what Ms Brunson shared. Follow us on Facebook

Age is…wisdom, if one has lived one’s life properly. — Miriam Makeba

Because of her dedication to many children over the years the NBCDI (National Black Child Development Institute honored her this year in their calendar.  Each month one of her poems is featured.  Let me know if you would like a copy. It will support the local Nashville NBCDI Affiliate.  She reminded me that she had many to sale and I needed to help her.  LOL!!  So help me by purchasing one from her. They are only $12.00.  Email Image

Ms. Burnece Walker Brunson was also a member of TSU’s cheerleading squad 1934. And at 98 she went back to show the young people how to do it. Image “Ms. B we celebrate you and want you to know that many children thank you for your commitment and sacrifice over the years to make sure they could have a bright future”.

Yolanda Conley Shields- Author-Speaker-Coach


Letters To Our Sons


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Yolanda Conley Shields Author of Letter's to Our Sons - Speaker & Let's Go Innovate Success Coach- RELEASED September 2013 Biography Yolanda Conley Shields Author, speaker, coach/trainer and business strategist and CEO & Founder at Let's Go Innovate from Innovation & Success Coaches Countless books have been published suggesting self-help advice for mothers and their sons to nurture their relationship, but none have offered both no-nonsense insight and humor with impactful faith-based take-away tools to help a mother shape her young boy into a successful man of Godly character. Letters to our Sons, Yolanda Conley Shields debut book is penned in a heartfelt, entertaining and motivational tone offering scriptural support as well as insightful steps to encourage mothers facing life’s challenges. With diverse, comedic and heartbreaking stories, Letters to our Sons captures the struggles and victories mothers face day-to-day raising their sons, and offers helpful and relatable words of wisdom and inspiration. As a mother you want the finest for your son, but the battle can be tough with peer pressure and societal influence. Letters to our Sons is sure to leave you encouraged and equipped to not only write your own son a letter but to partner with God to shape and move your son to live out the purposes God has designed for his life. This book is sure to create, grow and shape the unique bond you have with your son and make it last a lifetime! Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory." Author: Douglas MacArthur
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