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C15/41 An African-American girl Lori Leak Travels To Paris

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Barrett Clemmensen Powell aired from October 13th-on

This project is so close to my heart. In fact, Lori Leak is my heart. She is me.

The story we tell ourselves about anything is the reality we manifest in our lives. The effect of that story can be seen in our lives in the reality we create for ourselves. With Lori Leak, I am able to tell a story from the heart about a father-daughter bond, a family, and exploring the world. 

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Lori wonders why her father didn’t make it home for story time the night before but soon the curious, intelligent daughter of Lawrence and Adelle Leak learns that it was because he was preparing them for a great adventure. Lori and her parents are travelling across an ocean to Paris, France!

This funny, heartwarming story of an African-American girl and her parents exploring the beautiful and charming sights of Paris will make you laugh and feel good. Written from the heart by an intercultural consultant and author Barrett Clemmensen Powell and richly illustrated by award-winning animator Kristen Palana, it is a children’s book keepsake.

Barrett says that travelling for visiting, or living in other cultures is central to my heart. You learn so much about yourself and your origins when you spend time with other other people in their country and culture. Building bridges across cultures and between people is my mission, and travelling empowers me to accomplish my goal.

Books are treasures and I am in deep gratitude that in my lifetime I have been blessed with the talent and afforded the opportunity to create a character who looks like me and a story/book that shows African-American family life. I am especially thankful to my talented and patient illustrator, (and both kindred native New Englander and expatriate) Kristen Palana. gave my story rich and vibrant colours — like my vision.



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Barrett Clemmensen Powell is a New England native who later became a California girl, in sunny La Jolla, CA. She has travelled and lived in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.  Her future travel plans include Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Barrett combined her former career as a  former TV/radio journalist and her ordination as a minister to become a lifestyle entrepreneur focused on human lifespan, culture and spirituality. Barrett has an Associate of Arts in French from Grossmont College, a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Emerson College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Cultural Encounters, and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is working towards a Ph.D. in Psychology.  Barrett enjoys learning languages (including French-Danish and Hebrew). She is an American expatriate living in Copenhagen Denmark.

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You can now buy your copy of this delightful story with its gorgeous illustrations:

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