Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 4 @RobertaEaton17 @bakeandwrite @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org #RRBC

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, ROBBIE CHEADLE

NJ:  Hi, Robbie!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Robbie:  February 22

NJ: If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Robbie:  First

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Robbie:  I have been writing about different things, on and off, since I was 12 years old.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Robbie:  As a youngster, I wrote because I wanted to capture beautiful sights with lovely imagery. At work, I started writing non-fiction publications to share knowledge and opinions. In 2015, I started writing poetry and descriptive passages again and in 2018 I wrote my first short story for publication.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Robbie:  Family, Loyalty, Honesty, Faith, Friends

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Robbie:  I don’t know how she does everything she does – people say this about me a lot.

NJ:  Isn’t amazing how as women, with so much on our plates, that this is probably the most common thing that people say about each of us?  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Robbie:  I would change the world by making education of a good standard available to every child in every country. Education leads to an upliftment in economic circumstances and a greater understanding of the problems the world is facing. Educated people have a natural tendency to have fewer children and this would be a step in the right direction in resolving the overpopulation problem that is contributing to all the other social and environmental problems the world faces.

NJ:  Describe yourself in ONE word

Robbie:  Determined

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you

Robbie:  Ambitious, persevering, determined

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Robbie:  A smallish woman who is always underestimated by men

NJ:  Three women who you admire – famous or otherwise. What do you admire most about them?

Vera Brittain, she contributed to equality for women in pre and post WW1. Her book, Testament of Youth, is a frank account of the role of women during WW1 and how civilian society was impacted by the war.

My mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton. She is strong and determined and has raised four girls to become successful women.

Charlotte Bronte, she contributed towards the recognition by society of the value of women writers.

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Robbie:  I would like to write a novel that remains meaningful after my death like Brave New World or 1984.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Robbie:  I contribute to the church and to several charities. My husband and I support an autistic child and help pay for his schooling. We also contributed to the learning programme in place at my sons’ school to help develop the potential of promising students from underprivileged schools. I am the senior representative on the Citizenship committee for my division at work. This committee arranges financial and other contributions to various charities on a monthly basis. I also support a local old age home with treats for its 400 residents at Christmas time. This past year, we made 450 treat-filled Christmas crackers for the home.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC helped you as a writer?

Robbie:  I enjoy being part of a community of writers and readers who all support each other and offer advice and friendship. I also get to participate in and enjoy a number of fun conferences and events on an annual basis which help me spread the word about my books and also learn more about the craft of writing.

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC brought to your life?

Robbie:  The most important contribution that RRBC has made to my life is the sense of community it has given me. I enjoy belonging to a group of dedicated writers and readers who all value each other and want to improve their writing and learn more. On the whole, I have found the reviews I have received from members to be honest and balanced and I have appreciated the learning points made through constructive and thoughtful feedback.

NJ:  Great response!  Robbie, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Robbie’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of her book, “OPEN A NEW DOOR:  A Collection of Poems.”

Open A New Door by Robbie Cheadle

Please click HERE to join me at, or after 12 midnight CT for Day 5 of my Women of Excellence Salute!

58 Comments

  1. Congrations, dear Robbie! 💞 Thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Nonnie today. You list thigh on the roster of Women of Excellence in my book. Thanks so much for your awesome support as an #RRBC member and friend. You rock!

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this insightful interview, Nonnie, and Robbie is definitely deserving of this honor and those gorgeous flowers. It is great to learn more about her – how she perseveres with her ambition and determination as guides. I specifically love her thoughts on education for changing the world. She inspires me and I am so glad to know her. Congratulations, Robbie! 💞

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  3. I’m with you on education, that is imperitive in its role to uplift society.

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    • HI Tandy, yes, it is the only way forward. Educations solves many other societal problems so its a bit of a ‘one stop’ shop.

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  4. Hi Robbie–What a lovely interview! I reblogged it on my site as well. I have to thank you for educating me about the Boer Wars. Loved “A Ghost and His Gold.” Such wonderful writing.

    I so agree with you about education. Thank you for all you do, especially for supporting an autistic child. Education is the key to everyone’s future, and reading is the key to education, in my mind. Without developing a love for reading, children can’t explore new worlds. We as authors must continue to tell interesting new tales so that children will want to read.

    And P.S. I’d love to meet your mother!

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    • HI Wanda, thank you for this great comment. I am very pleased to know you enjoyed A Ghost and His Gold. I am a big believer in education and have personally witnessed the difference it can make in peoples lives. Reading is hugely important on the educational path. I have donated a few hundred of my Sir Chocolate books to underprivileged schools and libraries. I also gave the reading rights to a number of my picture books to a group who were reading the stories aloud for school children during the recent pandemic. They had software that matched the pages to the reading so the children could see the words and pictures.

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  5. Reblogged this on Wanda Adams Fischer and commented:
    Meet Roberta Eaton Cheadle. I recommend her book, “A Ghost and His Gold.” It’s awesome.

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  6. I am honored to know Robbie too. I like that she mentioned education as I am always learning new things from her posts. (K)

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  7. Congratulations to Robbie on being featured as a Woman of Excellence! I enjoyed the interview. I particuarly appreciated her comments about the value of a good education for everyone. A woman after my own heart!

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    • Hi Liz, thank you for visiting me here. Education is the key to many societal issues. I am glad I have found ways to contribute to education programmes even though I am not an educator like you are.

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      • Yes, it is, although there is blurring of the lines between education and social services in the US, which makes the job of K-12 educators very challenging at times.

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  8. Why am I not surprised you have been honoured, Robbie?! The flowers and fitting comments all deserved. You are a genuine ‘all rounder’ with a heart in the right place. Long may you prosper. Hugs xx (And thank you Nonnie. x)

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    • Hi Joy, it is always such a pleasure to see you. Thank you for visiting me here and for your lovely comments. Hugs.

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  9. A great interview with Robbie. I so admire her. She is a great role model for younger girls and other writers.

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    • Hi Darlene, thank you for your lovely comment. I do hope I make a small difference in the lives of others, especially children who represent our combined futures.

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  10. Lovely to read this Nonnie thank you. An excellent interview, perceptive questions and answers. Robbie is well deserving of the flowers!

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    • HI Susan, thank you for visiting me here and for your lovely comment. It was very kind of Nonnie to feature me today with these gorgeous flowers.

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  11. Thank you, Nonnie for this amazing interview – got to know Robbie a little more. It’s wonderful that you are doing so much Robbie, to make a difference in the world. I agree education is the best gift you can give someone. I’m not surprised that you were for the award and I am one of the people who has asked and continues to ask, “How do you manage to do it all?” 🙂

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    • Hi Smitha, thank you for your lovely comment. I think you do an awful lot yourself with your poetry, beautiful artwork, and your gorgeous girls.

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  12. Hi Robbie,quite an interview with Nonnie. It is so good to get to know more about you.Your love for others and those who you help to support.Your determined spirit in the importance of education is admirable.Keep up the great work you’re doing .

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    • HI Joy, thank you for your kind comment. I am very invested in education and seeing others in need breaks my heart. It is impossible not to reach out and try to help. Have a lovely weekend, Joy.

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  13. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    Thank you Nonnie Jules from Rave Reviews Book Club for honouring me with this special post as part of her Celebrating Women of Excellence series for International Women’s History Month.

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  14. Hi, Nonnie! You’ve chosen another amazing woman! Robbie, it’s a joy to know you’re across the world spreading your love of education and giving to worthy causes. If everyone would only discover that the more you give, the more you receive, and that education can change lives, the world would be a better place. ALL the world! Your mother raised a good one in you, for sure.

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    • HI Patty, thank you for this lovely comment. I agree completely that this world would be a better place if everyone appreciated the value of giving to others and upliftment through education. Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    I’m so proud to be associated with excellent women like Robbie Cheadle! I’m sure you’ll love her giving heart as much as I do!

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  16. authorrandyoverbeck

    Thank you Robbie, for your endorsement of improving educational opportunities as a means of improving the world. As one who dedicated 40 years in the service of educating children, I could not agree more. I saw how education opens doors for many poor children and families Iz worked with.

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    • Hi, Randy! Thanks for dropping by and doing more than just liking the post. Authors appreciate when you take the time to really engage with their thoughts and writing. 🙂

      Randy, education opens doors not just for poor children; there are many children from wealthy homes who don’t have parental support – they have nannies and babysitters looking after them while their parents are off doing God-knows-what, and not really caring about the support they are, or are not getting, or their educational welfare. Many of those kids are supported by teachers at school, and the administration of the schools they attend. It’s wrong to assume that just because kids are poor, every door is closed to them. Not so. Some of the poorest kids in the world have the best parents in the world, who will do whatever is necessary to ensure that avenues, typically closed to “most,” will be open to them. On the other hand, some kids from the wealthiest families in the world, suffer far more because they have parents who are too self-absorbed with their social lives, to give a hoot about their own kids. #FACTS

      Education opens doors for all… not just the poor. 🙂

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    • Hi Randy, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I firmly believe that education is the key to social improvement and stabilisation which benefits everyone. Teaching children is also so much fun and so rewarding as you would know.

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    • Hi Nonnie, you do raise a very good point. Education begins at home and parents are an essential part of the educational system. Many poorer parents make big personal and financial sacrifices to give their children a good education and, as you mentioned, some wealthier parents, don’t give their children time and parental support.

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  17. Congratulations, Robbie! Your love for education of good quality for all students of every country is what I will take from this. Your heart is truly awesome there. Thanks for honoring Robbie, Nonnie!

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    • Hi Linda, thank you for your comment. I am so happy to know that you are as invested in the value of education as I am. Have a lovely weekend.

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  18. Another fine addition, Nonnie. Congrats Robbie. It’s funny that when reading your commentary during the interview, I could ‘hear’ your wonderful accent coming through the words. It’s a pleasure to know you! Those living in Australia and New Zealand are often referred to as those from down under. Is there a term used to describe South Africans?

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    • Hi John, it is lovely to hear from you. I don’t think there is a term like ‘down under’ to describe South Africa but people do refer to Nelson Mandela’s ‘rainbow nation’ which is an expression I’ve always loved. I am glad you like my accent and can understand me [smile].

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  19. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Congratulations to you Robbie. Learning more about you is the fun part of belonging to RRBC

    Thank you Nonnie for sharing Robbie’s story..

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  20. It’s wonderful to see Robbie highlighted today. She is beautiful, inside and out. Congratulations, Robbie! Thanks for sharing her interview today, Nonnie! 🙂

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    • Hi, Yvette! Thanks for dropping by and doing more than just liking the page. Authors appreciate when you take the time to really engage with their thoughts and writing. 🙂

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    • Hi Yvette, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am so glad I met you through RRBC.

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  21. Beautiful flowers and well deserved, Robbie! Nonnie, you have found another exceptional woman!

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    • Hi, Karen! Thanks for dropping by and doing more than just liking the post. Authors appreciate when you take the time to really engage with their thoughts and writing. 🙂

      By the way, I didn’t have to look far for this gem – she’s a huge part of our RRBC family and we’re so proud to have her.

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    • Thank you, Karen. I appreciate your kind comment and all you do for the members of RRBC.

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  22. Good Morning Robbie, Good Morning Nonnie,
    Robbie, you are a very busy woman. I find that delightful. So happy to hear about the organisation’s that you support. My personal experience is that the more you give, the more it comes back to you.
    Wishing you all the best.

    Nonnie, thank you for choosing Robbie as a woman of excellence. She is truly exceptional.

    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi, Pat! Thanks for dropping by and doing more than just liking the post. Authors appreciate when you take the time to really engage with their thoughts and writing. 🙂

      The choice of WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE was easy for this member!

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    • HI Pat, you are a woman after my own heart and we believe in the same things. My favourite saying is that the world is a better place when the I becomes the we. I am delighted to be featured by Nonnie a part of this lovely series. Have a great evening.

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      • Have a lovely evening too, my dear. Shalom aleichem

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  23. Rox Burkey

    Good morning Nonnie. Great selection for today with Robbie. Robbie, you are an amazing, accomplished woman. I can’t wait to see where you take your enerfy, drive, and ambition. It is an honor to know you. Congrats.

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    • Hi, Rox! Thanks for dropping by and doing more than just liking the post. Authors appreciate when you take the time to really engage with their thoughts and writing. 🙂

      Yes, Rox, I agree. Robbie was a great selection for this honor and a no-brainer for me.

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    • Hi Rox, thank you for your lovely comment. I would say exactly the same about you. Hugs

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  24. HI Nonnie, what a lovely surprise to discover this post today. Thank you for the beautiful flowers and presentation. I appreciate you and all you do for RRBC.

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  25. Thank you for highlighting Robbie Cheadle. It is inspiring how Robbie values education and has listed her mother as one of the women she most admires.

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