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  • With Heartfelt Thanks

    My Free Kindle promotion for Tears Of Paradox will be ending at midnight. I am in shock at its success. As of this writing, 292 copies of my novel have been downloaded. The promotion runs through midnight, so I expect to get a few more downloads, and I’m reasonably sure that at least 300 people will have my book on their devices.

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    This is a truly momentous occasion for me. Numerous people supported my campaign by sharing Facebook posts and tweets, or just giving me a kind word of encouragement. Special thanks to my wonderful family and friends, both at home and online.

    Thanks also to Daria DiGiovanni, Kia Heavey, Marina Fontaine and everyone at CLFA. Your friendship and support help me more than you’ll ever know.

    To new readers, I’m honored that you downloaded Tears. I hope you enjoy the read, and please follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Thanksgiving

    images copy 21Happy Thanksgiving. I was thinking back over the previous year and counting my blessings, of which there are many. I thought I would take a few minutes to list them here, so I can look back on them whenever I’m down. 🙂

    To begin, I am very thankful to God for all He has given me. I know I’ve been blessed abundantly.

    images-2 copy 3I’m blessed to be part of a family who loves me. I’m thankful for my mother, my sister, my kids and their significant others, my nieces and nephews, and every other member of my family. My husband and I celebrated thirty-five years of marriage in October, and this is another reason to give thanks. We are also very thankful for our little grandchildren.

    I am blessed with many, many friends. I see people online everyday. I must say that I’m thankful for social media, because if not for twitter and Facebook, I would never have met my dear friends Michele and Sharon. I’m thankful for my part time job, too, since I met my friend Vicki there. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends!

    I’ve been blessed with good health most of the time, too. I’m very thankful that I’m able to stay physically fit, and that I’m able to run.

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    I completed the Delaware Half Marathon back in May. This was my second race. I plan to train again this winter, in hopes that I can run another 13.1 miles on Mother’s Day.

     

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    I’m very thankful for being part of the Roman Catholic Church. My faith is what keeps me going during the tough times. I’m also thankful for the friends I’ve made in my parish church.

    This year brought many changes in my life. Ever since I published my first book, Tears Of Paradox, back in May, things seem to have become more hectic than they had been.

    This is another blessing. Because I took the plunge into self-publishing, I met a group of people who’ve provided friendship, support, and more kindness than I ever expected. The members of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance have helped me more than words can express. I must mention Mr. Jack July, who took an interest in my writing, introduced me to the group, and invited me to be a guest on internet radio. If not for Jack, I might never have found the CLFA.  Every member of the group has been kind, welcoming, and helpful with writing tips and promotion. Please visit their Facebook page for reading suggestions. All genres are represented, and the books are those you’ll want to read again and again.

    I especially want to thank two members of this group, Daria DiGiovanni, and Kia Heavey. Daria invited me to be on her internet radio show, Writestream Tuesday, to promote my book, We struck up a friendship after finding out how many things we have in common. Kia is a talented author and artist. She helped me tremendously by reading the manuscript of my second book, and has done a wonderful job designing new covers for both Paradox and book two, The Notice. I’m thrilled with the new cover designs.

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    To date, Tears Of Paradox has received ten 5 Star reviews on Amazon. The latest was posted just today. I’m truly humbled at the reaction to my work, and I want to thank each and every reader for their time, and for giving me a chance. 🙂

    I love the world that God created, and I try to enjoy every day. I love music, and looking at the beauty of nature while I run in the park.

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    I love walking on the beach, especially Lewes Beach, Delaware, on Delaware Bay, and I’m thankful my family has been able to hang onto our little beach place through these tough economic times. My father worked hard to give us that beach place. He wanted us to keep and enjoy what he worked for. Luckily we’ve been able to keep it, even though it’s sometimes a struggle, due to policies crushing the middle class these days.

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    This brings me to the subject of America. If you read my books, (or even the reviews), you’ll know how I feel about America. I truly believe that America is a wonderful country, and I’m tired of listening to people run her down. I don’t like the fundamental transformation America is undergoing at this time. It’s causing way too much pain and suffering. People in my family are affected in negative ways. I want America to come back. People should not be shamed because of their beliefs in a traditional American way of life.

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    I will continue to pray for our beloved country, and  give thanks to God for allowing me to be born in the greatest country on earth.


  • Friends

    In addition to the family and friends with whom we spend time face to face, today we are lucky enough to have the added friendship of people we meet online. This is truly a blessing.

    Some of the people I feel closest to are those I have met on Facebook and twitter, and I don’t know what I’d do without them.

     

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    Most of us are familiar with the sayings “You are who you hang out with” “Birds of a feather flock together” and “Keep good company.”  Our parents told us these things for a reason.

    Due to political and cultural differences, Americans have become divided and polarized. Neighbors don’t always act neighborly. This is a sad fact. I hope and pray that we can someday overcome our differences and heal our divisions, but until that day comes, we should hang out with people who uplift us and support us rather than those who deride and degrade us.

    Today I was privileged to join five online friends on the Writestream Radio Network’s new monthly feature, “Shatter the Narrative,” where we discussed certain aspects of the divided country that America has become. If it wasn’t for the internet, I would never have met these new friends, and others as well.

    Again, I am very thankful for all of my friends, old and new.

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  • October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

    I’m glad there’s a special month to bring awareness to Down Syndrome, since people with Down Syndrome are special. I learned this firsthand when my sister Lori Ann was born in 1967.

     

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    My sister Lori Ann in January of 1970, pictured with Amy, left, and me.

     

    When Lori Ann joined our family, there was no special month to bring awareness. In fact, my parents were urged to institutionalize her immediately after her birth. They never even considered such an option, however. Lori simply came home and became part of the family, and for this we will always be grateful. Because Lori lived in our home for three years before God decided he wanted her back, my sister and I are better people than we would have been otherwise. Our children are also better people. We’re all better human beings, because Lori taught us to value other people, and to understand that the good health we were born with was a gift.

    Lori was not blessed with good health. She had many physical ailments, and her little life ended on October 21, 1970, exactly forty-four years ago. She was three years old. We wish she was still with us. Even though Lori Ann’s earthly life lasted only three short years, we feel blessed that God sent her to our family. She was our teacher, you see.

    I recently had the pleasure of discussing Down Syndrome awareness with author, blogger, and founder of the Writestream Radio Network, Daria DiGiovanni. Daria and I shared childhood memories of growing up with siblings who had Down Syndrome. Daria inspired the audience with her brother Ralph’s story, and shared many good sources of information about Down Syndrome. Please click here to listen to the podcast.

    Unfortunately, we were also forced to give the listening audience some unpleasant facts about societal attitudes toward people with Down Syndrome. These days, ninety percent of children with Down Syndrome are aborted before they’re born. This is a disturbing statistic. What happened to the human race? Shouldn’t we be more accepting of people with disabilities by now?

     

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    I find such an attitude distasteful, not to mention ignorant. We were supposed to have learned a lesson back in 1945, when Hitler’s death camps came to light. Hitler was on a quest to create a master race of humans. Unfortunately, his ideas are shared by supposedly educated people in today’s scientific community. What have we become?

    It might be a good idea to do some soul searching. What kind of civilization kills innocent children simply for not being “perfect”?