Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day

What is Memorial Day? The dictionary says: a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.
          The young people of today learn about Memorial Day in school. For us older folks we also learnt what Memorial Day was, but we also lived through the Viet Nam war and remember those men and women, many were friends of ours who died in that war. Our Grandparents and Great Grandparents remember the War I and II and all the friends that lost their lives in those two wars.
            If you have ever been in Washington DC and had the chance to see Arlington cemetery and all those white head stones is only a brief reminder of those Men and Women who fought for our country to keep us free. To keep us as individual the right to live free and have the opportunity to free speech, the right to chose our mates, the right to vote for our officials, the right to go where we want when we want.
             For some this is just another holiday to party and shoot off fire crackers. Not because they are celebrating the real meaning of the holiday, but just to take another day off from work.
             We should all take a moment of silence and bow our heads to say thank you to all the men and women who have fought to keep us free, and to say thank you to the men and women who are still fighting in foreign lands to keep us free.
              Thank you for giving of your time. May God Bless.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mirror Image

Have you looked into your mirror and wondered where did your youthful look go? Noticed lines around your eyes and maybe around your cheeks? Ask yourself where did those come from?
       We all age at different rates, but sometimes when we are looking into the mirror if a woman you don't notice those lines beginning until you really look deep into that mirror and are astonished at how those little things creeped up on you. If you are a man you may not even notice those lines called wrinkles. But you will notice that gray hair suddenly creeped in.
        Yes we all age differently, but certain things effect how we age. Our genetics, our jobs, children, and oh yes our spouses. How serious we are will all the daily situations that arise in our lives.
        They say laughter is the best medicine in the world for all the troubles we face from day to day. When was the last time you laughed? I mean really laughed until tears rolled down your cheeks. I bet most of you can't remember when that was.
        We all, and I'm just as guilty, find very little to laugh at in todays world. Watching an old comedy movie in black and white I find to be the best medicine when I'm feeling really down in the dumps, but they are hard to find on todays televisions and watching sometimes the comedy channel, the comics aren't that funny. A small chuckle is all I can get out.
        Yes in todays world there is little to laugh about I'm sorry to say. Have you found even smiling at no reason at all seems to have become a lost art. Try smiling at yourself in the mirror when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. I started doing this several years ago and fine that my days seem to go better and I don't get upset over the little things like I use to. Try it.
         Think of the mirror as being your friend not your enemy.
         Have a great week and May God Bless.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Mothers Day"

       What does Mothers Day mean to you, what great memories do you have of your mother on this special day, have you told your Mother you love her today? How often do you pick up the phone to call her to tell her you care?
       Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mothers out there. I hope you have fond memories to share with your children and hope you have many more years to make more memories with your children.
       I've often wondered what my mother would have been like when I was growing up for you see I really never knew her. She passed away when I was six months old and I have no memories of her only what others told me about her. My father became my mother and father who with his loving hand raised me until I was eight years old. I was very fortunate to be able to live with other people as a live in to help with housework, do dishes and scrub floors for my keep. Then in the summertime I would spend with my father. My father wasn't to happy with my arrangements with others but this gave me a chance to travel, meet different types of people and learn from others.
       By the time I was fifteen I had my own apartment and finished high school by the time I was sixteen. This moved me to New York into nursing school which I proudly graduated at the age of nineteen. My travels from New York lead me to Southern Illinois University for one year of art. Back to Florida after that for the summer with my father and then back to New York to go through Police training.
         Not sure what I wanted to do with my life, I ended up in North Carolina Married! I had two beautiful daughters and with them I tried to instill in them the values of life. To be self sufficient and rely upon their skills to make their lives the best they could and for them to pass on those skills to their children.
          I have fond memories of my children as they grew into women and married with children of their own. There will be good memories that I'm sure they will remember on Mothers Days, and I hope they will treasure those memories for a lifetime like I have with the memories I have of my Father, my children, and the many people I've lived with as I grew up.
           Happy Mothers Day to all and May God Bless.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hopes, Dreams, Disappointment!

How many times have we all dreamed of success, new job, boyfriend, or girlfriend or hoped a letter would come in the mail, hoped for a raise at your job, or even hoped for a better life that what we currently have?

        There were many times I felt I could do something to get a head only to find to my disappointment that I was going one foot forward and ten feet backwards. Like the old saying goes, the harder I try the farther behind I get!

        In my many years of experience and travel I just could never get a handle on my life. I'd try and try to get ahead, move in the direction I thought I was suppose to go only to find out I was in the wrong neighborhood and would have to start all over again.
        Now as a writer I find I can take out my frustrations on my characters in my books. And I'm in control of how bad I want to hurt them or praise them. It helps to keep me going on the path I've chosen and hope that as time goes by I can control my future on a positive note.
       I'm sure there will be other disappoints that will happen, but the severity I now know I can control and make them into happy memories and if one door closes to me I know there is a couple of doors waiting for me to open.
       So in parting with this blog, keep your head held high, a smile on your face, and think of pleasant things to ward of the blues and keep those disappointments from bogging you down.

         May god Bless.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Children are suppose to be a blessing from Heaven. We as parents worry about them long after they have left our homes. Before they are born we as mothers worry that our babies are healthy, have five fingers on each hand, five toes on each foot. It doesn’t matter to us if they have blue eyes or brown eyes. We just want them to be healthy.

As they grow we watch them crawl, than walk. Each time they stumble and fall we pick them up and kiss the boo boos away and set them down to try again. The walking turns into running, we are so proud they have reached all the hurdles to become the little individual with their own personality.

The next step is school, as we walk them into the school house for the first time tears form in our eyes as now they are gone from your minds eye and learning to become friends with others and you’re on the outside looking in. You were their friend, mother, doctor, and teacher.

Next comes the time when they have their first love, who usually breaks their heart and tears fall for their whole world in their eyes is over. Life isn’t worth living anymore and they will never find another boyfriend or girlfriend. You know better but your words fall on deaf ears.

Now their all grown up and living outside your home. Has their own apartment and you worry they aren’t taking care of themselves. You make care packages with food for their freezer so all they have to do is heat them up in the microwave. You plan on surprise visits to see exactly how they are doing and find a mountain high of pizza boxes, empty coke cans and a refrigerator that is bare with maybe a carton of spoiled milk.

Finally, the day comes, they are getting married. They still have no idea of the responsibility that goes with being married and planning their family. Even though you have had the talk with them, they look at you and think to themselves, you must be exaggerating it can’t be that hard, you were married to dad or mom for thirty years.

You still worry about them for it’s hard not to interfere and hold your tongue for you know you are the voice of experience but they have to make their own mistakes for that is how they learn and grow.

Yes children are a blessing, they are also heartbreaking, unreasonable, and the creation we have shaped, taught, cried over, and stood by from the moment of conception till our death. So the next time you look at your child, think of all the things they are to you and be patient with them for I always say the mother curse always works. “one day you’ll see, everything you did to me your child will do to you!”

Friday, April 7, 2017

On a roll!

Thank goodness for Friday's. The week seem to be every hour a new problem and urgent request to fix something. The problem is each problem that came across my desk wasn't simple to fix. Everyone things I just have to wiggle my nose, or snap my fingers to fix the problem!

The problems are all dependent on others to help fix it and they are up to their elbows with other complaints so my complaint get's shuffled off to Buffalo on a slow moving Chinese freighter!

I love my job, honest I do, I just don't like the fact that some weeks always go down the wrong road and I have to direct the traffic back to the right road. I know most of you don't understand what I'm taking about. It's like when you have children and one falls down, they start to cry and you have to fix the boo boo, then before you can get the bandaid on the wound, (small scratch) the other kid is pulling on your shirt crying he wants juice, not later, but NOW!. The pot on the stove is boiling over and you spouse is bring home a guest for dinner.

The living room is a mess filled with toys from the toy box. Now these are large items, but the small ones, building blocks, dolls shoes, crayons, scrapes of paper and only God knows what else. You had everything picked up but for some strange reason everything jumped out of that toy box located in the children's play room and made it's way to the living room.

If only you could wiggle your nose or snap your fingers. Now don't forget you have to dress, put on your makeup and make sure you have a big smile on your face like you just stepped out of a spa!

Well, this is just a sample of how my week was, how about yours?

Don't get me wrong, I love my job and I love working for the wonderful physicians that put their trust in me. I also love the fact I can sit down and write a couple of chapters in my new book, Masson Series number six after a hard day to take my stress out on my characters in the book and they don't hollower back at me.

To all have a good night and may God Bless.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Keeping Up!

Have you ever felt like you were dragging your tail? It seems everyone has advice for you how to keep up and still post a killer of a blog, work forty eight hours a week and write one to two chapters in your new novel without fail.

The days are not long enough and the demands from your boss, children, and don't forget about the husband and the pets. When do you find time for yourself? Sure being a juggler with four hands and three brains can say "NO PROBLEM MAN" but to be realistic, somewhere in the chain, the link becomes weak and  yes it will break if pulled in two different directions.

It comes down to the fact you finally break and have to say, Hey I've had enough for today and just put your feet up and doze off for an hour or two.

To many times we push ourselves over the edge. Climbing back up becomes harder and harder. I guess that's why people take vacations. Which I had to look up in the dictionary to see what the meaning was. It had been a long time since I had a real vacation and it will probably a long time before I get another one. Just to relax and do nothing, go no where, what a concept.

For all you out there that read my blog, don't be a work-o-halic, like they say "Stop and smell the roses" that is if you can find some.

It doesn't matter how hard you try to keep up, you set the bar and if you set it to high, take a hold of it and move it down a little bit. You are in-charge and you are allowed to keep up with your self. You make your own schedule so put in that schedule an hour break during working hours, and take fifteen minutes in the morning and the afternoon just to clear your head. You'll thank yourself for it later. Once you have set a pattern up you see you can get much more down during the day and not take things to bed to worry about while your tossing and turning about what you didn't get done today.

This is all good advice, now if I'll only do it!

To all a goodnight and may God Bless.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Read an Ebook Week 2017

The 9th annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion kicks off today
and runs through March 11th.

All of my titles have been discounted by 25%!

Rose Petals, Book 2
Alone, Book 5

You can also find the complete list of my titles on my
Smashwords Author Page here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Is it Friday YET?

When things go well, the days past fast. But when everything goes sideways or upside down it takes forever for the day to go by.

I love my job, but when the phones are ringing off the hook and everyone once a piece of you, it can take a miracle to get through the day. From Telephones, computers that don't want to cooperate with you to every one wanting something yesterday is enough to make you pull your hair out and scream!

It isn't very often I express my thoughts or my feelings, I'm one of the most patient people in the world. People even ask me how do you do it? I never say that I hold my breath and count to one hundred or I pinch myself till it hurts o I won't scream back at them, I smile politely and agree to give them what they want if I can and then bust my you know what to deliver.

At night when I'm writing I find away to put my now anger into my writing just to escape the built up hostility I've been holding in all day.

The next morning the first thing I say, "Is it FRIDAY YET?"
Have a great day to all and hope you have a way to release your pent up feelings.