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God Bless the USA

GOD BLESS AMERICA

God Bless America - Irving Berlin

God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above
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From the mountains
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to the prairies
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To the oceans white with foam
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God bless America, my home sweet home!
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Please pray for our country!
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Summer Solstice

What is the solstice? 

Solstice comes from the Latin “solstitium” from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), meaning the sun standing still. It literally means “furthest or culminating point; a turning point.” Now that sounds good to me.

A turning point! I think we’re all ready for one of those.

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Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Our summer solstice occurred at 5:43 p.m. on June 20, 2020. If you’re interested in the science behind it, the summer solstice occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined toward the sun, at the degree of 23° 26′, its most extreme. Can you imagine being in the Arctic circle where it will mostly stay light from June 19 to June 21?

What does all this mean for us? It means it is summer! It is truly summer! Time to leave our winter habits behind…

“I am summer, come to lure you away from your computer… come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches.” ― Oriana Green

It’s that turning point where we can turn away from the darkness of our winter worries, and look toward the hope of the future. Let the sunlight of hope lift your spirits, clear away the fog, and strengthen your resolve. 

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“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ― St. Francis of Assisi

The following quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald seems to echo what many of us are seeing, feeling, believing…

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

So shall we let our lives begin again with the summer!

Bathe in the light of the sun, do some gardening, watch the birds and listen to their songs, add summer decor to your home, walk on the beach, or do whatever lightens your spirits and brings joy to your heart.

“Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.” ― Kahlil Gibran

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Picture courtesy of Pixabay

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The wait is over!

Now available on Amazon…

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On Kindle or Paperback.

You’ll have to wait just a wee bit longer if you’d like a signed copy.  I should have my books in hand to sign for you before the end of the month.

Let me know if you’d like to pre-order a signed copy.

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Pummeled by icy daggers, every cell in Detective Ron Bishop’s body screamed to wake up from his fifteen-year-old nightmare. Freezing shower shards cut through the 5:00 a.m. drowsiness. He knew he needed to be awake—wide awake and in the present—when he reached the crime scene.

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So begins Book 1 of my new mystery series.

You will, of course, get to know the detective better as you read on, but he is not our main character. That would be our protagonist, Mia Reed. If you’ve read the Bridge Club Series, you will remember Mia as an adolescent in book 3, Premonition Bridge. We meet her again (now a twenty-three year old art therapist) at the beginning of the next chapter.

When the invisible hand guided hers, Mia Reed knew the image would hold a message—a crucial message—possibly a matter of life or death. But on this Tuesday morning her hand was her own as she looked at her newest client’s intake information.

So what’s it all about? 

Art therapist Mia Reed has a calling to help her patients as well as a special gift—paintings that provide clues to crimes. However, Freddie Alessi—an assault victim whose wife has gone missing—leaves every session more disturbed than when he arrived… almost as disturbed as Mia feels about his charming and attractive older brother Anthony. Her brain says run, but his fervent kisses keep drawing her back.

Detective Ron Bishop is intrigued by Mia’s gift as he struggles to solve missing persons and murder cases. But when Mia’s hand is guided by an outside force, can the clues in her drawings lead to the killer and answer the questions in time?

You can find out in the soon to be released Watercolor Whispers.

TO BE RELEASED THIS MONTH!

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Tomorrow is the first day of June, and most of us are happy to say goodbye to May. Not that it was all bad, but having been quarantined for so long, the very idea of a new month that introduces a careful return to normalcy is exciting. June 21st is the summer solstice, but June 1st is the meteorological first day of summer, my favorite season of the year.

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From the musical, Carousel, Rogers and Hammerstein gave us “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and boy does that sound like a theme for this year’s month of June. I think we’re all ready to be bustin’ out!

And whether you’re in or out, there is something to celebrate every day of the month. Well, actually more than one each day, but I’m just going to mention some of my favorites.

  • June 1 — Oscar the Grouch’s birthday, but more importantly, Donut Day
  • June 2 — National Rocky Road Day — After the stock market crash in 1929, William Dreyer mixed chunky almonds, mini marshmallows, and milk chocolate ice cream to create a new ice cream flavor that would make people smile in spite of the tough economic times. Thank you Mr. Dreyer!
  • June 3 — Egg Day
  • June 4 — Aesop’s birthday and especially for a good friend of mine, Cheese Day – Oh, and for some of my other friends, it’s Hug Your Cat Day.

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  • June 5 — National Gingerbread Day — In June? Who knew??
  • June 6 — D-Day-WWII and National Yo-Yo Day
  • June 7 — National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • June 8 — National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day – Yes, please!
  • June 9 — International Young Eagles Day
  • June 10 — Maurice Sendak‘s birthday

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  • June 11 — Jacques Cousteau’s birthday
  • June 12 — National Peanut Butter Cookie Day – Now there’s one I can get behind!
  • June 13 — National Juggling Day and National Lobster Day – Oh yeah! Lobster-Tails-Lemon-Butter-Recipe-1S-5798
  • June 14 — Flag Day – Fly yours proudly!

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  • June 15 — Power of a Smile Day and Fly a Kite Day
  • June 16 — Fudge Day
  • June 17 — Begins National Week of Making (So get busy!)
  • June 18 — International Picnic Day

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  • June 19 – Lou Gehrig’s birthday and William M. Muhly, Jr.’s birthday (that’s my brother) 😉 and National Martini Day
  • June 20 — National Ice Cream Soda Day
  • June 21 — Father’s Day and World Music Day

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  • June 22 — National Onion Rings Day and National Eclair Day — Celebrate!!!
  • June 23 — National Pink Day (for my Mary Kay friends)
  • June 24 — Swim a Lap Day (Maybe those of us who can’t swim can just walk back and forth across the pool?)
  • June 25 — National Handshake Day — Perhaps this year we’ll do something a little different, like a tip of the hat, peace sign, or simple smile and nod. 😉
  • June 26 — National Coconut Day — Think I’ll celebrate with a pina colada.
  • June 27 — National PTSD Awareness Day

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  • June 28 — National Paul Bunyan Day
  • June 29 — National Waffle Iron Day – That could be fun!
  • June 30 — Social Media Day — Time to post, post, post!

What’s your favorite day to celebrate? I know I’m ready to celebrate every day in the beautiful month of June. I hope you enjoy yours too!

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Never Forget

Memorial Day

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How many have died for their country? How many have we lost?

How many have given their lives for our freedom?

Here are just a few numbers…

          American Revolution – 25,000                Civil War – 655,000

                       World War I – 116,516                    World War II – 405,399

                   Korean War – 36,516                      Vietnam War – 58,209

      Gulf War – 294           War in Afghanistan – 2,216 — Iraq War – 4,497

This is what Memorial Day is all about. I certainly enjoy a good barbeque or time at the beach as much as anyone, but I cringe when I hear someone say “Happy Memorial Day.”

For this is a day of remembrance.

I think we must all take time out from our “kick off to summer” to remember all those who gave their lives for our freedom. Remember the mothers who lost their sons and daughters, those who lost their spouse, those children who group up without a parent because theirs made the ultimate sacrifice…

And it was for you.

God bless them, God bless the Gold Star families, and God Bless America!

 

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Have you ever felt out of step… different from others… like a weirdo? 

Do you always feel that way?

Well don’t worry. That just means you haven’t found your tribe yet.

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This spring has been filled with disappointments. Things we’ve lost or missed out on. Trips to exciting places. Relaxing vacations. Weddings, reunions, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries. The list goes on and on.

Things we’ve looked forward to with great anticipation were suddenly snatched away because of COVID-19.

Like all of you, I lost some of those things. Between my husband, Lee, and I, we had trips to Maui, Argentina, Cape May, South Africa and Lancaster, PA all cancelled.

But wait… Did I say Lancaster, Pennsylvania? What’s so exciting about that?

For me, it may have been the greatest let down of all because it was the annual Pennwriters Conference. I started looking forward to this conference the day after last year’s conference in Pittsburgh.

Now what has all this to do with finding your tribe? Or being a weirdo?

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Let me explain first by saying I found my tribe.

I found a small part of my tribe (but a big part of my heart) sitting around my publisher, Demi Steven‘s, dining room table in 2015.

And then my tribe grew and grew through Pennwriters.

My tribe of funny, quirky, wonderful, inspiring writers always lift my spirits, and I discovered I’m not all that weird. Well, at least if I am, I’m in good company. Make that great company! (I am fortunate enough to have found myself part of several tribes, but that’s a story for another day.)

Yesterday — A good day — A great gift

People from all over Pennsylvania and beyond were feeling bummed as the weekend of “the conference that wasn’t to be” approached. Then an amazing group of people from Pennwriters gave us a delightful surprise–The Mini-May Madness.  They learned and mastered all the necessary technology, put in the many hours of ZOOM practice, etc., and presented us with a Friday night and all day Saturday experience.

I still missed seeing and hugging everyone and all the great happenings of a live conference BUT…

My tribe didn’t let me down. From the Read & Critique evening to morning meditation to mini workshops to Q&A with two amazing authors, Susan Meier and Jonathan Maberry, it was a day filled with inspiration. I am in awe of these presenters and their generosity.

 

And when Jonathan Maberry referred to himself as a “weirdo” like all of us writers, I was suddenly proud to say, “I’m a weirdo too!”

Who inspires you?

I hope you’ve found your tribe, but if you haven’t…

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Until next time,

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