November Reading

Three great books by three very talented authors: #Staci Troilo #Sally Cronin #Jan Sikes.

Staci Troilo is a multi-genre author from short stories, anthologies to series. Her most recent published work is No Such Luck. It is about a young woman, Piper Seidel, who believes a red carnation is her good luck charm. It was given to her by her high school sweetheart. Now that it is lost and her life has changed to the negative, it is time to find herself and a new good luck charm.

Life Is Like A Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin, is a series of short stories. Each story will touch your heart, search your soul, and awaken your senses. Two of my favorites were about a couple who help a young man with their winnings from a scratch-off card and the other was The Florist where love is unexpectedly discovered.

Award-winning author, Jan Sikes, most recent book is about Cole Knight who went from rags to riches. He earned fame and fortune but it was his return to his roots with his family that was his greatest achievement.

Each of these books would be a wonderful gift for this Christmas season. There are lessons to be learned about life, choices, and family.

BALLOONS AND JUSTIN!

EVERYONE LOVES BALLOONS!

JUSTIN TUCKER has a deep fascination about balloons. He smiles, points up towards them, and sometimes laughter comes from his speechless voice.

In my new book, “Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love,” the reader will meet Justin whose life has been one challenge after another. Yet, the more love was given to him, the more he rose above the limitations of autism and cerebral palsy.

My tribute to Justin:

Preorder your copy of “Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love” from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlay, iTunes, and more. Release date is August 17.

Watch the new book-trailer video and be sure to hit the lie and subscribe buttons on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePHdWyAYDJs

Thank you for your support. The more we learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder, the more understanding, acceptance, and resources will come about.

BOOK LAUNCH!

INTRODUCING MY MOST RECENT PUBLICATION…LEARNING ABOUT AUTISM: ONE MOTHER’S JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AND LOVE. A CHARTER SCHOOL, TEACHING METHODS, & RESOURCES.

Carol Tucker travels the road of autism and cerebral palsy with her adopted son, Justin, now a young man who has routinely astounded physicians with his achievements. She is a special education teacher, recognized leader and children’s advocate, and one of the founders of Florida’s first charter school for autism, where she served as director. Through photos and stories, bestselling author Karen Ingalls shares Carol’s journey, then offers a wealth of resources, teaching methods, school choices, financial-aid options, and unique insights into how one very determined mother and her family continue to rise above many daunting challenges to thrive and find happiness.

Pre-order your copies now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and other major book distributors.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

FIREWORKS

WHEN SOMEONE IN THE U.S.A. THINKS OF FIREWORKS, ONE THINKS OF INDEPENDENCE DAY…THE FOURTH OF JULY. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS COURTESY OF https://www.fireworkscrazy.co.uk/fireworks-around-the-world/

IN JAPAN, THERE IS THE SUMIDAGAWA FESTIVAL WHICH CAN BE DATED BACK TO 1732. IT IS A PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION.

THERE IS THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN INDIA, WHICH LASTS 4 DAYS AND DATES BACK TO 500 TO 1000 AD. FOR THE HINDUS IT IS CELEBRATING LIGHT OVER DARKNESS.

IN PERU, AND OTHER SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES, FIREWORKS ARE DISPLAYED ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

FIREWORKS ARE DISPLAYED AT THE END OF RAMADAN IN DUBAI AND SOME SURROUNDING COUNTRIES.

FIREWORKS SYMBOLIZE HAPPINESS, CELEBRATION, AND NEWS OF WEALTH (http://weknowyourdreams.com/fireworks.html)

We were married on the 4th of July because we wanted it to be a day of joy and celebration…and news of wealth in the form of love. Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, best friend, and soul-mate.

WISHING YOU EAC A SAFE AND JOYOUS 4TH OF JULY!

THE HEART…DID YOU KNOW?

Welcome to my blog where you might learn something new, be inspired, or be entertained. Tomorrow is Feb. 14, and we all know that is Valentine’s Day. The heart is its symbol because there is the long-standing relationship of the heart with emotions, including love.

But do you know about the “Broken Heart Syndrome”? There are phrases that speak to this syndrome: you broke my heart, my heart is broken, or the shattering of a heart when being broken is the loudest quiet ever. The “Broken Heart Syndrome” occurs when a shocking experience suddenly occurs. It may be extremely good news such as winning a lot of money, or bad news of a death, financial loss, or a diagnosis.

The heart balloons out into an apical form due to the left ventricle filling with blood. The rest of the heart functions normally. The event feels like a heart attack, rarely fatal, and it occurs in women more than men over the age of 50.

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

In 1990, this syndrome was first diagnosed in Japan. The medical field is still doing studies to understand this phenomenon. When one says, I love you so much I think my heart will burst, realize it truly can make your heart swell.

Debbie Reynolds passed away one day after her daughter, Carrie Fischer died. Johnny Cash died a few months after his wife did, and former British Prime Minister James Callaghan died of heart and kidney failure in March 2005, just 11 days after his wife Audrey passed away.

The purpose of this information is not to bring sadness, but two things can be learned: both negative and positive stressful events can have strong influences on our bodies, especially the heart. Secondly, the strength of one’s love for another is powerful and beautiful. Such love has a positive influence on everyone around a couple deeply in love.

Courtesy of Joshua Hehe

My wish is for you to celebrate the meaning of Valentine’s Day every day. Let those around you know how much you love them, from your heart send out love to everyone, and let your heart be open to receive love from others.

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE 2021. WEEK #35. #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts @pursoot

WELCOME TO TODAY’S BLOG. I AM GLAD YOU ARE HERE. The month of February is all about LOVE. In the week’s ahead, each blog will be about love: of self, others, heart health, care partners, and God’s love.

Each week Suzanne Burke offers a photo prompt from which anyone is invited to write a short story, poem, or one-liner. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. Let your creativity juices flow!

As soon as I saw this photo, my eyes were drawn to the image between the man and woman. To me, it was God’s spirit.

When I met my husband, I felt God’s arms drawing us closer together. When I looked into his eyes, I knew he was someone very special. When I passed by him and touched his shoulder, there was an incredible energy that went through me. We are one and know God is always present.

Suzanne Burke is an award-winning author and I encourage you to go to her website and learn about her and her wonderful books. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

How has love impacted your life? Has God been a part of your love relationships? Do you remember your first kiss? What is your love story?

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE 2021. WEEK #32. #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts @pursoot

It is my pleasure and honor to participate in another flash fiction challenge based on the photo prompt. Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke, has provided these challenges every week. Everyone is invited to write a short story, poem, or a one-liner.

Here is the photo prompt for this week:

And here is my Tanka poem based on the above:

There is a wonderful poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, titled “The Sands of Time.” It is a poem that left a large impact on me when I was in high school. Its influence is obviously still with me.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I welcome your comments.

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #27 @pursoot #Writing Community #IARTG #ASMSG

Suzanne Burke once again has provided an interesting photo prompt from which to write a short story, one-liner, or a poem. This week’s photo was not only beautiful but quickly brought to mind the following Tanka poem. I hope you enjoy it.

 THE MAGICAL FOREST
  
 THE YOUNG PRETTY LASS
 HAD BICYCLED FAR FROM HOME
 SEEKING HAPPINESS
 IN AN ENCHANTED FOREST
 OF MAGIC, FAIRIES, AND ELVES.
  
 HER BIKE STANDS ALONE
 WAITING FOR HER TO RETURN
 BUT EACH DAY PASSES
 WITHOUT THE YOUNG, PRETTY LASS
 EVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
  
 LAUGHTER AND MUSIC
 FLOATS AMONG THE TREES SO HIGH
 HEARD BY THOSE WHO PASS
 BY QUICLY WITH STEPS, FEARFUL
 OF THE MAGICAL FOREST.
  
 THE ONLY MAGIC
 IS THE HAPPY BEATING HEARTS
 FILLED WITH LOVE AND JOY
 FROM THE YOUNG AND PRETTY LASS
 WHO LIVES WITH HER PRINCE CHARMING.
  
   

My thanks to Suzanne Burke who provided these Fiction in a Flash Challenges. I invite you to follow her website and join the fun in writing something based on the photo prompt. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/


	

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #23 @pursoot #Writing Community #IARTG #ASMSG

My thanks to Suzanne Burke for this week’s fiction in a flash challenge. The photo prompt is beautiful and from it I was inspired to write the following Tanka poem.

I'm falling, falling
My fears hold me back from life
I'm trying, trying
To overcome and be free.

I'm praying, praying
Til fears are gone and I'm free
While angels guide me
To a life free from falling.

Like a waterfall
I now bring joy and beauty
To those who see me
Living life fully with love.

When you look at the photo prompt, what thoughts, emotions come to you? Does my poem speak to you in any special way? Have you experienced times of feeling lost and afraid? I welcome your comments.

I invite you to go to Suzanne Burke’s website and learn about this talented and award-winning author. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #22 @pursoot #Writing Community #IARTG #ASMSG

Each week, award-winning author Suzanne Burke provides a photo prompt from which we are invited to write a one-liner, short story, or poem. Everyone is welcome to participate.

This week I wrote a Tanka poem, which is a Japanese form of poetry with 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables. I hope you enjoy this week’s entry.

THE BINDER IS OLD
JUST AS I AM ALSO OLD
WE ARE BOTH WORN OUT
TATTERED, TIRED YET EMBRACED
BY STRAPS OR YOUR LOVING ARMS.
 
OUR SKINS ARE WRINKLED
TORN, FRAGILE, SCARRED, YET HOLDING
US TOGETHER WHILE
HIDING SECRETS, LIES, AND DREAMS
NEVER REVEALED TO OTHERS.
 
NOW THAT I HAVE PASSED,
ONLY GOD’S JUDGEMENT MATTERS
BUT I PRAY YOU WILL
LOVE ME WITHOUT CONDITION
ACCEPTING MY HUMANNESS.
 
READ THE WORN PAGES
KNOWING THEY COME FROM MY HEART
WHILE BARING MY SOUL
     SO YOU WILL KNOW WHO I WAS
STILL LOVING, ACCEPTING ME.
 
WHEN YOU CREMATE ME,
DO THE SAME TO THE BINDER
PUTTING OUR ASHES
 IN THE GROUND OF THE OAK TREE
TOGETHER, FOREVER MORE.

If you have not yet visited Suzanne Burke’s website and purchased one of her books, I encourage you to do so. One of my favorite books are “Empty Chairs” written under the pseudonym of Stacy Danson. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

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