The Power of Three

You know how they say that good things come in threes, well it was certainly true for me last week. Three new books in as many days, three totally delightful books that I just have to tell you about. Am I lucky or what?

1.The first book came via Joss Burnel, a poet/blogger I met through WordPress a few years backDSC06655 when she showed up at a craft fair in the Annapolis Valley to meet me with a copy of her book of poetry, If God Was a Woman. I’m truly looking forward to reading this as I’m sure Joss (the Crowing Crone) has many insights to share. She has such a warm, friendly spirit I believe we could have talked all afternoon and not run out of words to say. What a thrill to meet a blogging buddy. I might be a little partial, as well, since Joss gave my book, Flying With a Broken Wing, a ringing endorsement in her review a few years back. You can check it out  HERE if you missed it. When I said she was a warm friendly spirit I certainly meant it!

2.From the Heart is an anthology that I’m a part of. It is the third anthology in the Inspiring Hope series. As with the other two books, Inspiring Hope: One story at a Time, and Fly Like an Eagle, the proceeds from this book will also go to charity. Profits from this latest book compiled by Gary Doi will go to the Cmolik Foundation. The foundation “supports post-secondary scholarships for high school graduates who are financially challenged and have demonstrated character, good work ethic and persistence in achieving their goals.” How about that! The books are available for order through Amazon just follow the link here I like knowing the profits will go to charity!

3. And last but not least, I was totally excited when an unexpected package from Diane Tibert came in the mail. The book is titled Throw Away Kitten and was penned by Candy McMudd. a.ka. Diane Tibert. As I told Diane over email, this book is my new favourite and not only because I’m mentioned on page 42 (yes, I’m totally serious. She mentioned me in the book. Cool or what!))  It’s a story for kids 6-11 and I can hardly wait to share this with Miss Charlotte. But I’ll keep the surprise of her nanny’s name being mentioned in the book until she finds it herself. I wonder what her reaction will be. You can order Diane’s book here. 

I hope you’ll check out some or all of these books. I tend to think they’re all pretty special, after all, they have the power of three behind them!

 

Catch up from my Little Corner of the Web

It’s been awhile. Maybe you noticed but maybe you didn’t.

As unbelievable as it seems, last winter’s snow still clings to those places where the sun hasn’t been able to reach. Snow in May. You don’t see that often. With temperatures up in the twenties (that’s Celsius for my American friends, wouldn’t want to send you into shock!) I believe the snow has seen better days. In fact, it may be all gone today. Good news since last winter seemed like the winter from Hell. Yes, I do like snow, in fact I went out snowshoeing many days and did my share of shovelling. But no one, I repeat no one, needs four feet of snow in their backyard. I don’t care who yah are.

So what’s new with me in no particular order? Editor Gary Doi is putting together another anthology for charity and I am one of the contributors. Not sure when the book will be out but I’ll let you know.

Now with the snow gone, I’ve fired off a photo from our cemetery here in St. Cyprian’s. In February I was contacted by someone from Connecticut, looking for a photo of their ancestor’s tombstone from way back in the early 1900’s. Marvelous how the Internet can bring people together. I dare say a request like this would never have been possible before.

I’m excited to be signed up to receive books in the mail from the library. Love this program, although I just learned that the bookmobile will be making monthly stops again. Yay! If there’s some way to get books in the hands of as many people as possible then I’m excited.


Miss Charlotte turned five in April
and is newly registered for school. She has her interview later this month and is very excited to start school in the fall.

Mr. Levi will be a big brother at the end of September not only that, he’s discovered all the wonderful places to play at Guppy and Nanny’s house. The big pile of gravel in our backyard being one of them. Although I think Dad’s having just as much fun playing with his old Tonka Toys as what Levi is.

Earlier in the month we went to the Pearle Theatre in Lunenburg to see Agatha Christi’s, The Mousetrap. Lunenburg is such a beautifully historic town. It’s just like stepping back in time. Perhaps I’ll snap some photos this summer and post them.

Lastly, I want to mention that award winning author Christi Corbett is scheduled to be a guest on my blog on the 14th of May. I hope you’ll drop in and say hi..

What’s new in your little corner?

A Disease, a Wedding and an Anthology

I have a disease. It may be incurable. Some of you know this already and some of you have suspected it for some time, but have remained silent. Please don’t pity me. I really don’t like pity. The disease I have keeps me awake at night, keeps my mind buzzing, makes me wonder just what the future holds in store for me. Some say this disease is caused by the bite from a rare bug, one that can bite you quite early in life or later on. It doesn’t discriminate. For some, it’s a lifetime struggle. The bug I’m talking about, of course, is the writing bug. No surprises there!

Yeah, I’ve been writing. A lot. Writing and editing and revising and writing some more. Writing takes up a great deal of my time, and when I’m not writing I’m often thinking about the story I’m writing. It is a disease, really it is. One that I may never recover from. One I hope they never come up with a cure for.

But that’s not all that’s been going on with me these days. More than writing I’ve been living and working and taking some family time. Family time comes before writing time. No contest. I have two precious grandbabies now who need snuggles and kisses and hugs, so many hugs. And I have a wedding to plan. Yes, wedding.

After being widowed for 26 years, my Mum is getting married next weekend. I couldn’t be happier. The family couldn’t be happier. To be honest, this is something none of us ever expected, least of all my mother. But the world is a mysterious place. Sometimes life throws things our way, and even when we fight against them we end up realizing that resistance is futile. I’m a bit older now than Mum was when she found herself all alone. It wasn’t easy. Many of you know that on top of all that she’s visually impaired. Luckily, she has five kids. And now a soon to be second husband.

“Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.” Love this quote by Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and it reminds me of my Mum’s story. I have Gary Doi to thank for making me aware of the quote. He’s the editor of the new anthology I’m a part of, along with 25 other people, titled, “Fly Like an Eagle.” It’ll be for sale on Amazon within the next few weeks. The proceeds will go to SORCO, a rescue rehab and release facility, in the Okanagan Region of British Columbia, for raptors such as eagles, hawks and owls. I feel honoured to be a part of this project, a project that gives back.

So, for now that’s what’s up with me. Oh, and not to mention a forty hour regular work week, can’t forget that. I’ve been missing my blogger friends and looking forward to getting caught up with what you all are doing.

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