A BIG thank you to Mari for this guest post on my blog...
Unplugged: Tips for Disconnecting from Tech & Reconnecting with Yourself
We live in a world of constant connectivity. You’re never far from a device hooked up to emails, texts, social media feeds, news updates and an endless stream of information.
Technology is a wonderful gift. You can FaceTime with your family thousands of miles away or send an important work project to colleagues from your delayed train. But technology is also a distraction and a burden if you don’t allow yourself to disconnect.
Do you have difficulty sitting or standing still without checking your phone reflexively? Do you have a hard time focusing on the people around you because of tech interruptions? Is it a challenge for you to relax and unwind away from a screen?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you could benefit from some unplugged time. Take a break from technology by testing out the following tips.
Set a Power-Down Time
Every night, about 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed, put away all of your devices. Close your laptop, stash your phone, turn off your TV. Set a recurring alarm to remind you when it’s time to power down. Use this half-hour or hour to do a relaxing activity you enjoy. Read, draw, write, work on a puzzle or play an instrument.
Weekly Digital Detox
Once a week, set aside a longer period of time for a digital detox, where you disengage from all technology. Start with a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.
If you like it, scale it up to all of Sunday. What do you want to do with all the time you would normally spend playing video games, watching Netflix or scrolling on your phone? What makes you feel happy, healthy and alive?
Rediscover your interests and hobbies. Get out of the house and try something new. Go for a hike, check out a new café, meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
Write It Out
Take a few minutes every day to write in your journal. Tune into your thoughts, desires, hopes and dreams. Ask yourself questions about the past, present and future. Record what you’re grateful for today. Use this time to unplug from external distractions and reconnect with yourself.
Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes through the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing. You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just a few of the thousands of people who have tapped into this highly-effective way to heal, grow, and transform your life.
The wisdom and lessons revealed in Heal Your Self with Journaling Power will help you mitigate existing health problems; manifest everything you desire; create a new life story for yourself; fill your life with uplifting positive energy; and fully leverage the power of journaling to solve your most pressing problems so you can live your best life.
Mari L. McCarthy’s international bestselling book, Journaling Power, started a movement. Now, Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is igniting a revolution!
You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just some of the thousands of people who have tapped into the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing.
These are people just like you, and their challenges are the same ones you have.
Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes with living your life in the present from the inside out. It will help you transform your life and…
Thanks again Mari for guesting on my blog ~ always a pleasure!
Madeline co-authored Blue-Collar Women: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs, co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, and wrote the poems for two photography books, The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy.
Her poems have also appeared online and in print magazines, e.g., in the 2016 Porter Gulch Review, Yellow Chair’s In the Words of Womyn 2016 anthology, Story Circle Network’s journals and anthologies, the Best of Poetry Salon 2013-2018, and the Vine Leaves Literary Journal: a Collection of Vignettes from Across the Globe, 2017.
And her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Naturally Savvy, Aging Bodies, PsychAlive, Story Circle Network’s HerStories and One Woman’s Day blogs, and the Memoir Network blog. One of Madeline’s essays has also appeared in the My Gutsy Story Anthology by Sonia Marsh.
Madeline also co-edited Volumes 1 and 2 of The Great American Poetry Show, a poetry anthology, and wrote the poems for two books of photography, The Emerging Goddess and. Besides having many poems published in print and online magazines, writes regularly for Naturally Savvy, and occasionally for PsychAlive, Open to Hope,and Journeys Through Grief and The Huffington Post.
My Review of Papa's Shoes...
Oh my goodness, I enjoyed reading this book so much. The story line starts with Ira, father & husband, and his journey of leaving Poland to make a life for his family in the United States of America. Once in America, as he is saving money to bring his wife and sons to join him, he receives news that all but one son died of the plague. Ugh!
He returns and takes care of business then returns to America with his wife left to raise their remaining son and the baby on the way. Ruth, his wife, mails a pink string to Ira once Ava is born. When enough funds allow, Ira sends for Ruth, Charlie (their oldest son), and Ava. This is when the story shifts from one of Ira and Ruth to that of Charlie and Ava adjusting to their life as Jewish Immigrants and their parents old ways and religion while embracing the new and mixed views of living in America.
You watch Charlie and Ava grow up and as the book concludes, Ira and Ruth come to major realizations and their children need to make decisions that will impact their relationships with each other and their parents. The life of an immigrant isn't easy, especially in the 20's when mixing religions was not accepted as it is today. I enjoyed the ending and it required a tissue. Love wins...this is all I'll reveal.
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August 12th @ Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey
Readers and writers alike will want to stop by Memoir Writer’s Journey to hear from Kathleen Pooler and friend / fellow author Madeline Sharples as they discuss Madeline’s latest book “Papa’s Shoes”.
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Georgia's definition of performance, after decades in the world of show business: "it is clear performance means the way you express yourself to the world. It is your choice of words, style and movement. It is your decision to design the shape, shade and colour of your entry into any type of work you want to do."
If you're a rebel through and through, or need some guidance and encouragement to find your rebellious streak, if you want to question the status quo, reach further, smash through the glass ceiling, speak and be heard...The Rule Breaker's Guide is the book for you!
Georgia Varjas shares her wisdom, wins and woes to shine a light on how the rules can hold us back, keep us small, and shut us up... and how to change that destructive pattern. With a combination of story and sass, Georgia shows us how to be in total control of our own lives, to show up, step up and stand out.
Now to hear from Georgia herself...
I believe we are all born with some talent or creative genius. It may be a gift you have tingling in your soul to sing, paint or write. Perhaps, it is to communicate and lead, or it could be to mend, fix or repair, even care, love and give. But I do believe we all have natural abilities. And, I am also aware of how we ourselves down-grade and conceal our natural gifts and talents.
From an early age, codes, regulations and laws hold us back and keep us trapped in low esteem jobs and painful relationships, while filling our heads with complexes and inhibitions. We end up hiding our natural talents, playing small and denying our skills.
I know I have played small when in reality I had enough competence and experience to complete the task. But I held my self back because I was thinking about what others would think or what if they said something or all that absolute made-up nonsense - basically creating my own diversions and obstacles.
And the worst part about it all, I had created such a negative mindset I couldn’t perform to my best ability. I couldn’t show up as a talented person. I actually lowered my standards as a result.
Remember a parent or teacher telling you not to sing because your voice sounded terrible?
Or the professor or trainer who dampened your imagination to write stories, play sports or take up a musical instrument? Or a boss, educator, a person in authority who dismissed you because you didn’t “fit” in according to their rules of race, creed or gender?
These discouragements, these put downs and subversive rules can stop us from developing and achieving what we want for our life.
But we have choices and opportunities - and we can create them.
We need to stop in our tracks and make note of all those Rules that are not serving us any more. It is about making smart decisions but also acting on them.
Ask yourself, how many times have you made a decision but not acted on it? It often happens, followed by an amazing array of reasons and excuses! We have to learn to prioritise laying out all those things we would love to do - fancy trying - are prepared to give a go or even another go.
Make that list. Take courage, lean on your confidence and bring out your competency. Use your natural skills to overcome those road blocks, brick walls or glass ceilings and honestly love yourself a bit more!
Don’t use your smartness or experience to increase the barriers you live behind. Or the protective bubbles you sit in.
Ask yourself daily: How are you doing with all your dreams, goals and desires? And are they coming together?
It is up to you to pay attention and then act upon those obstacles you have prolonged in your system for too long.
So even if life is not easy right now - remember life is beautiful. Yes, it takes Confidence and Courage to Step Up & Stand Out - Make Decisions and Act Upon them.
Turn to your voice and pen, they are your most powerful weapons of construction!
- Don't hold back - release that genius energy -
Georgia Varjas June 2019
Thank you Georgia for guest blogging on my blog...
I hope many will check out your book.
Each letter of the alphabet has 4 -6 pages, with twelve spots to list addresses on, and if you already have your addresses on the computer then you can print them onto a 3 x 10 label and just stick them in. Easy!
This is another book I created for myself and as I shared it with friends, they encouraged me to make it available for sale because of its ease and being able to just "stick" in addresses. I used my favorite photos from the four seasons.
It wasn't until the release on Facebook that I realized three of the four are of the sun. I do enjoy a beautiful sunrise and sunset, this shows in my cover selection. The summer one has one of my favorite flowers and brings a smile to my face because I remember the day I took this photo with my Mom sitting on the buggy giving me pointers on where to stand and squat and move to get just the right picture.
I hope you'll leave a review on Amazon
to help others know the value
in purchasing this address book...
I contemplated grabbing my Bible and sitting on the deck yet the insurmountable piles of disorganization and chaos surrounding me in every room I walked motivated me to get-r-done. I know myself too well, I would not focus on my reading, the birds singing, or the beauty around me until I have control of the interior of our home. Although I've never watched "Hoarders", our house isn't as bad as episodes my friends have talked about BUT it's the worst I've ever let it go. Hubby doesn't mind but my mother and grandmother would be mortified, this is bad, even for the relaxed in spirit and mind. I've got some work to do before enjoying the deck.
An added joy of our deck is the opportunity to sit, technology free, and visit with family and friends. With the size and ease of today's cellular devices and assorted technological devices, it is difficult to get away. Our deck is the tech-free-get-away. I look forward to regaining our "home" inside so I can chillax outside with no worries and lists on the inside.
As I focus on "renewal" of my spiritual, physical, and emotional health...letting things go and prioritizing are necessary. As I type this I realize it is nearly hypocritical as I should have sat on the deck this morning instead of tackling the piles yet organizing at least one area inside allowed me to enjoy ten minutes outside that I couldn't have thinking about the magnitude of things to do. Life is learning the balance, understanding who we are, how we are wired, and accepting these things. We can't change who we are. If you accept the way you are made and wired, it's easy to keep the important things above the line while letting the not-so-important go. Give it a try.
Here are a few things:
*Walk outside 4x a week
*Continue eating healthy
*Finish weeding the gardens at home
*Finish weeding the rock walkway in our backyard
*Weed the Heidi Allen Remembrance Garden
*Attend a week long writers' conference
*Rebrand so the blog, podcast, writing, & speaking mesh
*Update the budget
*Purge stuff we don't use or need
*Clean, I mean CLEAN the house (including the windows, lol)
What are your plans for the summer?
I encourage my readers, and you, to share your writing on my blog for others to enjoy. I understand this can be a scary concept, because once it’s posted “live”, it’s forever on the Internet, so for this reason, I created you this journal. You can participate with the rest of us while maintaining your privacy and security.
I know many a writer who seldom share their writing, AND they are some of the best writers. #OSJWritersWednesday
If you have bought and read this book, would you leave a review?
Thank you in advance...
Faith's Feather Pen is a gift from a lover of words for future generations. Never give up, you only need Faith and feather pen and your stories will fill the pages of your journals and scrap papers.
Click here for a link to read the blog posted at the release of this book - it details more than shared here.
To learn more about Faith, click here and meet Faith.
Thank you for reading and sharing my books,
thank you for leaving a review on Amazon too.
Here's the deal, the last time I planked I was able to hold myself up for about five or ten seconds BUT on Thursday when Brandon asked me to plank for the preliminary assessment, I held myself up for 30 seconds! Woo Hoo! As my arms were shaking nearing the thirty second mark, I was shocked. When Brandon said, "done"...I was thrilled and couldn't contain myself. It's good to celebrate our success, small and large.
In January I started the journey to healthy eating, incorporating exercise, and changing my lifestyle with the help of Dr. Jack Kunkel's knowledge. Six months later I've taken another step and invested in a trainer. I know Thursday's blog asked what you are investing in. In my choice of health, there have been a lot of changes. Up until this past Thursday, none had induced fear.
The TRX, Brandon, and falling backwards equal fear.
I have choice to make...Do I face this fear for the sake of health or ask for a different exercise to work the same muscles?
Hmm...What's a woman to chose? Be sure to check back next week and see what direction I go...forward or backward? I'm thinking either way is forward...
Positive choices and change are necessary.
The greatest obstacle I faced was to start exercising. Once I started though, it's been an easy and forward-moving journey. I have a lot to learn so six months later, we've invested in a personal trainer. Brandon is wonderful. My daughter and I signed up together, I paid the money and took a deep breath.
It's a basic started package, or something like that. We had our first session today. We didn't get into the actual plan or training yet but sat and answered questions about our eating & exercise habits, likes & dislikes, and a range of other things. Similar to the questions I answered in January. I felt good to be able to answer so differently. It was an eye opener and I realized I have been working hard and doing good things and made gains. Gains shown in better health, sleeping, and skin...not on the scale.
The difference with this new investment is it's to teach me how not only to eat and drink healthier but specific exercises to increase strength, balance, and endurance. In order to figure out our individual "plans", Brandon had us do different exercises and such. As he asked us to do certain things, we would each laugh out loud at different times because of our comfort levels. It was fun and I look forward to learning more, improving my health, and the thing I look forward to the most is spending time with my daughter in the process and doing this together. I'm sure we'll but heads a time or two (per session, lol) but we'll be bonding and learning together.
What are you investing in? Health and Family or...?
In the back of the book are suggestions to take the book to a higher level, using this book as a spring board for activities ranging from Kindergarten to Adult.
Whether you read it as a bedtime story or to ignite a spark with your high school students, "YOU are a RAINBOW" opens the door for communication between you and your child and/or students.
Help them recognize they are bright, brilliant, and have the ability to amaze others by being the best they can be, focusing on the good within.
It's about spending time with your child and/or the children in your circle of life. This book is about investing time to slow down and read with, and to, those hungry to listen and learn. What You are a Rainbow lacks in plot and story line, it makes up for with conversation starters and compliments.
I included a sample page in yesterday's blog to illustrate how the acronym unfolds. Seven pages, seven colors of the rainbow, and seventy-seven positive characteristics to share with your children. There might be a little hidden fun too.
Thank you for reading and reviewing "You are a Rainbow"
Your review will help future readers!
Photos in today's blog were taken by Nedra and Duane Isenberg.
Thursday, Friday, and today were spent at the Ride for Missing Children in the Mohawk Valley. The staff and volunteers at the center, the hundreds of volunteers serving on steering committees, and the community have raised awareness and funds all year. The actual day of the bicycle ride is a symbol of hope and determination. Children receive education at school.
Families and strangers come together to remember Sara Ann Wood and all the missing children while spreading awareness and hope so no more children will be kidnapped and exploited. We look forward to this event every year and are grateful for the outpouring of support. Families of the missing are always overwhelmed and grateful. We travel this journey because we have to.
The participants, volunteers, and communities involved come alongside us out of love, hope, and compassion. It's a beautiful thing to experience. Thanks to all who make this weekend of hope a reality. You encourage, inspire, and lift us up!
Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!
Thank you NCMEC for...
Making our children safer, One child at a time!
Do not be anxious
Thank you for taking time to read Laurie's story
and learn about her sister Rose Marie Gayhart.
Rose remains missing...
Her family remains hopeful and determined.
If you recognize Rose, please contact law enforcement.
I challenge you to pause and look to your future. Don't stop with tomorrow or next month, consider who you desire to be in one, five, or even ten years.
Not every thought we have is a goal to strive for but when we take the time to consider where we are going, it's easier to see the direction necessary to travel.
A Snip-it of How This Book Came To Be:
As you look forward and set your goals, this might be a tool and resource to help you on this journey. Thank you for checking it out.
Thank you for reading and sharing these
blogs about the different books I've written.
May your share bring hope, determination, and tools
to help those you care about be the best
version of themselves possible.
Thank you also for leaving a review on Amazon.com.
To listen to my interview with Beth & Jeanette, click on the link to the right. Remember to add my podcast to your favorites, Livin' with Lisa: Keeping it Real on your podcast app.
- Wish you had a different body, face, or personality?
- Feel less than adequate compared to others?
- Wonder why God created you?
- Often criticize your choices and decisions?
- Long to see yourself through God’s eyes of love?
- Want to live confidently in spite of your shortcomings?
- Realize how valuable you are?
Hello Beautiful is designed specifically for women who feel the familiar internal pressure to perform without the satisfaction of hearing “Well done.” We find it too easy to think and speak hurtful words about ourselves while building up other’s self-esteem. Hello Beautiful strives to point out those lies, and replace them with the Truth. Learn the secrets of seeing yourself through love’s viewpoint and shake off feelings of inadequacy. Finally find the courage to look in the mirror and say, “Hello, Beautiful!”
then you need to read this book/devotional! It's a must read and will encourage, uplift, motivate, and inspire you. You are more than the woman you see in the mirror, you are the beautiful creation God intended and it's time you started to live in this victory.
Jeanette is an award-winning author and sought-after speaker who enjoys sharing her funny flaws and hard-earned lessons to encourage people from all walks of life.
She’s published hundreds of newspaper columns, articles, greeting card verses, and poems. Jeanette is full of wisdom for discouraged and broken women. Hello Beautiful is her 5th book.
Beth, a former editor and recovering perfectionist, is learning to speak as kindly to herself as she does to others. Recently fired from her job as a full-time mother by her college age daughters, Beth is discovering God’s definition of her is broader than her own limited perspective.
She wants to share the nuggets of truth God has taught her about His love for her and for other women.
Thank you Jeanette and Beth for sharing
this devotional of encouragement
with women near and far...
we are beautiful...
I am beautiful...
Thank YOU two beauties!
Leave an encouraging word for Jeanette & Beth below...
Mindful Dementia Care is a book of stories and a book of love.It is a book without denial, without any papering over of the challenges that can be involved with being a caregiver, and the sadness, anger, and frustration they may bring. It is also a life-changing source of information that can revolutionize relationships with one of the most vulnerable populations in our midst.
In her decades as a caregiver, Ruth Dennis witnessed the tragic results of the medicalized and institutionalized way of caring for people with dementia. And equally clearly, she saw a better way. Mindful Dementia Care illustrates alternative methods for making a difference and achieving results through care that honors the whole person.
The key is creating an environment with countless enriching touchstones to the inner person through facilities that are filled with art, animal companions, music, dance, books, laughter, and wholesome food. It is an approach that embraces creative and artistic processes to shape a more loving, spiritual approach for elders and their families.
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My Review of the Book...
I'm happy to say, the book met all of these expectations and I recommend this book to anyone living the challenges of caring for, or experiencing, Dementia and Alzheimers. It was an interesting read personal experiences and situations as they educate the masses. The greatest message I take away is the amount of time, care, concern, and love they have for their patients and families.
The authors tackle myths, explain some of the known science behind dementia, and break down the "Many rooms in the House of Dementia". I am one of the people who don't understand the differences and how to tell them apart. Even after reading the book, I don't have them straight in my head BUT I have this great resource of hope, healing, and miracles as a resource now.
If you want to learn more or need some first hand encouragement and information, check out this book. You won't be disappointed.
About the Authors
In her decades as a caregiver, Ruth witnessed the tragic results of the medicalized and institutionalized way of caring for people with dementia. And equally clearly, she saw a better way. Mindful Dementia Care illustrates alternative methods for making a difference and achieving results through care that honors the whole person...ruth dennis has worked in mental health, the arts, and community education for over twenty-five years.
She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and, for the past two decades, has worked closely with palliative care, hospice, and grief support.
Central to Ruth’s life is her role as caregiver to her brother Morgan, who has Down Syndrome. He is the bravest man she has ever known.
...has been working in elder care for the past 2 decades...is a certified assisted living administrator (CALA), Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), and an Eden Alternative Associate...As a volunteer, Velma is a member of the New Mexico Health Care Association and NM Assisted Living Task Force Committee (NMHCAALF) . She sits at the table making her voice heard in guiding NMHCAALF’s advocacy in the New Mexico long-term care delivery system.
She helps identify and establish policies and provide resources that give people a real opportunity to improve the quality of life and quality of care in New Mexico’s frail elderly and intellectually-disabled populations.
...is a father of 3 children and married to his lovely wife Kara...Assuming operations of Vista Living, the family assisted living facilities in 2004 his passion and love for the elderly, particularly those walking with forgetfulness, and their families began to flourish. He was named President of Vista Living Communities in 2011 where he utilizes his background to maintain the highest standards of care for those with Alzheimer’s. His passion for this business and making a positive impact on those with Dementia and their families is evident in his approach and philosophies. Using values taught by his parents he brings integrity and compassion to business. With this as a guide he operates VLC as a business second; always trying to do what is right...
Find Mindful Dementia Care Online:
Click on the book cover above
Launch Day – April 29th We launch this book blog tour with a giveaway for this unique book! http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/
April 30th @ BreakEven Books Today, the author spotlight at Breakeven Books belongs to a delightfully unique book called "Mindful Dementia Care" by Ruth Dennis with Velma Arellano and Luke Nachtrab. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about this informative book and it's authors.
May 1st @ Bring on Lemons with Tara Forst Readers at BringOnLemons will hear from guest blogger and book reviewer Tara Forst as she reviews the unique book "Mindful Dementia Care" by Ruth Dennis with Velma Arellano and Luke Nachtrab. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a health care professional as she provides honest feedback about this touching book. http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/
May 4th @ The Muffin with Crystal Otto In today's Muffin post, Crystal reveals her thoughts and feelings about promoting a book that hits a little too close to home. Find out more about "Mindful Dementia Care" by Ruth Dennis with Velma Arellano and Luke Nachtrab while hearing some inspiring thoughts on getting out of your comfort zone by WOW!'s very own Crystal Otto. http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/
May 7th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples Madeline Sharples reviews "Mindful Dementia Care" by Ruth Dennis with Velma Arellano and Luke Nachtrab for readers at Choices. Don't miss Madeline's insight into this unique book. http://madelinesharples.com/
May 8th @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte
Michelle DelPonte reviews "Mindful Dementia Care" for readers at Bring on Lemons blog. Find out what this Wisconsin Healthcare Provider has to say about this unique book that deals with topics Michelle is submerged in each day as a caregiver for aging patients.
May 16th @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews Ruth Dennis about her unique book "Mindful Dementia Care; Lost and Found in the Alzheimer's Forest". Find out more about Ruth and her beautiful book.
May 17th @ Coffee with Lacey
Lacey reviews "Mindful Dementia Care; Lost and Found in the Alzheimer's Forest" for readers at Coffee with Lacey - don't miss her insight about this touching book.
May 22nd @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto Crystal Otto shares her review of Mindful Dementia Care with readers at Bring on Lemons blog.
May 24th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro Linda Appleman Shapiro, distinguished author and psychotherapist offers her insight in a review of Mindful Dementia Care.
May 28th @ World of My Imagination Nicole Pyles Reviews Mindful Dementia Care and shares her thoughts about this unique book. Readers at World of My Imagination will benefit greatly from Nicole's insight and this touching book.
I hope you'll check out their book
and share it with others who might need
insight, encouragement, and hope
on the dementia journey with a loved one.
A sibling's journey is different from that of a parent. Our role and feelings cannot compare yet they are just as important. Parents experience the greatest loss of their lives through the loss of their child and the emotional loss of the surviving children is just as traumatic. I lost more than my sister on April 3, 1994 I lost my faith.
Thanks to the boldness and faith of a child, I have hope and a story to share. There is no one person or thing here on earth to replace Heidi or the friendship we had together yet after ten years of searching I realized there is Someone who can, God. “Mrs. Buske, you need Jesus.” He was right. My name is Lisa M. Buske and Heidi Allen is my sister. She remains missing but never forgotten.
Our journeys after loss may vary yet the pain, grief, and need for hope are similar. This is my story of discovery, healing, and hope from the moment I learn of Heidi’s kidnapping until today. Life after loss is a roller coaster ride of memories and emotions.
Will you take this ride with me?
An Inside Look, or should I say, Behind the Scenes Tidbit:
To have my book still selling each month means people are learning there is hope when we have faith and a relationship with Jesus. It means #Hope is alive and other siblings are learning through my testimony of faith that they are not alone. In 2011 when the idea for this book came to be the hope was to help one sibling know they weren't alone and that they too could survive the loss of their sibling. I'm blessed to know more than one sibling has hope and understands their pain is real, acceptable, and normal.
I've gone back to read aloud from my book to audiences when I speak and find typos, bad grammar, and other "oops" each time I read it. Ugh! I think most authors will say their first books were their worst yet this is a good thing because it means we are growing in our craft and developing better writing skills and abilities. As I work on my next book I pray for God to guide my fingers and heart so it is the message my readers, you, need to hear.
The next book won't be like the first, or second, or third. The newest release will highlight growth, reflection, and a step in faith to share on different level than I have in the past. I pray you are ready for this. If you think of me over the next weeks and months, life a pray for God to speak to my heart through my fingers so it's the book you have all been waiting for.
Thank you for reading my books, writing reviews, and sharing them with your friends and families. These are an author's greatest compliments. You are an encouragement to my family and me.
Thank you for reading Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey,
writing a review on Amazon
and sharing it with your friends and family!
Hope is Alive...it's in God!
This past January I had the privilege to work with Dr. Jack Kunkel at Revolutionary Wellness to improve my health and change the way I eat, exercise, and live. It was a bold, scary, and beneficial journey. One I recommend and encourage you to invest in.
I've tried various diets and weight loss gimmicks in my lifetime but as I approach fifty I don't want to diet, I want to change my lifestyle and habits so I can beat genetics. My mother's death at sixty-four was an eye opener as this seems to be a popular number in our family for females. I want to reach sixty-four and say, "Woot, Woot, I'm still at the gym, doing yoga, and exercising." I want to be a healthy grandma who watches her grand babies graduate and become walk down the aisle. Genetics stared me in the face and I have a choice, I can do something to be the healthiest version of myself or continue as is and risk missing some great milestones in my daughter and grandchildren's lives twenty years down the road.
I'm choosing health. It requires knowledge and commitment. The days can be a challenge and overwhelming at times BUT each one is worth it. Check out my video to learn how I did it. This might not work for me but it's the path I am finding success with. Enjoy!
And by the way, Thanks Dr. Jack!!
To learn more about Jack Kunkel:
New Historical Fiction Author
Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born.
Based on the author's mother's life, historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist.
Rina lives with her husband and son in Marin County, CA. This is her first novel.
A Duet Review
Here's the deal, she is enjoying the book as well as I am. We have had wonderful discussions about the Jewish culture, world happenings during war times we didn't know or remember learning. This historical fiction is so well written, you want to keep reading to learn more about Shula and her family and at the same time, we find ourselves researching online to learn more about the war and the history of these times.
It's categorized as a "historical fiction" and the historical details are intense and many. If you are a history buff, you'll enjoy this in depth, and often behind-the-scenes look into times missed in our History books. The fictional story is weaved together so well, my daughter and I both feel as if we know Shula and the family and grieve at some of the decisions they were forced to make.
Although my daughter and I are both still reading, my daughter is a faster reader than I, she is patiently waiting for me to catch up so we can talk more about the book. To me, this is a WIN! A book that can captivate an near 50 year old and a 20 year old with the same interest level, while stimulating conversation and closer looks into our history is a book to add to one's reading list.
As we finish reading and discussing this book, I imagine more deep conversations and wonders. These are blessings to count and we send a shout out to Rina Z. Neiman for this great addition to the historical fiction genre. Keep writing!
I hope you'll take time to learn more about Rina and her new book.
In Tel Aviv, eighteen-year-old New Yorker Leigh is stuck between a rock and a hard place, attempting to validate her mother's journal and finding out who her biological father is.
Leigh's complicated and, at times, painful journey becomes tangled with events and people she meets along the way. Leigh is determined to uncover the truth--nothing can deter her.
My ONLY complaint is still a HUGE compliment, when I read the last paragraph I had a little tantrum. I WANTED MORE! I turned the page...and nothing but white space. Ugh...I couldn't believe it. The suspense and ending wrapped up the book yet it didn't. I wanted more information, more details, more, more, more.
After emailing Crystal and Nicole at W.O.W, Women On Writing, who organized this tour, I had the joy to communicate with Michelle personally. She was so kind and patient with me as I double checked to make sure the PDF I received had all the pages on it. As I thought about it, after the fact, if it was me, I'd be tickled if someone enjoyed something I wrote so much they wanted more.
As I looked around for more information I learned Bloody Coffee is actually the second book in the Pinnacle Series. What?! This is the second book, you know I downloaded the first book as soon as I learned about it. Pinnacle Lust gives the back story about Leigh's mother before she was a Mom. Oh yeah, I'm looking forward to reading this one. I have another book to review first then it's back to the Pinnacle Series.
If you like suspense and mystery, a dynamic mother-daughter relationship then you need to check out Michelle's books. You'll love them. I recommended them to my twenty-year-old daughter too. She's reading them once classes and finals are done.
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She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she served her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart. She went on to get a BS degree in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, and practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU—along with many other duties.
Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Now, she is a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, started the Pinnacle trilogy and won the Beach Book Festival in the Romance category, as well as received several honorable mentions in other book contests. It was published to rave reviews.
Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes. She currently splits her time between Florida and Georgia, where she is at work on her next two books. Visit her website at www.michelledimstpierre.com.
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