Welcome to a handful of blog posts that I have enjoyed over the last couple of days. I hope you will head over and read all the post and also follow the blogger in question.
Susan Toy is turning her wisdom about the world of books towards a fundamental ability we all should be thankful we have been taught. Being able to read is a gift that millions around the world do not have. But learning how words are put together to make a sentence is one thing.. understanding that sentence is another.
Here is an extract from the post
READING will now become the focus, and I plan to write a series of posts on various aspects of the subject, both from my own perspective and that of other readers. My recent blog post, How to Help an Author received an incredible number (for me) of views, likes, shares, and reblogs – plus many comments, so I can see I’m heading in the right direction with this idea. (I’ve been trying to get this series going for a long time now … This time for sure, Rocky!)
I won’t be discussing any longer the issues of how to write, edit, get published, or promote books. I believe I’ve written myself out on those topics and there are plenty of old posts in the archives of this blog, in case anyone is still interested in reading what I’ve had to say. Besides, many other bloggers and websites continue to offer great advice. I’ll leave it up to them to tell you how it’s all done.
Read the complete post and find out more about what is to come: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/no-one-ever-died-from-reading-too-much
This week there have been a number of posts that will touch the hearts and minds of all of us. They are stories of people’s lives and how they now look back on times when they felt powerless or treated badly. But they are also inspiring.
The first is from poet, author and broadcaster Annette Rochelle Aben who is writing an open letter to her former husband.
Got the call last night, that they put you in the hospital again. This time, they found you lying in bed with a knife by your side. When asked what your intentions were, you told them that you were thinking of hurting yourself. Naturally, the Doctors said to bring you in at once.
They counted your meds and found that it had been over a month since you took them regularly. The hallucinations became your reality and there was no amount of logic that could convince you otherwise. You’ve allowed yourself to shrivel into a caricature of a human being, looking and acting decades older than your 67 years. Your guardians said that we wouldn’t even recognize you. But remember, we saw you at Christmas and while you did look a little worse for the wear, your mind was clearer than it had been in years and you were having a grand time.
You are in the best place possible for where you are mentally and emotionally. They will take care of you, see that you take your medications and that you will connect with people. This may not cure you but it is designed to help you regain your strength so you can live on your own, in your own home.
Read the rest of this letter which whilst very personal to Annette and her ex-husband could well apply to so many battling mental illness : https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/a-public-letter-to-my-exhusband/
The next post is from Tina Frisco on the subject of forgiveness and was posted on D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies blog.
As many of you know, I enjoy sharing posts here by Tina Frisco. And I was elated at Tina’s agreement to write a guest post to feature here today while I’m knee-deep in re-writes on my newest book.
Tina has an inner wisdom, which opens our eyes to simple things we often take for granted, or sometimes hold a place within us that we sometimes struggle with but may not be able to come to terms with. In this post, Tina shares her experience with finding forgiveness and methods she utilizes to delve deep within her soul to find resolution.
We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives. One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.” –Merle Shain, Canadian journalist and author, 1935-1989
Forgiveness is the highest form of virtue. It requires a strong and open heart. It challenges faith, trust, and understanding. It demands a willingness to let go of judgment. It moves us into compassion and elevates our consciousness. It fashions a deeper awareness of ourselves and others. Its gift is a more peaceful and fruitful life lived here on Mother Earth.
Forgiving someone a deep hurt is one of the most difficult challenges I have had to face.
Read the rest of Tina’s post on the need to forgive: https://dgkayewriter.com/guest-post-tina-frisco-forgiveness/
Excerpt Week is going very well with many authors in our community sharing excerpts from their latest books. Sue Vincent is hosting Judith Barrow with an excerpt from her upcoming
This morning, I’d like to welcome Judith Barrow, who is sharing an excerpt from her latest book, A Hundred Tiny Threads, which is now available for pre-order. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will remember to share hither and yon, as you can. Thanks so much, and thanks, Judith, for taking part in #ExcerptWeek. Welcome!
Gritty family saga set in Lancashire in the 1900s and Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans.
Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora – an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases – drags Winifred along to a suffragette rally, she realises that there is more to life than the shop and her parents’ humdrum lives of work and grumbling.
Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood echoes through his early adult life and the scars linger, affecting his work, his relationships and his health. The only light in his life comes from a chance meeting with Winifred, the daughter of a Lancashire grocer. The girl he determines to make his wife.
Meeting Honora’s intelligent and silver-tongued medical student brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down and she finds herself pregnant. Bill Howarth reappears on the scene offering her a way out.
Read the Excerpt from A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow: https://scvincent.com/2017/08/09/excerptweek-at-the-write-stuff-a-hundred-tiny-threads-by-judith-barrow/
Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will follow the links to read the complete posts and leave your feedback.. thanks Sally