Monday, October 31, 2011

Blogger Awards

I've received the Versatile Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award from Rochelle Weber.  Rochelle's blog link is  Thank you so much for the awards, Rochelle.

These are the rules that go with these awards:
1. Thank the person who gave you the awards and link back to them in your post.  Thank you, Rochelle!
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Pass the awards along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it. 

Seven Things About Me
1. I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping
2. I could eat Chinese take-out several times a week
3. I will be passing out baseball cards to Halloween trick-or-treaters
4. This is my 2nd year attempting NaNoWriMo
5. I like burning candles or incense while I write
6. I'm addicted to couponing
7. I like iced coffee

Blogs I'm Passing The Awards Along To
1. Flowers On The Fence
2. Joylene Nowell Butler, author
3. That's Write
4. The Writing Mama
5. Meetings with My Muse
6. The Life and Literary Pursuits of Alexia Chamberlynn
7. Sharp Pen/Dull Sword
8. Elana Johnson
9. Laurie Boris, Freelance Writer
10. Connie Arnold, Children's Author
11. A Bloggers Books
12. JD'S Writers Blog
13. The Write Game
14. Michelle Teacress
15. The Bumpy Road To Writing For Children

Congrats to all!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty by Neil Hanson

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty

Author: Neil Hanson

Publisher: High Prairie Press                  

Published: May 2010

ISBN: 9780982639108

Paperback, 132 pgs.

Book Description:
In this story told in the first-person form of a letter from a middle-aged man to his deceased father, Hanson invites us to journey with him through the final days of the father’s life, finding a magical transition waiting at the end of that journey. The story weaves end-of-life reality and spiritual questioning into a sensitive and revealing tapestry of Truth and Wisdom. The tapestry is colored with true stories of mystical experiences that inform the spiritual path of the son.

Most of us will face difficult and painful end-of-life decisions with the most important people in our lives. The threads of this aspect of the story are sensitive, and Hanson reveals the struggles and destinations of the son as he wrestles deeply with the journey that he must walk in making these decisions for his dying father.

My Thoughts:
When I first started reading Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty, I found it hard to get into.  Although the author explains why he uses the spelling G_d instead of God throughout the book, and also explains using interchangeable gender references when referring to God, these were the things that I found distracting.

As each person reads this book, they will probably each take away something different from it.  No two people are on the same life's journey, so no two people are looking for the same thing when dealing with the loss of a loved one or the need for a spiritual connection to God.  We all need to have a sense of peace and understanding when dealing with loss.

What I took from reading Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is that I need to write my letters to my loved ones while they are still here on earth.  I want to have no regrets with any of the important relationships in my life. 

Neil Hanson lives and works in Colorado. Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is his first book. He blogs actively and writes articles for periodicals. He is an avid outdoorsman, passionate about hunting and fishing. He spends a great deal of time bicycling the roads and trails of Colorado, and backcountry skiing in winter. His passion for gardening spills over into a joint venture with his oldest son, where they operate a landscaping and construction company in Colorado.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Spotlight - When Monsters Get Lonely

When Monsters Get Lonely                                                                   

Author: Maha Huneidi

Publisher: Createspace

Published: June 2011

ISBN Number: 9781461063070

Genre: Children's Picture Book

Book Blurb: One night, during a blackout, Hannah’s worst fear comes to life when her monster pays her a visit in the dark of night. Hannah finds it difficult to control her dreadful fear, until Grams reveals how our thoughts magically create our lives.

Maha Huneidi with her granddaughter
As a mother, grandmother, meditation and yoga instructor, debut children’s author Maha Huneidi is finally doing what she is most passionate about, at sixty, being charged by a mere idea, one that she can turn into a story or article.

“I love to write. It empowers and delights me,” states Huneidi. “I also love the newness, exuberance and curiosity of little kids, and I share the two latter traits with them, as well as many other traits like the ability to make mistakes fearlessly and learn from them, for example.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

4RV Publishing is Having a Christmas Sale

Stop by the book store at 4RV Publishing and check out all the titles that are on sale.  Prices marked include sales tax and shipping.  The sale runs from now through December 5th.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'm Back!

Hello to everyone who stops by to read this blog post!

It has been about two and a half weeks since my last posting.  I was quite sick for a little over a week.  There were times I thought I should go to the hospital, but didn't.  About the time I'd be ready to give in and go, I'd start feeling better and think the worse was over.  I did a lot of sleeping during that time.  I'm glad to say that I am feeling much better. 

The 2011 Muse Conference was last week.  I didn't get to participate as much as I had wanted to, due to the lingering effects my recent illness.  I have to say that the workshop I did participate in was very rewarding.  Thanks, Beverly, for teaching the Vision Boarding workshop!

The Muse Online Writers Conference for 2012 will be October 8 - 14.  Be sure to sign up.  It is an awesome conference! 


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