Compelling Guide Dog Tails #Friday Fun Reads

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Fifty Years of Walking with Friends

by DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Copyright 2021

 

What Smashwords Says

 

The author’s nine guide dogs are described in loving detail: their appearance, personalities, and why each had to retire. Noriega describes her family, her life as a blind college student, and her work experience. While she accentuates the positive, she does not shy away from letting us know that there have also been more than a few negatives in her life. But touches of humor lighten every chapter.

 

My Thoughts

 

I met DeAnna Quietwater Noriega years ago through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled authors to which I belong. Before that, she worked with my late husband, Bill, on the Colorado Council of the Blind. I’ve enjoyed reading her poems and stories, most of which were about her guide dogs and Native American heritage. :

Fifty Years of Walking with Friends didn’t disappoint me. Through DeAnna’s narrative, I was with her and her dogs through their trials and tribulations. I laughed a lot at the dogs’ antics and got mad once when a rehabilitation center where she worked banned one of her dogs because people were complaining about his barking when someone entered her office.

I love the way DeAnna’s poems are inserted throughout the book. My favorite is one in which she compares one of her dogs, a chocolate Lab, to a cup of cocoa. Even if you don’t have a guide dog, and maybe even if you don’t like dogs, you’ll find Fifty Years of Walking with Friends heartwarming, educational, and entertaining.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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A Marble Memory #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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My younger brother Andy loved marbles as a kid, growing up in the 1970’s. I don’t remember how he played with them, but I do know he enjoyed collecting them in different sizes and colors. At the time, our father sold and serviced coin-operated jukeboxes, games, and vending machines. One day, he gave Andy an old pin ball, larger than the average marble but still as smooth and the same shape. It was Andy’s favorite, and he called it a steely. Now, he’s lost all his marbles, but his family and teaching job keep him occupied.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this post with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. The idea is to write a story or poem of no more and no less than six sentences, using the prompt word “marble,” at least once. If you’d like to participate in Girlie on the Edge’s blog hop, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Return to Cold and Snow #Poetry, #Tuesday Tidbit

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.After a wonderful, warm week in sunny Florida,
I didn’t want to go back to winter in Wyoming.
As I deplaned in Sheridan’s frigid air,
although glad to be home, I resisted the urge
to turn around,
get back on that plane,
retreat to Florida’s warmth forever.

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The above poem was recently published in The Weekly Avocet, a journal featuring nature poetry. Click the Play button below to hear me read it.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone #Musical Monday

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I was inspired to feature this song after reading about the passing of Jerry Marsden, who sang it with his group, The Pacemakers. But I’m not too impressed with his version. So, after more searching on YouTube, I found this rendition by Josh Groban, who, in my opinion, interprets the song the way it’s meant to be sung.

According to his website, Grammy award nominee Josh Groban has entertained fans around the world with his albums, DVDs, performances, and appearances in films and television shows. Two of his albums were best-sellers in the past decade. He’s been in such movies as Crazy, Stupid Love, The Hollars, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted. He has also appeared on NBC’s The Office and Always Sunny in Philadelphia and CBS’s The Crazy Ones. His book, Stage to Stage, talks about his journey from popular music and TV and film  to Broadway. You can learn more about him here.

According to Wikipedia, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” published in 1945, was part of the musical, Carousel, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. It’s performed by a massed chorus of supporters at association football clubs across the globe. This started after the release of the 1963 single by Gerry and the Pacemakers. In some parts of the UK and Europe, it became the anthem of medical staff, first responders, and those in quarantine as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. Click here to learn more. During these uncertain, unpresidented times as a result of the coronavirus and the events in Washington on January 6th, I hope this song helps you see the golden sky and singing meadowlark at the end of the storm.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Travel the World Through Poetry #Friday Fun Reads

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Away from Home

By Carrie Hooper

Copyright 2020

 

What Amazon Says

 

In this collection of fifty-six poems, the author, who is blind, shares thoughts on some of her many travels. Part One, A Week at Sea, contains poems about a cruise she took with eight members of her family. Part Two, Other Adventures, includes poems inspired by places she and a friend visited in western New York, a trip to Florida, an unforgettable day in Des Moines, Iowa, and much more.

 

My Thoughts

 

I met the author, Carrie Hooper, years ago through Newsreel, an audio magazine that allows blind and visually impaired people to share ideas, music, and other things. Not only does she write poetry but she’s fluent in several languages and is an excellent pianist and singer. She even gives lessons. I was pleased a year or so ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers, to which I belong.

I love the way Carrie tells the story of the cruise she and her family took through poetry. I was with her on the ship, walking the deck, eating in the dining room, swimming in the pool, and singing karaoke in the casino. What’s more, I didn’t get seasick as I’m prone to do. I also accompanied her to various ports of call while on the cruise and to other locations she writes about in the second part of her book. It all fascinated me.

I invite you to do the same. Through this book, you can travel to interesting places without having to worry about plane tickets, cruse reservations, food, and other details. You won’t even have to wear a mask.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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