Labor Day #MondayMusings #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

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Today, Labor Day, falls on my brother’s 54th birthday. Since he lives in Jupiter, Florida, and I’m in Sheridan, Wyoming, of course, we can’t celebrate together. But I sent him a gift. Since he and his wife toured Maine in July, I thought they’d enjoy a collection of poems and pictures by Maine author Bette A. Stevens called My Maine: Haiku Through the Seasons.

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The above was inspired by a prompt from Writing Works Wonders to write about Labor Day in less than 75 words. If you missed my review of My Maine: Haiku Through the Seasons, you can click here to read it. However those of you here in the United States celebrate Labor Day, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

4 thoughts on “Labor Day #MondayMusings #WritingPrompts #Inspiration”

  1. When I was teaching, we celebrated Labor Day by laboring in the classrooms. Students did not have that day off because the semester had just started in late August. The reason was that if freshman students were given a weekend to go back home, some would not return to school. But, today I celebrated Labor Day by taking my dogs out at 6 am and going back to snooze till 8 am. This is something I never do. We are normally up for the day before 6 am. I’ll labor after breakfast today – in my studio. Happy to be retired.

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    1. You know, Lynda, when I was in high school and college, I always wondered why they started classes the last week in August, then gave us a three-day weekend for Labor Day. I never understood why classes couldn’t start the day after Labor Day. I hope you have a productive day. Thank you for commenting.

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      1. I know. Me, too. It’s been a day! lol
        Putting together all my materials for my presentation tomorrow – I have to leave here at 8:30 am. I think I am prepared. I’ll use my Milestone 311 to keep me focused and on track – I hope! But, you always have to plan for possible equipment failure. We have to do so much more work to do just about anything, don’t we! But, it should be fun.

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