A Mobile Distraction #It’sSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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A cell phone can be dangerous when using it while doing something else. When I receive a call or text while walking, I either ignore it or stop and deal with it. I don’t walk and talk or text at the same time. When walking or driving, it’s important to focus on the task at hand and not give in to distractions. You may think you can drive and talk or text, but studies have shown that performing these tasks simultaneously is hard to do safely. I know changing behavior is difficult, but it’s better to accept what you can’t do and focus on what you can do than try doing something you can’t, hurting yourself and/or others in the process.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above rant with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate, click here.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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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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Down Shift #It’sSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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I’m back in the saddle a day earlier than expected, since my brother Andy and his wife Christina, from Florida, left Tuesday afternoon to catch an early flight in Billings, Montana, Wednesday morning. For the past week, they have been visiting me here in Sheridan, Wyoming. Since they arrived last Thursday afternoon, we’ve attended a rodeo parade and my 40th high school class reunion and had dinner with friends. We also gathered with other family members to honor the memory of one of my uncles, who passed away last winter. For Andy and Christina’s seventh wedding anniversary, they were entertained by my singing group before eating dinner at a nice restaurant. Now that they’re gone, I need to shift back into work mode.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above vignette with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her blog hop, click here.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image 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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No Alternatives #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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“What do you mean you don’t have biscuits and gravy?” Beth said, trying not to yell or cry, as she sat on the king-sized bed in her hotel room, clutching the phone to her ear. “This is the second day in a row that you haven’t had biscuits and gravy, even though it’s on the menu, and you know, it’s bad enough that I’m separated from my family, and now, I can’t have biscuits and gravy, my favorite breakfast, a meal I don’t have very often because my husband and kids don’t like it, and now, you’re out of biscuits and gravy again!”

As tears rolled down Beth’s cheeks, the room service operator said, “Well, is there something else I can get you?”

In disgust, Beth slammed down the receiver and gave in to her guilt-ridden grief, head in hands, sobbing.

The bathroom door opened, and the man who wasn’t her husband appeared, bent, and took her into his arms. “Babe, if you really want biscuits and gravy, let’s get dressed and go find a place that serves that, okay?”

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How about you? What’s your favorite breakfast? I don’t have a favorite food I like to eat for what they call the most important meal of the day, but if you do, I’d love to read about that in the comment field.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above work of flash fiction with her six-story prompt for this week. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s hop, click here.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that on Wednesday, July 7th, I’ll be playing the piano and singing in the dining room at The Hub on Smith, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you live in my neck of the woods, the facility is located at 211 Smith Street, and you can come and eat lunch while listening. The event will be broadcast live and recorded. You can click here to visit the event’s Facebook page.

Also, throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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

Image 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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Disasters #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends November 31st. Here in Wyoming, we don’t need to worry about hurricanes, but for my brother and his family in Florida, it’s a different story. Although they live several miles inland, when a hurricane threatens their area, they put up special shutters, move their patio, porch, and yard furniture to the garage, and buy extra supplies. Meanwhile, I sit at home, keep an ear open to the news, and hope they’re safe.

Here in Wyoming, it’s forest fire season, but Sheridan is far enough away that all we have to do is put up with smoke. I feel so lucky but don’t take my good fortune for granted.

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Thanks to this week’s six-sentence story prompt from Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above vignette. How about you? What disaster season is it in your area? How are you coping? If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s 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 Bookss

Image 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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Of Coffee and Felines #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s prompt is:  “If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?”

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I write in a variety of genres. I don’t know whom I would choose for fiction, but for poetry and memoir, I’d love to work with Marge Piercy. Her poem, “In Praise of Joe” inspired my poem, “Ode to Dr. Pepper,” which appears in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. Her memoir, Sleeping with Cats, in which she provides a poem at the end of each chapter, inspired My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, in which I do the same thing. Marge has some interesting ideas, and I’m sure she could give me some useful feedback. It would be a delight to work with her.

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How about you? Is there an author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to work as a beta partner? Please feel free to leave your answer in the comment field. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s 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

Image 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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