Put on Your Masks and Roll Up Your Sleeves #It’sSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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While COVID19’s Delta variant grips the United States and the rest of the world, people still aren’t taking this virus seriously. In Florida, the governor has refused to impose a mask mandate and threatened to defund school districts that do, and as a result, school districts have imposed opt-out mask mandates, meaning that parents can send their children to school on the first day with a note saying they don’t want their children to wear masks, which won’t do any good because many parents will probably opt out. Texas’s governor has ruled that no establishment can mandate mask-wearing, but many school districts are attempting to defy that, which I applaud.

Also, a good percentage of people refuse to be vaccinated. If there’s a sound medical reason, that’s one thing, but people who believe the misinformation about the vaccine or have religious or other reasons for not being vaccinated are nuts. We must all do our part to loosen the coronavirus’s grip on the United States and the world by putting on our masks and rolling up our sleeves, and all politicians must take this seriously.

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

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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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Revenge Through Tennis #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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“Hey, you usually play better than that,” Helen said, as Jamie’s ball fell short of the net and bounced off the court a few times. “What’s going on?”

Sighing and putting down her racket, Jamie said, “I was going to tell you this over lunch, but I may as well say now that Steve is leaving me for that cute paralegal he’s been working with for the past few months. I suspected he was having an affair with her a few weeks ago when I dropped off some papers at the office he’d forgotten but had no evidence until he told me last night.”

“Ouch, well, okay, now, I want you to pretend that ball is Steve and give it all you’ve got with that racket.”

A moment later, after Jamie had composed herself, she sent the ball sailing over the net and over Helen’s head to land with a thud and a clang against the back fence.

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

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And now, I’m cordially inviting you all to a virtual open mic poetry reading this Sunday, August 8th, at 5 p.m. U.S. mountain time. You can share a poem or two or just listen. Click here for more information.

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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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

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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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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My Rehab Days #It’sSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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In the summer of 1981, between my freshman and sophomore years in college, eager to be out on my own, I jumped at the chance to travel from my home in Sheridan, Wyoming, to a rehabilitation center for the blind in Topeka, Kansas, where I could learn mobility, cooking, and other necessary life skills taught to people like me with limited or no vision. Not what I expected, this place was more like a prison, where we couldn’t leave the facility unless a sighted person was with us until we were “cleared for mobility,” and when we did leave, we had to check out, then check back in again when we returned. In the dormitory, a buzzer woke us up each morning and summoned us to meals, and at bedtime, a sort of curfew was imposed between ten p.m. and 6 a.m., where men and women were confined to their separate wings, and on weekends, besides doing our own laundry, we had to clean our rooms, put clean sheets on our beds, and have staff inspect our handiwork. In the classroom building, bells signaled the start and end  of class and break periods. Most of the instructors were snobs and not always helpful. Despite all this, I learned a few things, but I realized later that I could have learned everything I needed to know right here in Wyoming at a summer camp for the blind.

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

Please note that from July 16th through the 22nd, I’ll be on staycation while my brother and his wife from Florida are visiting. So, there won’t be any posts here during this period. I’ll respond to comments and other correspondence as time allows. Will see you all on the 23rd.

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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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