Through the Eyes of Love #Monday Musical Memories

As a teen-ager, when I saw the movie, Ice Castles, and read the book, I was fascinated by the story of a young figure skater who loses all her vision in an accident but returns to the ice. What blew me away was this girl was the same age as me at the time, sixteen, when she started training.

I couldn’t roller skate without holding onto somebody because I was terrified of falling. I’d tried downhill skiing and landed flat on my back. So, I wasn’t about to start ice skating lessons, and I don’t think this had anything to do with my own visual impairment. But it didn’t stop me from enjoying this compelling tale of achieving one’s dream, losing it, then getting back in the game.

In 2005, a month after my late husband Bill, living in Fowler, Colorado, while I was here in Sheridan, Wyoming, proposed to me, this movie’s theme was on a cassette of love songs he sent me for Valentine’s Day. He didn’t know about the impact the book and movie had on me, but I’m pretty sure I told him. The song developed a new significance for me. I’ve always found it amazing that although Bill had no vision, he saw me through the eyes of love.

 

 

 

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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If I Can’t Have You #Monday Musical Memories

Although I didn’t see the movie until much later, I loved the soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever when I was in high school. During the spring of my junior year, while traveling with the concert choir to a music festival, I first heard selections from this album when another student played it on the bus.

That summer, my grandmother gave me my own copy on cassette for my birthday. I took a disco dancing class at the YMCA and practiced moves in my bedroom while listening to it. The tape eventually broke, as most cassettes do. Now, I ask Alexa to play the album on Amazon Music.

The song I’m featuring today was a favorite among the girls in my class. It rings true for me now that my husband has passed. If I can’t have Bill, I don’t want anyone else. Besides, I’m too old and set in my ways to reorganize my life around a man. I’m taking a break from singing and giving you the original movie soundtrack version, sung by Yvonne Elliman. Enjoy!

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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On Living with Blindness #Thursday Book Feature

Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life
by Mary Hiland
Copyright 2019.

From the author of The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living comes a compelling memoir about living with blindness. Unlike most memoirs, this one isn’t told in chronological order. Instead, each chapter covers a particular facet of the author’s life.
She describes her childhood and talks about how she dreamed of being a dancer on Broadway. She shares how that dream was dashed when she was diagnosed with legal blindness at the age of eighteen as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. This degenerative disease had been progressing throughout most of her life.
As an adult, despite this diagnosis, she cross-country skied, biked, and hiked on a regular basis and participated in a variety of entertainment groups as well as Toastmasters and other organizations. She even formed some groups of her own. She describes, in great detail, her experiences and adventures.
Other chapters cover college, getting married, finding a job, parenting, being a grandparent, and how she acquired a succession of guide dogs. She also discusses some myths and misperceptions about blind people and gives advice to others facing vision loss. In an afterword, she shares, for the benefit of her children and grandchildren, memories of relatives who influenced her as well as her legacies. The book includes journal entries, letters, articles, and photos.
I met Mary several years ago through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers, of which I’m president. Unlike her, I tried a few of the physical activities in which she participated, fell once or twice, and gave up. I admire her courage and determination. Anyone reading this book will be enlightened and educated.

 

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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TMI Tuesday January 7th 2019 #Blog Tag

  1. What is the most useless thing you know how to do? Stamp my feet.
  2. Do you use sex to relieve stress? How? No.
  3. What sex act or position did not thrill you until you tried it? I haven’t had much experience with sex. My late husband Bill was the only man in my life, and he turned out to be impotent.
  4. What is the most unusual but fun sexual encounter you have had? Because of Bill’s impotence, I had no unusual sexual encounters. But I enjoyed snuggling with him in bed, our arms entwined, our heads resting together on one pillow. You can read more about us in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.
  5. What is something that can happen in the middle of sex that will make you put on your clothes and walk out? I can’t imagine why I would walk out on sex unless it was something I didn’t want to do. But Bill did. During the day once, he asked me to try sex with him because he thought he could do it this time. I was distracted because I’d been in the middle of something and had to drop what I was doing. So, my heart wasn’t in it, and Bill could tell. He finally gave up and walked out in disgust. I vowed that next time, I’d put aside whatever was on my mind and throw my whole heart into it, but there was never a next time.

Bonus: What was a random compliment that someone gave you that really stuck in your memory? “You’re an inspiration to others.”

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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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Don’t Start Up Your Apple Computer #Monday Musical Memories

I wrote this little ditty in the 1990’s when I had an Apple computer. I loved my Macintosh with its extremely robotic-sounding synthetic voices that read everything to me and told me what I was typing. It met my needs, or so I thought, until 2005 when I saw my late husband’s Windows computer. But that’s a story you can read in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. But I digress.

Anyway, you’ll recognize this tune as a World War II classic that was performed by The Andrews Sisters. But back in those days, email, the Internet, and Apple computers didn’t exist. So, I thought it necessary to incorporate different words to reflect the times. Enjoy!

 

Don’t Start Up Your Apple Computer

 

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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Auld Lang Zine #Monday Musical Memories

What am I doing New Year’s Eve? Probably laundry. What did we do on New Year’s Eve when I was growing up? Not a whole lot.

On rare occasions, we went out to eat, but we rarely stayed out late. One year, we lit sparklers in the house when the ball dropped on Times Square. Because December in Wyoming was cold and snowy, we didn’t take them outside. It’s a wonder we didn’t burn the house down.

Then, there was the year Dad got pulled over for drunk driving and would have spent the night in jail if Grandma and Uncle Jon hadn’t bailed him out. You see, because my father sold and serviced coin-operated machines, he was often called on New Year’s Eve and other nights to fix a broken jukebox in a bar where there was no other entertainment. On this particular New Year’s Eve, the establishment to which he was called was in a rural area. And of course, he stayed after fixing the jukebox and enjoyed one too many. Fortunately, a highway patrolman caught him before he could have an accident.

Whatever we did New Year’s Eve, on New Year’s Day, Mother always insisted on taking down the Christmas tree and any other holiday decorations. Although everyone was present when the housed was decorated, my father and younger brother often had places they had or wanted to be on New Year’s Day, or they were sleeping it off after a night of celebration. So, the task of un-decorating fell to Mother and me.

I loved taking down ornaments just as much as I loved putting them up, fingering the glass balls and snowmen, angels, and other figurines. Although Mother grumbled about the lack of assistance, I didn’t mind. After everything was taken down and put away, I helped her haul the tree to the alley, where it would eventually be picked up by the sanitation department.

The song I’m singing today is synonymous with ringing in a new year. If you know the words, you might want to sing along with me. Happy New Year!

 

Auld Lang Zine

 

What about you? What have you ever done to ring in the New Year? Did you ever get in trouble? When did you usually take down Christmas decorations?

 

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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Five Things I Don’t Like #Blog Tag

Thanks to Beetleypete and Stevie Turner for inspiring this post. Now, here are five things I don’t like.

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  1. Barking dogs. Please don’t get me wrong. I love dogs. But when a dog is left in a yard unattended and barks and barks and barks for no reason, it drives me nuts. Put yourself in the dog’s shoes. How would you like it if you were left alone in a yard with nothing to do but run around. Unlike humans, dogs can’t occupy themselves with smartphones, tablets, and other devices.

2. Drivers who don’t stop. Here in the United States, drivers are required by law to stop and let a pedestrian with a white cane cross at a legal intersection. In case you don’t know, a person using a white cane is either blind or visually impaired. Because many drivers don’t obey this law, I try to cross where there are stop signs. But some drivers ignore stop signs and keep going. Fortunately, I can see them coming, but others aren’t so lucky. Someone needs to invent a cane with a camera that would allow its user to snap a picture of an offending vehicle and send it to the local police department.

3. People who drive while texting. Many accidents have happened as a result of this inconsiderate behavior. It may be a good time management tactic, but how many people must die or be seriously injured before folks realize that the human brain is not capable of handling such multi-tasking? There should be a law against this and a way photos of offending drivers can be sent to the authorities.

4. Able-bodied people who park in spots reserved for disabled drivers. Yes, these places are usually located conveniently close to entrances. But if you have two perfectly good legs, there’s no reason why you can’t park in a regular spot that is perhaps farther away. So what if you’re at the supermarket and anticipate carrying several grocery bags and have three whining, crying kids. A person in a wheelchair can’t walk, let alone carry groceries. So, think about that the next time you’re searching for the perfect parking spot.

5. Companies that employ skeleton crews during the holidays. The week before Christmas a couple of years ago, I lost my Internet service. To make a long story short, it took almost a week for it to be restored. I then learned that it was a simple matter of flipping a switch in the local office, but the person responsible for doing this was on vacation. Now, I’m no Scrooge. If this had happened on Christmas Day, I certainly wouldn’t have expected same-day service. But there’s absolutely no reason why the problem couldn’t have been fixed when I first lost service the week before. I have since switched Internet providers.

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How about you? What are five things you don’t like? You can share them in the comment field below or on your own blog with a pingback. In any case, I look forward to reading them.

 

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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