Another Anniversary #SocialMediaMonday

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Do you remember when you met your significant other? I don’t recall the exact day I received that first email from Bill Taylor. You can learn more about that by reading My Ideal Partner, which is available free this month from Smashwords. See below for details. Meanwhile, here’s Glenda with a memory of the exact day she met her husband.

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I met my future husband on July 4th, 1963. I was totally unimpressed with him at the time. He was a blind date, someone I had never met, and he asked me to go to a party at the lake.

Another Anniversary

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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.

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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Dark Origins – Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush #SocialMediaMonday

Have you ever wondered what inspired this nursery rhyme? Well, fellow blogger Robbie Cheadle​ offers some ideas. I can’t think of a better way to start the week, even if you’re not literally dancing around a mulberry bush on a frosty morning.

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Do you know the nursery rhyme Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush?

I remember it from when I was a girl. The girls used to hold hands and dance in a circle singing the lyrics and doing the actions.

These are the first two stanzas of the most modern version:

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face,
Wash our face.
This is the way we wash our face
On a cold and frosty morning.

The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell, an English Shakespearean scholar, antiquarian, and a collection of English nursery rhymes and fairy tales, as an English children’s game in the mid-nineteenth century.

The song and associated game are traditional in England and different…

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My Wedding Dress #SocialMediaMonday

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Thanks to fellow blogger Ernest Dempsey for publishing this work of creative nonfiction. I wrote it several years ago during a memoir-writing workshop, where we were prompted to write about a particular article of clothing. Another workshop participant wrote and shared the story that inspired The Red Dress but I digress. If, after reading my story on Ernest’s blog, you’d like to know more about my wedding, I suggest you read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Enjoy!

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It was a mauve color. Reaching to my ankles, it had long sleeves and a low neckline. Kathleen, my sister-in-law, bought it for me as a birthday present the year my late husband Bill and I were married.

 

Read the rest 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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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

Musical Chairs of Container Gardening #SocialMediaMonday

What does the game of musical chairs have to do with container gardening? Well, read this delightful post from fellow blogger Alice Massa and find out. You might be inspired to start your own container garden.

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The Musical Chairs of Container Gardening

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

One of the great advantages of a container garden is periodically being able to re-arrange the containers. As I move the fifteen to seventeen containers of my little garden, I compare this enjoyable summertime activity to Musical Chairs. Do you remember the game Musical Chairs which we used to play at birthday parties or other childhood parties? Well, my weight-lifting exercise of the summer is lifting and moving the containers of my garden.

Each warm season, I like to add something new to my little garden. This year, the “something new” is a container of zinnias which I started from seed–right before the cold snap of May. Although the sprouting took a bit longer than expected, the zinnias have quickly grown and thickened to be strong plants. How eager I am for the blooms to remind me of my maternal…

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If You Enjoy Fresh Milk, Thank Al Capone #SocialMediaMonday

If the title piqued your interest, I suggest you read this post from Commonplace Fun Facts, which explains the connection between Chicago gangster Al Capone and milk. I think you’ll be surprised to learn that Al Capone wasn’t always a bad guy.

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Al Capone was one of the people responsible for expiration dates being placed on milk products

In the shady world of organized crime, no name struck greater freak and respect than that of Al Capone. The notorious Chicago mobster presided over an empire of bootleg alcohol, gambling, and other criminal enterprises. He maintained control over the multi-million-dollar operation through violence and fear. Anyone who opposed Al Capone could expect to have an expiration date placed on his life.

On a less-sinister and more public-health-minded note, Al Capone also bore much of the responsibility for putting the expiration date on the gallon of milk that is in your refrigerator.


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