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I’m pleased to announce that some of my work, including an excerpt from my latest book, appears in this wonderful magazine. So, while recuperating from Christmas, I hope you’ll take some time to read some great fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and peruse advertisements for some awesome businesses. Enjoy!


Hello everyone, happy holidays, and welcome to another incredible edition of the Writer’s Grapevine.

How do I know it’s incredible? Because it’s filled with “incredible” contributors. But the proof is, as they say, “in the pudding.” Or, in this case, on the page. So grab your favorite drink, snuggle down into your most comfortable reading nest, and ready yourself for some great discoveries.


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Open Book Blog Hop – 15th November #SocialMediaMonday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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This week’s Open Book Blog Hop topic is holiday television programs. I don’t watch television anymore, but the family in my latest book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, has a tradition of watching a specific movie the night after Thanksgiving. So, tune in here Wednesday and/or read the book to find out what that movie is. Meanwhile, here’s Stevie to tell you about holiday programs she likes to watch.


To be honest Sam and I are not avid TV watchers. We prefer to be outside walking or cycling if the weather is good and there’s any spare time when we’re not meeting up with the family.


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Guest Post: Abbie Johnson Taylor #SocialMediaMonday #Reblogs #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.Thanks to Beetley Pete for publishing my piece, “The Case of the Missing Lawn Chairs,” on his site. I wrote this recently for a memoir writing class I was taking that was taught by fellow author Glenda Beall who blogs at: Enjoy!


I am delighted to have received a guest post from wriiter and blogger, Abbie Johnson Taylor.
She describes it as ‘Creative non-fiction’. I enjoyed it, and I am sure all of you will too.


by Abbie Johnson Taylor

“Somebody stole our lawn chairs!” Dad announced.

For many years during the summer months, my family attended weekly band concerts at Kendrick Park in Sheridan, Wyoming, on Tuesday evenings after dinner. We brought lawn chairs and listened to the community band playing old standards, marches, and popular songs. Afterward, we trekked to a nearby ice cream stand for dessert, leaving our lawn chairs stashed behind a tree out of the way, sure in the knowledge that they would still be there when we returned to claim them before walking home. But now, all we could do was gape at the empty spot where we expected…

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Now that you have perhaps read the September/October issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, which I posted here on Saturday, maybe you’d like to contribute something. This publication, produced by TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing, seeks poetry, fiction, and essays. The theme is holidays or the season where you live. The deadline is November 15th. So, open your word processor, think about holidays or seasons, and start writing. Good luck!


Hello, it’s time to begin readying for The Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza.

The following guidelines are new so make certain you read them carefully before submitting.

The Holiday Extravaganza will focus on the theme of the holidays you celebrate and the weather season you happen to be in.


Read the full guidelines on Patty’s World.

When Life is Good Again #Musical Monday #SocialMediaMonday

Last week, I was exposed to COVID when a gal in my singing group came to practice wearing a mask and saying she and her husband had tested positive. Granted, she sat well away from us while we practiced, but she sang along, as usual, and despite the mask, I’m sure her infected air particles were scattered far and wide.

As a result, I’ve been sheltering in place for the past week and plan to do so for another week, since the recommended quarantine period is fourteen days. The good news is that I’ve had no symptoms and doubt I will now. It’s been over five days since I was exposed. I’ve been fully vaccinated, having had my booster a couple of weeks ago. Even so, there’s still a chance I could inadvertently pass the virus on to someone less vulnerable. So, I’m taking every precaution possible.

Now, here’s a reblog of a song I posted in 2020 after we’d been locked down for a couple of months. Its message of hope still rings true today. Enjoy!

My Corner

Out of the blue, this song recently popped up in a notification from YouTube. According to a snippet on the web my Google assistant found from Country Living, this song was released on Thursday, May 28.

I’m sure we can all remember a time in our lives when such a song would have given us hope. For me, that time was when my late husband suffered his first stroke just three months after we were married. For us, life was eventually good again, but it wasn’t the same. You can learn more by reading My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Now, during this time of uncertainty, I hope this song shows you a light at the end of the tunnel.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and…

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