Nifty Nancy’s Surprise Question #WednesdayWords #WeeklySmile #Inspiration

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One thing that always makes me smile is sharing memories of younger years. This is something I encouraged nursing home residents to do when I was  a registered music therapist. Now, I enjoy participating in such discussions through the ACB Community Calls, which I mentioned here last week.

On Friday, I attended a program called Nancy’s Nook. The facilitator, who calls herself Nifty Nancy, asked us to think of a surprising moment in our lives.

In January of 2005, I’d been carrying on a long-distance relationship with my late husband Bill. He was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I here in Sheridan, Wyoming. We met in 2003 through Newsreel, an audio magazine for the blind and visually impaired and had been corresponding by phone and email regularly. Twice in those two years, my father and I had stopped in Fowler, Colorado, to see Bill on our way to visit relatives in New Mexico.

On a Saturday night in January of 2005, I opened, for the first time, a Braille letter from Bill and couldn’t believe what I was reading. It said something like this. “Dear Abbie, I’m writing to ask you to consider giving me your hand in marriage.”

All this time, I thought he just wanted to be friends. Months later, I learned that he’d been giving me subtle hints, which I hadn’t registered, the most crucial one being at Christmas when Dad and I were visiting him and he suggested we kiss under the mistletoe. He apparently wasn’t joking.

Long story short, after a couple of months, I agreed to marry him. The selling point was that he wanted to move here. He was tired of living in Fowler, where there wasn’t much to do. You can read our story in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

What made you smile this week? You can tell me in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s feature. Alternatively, if you can think of a surprising moment in your life, please feel free to share it below.

Speaking of shocking surprises, in my latest book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, sixteen-year-old Natalie learns a surprising, shocking secret from her grandmother. Want to know what that is? Read the book.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Talk to TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing Podcast Interview #Events

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Last month, Patty Fletcher interviewed me on the Talk to TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD ACB Community Call. I’m pleased to announce that this interview is now available for your listening pleasure, if you didn’t get a chance to attend the live virtual event. Below, you’ll find show notes plus listening information. This is available from a variety of podcast services and you can play it on your Amazon smart speaker. Enjoy!

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In this episode, author Abbie Johnson Taylor joins me live in the ACB Community Call Chat to discuss her books, blogging, and more.

We begin with an interview conducted by host Patty Fletcher and continue with Abbie taking questions from the audience.

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of two novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir and is working on a third novel. Her work has appeared in The Writer’s Grapevine, Magnets and Ladders, The Weekly Avocet, and other publications. She’s visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she cared for her totally blind, partially paralyzed late husband, worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents, and helped other blind and visually impaired individuals. When not writing, she participates in a water exercise class, sings in a women’s group, and enjoys walking, reading, and listening to podcasts.

 

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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

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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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