Writers continue to meet in Glenda’s Studio in 2022 #FridayFinds #Events #Reblogs

Fellow blogger Glenda Beall, who teaches in North Carolina, will be holding a writing class from April 5th to May 10th. The class, “Turn Your Memories into a Legacy,” taught through the Institute of Continuing Learning in Georgia, will take place on Zoom. I took a similar class from Glenda last fall and learned a lot. You can read one of the pieces I wrote for that class here.

Now, registration is open. If you’re interested in writing your life stories, this is the class for you. Click below to learn more and find out how to register.

 

Writers continue to meet in Glenda’s Studio in 2022

 

By the way, tomorrow is the last day of the Smashwords Read an eBook Sale. Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are available absolutely free until the end of the day tomorrow. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books.

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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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Virtual Writing Workshop Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 – 9:00 EST #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Events

Fellow blogger Glenda Beall, who teaches in North Carolina, is offering a free memoir-writing workshop on March 22nd via Zoom. I took a class from her last fall and learned a lot. You can read a piece I wrote for her class here. If you’re interested in writing your life stories, this workshop is for you.

 

Virtual Writing Workshop Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 – 9:00 EST

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Life is good. It is snowing. Enjoying Elderhood. #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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Fellow author and blogger Glenda Beall has been recuperating from COVID while visiting her sister and brother-in-law. In this post, she shares her experiences and recommends an interesting book. Enjoy!

 

Here I am recovering from COVID and watching the snow falling beautifully. I have survived the virus thanks to having been vaccinated and having taken a booster shot. Gay, Stu, and I tested negative tonight and I am so relieved. With Gay taking care of me and being with me so much, I have been afraid she would catch it, but she has had her shots, too.

 

Read the full post here.

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: http://profilesandpedigrees.blogspot.com/ Enjoy!

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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.

THE CASE OF THE MISSING LAWN CHAIRS

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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Re-blog: Ten Favorite Book Blogger Challenge is Complete

Thanks to Glenda Beall for completing the favorite books blog challenge. You can see what her favorite books are at the link below. Happy reading.

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Writing Life Stories: Ten Favorite Books Blogger Challenge is Complete

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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