A Cookie for all Seasons, Rockies #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

The only Rockies I’d ever known were the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Rockies baseball team, of which my late husband was an avid fan. You can learn more about that by reading My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, which, along with a couple of my other books, is available from Smashwords free for the rest of the month. Please see below for details.

I was surprised and delighted to learn about a type of Christmas cookie called Rockies from fellow author Carol Farnsworth in her post. You can click here to read my review of Carol’s book, Leaf Memories and learn where you can buy the book. Enjoy!

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Christmas Rockies were the last cookie selection I made this year. This is a favorite of the whole family. It is filled with walnuts and dates. John talks of his Grandmother Helen making small loaves of a bread. For years, he thought this was fruit cake. Now, we make cookies instead of the cakes.

 

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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.Photo Resize and Description by

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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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Spring into Springerles Baking #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

In yesterday’s post, I talked about cookies. Now, here’s fellow author Carol Farnsworth with more holiday food memories and a recipe. You might want to check out her book, Leaf Memories, which I reviewed here. Enjoy!

 

John’s grandmother came to America in the late eighteen hundreds with her family. They were looking for a better life for themselves and opportunities for their children. They settled in the Detroit area to raise their family. The family expanded and produced many branches. One of the branches was John’s grandmother Helen. She taught the three girls to make many recipes and Polish dishes. These dishes were served for the holidays.

 

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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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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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Aging #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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Today, fellow poet Carol Farnsworth shares her impressions on growing old. Be sure to check out my review of her collection, Leaf Memories here. Happy reading!

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Most of us are not consciously aware of passing time and how we are aging. We can see or hear the changes in our family and friends. Most of us don’t see the changes in ourselves.

 

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Wicked Wishes #FridayFinds #Reblogs #Inspiration

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An MRI scan is no fun for anyone. But for a person with a hearing and vision impairment, like fellow author Carol Farnsworth, thanks to medical staff who don’t know how to help people with such disabilities, it’s a more horrendous experience than it needs to be. In the post I’m sharing today, Carol tells her story. I encourage you to read my review of Carol’s poetry collection, Leaf Memories, here, and after doing so, I hope you’ll buy a copy of this delightful book. Now, here’s Carol.

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I sit alone in a changing room, waiting for a MRI brain scan to look for the cause of my stroke. I wait, for someone to tell me what to do. Finally a technician tells me to strip and put on hospital scrubs and white socks.

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Featured Author of the Week, Carol Farnsworth #FridayFinds #Reblogs #Inspiration

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This morning, I was delighted to discover that Carol Farnsworth, who interviewed me during my BOE Book Launch last week, is the featured author today on Patty’s Worlds. As you may remember, I reviewed Carol’s poetry collection, Leaf Memories, here a while back. In the post I’m sharing today, Carol tells us about herself and where we can buy her book and provides an excerpt. Enjoy!

 

Friday’s Fantastic Finds Presents! Featured Author of the Week, Carol Farnsworth #Interview