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Born from Stardust and Other Poems

by Victoria Zigler

Copyright 2021

 

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A selection of poems of various lengths and styles, exploring a variety of themes and subjects.

 

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I met Victoria Zigler recently through ACB Community Calls, sponsored by the American Council of the Blind, offering a variety of activities held on Zoom. Tori, as she likes to be called, is not only a poet but a singer. She participates in the open mic and karaoke programs and co-hosts a weekly activity called Free to Be Me, in which participants discuss a variety of topics. If you’re blind or visually impaired and are interested in participating in these activities, you can email:  community@acb.org  and request a schedule of events.

I like how Tori groups some of the poems in this collection by subjects such as the beach, storms, and the pandemic. My favorite is “To Be Beside the Sea” because it reminds me of happy times when visiting my brother and his family in Florida and going to the beach. “When Mummy Missed Story Time” tugged at my heart, making me thankful I was not a small child during this pandemic. I also like how she begins her collection with the title poem, “Born from Stardust,” and ends with “In the Mountain Valley.” Even if you don’t like poetry, you’ll delight in the stories these poems tell.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

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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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!

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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.

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Keep Your Distance #It’s Six-Sentence Story Link-Up

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One scary thing about the coronavirus is that you could be carrying it and not even know. Thus, you could inadvertently pass it on to someone else. This is why I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping our social distance during this time. I spent Christmas alone, and although it was hard, the wonderful feeling that I was doing my part to keep others from catching this dreadful disease surpassed the joy of being with my family. So, let’s all ring in the new year by staying home and know that this virus won’t last. May 2021 be a better year.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this week’s post. The idea is to write a story or poem of no more and no less than six sentences, using the prompt word “distance” at least once. Click here to learn how you can participate in her blog hop.

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

Front cover 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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Everybody Hurts #Musical Monday

I’d never heard this song until I ran across it in this post on Peter’s Pondering. The COVID19 pandemic has hurt everyone, not just those afflicted. Social isolation is difficult. Last week, I made the painful decision to turn down an invitation from my brother in Florida to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family. Much as I would have loved to celebrate the holiday with my relatives there, it’s too risky, with Palm Beach County, where they live, being one of the hottest spots in the state for the virus. Not only am I concerned about catching it, but I don’t want to inadvertently pass it on to someone else. So, as you listen to this song, I hope you’ll take away its powerful message that you’re not alone and know that a better day is coming.

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

Front cover 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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Depth #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions are a little deep. I wasn’t sure about a few of them, but I answered them as creatively as I could. Scroll down to learn how you can participate.

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How do you know if you are connecting with another person?

 

That’s a really good question. With my limited vision, I don’t pick up a lot of nonverbal cues. The only way I can tell if I’m connecting with a person to whom I’m speaking is if that person responds.

 

To be beautiful means. . .

 

to love yourself. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as inner beauty. It’s not what’s on the outside that matters.

 

Do you spend a lot of time keeping up with what is going on?

 

No. I listen to news briefs on my smart speaker when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed. I often tune in to NPR music stations during the day, which broadcast short hourly news reports. In the evening, I read my local paper. I have better things to do than follow late-breaking news unless it affects me or my family.

 

True or False. You feel that your friends have more rewarding experiences in their lives than you.

 

Frankly, I don’t care. As long as I’m happy with my life and even if I wasn’t, I’m not going to waste time concerning myself with any more rewarding experiences my friends may be having.

 

During the COVID19 pandemic, do you feel more swamped by your responsibilities than before the pandemic?

 

No. I was already working from home before the pandemic. So, my responsibilities haven’t changed. As a matter of fact, I have more time now than before the pandemic because at the moment, I’m not entertaining regularly at senior facilities, since they’re still on lock-down.

 

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here to learn how you can participate, or leave your answers in the comment field below. I look forward to finding out what you have to say.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover 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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