Accepting and Walking the Journey of a Committed Guide Dog Handler #WordPress Wednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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According to fellow author Patty Fletcher, who has written about her experiences with guide dogs, many people don’t understand that handling a guide dog is different from having a dog as a pet. In order for a blind handler to develop and continue a good working relationship with a dog, handler and dog must be inseparable at all times. The handler relies on the dog to help him/her navigate both indoors and outside.

Surely you wouldn’t ask a friend who depends on oxygen to leave his/her portable tank at home when you go out to eat. The same goes for guide dogs. Now, here’s Patty to elaborate.

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Today, is forecast to be cloudy and a bit rainy but as I say, the sun is always shining behind the clouds.

Anyhow, this afternoon, I’m Pleased and Privileged to be going out with a friend for another birthday celebration. This makes two friends who have taken me out this year, which is kind of a new thing for me. It’s been many years since I had real friends. Let alone friends who wanted to be part of my life in such a way as to go out with me and my guide dogs.

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THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE SPRINGS INTO FALL SEPTEMBER OCTOBER EDITION #SaturdaySurprise #Reblogs #Inspiration

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Thanks to fellow author and blogger Patty Fletcher for including my work in this edition of her great magazine. Not only will you find a poem and fictional story of mine, but there’s also an ad for my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, with the front cover image beautifully presented and well described by Patty’s publishers. You’ll also discover other stories and poems plus ads for books and services and more. I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Saturday than to peruse this magazine. Enjoy!

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Hello everyone, 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.

 

Read the full issue on Patty’s Worlds.

 

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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Wake up Daddy by Trish Hubschman #WordPressWednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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I can’t think of a better way to start a Wednesday than to read this heartwarming post by author Trish Hubschman, as it appears on fellow blogger Patty Fletcher’s site. If you have a dog, I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to this.

Trish has published a series of mystery novels involving a private eye and a rock star. After reading her story, you’ll be able to learn more about her books. I hope today’s post warms your heart and puts a smile on your face.

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It’s between four and six in the morning. Henry is on his pillow on the floor. He’s restless. I can hear him jingling the tags on his collar. “Hey, boy, what’s up? “I whisper as he jumps on our bed.

 

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I Made a Whole Dollar #SocialMediaMonday

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In celebration of Labor Day here in the United States, I’m sharing a post by fellow blogger Patty Fletcher in which she offers a glimpse into her life as an author. It’s not as glamorous an occupation as you might think, and it doesn’t always pay well, but it’s a labor of love.

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My laughter rang out long and loud. The email stated, “Service at PayPal® You’ve received a direct deposit from Amazon®.” When I opened it to see my royalty payment, I laughed even harder. I’d made a whole dollar.

 

Read the full post on Recovering the Self.

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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.

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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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Paws on the Street Part Ten: The Mile of Confidence #Author’sCorner #SeeingEyeDogs #SocialMediaMONDAY

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Training a guide dog doesn’t end once you bring the pooch home. It’s necessary to acclimate your canine helper to his surroundings and make sure he doesn’t revert to old habits such as barking at other dogs. In today’s shared post, fellow blogger Patty Fletcher offers us a glimpse into such a training session.

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“Alexa, what time is it?”

“The time is 7:58 AM. Enjoy the sunshine.” answered my Amazon® Echo as I readied Myself and Blue for our morning walk. I knew the weather was to be unbearably hot later in the day so wanted to get some guide work and exercise in before the mouth of Hell opened to blow its scorching breath into our faces.

 

Read the rest on Patty’s Worlds.

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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.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image 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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