Down Shift #It’sSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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I’m back in the saddle a day earlier than expected, since my brother Andy and his wife Christina, from Florida, left Tuesday afternoon to catch an early flight in Billings, Montana, Wednesday morning. For the past week, they have been visiting me here in Sheridan, Wyoming. Since they arrived last Thursday afternoon, we’ve attended a rodeo parade and my 40th high school class reunion and had dinner with friends. We also gathered with other family members to honor the memory of one of my uncles, who passed away last winter. For Andy and Christina’s seventh wedding anniversary, they were entertained by my singing group before eating dinner at a nice restaurant. Now that they’re gone, I need to shift back into work mode.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above vignette with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her blog hop, click here.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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.

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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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My Rehab Days #It’sSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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In the summer of 1981, between my freshman and sophomore years in college, eager to be out on my own, I jumped at the chance to travel from my home in Sheridan, Wyoming, to a rehabilitation center for the blind in Topeka, Kansas, where I could learn mobility, cooking, and other necessary life skills taught to people like me with limited or no vision. Not what I expected, this place was more like a prison, where we couldn’t leave the facility unless a sighted person was with us until we were “cleared for mobility,” and when we did leave, we had to check out, then check back in again when we returned. In the dormitory, a buzzer woke us up each morning and summoned us to meals, and at bedtime, a sort of curfew was imposed between ten p.m. and 6 a.m., where men and women were confined to their separate wings, and on weekends, besides doing our own laundry, we had to clean our rooms, put clean sheets on our beds, and have staff inspect our handiwork. In the classroom building, bells signaled the start and end  of class and break periods. Most of the instructors were snobs and not always helpful. Despite all this, I learned a few things, but I realized later that I could have learned everything I needed to know right here in Wyoming at a summer camp for the blind.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s hop, click here.

Please note that from July 16th through the 22nd, I’ll be on staycation while my brother and his wife from Florida are visiting. So, there won’t be any posts here during this period. I’ll respond to comments and other correspondence as time allows. Will see you all on the 23rd.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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.

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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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An Easy Sport #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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I used to hate bowling because I could only manage gutter balls most of the time, and my limited vision didn’t help. Then, in college, when I took a requisite physical education class, the instructor took pity on me, giving me a lane all to myself at first and working with me to improve my game. Gradually, my score increased from 0 to 76. For Christmas that year, I received a new ball and shoes, and I continued to bowl for a while after that. I even got involved in a league, but my team was disbanded due to lack of interest, and no other team captain contacted me. Maybe my 76 average didn’t make me league material.

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How about you? Is there a particular sport at which you excelled? I’d love to read about it in the comments.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above vignette with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in her hop, click here.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday, July 11th, I’ll be participating in a virtual poetry reading, where anyone is welcome to attend and share a poem or two. This will take place at 5 p.m. mountain time on Zoom. You can click here for more information.

Also, throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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.

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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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No Alternatives #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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“What do you mean you don’t have biscuits and gravy?” Beth said, trying not to yell or cry, as she sat on the king-sized bed in her hotel room, clutching the phone to her ear. “This is the second day in a row that you haven’t had biscuits and gravy, even though it’s on the menu, and you know, it’s bad enough that I’m separated from my family, and now, I can’t have biscuits and gravy, my favorite breakfast, a meal I don’t have very often because my husband and kids don’t like it, and now, you’re out of biscuits and gravy again!”

As tears rolled down Beth’s cheeks, the room service operator said, “Well, is there something else I can get you?”

In disgust, Beth slammed down the receiver and gave in to her guilt-ridden grief, head in hands, sobbing.

The bathroom door opened, and the man who wasn’t her husband appeared, bent, and took her into his arms. “Babe, if you really want biscuits and gravy, let’s get dressed and go find a place that serves that, okay?”

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How about you? What’s your favorite breakfast? I don’t have a favorite food I like to eat for what they call the most important meal of the day, but if you do, I’d love to read about that in the comment field.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above work of flash fiction with her six-story prompt for this week. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s hop, click here.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that on Wednesday, July 7th, I’ll be playing the piano and singing in the dining room at The Hub on Smith, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you live in my neck of the woods, the facility is located at 211 Smith Street, and you can come and eat lunch while listening. The event will be broadcast live and recorded. You can click here to visit the event’s Facebook page.

Also, throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

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

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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Disasters #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends November 31st. Here in Wyoming, we don’t need to worry about hurricanes, but for my brother and his family in Florida, it’s a different story. Although they live several miles inland, when a hurricane threatens their area, they put up special shutters, move their patio, porch, and yard furniture to the garage, and buy extra supplies. Meanwhile, I sit at home, keep an ear open to the news, and hope they’re safe.

Here in Wyoming, it’s forest fire season, but Sheridan is far enough away that all we have to do is put up with smoke. I feel so lucky but don’t take my good fortune for granted.

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Thanks to this week’s six-sentence story prompt from Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above vignette. How about you? What disaster season is it in your area? How are you coping? If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s hop, click here.

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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 Bookss

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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