The Day That Changed Her Life #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Rain splattered against Paula’s bedroom window that morning, and her heart sank, as she stared at the nebulous sky. Her wedding to Art, a man with whom she looked forward to spending the rest of her life, would take place in the garden that afternoon. “God, I know we need rain but not today!”

A knock sounded on the door, and as she turned, it opened, and her mother appeared, ashen-faced, tears rolling down her cheeks. “Honey, Art’s mother just called. There’s been an accident…and…you won’t marry Art, not today, not ever.”

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

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I’m pleased to announce that my state poetry society, WyoPoets, will hold another virtual reading on Sunday, September 12th, at 5 p.m. mountain time. All are welcome to attend. You can either listen or share a poem or two. Click here for more information.

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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Departure #Tuesday Tidbit #Poetry #Reblog

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At about this time in 2005, I was planning and anticipating my upcoming wedding to my late husband Bill. So, here’s an oldie but goodie from 2012 in which I share a poem about our last goodbye before we were married. The poem was published in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver and my memoir, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Enjoy!

Via Departure

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

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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Real Life #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions are about how and why we exist. Check out my answers, then scroll down to learn how you can participate.

 

It’s okay if you don’t wear any _____.

Bras. I used to think I needed one but not anymore. In the summer, they’re hot. Some of my shirts are low enough in the shoulders that bra straps show. So, I’ve decided they’re a nuisance. As long as no one tells me I need one, I won’t bother.

What on earth are you here for?

That’s easy. I’m here to write and sing and share my talents with others.

What has been the best day of your life?

September 10th, 2005, was when my late husband Bill and I were married. The wedding took place in my grandmother’s back yard with plenty of flowers, balloons, pomp, and circumstance. Three months later, our lives were changed forever. If you want to know more, read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

Are you ordinary or extraordinary? Why?

People say I’m amazing when I do things perceived as not being possible for someone who’s visually impaired. Well, as Han Solo in Star Wars says, “Sometimes, I even amaze myself.” However, I’m just plain ordinary, like others who can see.

How do you want to be described by your friends?

Other than the fact that I’m a good writer and singer, I’m caring and outgoing, or at least I think I am.

Bonus: After a breakup, would you rather be alone or surrounded by friends?

Most of my friends are scattered around the country. So, without a conferencing platform like Zoom, being surrounded by them would be impossible. After Bill passed on October 30th, 2012, which wasn’t a breakup but close enough, I was on the phone a lot and thankful for unlimited long distance. Again, if you want to know more, read My Ideal Partner.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here  to learn how to participate. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

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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The Rose #Musical Monday

The song I’m featuring today is one I’ve sung many times since my freshman year in college when, believe it or not, my voice teacher introduced me to it. At Sheridan College, Barb wasn’t one of those instructors who started students out with humdrum art songs in German or Italian. She preferred popular songs with a few older songs thrown in later. When she first sang this song, accompanying herself on the piano, I fell in love with it, having never heard it before.

That year, when my vocal chamber group, which also performed a lot of popular music,  went on tour, I sang the song as a solo, our pianist accompanying me. Over the years, I performed it for talent shows and other events, including weddings, often accompanying myself on piano. In the version you’ll hear today, I’m using the guitar. This is the way I sang it in 2014 for my brother’s second wedding in Florida. Enjoy!

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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I’ll Keep This Memory #Poetry

Welcome to National Poetry Month. For the rest of April, when I’m not re-blogging other posts or sharing my musical memories, I’ll post either a poem of my own or a review of a poetry collection.

 

Today’s poem comes from My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, which you can download from Smashwords absolutely free this month. See below for details. You can click on the poem’s title to hear me read it.

 

I’LL KEEP THIS MEMORY

 

Of my wedding always,
guests seated in rows of white plastic chairs,
an arch framed by flowers and balloons,
the string duo that played Pachelbel’s Canon
as I marched down the aisle
and “Ode to Joy” as we recessed,
unaware that tragedy would change our lives.
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By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

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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