How Do You Remember Your Grandmother?

I have had a memoir/story accepted for publication in the Dear Nana anthology.  Also it included a small honorarium. My work was a memory from long ago when my Nana was still alive.

It will be in an ebook and on Amazon.com.

We all have memories or our grandmothers and Nanas. Some good and some not so good. But hopefully we have all learned something from having this special person in our lives.

I will keep you posted when the anthology is available.

 

What is the Matter With Our Country?

My blog is a poetry and photo blog but this week I was so deeply moved that I had to speak out.

I am not a political person but I am questioning “What is the Matter with Our Country?” This past week my husband and I took a few days off from the Connecticut snow and went to Atlantic City for a short stay. Everything was going fine until we arrived on one of the hotel floors by accident. We saw an enormous line of people curved around the entire floor and we thought we’d inquire about  the event .

Well, it was a two day job fair. The fair was held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for two days. The first day of the Fair the resort casino received 1,300 unemployed people, with resume in hand, waiting to be interviewed. All of these people needed a job! There were only 50 available jobs. The jobs were lower paying  such as casino attendants, valet parking, cashiers, etc. People stated that they wanted to put food on the table or pay their rent. I was so disturbed and moved since I had never seen anything like that…It reminded me of photos from the Depression days. And this was only day 1 of the job fair. Where is our President when he claims low unemployment and an increase in jobs? He should visit New Jersey and see these depressed people who want to work but cannot find employment. So the first day there were 1,300 people waiting for interviews and that doesn’t take into account day 2.

When I went into one of the stores and talked to the sales attendant and told her how upset I was. She told me this story. She had been there for several years and was getting her medical care. Now with Obama care that was no longer possible. The casino gave her some additional money in her pay and told her that she had to buy her own insurance.  She went on to say that now she was making less money than before. The company told her that any new hires wouldn’t  get either health insurance or any money to try to compensate.

So how many people are in this same situation? I’m sure because of our country’s problems there are many people in this same situation.

And this is our America that we have been so proud of!!

Tell our President to get off his duff and see how our countrymen are suffering.

I’m sorry that I had to post this but I guess I was living in a cocoon for quite a while.

I Can’t Believe My Luck……

Last night I received an acceptance  from Kelsay Books out of California for my third poetry book. It has a few of my photos in black and white contained in the manuscript. The tentative working title is “Emotional Experiences Create Memories?. I will be for sale in September on the publisher’s website and on Amazon.com. The editor/publisher received high reviews for her selection of books so I am quite thrilled to be accepted by her. As you know, so many of us have to self-publish because poetry is not lucrative.  Finding someone to believe and accept your manuscript is a thrill!! Will update as time goes on.

“Clarence the Cricket” is Ready for Downloading

Alfie Dog Fiction (www.alfiedog.com) has posted “Clarence the Cricket”, a story for 5 t0 7 year children for downloading to pdf or Kindle.

Clarence

Clarence

Freddie is a young lonely boy who is very sick and who uses his imaginary cricket to be his friend. I’m sure young children will find this short story enjoyable. What I am most proud of is that my grandson, Marc, drew this “little” cricket to help enhance the story. You can go to Alfie Dog’s website and either find my name of the title and read the story.

Snow, Snow Everywhere!!

We, in New England, along with the South and other part of the country are experiencing snow and frigid temperatures with  one of the the hardest winters I

Winter

Winter

can remember in a very long time. The icicles are huge and the gutters are frozen solid. Dripping water is starting to enter into the houses. We expect more snow on Saturday and Tuesday.  At least New Englanders are prepared with snowplows, sand and salt. We can say a pray for early Spring.

“Clarence the Cricket” Has Been Accepted

I have just received an acceptance from Alfie Dog Publishers that they have accepted my children’s short story “Clarence the Cricket” . The story is intended for 5 to 7 year olds. It will be available as of February 16th for downloading from their website and for Kindle. They are the same publishers that published “Read It Again” short story book so I am pleased that they liked this story. I will provide the link when it’s available.

Starting the New Year with an Acceptance!!!

I just heard from a children’s online ezine (Kids Imagination Train) that my nonfiction article on slugs “The Annoying Guests” has been accepted for publication.

The article was written for children in the 5 to 7 year old group.

I wish to thank Professor Elson Shields, Entomologist, at Cornell University for his review and expertise.

We did it Professor!!