THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE SIZZLING SUMMER JUNE JULY JAMBOREE EDITION

THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE SIZZLING SUMMER JUNE JULY JAMBOREE EDITION

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THE WRITER’S GRAPEVINE SIZZLING SUMMER JUNE JULY JAMBOREE EDITION

BY PATTY L. FLETCHER

A PUBLICATION OF TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD MARKETING (AUTHOR, BLOGGER, BUSINESS ASSIST)

June 29 2021

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Greetings…

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.

This month we have new releases, great articles, and reports of things to come. So, without further ado, here’s the Writer’s Grapevine just for you.

Of course, as always, you’re invited to share. Just make sure to send out the entire magazine. If you choose to share specific items, please copy each one in its completion, thus giving the author or business full credit.

My special thanks to Claire Plaisted of PLAISTED PUBLISHING HOUSE LTD FOR FORMATTING and Mara Reitsma of COVERED BY THE ROSE FOR THE MAGAZINE COVER Contractor for Plaisted Publishing House Author Consultant at http://www.plaistedpublishinghouse.com and Colleen and Dawn from Two Pentacles Publishing at http://www.twopentacles.com for assistance with editing and photo descriptions.

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We have many sponsors, and the actual sponsor page, which is found on my blog, is quite long. To put up their ads in full would take an enormous portion of this magazine. Rather than put up pages of ads, I’m going to list their names and how to find them. You can, of course, visit the sponsor page on my blog and see all their ads in full, including photos. Keep in mind the sponsor page is a work in progress and is always updating. Be sure to check back often.

That having been said, you may occasionally note that there are some new additions here that haven’t yet made it onto the blog. So, in the meantime, here are all this month’s sponsors.

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PUMPKIN, PUMPKIN

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WHAT’S UP…

Hi everyone, and welcome to the What’s Up column!

Before we begin with all the fantastic contributions, I’d just like to say that the feedback I’m getting about this column is quite impressive. It turns out our readers seriously love knowing about what our writers, business owners, and nonprofit workers are up to. Please, contributors, keep those letters about all your goings-on coming.

This month, I’d like to begin with what is referred to by some in marketing circles as a ‘Call to action piece.’ It is my hope, when you read the following letter from Claudia Plaisted, who is Claire’s daughter, you’ll be moved to assist in some way.

Before I share Claudia’s piece with you, I’d like to say a special thank you to Two Pentacles Publishing Services for assisting with the alt text in the images seen here and placing it into their June newsletter.

And now, here are Claudia and her cat Bonnie with more…

Bringing Bonnie To New Zealand

I’m Ceejay, and I’ve been in the UK for almost four years now. While it has been an amazing experience, and I’ve met some wonderful people, I am ready to return home to New Zealand.

In late 2019 I adopted a kitten named Bonnie, and I want to take her home with me. She has just turned two this May, and I love her dearly.

Bonnie the cat looking towards the camera with wide eyes. Her face and chest are white, her nose is pink, and she has gray tabby markings around her eyes and on her back.

Bonnie has helped immensely with my mental health, among other things. When I adopted her, I swore I would be her ‘furever’ home, and I have no intentions of going back on that promise.

Unfortunately, I’ve been having issues saving money to get her back to New Zealand, in addition to all of the other expenses I have had to cover due to the pandemic.

To date, Bonnie has had her Rabies vaccination and the Rabies Titer Test. Currently, we’re waiting on the results of the blood test, after which we need to book her tick and worming treatments with the vets.

I’ve paid for most of the necessary vet expenses or have asked my sister for help. But, unfortunately, saving for her actual travel is the part that we’re having issues with.

I’m currently working with PetAirUK to arrange Bonnie’s travel. The total cost for everything is about £1400, not including the fees I’ll need to pay once I pick Bonnie up at the end of her stay in quarantine.

Most of what I’ve saved will be used to cover the deposit on booking her in with PetAirUK. Still, I’m worried I won’t be able to save enough money by myself in the next four months to cover the rest of the fees.

I would be incredibly grateful if you could donate even a little bit to help me and my beloved Bonnie get to New Zealand in time for Christmas this year. I really do miss my family.

Please share or donate if you can. Bonnie and I would really appreciate it.

Love, hugs, and purrs

Ceejay and Bonnie xx

Donate here to help Ceejay and Bonnie: https://gf.me/u/zt3gv3 

PS Bonnie passed her blood test!!

You can also help by purchasing Ceejay’s digital art!

An abstract image of a tabby cat, curled up with its toes visible to the camera. The image is overlaid with pink, blue, and amber colors, washing out the cat's natural colors. Silhouettes of flying birds also overlay the image, adding to the the surreal feeling.

An artistic image of a light-colored cat with dark markings around its eyes. The cat is sitting, staring just over he camera (presumably at its human). The image looks over-exposed, and is streaked with light and blue, purple, and amber coloring to create an abstract image.

Pet photos of any kind will be turned into digital abstract art and then emailed back to the customer for a set price. Photo tiles of art cost extra and include postage – there are different prices for photo tiles for the UK and worldwide.

An artistic image of a dark tabby cat, looking sleepily towards the camera. The photo is overlaid with warm colors, geometric shading, and stars, giving it an ethereal vibe.

A square print of a photo, packaged in clear wrapping for shipping, resting on a wooden surface. The print shows a close up of a gray tabby cat with dark stripes.

PRICES:

£20 per photo/per pet: Emailed art only.

£40 per photo tile/per pet: UK only.

£65 per photo tile/per pet: Worldwide.

Half price for anyone who donates to the fundraiser: https://gf.me/u/zt3gv3 

Offer for a LIMITED TIME ONLY.

Ps. Thank you, ladies, for setting up the advert for Bonnie and me; we really appreciate it. Currently, we’ve raised £235 towards the fees for Bonnie’s travel. Bonnie only requires her tick and worming treatment. However, we are still awaiting the test results from her Rabies Titer Test (a blood test to check whether or not the rabies vaccine has been effective). After her final treatment and the test results, she has to wait several months before she can be sent to New Zealand. The deposit for Bonnie’s travel has to be paid 8 weeks in advance, and the rest before she flies out…What I have at the moment is enough to cover the deposit and about a quarter to a third of the rest of the fees. I really hope to get the amount I need saved up in time (my sister and I leave in November). Thank you for what help people can or have provided. I appreciate it.

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WOW! Let’s all work together to make sure this human mother and her kitty cat kid can stay together.

Next up, author Trish Hubschman shares with us what I think is a brilliant marketing idea and more.

My Own Promotional Idea

by Trish Hubschman

July 2021

www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/

Every year, prior to moving to Pennsylvania in late 2019, the town hosted a book festival: editors, agents’ authors. Last year, because of the pandemic, it was canceled. I wanted to know this year’s status of the event, so I went onto their Facebook page and messaged the coordinator. While there, I decided to read the posts. I thought, “You know, I should put something here about my Tracy Gayle mysteries.” I went into Word, wrote something, made sure it was perfect, then copied and pasted It on the event’s page.

But why stop there? Why not copy this onto library Facebook pages? That’s what I did. First, I brought up my own library in Easton, then went west to Pittsburgh. That’s where the blind library is. I did four in PA, then went to Long Island, Maryland, North Carolina, etc. I was targeting libraries in towns where I have friends. I did seventeen of them last night and got two replies, Peachtree City, Ga, and my mom’s library on Long Island. I’m keeping a list of libraries I’ve contacted and intend to continue with this.

My husband, Kevin, had his first book published a few months ago, Outside the Circle, a collection of Poems and Songs I wanted to come up with a great way to splish-splash his book. I knew I could connect his musical and poetic brilliance with my mystery novels. My hero, Danny Tide, is a rock musician. It hit me! Danny had to sing one of the songs from Kevin’s book. The publishers loved the idea. I convinced Kevin of the beauty in it, and, here goes, Danny Tide is performing the song, Party, from Outside the Circle, in my fourth Tracy Gayle mystery, ‘Uneasy Tides,’ which I sent to DLD a few weeks ago. The lively song is about a rock and roll party. I guarantee Danny Tide will make the song a Grammy award winner

I can’t wait to see Uneasy Tides and hear Danny singing one of Kevin’s wonderful songs!

Reader’s note, for more information on Outside the Circle, a collection of Poems and Songs including purchase links, please visit: www.dldbooks.com/kevinhubschman/

I don’t know about you, but I think Trish is onto something. I hope she’ll come back next time to update us on her promotion progress.

Now let’s head up to New York and check in with Annie Chiappetta to see what news she’s got to share.

Annie Shares News June 2021 Issue 6
www.annchiappetta.com

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Greetings to you, Memorial Day is behind us and it feels good to think about post-pandemic plans to get out and enjoy interacting outdoors with family, friends, and neighbors.

📕 A book review by Pennsylvania artist and poet, Lynda McKinney Lambert of my memoir, Follow Your Dog a Story of Love and Trust © 2017 was posted on her blog. A peer review from an accomplished artist like Lynda is a gift. Thanks, Lynda. Read the review:

Follow Your Dog ~ Book Review – Lynda McKinney Lambert – Author (lyndalambert.com)

🎖 To honor this Nation’s veterans, I would like to share a link to a post titled, Of Honor and Blue Stars and share a poem for those who have fallen in the line of duty. Read the essay:

https://www.recoveringself.com/veterans/of-honor-and-blue-starsn

and now the poem:

BDU

By Ann Chiappetta

I dreamt of a soldier in Battle Dress Uniform

Face ruddy and hardened by air born chemicals

Of a sand-blown war

Forearms Sketched in Body art

Lungs scraped by particulates

he unbuttons the blouse

reveals the protected skin beneath.

I am not sure what to do

In this dream

Defeat and defiance color his eyes

tender heart skin Untouched

challenging me

Those defiant and lost eyes seem to say

You can’t heal me

Though we tried many times

In this dream I am the soft blanket

The one he tries to avoid and the one

Thing he craves more than his soul

He is weary yet refuses

To grasp the comforting fibers, the quiet and nurturing glow

In this dream he is dressed for battle

Prepared to fight what he does not understand

For though his heart yearns for hope

Aches for peace

His body will not let the battle dress go.

2020

🐲 Before I go …

I’ve got a silly dragon

Whose name I don’t know

She’s red and green with wings

She rides the zephyrs And shimmers in moon glow.

Send me a name for her

So her saurian spirit can grow.

Take a look at my pal in the logo– if you or someone you know wants to suggest and win an audible.com credit to listen to my latest book plus a signed copy of A String of Stories From the Heart to the Future, email me: anniecms64@gmail.com

Ann Chiappetta's logo features a playful green dragon with red wings who is curled around two large stacks of books. Colorful music notes have wings and are flying through the air. The text says: "Ann Chiappetta" and underneath that, "Making meaningful connections with others through writing."

WOW! Looks like Annie’s got a lot going on these days. Be sure to check back in next month for more from her.

In the meantime, Joan Myles is here all the way from Oregon standing “On One Foot” to let us know what’s up in her wonderful world.

On One Foot

Brief Updates About Me and Those I Love

by Joan Myles

http://www.jewniquelymyself.com

*Here in our home garden, the sunflowers are well on their way, and I couldn’t be more delighted! Two weeks after planting, they appeared first as timid sprouts, barely discernible amid the grass. But day by day they have persisted, turning to find the sun as it moves across the sky, stretching themselves by night, and dazzling J and me with their progress every morning–two inches at a time.

*As for me, I continue to stretch as well. I’ve added half a kilometer of rowing to my daily 150 sit-ups each morning. It sometimes seems strange to row and row and row and yet remain stationary, but I feel so perky and positive throughout the rest of the day. And that’s the Place I’m heading for.

*And how about you, Dear Friends? Are you feeling more Present as the natural world unfolds around you? Are you finding ways to boost your physical and spiritual energy? I hope you’ll drop me a line at: jmyles63@gmail.com and let me know your thoughts and techniques for growing toward your best self.

Wishing you sweetness always

Joan Myles

Joan Myles has always been a child of Wonder as well as a spiritual seeker. When she lost her sight at the age of 12, these qualities and writing poetry saved her from despair.

Joan earned a B.A. in Education, a Master’s in Jewish Studies. She married, raised four lively children, worked as a Rehabilitation Teacher, and taught Hebrew and Judaics for over 15 years.

Her first book of poetry, One With Willows, vividly expresses Joan’s child-like joy. She considers her poems to be a kind of footpath for readers, an opening into Wonder and Awe as a means to reclaim their own sense of spiritual playfulness.

Joan’s words also reveal the invisible link between one human being and another, between humans and Nature, between the physical realm and the Spiritual. The idea of the Oneness of Creation flows through her work, the understanding of living in the world as a journey of discovery, of stepping into and between the various layers and levels of existence. the poems in One Glittering Wing represents this kind of journey, specifically through Joan’s year long passage from the deep pain of her mother’s death toward reconciliation with Life.

Joan currently lives in Oregon with her best friend who also happens to be her husband.

Next, we’re going to hot-foot it out to Colorado to visit with Jo Pinto.

Once again, I struggled where to put this. Should it go into the announcements in Adverts and News Nuggets or could it go here in the What’s Up column?

I finally decided I’d have to ask Prince Edward because me and my marketing muse were never gonna make up our minds.

Patty and Prince Edward sitting together in a brown arm chair. Prince Edward is a dapper looking black and white cat with amber eyes, who's looking warmly up at Patty as he sits on her lap. Patty has dark curly hair and wears a long-sleeved, taupe shirt.

Prince Edward, A.K.A. Sweet Eddy said, “It goes PURRFECTLy in the What’s Up column mom, cause it’s a letter.”

Well, how can you argue with cat logic?

As always, your feedback is important. So, please do let us know what you think.

In the meantime, here’s Jo with an exciting note for you.

June is Audio Book Month!

by Jo Elizabeth Pinto

https://www.brightsideauthor.com

The cover of "Daddy Won't Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark". The cover image is a hand drawn picture of a blond person standing beside a minivan with dice hanging from the rearview mirror. The van's license plate reads "Blind 101" and the blue van has a bumper sticker that says "Mom Power". The illustration looks like a child's artwork, and the title, author, and illustrator names look handwritten.

Hey everyone! Summer is here and have I got a sizzling way to celebrate for you.

June is full of reasons to celebrate. Besides Father’s Day and the first day of summer, which is also the longest day of the year, June is also Audio book Month!

When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1878, “phonographic books” for the blind were one of the uses he had in mind for his new machine. In 1879, he showed off the capacity of the phonograph at the Royal Institution in Britain, where a recorded verse of Tennyson’s poetry was played back for those in attendance.

Unfortunately, Edison’s idea about audio books had to wait. The original cylinders used with the phonograph held about 4 minutes of sound, and even the more modern flat platters only increased the duration to 12 minutes or so, hardly practical for the recording of long chapter books. While the sixty- and ninety-minute cassettes developed in the seventies helped the situation, it wasn’t until the invention of the CD some twenty years later that Audiobooks truly blossomed.

Audio book Month celebrates the wonderful talking tales and the millions of people who enjoy them every year. Thomas Edison may have been thinking of the blind when he shouted “Mary Had a Little Lamb!” into his first phonograph, but sighted listeners have come to love audio books as well. Commuters and travelers on buses, trains, and airplanes heat up their headphones as they make their way from one place to another all over the world. People listen in the shower, in their gardens and kitchens, and in their beds as they drift off to sleep at night. Who says you can’t read in the dark?

To celebrate Audio book Month, I’ll be giving away free promotion codes for audio copies of my award-winning novel “The Bright Side of Darkness” or my recently released book “Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car: True Tales of Parenting in the Dark.” To obtain your code, you must have an account with Audible, and you must email me at jopinto@msn.com so I know which book you want and where to send your promotion code. That’s all there is to it. Happy listening!

Next up is, author Abbie Johnson Taylor with an essay detailing her first post COVID-19 poetry workshop of 2021.

A Memorable but Disappointing Poetry Workshop (Essay)

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Rose and I have been traveling to poetry workshops and other writing conferences for years, sharing gas and motel costs. I first met her in 2000 through Range Writers, a local group I joined when I first started out as an author. Rose is old enough to be my mother, in her eighties now with me turning sixty this year. But we’ve been good friends ever since the day I attended that first Range Writers meeting. Not only am I grateful for her companionship but also for her ability to drive, something I can’t do, thanks to my limited vision.

Last year, because of COVID, my Wyoming state poetry society, WyoPoets, did not hold its annual workshop. These workshops usually take place during a weekend in April, National Poetry Month, and last two days with a reading on Friday night and the workshop itself running all day Saturday.

This year’s workshop took place in Gillette, about 100 miles away from Sheridan, where I live. It featured a couple of panel discussions on Friday afternoon and live music on Friday night in addition to the reading. I hoped there would be a virtual option, since I wasn’t sure how Rose would feel about traveling, even though COVID restrictions had been lifted.

But there was no virtual option. So, when I was asked if I would serve on a panel of published poets that would take place on Friday afternoon, I called Rose, expecting her to say she didn’t think it would be a good idea to travel just yet. But to my surprise, she said she wanted to go. Although I could have found a ride with someone else in my Range Writers or Third Thursday Poets groups, I was relieved that Rose and I would be traveling together again.

Renee, another poet, offered to drive us both. Janet, a third poet, agreed to follow us in her car, since she was planning to stay at a different hotel from the one where we were staying and where the workshop was being held. So, at about eleven o-clock on a Friday morning in April, our little convoy hit the highway.

It was raining when we left Sheridan. By the time we arrived in Gillette about an hour and a half later, the rain had stopped. But dark clouds still hung in the sky, and the wind blew from time to time. It remained cloudy and windy throughout the weekend, but we were thankful there wasn’t any snow, which there sometimes was at this time of year.

After a delicious lunch at a pizza place Janet recommended, we drove to the hotel where the workshop would take place. When Rose and I checked into our room, we realized it was about time for the first of two panel discussions to start. I was thankful the discussion in which I would participate wouldn’t start until later. In the first presentation, several poets talked about how they found their poetic voices, which was interesting, especially since a couple of them also wrote music.

The panel in which I was involved consisted of poets with published collections. We each shared a few poems, then talked about our publishing experiences before taking questions from the audience. This went well. A lot of people asked about the publishing industry, and I think we gave them some helpful answers.

Afterward, I was approached by an elderly woman, who would be our workshop presenter the next day. A month earlier, I’d mailed her a poem to be critiqued. We’d been told that she would use a few poems she received in her workshop. I’d since forgotten which poem I’d sent her, and I figured she would choose other people’s work instead.

So, I was completely thrown off guard when she told me how much she enjoyed the poem I sent and asked me to read it to everyone the next day. Being visually impaired, I stored any material I planned to read aloud on a Braille device I carried with me. Since I’d forgotten which poem I’d sent and didn’t think she’d want to use the poem, naturally, I didn’t have it in a format I could read. When I explained this and asked if she would read the poem aloud instead, she agreed.

That evening, after we all enjoyed some live music and appetizers and desserts, the reading began. Usually, the first to read are our workshop presenter, then our annual contest winners, then those featured in the organization’s chapbook that comes out every other year. After that, anyone else who wants to read is welcome to do so. Since we didn’t have a workshop last year, there were more contest winners than usual. Many people who contributed to last year’s chapbook also shared their work. Rose and I had signed up to read during the open mic portion, but by nine o’clock, when we still hadn’t had our turns, we were tired and decided to return to our room. I slept remarkably well that night, considering the fact that I was in a strange bed in a different environment.

The next morning, after we all enjoyed a free breakfast the hotel provided and attended the WyoPoets business meeting, the workshop began. I was delighted when the presenter read my poem aloud. She did an excellent job, and it was nice to hear someone else read my work. She also provided some useful feedback.

But that day’s workshop, as a whole, was a disappointment. In my opinion, a good workshop should provide instruction in technique and plenty of opportunities to write. In this one, though, the presenter spent most of the day reading poems written by herself and others, myself included, and leading the group in a discussion of these poems. This can be a good way to learn about craft but can get old after a while.

That having been said, this workshop wasn’t a total bust. I was thrilled to have my work shared, even though I wasn’t the one reading it aloud. I also had an opportunity to reconnect with people I’d met over the years during past conferences and lost touch with since the pandemic. I also made new friends and ate great food I wouldn’t have if I’d stayed home.

The workshop ended around four o’clock that Saturday afternoon, and our little convoy of poets hit the road soon afterward. It didn’t seem to take nearly as long to get home as it did to get there. I was glad to unpack, toss a load of clothes in the washer, then collapse into my recliner with a Dr. Pepper to deal with email that had piled up since I’d left town the day before. If I’ve learned anything from this, it’s to keep a record of poems I send for critique, just like I do for work I send for publication, and never assume my piece isn’t good enough to be used in a workshop.

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Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of two novels, two poetry collections and a memoir. Her work has appeared in Magnets and Ladders, The Weekly Avocet, and other publications. She lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. Please visit her website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

Rounding things up in the What’s Up column today is yours truly with some ‘Happy Happenings in Kingsport Tennessee.’

Happy Happenings

By Patty L. Fletcher

June 2021

Hello everyone, I hope this What’s Up note finds you doing superb on this beautiful summer day. If it’s going into winter where you are, please do stay safe, snug and warm.

Today, I’m pleased, privileged and rather over the moon to share the goings on from my neck of the woods here in Northeast Tennessee.

Earlier this month, as I was working away at my desk, I received a call from The Seeing Eye Guide Dog school in Morristown New Jersey. They wanted to know if I would be interested in accepting a class date in July.

“Interested?” I asked with barely contained glee, “Just let me catch the very next plane.”

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really do that but after some back-and-forth discussion about things going on in my life and what needs I would want a dog to fulfill for me, the training manager stated, “Well, if all goes as planned, we will have you in the July 19, 2021 class.”

I must say, it was all I could do to keep from leaping out of my chair and doing a happy dance round the room before I finished my call. I also must admit to doing just that as soon as I’d tapped off a few minutes later.

How will this affect Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist)?

I will be leaving on July 19, 2021, and returning on August 5, 2021, with a brand-new dog. This training process is so very intense that there is no possible way I can work and train. So, on July 16, 2021, at close of business I’ll be shutting down and will not reopen until I return. In fact, at this point I cannot tell you for certain that I will reopen as soon as I get back because there are a lot of things my new dog and I will need to do to become adjusted to our new environment together. So, for now I am leaving that open ended.

I can tell you that when I return on the 5TH, I hope to at the very least be open parttime by August 9 or 10. But again, I cannot say for sure because much will depend upon what follow up training here at home will be available to me. I do not believe The Seeing Eye is providing home follow up training at this time. This means I’m going to need to try and enlist help from my Blind Services O&M instructor, the help of a couple trusted sighted friends or both. So, between getting the dog familiarized with its new home and Prince Edward who is bound to be a bit puffed up where all this is concerned acquainted with our new member of the family, things are sure to be a bit chaotic for a few days after I return home.

Here are a few things clients and guest contributors can do to help during my away training and return.

  1. I need you to buckle down over the next couple of weeks and send me content not only for me to schedule for #SocialMediaMonday and #WordPressWednesday while I am gone but for Ernest Dempsey’s content writing promotion. It is imperative that I receive materials from you for these things so I can put them where they must go to ensure they are available to go out in my absence. Keep in mind we still need two more articles for Ernest in June.
  2. Another thing I’ll need from you is your help promoting one another’s work while I am gone. Those of you who have blogs can easily help by simply reblogging your fellow writer and business owner’s work onto your blog. Those of you who have FB pages, Twitter feeds and LinkedIn and other social media can help as well. This means however, that you guys are going to need to follow one another and also communicate with each other in both the email and Facebook Writer’s GV groups.
  3. Casey Mathews is a moderator on the email group and while I am gone should you have trouble; he is your go to guy. His email is: help@webfriendlyhelp.com
  4. I’m also looking for guest contributors for my blog. Thanks to Casey Mathews my Virtual Tech Advisor and Research Assistant there’s a simple way for this to be done.
  5. If you’re interested and you’ve simple website navigating skill, shoot me an email and we’ll get you signed up.

Another happy happening to share is that I’ve joined and have been meeting with Message Crafters a division of Toast Masters International, where not long ago I gave my introductory ice breaker speech, “Just Who Is Patty Fletcher?” Overall, that went well, except for near the end when I became slightly distracted due to the timer notification. To my credit, I didn’t stop but kept going and made it before time was out. I got high marks and learned some things too which is what this whole process is about.

I must say, this is something I’m enjoying and am awfully glad I signed up.

If you would like to increase your ability where public speaking is concerned, which I might add could help you in so many ways and not just with giving speeches, but doing interviews, readings and a whole plethora of other promotional items, read the information in the Adverts and News Nuggets section of this magazine to find out how you can sign up with a club which has both blind and sighted members who makes all its educational materials one-hundred percent accessible to the blind. We’ve got some scholarship funding available, but it won’t last long, so if you’re even remotely interested, plan on attending either the Tuesday or Friday meeting as a guest to get a taste of what you could have if you join.

Before I go, I’d like to invite you to attend my Friday afternoon chat happening on the ACB (American Council of the Blind) Community Calls where everyone is wanted and welcome.

Each week, at 2 PM Eastern we meet in a Zoom room and chat about books, things both good and sometimes not so good going on in our lives, share ideas with one another about how we can make our lives and the lives of others like us better and well, just anything that might pop into our minds.

We’re developing a rather close-knit group and we’d love to add you.

If you’re interested in learning more, you may Subscribe to receive the daily schedule of ACB Community events in your inbox

Well, that’s all the happy happenings from Kingsport Tennessee.

Thanks for reading. May Harmony find You and Blessid Be.

JUST WHO IS PATTY FLETCHER?

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is

Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.

To learn more visit: https://pattysworlds.com/

ADVERTS AND NEWS NUGGETS…

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Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983. She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University. Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12. She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing. She also enjoys helping with church activities. She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy. Her previous release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways. Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil. All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight. Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.

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Wild with Life

A collection of Mother Earth poetry

by Charles Portolano

Editor of The Avocet, a Journal of Nature Poetry

Knowing I am wild with life

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Charles edits the highly-successful nature journal, THE AVOCET, a must for nature loving poets and writers.”- Christine Swanberg, Poet Laureate of Rockford, Il. 

“In Wild with Life, Charles Portolano has deepened his engagement with the natural world he began so movingly in his earlier works.  It is a noble, ambitious, and moving work.”- Joel Savishinsky – Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences, Ithaca College  

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NEWS NUGGETS: A String of Stories From the Heart to the Future

By Ann Chiappetta

Hi Audible book subscribers and story lovers — Check out this new release, A String of Stories From the Heart to the Future © by Ann Chiappetta.

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About A String of Stories

A demon deer and a ghost cat. Sibling rivalry and sexual awakening. Self-image and self-confidence. The chance for an off-worlder to breathe free at last on a new planet. Those are just some of the diverse themes of these notable stories. Once you step inside the author’s world, you cannot emerge unmoved.

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BY JO ELIZABETH PINTO

Author Website: https://www.brightsideauthor.com

“Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.” (Proverbs 25:11, NLT)

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The turbulent times we live in require us to look at our changing world in new ways if we hope to find the blessings that will sustain us. The short, easy-to-read vignettes in this book focus on sifting the true and positive out of the grit and grime of daily life.

Like the abundance of apples we can choose from to satisfy our varying tastes, there are different kinds of stories in this book. A few are specifically about the Coronavirus; most are not. Some mention God; most are as practical as they are spiritual. There are even some poems sprinkled in for good measure. All of the pieces are intended to help readers seek strength and joy in the challenging days that have come upon us.

Delve into the silver basket and find the golden apples that await you.

Jo Elizabeth Pinto was among the first blind students to integrate the public schools in the 1970s. In 1992, she received a degree in Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. While teaching students how to use adaptive technology, she earned a second degree in 2004 from Denver’s Metropolitan State College in Nonprofit Management. These days, she freelances as an editor and a braille proofreader.

As an author, Pinto entertains her readers while giving them food for thought. In her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she draws on personal experience to illustrate that hope is always an action away.

Pinto lives in Colorado with her husband, her preteen daughter, and their pets.

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Freedom to Be Me is a group where wonderfully happy and loving people talk about Books, Books, and More.

What’s the More?

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News Nuggets: Marlene Mesot Announces New Release and More

by Marlene Mesot

The Snowball Effect, 4 Elements of Mystery Book 2, now available.

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The Purging Fire Audiobook.

The Purging Fire, performed by Timothy G. Little is available in audio as well as print and ebook formats. Timothy expertly brings the story to life. He performed the character voices to perfection as voices are crucial to the story line. You can feel his caring in the narration. On a scale of one to five I give him ten stars!

The Purging Fire Brief Summary:

College student Melissa Sanders, who has vision and hearing loss, seems to be unavoidably present wherever danger threatens. She knows Alex has some dark secret he just won’t share.

As romantic interest sparks, college fire marshal Alex Marcus feels compelled to protect Missy from harm, until a violent misunderstanding breaks their marital engagement. Only then it becomes clear that Melissa has been the arsonist’s target.

Book Jacket Review:

“Love, mystery, suspense and romance all contained in one book! The Purging Fire is a true delight for the undercover detective in all of us! Wonderful work Marlene!” Benita K. Brown author of Elevator 16 YA Christian romance.

The Snowball Effect Brief Summary:

Snowy slopes, chilling behavior and soothsaying encompass this horrorscope in the sequel to The Purging Fire.

Alex and Missy become victims themselves when they try to help their newly found friend sort out the pieces of her confused past. All become engulfed in an avalanche of fear as circumstances turn deadly in The Snowball Effect.

Book Jacket Review:

An enjoyable story with unique circumstances. I like your dialogue. It flows easily. Can’t wait for the next book.

Trish Hubschman,

Author of the Tracy Gayle mystery series

I also have a separate novel titled The Cat Stalker’s Sonnets. This is also a Christian mystery romance.

The Cat Stalker’s Sonnets Brief Summary:

Catrin Lein is trying to begin a home business as answering service owner. As time passes, Cat begins to realize that she is being stalked. Slowly, the past creeps into her present, sending a message of a bleak, and possibly short, future.

Book Jacket Review:

“The Cat Stalker’s Sonnets surprised me in more ways than one! The melodious flow underlined with a mysterious edge kept me completely enthralled. This page turner will captivate and enchant all who delve into its pages.”

Rachel Loepker author of Bleeding Ink: Finding Purpose YA fantasy

I also have a poetry chapbook out in print and ebook titled Edgy Poetry. This is a food for thought piece which I have cited as not for bedtime reading.

If you share my passion for mystery, I hope you will visit my website at: http://www.marlsmenagerie.com

Thanks so much for reading. I love hearing from readers, please email me at: marl.mesot@gmail.com

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Ernest Dempsey’s website Word Matters! https://www.ernestdempsey.com/ is now accepting press releases and announcements of events, products, services, and so on.

Word Matters! is a relatively popular site of news and views that publishes Dempsey’s own posts and guest posts on topics in different subject categories. These include Education, Environment, Art, Literature, Authors and Books, Entertainment, Science and Technology, Society and Culture, Law, Activism, Pets and Animals, Home and Garden, Events, Reviews, and World News.

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T C Creare

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“We all know that children can go from, Oh, that is so sweet, too, are you freaking kidding me? In five seconds flat…” I don’t know about you guys, but as a parent of three, there are moments that make me proud of the little army that I have created and others that make me want to pull out my hair, shaking my head as I tried not to cry. Parenting is tough, and despite what some think, you can’t control everything. S#!? Happens, and chances are you’re not going to be prepared for it. Well, guess what? You’re NOT alone, and the stories inside will prove it. This book is for all those coffee-nuking, dinner-making, cupcake-baking, laundry-folding, yard-guarding, lunch-packing, fight-halting, show-finding, toy-fixing parents out there who really need a cape; and perhaps a glass of wine, or two!

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Sunset on Golden Wings which is arriving on our doorsteps on April 28 is the long-awaited sequel to The Year the Swans Came although it can be read as a Stand Alone. The publishers kindly included a ‘Story So Far’ at the beginning which is designed to tempt your appetite.

The reviews on Amazon for The Year the Swans Came have been fabulous, although I admit the trolls of NetGallery and Goodreads had a great time, so it’s fingers crossed for the sequel: this is the back-cover blurb.

Three years have passed since the tragic events of that summer, when swans first visited the city and Maidy is on the way to New York, where Ruth, now a famous film star, is to be married. Promising Pappy to toss her memories overboard, this proves impossible when a chance encounter with a passenger brings back thoughts of Zande and the realisation that she still loves him.

On her return a casual job offer from Hans, to work in his art shop in the French town of Flambeau, brings Justine into Maidy’s life. But all too soon Ruth and Zande step out from the wings and reassume their dominance of events. Ruth re-awakens Hans’ boyhood passion for her, placing his relationship with Justine in jeopardy, and Zande?

Once again, both happiness and tragedy will find their way to Maidy’s door but is the ending already written?

PS: The Grapevine is the perfect vehicle for this ‘Coming Shortly’ article as much of the action in the novel is in the wine growing area of Bordeaux in France.

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NONFICTION (SELF-HELP)

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FICTION…

The Telekinesis Trilogy

Two street children with special powers find a home and solve crimes

Telekinesis – book1

Can two street children work together and find a home while saving a village?

Led Weight- book 2

Bright toys with a dose of Led

The Cult- book 3

George and Jane go up against a cult

Bakasura an audio comic

Has the demon of legend, Bakasura come to life? George and Jane must find out and rescue the villagers from him.

In case of Emergency

A stranger in her apartment leads Preeti to love, though not with him

Julia

A robot of the future goes up against a common Indian soldier.

Venture Capital

A failed entrepreneur moves towards redemption

Scrambled eggs

Ordinary Joe wins back his super cook wife by “trying once” and some fancy food presentation.

About the author in his own words…

My name is Pranav Lal, better known in my writing world as Praanav R Lal

I write non-fiction and short stories which are hard to classify but tend towards fantasy and science fiction.

I do not give my characters any breathers and enjoy keeping the action sharp and continuous.

I use a visual prosthesis, thanks to which I am a photographer.

I enjoy technology, particularly cybersecurity which is what pays the bills.

I love interacting, so feel free to comment or say hello.

WEBSITE: https://praanavwrites.com

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NEWS NUGGETS: Message Crafters a Division of Toast Masters International now Seeking Members

Not long ago, due to my doing nothing more than liking, following and sharing a page on Facebook, I was approached by Gina Lovick of the Message Crafters club. She invited me to a meeting, my curiosity was aroused, I attended and found a wonderful place to further my writing and speaking abilities.

Now, I’d like to pass on the good fortune to anyone who would but take a chance and join us for a meeting.

Here’s my friend and mentore Gina to tell you more.

Message Crafters is a niche Toastmasters club for individuals who want to engage in Storytelling Leadership.

Our Vision:

We believe big visions need big stories to match.

Storytelling is at the root of all transformation: personal, cultural, and corporate.

At a time when every facet of life has been redefined, as changemakers, we have the opportunity to define our future path.

Our Mission:

To help you build the future through the power of Storytelling!

Learn to communicate with flexibility, impact and authenticity to connect with anyone. Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. We will help you craft the stories you want to tell.

Message Crafters Offers…

Online Interactive Training: 11 self-paced programs, available when and where you are ready. Whether you’re starting a career, moving up or leading your family, church or community, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Self-Paced Program: Develop your storytelling craft at your own pace. Interactive materials are available online 24/7. When you are ready you will present your learning projects at our meetings.

Mentoring Guidance: Each protégé is paired with a seasoned storyteller. Mentors provide guidance throughout the process and work with you to craft your stories.

Practice & Feedback: Practice delivering your stories in our upbeat, supportive format and receive feedback designed to help you perfect the presentation of your message.

What We Do:

We are Toastmasters and a communication specialists team devoted to training changemakers to develop & deliver compelling messages

Why We Do It:

Message Crafters believes that igniting the joint power of marketers, communicators, fundraisers, journalists and executives leads to great results and better prospects for the future.

How We Do It:

We pair you with one of our Award-Winning storyteller mentors to guide you while you participate in the Toastmasters’ education program. Training is self-paced. In addition to the core competencies of your chosen curriculum, you will select elective projects to align and expand your storytelling expertise.

Who We Help:

Our protégés are message crafters of all types, especially current and aspiring marketers, communicators, fundraisers, corporate presenters and job seekers.

Problems We Help You Solve:

Through storytelling your audience’s reluctance to invest in your vision or strategy will melt away as they come to understand the story of who you are, what you do, where you are going and why it matters.

In the face of societal uncertainty, we help you inspire and motivate your audience to take action, sell the future, to demystify and humanize what are often complex, technical business solutions, and increase perceived value.

Our Results:

You will know how to create powerful stories that:

  • Inspire action
  • Spur donations
  • Mobilize supporters
  • Increase sales
  • Unify purpose among team members

You can weave your organization’s consumer-facing narrative which will:

  • Elicit strong emotions
  • Transform your brand’s image
  • Drive consumer action

You will have the opportunity to create a compelling portfolio that:

  • Develops emotional connections with your audiences
  • Creates support for your message and cause
  • Enables you to change the future

Message Crafters is currently offering assistance thanks to the generosity of some of their alumni.

Scholarship Information:

Each Enrollment Application is Submitted for Scholarship Consideration.

Some of our Alumni have decided to pay forward their Message Crafters experience and sponsor new Message Crafters by providing them with fully paid memberships in Message Crafters through September 2022.

Terms and conditions apply.* 

*Terms and Conditions:

  1. Sponsorships are limited to fees assessed for membership by Toastmasters International.
  2. Qualifying applicants must meet and agree to the following provisions:

    1. Qualification for membership in Toastmasters International.
    2. Submit a completed application for membership in Message Crafters.
    3. Sponsored applicants are responsible for payment of any Message Crafters dues as recorded with Toastmasters International.
    4. Any Message Crafters dues must accompany the initial membership application and again be paid prior to subsequent sponsored Toastmasters International membership renewal payments made in September 2021 and March 2022.
    5. Failure to meet, agree and execute these terms and conditions by a scholarship recipient will immediately relieve the corresponding sponsoring alumni from their commitment of support.
  3. The decision to sponsor a new Message Crafters member is solely made by the sponsoring alumni.
  4. To protect the privacy and security of sponsors, Message Crafters has agreed to keep alumni identities confidential.

Message Crafters is the only Toastmasters club which meets twice a week. Members aren’t required to attend both meetings. This schedule is provided as a matter of convenience for our members. You can attend one or the other or both meetings in a week. Your choice, your convenience. 

Our Tuesday meetings are only 1 hour long, as they are designed to fit within someone’s lunch hour. Our Friday meetings are a bit longer: an hour and 15 minutes up to an hour and 30 minutes. Infrequently we run an hour and 30 minutes depending on how much club business we might have to attend to after the conclusion of all the speaking.

Overall, more people attend on Fridays, but some are over-achievers and attend twice a week.

Please feel free to attend as it best fits your lifestyle and commitments.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to attend, please let me know.

There are different links for Tuesdays and Fridays:

Every Tuesday 12-1pm EST (UTC-4)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/548613041?pwd=MHYzZTFjRy9GcSswV0NkQjFkM3JMZz09

Meeting ID: 548 613 041

Passcode: 976148

Every Friday 5:30-7pm EST (UTC-4)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/270409149?pwd=d2xXbnBPRERYQW5nZVdLQUhHWmVjdz09

Meeting ID: 270 409 149

Passcode: 292848

https://www.messagecrafters.org

Tips…

Hello, I hope this article finds you ready and willing to learn.

Here at Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) where we support talented authors, as well as successful business owners in their marketing, by marrying social media, with more traditional approaches, the goal is to help the client market their Book, Blog, or Business to the absolute best of their ability.

One of the best ways for me to do this, is to share tips with my clients, so that they can define the services I provide them, to better meet their needs.

Not long ago, whilst scrolling through blog posts, feeding my blogger addiction as I am known to do, I fell upon this post and after devouring its amazing insights and information, I decided I must share it here with you.

It is my hope that as you read, you’ll gain a new understanding of how important what you write is to the reader. I also hope you’ll come away with the realization that if people are moved by such as what is spoken of here that what they find when they come in search of more about you is also key to your success.

After you’ve had a read, I hope you’ll provide some feedback here to let me know your thoughts.

And now, today’s tip.

CONTACT Accompanying the Writer


By: Gwen M. PLANO

June 2021

Hello SE friends. Gwen with you today. You might recall that my last several posts focused on typology and how our unique nature affects our writing style. Whether we’re analytical or fanciful, detailed or vague, or have an introspective or other-centered outlook, our fundamental way of approaching life is present in how we write. This fact leads to another consideration. Does our typology guide what or how we read?

It seems only logical that we’d be drawn to those books that resonate with our nature. If we’re more extroverted, for example, wouldn’t we gravitate to a book with a lot of action or engagement? Perhaps a passionate romance or a fast-paced thriller? Maybe …

When I investigated buying patterns, though, I discovered something I hadn’t realized. Indie writers publish around two million books each year. The reading choices are endless, and with just a simple visit to Amazon, a book can be on our Kindle in seconds. So what do we read?

It turns out that most of us buy and read books within our Indie communities. We follow blogs and join online book clubs. We create friendships, and we read books that these friends have written. Our communities are more determinant of what we read than the type of book we might be most drawn to. When a friend has a New Release, we often add it to our Kindle as a way of showing support. Through this simple gesture, most of us have broadened our reading parameters and perhaps discovered something unexpected. I’ll explain. 

A few years ago, as I was reading a book by a club friend, something occurred that changed how I read. About a fourth of the way through the book, I suddenly became aware of the writer. It was just a simple sentence. Nothing profound. Nothing quotable. But the sentence drew me to the writer.

Continue reading at: https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2021/06/11/accompanying-the-writer/#content

*Reader’s Note*

The poem found when continuing to read the post above was a graphic. After some discussion with the author of this post, she has graciously provided the text and I’m copying below.

However, to appreciate it fully, you will need to read the entire blog post.

THE AUTHOR

I search for you,

Writer unknown,

Each page a port of departure.

Through dreams you disclose,

I wander.

A word laid bare,

A phrase that lingers,

A plot that captures or awakens,

Your footsteps stealth on paper trails,

The scent of you,

I savor.

The web you spin,

Entraps and cradles,

While entangled characters wrestle.

Through the give and take of life and love,

The glimpses of you,

I follow.

At last, I see,

My muse, my tease,

Behind the hes and shes you’ve crafted,

An elusive warrior or tender lover—the storyteller,

YOU, now revealed

I honor.

Polly’s Pantry…

In the last edition, my daughter Polly contributed a delicious cold slaw recipe. The feedback was so wonderful, I decided to take my granddaughter’s suggestion to heart and just like that, Polly’s Pantry was born.

My hope is that Polly, as well as all the other fabulous cooks, will contribute mouthwatering recipes for us to try.

In the meantime, I’m pleased and privileged to share the following offering with you.

FROM POLLY’S PANTRY

CREAMY CHILI CHICKEN BAKE

BY POLLY HENSLEY AND PATTY FLETCHER

JUNE 16, 2021

Not long ago my daughter Polly and I enjoyed a week-long Mother’s Day visit, during which we stayed up late after the kids had gone to bed chattering like magpies in an effort to catch up. One thing she and I loved doing during those all-night sessions was exchanging recipes.

Polly has begun contributing recipes for my online magazine The Writer’s Grapevine, so I created a column called, ‘Polly’s Pantry’. The following recipe is slated to be published in the Sizzling Summer June July Edition coming out later this month. But Since I enjoy Ernest’s blog so much, I’m giving you the first bite.

Keep in mind, Polly’s got six kids ranging from fifteen years all the way down to ten months so if this recipe is beloved by her family, it’s sure to be a grand slam for yours.

Here’s Polly with all the delicious details.

Hi, my name is Polly and I love to cook. That said, having a husband, six kids a dog and three cats means I must have recipes which make lots of food in as little time as possible.

Here’s a recipe my family devours every time I make it. I got it from watching a video and then adding a dash or two of my style, made it my own.

INGREDIENTS

A pack of boneless skinless chicken breast, I usually get the big family pack that has 6-7 breasts in it. 

A stick of butter. 

1 block of cream cheese

One can of Rotel or you can just use a can of green chilies. 

Seasoning of your choice. I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, lowery ‘s seasoning, season all or Mrs dash, etc. a cup of shredded cheddar or whatever kind you like, and a couple of splashes of Worchester sauce.

LET’S GET COOKING

Preheat oven to 400

Melt the stick of butter in a baking pan in your preheated oven. 

Trim and rinse chicken, then cut a pocket long ways in each breast. Set aside. 

Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl. 

Get melted butter pan out.  

spoon mixture into the pockets in the chicken breasts and lay breasts down in the butter in the pan. 

Season the top of the breasts with seasonings. 

Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on oven.

Mom and I would love to know if your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine, so be sure to let us know by emailing: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

ABOUT THE AUTHORS…

Patty Fletcher sits on a wooden bench in a park surrounded by her six grandchildren, one of whom is sitting in a blue stroller on the right of the bench. Two of her grandchildren are sitting on the bench alongside Patty and the other three are standing up behind it. The trees and grass in the park are a luscious green color.

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren who live in New Albany, Mississippi.

Patty lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.

Polly Hensley works full-time as a stay-at-home mom.

To learn more visit:  https://pattysworlds.com/

*Reader’s Note*

This recipe was originally published at: https://www.recoveringself.com/nutrition-2/pollys-pantry-creamy-chili-chicken-bake


AUTHOR’S CORNER…

Featured Author of the Month: Rob Shackleford

This month, in the Author’s Corner, all the way from Australia comes the latest member of the Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing crew, Rob Shackleford who is, rather interesting.

Author Introduction – Rob Shackleford

By Rob Shackleford

https://www.robshackleford.com

A black and white photo of Rob Shackleford, standing outside with a background of leaves. The foreground is a smiling Rob with his head slightly leaning to the right. He is wearing a dark button up shirt and a black blazer jacket.

Hi everyone!

I guess it’s time I introduce myself. My name is Rob Shackleford and I live in Australia.

Australia does actually exist. I was once chatting with a young fellow who believed that Australia was, for some reason, not a place, that so called Australians were like crisis actors, paid to create the illusion. Well, I haven’t been paid, I have the atrocious accent and kangaroos lounge around the golf courses, so I imagine he’s wrong.

That has given me a lot of interest in Conspiracy Theories and the like, but that’s another story.

I live in a place called Mount Tamborine, a semi-hippy, semi-rural community in the hinterland behind Australia’s beach capital of the Gold Coast. It’s our green escape and we spend much of our time tending vegetable gardens and planting fruit trees. There are lots of rain forests and big views, so it’s kind of special.

We also are owned by a cat named Mr Moo. His role is to make sure we feed him and give him cuddles. He occasionally brings in small snakes, lizards and the odd frog. Fortunately they are able to be rereleased, most times.

I was originally born in England. My parents emigrated when I was three as what was called ‘ten-pound-poms’, where they paid ten-pounds to be brought to Australia.

My career has included roles as Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and business management roles in product imports, tourism and IT.

So, what do I do with my time when I’m not writing or book marketing?

We are normally, in a non-Covid world, mad keen on travel. We have been fortunate to have visited the US and so many other places mentioned in my books. I still Scuba-dive when I can, love Astronomy, and am known to drum on my Djembe or Congas on occasion. Despite that, I’m actually not that boring.

My lovely lady, Deb, and I are parents to four grown children. No, there are no grandchildren … yet.

I have published two books to date: ‘Traveller Inceptio’ and ‘Traveller Probo’, two parts in a trilogy that discusses how 21st Century researchers could survive if taken back 1000 years in time.

I also have four other completed books in the publication pipeline.

No doubt I will talk more about my projects later.

I plan to not be a stranger and would welcome any communications and chats. If you are interested in my Social Media, please visit my web site. I would so love to follow you and hear from you.

Bye for now.

Rob.

PS. If you’d like to get to know just a bit more, please listen to my podcast interview on Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1285364/8673153

Next up, we’ve author and artist Lynda McKinney Lambert with the first in her summer gardening series.

Garden Songs #1

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

http://www.lyndalambert.com

We all can find something to be thankful for today. Thankfulness is a way of life and an appreciation of minor things that can be life-changing discoveries.  

For example, here is what King Solomon had to say after meditating on a quiet call of a dove and the flowers that were coming to life after a long winter. Everything is coming to life again in my yard just like King Solomon described.

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. ~ Song of Songs 2:12

morning walk reveals

pink peonies waking up

soft damp rain showers

A pink peony is blooming brightly surrounded by dark, smooth, green leaves. In the background, another pink peony is just beginning to bloom.

In a photograph from this spring, Bob Lambert stands beneath the blooming Dogwood Tree. We planted the tree nearly fifty years ago.  We have lived in this house for fifty-five summers.

I decided to begin to write some Garden Songs. I was inspired to do this in a conversation with Patty Fletcher. She urged me to start writing about my gardening. I will create poems and stories and describe how I make my gardens. Why didn’t I think of that?  

Here in western Pennsylvania, the world of nature is vibrant, with the birds celebrating the new day.

Last week, I planted flowers in the area surrounding our Zen Meditation Garden. This is a secluded little haven for the birds.

It took about a week to clean up the debris from a long winter. In a second week, I began to plant the flowers I bought at a local greenhouse.

Besides the flowers, I also bought a new yellow bird feeder, and I placed it on a branch near another ceramic bird feeder that has been there for a couple of years.

A variety of birds found it immediately. It seems like the birds enjoy dining in my little flower garden because I have to fill the two feeders up just about every day. Our fly-in-dining for local birds is doing a brisk business.

I do not yet have the flowering hanging baskets hung up because I decided to put one on each of the wood posts on the side of the wraparound porch overlooking the Zen Meditation Garden. I will have our friend come and put up the graceful brackets where they will be placed.

House wrens! How excited we were last summer as we watched Mr. and Mrs. House Wren flying back and forth for an entire day with little bits of fresh damp moss in their beaks. The Zen Meditation Garden is a perfect place for birds to teach their babies to fly. We were a captive audience with a front row seat as we watched it all from our porch.

During our walk this morning, we viewed the gardens and meandered along the edge of the woods. We take this route every morning.

This morning, our dog Mitchell walked down the wet sidewalk. She noticed the row of mulch and flowers on the sidewalk. These will be planted later this week in the large flower garden on the opposite side of the house. Once the plants are in the ground the gardens do not take as much work. I’ll water them regularly and pull out any unwanted weeds that will pop up. Mostly, we will walk around the gardens in the twilight. One-by-one the little solar lights come on. Bob and I like to take our evening walk together as the little magic show begins. We’ve been walking together for sixty years now.

Author’s Note:

The first Garden Songs Feature appeared on Lynda McKinney Lambert’s blog, Walking by Inner Vision, May 30, 2021.

King Solomon reigned for forty years, from 970 – 931 BCE.

Now, here’s author Trish Hubschman with a great piece which stems from a writing prompt. Let’s see what her muse has come up with today.

Diary of Lois

Tracy Gayle Mystery Series

By Trish Hubschman

May 2021

https://www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/

I’ve got some exciting news about my boss, Tracy Gayle. She’s a private detective. I’m her secretary. Yesterday, she got a call from none other than the hottest rock star in the country, Danny Tide. I was dying to listen in, but I controlled myself. I knew Tracy would tell me what it was all about when she got off the phone, which she did.

Danny wanted to hire her to find out who set fire to his band’s tour bus. I saw it on the news right after it happened, so I was able to fill my boss in on it more clearly. Tidalwave was on Long Island for a show. They had a few days break before they had to move on, so the guys were shooting the breeze, so to speak, hanging out on the beach.

Nobody was paying attention. The bus went up in flames.

How did Danny find out about Tracy? This makes sense too. Tracy’s friend, Detective Johnson, who’s a homicide cop, was on the scene. Nobody was killed, thank goodness, so he wasn’t needed, but he recommended Tracy to Danny to find the arsonist.

She’s good at stuff like that, but she didn’t take the case right away. She wanted to discuss it with Detective Johnson first. She was at lunch with him now. I couldn’t wait to find out the verdict. Tracy told me if she took this case, Danny Tide was just a client, not a celebrity for me to drool over.

Ok, that’s fair enough. I’m a professional. I’ll do my drooling in private. But this was so exciting!

Oh, I hear Tracy’s car outside. Have to log off and pretend I’m doing Agency work. I’ll fill you in on more later.

Love, Lois

Trish here. I’d love to know what you think so write me any time at Email: palhub@rcn.com

Next we’ve Abbie Johnson Taylor with a piece on positive thinking.

THINKING POSITIVE (Memoir)

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Website: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

“It won’t rain,” my friend Rose says when I call to ask her to pick me up for a writing workshop at the local library. I can’t drive, although I can see people and objects up close and read print if it’s large enough. I love to walk but not when storm clouds are gathering in the west, and the wind is picking up.

When I call Rose, who is planning to go to the same workshop, she says, “I’m running late. Just start walking. It won’t rain.”

As I return my cell phone to my pocket, I think of my late husband, struck by lightning in a Missouri park years before he met me. He and a friend were lounging after a picnic lunch on a warm afternoon. The thunder clap and lightning bolt came from nowhere. His friend was killed instantly. He was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and released.

“There’s nothing to do now but go,” I tell myself, as I finish my supper and prepare to leave. I read earlier that if you think something will or won’t happen, it usually does or doesn’t.

“It won’t rain,” I say to the dishes in the sink, as I rinse and put them in the dishwasher. I picture myself hurrying down the street, as ominous black clouds darken the sky. A thunder clap and a blinding light stop me in my tracks. I fall to the ground and am no more.

“It’s not going to rain,” I tell the mirror in the bathroom, as I’m washing my face. I picture heavy sheets of moisture drenching my dead body in the middle of the sidewalk.

“It will not rain,” I say to the bureau in my bedroom, as I apply lotion to my face and comb my hair. I think of my brother in Jupiter, Florida, answering his cell phone, hearing news of his sister’s demise, just what he needs after a long day of work.

I keep reassuring myself that I’ll be safe, as I pack everything I’ll need for the workshop: Braille notetaker, water bottle, magnifier, folder with Braille paper, and slate and stylus in case my notetaker’s battery dies. Finally, I can delay no longer. My talking watch tells me it’s six o’clock. I have half an hour to get there. “I’ll be able to take shelter along the way, if necessary,” I tell myself. I sling my backpack over my shoulders, pick up my cane, and step outside.

I look at the sky. To my surprise, I see no dark clouds, only white ones. As I start walking, a gentle breeze stirs the air, and I feel the sun’s warmth on my shoulders.

Author’s Note: The workshop in question was on writing memoir and took place several years ago. The presenter asked us to write something about water. Thus, this piece was born. Later, when I teased Rose about her ability to predict the weather, she pointed out that the dark clouds I saw were dissipating, and there were white ones right behind them. Why didn’t she tell me that when I called to ask her for a ride to the workshop? Well, if she had, this memoir wouldn’t have been created. We’ve had some good laughs about this over the years.

I love hearing from readers. Please feel free to email me at: abbietaylor945@gmail.com

POETRY PLACE…

This month, in the spirit of love and marriage memories author Abbie Johnson Taylor shares a poetic piece of her past with us.

I’LL KEEP THIS MEMORY (Poetry)

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Website: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

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.

The above poem appears in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. The wedding mentioned actually took place in September, but since June is a common time for such ceremonies, I thought people would enjoy reading it this month. You can email me at: abbietaylor945@gmail.com

HEALTH WORLD…

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a mighty toll on me.

Once I realized the impact Social Distancing has had on my physical wellbeing, I concluded that if I was having issue due to all the stillness caused by the lockdown happening round the world then most likely so were lots of others.

I knew then that I must try and help those reading The Writer’s Grapevine recover as much as I could, and so I began to look for articles which would be useful to us all.

The Smorgasbord Café Blog Magazine has been a great resource of health columns for me over the past few years. I reached out to its author Sally Cronin to see if she might consider becoming a regular contributor of Health World.

She wrote back to say that while she was flattered that I would consider her for my magazine, she just didn’t have the time to do it.

At first, I was disappointed, then inspiration struck.

I wrote her back and requested permission to use partial columns from her various series with read more links leading to the posts on her blog included and she wrote back with her blessing. I strongly encourage you to make use of the read more link provided, visit her blog, and read the rest of each one.

My thanks to Sally for allowing her work to be used here.

This month, I’m pleased and privileged to say, Sally has sent us an entire article to enjoy.

*Warning!*

You may get hungry.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Recipes that Pack a Punch – Breakfasts – Wholegrains – Meusli Porridge by Sally Cronin

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

A wooden cutting board and a spiral-bound notepad are on a dark table, as seen from above. The board has baby corn, green onions, a yellow pepper, and orange carrots, waiting to be chopped. A sprinkling of beige coriander seeds sit beside the board. White text is visible over the table and reads "Smorgasbord Health Column" while blue text over the notepad reads "Recipes that pack a punch".

In this series I will be sharing recipes that pack a punch of nutrition and still taste delicious. By now you know that I believe in a ‘cook from scratch’ approach to preparing meals and I have followed that philosophy for over forty years. In my mid-20s I was cooking food for 110 growing children three times a day, and the focus had to be on the nutrition as well as the taste. As a nutritional therapist for the last 25 years, I have shared these recipes with my clients to ensure that they never went hungry or deficient in the essential nutrients their bodies needed to be healthy.

Breakfast – A good start to the day.

When your body has been asleep for eight hours it has had a chance to repair and drop its activity levels to maintenance levels. Your major organs are still functioning but in standby mode. This is why it is important to eat your last food of the day at least three hours before you go to bed so that your digestive system has had a chance to process the food and is not running at full speed when you are trying to get to sleep.

Breakfast is important, particularly for children who are growing and using up calories at an enormous rate. They need food that will give them the energy to get through the morning until break time and then lunch. The temptation with the busy schedule in the morning of getting up, dressed and ready for school is to give them a bowl of breakfast cereal as the quickest way to do this. However, today the shelves are filled with boxes of cereal that provide more than just calories, they also contain high levels of sugar and salt as well as preservatives and additives.

Adults who have active lifestyles and a long working day in front of them also need to wake the body up with a nutritional punch, not just a slug of caffeine, or even a 600 calorie fancy coffee picked up on the way to work.

Today’s recipe is very simple and quick when made in the microwave – a bowl of porridge with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, and some whole fat milk or yogurt.

Wholegrains are an essential part of our diet and even more so for children and adults with active lifestyles. As part of a balanced diet they provide vital B-vitamins plus release energy slowly rather than refined carbohydrates such as white bread, rice and some cereals which release a quick sugar hit. They also provide us with fibre an essential element in our food that not only move foods more effectively through our guts, but also help prevent diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Organic oats have a great deal going for them including Vitamins Vitamin B1 Thiamin and B6 Pyridoxine – Blood Health and Depression

A wide, powder blue bowl rests on a cream tablecloth, partially filled with oatmeal. The oatmeal is topped with sliced apples and bananas, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, and garnished with a sprig of green herbs. The table is littered with a variety of different seeds. A whole red and yellow apple rests on a piece of burlap fabric, beside a thin silver spoon with an engraved handle.

Image by RitaE from Pixabay

Recipe for one portion of porridge in the microwave – prepare the night before and then ready in four minutes for breakfast.

  • 40gm of oats (cholesterol, fibre, heart disease, cardiovascular and immune system)
  • 200gm water, skimmed milk or full fat milk. (bone health, heart health)
  1. Put in a large microwaveable bowl (it does froth up so make sure it is a big enough)
  2. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and then for another 2 minutes
  4. Pot of natural live yogurt if porridge made with water (bone health, gut health, immune system)
  5. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (anti-bacterial, blood sugar, blood clotting)

Once cooked add the following

  • 1 oz of sliced almonds (Immune system, depression, fibre, cholesterol )
  • 1 oz of chopped walnuts (anti-inflammatory, asthma, arthritis, cholesterol, heart)
  • Blueberries, raspberries, fresh apple, banana (immune system, heart health)

Adding the following to your breakfast will add an extra nutritional punch to your day. If you are in a rush, take your tea with you in a thermal mug…

A simple mug with no handle sits on a gray cloth surface against a warm brown background. The mug is black with a burnt orange interior just visible along the top, almost obscured by the steam rising from the drink inside. Dried green herbs are scattered around the mug.

  • Green Tea (protects against heart disease, cancers, cholesterol, strokes, blood pressure)
  • Fresh squeezed unsweetened orange juice (Immune System, Cancer, cholesterol, fibre, ulcers, kidney stones)

Next time – go to work on an egg or two

©Just Food for Health 1998 – 2021

A photo of Sally Cronin, a smiling woman with short silver hair and almond shaped glasses, standing in front of a light gray background. She wears a black shirt and has a colorful gauzy scarf draped around her neck.

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines, radio programmes and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: My books and reviews 2021

FAVORITE LINKS OF THE MONTH…

As many of you know, I love reading blogs and investigating websites. Each month, I try to pick a few which stand out from all the rest and share them with you.

Here are some of my favorite links of the month.

If you run across a blog post or website you enjoy or find helpful, please send the link to me, and I’ll share it here.

First, from the RTS blog and author proofreader Jo Elizabeth Pinto: https://www.recoveringself.com/parenting/searching-for-the-right-words

Also, from the RTS blog and author Abbie Johnson Taylor: https://www.recoveringself.com/poetry/cribbage-1971.

From The Book Corner: https://www.bookcorner.us/escaping-with-his-life/

Again, from the RTS blog and author Karen Hughes: https://www.recoveringself.com/inspirational/overcome-adversity-to-live-better

CLOSING…

We here at The Writer’s Grapevine value your thoughts. Be sure to let us know what you think about the magazine by emailing either me or our contributors.

This ends the June July Edition of The Writer’s Grapevine. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

As requested above, if you’ve any feedback for me or others who contribute to the magazine, you may send it directly to the author, or you may send it to me at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

Thank you for reading.

May Harmony Find You.

Blessid Be.

6 Comments

  1. A packed month of goodies, Patty much to like and explore 🙂

  2. […] above appears in the current issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, which can be read here. The workshop was on writing memoir and took place several years ago. The presenter asked us to […]

    1. Thanks Abbie for mentioning The Writer’s Grapevine in your post.
      I sincerely hope your followers will visit that link to enjoy all we’ve to offer in the magazine.
      We should mention that you’ve several wonderful submissions in the latest edition and that there are a grand variety of other articles, essays, short stories and poems to enjoy as well.

  3. […] above appears in the current issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, which can be read here. The poem that was critiqued has been published on Recovering the […]

    1. Good morning Abbie and all..
      I loved this essay and I can see how your conference might have been slightly disappointing but it seems to me it was also quite productive and worth doing.
      Thanks for mentioning The Writer’s Grapevine.

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