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MEMORIAL DAY

Today we observe #Memorial#Day.  For some, today is recognized as a #Federal holiday; a day off from work with pay.  Others associate today as a time to prepare their pools for the summer, time to plan their summer vacation to the beach, time to get their boats and fishing gear ready and time to fire up the grills.        For many others, today will be a day for them to grieve, to hang on to the good memories they still have and mourn the loss of their loved ones who served in the US Military.  

     Umbrella in hand and my camera, I visited a local cemetery near my home where my ancestors are buried.  I walked amongst the tombstones in the misting rain with mixed emotions of sadness, gratitude, and admiration.  
    As I walked along the graveyard searching for the tombstones with small flags saturated from the rain I wondered what the soldiers' lives were like growing up.  Were they from a large farming family or were any of them orphaned?   Did they get to finish high …

Faith to chase Your dream

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For we walk by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7

Do you have enough of faith to chase after your dream?  That's a tough question to answer, especially today in a world that thrives and functions on competitiveness.   Growing up, I was interested in writing but didn't know how to pursue it.  I remember asking my 12th grade English teacher about pursuing a writing career.  "You need to attend a college with a good English department," was her only response. I didn't have a clue on how to determine which colleges had good English departments or not.  I spoke with my guidance counselor and expressed my desire to attend a college with a good English department because I wanted to be a writer.  "Pick something else," she shook her head at me sitting in her office.  "You'll starve to death."  I remember how angry I became slamming the door behind me as I stormed out of her office.    A few years after high school life responsibilities took ove…
Wal-Mart Joins e-Publishing Ballgame?
Just when I thought I had figured out which e-publishing platform I was going to use once I completed my manuscript the publishing industry has changed yet once again.  
My research of e-publishers resulted in the five largest retailers: Amazon, Apple iBooks, Nook Press, Google Play and Kobo. At the time, Kindle by Amazon rankinghighest on my list of e-publishing requirements.  After the newest announcement, its back to the drawing board for me.
#Walmart has partnered with Kobo to sell e-readers, e-books and audio books that will be available at its 4,000 stores later this year. According to #Publishers Weekly, Kobo marketplace 'holds nearly six million titles from thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors.'
The thought of my book ever getting read according to Kobo's title list is very daunting.  Walmart has changed and dominated the retail industry for the past several years.  With e-commerce slowly on the rise, the mi…
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Happy New Year everone!  For us here in #North#Carolina, the New Year came in with a #bang.  In all my years I have not ever known it to be this cold for this long.  It's been three weeks and counting the weather tempatures have not been above 36 degrees in the day, not counting the windfactor.  At night it's been in the teens.  For North Carolina, that's #cold, cold, cold.

As I sit in my livingroom bundled up and type this it's snowing. Yes folks, we are getting #snow.  Everytime we get snow in my small town, the hardware stores, gas stations and grocery stores are swarmed.  Milk, bread, eggs and always on the top of the list.  

Speaking of list, did you make a New Year's resolution or any goals for the upcoming year?  I did.  In fact, I have 19 so far.  That is alot, but the last quarter of 2016 and 2017 has been an eye opener for me.  You see, I had been so focused on writing, creating and builing my brand, building a platform, developing my social media that I wo…
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It's always nice to go away on vacation isn't it?  Travel to new places, see exciting and new things.  Sometimes getting there can be overwhelming.  This past week I traveled to #Baltimore for #Women #of #Impact Gala event.  I had everything planned out.  Except for one thing.  Road construction as soon as I entered Emporia, Virginia.  I missed my exit to bypass D.C. and spent two hours circling D.C. before I was able to get in the correct lane to exit onto the road to Baltimore.  On the positive side?  Sitting at a standstill I was able to see the Washington monument from my car!  It's not everyday you get to drive by something so spectacular.  Seeing that was well worth it. 

     Here are a few superstitions I grew up about traveling.  

~ If the bottom of your feet itch you will walk on strange land. 
~ Don't drink the water from a place you have never visited before, it will make you sick. 

Some other superstitions I grew up with: 

~ Right hand itch, you will shake …
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I have often wondered how and were #superstitions originated.  Were they developed from stories told around campfires from early settlers as entertainment?  Were they a mix of superstitions brought over from the Ol' World mixed in with the new in the New World?  We may never know.  
     Superstitions about #weather has always fascinated me.  I was eager to see it was true or if something would happen.  

~ If #lightening strikes twice in the same place gold is buried there.  Sometimes I think this is true on the property were I live.  Next to my house we have tried to plant countless fruit trees and even dogwood trees.  No sooner than the trees got to be the size of my thumb, lightening would strike and kill them.  Last summer I was complaining to my dad how lightening had struck several nights earlier and killed my plum trees.  My dad replied, 'gal don't you remember if lightening strikes twice in the same place gold is buried there.'  I've have not planted any more…
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#Superstitions involving dreams
#Dreams are images, ideas, #emotions and #sensations that occur involuntarily during stages of sleep. (Wikipeda)      We all dream.  Some are good, some are bad.  Some we remember, some we forget as soon as we wake and some leave us puzzled.        For instance, two nights ago I dreamed that I was down on my knees crawling.  I could see my goal in the distance.  There were others around me crawling just as I was.  Some were laughing.  Some were complaining.  One stopped and sat down refusing to move any further until someone told them why they had to crawl to get where they wanted to go.  And some were horse-playing.  I ignored them and kept my eyes on my goal.  The further and harder I crawled the slower my goal came into view. 
     Did my dream have any significant meaning?  To me it did.  My greatest ambition is to traditionally publish.  I #believe my dream was a sign to not give up, to stay focused and to keep working not only hard but smart towards…