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Sofa Wars

Sofa Wars
(The above is not our actual sofa) Eleven days ago Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and has not been seen or heard of since, in spite of worldwide search efforts. Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Crimea joining the Russian Federation —an act the West has called a violation of international law. Yes, there’s much afoot in the world, so when I sat down at my computer this morning to write a blog about the painstaking process of buying a sofa, I felt my topic was insipid at best and, at worst, would receive a thousand thumb- downs. But in spite of my reluctance, I felt compelled to vent about my search for the ever- elusive sofa. The sofa we have now is over twenty years old. In fact, I bought it before I knew my husband even existed. Actually it’s not a sofa, it’s a loveseat.   We threw the sofa out going on a year ago. It was beyond worn-out and we had to make room for my husband’s baby grand piano. Now the loveseat is on its last leg and needs replacing. Every time I go to sit on it, I get a sinking feeling in my stom...
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The Plane

The Plane
Anytime I hear “The Plane” uttered, I can’t help but think about the 70’s television series, “Fantasy Island.” The character Tattoo would shout, “The Plane” at the beginning of each episode to announce the arrival of a new set of guests. But today “The Plane” has taken on a whole new meaning—an ominous, mysterious meaning. The plane I speak of today is the one that’s being talked about around the world. Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? As I’m sure you know by now, it disappeared five days ago and despite countless search efforts with state of the art technology, we are still clueless as to the whereabouts of it and the 239 people who are on board. Like me and the talking heads in the media, you probably have your own theories. I’ve bounced around a few ideas, and they’re all bone-chilling. Was the plane hijacked? Perhaps the hijackers have rerouted the plan to a deserted land mass and in a few days the authorities will be contacted and demands will be made. I’m not sure how the families would react to such news. However, knowing their love ones could po...
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Saving Daylight

Saving Daylight
In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to move our clocks forward. An easy way to remember is we spring forward and fall backward. So this Sunday don’t forget to move your clocks ahead by an hour. I have to admit, I didn’t even know Daylight Saving Time was upon us. I just happened to notice a reminder sign in the store located in the building where I work. There are a lot of pros and cons to this tradition that was initially proposed by a man named George Vernon Hudson in 1895. Since that time, many countries have used it at various times, most consistently since the energy crises of the 1970s. In my humble opinion, if we did away with the practice, I don’t think it would be a deal breaker.   In fact, I’m not surprised we haven’t banned it all together. I’m sure the countless people who will show up late to church this Sunday and late to work on Monday, might be willing to sign a petition. On the other hand, I do like the idea of it being daylight when I get home. At present, when I leave the house a little after five in the morning, it’s still dark out, ...
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When Giving Pays Big Dividends

When Giving Pays Big Dividends
Last week I received an email on Facebook from an author named Charles Burgess with a request to read his new novel titled “Balllin’ the Last Dribble.”   He’s still in the editing phase and asked that I review the book and provide him with a blurb for the cover.   His request gave me pause because at the present time my cup overfloweth with projects. I work a 9-5 job, I commute 370 miles a week, I just released my latest Indie novel “Four Ladies Only” and I am deeply engrossed in promotions. I just signed a four-book deal with Soul Mate Publishing for my Cass and Nick series which includes, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” coming this summer, “The Baby in the Window,” “One Harte, Two Loves” and “Renee’s Return.”   In a minute I’m going to be working with my new editor getting “Married in the Nick of Nine” ready for publication and then I’m going to be embarking upon an aggressive advertising campaign. Additionally, I am directing a play I wrote called “Sacrificing Simone.” It will be coming to a theater near you this summer as well. I also have a...
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A Dream Realized

A Dream Realized
  “We have an offer on Married.” Those were the words that appeared in the subject line of an email I received from my agent, Stacey Donaghy, on January 4, 2014. Only four days into the New Year, and I was on the brink of realizing my dream—my dream to become a published author. “Married is “Married in the Nick of Nine,” the first book in the four-part Cass and Nick series. Deborah Gilbert, Founder and Senior Editor at Soul Mate publishing (how apropos), was interested in my baby! I nearly broke my fingers trying to read the entire email and respond. After fifteen years of trying to land an agent and a publishing deal, the day had finally come. Not only did Soul Mate want “Married in the Nick of Nine,” they wanted the entire Cass and Nick series—“Married in the Nick of Nine,” “The Baby in the Window,” “One Harte, Two Loves,” and “Renee’s Return.” “Married in the Nick of Nine,” will be released in July 2014. They were offering me a four-book deal! Thank you, Jesus. After fifteen years, my prayers had finally been answered. I was determined not to give up....
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A Small Poem in Memory of a Monumental Man - Nelson Mandela

A Small Poem in Memory of a Monumental Man - Nelson Mandela
  My coworker gasped and I braced myself for what she had to say. The last thing I expected was for her to tell me Nelson Mandela died today. A wave of sadness overtook me and I fought back tears. Nelson Mandela was a monumental figure and leader who knew no fears. Twenty-seven of his ninety-five years spent in captivity—a punishment for fighting for the rights of people who look like me. Determined to abolish Apartheid and its insidious rules, no one can fill Nelson Mandela’s shoes. A Xhosa, born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela had ambition early.   He studied law and joined the ANC (African National Congress), determined to fight the powers that be. He served as the President of the ANC from 1991 to 1997—still fighting the good fight for his brethren. He wrote his autobiography and led negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid. His name by then was known worldwide. In 1994 he led the ANC to victory and became the first black South African president, making history. He will be revered and remembered from this day on as a le...
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