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Be careful about…

I’m getting so many messages like this one, telling me to slow down the process of publishing my book. Another spoke loud and clear in a horoscope, in a magazine that I never read, except for one night last week when i just happened to pick it up. I’m being guided to look more closely at and revise some of the content in my memoir that I thought was finished, but it’s not, and having to learn patience on a whole new level. Trust the Timing is not just the title of my book. It’s my life lesson. Oh, boy. Another lesson. Thanks, God. I might roll my eyes. I might even stomp my foot. But I’m listening, cause I know who’s running this show.

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****Photo by Mandy Disher; text box added by Natalie; collage by Natalie

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Love Songs with a Twist

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When I was single, one of the things that helped me tolerate and even embrace love songs that came on the radio  was to sing them to God. I know it sounds corny, but it helped. One day, on a solo road trip, that old song came on the radio: “Some Kinda Wonderful.” I was about to change the station, when I got an idea. I substituted the name of Jesus for “my baby.” Later in the song, I sang about my sweet loving savior.
And I’m telling you, it worked. Singing love songs to or about Jesus helped ease my loneliness.

Just try it. When a love song comes on, but you don’t have a romantic interest, or if you have one who’s not good for you, substitute the higher power or ideal love of your choice. Think of someone who’s always got your back.

 

Can I get a witness?

I realized I could do this with any love song. I even sang love songs to my dog who was always there for me. Cause you know what dog spelled backwards is. Dogs are like mirrors reflecting unconditional love. Natalie, at Sacred Touches, agrees.

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As I write in Trust the Timing:

“The dogs provided more comfort and less stress than the men I dated after the divorce “

 

 

 

You can sing love songs to any body you want to. Because love is valuable and wonderful . It doesn’t have to be romantic love, though romantic love is pretty darn special. I’m talking about caring for someone else so much that their happiness is just as important as your own. (Love your neighbor as yourself, not more than yourself.)

Whether it’s brotherly love, sisterly love, parental love, platonic love, romantic love, self love, dog love or AGAPE God love, love is good.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

JoAnne/JoAnna

 


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Believe In Your Dreams

“When your belief in you and your dream is greater than your belief in other people’s opinions, you will have mastered your life.”    __Johnna Parr

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I use this quote by Johanna Parr in my upcoming book, Trust the Timing.

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1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

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Hair, Then and Now

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Well, it’s hard for me to think about anything but my book right now. So that’s where my stream of consciousness is at the moment. There is mention of hair in the book. My stream branches off to a particular scene in Chapter 1 when I first meet him. It was 1971. His hair was long in the back, almost over the collar, but tucked behind his ears, because his father wouldn’t let it cover his ears. But later, he must have not cared as much, his father, I mean, because in the photo Caroline took of us – the photo I’m using for the book  cover – shows it longer. Was it David Cassidy, or Bobby Sherman, who had this kind of hairstyle back in the 70s?

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I resisted the urge to edit this photo to focus on the hair. But doesn’t the fringe on my poncho look like hair?  Maybe not. I’m looking for a poncho like that to do a retake of the photo.

My hair was redder in the 70’s. Now, the red is fading – just when I’m starting to appreciate being different. In my childhood, I was called, “carrot top,” or “red-headed woodpecker.” I didn’t like being different. But now, I know red heads are rare. I’ve heard red heads are becoming extinct, but I don’t believe it. And that thing about the temper, that’s not necessarily true. I have very little temper compared to most people. I tend to cry sooner than rage. But I haven’t cried much over the past few years, except lately when my father died, but I know he is happy with mom who was also a red head.

I’ve cried tears of joy more than tears of sadness of late, for my true love nurtures my heart’s desire. When I saw him again after 39 years, his hair was short and silvery on the sides. My father liked that he had short hair. I’m glad my father got to meet him again and to know that he turned out to be a good man worthy of his rare red-headed daughter.

And speaking of the 70s, I just can’t resist adding this trailer from the movie, Hair. 

FYI, on an unrelated note to hair, the new header photo is one I took of the painting I did for the back cover of the print version of Trust the Timing. Dogs are a big part of our story. When we got married, we had 5 dogs between us. That’s a lot of dog hair.  🙂

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt, in case you didn’t guess, was “hair,”brought to us by, Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/02/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-417

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Mom and The Monster

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Warning: Don’t try this at home, on the road, or anywhere else. It could be dangerous.

The following is an excerpt from Trust the Timing, from the chapter,”You’re Only Immortal for a Limited Time,” told from David’s point of view. The title comes from a song by Rush. To learn more about Trust the Timing, click here.

It was in October of ’74 that I bought The Monster. It was a black ‘69 Chevelle with a 396 cubic inch motor, a four speed transmission, and 3.08 gears in the rear. It wasn’t fast off the line, and I started out pretty mellow for the first week or so. But the tachometer showed there were a lot of RPMs left to go in that engine. One quiet week-day afternoon, I decided it was time for a speed test on I-95. As soon as I passed under the Boom Bridge Road overpass, I had a clear run. I dropped into third gear and mashed the accelerator to the floor. Every nerve in my body became more alive. I passed cars going half my speed in under two seconds. I’d never gone that fast before. I was hooked.

I’d had the Chevelle for a few weeks when I thought of taking Mom for a ride, hoping to share the excitement. I didn’t have a girlfriend at the time. I’d dated here and there, but nothing long term. I was too focused on work to have a steady girlfriend. Mom had been working at the bank all week. I figured she could use some fun. We drove out to route 184 nice and easy. I wound out the RPM’s slowly before shifting, so she wouldn’t feel the acceleration right away.

Going down Pious Hill, Mom asked, “How fast are we going?”

I didn’t say anything, continuing to accelerate as I noticed the needle just passing through 120mph.

“Slow down! How fast are we going?” Mom yelled.

I looked at the speedometer. “140,” I said.

“Stop this car! Stop this car now!  Slow this car down right now!”

Mom was some kinda mad. So, I backed off the accelerator.

“Take me home!” she demanded with fire coming out of her eyes. She was pretty upset with me, but calmed down by the time we got to the traffic circle a mile and a half down the road.

“That was cool, huh?” I grinned.

“Don’t you ever drive that fast again!”

Several months later Mom would enjoy bragging to my brother’s hot rod friends about how fast she had been going down Pious Hill.

“You boys ain’t got nothin’ on me,” she’d say. “I’ve been 140 miles an hour on that road.” Then, being the parent, she made it clear that it was a foolish endeavor and that they should drive the speed limit.

Today’s Just Jot It January prompt, “Danger,” was provided by Matthew at  https://singularfiction.wordpress.com/https://singularfiction.wordpress.com/

Thanks to Dan Antion for bringing the prompt to us, and to Linda Hill for creating Just Jot It January. You can find more jots here:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/10/jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-10th17/

The rules for Just Jot It January are as follows:

1. It’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. The prompts will be posted every day at 2am my time (GMT -5). You don’t have to follow the prompt word, but this will be where you leave your link for others to see. Make sure you link your post to the correct day’s prompt. There will be a post like this every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday, and Saturday, when you’ll find the prompt on my usual Friday Reminder post for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS).

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will be at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Even your shopping list. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge (above) in your post so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

If you’d like to look ahead to see the upcoming prompt words, click this link: https://lindaghill.com/2016/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2017-rules/ You can always write your post ahead of time and schedule it to come out on the appropriate day.


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SOC/JJJ: A Fresh Coat of Paint

As you can see, I decided this blog could use a fresh coat of paint. Let me know what you think. It won’t stay exactly like this, because the colors won’t go with the book I’m going to be putting on the side bar. My book colors are more browns and tans, but for now, I’m staying with the blue cause I like my header photo.

Here are some ideas I have come up with for the book cover. (The one that’s just a road in the trees would be the border. I can’t figure out how to post the one I created in publisher)

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    Expert Services came up with this one. I like it but think it lacks color.
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I want to use this picture (from pixabay) as a border around the one above.

I’m working on a painting for the back cover that will be a silhouette with a tree and dogs at the bottom. I’ll show you that when I get it done. Dogs are big supporting actors in the book. If the painting turns out good enough, it might even be the cover.

This is all such a new experience, pulling these elements together. But it’s fun. And I love playing around with color. I am looking forward to something a little simpler, though. I just got two windows put in the back of my house which is old, and I’ll have to paint around the window where the drywall was repaired. But that will be fun.

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot it January was the word, coat. To learn more and read more, visit Linda Hill’s blog at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-and-jusjojan-jan-717/

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Here are the rules for SoCS:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Time, Time, Time. Catching Up!

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I’m trying to laugh at myself as I shake my head and sigh, because I suggested today’s prompt: time, and I was LATE on the first day of Just Jot it January. I did that one on my other blog, Loving Me, Too, with the idea that it was okay to be late. (Not like me, being late, though my husband might disagree. 🙂  I plan to post on one of my blogs depending on how the prompt strikes me, and I’m likely t use a Stream of Consciousness approach, since that’s what I’m used to doing with Linda’s prompts.

I picked the word, time, because the title of my upcoming book is, Trust the Timing. I promise I won’t plug that book every day. But it is on my mind. (See my WIP page for details if you’re interested.)

Here’s a song that starts with the words, “Time, time, time…” It’s a good song for winter and for the line: “Hang on to your hope my friend.”

To read more jots, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/02/jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-2nd17/