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A Mother’s Day Greeting

I’ve been using Amazon Alexa devices for over a year.  At least once a month, I get an email from Amazon telling me about the cool things Alexa can do.  I just received such an email, and the subject was Send a Mother’s Day greeting with Alexa.

So, I asked her, “Alexa, can you send a Mother’s Day greeting to my mother in heaven?”

She thought about it for maybe a second and then said, “Hmm, I’m not sure.”

I’m not going to try and get a refund from Amazon because Alexa couldn’t do what they said she could do.  I don’t really think Alexa devices have made their way into heaven yet.  (However, Amazon is pretty good at marketing!) But then I stopped to think, what if…. Continue reading A Mother’s Day Greeting

2018 Bloggers’ Choice Awards

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018
LONE STAR BOOK BLOG TOURS
BLOGGERS’ CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS AND FINALISTS
The Lone Star Book Blog Tours (LSBBT) Blogger Team has announced its 2018 winners, runners-up, honorable mentions, and short-listed titles in their second annual Bloggers’ Choice Awards.
As an active member of The Lone Star Book Blog Tours (LSBBT) Blogger Team, I had the privilege – and pleasure – of reading a number of these titles, writing reviews and promoting, in general. My opinions are included in the tally, but I found it particularly difficult to make select choices when so many of the books were so very good. I applaud each author we promoted in 2018, and I heartily congratulate the winners!

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The Grocery Bag – A Mother’s Day Prelude

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My mother and I in the mid-70’s. (This was taken two days before I left for Marine Corps bootcamp.)

I’m writing this on May 1st, even though Mother’s Day isn’t until the 13th.  However, I won’t post it until Mother’s Day.  I wanted to write this today to better capture the way I feel inside at this particular moment in my life.

This will be the first Mother’s Day of my life when I don’t have a mother sharing planet earth with me.  My mother passed on February 8th, a few months ago.  She had been living with my wife and I for the previous five and a half years.  Her death was not entirely unexpected – she had health issues – but there’s just never a good time to say goodbye to your only parent.

The Grocery Bag

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My mother in the 90’s.

I knew my mother kept a grocery bag in her room filled with greeting cards that she either forgot to send or just bought ahead of time.  Until today, I had completely forgotten about that.

A short time ago, I was sitting at my desk and my wife came in carrying a worn grocery bag.  She started telling me it came from mom’s room.  I thought she was going to ask me if I wanted to keep any of it, so I started telling her she (my wife) could use them if she needed them.  But then my wife said something utterly unexpected.
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World Book Day 2018

World Book Day 2018 LogoToday (April 23, 2018) is World Book Day 2018!  So – Happy World Book Day to you and yours!  Did you know today is World Book Day?  I wouldn’t have either, except that I came across a little blurb in some semi-spam email last week.  I was delighted to see such a day even existed!  As an avid reader and advocate of reading in general, I decided I’d look into this and give you my take on it. Continue reading World Book Day 2018

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Live and Love in Two Hours

How long is two hours?  Do you think you could live and love in two hours?  Probably not.  After all, what can you do in two hours?  You can watch four I Love Lucy reruns.  Or you can read a few chapters in a book.  You can drink several cups of coffee, and maybe even get rid of them, depending on your system.  Maybe you can make yourself a meal or a snack that you don’t really want, and eat it anyway, and then still feel empty afterwards.  After thinking about it, there’s really a good number of things you do in two hours.  But there is one thing that I never before thought about doing in two hours:  watching someone die. Continue reading Live and Love in Two Hours