WELCOME TO DAY 7 OF THE #RWISA “REVOLUTION” BLOG TOUR! #RRBC @PAT_GARCIA @RRBC_ORG @RRBC_RWISA @TWEETS4RWISA #RWISAREVOLUTIONTOUR

My friend Pat Garcia is someone I admire — a loving, generous woman who has published her first short story. Read what she writes here and be encouraged!

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Welcome to Day 7 of theRWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour!  We’d like to introduce you to an amazingly supportive RWISA member, Author, Pat Garcia.  Take a peek at her writing below…

THE GOAL, THE PURPOSE, THE  CONTRIBUTION, AND COVID19

Among the books that I have placed in collection boxes on my iPad, Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes is sitting in my favorite collection box. I read it for the first time in the print version of my first year at University.  It impacted my belief system, turned my way of thinking upside down, and challenged me to get my act together and do what I had been called to do.

Later, the song  To Dream The Impossible Dream that is so widely well-known from the musical Man of La Mancha, based on the Don Quixote, had me believing that I could take my experiences…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Do you remember when each holiday had its place, and stores and commercials focused on that holiday in their displays and items for sale? Then you must be nearly as old as I am.

This year, on the day after Halloween, Walmart had its large Christmas section open and fully stocked. Same with Home Depot and, most likely, it was the same in every other store.

And for those of us who enjoy home entertainment, here we are, barely after Halloween and closing in on Thanksgiving, and all we see, when we’re not zipping through them on recorded shows, are CHRISTMAS commercials. Of course, we’re bingeing on Hallmark and other channels showing Christmas romances, so what can we expect? They make for a nice distraction from the rest of 2020 madness.

Perhaps the intent is for us to forget Thanksgiving, or at least diminish it somewhat in order to discourage our getting together for a large family meal. I get that. Turkey wouldn’t taste the same when you’re watching someone else eat it on Zoom. I know. We attended a Zoom birthday party, and the cake tasted like air.

So, do we ignore Thanksgiving? My answer is a resounding NO! However we choose to celebrate it, we must. What do we have to be thankful for, especially in this crazy pandemic year? Perhaps this excerpt from Reflections of a Misfit will put it into perspective for you. 

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Thankful for Manifold Blessings

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. My heart is full of gratitude. I wouldn’t know where to begin, so I’ll share someone else’s thoughts, instead.

On November 4, 1963, President Kennedy issued his annual Thanksgiving Proclamation. He died eighteen days latersix days before Thanksgiving. That year, President Johnson urged all the nation’s churches to share Kennedy’s words in their Thanksgiving services. Here is an excerpt. 

“Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for mani- fold blessings–let us be humbly thankful for inherited ideals–and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world.” 

“On that day, let us gather in our sanctuaries dedicated to worship and in homes blessed by family affection to express our gratitude for the glorious gifts of God; and let us earnestly and humbly pray that He will continue to guide and sustain us in the great unfinished tasks of achieving peace, justice, and understanding among all men and nations and of ending misery and suffering wherever they exist.” 

Amen. Let our gratitude become love in action. Happy Thanksgiving!

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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR DAY 1, Harriet Hodgson, @HEALTHMN1 #RRBC #RRBC_Community #RWISARiseUp

How is the threat of Covid-19 affecting people? Harriet Hodgson beautifully shares her thoughts here. I’ve found them to be uplifting and thought-provoking. What about you?

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With Hands Clasped: Thoughts of the Pandemic

By Harriet Hodgson

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As COVID-19 spread across the land, Americans were directed to stay home. This news led to all sorts of questions. What will we do for entertainment? How will we teach the kids? Will we run out of food? As weeks passed, many Americans felt confined, even imprisoned. Not me. A freelancer for 38+ years, I was used to working at home.

My husband and I have been married for 62 years. “I love you more today than yesterday,” I often say. Staying home with him was a blessing. Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver, in one of her poems, uses the phrase “with hands clasped.” I lived her words with hands clasped in memory, in caregiving, in creativeness, in gratefulness, and in hope.

In memory . . .

When World War II started, I was four years old. COVID-19 made me…

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Meet Michele Sabad!

Meet my friend Stevie (Michele) Sabad, who, in the linked post, is reading an excerpt from her newly released book, FIRST WE EAT. Food, Life and Other Stories. 

I loved her first book, CAMP FOLLOWER: ONE ARMY BRAT’S STORY, in which she shares stories of her life in a way that resonates with me, someone who grew up as she did, in snippets and in various places. For those who were allowed to grow roots and have not experienced that lifestyle, CAMP FOLLOWER is a great way to get to know your friends who did.

I can’t wait to read her next book, especially after hearing her read this excerpt. Click Here to Enjoy!

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Saying Goodbye to an Extraordinarily Beautiful Spirit

clouds-2709662_1920 gerd altmann pixabayOn March 7, 2020, a brilliant light went Home to Heaven, leaving the world not an iota darker, but instead many times brighter with all the lives she impacted here.

Jesus Christ welcomed her Home, where she undoubtedly heard her beloved Lord and Savior say, “Well done, Felecia. You have finished the race.”

Felecia Clarke, a friend to many of us, accomplished every task the Lord had given her to do, which included publishing her delightfully candid memoir entitled, ARE YOU READY? She was ready.

In her blog, A Life Sanctified, she left us with clear guidelines on how to live, how to fight a relentless enemy, how to love, and how to encourage others even while going through dark places.

My heart aches at her absence and rejoices at her victory over illness and death. Tears run down my cheeks as I share her last blog post with you, appropriately entitled “It’s Okay to Cry,” a letter to you, with love, by Felecia Clarke.

I think I know why God has allowed this cancer. He’s using me for His glory and I couldn’t be happier about that. The amount of people who have told me over the past four years how my conduct through this ordeal has helped them is remarkable.

Dare I say I’m a beacon? Sharing my strength with others as needed. Praying with them. Crying with them. Holding them up. It sounds very self-sacrificing, but it’s not.

They strengthen me as well.

Calming during the storm … sharing a hope for the future.

Of course it’s only because of God that I can say that.

READ MORE…

One Army Brat’s Story: 5 Quotes, 5-Star Review

The article is from 2017, but the review is as valid today as it was then, and the book…oh, my. I’m an Army Brat, and Michelle’s story brought to mind so many memories of similar experiences I had growing up. Her memoir is as unique as she is, fascinating from beginning to end. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out. CAMP FOLLOWER is available on Amazon. Get it today!

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“You are not from anywhere in particular but you are all a part of the same community.”
“You might get itchy to move every couple of years, or, conversely, never want to move ever again.”
“You’re very patriotic. You cry at the national anthem anytime, anywhere…You probably touch, even fondle the tank now sitting as a monument in your town’s armoury square.”
“You have to catch up to the real world at some point but the adults we became carried this base-brat upbringing with us.”
“The moving on, excitement and anticipation was the best part of growing up military… Just the scale, geography and weather were different.”

Review of Camp Follower: One Army Brat’s Story

“Life happens everywhere. We all get there in the end. It’s the stories that we live and share along the way that make things interesting.” So writes Canadian author Michele Sabad in the introduction to…

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Welcome to the final day of the #RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! @johnjfioravanti #RWISARevolutionTour

Meet John Fioravanti, author of the inspirational REFLECTIONS. Remind you of anything? My REFLECTIONS OF A MISFIT is still being revised. Meanwhile, pick up a copy of John Fioravanti’s REFLECTIONS today! I’m going to!

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Welcome to Day 10 and the final day of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour!  We’d like to introduce you to an amazing supporter and RWISA member, Author, John Fioravanti.

We ask that you click on the author’s RWISA Profile below and visit all of his profile pages – some offering more insight into the member and others showcasing the author’s writing talent.

Lastly, we ask that you support this member as well as the host of this blog, by sharing this page and the author’s profile pages across all your social media platforms.

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What John has to say about RWISA…

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John has a book he’d like to introduce you to:

“REFLECTIONS” 

Reflections by John Fioravanti

Now, we’d like to give you a chance at some of this awesome promotion for yourself!

Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are…

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Welcome to Day 9 of the #RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! #RRBC @healthmn1 #RWISARevolutionTour

We grandmas can accomplish anything we put our minds to! Harriet Hodgson gives a nod to Grandma Power in her book The Grandma Force. Say hello to Harriet!

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Welcome to Day 9 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! We’d like to introduce you to an amazing supporter and RWISA member, Harriet Hodgson.

We ask that you click on the author’s RWISA Profile below and visit all of her profile pages – some offering more insight into the member and others showcasing the author’s talent.

Lastly, we ask that you support this member as well as the host of this blog, by sharing this page and the author’s profile pages across all your social media platforms.

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What Harriet has to say about RWISA…

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Harriet has a book she’d like to introduce you to:

“THE GRANDMA FORCE”

The Grandma Force by Harriet Hodgson

Now, we’d like to give you a chance at some of this awesome promotion for yourself!

Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are you looking for a…

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