#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 3, JAN SIKES, @JanSikes3 #RRBC #RRBC_Community #RWISARiseUp

…and we think we have it rough! Jan Sikes writes about her amazing Mom who lived through unthinkable hardship, teaching her daughter how to live and love.  Read more about this wonderful author here.

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DEPRESSION SOUP

by Jan Sikes

She stood in a line her head bowed low

There was nowhere to run, no place to go

With clothes that were ragged

And shoes that were worn

There were millions just like her

She wasn’t alone

America’s Great Depression had stolen their homes

Took its toll on their bodies

Tried to squash their souls

But she squared her shoulders, raised her eyes

Fierce determination replaced her sighs

She’d fight to survive, that much was true

Although many times, she’d be sad and blue

Someday there would be plenty

But for now, she was caught in a loop

She held out her bowl

For another serving

Of Depression Soup

Born in Missouri in 1917, my mom, Marian Edith Clark, learned about hardships at a young age.

Her mother, my grandmother, Sarah Jane, was sickly. The household chores fell on my mom’s shoulders when she was…

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Welcome to day 2 of the #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp Blog Tour!

Meet D. L. Finn, whose poetry captures what many of us feel about how this pandemic is affecting our lives.

D. L. Finn’s Poetry

MISTY MOUNTAIN MOMENT

It flows quietly on a breeze

Covering the landscape in its presence.

The world simplifies at that moment

While the mountain mist intensifies.

Its threatening chill keeps us indoors

Watching…

Waiting…

Worrying…

How long will it eliminate color from our world?

Yet, we’re securely tucked away inside.

We have a full stomach.

A place to sleep… others don’t.

Some live outside in this mountain mist

Trying to survive.

We offer what we can… from a safe distance.

As we head back to our protected lives

Suddenly, we get a glimpse past the monochrome.

Then we remember that a dreary gray mountain moment

Does not subdue the light that shines within all of us.

GONE

Gone is my freedom as I shelter at home.

Gone is abundant supplies; I must get in line to shop.

Gone are family gatherings, events, and appointments.

Gone is the income from those deemed non-essential.

Gone is the guarantee they will be helped.

This is all replaced by a new world.

Where procuring toilet paper is a reason to celebrate.

Where putting my wants over someone’s safety is a priority.

Where people risk their lives to save others.

Where people do without, perhaps for the first time.

Where learning how to make what used to be available.

Yes, so much has changed and is gone—for now.

My hope is this new insight and caring…

Stays long after everything that is gone, returns

And things go back to a new compassionate normal.

STORM

A storm tore through our world unseen

But we felt its presence as hospitals filled.

We tried to wash it off and hide from it

Yet, it kept coming.

Finally, we headed into the storm shelter

Only venturing out for food…

Unless we were needed to fight this storm.

So many heroes raced into the chaos

Sadly, some did not make it back home.

While the rest of us waited in our safety

Grateful for what we had

Worried for what we did not.

Here we wait for that sunny day

When the storm fades away,

And we return to normal again

Armed with a new understanding…

Of how fragile our existence is.

Something the wise won’t ever forget.

#RRBC Member of the Month #RRBCMOM @KarlJMorgan #RRBC_Community

Meet fellow SciFi author Karl Morgan! He’s the Rave Reviews Book Club Member of the Month.

IN HIS OWN WORDS:  “I love science fiction and fantasy! As a normal, breathing human being, I have my own ideas about how and why we are here. I also have my views on why evil and good exist in this world. Put all of that together and I am blessed to have the chance to share my words with you, my readers.

“Writing continues to be an adventure for me. Each story refines my skill and allows me to delve into different aspects of my personality and to better define my world-view. But please do not think that makes me special. We are all on our own adventures, and hopefully, each of our lives allows us to learn and grow. If you are interested in stories that will challenge how you see the universe around you, my books might be right up your alley. Expect the unexpected.”

Read more, and be sure to pick up one of his books!

via #RRBC Member of the Month #RRBCMOM @KarlJMorgan #RRBC_Community

New Year, New Decade, New #RRBC Rave Reviews Book Club!

Happy New Year! Overlooking the fact that decades begin with the number 1, and not zero, I also wish you a Happy New Decade!

Since some of us in our local writers groups got together and started SeaQuill Writers Cooperative (I’m trying out the hashtag #SQWC for social media), I’ve been on the lookout for great resources for writers. A friend of mine raved about this one, and I joined late last year — just in time for their fresh start.

Check out the all-new RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB at their new location, RaveReviewsBookClub.wordpress.com.  #RRBC is a great place to showcase your books, get them read, and get reviews! What I find neat about it is that they operate in a manner I’m fully on board with. Everyone helps everyone else out! I’m reading and reviewing members’ books while they read and review mine. It isn’t quid pro quo, so the ones reviewing mine may not be the same authors of the ones I’m reading. You have plenty of choices.

If you’re an author looking for great support, #RRBC is a great place to be.

If you’re looking to grow as a writer, check out #RRBC.

If you’re looking for a community where your peers push for your success as hard as they push for their own, take a good look at #RRBC!

When you visit, #follow the site so that you’re kept up-to-date with all the awesome news they’ll be sharing in 2020.

If you like what you see after looking around the site, then please JOIN #RRBC and discover what a great community this is.

Until next time!
Patty