Celebrate Earth Day

gayle-at-estesThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

It’s Earth Day!

Well, Earth Day is actually tomorrow. What is Earth Day? Celebrated in many countries throughout the world since 1970, this special day was started in the United States and founded Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin as an awareness event to the effects of pollution on the environment. It was a time that Democrats and Republicans came together for the greater good, of the people and the planet – passage of Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act came on the heels of Earth Day.

squirrel on gate_blog photoAs most of you know, I love nature. As a child, I spent many hours in the fields and forests of Iowa, roaming the acreage my parents owned. Dad taught me about conservation through the establishment of brush piles, creating shelters for birds and small mammals living on our property, and creation of nesting boxes for wood ducks. The two-acre pond on our land provided water for all wildlife species and swimming areas for ducks and geese, as well as habitat for fish species like bass and catfish. We were an outdoors family, enjoying the activities of camping, fishing, hiking (and, for my dad, hunting). Red squirrels, cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail, great horned owls, various songbirds, red foxes, and white-tailed deer, among so many other species frequented our property. From Iowa to Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and back to Wyoming again, I’ve experienced the beauty of nature. And, I enjoy each facet of that majesty.

I’ve worked with children throughout the years, educating them on the value of outdoor splendor. As education director for Montana’s Grizzly Discovery Center during the mid-1990s, I created on-site and off-site programs for kids and for teachers. I shared the importance of preserving habitat, which is not just for bears but is also shared by other creatures. While working at the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin, I again shared about the majesty of nature, in the form of stately wild cranes and the importance of habitat. I worked with Forest Service officials both in Montana and Wyoming to create educational programs, and I once envisioned developing an educational center to teach the ethics of environmental stewardship.

I’ve planted trees, grown flowers for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, and set out bird feeders. And I’ve taught children the joy and beauty of nature writing.

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cody-cabin-cover2In my book Cody’s Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest, one of my goals is to educate children about the value of the outdoors; I also desire to help kids garner a greater appreciation for nature. So many children these days have little to no outdoor opportunity or experience. Video games, Legos, and other occupiers of time harness kids to screens and non-outdoor activities. Even those who live near natural beauty spend less time in the outdoors than kids of 20 or 30 years ago.

So this Earth Day, take some time to do some good, for both people and the environment. Take your kids or grandkids outdoors for a walk. Make a game of finding flowers, birds, and butterflies while taking your stroll. Go for a bicycle ride with your family and help your community be cleaner through a family litter pickup. Recycle. Participate in a community-wide clean-up. Plant trees in your yard or through a community project. Create a flower garden that helps bees and butterflies and certify your garden or yard through the National Wildlife Federation as a habitat space – that signage (like the one seen below that’s posted near my front yard) helps educate others in your neighborhood. Even go to a movie — a specific movie, that is: DisneyNature is releasing “Born in China” specifically for this Earth Day weekend, with donations from theater tickets going to help endangered animals in China.

There are so many things we can do, big or small, to help nature, whether in our communities or beyond.

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What will you do to help preserve the great outdoors? My plan? Plant some bushes helpful to songbirds, butterflies, and bees. My husband and I have lived in our home for 10 years now, and my blind dog Sage died five years ago – I’ve been wanting to create an outdoor space in her honor for years, so this is the year to do so: celebrate Sage and her love for the outdoors and celebrate our 10th anniversary at this house with a project to help nature.

I hope you enjoy doing something special this weekend, too. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

 

Gayle & Mary outsideGayle M. Irwin is the author of several inspirational pet books for children and adults, including Cody’s Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest, which is available in print and Kindle versions. Her newest children’s book A Kind Dog Named Mary about her springer/cocker mix is now available; the book teaches children about kindness and pet adoption — the release coincides with this year’s Children’s Book Week and Be Kind to Animals Week. She’s also a contributing writer to seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books, including last year’s release The Spirit of America, in which she wrote about the nation’s national parks. She enjoys sharing about the human-pet bond and about the value of nature. Learn more at www.gaylemirwin.com.

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Vacation-Dream Spot by Cher’ley

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Vacation-Dream Spot by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

What is a vacation-dream spot? 

A  husband and wife booked a city bus tour in Athens, Greece. We were told to wait in the hotel lobby at 7 a.m. and hop onto the bus when it arrived, which they did. First red flag? Their guide spoke only Portuguese. Second red flag? The bus stopped at a port, and everyone was herded onto a boat. It turns out that they, two 69-year-olds, had boarded a 12-hour party-boat tour of the Aegean Islands with a Brazilian tour group! They had no IDs and very little money, so they decided to stay put (instead of getting off at one of the island stops), drink a few beers, and get some sun. Lesson learned: Speak up at the first red flag.
This is a story from Vestina Forkel a residence of Orangeburg, South Carolin.

My husband and I are planning our mini vacations around 3 spots. One is our house in Florida, the other is our kids’ homes in OH, and the other is our grandkids’ home in TX. We see relatives at each one, so they are all good. This is one of the advantages of driving a truck.

We are thinking about taking a cruise in the next year or so. We have never been on a cruise, except we took a cruise to nowhere when our kids were young.

This time of year vacations come up a lot. Here is a link to 50 favorite vacation spots 

Hwaiian beach

The beach or if you prefer the mountains, some people even enjoy the dessert. The Mountains

Berry Springs Lodge in the Smoky Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mountain view-breath taking.

 

 

I was curious about what the best time of year to think about taking a vacation, I had always heard August. I think it was until they started beginning the School year in August instead of September.

Favorite vacation months in the United States.

 

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Margaret Branson isn’t on a vacation, but she’s getting to see a terrain she only dreamed of. This is her Vacation-Dream spot. Going from a city back “East” to the Wild West is an eye opening experience for a young lady. She had always been under the protection of her Daddy, and now she was all alone, relying on her instincts and her inner strength.

 

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She has never seen an Indian, and now she is making arrangements to bring the Indians and the Calvary together. She has some great news articles and fantastic photographs to send back to the Cincinnati Newspaper that is owned by her father. Join her for many adventures.  

 

***What is your Dream Vacation Spot? Do you prefer hot or cool? Do you have a vacation planned for this year? ***

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Four Moons and Fair Ladies Four Moons and Fair Maidens

 

Memories from Maple Street U.S.A: Pawprints on My Heartlink coming soon
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Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE
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Memories of an Antique

IMG_1663by Neva Bodin

Memory is the capability of retaining or recalling mental impressions, facts and feelings. This past week was a walk down memory lane for me, although my house causes that walk too. Please notice the double entendre of my title!

To explain the past week, we visited my family home to determine if we should have an estate sale. We will, and the auctioneer examined every nook and cranny that he could. And of course, as I followed him around, many emotions kept pace with me. Each room holds many memories as well as the items there. I am the last survivor of my immediate family.

Our current house is full of antique furniture and other articles accumulated over 100 years plus by family members. A friend visited my house and said, “It’s like visiting a museum!”

I took many snapshots tonight and will share some of them. Although there are more antiques than those I will show, I think you’ll still get an idea of my past life! Walk with me down memory lane.

I  am sure I’ve shared enough for this time. Toys were built to last years ago, and were very much like the adult’s items.

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All eight of my children (dolls/teddy bears, etc) rode in this doll carriage at one time or another.

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My family had many conversations on this party line phone. It had an idiosyncrasy other phones didn’t. We could hear the neighbors without picking up the receiver. Great “rubber necking!” When my cousins wanted to call, they whistled into their phone and we heard the whistle and picked up. Other neighbors didn’t know we were on the phone unless they picked up too. Our ring was “two longs.” The small sewing machine, all heavy metal that really sews, was my sister’s.  She was 15 years older than me. The red one was from my dollhouse and is plastic.

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I loved to crank this phonograph and listen to the old records. A couple favorites: I Just go Nuts at Christmas; I’ve got Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. My cousin and I danced to this when it was relegated to the attic, causing my mother to come see what all the stomping above the ceiling was. I found the metal evening purse hanging on the front in my sister’s things.

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My dad would sometimes play his violin in the evenings before TV came to dominate. Some years ago I rosemaled (a type of Norwegian painting) the case and now I’m practicing playing. I played a screechy tune for our cockatiel today and he gave me a wolf whistle. Shows how much he knows about music. The afghan it’s sitting on was made by my mother.

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My mom used this cookstove till I was four or five. She’d been married 22 or 23 years by then and it had been moved to the “new house” just built when I was two. Before that my parents lived in a two room house–kitchen and bedroom–with three kids. My grandma’s tall cupboard sits beside it. They sit in our family room now. The dishpan, water dipper and coal pail were well used items by all of us.

 

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My little pretend family and I had our lunches at this table.

 

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Book Festival Season is Here

by Sarah M. Chen

I’m seeing posts about how “it’s that time of year!” Or “Spring is in the air!” Unfortunately, in L.A., seasons all blend together, and sure, I’m noticing a few more flowers but it’s definitely not the spring vibe of almost anywhere else in the country. Actually, I learned recently that because of all the rain we’ve had, there are more bugs than usual. Yuck. Not something that makes me excited for spring (unless it’s Superbeetle of course!)

But I can think of one aspect of spring that has me excited—books! April is the start of book festival season and since I work as a bookseller, this month is always our busiest time of year. I know I can’t plan anything during April or else I earn the wrath of my manager. April 1 was Literary Orange which launches our official Book Festival Season followed by the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors on April 8. The next two festivals that close out April, the LA Times Festival of Books and YALLWEST are free and draw thousands of people. I look forward to these two all year.

Here’s a bit of history on the LA Times Festival of Books: It originally started in 1996 at the UCLA campus which is MUCH better than its current location, USC (yes, I’m biased because I’m a Bruin). The festival is the largest book festival in the U.S. and around 150,000 people come every year. The LA Times Book Prizes which actually began in 1980 now coincides with the festival. There are multiple stages, like the Cooking stage, the Children’s stage, the Music stage, and the Poetry stage. There is a Mystery/Crime Fiction section which is where I have always spent the majority of my time, although for the past two years I was in the YA and Kid’s section because I worked the Harper Collins Children’s booth and the Disney Publishing booth, respectively.

Last year at the Disney booth. I was having fun despite the look on my face. That year, it was pouring rain plus our computer system crashed!

I have a special relationship with LATFOB (as I refer to it). My first time attending was 2006. I was fresh out of a divorce and eager to start a new chapter in my life. I made a decision that I was going to take this writing thing seriously instead of writing stories here and there but not doing anything with them. I stumbled upon the Sisters in Crime booth and met Darrell James. He was so friendly that he convinced me I should attend a Sisters in Crime meeting. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to write crime fiction (although I enjoyed reading it) but I did go to a meeting. And then another. I wrote my first crime fiction short story. My goal was to one day sign at LATFOB and then in 2008, my dream came true. I was thrilled.

The “Little Sisters” anthology writers and a new fan – 2008

James Ellroy at The Mystery Bookstore booth – 2010

My love affair with LATFOB shifted when I went from festival participant to worker/slave. That started in 2010 when I was a bookseller for The Mystery Bookstore. I met James Ellroy which is something I’ll never forget.

Joseph Wambaugh signing at the MWA booth – 2012

After that, I started working for Mysterious Galaxy, another indie bookstore. This year, I’ll be signing at the Sisters in Crime booth which I’ve been doing for the past 9 years. But in addition, I’ll be signing at the MG booth which makes me feel “I’ve made it” as an author. And yes, even though I work for MG, it’s tough to get a signing slot at their booth and this will be my first time.

After the craziness and excitement that is LATFOB, the following weekend is YALLWEST. This is another huge festival and it’s all things YA (hence lots of screaming tweens). The original is YALLFEST which is in Charleston, SC. The organizers realized they needed to have one on the West Coast, especially since they’re both from here so YALLWEST was born. It didn’t launch until 2015 in Santa Monica and Mysterious Galaxy wasn’t the official bookseller until 2016 and me, a crazed nerdy YA fan, was ecstatic. It was a REALLY big event last year and I was dog tired after the weekend but it was a happy tired. I think we didn’t know what to expect and now we do (did I mention screaming tweens!?).

I’m gearing myself up mentally, emotionally, and physically for both of these festivals. What I love most is being surrounded by so many people who love books. It’s a wonderful feeling.

How about you? Any book festivals in your area or other festivals that you look forward to?

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Sarah M. Chen juggles several jobs including indie bookseller, transcriber, and insurance adjuster. She has published over twenty crime fiction short stories with Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Betty Fedora, Out of the Gutter, and Dead Guns Press, among others. Cleaning Up Finn, her noir novella with All Due Respect Books, is a 2017 Lefty finalist and IPPY award winner. https://sarahmchen.com/

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Painting with Words

Post (c) Doris McCraw

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This post is about painting with words, letting the words do the work that pictures usually do. We all use them, it is how we communicate. Still many can’t or don’t read. There are those who can’t write, let alone write cursive. If we don’t use words correctly, misunderstanding occur.

April as most of you know is National Poetry Month. It is a month to celebrate words. While I enjoy most poetry, I prefer the challenge of the haiku form. I haven’t been posting as many this year, and that is by choice. I’ve decided to let the well fill up again. Still I can’t let this month get by without some form of poetry.  Here then is a poem a CENTO if you will, of life, love and…. It is composed from lines of some of my favorite paintings with words.

Only I can change my life

Let go of the life you planned – To feel freedom

Don’t wait for something outside yourself – Darkness cannot drive out darkness

Reality is better than your dreams – Being deeply loved gives you strength

Loving deeply give you courage – Love those who can smile in trouble

Dreams are more powerful than facts – Culture is the intersection of people and life

Cowards die many times before their death – Death is not to be feared if one has lived wisely

You cannot feel comfortable – Without your own approval.

Immortal Twain said:

” Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone

You may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

So I leave you with a painting taken from the words of many. May the picture be one that speaks to you in its own way. Have a wonderful Spring and remember to paint pictures in your mind from the words you read, speak and hear.

Doris McCraw also writes as Angela Raines and is an  Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in Colorado and Women’s History.

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Every step you take should be a prayer.
And if every step you take is a prayer then you will always be walking in a sacred manner.
Oglala Lakota Holy man.

 

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Barfing on the High Seas

This post is by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

 

One morning years ago at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Los Angeles, while most of my extended family was gathered for my uncle’s wedding, we were sitting around the pool, discussing what we would do that day. The men wanted to go sailing, and the women wanted to see some sights. At the age of twenty-three, I’d never been on a sailboat but had done my fair share of sightseeing, and being young and visually impaired, I didn’t find that at all appealing.

When I invited myself to go sailing with my brother, dad, and two uncles, they readily agreed, and we set off. At a marina, we found a captain willing to take us on a three-hour cruse for a fee, which would increase if we made a mess. Before heading out, we ate lunch at a nearby establishment where I had a cheeseburger with French fries and a Coke. Once we hit the high seas, I wished more than ever that I’d gone to look at museums and other attractions with my grandmother and aunts.

I wrote a poem about this experience several years ago. Kathy Waller’s 100-word short story inspired me to post it. Click on the title to hear me read it.

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THIRTY-FOOT SLOOP

 

In the summer of 1984, my family sets sail

from a marina at Redondo Beach, California.

The rented boat glides through smooth port waters.

 

A college kid, the only woman on board,

once we hit rough waters,

my stomach revolts.

Moments later, while holding the leaking sack

containing what was once my lunch, Uncle Tony asks,

“Will the EPA mind if I throw this overboard?”

 

“No problem,” says Shawn, the captain.

He hands me a bucket,

places a hand on my shoulder

while I let it all out.

 

A helicopter whirrs overhead.

“They’re making a movie,” Uncle Jon speculates.

Oh boy, I always wanted to be in a movie,

I think, huddled over my white bucket,

Barfing on the High Seas.

 

Later, Shawn reminisces about man overboard drills.

Still nauseated, I glance at the water, the shore.

If I jump in, try to swim,

will I make it?

 

After three hours, back in calm waters,

I step onto the dock,

exhausted, sunburned—it could be worse.

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Afterward, I learned that the women not only saw some sights but also went to an ice cream parlor where they encountered a celebrity from Hill Street Blues. Oh well, some choices we make in life aren’t always good ones.

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

Click to hear an audio trailer.

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Spring Traditions

Gayle_signing photoThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

During the next few days, several special happenings occur, especially for those of the Christian faith. Today is Maundy Thursday, observance of the last Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Tomorrow is Good Friday. Then comes Easter Sunday, which occurs this Sunday, April 16. Each day has its significance and usually traditions. For example, tonight many churches host a special service to commemorate Christ’s last supper with his disciples and so various congregations will “break the bread and drink the wine” in remembrance of that meal. On Friday, services are more solemn with respect to and in gratitude for Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Then, on Sunday, a joyous service celebrates Jesus’ resurrection and the awesome life after death people can experience because of his atonement and power. Many Christian congregations sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” written during the 1700s by Charles Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.

Here’s a YouTube video of a contemporary version of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQDTZcJ_ntA

For a vast majority of people, Easter and spring mean bunny rabbits, colored eggs, new, colorful clothes, and a large meal. Whether Christian or not, this time of year is filled with traditions!

Here in the United States another tradition rolls around during spring, and it looms before us, arriving this year on Tuesday, April 18: income tax day (by the way, not a day I generally sing about!). A tradition in my household is to wait until the last minute to complete and send in the tax forms and what needs to be paid, that way my husband and I keep our money as long as possible (and we usually owe due to our respective businesses – a small business owner gets zapped by taxes, especially it seems, sole proprietorships like ours). So, guess what I’m doing this weekend?!

Other spring traditions include planting flowers and gardens, thorough house cleanings, and yard cleanups. Especially where I live, come April, we’re sick and tired of snow and cold and just want to spend time outside (maybe one reason I’m not so much into spring indoor housecleaning – I want to spend time outside!)

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Irwin cabin – June 2016: Still a few mounds of snow!

Which brings me to another springtime tradition in my neck of the woods: “opening up the cabin.” This is especially true for those who have water and electricity and may have shuttered windows for the winter; they go and hoist open the shutters, turn up the heat, and turn on the water. Greg and I don’t have to “open” our cabin – with no water or power to turn on/up and no buttoned-down windows, we simply “go.” April isn’t usually the month we can drive in (or even walk in) to our little cabin in the big woods – we usually still must ski/snowshoe in. And, with a dumping of snow just last week, it will likely be late May, perhaps even early June before we can drive into our forest haven. One year, we could drive all the way to the cabin in early May; that was also the year of a major fire around our place, so we’d rather still walk in, even with hills of snow hanging around, than to go through a scary summer fire season like that again.

Gayle_Cabin_Writing_smallerBut, I do love the tradition of first spring day at the cabin, and I look forward to this year’s “first walk-in” time! My little woodland sanctuary provides respite from the world around me, and rejuvenates my creativity. I wonder what ideas will sprout into stories at the cabin this year? I anticipate creative discoveries and inspired writings!

What are some of your spring traditions? What is it about spring that you most enjoy?

Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

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Gayle & Mary outsideGayle M. Irwin writes inspirational pet stories for children and adults. She is also a contributing writer to several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and writes articles for various magazines and newspapers. She is currently working on new books about pet rescue for both kids and adults. Learn more at www.gaylemirwin.com.

 

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Team Work

IMGP6507By S. J. Brown

 Like many writers I am a bit of a loner.  I can easily spend large blocks of time alone and be quite content.  I also find that being part of a team can be very rewarding.

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I was recently part of a team of a few dozen people that gathered together on a gloomy Saturday morning.   Together we planted 200 trees.  I’m not talking little sprouts, but three or four foot tall trees.  I have had the privilege of working with this team for over a year now. It is a real thrill when I drive past one of the locations we have planted and see the trees thriving.

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When I am out in the field photographing wildlife I am also part of a team.  My husband Jay is the other team member.  He is an excellent spotter.  He can tell what kind of bird is flying over head by the shape of its wings, or the size of its tail.   He does all the driving and watches my back, so I don’t get surprised by an angry bear or any critter.

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I am also part of a team of volunteers that does littler clean up in the area.  It always amazes me how rude people can be.  They toss all kinds of things out their car windows without ever giving it a second thought.

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Recently I became part of yet another team, Team Sisters.  “Team Sisters” is the name we gave the launch team for my next book, “Sisters”.  This team is made up of writers, interested readers, friends, and a few family members.  Since this book is a memoir written by two sisters most of the team is female.  There are a few brave men that have volunteered to be part of the team.  Since my last blog the team  members have assembled and we are ready to get down to work.

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As part of a team I can accomplish so much more than I can on my own.  Alone I would not be able to plant hundreds of trees, pick up bags full of trash or photograph nearly as many critters.  Team Sisters will be helping to add a little insight into the finishing touches for the book my sister and I collaborated on.

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I have been part of teams that didn’t work out very well.  Sometime we need to try out a few teams before we find a good fit.  Have you joined a team and how did that work out for you?

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Safe or Smart by Darrah J. Perez

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When you’re safe, you’re safe.
But when you’re smart, you can make smart decisions but, there is always going to be a downfall.
Just because you made a smart decision, it doesn’t mean you made the right decision.

Smart people make wrong decisions all the time.

Smart would be an opinion.

Safe would be a fact. 

Why do you think people say, “I’d rather be safe than sorry?”

“I’m sorry I messed up, please forgive me.” See, if someone thought they were making a smart decision, but yet, made a mistake, they then apologize. They are not safe. They are worried. 
Better to be safe than smart.

What do you think?

On a retreat, I recently discovered how to use tricks in handling business.

“Tricks” is a word that can make you automatically think something bad or maybe not. Tricks, are also what magicians and sorcerers do. 

In the way we handle ourselves, when giving a first impression, especially, in interviews, know what you are going to say.

Talk and think at the same time. If you have to pause for a moment while talking, do it. It is better to be smart than just babbling off at the mouth.

My husband and I recently had a conversation,  he said, “When someone asks you, are you working hard? You say I’m working smart.”

I looked at him and as I thought about it, I then gave him a question, I said, “between safe or smart, which one would you chose?” He chose safe.

Safe is our comfort zone. We hear the word safe and we relax. 

I would chose safe too.

But, when your safe your safe, and when you’re smart you can make smart decisions but there is always going to be a downfall.
Just because you made a smart decision doesn’t mean you made the right decision.
Smart people make wrong decisions as well.
Smart would be an opinion.
Safe would be a fact. 

A dear friend of mine said, “I chose smart because as a mother I teach my kids, you think smart, you chose smart. When you’re smart, you don’t have to worry about being safe.
Thinking smart avoids having to worry about being safe.
If you think smart, you will be safe.”

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Seeing two different worlds in two different perspectives, I know there is more.
Too see a situation in a thousands eyes makes for understanding.
Never settle for what has just been said, instead learn of what evolves.
The truth lies within.
To be safe or smart is an option, the choice of everyday life.
Be safe
Be smart.

I think I may as well choose both, or maybe not. What about you?

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