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About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Banana Plants – Literally!

My husband commutes to the Cape from NY every weekend. When he arrives on Friday night, I hold the door open while he brings in his gear. Last night he went back out to his truck after bringing in the last suitcase. He came to the door with a six foot potted banana plant. "Surprise!", he said.

My jaw just dropped. My daughter gave him tiny banana plant shoots over a year ago for Father's Day. He raised them on our kitchen table in our apartment in NY. I had no idea they had turned into floor plants in my absence. Now I had to find a place to put this thing. I had an idea.

In the summer a friend was over and I showed her my serenity room, built for yoga, meditation, art, music, and writing. I did a beautiful job three years ago building this room and getting a new computer so I would have a serene place to write. My friend loved my room, but when I complained that I couldn't sit at the this computer and write, she just looked at me knowingly and smiled. This was something that's bothered me all three years. I have a gorgeous room to work in, but I prefer to sit in the family room and write on my phone. She said, "Of course you can't. The computer isn't by the window." The light went on. She was right. Every writer friend's home I visited had their computer in front of a window. I was going to have to empty this room, clean it, and start from scratch. A full day's work.

I'd been meaning to get to it for three weeks now, but the sudden arrival of this amazing plant made me decide today was the day. I emptied the room, washed the floor and my husband helped me move the commuter table over to the window side of the room. After finding the perfect home for the banana plant, I began putting things back into the room one by one. I soon began to see there were things that I didn't want in the room anymore. I ended up with a pile of stuff in the dining room that I must somehow make disappear. As I dusted objects and redesigned the room, I pondered why this was so. Why do certain things not fit in my room recreation?

The answer was clear. It's been three years since I created that room. I'm not the same person I was three years ago.  Three years ago I hadn't written a single word.  Three years ago this blog didn't exist.  Three years ago my mom was still alive.  Three years ago I was newly retired.  Three years ago I had just moved to a different state.  Things that meant something to me back then, don't hold the same value in my life anymore. Who I used to be, now sits in a pile in a corner of the dining room. My "new" new room reflects who I am now. My soul just moved up another notch on it's journey. Time and experiences have redefined me.

I sit here tonight listening to music I never listened to before, entertaining thoughts new to my brain, and loving the pieces of who I have become that surround me.

And so, as another day goes by, we, like the snakes and the hermit crabs are called upon to shed our skins and change our homes to fit the space of life we now occupy, I love my banana plant and the changes it has forced me to make, and…I have written.

Banana Plants - Literally!

1 comment to Banana Plants – Literally!

  • Beautifully done and it resonated with me. I am also re-ordering my living space and getting rid of things I had collected over a 15-year span. The removing and rearranging have given me a new lease on life and I’m excited to see things unfold.
    Being a Jamaican I was curious as to hat you ahd to say about a banana plant 🙂

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