About Me

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!

Blue Friday

My daughter and I spent the better part of the morning returning to the Cape after our NY holiday with our family. The house was cold when we arrived because I had turned the heat off. We discovered it was warmer outside. After unpacking we decided to take walks until the house warmed up. We figured our food and drink bodies that were not in motion for two days, could use some actual forward movement. (Movement that didn't involve replenishing food or drink, that is.)

We went our separate ways – she right, me left, at the T on the beach road. We both craved some solitude after the holiday time. My time in NY was wonderful. I really did exactly what I said I was going to do – sat back with my drink and let the holiday unfold. A much more peaceful me returned to this beach today.

I came down the beach path and as soon as my feet hit the sand, I felt that instant connection to my home base. I felt like the Progressive snap-shot for the car insurance – click! There was a girl on a blanket sunbathing in shorts – not uncommon the day after Thanksgiving on Cape Cod. We get many warm, sunny days like this throughout the winter. I made my way further down the beach and jumped as a wave scared me and broke on the sandbar with a loud crackle, disturbing my peace. I laughed and looked up. A canvas of blue was spread out before me. The water dark blue, the sky a brilliant light blue and sandwiched right in the middle of the two blues was a medium hue. It was the coastal storm raging off-shore that was so kind as to miss us this week.

I made my way back up the beach path, marveling how strong my legs and heart were. I remember a day not too long ago when this path was too much for me. Glad that my exercise and yoga are doing their job, I landed back on the road, and turned toward home. I was amazed at both my strength and peace. For about two weeks now I've felt like I'm on perpetual Valium without taking a thing. If I could bottle this….lol!

Idling slowly home, I reflected on how I have changed my perspective on how the actions of others affect me. If I can help someone, I will. If they are "attacking" me, I don't engage. I try to see me from their side. Most of the time I can truly understand where they are coming from. Sometimes I am at fault. I say sorry. Sometimes it is coming from an emotional place in them that they can't get past. I go quiet and just understand. For now, it's the root of my peace – way better than Valium.

And so, for me this was blue Friday, not black Friday, and I thought today I'd just share a bit of my peace with you, as you may be braving the crowds or or finding your fingers cramped from cyber shopping, take a breath, enjoy, and…. I have written.
See the storm on the horizon? How cool is that – that it's out there and not here.Breath.  Magnificent.

Blue Friday

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