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!

Go Be Happy

“Because I’m happy…” ring the words of Pharrell Williams’ latest hit to run across all forms of media. He has everyone from 2 to 102 dancing and clapping their hands. Just watching the video on my iPad after it was shared on Facebook this morning was enough to get me out of my chair and get moving.

You just can’t tell someone to go be happy. Happiness comes from the things we see, hear, taste, smell and touch every day. The things we encounter send an energy through us. It is this energy that makes us happy or sad. We need to be cognizant of what our senses take in each day – do we surround ourselves with the positive – people and things – that deliver that “happy” energy? Lately I’ve become very mindful of that as I proceed through my day and take note of how things make me feel.

Walking down the stairs this morning this is what I saw:


It made me happy. You must be thinking how can a wire stretched across the floor make someone happy. Well, yesterday I had to fix my Internet and my alarm system. I went to the cable company with a broken modem and they told me that the two modems I had were outdated and needed to be replaced by one. They gave me a brand-new wireless modem that would make my Internet run faster. I was very excited about this! I rushed home and went to install my modem when I realized to bring the old modems back I had to disconnect my alarm system and this led to a whole new problem.

I proceeded in connecting the new modem without any trouble. I was so surprised that when I plugged it in everything worked! I made the phone call to Comcast to activate it and in five minutes it was all set up and running. Of course, that was too good to be true. The new modem is now located upstairs. The phone modem the alarm was plugged into is located in the basement. When I realized this the day before yesterday I called the alarm system company and had them schedule a technician who would come this morning. I was going to spend $100 for him to come out and $27 for every half-hour he was here. But it’s one of those cases where I didn’t know what else to do. I wasn’t reconnecting that alarm system.

After hooking up the new modem yesterday I had a brilliant idea. If I just went to the hardware store spent $15 get a 50 foot phone cord and a connector, I could connect that phone cord from the alarm system up the cellar stairs and into the room with my new modem. It worked! It looked like I was done and could cancel the service guy. Next I called the alarm company to have them send a signal and check if we’re still connected. Alas, the test failed – communication error. The girl and I agree that we still need the service man to come out the next morning. I walked back into the room and looked at the phone. The phone is plugged into telephone 1 and working just fine. The alarm system is plugged into telephone 2 and not working just fine. The lightbulb turns on. I unplugged the phone from telephone 1 and put the alarm system in it. Next I called the alarm company back and ask them to send another test. Voila! We are connected.

The feeling I got from that major accomplishment, being able to cancel the technician and save over $200 for someone to just come out and take the telephone line and plug it from telephone 2 to telephone 1 made me happy. This morning, walking down the stairs, seeing the cord (which my husband will hide this weekend) filled me with that energy of accomplishment and set my day off on a positive note. A phone cord made me happy. I rocked it.

What will you see, feel, hear, smell or touch today that will make you happy? Go out there and find out!

And so, as another day goes by, I am out the door to see, feel, hear, smell and touch, the new experiences people and things will bring to me today, and make me happy…but…one more time before I leave…

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