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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!

Heavy Heart

After such a wonderful first day of teaching my Young Authors Workshop to a fabulous group of children, I came home to the devastation that hit our beautiful city today. An amazing family is hosting me for my work up here in Boston this week and it felt good to be with them tonight instead being home alone. All afternoon I worried about my daughter getting home from work. I breathed a sigh of relief when I knew she made it. (She walked and somehow that made me more nervous) We were all pretty shaken by the events of the day so about 6 pm we just turned off the tv and had a peaceful dinner. It wasn’t much past 7:30 and we were all so tired, but it was too early to go to bed. The daughter, a lovely girl named Shira ( beautiful name) suggested a game of Scrabble to keep us up until at least nine. It worked, along with a glass of wine. I don’t think we realized the emotional toll this event took on us. Now, 10 pm, we all retired to our respective rooms to get some much needed rest.

I climbed into bed and the images still float through my mind. After the images comes the same question over and over: why? Once again there are mentally disturbed and unhappy people who can only try to sooth their own suffering by taking others down with them. This time it had nothing to do with guns. What is the common denominator among all the mass killings? Hurt people. Because hurt people, hurt people. Even those that come prowling around our country from other countries are disturbed and hurt in many different ways and they derive some sort of reprieve from mass injury.

Boston is hurting tonight. I’ve lived near this beautiful city for almost four years now and spent a lot of time up here on those very streets. I stood in front of that Walgreens many times. Here in Lexington yesterday and today the celebration of Patriot Day was done with much pomp and circumstance. Yesterday streets were closed for hours as the flags waved in a parade celebrating pride in our land. And today we face devastating destruction that we just don’t understand. But we have been here before, and as awful as it is, it won’t keep the people of this city down for long.

And so, as another day goes by, I sit in quiet prayer for the lives lost and people injured, I admire the resolve in this city that the terrorists will not win, I still, hours later, am trying to absorb fully what took place today, and…I have written – with a very heavy heart.

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