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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!

Hope

Hope. It IS a fitting topic for this time of year. Hope is often knitted with the thought that good things will happen in one's future. This morning, Anne Lamott once again graced my newsfeed with just about the best definition of hope I've ever come across. She said:

Hope is not based on circumstances. It is based on paying attention.

Paying attention. Who would've thought. It's not about sitting around and doing a lot of hand-wringing, just looking for something good to happen. It's about taking the time to look around a see what is already happening. Anne's post taught me that I hold hope in my hands everyday. There is hope in the huge bag of Christmas gifts for two little girls that I'm dragging to Organic Market today for the Christmas Wishes program they sponsor for Cape Families. There is hope in the bag of food I place in our food pantry box in my club. There is hope when I reach up and move the press arm for an elderly person who made the effort to get to the club and begin an exercise program, even if they are not as nimble as they used to be. Anne also told me that though I hold hope in my hands everyday, I can't receive hope if I don't give away that which I hold.

A wonderful concept in which to view hope this holiday season. Pay attention today. How many times will you hold hope in your hands and give it away? My daughter Erin is a teacher, and having spent 35 years in a classroom myself, I can just picture her gentle touch on a little one's shoulder today for encouragement. If she pays attention, she will hold and give away a ton of hope in the next 8 hours. Maybe my Boston daughter, Ashley, will let a mother struggling with young children in line in a shop go before her. Maybe my husband will give a sympathetic ear to an employee trying to make ends meet this holiday season or have the need for time off for a family situation. And that's just the hope that could be given away today in my family. When I think of you and all the people in your family, I just imagine the mountain of hope that will be bestowed today. And to see it, all you have to do is pay attention.

And so, as another day goes by, once again I thank Anne Lamott for uncovering the simple truths in our lives, and…I have written.

Hope still sits on my doorstep…

 

 

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