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!

In Such Times

I have spent much of the last five days processing, just like everyone else in our country – trying to find ways to help, trying to find solutions, feeling guilty I have so much in comparison, imagining the unimaginable, trying to explain the unexplainable, etc. Today I found myself at loose ends in trying to make sense of a senseless act of violence. As I went about my day, I swung between not wanting people to mention it and thinking it's irreverent not mention it.

It's human nature in such times to try to battle back to normalcy. If you have children it's very important to do this and you must be their example. There is a holiday coming. People are going to expect you to show up. People are going to expect food and presents. For our children, it is extremely important to carry on with our traditions. In my ambivalent thinking today, I thought maybe what is good for the children, is also good for us adults, whether we have young children at home or not.

We've been beat up these last few days. It's time to pause in our grief and be gentle with ourselves. The thing I found most helpful in keeping a clear head is not neglecting exercise. I came home from bible study, ate lunch, switched off the TV and headed to the fit club. Despite it all, it's the one thing I knew I must do.

After a great workout, the world looked a bit more gentle on my drive home. Today was a rainy, windy, cloudy day on Cape Cod, but the sun came out just long enough to set. The first and last rays of today's sun were stunning as I looked up at the Sagamore Bridge.

In Such Times

As darkness fell, the lights along 6A seemed to start to twinkle again. I came home, threw a log on the fire, made a pizza for one and settled in front of the news. It's still hurts. It's still hard. But peace is slowly settling in my brain. I am going to go about my Xmas preparations just a bit more lovingly and appreciative this year. It's not about presents or the holiday lights. It's about those moments of connection over those presents, under the warm glow of those lights.

And so, as another day goes by, in such times don't neglect your exercise. It makes everything we still need to do a little easier, a little more peaceful, and maybe a little more sensible. May you find solace in your hearth tonight, as I have in mine, and…I have written.

 

In Such Times

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