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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!

Just Not Just

Tonight as I sit and peruse the photos of my brother’s wife, I cannot see the justice of this tragedy. At 15 she was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen and only now, some 40 years later, can I see why my brother fell in love with her.

Back when that happened, I was 20 and fighting my way through a Christian college, where I was not yet a Christian, and trying to deal with my own relationship that also, like my brother, turned into the love of my life.

I cannot believe how self-absorbed I was in my own life to completely have missed what my brother saw in my sister-in-law. Tonight, sitting in the first row at the funeral home, I couldn’t stop staring at the photo my brother had framed and put next to the urn. It was Sharon, at 15, sitting on a tree stump in the woods at a local park. She was gorgeous. This photo could’ve been a magazine cover. Where was I when she was this beautiful? I was caught up in my own life. I was away at college fighting my own demons. My husband was there, at home, shuffling my brother and Sharon about town because they weren’t old enough to drive. I missed this part of the beautiful person my brother married.

This whole experience tonight taught me to pay attention to the present and to come out of my world and see what’s important to my loved ones. Back then, my world revolved around me. I have a life and my sister-in-law doesn’t anymore. I have two children who are just beginning their adult life paths. So does she. She won’t be there to see them through it. It’s not fair, but through her passing she teaches those of us left here with families to enjoy every moment we have with them.

Don’t take your life or your children for granted. Focus. See them and their future spouses and families for what they are. Participate and enjoy them. If ever I found out how true the statement “life is short” is, it was tonight, looking at those photos of life eons ago. I just brushed my teeth thinking, Sharon dead? It can’t be. I thought the four of us couples, my sister and two brothers and their spouses, would grow old together. How is it that Sharon is gone?

And so, as another day goes by, this life we are given is so precious, it’s just not just that she be taken so soon, and…I have written.

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