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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!

We All Need To Hear This

I typed that title, then erased it and typed “All Parents Need To Hear This”, then I erased it again and typed the original. I did that because, although the message is for parents, it is something we could all use in dealing with loved ones. I used to think that not having my children and complete family home for holidays (including Fourth of July in our house) would be the most heartbreaking thing ever. Over the years, as the kids grew and did their best to shake me off their backs and forage lives of their own, I realized my place was to now support, not “do” for them. This meant that if they had another option for their holiday celebrations, my place was not to guilt them into coming home, but to support and encourage them to share their wonderful selves with the new loved ones they have taken into their lives. My first baby is now engaged to be married this summer. This not just considering a mere boyfriend’s family at holiday time. Her fiancé’s parents are now her family just as much as her dad, sister and I are. The call from her before Thanksgiving to tell me she and Steve would be having dinner with his family and would see us later for dessert, was probably a little hard for her to make. I certainly was not going to play the guilt card as I’ve seen so many other parents do to their adult children.

I’m so glad I learned all of this on my own because in today’s Parade in the Sunday newspaper was a wonderful article written by Connie Schultz called “You Won’t Be Home For Christmas?” that certainly would have taught it to me. It was written with a playful air, but the message was serious and clear. I said this was a message for more than just parents because of her statement at the end of the article:

“My new promise to our kids: You’re not responsible for my merry Christmas. No matter when you show up, it’s going to be a holiday in this joint. Every day of the year.”

What wonderful advice for everyone, not just parents. No one, even those we love most, is responsible for our merriment any day of the year. How we spend our days is totally up to us, especially this holiday season. We are free to make choices – even when things don’t go our way – so let’s make happy ones. And when they do show up to spend time with us, let just appreciate and enjoy it.

And so, as another day goes by, even if our loved ones can’t come home for Christmas, we can still make it a merry one. Happy Sunday.

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