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Ann McCauley is a Pennsylvania women's literature author, who wrote the books Runaway Grandma and Mother Love, both available for sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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11/08/12
Happy Thanksgiving!
Filed under: General
Posted by: Ann @ 3:53 pm

After two weeks of rain, we had a beautiful sunny though quite chilly day. It was nice to be able to get outside and do some last minute fall clean-ups in the flower gardens.

It’s also a relief the election is finally over. No comments on the outcome…except that in our county and most of those around us, vote was 70% for Romney and 27% for Obama. We, who were foolish enough to listen to political pundits, had to listen to the likes of James Carvell claim our great state was really like two separate Pennsylvanias: Most of the state is allegedly like Alabama rednecks and the second half being our two large cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphiha. Good grief.

I’ve been busy with my master’s class assignments this week and haven’t had to time to read any books. But I’ve read many good short stories by award winning writers. We also went to see a wonderful movie at our Independent Film Series on Monday evening, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A wonderful movie and we all loved it. I met a lady who’d driven an hour from a small town in New York state to see it for the second time because she liked it so much.

This is the time of year to count our blessings. If you are reading my blog, then I am thankful for you. HappyThanksgiving to one and all. And please take time to count your blessings! It’ll make you feel better if you do.

Till next time, keep reading my friends.

Ann

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11/03/12
A Rainy November Saturday
Filed under: General
Posted by: Ann @ 4:44 pm

We started out this morning driving one hour in snow and slushy rain to watch our ten year old granddaughter compete in cheerleading acrobatics. She was fantastic and her squad won. No surprise. They were dynamite and she was spectacularly cute and happy to see so many family members there to watch. Oh gosh, I sound like a too proud Grandmother, I’d apologize… except sometimes it just happens! Her fifteen year old sister’s soccer team made it to district play-offs and finished the season with 18-1 record. Not bad. Our sixteen year old grandson works everyday after school and just made the high honor roll again. He’s very focused on a straight arrow plan for his future. Our twenty four year old newlywed granddaughter and I spent a fun day together last week, first time we’ve hung out like that in quite awhile. Okay, I promise, no more Granny chatter! 

I’m honored to tell you I’ve had another article, Good Manners Are Never Out of Style published in the Nov/Dec issue of http://www.workingwriter1.com/. The editor said if anyone’s interested, you can email workingwriters@aol.com and request a free issue as well as sign up for a free email subscription, if you wish.

Also I only have three more papers to write for the Master’s Course I’m enrolled in. I’ve enjoyed it and learned so much. Then I’ll be on official break from classes until January when the next one starts. 

But then I still have two larger independent writing submissions to complete before the end of November. That won’t be too difficult since I know what I’ll be writing about.

Right now the hardest thing seems to be trying to nail down a time for Thanksgiving Dinner that will suit all family members. It’s pretty clear, that’s not going to happen, so we’ll have to try to find a time that will suit the majority. There are times that big families require a diplomat’s skill in compromising!

Our book for Book Club this month was ‘The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night’ by Mark Haddon. I’d read it it a few years ago and enjoyed it even more the second time around. Last week I read Lisa Genova’s new book, ‘Love Anthony’. This is her third book, and she’s three for three with this wonderful layered book. Both stories deal with autism from entriely different perspectives.

We saw two movies worth mentioning. ’Argo’ starring and produced by Ben Affleck, based on true story about the Iranian hostage situation back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. One of the best movies we’ve seen in years. And ‘Bernie’, starring Jack Black, (from Netflicks), very entertaining, also based on true story.

Till next time, keep reading my friends!

Ann

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