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Posted by: Ann
@ 5:26 pm
Wow, what a month, just when I thought we were about as busy as we could be, life became even more hectic. But it has been mostly good busy. I can’t help feeling light and free as we’ve watched the snow melt away and the grass, begin to turn green after another long winter.
We’ve had wonderful family visits, mostly short and sweet, but we take what we can get from our grandchildren who seem to be growing up way too fast. They’re all healthy and involved with their own pursuits to obtain their individual educational and vocational goals. I am so glad we have the great grandchildren, they are all adorable, fun, and did I mention active?!
We binge-watched the first season of Jack Ryan. It wasn’t ‘24‘, but after the first couple episodes we were hooked. We are looking forward to watching the new season. We are learning to stream our shows, (I know if any young folks are reading this, you are thinking, ‘what’s to learn?’ Trust me, for those of us who grew up without the internet and all this technology, there is! We also watched Hope and Glory, from Netflicks. It was a good, older movie, nominated for academy awards in 1987. A WW2 movie, told through the eyes of a 9 year old British boy. A really sweet movie, despite the bombings and the devastation of war.
I have read even more than usual this month, but the list is not long: In For a Penny, by Kathryn Wall, Fiction/murder mystery. I read this novel several years ago and had forgotten much of it, I love her writing, plots and characters, always takes place in Beaufort/Hilton Head areas of SC. I have her next one already started for next month. Good books!
The 50 State Border Crisis, How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America, by Howard G Buffett. (Yes, he’s a son of Warren Buffett), Nonfiction. It is an eye-opening, myth-busting new perspective on the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Buffett takes readers to the rugged terrain of the Arizona and Texas border country, where the daily heartbreak of the drug smuggling and illegal migrant crossings sets in motion the impact of a complicated situation with no easy answers. I believe all Americans should read this book…including, or maybe most of all our politicians of every rank and party affiliation.
I have spent countless hours reading my husband’s impressive and wonderful memoir this week, The Man From Baghdad. I finally returned it to the editor this week, He selected the photos to be included, and we are on the home stretch now. I hope we can move through the last steps of the process and have it printed before the end of April.
And earlier in the month I was deeply involved with multi-read throughs of my new novel: Mother Love, Willow Lane, Book Two. My editor did a wonderful job. I must say I’m a fan of the writer of this book, I’m very happy with the results of all my efforts!
By age 52, Barbara Malone had endured bad marriage, raised four children and then lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. She shocks her family, friends and neighbors on Willow Lane with her decision to join the Peace Corps. This sets in motion an intense story of family ties that are threatened by distance, doubt and antagonism.
It is a parallel story of her family back home in Lewiston. Pa. and her new unpredictable one in Central America. Honduras proves to be a challenging adventure as she balances drug-running rebels, corrupt military officers and the peace-loving villagers caught in the middle. Her life in the mountain village, where phone service is sporadic and electricity a rare luxury, proves to be exciting though exhausting. Barbara grows to love her work with the Hondurans and a dash of romance helps her feel more alive than she has felt in years. But after a short visit stateside, she realizes Willow Lane no longer feels like home and she o wonders where she really belongs.
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Till next time, keep reading my friends…