Passing on the SMAG – That’s what friends are for | Norah Colvin

Passing On the SMAG


Society of Mutual Admiration and Gratitude


Today I’m sharing educator/blogger and friend – Norah Colvin’s post on friendship. Recently, Norah wrote a beautiful post on friendships we make within our writing community. I was honored to be mentioned in her post, but most of all I wanted to share her post here and invite my readers to help yourselves to this wonderful badge that Norah has created – SMAG which stands for Society of Mutual Admiration and Gratitude. Please read Norah’s post below and join in our SMAG community. All that is required to join is friendship!


That’s What Friends are For

At this time of year, minds and hearts turn to friends and family, and contemplations of what we can do to make the world a better place. When we think of global events, we may feel overwhelmed, wondering what possible effect our actions could have. But when we focus on our own circle, any positive difference we make can effect changes of which we may never be aware. That’s the ripple effect, and that’s what friends are for.

I belong to a very supportive online community whose encouragement helps to keep me going.

With my focus on education, particularly early childhood education, and their work mostly targeting adult audiences, I struggle to find ways of supporting them and their creative pursuits during the year, other than the usual shares on Twitter and Facebook.

However, come Christmas time, what’s to stop me doing a little more?

love of reading to young children in early childhood education

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#TinaFrisco ~ Free Books for the Holidays | TINA FRISCO



This is  second posting today, but I felt I must share it today because it’s time-sensitive. Tina Frisco has generously decided to share all 3 of her books FREE for 3 consecutive days ONLY. One book each day starting today is Tina’s gift to readers. I’ve read all 3 of Tina’s books and you have only to check my reviews on all of them as well a the reviews of others to get a feel for Tina’s beautiful writing.


Today only Vampyrie is FREE. You can download direct from the post, but do continue over to Tina’s blog to find out and make note of the other free dates for her other books!



I love giving gifts. I enjoy watching the sparkle in someone’s eyes as they unwrap an anticipated treasure.
The Winter holidays embody love, compassion, and sharing. I hold great hope for humankind and envision these virtues imbuing our lives all year round. If each of us did one small thing for someone we did not know, imagine the light that would fill the world!


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This Holiday Season I would like to show my appreciation for all of you who regularly visit and share my blog, and who freely offer your love and support.
Thank you so much ♥
On the following dates, each of my books will be free for download on Amazon:

Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire ~  Dec. 11th
Download HERE
VAMPYRIE: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. 

Continue Reading HERE for the other FREE dates to get Tina’s books!


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#Booklaunch – Twenty Years: After “I Do” by D.G. Kaye | TINA FRISCO and Sally Cronin

Thank you gratitude


I want to thank Tina Frisco and Sally Cronin for their ongoing support of all my work and for both of their most beautiful #Booklaunch features they posted for my newest book – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Please visit their blogs and have a look around at all they have to offer from great information to reviews, promotions of the works of others and opportunities to have your work shared by these tireless women who are so giving with their time and sharing on their blogs.



Debby Gies, aka D.G. Kaye, has just released her 6th memoir,  Twenty Years: After “I Do”She speaks from the heart and bares her soul in her writing. I couldn’t recommend her books more highly.

Debby is an ardent supporter of authors, featuring guest posts and interviews, reblogs, book reviews, tips and tricks, and much more. She is an inspiration and a woman I am proud to call Sister and Friend.

Join me in congratulating Debby on launching her new book. She frequently shares her fellow authors’ posts, so please do her the honor of sharing this, or her original launch post, to your social networks. Thank you so much ♥


Twenty Years: After "I Do" by D.G. Kaye

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May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.



Chapter: To the Moon with Laughter 

I’ve witnessed many relationships head south when the initial attraction fades. Sure, people change opinions, preferences, or attitudes on certain issues as time passes, but if our core values or personality change, or if the common elements of enjoyment once shared between two people dissipate, we question our happiness. If we’re not happy about our partner’s personality change or views, a little bit of laughter dies within us. It becomes difficult to feel comfortable with our partner when inner unrest grows. The new discomfort curtails our ability to remain happy and feel the familiar freedom to laugh when our partner no longer shares the same humor. Note that I’m not referring to changes such as complacency or laziness that may set in due to declining energy levels. Age will sometimes alter our agility and even certain desires, but it doesn’t have to affect our senses of humor. Age creeping into a good marriage shouldn’t be a relationship killer. Continue Reading . . .


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book for Christmas – Twenty Years: After “I Do” – Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging by D.G.Kaye

Delighted to share the new release of D.G. Kaye hot off the press..Twenty Years: After “I Do” – Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging. 


Here’s a short excerpt from the chapter “Taking the Plunge and Commitment” to give you a feel for what you can expect to read in this book:

If I commit to something, I’m in it for life. “Till death do us part” is a simple phrase often not analyzed to its fullest extent as we bask in bliss, about to commit to our chosen life partner and join in holy matrimony. After all, who wants to think about possible frightening future scenarios on what’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives?

In that euphoric moment, while dreaming of a wonderful future together, we feel confident we can conquer any and everything. We feel invincible while shrouded with love as we stand before our friends and family, promising our beloved to love, honor, and cherish in sickness and health, often without taking in the truest depths of the words. We tend to discount the idea of sickness as a situation that will never happen to us—but often, it does.

Since moving away from home as a late teen, I’d had many suitors and a few marriage proposals through the years, but I had enjoyed my wings of freedom and had no desire to marry. Then I met Gordon, a man like no other I’d known. He was divorced and living it up, content to remain a bachelor. That was until he met me. On our third date, Gordon smiled at me, his sky-blue eyes twinkling with adoration as he embraced me in a warm cuddle, and announced that he was going to marry me one day. I had long resolved to never marry, but truth be told, I too by that third date had an uncanny feeling that I just might marry that man.

I laughed out loud, kissed his sweet cheek, and replied, “That will never happen.” But it did. Our dating life left me more than enough material to write another book, but suffice to say, by the following year’s end, we were living together, and within the following year, I was planning our wedding. I took the plunge after weighing all the fears I had about what the future might hold as older age set in against how much I loved and felt loved by this man. I couldn’t deny the fact that I had found my soulmate. Continue Reading , . .

I’d also like to thank all those who’ve reblogged and shared by book around social media. It is much appreciated. ❤

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Source: #Booklaunch – New Release in Sally Cronin’s Virtual Bookstore and Cafe

Sunday Book Reviews – New Reviews Are In!

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Thrilled to catch two new reviews for my books this week – First one in for my newest book Twenty Years: After “I Do” and one new one for P.S. I Forgive You.

Read and reviewed by John Maberry and I was elated to find John posted it on his blog.


P.S. I Forgive You


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5.0 out of 5 starsForgive another and yourself too!

on November 30, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I just posted a review of P.S. I Forgive You on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s worth your while to read! Get it on Amazon. I’ve read two very different books by D.G. Kaye already—Have Bags, Will…Continue Reading

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Twenty Years: After "I Do"

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I’m pleased to announce my book Twenty Years: After “I Do” is now available in paperback! Just in time for Christmas! And my book has received it’s first review I’m thrilled to share here by Carol Balawyder:


Twenty Years: After “I Do”

I am always enthusiastic about reading a book by D.G. Kaye. I have read all of her books so far and have enjoyed them all. Her May/December memoir Twenty Years: After “I Do” doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s probably her best, which is normal I guess. We do tend to get better with practice.

Although Twenty Years: After “I Do” focuses on growing old with a partner who is much older than herself, D.G. Kaye’s message is ageless as she tackles the issues of health, finance, mortality and children with clarity, authenticity and her usual grace.

D.G. Kaye is known for her ability to tell it like it is. There’s no sugar coating here although there is a lot of tenderness, affection, kind heartedness and insight drawn from her life experiences – sharing her life experiences to offer a helping hand is D.G. Kaye’s trademark. Much of her blog is about that and this munificence is evident throughout this book.

The book is an easy and enjoyable read. But make no mistake; it is by no means frivolous or meaningless. The book is filled with insights regarding the author’s reflections on keeping the flames of a relationship alive.

Sure, it’s not always easy, as she points out. Her and her husband do have disagreements, as all couples do, but their commitment to each other in sickness and in health, till death do us part and even after is a model for anyone to follow.

One last thing, Gordon (Puppy) her husband is a lucky guy to have such a loving wife.


Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives- 26 Affordable and Practical #Gift Giving Ideas for the #Holiday Season by D.G. Kaye | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Holiday Gift Giving



Today I’m reblogging a post I shared at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation to contribute to her series – Christmas from the Archives. Sally has generously invited writers to submit an older post related to Christmas to give it new life and share for those readers who may have missed them the first time around. As many of you know, Sally is a generous promoter of the work of other artist and invited anyone to submit a post. You can check with Sally if she’s still taking any other submissions for the season.

The post I submitted was my 26 ideas on inexpensive and creative gift giving. Check out the post and perhaps it will give you some ideas for some of those hard-to-buy for people on your list!


Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives- 26 Affordable and Practical #Gift Giving Ideas for the #Holiday Season by D.G. Kaye

Delighted to share a post from the Christmas Archives of D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies. This is probably one of the most expensive times of the year and when you have an extended family, finding presents and budgeting for them takes creativity.. Debby has some great ideas to make every dollar, euro or pound count.


26 Affordable and Practical #Gift Giving Ideas for the #Holiday Season by D.G. Kaye

The holiday season is fast approaching, and once again people are picking their brains about what gifts to buy for friends and loved ones.

I’ve always tried to tailor my gifts specifically to what the receiver would like and could use and/or appreciate, in hopes that my gift wouldn’t be the one ending up collecting dust on a shelf or re-packaged for re-gifting. But it’s still sometimes difficult to pinpoint exactly what the perfect gift could be for someone, and, often times, there might be too much cost to purchase a particular gift, which sometimes leaves us feeling somewhat inadequate with what we’ve chosen to give, especially for those hard to buy for people who already have everything they want. Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but sometimes people don’t think that way, and sometimes our budgets don’t allow us to spend on some items what we’d really like to give.

So today I’m going to share some great ideas for gift giving for both children and adults. Below are some ideas from low cost to no cost that you can give with confidence and know they will be well received.

Have you ever noticed children at a Christmas gathering opening one gift after another, barely taking in the excitement of one gift before they put it aside to open the next one? Have you ever noticed how much kids love to do arts and crafts to keep their busy little hands and minds occupied? This is why crafts make great gifts for kids. Maybe it’s the writer in me, but I like to buy gifts for kids that help to educate them and help to build their creativity.

Here’s a handy list of things you can buy for kids that won’t break the bank:

  • Books – books that entertain while teaching kids to count or learn the alphabet, colors, names of animals, and of course, any stories to do with kindness that can be understood at their level.

Please continue reading the list over at Sally’s blog HERE


Don’t forget, if you have some posts in your Christmas archives to share to a new audience them please send one or two to me


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Guest Post – Marsha Ingrao is back with Journaling Part 2 – Online Journaling

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I am thrilled to have back here, author/blogger Marsha Ingrao with her promised Part 2 post about Journaling. Many of you should remember that Marsha was here a little while ago posting on how to journal and she said she would come back and share all about how to journal online!

Online journaling is different than journaling in a notebook, and Marsha is going to tell us about how to journal online, what are the most effective tools for journaling, how to keep your online journals private, and lots of other juicy tips. So now I give you Marsha:


Here’s a Secret About Online Journaling

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.” — J.M. Barrie


The purpose of this article is to outline the benefits of online journaling.


Most of you already journal online and don’t even realize it. If you blog, use Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, you have started an online journal.

Online Journaling - Marsha Ingrao


“ A journal is meant to collect your ideas and observations on any number of things and put the happenings of each day into writing. In this way, you can better remember what you did, what you thought, and what was happening when you were younger.”

Journaling Makes Sense If You Want More Out of Life

Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit, suggests that forming keystone habits can change your life. A keystone habit  means “small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.”


Journaling online may well be the keystone habit that would change your life in many ways. Five hundred words a day would mean you could write a book in just 100 days.


Maybe you want to lose weight. Doctors and nutritionists ask yo to journal your food intake for a day week or month. Built into your regular journaling routine, you could be a healthier you in just a few months.


Maybe you want to be happier. My friend whose husband’s brain cancer has reached the stage past effective treatments started a gratitude journal on Facebook.


What do you want to do or be? Start journaling, and let electronics help you do it.


Humans Pass 70,000 Thoughts Through Their Heads Each Day


Dr. Deepak Chopra, a “rigorous, skeptical scientist, acknowledged some error in his measurements and said that humans process “60,000 to 80,000” thoughts daily.  Discover Magazine


Does it seem like the great ideas that flit  through your brain each day are gone? You are right, most of them become inaccessible after a short time. We can only hold seven ideas in our heads at a time.


Naturally, not all of those 70,000 thoughts are worth recording, but if you want to capture more of those little puffs of idea bubbles, you might consider adding the online journal to your journaling repertoire.


Online Journals Work Faster To Keep Up with YOUR Brain

An online journal can help your brain crunch those 70,000 diverse thoughts each day.


The interest in journaling has surged with the use of computers. For example, over 10,000 people read a forum which asked Google why it hadn’t created an online journal application.


One of them, Mgjacob summarized her needs to the Google engineers.

I am looking for a function where I can maintain information like

  • medical records of kids, parents for fever, health checkups, treatments, surgeries, BP, cholesterol, Sugar records, etc., so that I can look for patterns in the data.
  • events occurring in family and friend circle.
  • tags for messages and store into categories.
  • financial notes on payments and renewals
  • details of holiday trips with snaps
  • auto location tags and manual corrections
  • audio, video, still photos to be added to notes


While Google has not created a specific product for online journaling, there are many Google products you can use. Journalists have developed journals using Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides and Calendar. Other companies have also designed products for journalists.


There are numerous advantages to keeping an online journal in addition to or instead of a hand-written journal. The purpose of this post is to list reasons you might want to use an online journal.


1. Secrets Make An Online Journal Essential

Just like Penny on the Big Bang Theory, every journal writer may inadvertently write something in their journal that is not for public eyes. Or they wish they could hide their private thoughts. An online journal can be encrypted so that even if someone found it, he our she could not read it.


Influencers who write for LifeHacker advise online journal writers to encrypt their writing much like the military does.


“One way to encrypt your journal is with TrueCrypt so you really are the only person with access to it. Doing so trades some portability, since you’ll have to decrypt it before you can update or edit it, but it definitely keeps it secure.”

2. Online Journals Can Be Accessed Through Any Computer

Unlike a paper journal, you can write in your online journal from anywhere you have internet access. It may surprise you to find out how many aps there are for journal writing. I recommend and use several products in Google Drive as my journal. However, journaling software is as ubiquitous as journalers.


3. Journal Software Adds Features that Improve the Online Experience

Here are just a five online journal software companies recommended by LifeHack.

Quora writers have several additional recommendations.


Unlike a handwritten journal, with most online journal formats you can share your post with multiple recipients. You can also allow them the privilege of adding to your journal entry.


Even though my top pick is Google Drive, I experimented with Penzu to write this article. I also checked out Google Calendar. Both Google Drive and Calendar are private unless you choose to share your entry.


Penzu allows you to lock your entries for free. For a price they encrypt it for you. They remind you by email to write in your journal. Unlike Google Docs, it has a fancy journal like cover. You can create the same look in Google Slides.


Long ago I used Evernote, but opted to use Google Drive instead, but you can record directly into Evernote. Over five years ago I tried recording minutes to meetings. Transcribing notes was not a feature of the application. Transcribing by hand is like trying to use a pedal sewing machine to outfit a cast of 100 players in a school play that is scheduled next week.


3. Multi Media Works In Online Journals

This morning I called on Siri to make a note. You can’t do that with a hand-held journal. I recorded on my phone’s text program, but Evernote works better because you can organize your notes.


This feature also makes journal writing accessible for visually impaired writers or people who can’t use their hands. My mother’s 92-year-old cousin writes every day and uses Dragon Naturally Speaking. The professional version of this program works well for recording and transcribing podcasts.


With almost all online journaling programs you can add photos, videos and sound recordings making the online journal more versatile than the paper one.


4. A Hand-Held Journal Is Never There When You Need It

You read that you should keep your journal within reach, but not necessarily right in sight so you can get it when those diverse thoughts float across your mind. However, you broke the rule and left it on your desk when you went for a ride.


While most people don’t carry a bulky or a small notebook with them everywhere, few people leave a room without their phone. It takes little effort to record what you want to say into your phone.


Some phones are even waterproof. Sean Hollister writes, “When inspiration hits in the shower (all my best thoughts are #showerthoughts), I don’t need to dry off before I jot them down.” Cnet

5. Organization Is Easier With an Online Journal

Experts say to resist the urge to organize when you are in the throes of the random act of journaling. However, the power of the journaling experience is to review what you have written from time to time. Every two or days is best so that you don’t miss something urgent that you needed to do.


In a paper journal, this task is daunting, but it is not difficult online. With the versatile, but simple Google Drive application, it is easy to create an index using a Google Spreadsheet.


“Search” is on every program out there. Search spoils us for the real world, doesn’t it? Not only does our journal get lost, so do glasses, food, clothes, toys. Maybe some day everything will have searchable chips in them.


For now enjoy the online ability to search for words within your journal. As you review and organize, you can filter out less useful ideas, even cut and paste the best ones into a new journal entry, blog post, comment, chapter of your next book, or email..


6. Journal Writing Focuses on Quantity Not Quality

Using an online journal, space is not an issue. There is no illegible scribbling at the bottom of the page or between lines or vertically in the margins. You can write as much as you want and you won’t run out of paper.


Don’t you hate getting to the end of your paper journal right in the middle of a great thought? Have you bought a new journal? Can you find one? Even if you have a stack of them waiting for you, which one are you going to choose? Your thought bubble just burst.


7. How’s Your Handwriting?

Your handwriting may be great, but if you are a student now, the chances are likely that you are not learning handwriting. Soon people may all have to sign their names with an X. My husband’s signature looks like he could write prescriptions. It is totally illegible.


While illegible writing is a great way to encrypt your hand-written journal, it’s not effective if YOU can’t figure out what you wrote. For people like me who are dyslexic or have graphic dysfunctions, keyboarding doesn’t solve all the problems with writing and legibility, but it helps.


8. Boys Like to Journal Online

CBS News reported statistics showing that boys and men are less likely than girls or women to excel at reading and writing. Using computers improves that statistic for both reading and writing. It’s a gadget. It has buttons and gimmicks.


If you struggle looking at a blank page, journal products give you some starts, and the internet itself can infuse you with brilliant ideas. Once your brain gets going, inertia takes over and off it goes.


If you like journaling online, then you will do it. That’s what’s important. Always write. Write quickly, Turn off the grammar nazi. Write lots. Edit later or not at all. 🙂


9. Photograph Notes Instead of Writing Them

Photographs integrate so well with an online journal. If you are at a conference and you don’t want to write notes, take a picture of the screen, and paste it into your journal. Voila all you need to do is go back and record your thoughts about each picture.


On of the disadvantages of an online journal is that you can’t doodle. Or can you? Doodle on anything, take a picture of it and paste it into your journal. Or use Google Keep. It has a screen for doodling. Partner that with a touch screen computer, and doodling is back in business. Another way to appease the doodle instinct is to get an online sketch pad or a phone that has a stylus.


10. Online Links Turn Your Journal Into a Research Project

Online research has gained credibility over the years. You can find almost anything, even journals, online. If you are writing in your journal, and you have a question, the internet is there to help you. List the links for reference.


11. Online Journals Can Go Public Instantly

You might think that journals should always be private. But consider the ship’s log on Star Trek which reminds us that journals often have very public uses.


Those of you who watched the TV series House might remember the episode in which a patient consistently blogged about her strange illness. House had been banned from the case, but kept up via blogging. He even instructed the woman’s assigned doctors through his comments on the patient’s blog. Eventually the clues they found about her symptoms led to a proper diagnosis and ultimate cure.


Different software programs give journalists the option to share a journal entry or the entire journal.


12. Ways to Use a Journal

Assuming that you hate to write, and have never kept a journal, Rosella LaFevre wrote a post for Huffington Post listing thirteen ways to use a journal. Here are some of them with added prompts and a few extras.

  • Record daily events. Don’t forget the date. (every meal deserves a picture, every hike, every garden, every decorating job)
  • Small victories (conquering ant bites, winning a poker tournament, talking your husband out of buying a Porsche.)
  • Turning goals into todos (write a guest post, clean the kid’s bathtub, go to Hawaii
  • Favorite quotes (install Momentum for daily quotes and pictures around the world.)
  • Notes (grocery list, family todos)
  • Affirmations (notes you want to send to people)
  • Books to read (take a screenshot of the book or list of books or cut and paste your friend’s email recommendations into your journal.
  • Movies to watch (ditto books)
  • Networking info ( business cards, photograph them or scan them.)
  • Questions (Why haven’t I kept a journal before this?)
  • Problems (You don’t have any? Refer to the last bullet)
  • Drafts (not in your attic, that would classify as a problem.)
  • Add Mood, labels, and Emojis to help you recreate the day.
  • Tell yourself the truth. There’s no need to lie to your journal if you are fully protected. If you don’t feel comfortable writing something, don’t. But be honest in what you write.
  • Write naturally without worrying about grammar, spelling or even if it makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense, call it poetry.

13 Cautions

  • Keep your password safe. I use a spreadsheet file called something other than Passwords to record all my files. I keep them in code form so that I know what they are, but if someone should break into my computer, they would have a hard time understanding what the codes are. I also keep them coded in my handwritten journals. Since codes change from time to time, the journal I am currently using has my current passwords only, and only those I use the most.
  • Some people scribble faster than they type. For those happy scribblers voice recognition programs help you avoid typing, but not without some humorous mistakes. Just ask Siri.
  • Too much computer usage causes eyestrain. So does too much reading and writing out of books. The lighted screen may cause headaches. Some would suggest to limit your journaling to 20 minutes in the morning. Others would set a word limit, like 500 or 1,000 words.
  • You may remember less of what you journal online. That’s when labels, files and search engines come in handy.


14. Does Your Online Journal Smell Good?

Touch and smell may be the only sensory competitions in which your online journal cannot compete with a print journal.


At first you might consider that touch might also lessen the appeal of the online journal. But those who have typed on a computer all their lives, understand the feel of well worn keys. The same feelings emote from them as from a well worn pair of shoes with scratches and holes that make them more comfortable.


Like a paper journal, notes, stickers, and covers add character to the computer. Virtual notes, stickers and covers do the same for the online journal. But does an online journal emit an odor? Are there online pheromones?


Sorry, no there are not.


Can you live without the smell and feel of your journal?



Most writers journal. You might prefer to use only a print journal or you might choose an online journal. There are many tools to use when you journal. Using them is a matter of what is most convenient and pleasing at the time. This post outlined twelve benefits benefits and several cautions of using an online journal. The most important thing to remember is that “slow progress is better than no progress.” Anomyous


Start your online journal today.


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Wow! Thank you so much Marsha for this amazing article contribution. I so appreciate the research you’ve done to compile this most informative article on Online Blogging.

Marsha Ingrao

About Marsha:

Before becoming a consultant in history and English language-arts, Marsha Ingrao taught grades K-5 for many years. Marsha journaled to work through the tragedy of her first marriage, which ended in the death of her husband at the age of forty-seven from a rare genetic disease. Encouraged by doctors not to have children, she whined to her journal as she also kept it crammed with lesson plans, poetry, news, prayer requests, drawings, Bible studies, and lists.


She retired in 2012, wrote Images of America, Woodlake, blogs, and volunteers in her community through several service organizations.  She and her second husband live in the foothills of California with their dog, Kalev and two cats.

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Introducing John Maberry’s Tenth Anniversary Edition of Waiting for Westmoreland

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Today I want to share a new promo my friend and author John Maberry is offering on  his book Waiting for Westmoreland. He very recently just republished a new Anniversary 10th Edition of his book, which I’m thrilled to help him promote here. You may think from the title it’s a book about war, but it’s a memoir with many rich lessons about life – the author’s dysfunctional childhood, his decision to sign up for the war, what he learned in Vietnam, his meeting and eventual marriage to his current wife and the racism he fought, and his eventual awakening to Buddhism.


Waiting for Westmoreland by [Maberry, John]

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Those seeking happiness amidst the suffering or disillusionment of day to day life will find hope in reading Waiting for Westmoreland. Those seeking redemption for past mistakes, will also find a means to achieve it. The book is the true story of a 20th century Candide-an innocent growing up in America in the fifties. As a boy, the author suffers the death of loved ones. Spending a year in Vietnam corrupts him. Then the political realities of the war and Watergate shatter his idealistic illusions about America. He searches for tools to reform the country that failed him. His quest becomes a frustrating pursuit. Finally, he meets a person who tells him about the life philosophy of Buddhism. He learns that the credit or blame for all of life’s events lies within-not from others. Looking for happiness outside oneself is fruitless. Only by taking personal responsibility for one’s own life can one be truly happy. Reforming oneself, rather than changing others, leads to a better world.


From the Author:

Ten years ago, I published Waiting for Westmoreland, a book that detailed how Vietnam indirectly became the path to my enlightenment. People celebrate anniversaries. Seemed like a good thing to do, publish a tenth anniversary edition commemorating the occasion. To me, it really was a major accomplishment. I thought the cover didn’t do justice to the book, so I got a better one designed. I have a friend who buys copies and gives them away as an introduction to Buddhism. Twenty of them in the last couple years. Who better to write a foreword that I should have had ten years ago. It’s in the new edition. Life continues—with plenty of ups and downs (more of the former than the latter) over the past ten years, so I threw some of those in at the end. More will come in a sequel later.


It’s been ten years since Waiting for Westmoreland came out. Yes, the title refers to that general from Vietnam. But the book is really about how my experience in Vietnam put me on a quest to reform myself and make the world a better place. I have continued on that path to enlightenment over the past four decades.

We have published a tenth anniversary edition commemorating my first sharing that experience with the world in 2007.

This special edition has a colorful new cover, an expanded epilogue and a foreword by 40+ year friend and retired diplomat Bob Tansey.

If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance to get the book at a holiday discount. If you have read it, now is the opportunity to buy one as a gift for a friend or family member who needs it. See the excerpt from the foreword below about why you should.


Excerpt from the Foreword:

John Maberry and I met over forty years ago. I’m pleased that we’ve kept close contact all these years. I went overseas with the foreign service and later as an environmentalist, spending most of the past thirty years living and working all over the world. John and his wife Juanita spent most of those years in Northern Virginia before retiring to a remote corner of New Mexico while my wife and I returned to the Washington, DC area a few years later.

John and I met because we were both attracted to the teachings and practice of Buddhism and are both members of the SGI-USA Buddhist community (see I like to share the values and practice of Buddhism with others, and one might say it’s simply convenient for me to share this book, a story of my old friend and fellow Buddhist practitioner.

On deeper reflection, though, this book means a lot more to me – and may hold a lot for you! There are important universal truths in here, told through the story of my old friend. That’s why I buy this book and give it away to people—I believe that they can benefit from it possibly even in profound ways.

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As John’s story unfolds in this book, we get to share in the lessons he learned of life and how he put those lessons into practice through great personal effort. He takes the past and rectifies it – turns “Poison into Medicine” rather than allowing circumstance to define him and how he will live.


Here is how you can get your copy of this wonderful book:


Get an Amazon Kindle version,  for just $1.99 through December, 2017 [In the US; may be higher elsewhere].

Or get an EPUB version for your tablet or other e-reader at that same price. Note: Nook, iBooks, Kobo and others are still pending but will be available soon.

Rather have it in print? The trade paper version is on sale at $10.16 plus shipping through December (a 40% discount from the cover price). Order soon if you want to send it as a gift–it’s 3-5 days to print plus shipping time (you can pay for expedited shipping, of course).


Special insider secret: – John’s book – The Fountain, will be FREE for Kindle on Amazon December 14 thru 16. The Fountain is a book of thought provoking short stories bordering on sci-fi. 

The Fountain: and six more fantasy and sci-fi stories by [Maberry, John]

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I’ve read both of John’s wonderful books and you can see my reviews HERE and HERE.


Scars – My Entry for Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction (Nonfiction)

Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest


This was my second entry for Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction (Nonfiction) Rodeo Contest. It was a double-header 99 words no more or less times 2.


The topic – Scars – was inspired by a quote by Stephen King – whose book on writing should be read, I believe, by all aspiring writers. He wrote “Writers remember everything … especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.” Entries were to show a remembered scar using any genre the writer chose in 198 words. 

You can read more about the contest and see some entries over at Charli’s Carrot Ranch


Forbidden Passion


Our eyes met and locked with desire. A whirlwind of wining, dining, and dancing kept our hearts riding on the crest of passion. When his fingertips held my face, it left imprints of electric shocks into the depths of never-ending want while I’d gaze into his big, soulful eyes.


The way he said my name increased the rhythm of my heart. When we danced we became one, and our hearts joined in an unstoppable, pulsating desire. No words of love were ever spoken to complicate our romance, yet we both knew, we understood within.


Harsh reality set in after that magical year we shared, much longer than we’d both anticipated. One night, one look in his once smiling eyes showed the happiness was stripped from his soul. We remained in a desperate embrace dancing our last dance before the sacrifice.


His lips parted with pain, spilling the words “I love you, but I can’t be completely yours.” Our lips so close we shared the same oxygen as our tears melded, tasting each other’s brine. His hand squeezing mine so tight, his wedding ring embedded my palm. The music stopped, we parted, each leaving with half the other’s heart.