Care for Humanity in the Time of CoVid

As I write this, I ask readers to do 3 things.

Regardless of what you believe about who or what unleashed this pestilence called CoVid upon the world...

Regardless of what your  political beliefs may be and/or who you blame that was/is in power

Regardless of who you think is responsible for CoVid still hanging on...

There are 3 simple things you can do to make a difference.

#1 Please get vaccinated.

If you haven't, why not? Millions have been vaccinated without problem. No one has turned into a genetic mutant as some seem to fear.

I grew up in an era where children had to be vaccinated before being allowed to attend school.

That requirement changed over the years due to parental pressure—from parents who themselves had been vaccinated when they were children so they could grow up without fear of polio, smallpox, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, and rubella.

By getting vaccinated, you are showing that you care for your family, your friends, and humanity in general. 

#2 Please wear a mask in public.

What's the big deal with the mask? By wearing one, you can help prevent the spread of CoVid which has exploded again. I'm vaccinated, and I still wear one in public. Something as simple as wearing a mask can help you stay healthy. 

I don't understand those who think wearing a mask violates their rights. I DO know they don't have to right to go unmasked and possibly spread this disease.

#3 Please stay away from events that draw large crowds.

Every event that draws a huge crowd seems to result in a mass CoVid explosion. Stop and think. You may be young and think you're immortal, but no one is. You may get CoVid and recover, but how will you feel if you give it to someone you love who dies from it?

I'll add a fourth thing, a personal plea, you can do for me.

#4 Please pray.

For all who have CoVid.

For Melanie, our older daughter, who has CoVid pneumonia—the Delta variant. In today's world, nothing is scarier than having someone you love with an illness like this. 

For all who suffer from other dire illnesses.

Takeaway Truth

Together we can all do these simple things to beat this awful scourge.

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Hot August?

Wow! It's been hot lately, hasn't it? I read the perfect quotation about August heat.

Sue Monk Kidd said: "The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled."

I know what she means. I walked to the mailbox today, and I felt as if I were on a griddle and sizzling.

Takeaway Truth

What's your August weather like so far?

Heat Lightning Now a KU Free Read

Trying to get back into the swing of things. A lot of items on my To Do list fell by the wayside while I was busy moving.

Just enrolled my romantic thriller HEAT LIGHTNING in Kindle Unlimited.

Get it today for a free read if you're a KU subscriber. If you're not a subscriber, it's only $2.99 for a thrill ride set in Outlaw Ridge, Texas that will leave you breathless.

About Heat Lightning

Secrets, lies, passion. What Tessa doesn't remember may be the death of her.

Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. David’s touch makes Tessa throb. Desire flashes between them like heat lightning on a summer night. Her body knows David, but when she looks at him, he is a stranger to her. Not a flicker of memory is left of him or their life together since she awakened from a coma.

Amnesia has left her with nothing but questions. Who is she? Why does David seem to hate her even as he pulls her into his arms? What is he hiding? How can she trust him when her gut says, Trust no one?

As her love for David grows, so does her feeling of foreboding—as if something awful is watching and waiting.

Reviews for Heat Lightning

Lots of Heat, Lots of Tension
M. Watson Review
5 Stars

This book started from the get-go with action and amazing conflict. I enjoyed the characters very much, plus their obvious love for each other kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend this book!
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NetGalley Review
5 Stars

This is a keeper!
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Fast Short Read!
Bookzilla, Top 500 Reviewer
5 Stars

Interesting storyline with descriptive writing. Believable dialogue and characters with distinct personalities. I am always interested in works by this author!

Takeaway Truth

Grab this hot romantic suspense today—free read on KU.

Review: Lying and Stealing

Recently, Darling Hubby and I happened upon a bargain to beat all bargains: a Samsung 65" TV at a mind-boggling low price. We didn't hesitate and scooped it up.

Now, this behemoth sits on top of my dresser in the bedroom. It spans the top of the dresser, leaving only 3 inches from each end.

Wow! It's turned our bedroom into a theater room. *LOL* The first movie we watched was Lying and Stealing, a Netflix offering.

The movie was blurbed this way: "An art thief who steals from L.A.'s elite finds a kindred criminal spirit in an aspiring actress who has a knack for disguises."

To our delight, the movie, released in 2019, is clever, suspenseful, and compelling with sound characterization. There's a backstory that's an emotional mine field, and a nice twist ending that is satisfying even if you see it coming.

Movie Info: The Cast

One critic labeled the cast as "second tier," but there's nothing second tier about the actors led by Theo James as Ivan Warding, an art thief taking from the movers and shakers in LaLa Land, not just for the coin, but for a deeper more personal reason.

Emily Ratajkowski is Elyse Tibaldi, an actress who's on a Hollywood producer's blacklist and is a surprisingly smart cookie.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach is Ray Warding, Ivan's brother for whom rehab is a swinging door. He's funny and damaged all at the same time. Great portrayal by this actor. As you'll learn, both brothers share the same emotional baggage.

Fred Melamed is Dimitri MaropakisIsiah, the big baddie of this story.

You'll recognize the other actors in lesser roles. All in all you'll enjoy this caper flick.

Production Credits

Directed by Matt Aselton
Written by Matt Aselton and Adam Nagata
Produced by Mohamed AlRafi, Naomi Despres, and  Michael Costigan
Cinematography by Corey Walter
Edited by Geoff Hounsell
Music by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli
Production Companies: Cota Films,   50 Degrees Entertainment, Voltage Pictures
Distribution: Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV Cinema
Released: July 12, 2019 in the United States
Movie Language: English

Behind the Stars Details

In case Theo James looks familiar, it's because he's been in several popular movies like the Divergent series. He was also named as "the new face of Hugo Boss" in 2015.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach has a long list of credits including Damages, The Punisher, Person of Interest, the Law and Orders, and many other popular and critically acclaimed series.

Emily Ratajkowski is a model who stepped into show biz in a Maroon 5 video.

If you're not a Netflix subscriber, you can rent or buy Lying and Stealing from Amazon. It's definitely worth $2.99 to rent. You can buy it for only $4.99.

Takeaway Truth

It's hot outside even at night. Stay inside. Put this on your watchlist, pop some corn, and have a movie night.



Honey, I'm Home!

I'm back!

No, I haven't been on a vacation. I've been moving which isn't nearly as much fun as a vacation.

Life is all about change, and the decision to sell our two-story home and buy a one-story has been a huge change.

New Adventure

Darling Hubby and I made the decision to do that last year. It took us a while to get motivated, but by April we'd committed to the change because of my increasing vision problems that may lead to blindness. I didn't want to be living in a two-story if that happened.

From January through April, we "polished" our home until it sparkled like a diamond. It went up for sale on May 2. Within a week, we had sold it. We spent the rest of May and June shopping for a one-story house, but had no luck. 

Eureka

At last, we found a one-story. We began to pack up the house. We closed on the home we sold. Ten days after finding our one-story,  we closed on the home we bought. 

The morning of July 13, remodeling began. The new hardwood floors were finished July 15, and movers brought our furniture the next day.

The rest of July has been overseeing the remodeling, waiting for contractors to show up, and staring at the mountains of boxes stacked in every room. 

We won't unpack until the electricians are finished and the painters have done their thing. It was difficult to leave our perfect home and take on another remodeling project, but sometimes, you have to take a leap—even though you know it means a lot of work.

Need Some Help With Life Changes

There are books that address every topic. If you're stressed or depressed by life changes, try one of these books.

Transitions: Making Sense Of Life's Changes by William Bridges

Making Peace with Change: Navigating Life's Messy Transitions with Honesty and Grace by Gina Brenna Butz.
 
Takeaway Truth

The only constant in life is Change. It's never too late to learn how to accept Change or at least not let it destroy your peace.



Plan for the 2nd Half of 2021

Wow! The first half of 2021 is in our rearview mirror.

This is the perfect time to look at those first 6 months and see if you're satisfied with how you spent those first 6 months.

Did you have a vision of what your 2021 would look like? Did you have things you wanted to achieve? If so, did you make it happen? Or did your dreams fall by the wayside?

On January 1, I wrote a post I think is worth repeating here. This post gives real advice on how to achieve something you want. I'm not kidding. Try it. Pick 1 important thing you want to achieve and use these...

Four Secrets to Making Changes

1. Make a decision to change.

How do you do that? Literally say to yourself, "I decide to eat smaller portions at meal times." Or, "I decide to write 2,00 words every day."

Every change starts with a conscious decision of "I will no longer do X. I will do this new thing." 

Even better is writing it rather than just thinking it or putting it in a digital calendar on your phone or computer.

2. Take action immediately, no matter how small, to work toward that change.

Consciously think of your decision to change and figure out 1 thing you can do immedidately, that if done every day, will bring about the change. Write down that action the night before so you know exactly what you'll do when the new day dawns.

3. Every day take an action to work toward the change. Yep, again, write it down.

Each action, no matter how small, when done consistently, builds toward what you want just as a rock piled on top of other rocks day after day eventually builds a mountain. Each action done day after day builds a habit, and it also builds momentum.
 
4. Now, having decided what you want and taken some action, write up The Plan to help you achieve what you want.

Yes, write it down. That makes it real and achievable. Sit down with a pen and a journal, notepad, day planner, or open a document on a device.  You will now prepare a plan of attack. You are the general in the battle to achieve what you want. 

You know what you want to change. You've decided to make that change. You've taken an action to change already. 

Writing Up the Plan

Your Plan consists of all the steps needed to get you from today to the end of the year.

Think about that. What are the steps—the actions—that you must take to get from now to where you want to be? 

What do you have to do every month?

Break that down into what must be done every week.

Break that down into what must be done every day. Baby steps lead to giant leaps.

Review your Plan frequently. If Plan A isn't working, alter it to Plan B. Review and change as needed.

I'm a firm believer in the power of actually writing in a day planner, calendar, or journal. 

There is a magical difference in taking pen in hand and writing something as opposed to inputting it into a digital device.

If you don't believe that, try it for one month, and you'll see the difference in what you can accomplish.

I use the day planner or diary shown at right. Each fall I buy one for the new year. The one shown here is different from mine in that it goes to June of 2022.

Takeaway Truth

For the remainder of 2021, try this way to make changes that will help you get what you want.


Photo Credits



Had 2nd CoVid Vaccination

I crawled to my laptop to post this. Darling Hubby and I had 2nd CoVid vaccination Saturday at noon.

He got sick at midnight and was sick with bad headache, fever, chills, nausea, and terrible back ache. I took care of him with cold compresses, chicken soup, lots of liquids.

Twenty-four hours later he was fine. By then, I had begun to get sick: migraine, constant nausea, lymph nodes in armpit hugely swollen, exhaustion, terrible back ache, fever, and chills.

Takeaway Truth

It's been more than 36 hours, and I'm still sick with all of the above. Won't be back for a while.