Friday, September 18, 2020

Happy Birthday USAF - September 18, 1947


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I am not a political person, but I am a patriot because I believe in freedom and diversity.  I believe in service to my country, community, and family.  However, there are many ways for people to serve, and, for me, it was by enlisting in the United States Air Force.

There isn't anything glamorous or romantic about war.  Death, suffering, cruelty...  I wish we could eradicate such things from our world, but I know that isn't reality.  So, I strive for balance, justice, forgiveness, and compassion.  I joined because 'the best defense is a good offense'.  Now, that can - and has - been interpreted in many ways, but for me, it means this: when your people are strong, healthy, and cooperative, then no one can break you down.  If you have a well trained military, then no one wants to engage with that military.  You work to be the best so that you perform with precision to save lives while completing the job quickly to end issues before they escalate.

All that said to explain why I am so proud to be a veteran, when I simply want to say happy 73rd birthday to my beloved Air Force.
And, to my first home, the 14th AS, 'once a pelican, always a pelican!'

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

MAYA ANGELOU - My Heart Is Full


When I was a little girl, I didn't know her name.  I just knew her words.
I didn't know her writing... just her thoughts - her quotes.
They were so powerful for me that they have remained with me for all my life.  This amazing woman molded me without knowing me and without my knowing her.  That blows me away.  Though, I am proud to say I know who she is now that I am grown...

A quote from Maya that I heard at a very young age, which has inspired me as a writer and a person, was this:

For the longest time, I could not tell you who said it, but I carried it in my heart and mind.
It was important to me.  It spoke to me.
It meant more when I learned that 93% of communication is non-verbal.

Other quotes that touched me personally and became apart of my personal belief system:


Tuesday, September 15, 2020


 New anthology from Saskatchewan publisher features short fiction by bestselling and award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors

Releasing September 22 in e-book and November 14 in print from Regina’s Shadowpaw Press, Shapers of Worlds is an anthology featuring stories by internationally bestselling and award-winning authors of science fiction and fantasy. 

Edited by Edward Willett, Shapers of Worlds features new stories from Seanan McGuire, Tanya Huff, David Weber, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., D.J. Butler, Christopher Ruocchio, John C. Wright, Shelley Adina, and Willett himself, plus reprints from John Scalzi, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Julie E. Czerneda, Fonda Lee, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Gareth L. Powell, Derek K√ľnsken, and Thoraiya Dyer.

All of the featured authors were guests during the first year of Willett’s podcast, The Worldshapers, winner of the 2019 Aurora Award (Canada’s top award for science fiction and fantasy) for Best Fan Related Work.

Among the collected authors are winners of and nominees for most of the world’s most prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy literature: the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, Aurealis, Ditmar, British Science Fiction Association, and Dragon Awards.

Ranging from boisterous to bleak, from humorous to harrowing, from action-filled to quiet and meditative; taking place in alternate pasts, the present day, the far, far future, and times that never were; set on Earth, in the far reaches of space, in fantasy worlds, and in metaphysical realms, each of these stories is as unique as its creator.

Willett is himself an award-winning author of more than sixty books of fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. His latest is The Moonlit World, his 11th novel for New York’s DAW Books, Book 3 in his Worldshapers series. In The Worldshapers podcast, Willett, a former newspaper reporter and editor and radio and television host, chats with other science fiction or fantasy authors about their creative process.

Shapers of Worlds was successfully Kickstarted earlier this year, raising $15,700 from more than 330 backers. The anthology will be available through all major retailers. The e-book can be pre-ordered now.

Sunday, September 13, 2020


 My Greatest Joy

National Grandparents Day - Sunday After labor Day

Ever since I can recall, I wanted to be a grandmother.  I wanted to be the kind who baked cookies for the entire neighborhood and cared for all the kids, whether they were mine or not.  As I never had the passion for cooking, that is not the grandma I became.  However, I am still filled with love for all the kids I encounter, though none are as magical as my own precious grandbabies.

Being a mother was a gift.  I love my daughters beyond words and wouldn't trade them for anything.  However, it is a stressful and trying occupation to be a parent.  You worry about the well-being of the children you care for on a very intense level for you are truly shaping who they are.  You fret because you are responsible for their care - mind, body, and soul.  You question everything, overthinking late into the night... even when you do things right, you ruminate, wondering how you could've done it better.

Then...  you are blessed with the grandchildren.

This miracle is more than you can expect.  It not only renewed my maternal love for my own children, but it expanded my heart for the new members of my family.  Their presence helped my daughters to understand my husband and me on new levels, bringing us closer, while allowing us to be the 'parents' we wish we could have been all along.

As grandparents, we simply get to love.
We don't have the same stresses and worries we had as parents.  Instead, we have all the joy without all the fear.  Oh, you still have it, but it is different.  You aren't the SOLE or DIRECT caregiver, which makes a difference.  It allows you to be fun, playful, and calm in situations where you weren't with your own kids.  It's a whole new world.  A world that you saw through your youthful eyes, then again through your children's view, and in a refreshed way through your grandkids.