Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013 - Andrea Buginsky, The Chosen (#1)

What would New Years Eve be without a countdown?  
In the tradition of every media that has ever done an ode to a countdown, I present to you the ShirleyIsNotMyName Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013!

Our countdown winds down with the number 1 post for 2013 by author/blogger, Andrea Buginsky.  I hope her inspirational and soulful post on "The Chosen" will spark a revival in your heart, mind and soul as we close the chapter on another year.  May her words help lead you toward a Wonderful 2014!

Top 5 Blog Post - MJ Kane, Stay-at-home-mom and Amazon Bestseller (#2)

What would New Years Eve be without a countdown?  
In the tradition of every media that will show a countdown of some sort on television tonight, I present to you the ShirleyIsNotMyName Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013!

This young lady is one of my favorite authors. Although she would not reveal the name behind the "MJ", Ms. Kane did offer some great advice for all writers.  I hope her wisdom will help you reach your writing and life goals as you strive to have a Wonderful 2014!


From Stay at Home Mom to Amazon Bestseller! 


Yes, you read that right; I am a stay at home mom who has managed to make the time in-between cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, field trips, and homework into a means of profitable employment.
Yes, I have created my own job. I am the owner, and author of M.J. Kane Books. I am signed with an Indie Publisher, 5 Prince Publishing, and I have a business manager, (my cousin) and a marketing and promotions manager (my husband).

Top 5 Blog Post - Kathy Lapeyre, Chester's Tales (#3)

What would New Years Eve be without a countdown?  
In the tradition of every media that has ever done an ode to a countdown, I present to you the ShirleyIsNotMyName Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013!

Coming in at #3 on the countdown is author/editor, Kathy Lapeyre's sweet story of being rescued by Chester, the rescue dog! Maybe you're Wonderful 2014 starts with an animal rescue.


Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013 - G.E. Johnson, Shameless in the South (#4)

What would New Years Eve be without a countdown?  
In the tradition of every media that has ever done an ode to a countdown, I present to you the ShirleyIsNotMyName Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013!

Coming in at #4 on the countdown is author, G.E. Johson.  My fellow Southerner gives her take on life in the south as she reviews best-selling author, Melissa Foster's "Have No Shame." 

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013 - Randi Fine, Leaving the Past Behind (#5)

What would New Years Eve be without a countdown?  
In the tradition of every media that will show a countdown of some sort on television tonight, I present to you the ShirleyIsNotMyName Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013!

Starting out our Top 5 countdown at number 5 is Randi Fine.  Life can be painful and often times cruel but Randi will stops by to give advice on the leaving the pain of the past behind and moving forward to a Wonderful 2014!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Post - Chester's Tale by Kathy Lapeyre








I’m Kathy Lapeyre, also known as “levarti2” on Twitter.

As a child my ambition was to teach English and write short stories and although I didn’t do either of those things, I did work for over 25 years in the printing and publishing business.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: QUICK! Let's Do Something Now! (#atozchallenge)

 Although the challenge is officially over (for me anyway, 'cause I'm in the M.E.) there are many, many blogs I still would like to visit. Here is a great post highlighting a few blogs. I'm sure, you, my wonderful followers will enjoy!



Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: QUICK! Let's Do Something Now! (#atozchallenge)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Zoo

The letter for today my little lovelies is Z. This is Final Day of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

X

The letter for today my little lovelies is X. This is Day  of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Voice

The letter for today my little lovelies is V in the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

When Darkness Fell

The letter for today my little lovelies is W of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

My posts are loosely based on emotions/mental drama and anguish while introducing you to some books bearing the same or closely related titles/themes.

You are Beautiful

The letter for today my little lovelies is Y of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

My posts are loosely based on emotions/mental drama and anguish while introducing you to some books bearing the same or closely related titles/themes.

Leaving the Past Behind by Randi Fine (Repost)

As the A to Z Challenge comes to an end the few remaining cells of my brain are slowly fizzing to non-existence. I have enjoyed the challenge and look forward to returning to our regularly scheduled program. 

Let's re-visit the Soulful Word Sunday post from Author, Randi Fine. I believe many of us struggle daily with demons from the past and the words of inspiration she gives are timeless. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for U

The letter for today my little lovelies is U.  Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tired

The letter for today my little lovelies is T. This is Day 22 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Struggle

The letter for today my little lovelies is S. This is Day 21 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Q

The letter for today my little lovelies is Q. This is Day 19 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Respect

The letter for today my little lovelies is R. This is Day 20 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

My posts are loosely based on emotions/mental drama and anguish while introducing you to some books bearing the same or closely related titles/themes.

R is for Respect

Aretha Franklin's hit always comes to mind when i think of the word respect. Respect. Find out what it means to me. Respect. Take care. TCB. Sock it to me. Sock it to me. Sock it to me. Sock it to me. Sock it to me. Sock it to me. Sock it to me.
Respect. Just a little bit. Just a little bit.

As my kids would say, I have mad respect for the A to Z Challenge administrators, moderators and assistants. It is quite a challenge in itself, to live your daily life, write a daily blog post all while checking the progress of a few thousand bloggers. Daily!

My recent question was answered efficiently and very quickly by Alex and the email administrator. Sorry I have forgotten your name, but that does not mean I've forgotten the help you afforded me. Thank you again to both of you.

Hats off to all of you, standing ovation and thunderous applause as you faithfully and diligently execute your duties.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Post

The letter for today my little lovelies is P. This is Day 18 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Obsession

This is Day 17 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Nervous


This is Day 16 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Memories

The letter for today my little lovelies is M. This is Day 13 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Shameless in the South - Guest Post by Author, GE Johnson


Shameless in the South






I recently read and reviewed a novel titled “Have No Shame” by author Melissa Foster. It’s a wonderful story of forbidden love set against the background of 1960’s Arkansas and despite the progress made on paper, southern society was still very much holding fast to racism, bigotry, and outright segregation.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Love

The letter for today my little lovelies is L. This is Day 12 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kind

The letter for today my little lovelies is K. This is Day 11 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Joy

The letter for today my little lovelies is J. This is Day 10 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WWW Wednesday *2*



This is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

If you want to join in just answer the following questions:

 

What are you currently reading

Chasing Amanda by +Melissa Foster 

Broken: A Mystical Trip Through Oz by Jim Scarborough

What did you recently finish reading?

A Thing Devoted  by +Lotis Key 

What do you think you'll read next?

Safe and Sound by +Lindy Zart 

 

What are you reading?

Join in the fun! Post a comment or the link to your WWW post! 

 

 

Ice Cream

The letter for today my little lovelies is I. This is Day 9 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Holler

The letter for today my little lovelies is H. This is Day 8 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Giggle

The letter for today my little lovelies is G. This is Day 7 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!


My posts are loosely based on emotions/mental drama and anguish while introducing you to some books bearing the same or closely related titles/themes. 

 

 

G is for Giggle!


G. Such an interesting shaped letter. It is part circle, part vertical line and some strange little things at the beginning and the end. Well, I am at a loss for the dear letter G! I know! The shame! The ginormous horror! This is noticias grande'!

Then I thought of the word giggle.

I have a cousin, I have several actually, but she was my closest and dearest friend. The years have managed to come between our friendship and we have long periods of no communication. Even though we actually lived in different States, we were together every summer and 99% of all holidays and many just- because- we -live -close -enough- to- drive- up- for- the- weekend occasions!

We had so much fun together and got into quite a bit of mischief! Our antics would bring us into fits of laughter, but then she laughed at everything. The silliness would either start or being with a giggle. She would giggle incessantly.

Even today a few years older, a marriage and a couple of kids later, she still has that  infectious giggle. It made me laugh as a child and the memories of our childhood and that giggle brings tears of joy to my eyes.

Here's to you my giggling cousin, as we grow older I pray we will always love each other, be best friends and never forget to giggle!


Giggles on the Bookshelf







This playful rhyming Little Golden Book asks, "Where do giggles come from?" It's a celebration of families and laughter and children will delight in watching piglets, bear cubs, bunnies, and more baby animals frolicking joyfully with their families.Goodreads.








 
 Drink Wine and Giggle (101 ways girlfriends can connect, have fun and be inspired) combines friendship and personal growth in a collection of easy-to-follow activities that have been tested and proven to turn girlfriend get-togethers into life-shifting experiences. Amazon


What about you? 

Do you have a friend who causes you to loose it completely in laughs and giggles? 





Sunday, April 7, 2013

Leaving the Past Behind Guest Post by Author, Randi Fine


Leaving the Past Behind


The human experience is not an easy one. When we enter this world we are given few guarantees about what awaits us on our journey. We are promised times of joy and times of sorrow, times of thriving and times of suffering, time of hope and times of despair.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fighting

The letter for today my little lovelies is F. This is Day 6 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Embryo

This is Day 5 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!


The letter for today boys and girls is E!


Feature and Follow Friday #5

 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dreams

This is Day 4 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Compulsion

This is Day 3 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow), I will stalk you!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Burning

This is Day 2 of the A to Z Challenge. Using the letters of the alphabet as a starting point, bloggers are challenged to write a post everyday except Sunday. It's a good way to meet new authors and bloggers, learn about interesting books and topics and gain readership. If you stalk me (follow) I will stalk you!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Alone

The A to Z Challenge is underway. Hats off to the founder Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out. This is my first attempt at a blog challenge. I was unable to decide if I should theme or not, so my posts will be loosely based on emotions/mental drama and anguish. So, here goes!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #4

 

 

 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Next Big Thing! A- Work- in -Progress

The Next Big Thing!


A Work-in-Progress

My WIP blog hop follows a tag from +Kate Thompson. She was tagged by her friend +Patrick JonesThe idea is to answer a few questions about my current work-in progress and then I invite or "tag" other authors to share the love. I never talk about my writing to anyone so this is a BIG step for me!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Historical Fiction Guest Post - Kim Scott



 My Dad was in the Navy when I was born on Charleston Naval Base in South Carolina.  But before I was old enough to pick up the romantic southern drawl he was transferred north.  My parents eventually settled on the coast of Maine where I grew up.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Soulful Word Sunday 2 - Guest Post Susette Williams


ACCIDENTAL MEETING

“Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.” Proverbs 14:9

Do you remember the movie, Pay It Forward? It was the feel good type of movie that inspired people to do something for someone else just because, hoping others would take the initiative and do the same. Now imagine if we put a different twist to that philosophy, and everyone started to actually try to make amends for something they did wrong?

A to Z Challenge




I stumbled on this mega blog hop called the A to Z Challenge.  Using the letters of the alphabet you blog for the month of April. Sounds pretty simple. Yeah. Right!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #3

 

 

 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Madness Book Giveaway

 
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A Faded Cottage Book Excerpt - Diann Shaddox







The past few years I’ve been busy writing, and writing and writing. Stories for years have been flowing in my mind, but I pushed them to the side hoping they would just disappear. They didn’t. I gave in a few years ago and I sat down in my family room and began to write. I didn’t think or plan what I was going to write about; I just let the first story begin, then the next story and the next one. Love stories, sci/fi, and children’s stories emerged. 

Guest Post - Author, MJ Kane



From Stay at Home Mom to Amazon Bestseller! 



Yes, you read that right; I am a stay at home mom who has managed to make the time in-between cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, field trips, and homework into a means of profitable employment.
Yes, I have created my own job. I am the owner, and author of M.J. Kane Books. I am signed with an Indie Publisher, 5 Prince Publishing, and I have a business manager, (my cousin) and a marketing and promotions manager (my husband).

Interview with Author - MJ Kane



 


 Please tell me, what does the M.J. stand for in your name? I’m dying to know. : )
Lol, nothing actually, it’s just my initials. Sorry!

OMG!! That book was great! I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it and I was NOT disappointed. 

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Soulful Word Sunday (repost) Guest Post - Andrea Buginsky

I'm slowly healing from my bone-head accident. It's time to start engaging again. 
Sit back and enjoy the very first Soulful Word Sunday post.
  
Shirley is Not my Name is proud to bring you the inaugural edition of Soulful Word Sundays.  I hope you will find some inspiration, encouragement and soul stirring enlightenment from these posts. Today's guest poster is author and blogger, Andrea Buginsky. I am very excited to have her here at the blog and helping me launch a new chapter in my little blog world. So, without further hesitation let's go! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!












The Chosen

Have you ever felt a calling? Like you were meant to be “something?” I’ve had this twitch in my belly for years now telling me I’m mean to do “something,” but I could never figure out what it was.
For years, I thought it was to work with children who had heart disease. I grew up with a heart condition, and I used to dream that when I was older, I would work with kids who were going through the same situations as I did, and be someone who can say to them, “I know what you’re going through. I survived this, and so will you.”
But, alas, life had other plans for me. I tried to make it in the world of pediatric cardiology as an ultrasound tech, but couldn’t pass the math and science classes I needed in college to save my life. So, it was back to the drawing board.
“What do I want to be when I grow up?”
My sister had the answer:
“You love to write, why don’t you do that?”
Thousand-watt light bulb! Of course! I could go to school for journalism! I was already taking writing courses in my first two years of college, and loved those classes. So I talked about it with my English teacher, and she thought it was a great choice for me. She even sponsored me in an independent study course called “Introduction to Mass Communications,” which introduced me to the journalism world and the many aspects of it.
Through the course, I was able to see that my heart definitely lied with magazine feature writing. That’s the course of study I followed when I transferred from St. Petersburg Jr. College to the University of S. Florida.
I loved the program and my teachers. I learned all about becoming a journalist, writing and editing stories, and even freelancing. Because of my heart condition, I knew freelancing would be my best option. I joined the Society of Professional Journalists, and learned even more about my career field. I even had the opportunity to meet several professional journalists in all of the fields. One of them was a great freelance journalist. She became my inspiration.
After I graduated, I slowly started my freelance writing career. I found some websites that offered writing opportunities to freelance writers via the Internet and started writing for them. Over the last few years, these websites have been growing, and so has my career.
Along the way, I also decided I wanted to write a book. I tried several different genres, and finally found that I was chosen to write fantasy for young adults and middle-grade readers. My first book, The Chosen, was born, and I was a published author. It was a dream come true, and finally showed me what I had been chosen for.
So the next time you start wondering what you’ve been chosen for, simply let life take you on your path, and you will soon discover your answer.







Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Remember to sign up for Andrea’s newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of her exciting events.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #2



 The Feature & Follow is hosted by  Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host  has their own Feature Blog and a new one is picked each week. Make sure you visit BOTH sites for new blogs! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Post - Honor Each Moment by Trinka Polite

March Madness dribbles on (pun intended. :) )

Today the guest blogger is author and licensed counselor Trinka Polite.  She is the author of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Speak The Truth Saturday #1 ......just plain Grey!


Native American  Wisdom. Truth just is.  Anything more added to it changes it to opinion. Wish more people knew how to speak the truth.








 Today is Speak The Truth Saturday. I was prepared to write something smart, deep and thought provoking, however, I've decided to speak the truth about a book that I did not like.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday



Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


 Follow Friday is being taken to a new level.  Thanks to The Rookie Romance Blog for the post on Feature and Follow Friday.  I like the idea and believe we (authors and bloggers) are not in competition so we should do all we can to support each other! So without further adieu I give to you Feature and Follow Friday!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guest Post - Writing Different Genres by Regina Puckett


March Madness is rolling along! I continue to be excited with the line-up of guests I will be sharing with you.  Today marks a first for my little blog, my first guest post! I'd like to thank Regina Puckett for giving her time and talent to visit with us today! She will give some insight on why she writes in different genres. 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

March Madness Begins!

I know sports fans are anxiously awaiting the start of one of the most exciting tournaments in college basketball, March Madness. There will be a little madness going on here at the blog too. I am so excited about all the great things coming next month. Author interviews, guest posts and a few giveaways.  So get your face out of the television and into the blog to meet some really talented authors!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

....it's still Valoween to me!

As we embark on another day of chocolate, flowers and diamonds, I still do not like Valentines Day and I continue to be irritated by the forced expressions of "love" that will be portrayed.  Hopefully, last year's  post-Valentine's Day attack  will be a thing of the past and the disappointed women across America will turn the frown upside down and say "thank you."  The attitude exhibited by this young lady explains why I call the 14th of February, Valoween. This day is clearly scarier than Halloween. It frightens me how society designates one day out of three hundred sixty-five to "show" love. With the constant barrage of ads from florists, chocolatiers and jewelry stores telling men across America to make the day special with a diamond, because like your undying love for her, it too, will last forever, the real meaning of love is lost among the glossy, colorful ads and sentimental television commercials.

Sadly people use the word love not completely understanding the meaning. Real love is not predicated on the size of a bouquet, the number of carats in a ring or whether cupid pulled back his bow and hit the bulls-eye in your heart. No my friends, real true love endures the test of time, stands tall through adversity, does not hold grudges, does not with-hold communication or pout over the lack of receiving gifts.

Love is patient and kind, it does not boast, is not vain and does not keep score of wrongs. Until the masks are removed and our focus is instead on the relationship and not the "shiny stuff", the real spirit of love will be lost and love will continue to be relegated to one lonely day, in the shortest, coldest month of the year. Love is not a commercial enterprise. Love should be given everyday.


The original Valoween post can be found on the 25 February 2012 post titled, Valoween! Just plain Scary!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Pinterest

Several months ago, I created a Pinterest account and sat staring at the computer thinking, "now what?" Since I had no answers, I closed the page and ended my journey in Pin-land.