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Catch Up Time
My apologies for not being around much this past several days but life has a tendency to catch up on us all. Even since I have retired I find myself busier than ever. It can be good and yet it can get to be a little too much at times.
Yet another close to finished is called "The Fallen Barn" and now starts the real work of editing and reediting several times over.
Gather around and this hub will more of a catch up for those who follow just to let you know what has been happening. Take your time and rest awhile. Sorry we are close to running out of Fireside fires as the house is staying warm now. I guess we will just have to pretend. In any case welcome as always.
The Old and The New
I so appreciate nature when you take the time to stop and appreciate all that is at hand. This picture to me speaks volumes about the cycle of life and its meaning. This winter for many I know has been a winter of loss through family members and close friends.
No matter who when we hear of loss we all suffer some pain as we watch others struggle. I was asked a few years ago to do a funeral for a dear family friend. Devastating for a husband of 45 years and two adult boys. At the time it was hard for them to grasp what I spoke of that day and the meaning of her spirit living on through them. I had spoken with Gloria a few weeks before she passed away and she shared with me the things she wanted spoken of. They all centered on love and not loss. Her favorite saying was "Onward and upward" Greve not my loss but celebrate my life is what she wanted. There were well over 400 people there that day. We cried, we laughed and cried again.
The other day the husband called and we spoke at length and he shared with me that the message that day had finally sunk in and he said "Yes you are right Rolly, Gloria does live on through us, I can see it now in my children my grandchildren and the many friends Gloria and I had over the years."
The picture above is one that I used that day to explain that from death comes new life and hope for the future. Even though there is a loss there will always be some hope for those who look for it. The family I was told are all doing well and now can speak of the good times they had with Gloria. It was exactly what Gloria would have wanted for them all to carry on with life.
It has been busy here the past several days getting the last novel of a three book series called "Checkers Corner" up and running on Amazon. Reports have been coming in daily and it is doing well. Always good when you can see the sales and hear form people they have enjoyed what you have produced.
I have another near completion called "The Fallen Barn". It has come together nicely. I have allowed a few people to critique it and they are giving positive feedback. Then comes the hard work of editing over and over again. Writing is the easy part in my opinion.
I have a start on the next as well. Another fiction I have created a main character who is a rather salty old character with a past that has come back to haunt him. I find myself getting lost in this fellow and those who come into his life. The title is still up in the air as of yet.
This is the resident squirrel that lives at the cabin in the mountains I like to go to. His name is Fast Eddie" as he is quick and can get in and out of any scrap of food you leave laying around.
I have been holding off going out there due to heavy snowfall a while back and muddy trails to get into it. Thinking maybe the later part of next week. This trip in will only be a few days but later in the season the visit will be more regular. Especially when the Brown Trout start to run in the river near the cabin. Eddie is due for someone to scold anyway. He just loves running across the tin roof in the very early hours of morning chattering the entire time.
Well friends there you have the latest from here. I do hope you have found a little rest. Stay as long as you like and know that you are loved here.
Hugs as always from here.
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