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Thursday, October 26, 2023

InSanity for the WIN, WIN, WIN! 2nd Place in BookFest!

Dear Sillies,

We interrupt our Halloween "treats" to bring a burst of personal excitement. 

I know, it doesn't look official. The certificate and stickers are en route, though.

I WON! I WON! I WON! 2nd place and Honorable Mention for InSanity in BookFest Fall '23 for Nonfiction, Mental Health! WOOT! Both my memoirs (this and Woman on the Verge of Paradise) are award winning babes. 

One never knows where life will take you. I began this journey on blogspot 14 years ago. Here I met my good friend and editor, Bryan Pedas* of the former A Beer for the Shower blog, and current blogger, HRH, who spent countless hours helping me fine-tune my writing. Wait, did I say HRH? No, no, no, that feisty dead cat didn't help at all. It's her servant woman, DebraSheWhoSeeks. Sorry for the mix-up, Deb. Do forgive me.  

*Stay tuned for the extraordinary entertainment Bryan's been busily crafting. 

You Are a Winner in
The BookFest® Awards!
You are receiving recognition with a BookFest Award for outstanding literary achievement.
We're thrilled to honor you with a BookFest Award, recognizing your exceptional literary achievement. Your submission was meticulously evaluated by The BookFest judging team, passing through multiple stages of review. Plus, many of the esteemed BookFest Bellwethers lent their expertise to ensure the integrity and thoroughness of the judging process.
The caliber of entries received this season was truly impressive, making your win all the more noteworthy. We're deeply appreciative of your contribution to the literary world. At The BookFest, we hold a strong belief in the transformative power of storytellers. Your award underscores your significant impact on readers across the globe.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Rainbows, Butterflies, and She Who Seeks

My Dear Sillies,

There's so much love here in blogland, and in the universe. It's important to remember this - especially with the atrocities going on in the Middle East. 

Sometimes the best we can do is send out love (and/or prayers, blessings, earnest hope for real change). Though this feels dismally insufficient, it's the most humane option, and it's desperately needed. 

"Evil exists in the part. Perfection exists in the whole. I can choose this latter view, not that I always should, but I always can." -Hugh Prather

Having a balanced perspective is both healthy and necessary. That said, let's shift toward rainbows. I was gifted with a most beautiful glass rainbow piece by blogland's fantabulous Debra She Who Seeks.   How gorgeous is this? Answer: More gorgeous than it appears here. It's Debra's first attempt at glass work. I told her that I love it, so she went to the trouble and expense of shipping it to me from Canada. I'm a lucky gal!

Where there are rainbows, there are butterflies. This one posed for me for over 20 minutes a couple days ago. To my delight.

The butterfly is a sign of freedom, transformation, hope, and faith. 

May your days be filled with equally beautiful sights and acts of loving kindness. 

Love you, my Silliest of Sillies.