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Pennies from Heaven: A Slice of Life Post

 

 

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. Today, I want to talk about the significance of finding coins, specifically pennies and dimes.

Recently, I went to the mall with my youngest. There was a game for the Xbox 360 he wanted to get and he couldn’t wait one more day to get it. Sigh. So we ventured out on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

I parked my car in the parking lot and stepped out. I happened to look down on the ground and there sitting right by my foot was a dime. I picked it up and put it in my pocket. I didn’t think much about it, just proceeded into the store.

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After my son picked out his game, we stood in the long line waiting to check out. Ahead of me in the aisle was a bright shiny penny. I had seen it earlier, before I stepped in line, but I figured someone would pick it up. I was surprised to see it still on the floor. I picked it up and handed it to the cashier. I thought it was odd, all those people milling around and no one picked up that coin. I shrugged it off, after all, it was busy. The chances of finding loose change will increase dramatically when you have more people milling around.

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We left the store and headed toward our car. As we travelled across the parking lot, something shiny caught my eye. When I stepped closer, I realized it was a coin, another dime. Now I believe in synchronistic events and I find it strange that I would find three coins in a busy mall out in plain site where anyone passing by could pick them up.

So when I returned home. I did an internet search and I found there is a spiritual connection to finding pennies and dimes.

Some people believe that finding these two types of coins in odd places or frequently is a message from someone who has passed to the other side.

Click this link to read more here:

http://www.ask-angels.com/spiritual-guidance/finding-dimes-pennies-from-heaven/

If this is true, what does finding these coins mean? What message are they trying to convey?

Well, according to the above article, pennies signify the number one. Which carries the vibration of new beginnings, new ideas, achievement, success, and progress.

Dimes, on the other hand, signify that you should pay attention to your intuition and trust your instincts as you move forward in life.

Is this true? I don’t know, but I do know that I’ve had a rush of new ideas recently in regards to my writing. 🙂 So I’m going to be paying attention that’s for sure.

How about you? Has anything like this happened to you before? What did you make of it? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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My Thoughts on “The Martian”

Last week hubby and I watched “The Martian.” I haven’t read the book yet. It’s on my TBR pile, but my pile is getting bigger and bigger and my days are getting busier and busier. Sigh. I’m sure you know how that goes.

Anyway, I’m not into Sci-Fi, but this movie caught my attention. The thing that I liked about it is the fact that this situation isn’t out of the realm of possibility. It was believable. That’s one of the things I don’t like about Science Fiction, some of it’s so way out there it’s hard to believe in the possibility of the events even happening.

Not only did I like the story line, I also liked Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney. He’s a botanist and he’s left behind on Mars. He’s all alone and the story is about how he manages to survive and how he returns to Earth. As you may have guessed, obstacles come up along with some triumphs and you have to wait until the very end to see if he makes it.

So, if you’re looking for a great movie. I’d recommend it. It’s a science fiction story without a totally “sciencey” feeling to it.

If you want to read the book first. Here’s the cover, blurb, and buylink.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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How about you? What movies have you seen lately that you’d recommend? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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Merry Christmas! A Slice of Life Post

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post.SOL

I’ve been busy this week with shopping, a blog tour, and I’ve been bitten by the inspiration bug! I’m so excited about this new idea that I’ve become frustrated when I can’t work on it. Sigh.

It’s a good problem to have, though. Better than having writer’s block, that’s for sure!

So, this Slice of Life post is going to be short and sweet. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s take a moment and reflect on what we’re all grateful for and the steps we need to take to make the next year even better.

At the beginning of 2015 I was ending my chemo treatment. So the beginning was rough. I didn’t feel well and my productivity was very low. My focus was on keeping my kids’ routine going despite how I felt.

As the year progressed, I recovered from my treatment and started writing again. The ideas have just started flowing. I can’t seem to write fast enough to keep up!

I’m also deeply grateful. Grateful that I survived chemo, grateful that my family’s intact, and grateful for my ability to write. I feel like I’ve received a new lease on life. 🙂

For 2016, I plan to focus more on my family and my writing. I’m also going to step up my exercise routine, after all, I want to see my boys grow up.

How about you? What are your plans for 2016?

 

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A Slice of Life

 

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. I reside in Michigan and we’re having an unseasonably warm winter. I appreciate this because last year was horribly cold and I was going through chemo. I couldn’t warm myself to save my life. I wore layers of clothing and bundled up under blankets to keep warm. It seems like ages ago, but it has only been a year since I had to undergo treatment.

So, the fact that I can take a walk in sixty degree weather, wearing my spring coat in December is something I’m grateful for. I enjoy walking in nature. It calms me and settles my rattled nerves when life gets too busy.

This time of year life gets hectic. The holidays, while fun can be stressful. My hubby and I went Christmas shopping last night and the crowds were overwhelming, especially to a couple of introverts like us. As you can guess, we avoid crowds as much as possible. They stress us out.

Since there were so many people, the lines to check out were long. We grew tired of waiting and patrons were grumpy. I made a mental note to start my shopping earlier next year and do it in the morning. I doubt the stores would’ve been so busy then.

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Not only were the lines in the stores long, but traffic around the malls was heavy. Because of this, it took us forty-five minutes to travel to a destination that would normally take us twenty. I could feel the frustration growing inside of me. I tried deep calming breaths, which helped, but didn’t completely dissolve my angst. Glancing at my hubby, I found him hunched behind the wheel, white-knuckling it as he glared at the inconsiderate drivers trying to switch lanes in front of us.

Then I thought of last year. How I couldn’t help my hubby with the shopping because I didn’t feel well. I remember I wasn’t excited about Christmas. It had become a daunting task in the wake of my diagnosis and treatment.

I chastised myself for allowing some ornery people and insensitive drivers to have such a detrimental effect on my mood. I started thinking about my boys.  I love the fact they still believe in Santa, and the fact that we have to take precautions so we won’t get caught with the presents. I appreciate that I’m able to shop this year for my boys. I’m glad I’m here and that I can share another Christmas with them.

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Technology and Its Effects on our Lives

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! I’m back today and I’m excited because I’ve finished my latest WIP. 🙂 Now the editing begins. My favorite part of writing. I love making my story stronger and better. I’ll share more details as I go through the process.

Today, I want to talk about technology. What an amazing thing it is. When I compare my childhood to that of my children, things are totally different, and I must say, I’m not that old! 😉

It’s incredible the changes that have occurred in the last thirty years (cough). Back in the day, we only had a landline phone, cell phones didn’t exist. Now, we’ve got phones that we can send texts, take pictures, and search the web with. It is truly amazing how far we’ve come.

And let’s not forget Social Media. Today, we can chat with someone from another country via the internet for the cost of an internet connection. I remember my days in college when we had to wait until after eleven pm to make long distance calls because the rates were lower, and I wasn’t even chatting with someone from another country. Those phone calls were expensive!

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It’s remarkable how far we’ve come and it makes me wonder how far we’ll go. What new technology awaits us over the horizon? What will social media evolve into and what effect will it have on our kids?

These are the questions I think about as I watch my children interact with their friends. I wonder how relationships will evolve. Will most of them be carried out over the internet? Will text messaging/instant messaging be the way our kids communicate with their friends and families? After all this type of communication is on the rise. Just take a look at these statistics. http://attentiv.com/we-dont-speak/

The reality is that our texting may be a detriment to face to face communication. According to this article, http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/texting-teens-adults-communication-0726126

Text messaging/instant messaging is a form of instant gratification, cultivating impatience in our teens which could lead to aggression. When I think of this, I think of road rage and the fact that it’s on the rise. To me, road rage is a person’s frustration when they can’t get to their destination fast enough or they’re frustrated by another driver. Could the instant gratification of text messaging be a contributing factor to road rage? In my opinion yes.

This is one of the negatives of our technological advancement. Just like everything in life, moderation is the key. I believe we need to set limits on cell phone usage especially while driving. Did you know that texting while driving is now a worse public hazard than drunk driving? Check out this article, http://www.alertdriving.com/home/fleet-alert-magazine/north-america/Texting-while-driving-now-a-worse-public-hazard-than-drunk-drivers

Right now, the responsibility resides with the individuals to monitor their own cell phone usage while driving. I believe, we’ll soon have laws that prohibit the use of cell phones while on the road, but how do we police it? As a parent, I say absolutely no texting while driving for teens. They’ve just learned how to drive, they don’t need the distraction of trying to text at the same time.

Our technological advancements have created some problems for our society. In my opinion, moderation is key. We’ll have to monitor and set limits for social media interaction and text messaging for our kids. After all, we don’t want them to lose the ability to communicate face to face. They’d lose the art of reading body language and emotional intelligence will decrease. These are vital skills they’ll need as adults, wouldn’t you agree?

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My Thoughts on “Untwine”

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’m talking about a book that I finished reading a couple of weeks ago. It’s titled, “Untwine” by Edwidge Danticat. The cover and blurb are below.

“A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love and loss by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat.

Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone’s world forever.

Giselle wakes up in the hospital, injured and unable to speak or move. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle must revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her — her friends, her parents, and above all, Isabelle, her twin — have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to lead her to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a spiral of longing and regret?

Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, family, the horrors of loss, and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.”

 

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this story. “Untwine” is the story of a tragedy that pulls a family, that originally was falling apart, back together.  It was so well written and you could just feel the sadness of Giselle whenever she thought about her sister.

It’s the story about loss and love. How life goes on even when you don’t want it too. It explains the pain of surviving a tragic accident along with the pain of losing someone you love. No one can prepare another for this experience, but this story has an authenticity to it that many who’ve lost a family member will be able to identify with.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. What have you read recently that has made an impression on you? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!