I turned 64 today. May 2-4, always a long weekend, and usually great weather, and a great time. But today I feel… not melancholy, not sad, but…reflective is the probably the best word. Suddenly, without my noticing, I’m in my mid-60s. Not elderly, but, let’s say, if I wasn’t already retired, I would be soon … More Another Turn Around the Sun
“Music—soother of the teenage beast. If I had to give a one-word answer to describe the most important part of early teenage years, it would be music.” So begins this excerpt from “Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story” by Michele Sabad. Here’s some more from my Base Teen Town years – may it bring a … More Music : CAMP FOLLOWER Excerpt
2021. Another unprecedented (yes, I’ve overused this word, too) year. But life goes on, and reading is a big part of mine. With more stutters than starts this year, nevertheless, here’s the list. As usual, I read a variety of books, found, bought, and e-read from a variety of sources. January First up, a popular … More 2021 – Reading List
If you were a military brat like me, who enjoyed part of your childhood in Germany, then this story requires no explanation. But here’s a little. My mother collected Classic comic books. This childhood memory story reminds me that kids don’t care about classics, but they do about comics. At least we did. Excerpt from … More Lost Year excerpt : Comics
I’ve just published my third book, “Lost Year. A Pandemic Diary 2020”, and like any author, I feel as proud of it as of any of them. A new ‘baby’ sibling to join the first two, “Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story” and “First We Eat. Food, Life, and More Stories”. I’m a first-born myself, … More The Middle Child (Book)
This coming June, I will have been retired for 5 years. How time flies! My grandmother warned me that the older you get, the faster the years go by, and although I couldn’t imagine that in my youth, impatient for those life goals: the new baby’s arrival, the mortgage paid off, the kids finally moving … More Retirement. Another Pandemic Issue.
The river is thawed. Spring is in the air. And… I’ve finally solved an indie author problem that this past year has made even worse. (Only one problem this past year has made worse? Sheesh.. I could write a book about what has been bad about this past year. Oh, I did! More about that … More Spring Breakout
One year ago today, end of February 2020, I was at a major sporting event, the Canadian Men’s Curling Championships, the Brier, in Kingston, Ontario. My husband and I spent the weekend sitting in crowds, eating in restaurants, drinking and dancing to live bands in “the Patch”, the party tent outside the arena. Living our … More February 2021. One Year Later.
As with my first book, “Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story“, I submitted my new release “First We Eat. Food, Life, and More Stories” for the prestigious Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, 28th Annual edition. Because of 2020, I actually had forgotten that I submitted it back in April, until the email came in October … More First We Eat: Writer’s Digest Review
September always feels like the start of a new year to me. As does my birthday, in May: It’s the feel of a new season, new activities, fresh beginnings. It has never felt more like a new life than this closing of September of 2020 – the year we shall always reference by “before Covid, … More September 2020. Reset.