TToT – My People

There’s a lot going on around here right now.

The in-real world is pretty stressful and demanding right now and I’d be lying if I said I’m handling with anything close to finesse. I’m not. I’m exhausted. I’m not sleeping. My eczema is springing up like crazy. I’m getting pimples – and that’s ridiculous. I didn’t even have them in puberty. Why now for crying out loud? I’m cranky and nervous and I’m driving my family insane. Even the Rotten Cats are kind of staying away…

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So, yeah. Finding the thankful this week was not at the top of my Things-I-Can’t-Wait-to-Do list this week. In fact, Christina mentioned on Facebook that she was kind of wondering how to get the TToT done when you’re really not feeling it. At that moment, I thought my list was going to be one of Clark’s hypo-gratitude type posts. I think most of us have been there at least once. Right?

Well I’m kind of there again.

But at some point on Saturday morning it occurred to me that even though I’m really having a tough time seeing what’s going well right now, there is a lot of good in my life. It comes in the form of the people I have around me.

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TToT – Words

Words hold great power.

Words can heal or harm, praise or cut down, build or destroy. Words can bring great change. They can bring us to tears or laughter and help us express our thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears, and desires.

I am thankful for the abundance of words flowing plentiful in our lives this week…

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The Importance of Talking about Reading

OK, so it’s Tuesday.

Lately, I’ve been running something book-related for you on Tuesdays. It’s kind of like library day. Maybe we have a guest post from an author, maybe a Q&A session, maybe a book review…

But today I’m afraid I have nothing new to report. I’m still reading several books (yes, I do that) but not finishing any because how crazy is the end of the school year?

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So instead of something brand-new for you today, I’m going to send you back once again to Lizzi’s blog and her Slip of the Lit post about the importance of talking about the books you read and love. Lizzi breaks it down into the simplest of terms: review, share, and recommend. Simple.

If you know me at all, you know that one of my champion causes is reading and literacy. Reading begets so many wonderful things – knowledge, connection, acquisition of strong language skills, exposure to so many different topics…the list goes on and on. To possess a love of reading is to possess the world. Reading opens doors we can’t even imagine until we stand in front of them, wondering what lies beyond.  Continue reading “The Importance of Talking about Reading”

TToT – Simple Practicality

There is nothing quite so satisfying as practical wisdom.

While I suppose it’s presumptuous to call myself “wise,” I can at least admit honestly that I found several occasions this week that called for some practical application of knowledge and somehow I got it right!

And in the spirit of being practical, I need to be quick about this because I’m late to publish and I have a list of things to do yet after this post. So let’s be about the business of thankfulness, shall we? Continue reading “TToT – Simple Practicality”

The Truth Behind the Story – An Interview with Beth Teliho

Grab your coffee cup, friends, because we have a visitor this morning.

Today, I am thrilled to have Beth Teliho, author of one of my new favorite books, Order of Seven, join us for a stop along her blog tour. I reviewed Order of Seven not long ago. You can check that out here. Go ahead, the coffee is still brewing.

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Now that you’re back, let’s get comfortable and learn about some of the truths behind Order of Seven…and stick around for the very end because you can win a very cool prize!

TMoM: Your book has clear undertones (or maybe not so under-) of respect for the environment and protecting the world. There is also a strong message of connectedness to the earth, to other humans, to all living things, really? Where does that come from?

BT: It came from my bones. It’s everything I believe, so much so that it doesn’t even feel like a belief as much as a truth. That connectedness and my love for nature/science will most likely always make its way into my stories one way or another. That being said, from the very beginning I had a clear and deliberate intention to have it be the undercurrent of this particular novel.

TMoM: In what ways do you see Order of Seven as a vehicle for promoting ecological and environmental consciousness?

BT: I hope it plants a seed, or at least leaves readers with a feeling of positivity and connectedness. Other than that, I don’t have some big agenda. I just wrote the story I wanted to read, while threading it with things I love or that I think are important.

OrderofSeven_FC_BNG (1)TMoM: In my years as a high school English teacher, students would often protest when it came time for discussion, arguing that we should leave literature alone, just enjoy the story, and not try to find meaning. They would often insist that authors intended no meaning at all. What are your thoughts?

BT: As an author, it’s incredibly rewarding to have readers understand the meaning you worked so hard to embed, but I do understand from a student’s point of view how tedious this can be at times when all they want to do is read for the love of stories.

I do think discussion is important, though. I read Life of Pi with a college class and learned things I may never have picked up on had I read it on my own, and these details are what made me love the story. I also think these dissections also teach readers – and potential writers – how much more goes into the story than what meets the eye.

Plus, when you’re an adult you get to have these discussions with your book club. #wine

TMoM: In Order of Seven, Devi and her friends will certainly leave behind an important legacy. What legacy would you most like to leave?

BT: Deep thoughts, with Beth Teliho….  Haha Okay, seriously, I would love my legacy to be compassion. I don’t mean to sound cliché or obvious, but I really believe in compassion for others, for animals, for the environment. Be kind. Be helpful. Care.

Karma, dude. Now let’s hold hands around the campfire and sing Kumbaya….

TMoM:  What would you most like your readers to take away from this story?

BT: Positive feelings, a head-banging-cotton-mouthed book hangover, and an insatiable thirst for more.

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Now about that prize… When you read Beth’s book, you’re going to need a bookmark…enter here to win an autographed Order of Seven bookmark!

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 bio picBETH TELIHO is a writer, artist and tree hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a treehouse, where she can be an eccentric introvert with at least seven cats.    

 

 

 

Want to know more about Beth and her writing? You can find her at any of her links below.

Blog: www.bethteliho.me

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/writerbisme

Twitterverse: @beth_teliho

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/bethteliho

Want to be part of Beth’s blog tour? Click here to get involved.

 

Now Taking Center Stage – An Interview with Tamara Woods

Want to get inside the mind of a poet?

Today is your lucky day!

Making a stop on her blog tour and joining us for a brief interview this morning is Tamara Woods, author of The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman. If you have not experienced Tamara’s words through the page or through her videos, you really must. It’s gorgeous. Gorgeous! I’m a pretty discerning poetry consumer and Tamara’s work is the goods.

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I’ve shared a couple of links for you at the end of this post so you can listen to Tamara talk about and read a bit of her poetry.

But first, go grab a fresh cup of coffee, get comfortable in your chair, and see what our lovely guest has to share with us while we chat her up!

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TToT – Let’s Just Do This

Hello, Friends.

I’ve been flying only a bit above radar lately. I think I’ll be back to posting a bit in the week ahead. In particular, you should stop by on Tuesday, April 14th because I will be hosting a little virtual interview with the lovely Tamara Woods of PenPaperPad. Come check that out.

Now let’s get down to the business of being thankful… Continue reading “TToT – Let’s Just Do This”

TToT – In The Silence

It is silent.

Right now, my house is utterly and completely silent.

It is a different kind of quiet than the one that exists here during the day when I’m working here alone. Then I hear the construction noises from the new development across the field. I hear cats doing cat things. I hear cars and people coming and going.

It is a different kind of silence than the one that exists here at night when the sound of sleeping people and not-so-sleepy cats echoes through the hallways.

20150117_172214Now, in the evening, the sun is about to disappear. I am here alone, the noises have ceased, and it is silent.

And I am thankful…

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“Hit the Road Jack” Blog Tour – A Virtual Sit-Down With Pat DiCesare

In a million years, I would not expect to have a sit-down question and answer session with one of the greatest concert promoters in rock and roll history.

But thanks to the wonders of technology, I am honored to host a virtual sit-down with legendary concert promoter, author, and entrepreneur Pat DiCesare. On Monday, March 9th, Pat kicked off his “Hit the Road Jack” blog tour featuring his book Hard Days Hard Nights:  From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones . . . Insider Stories from a Legendary Concert Promoter. Today I am thrilled to be part of Pat’s “road crew” for the tour.

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So go put on some tunes and then pull up a chair. Get ready to listen in as I pick Pat’s brain and he shares with us some fascinating tales from his days in the music business.

Enjoy!

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On the Road to Release

Come with me on a musical journey…

I want to share something with you today that has me very excited and brings together two things I enjoy a great deal – music and our favorite hiking spot. OK, three. The Hub is involved here and I enjoy him a great deal, too.

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The Hub – or Dave as he’s known in real life – is about to release his seventh CD titled Hawk Mountain Triptych. Click on the player below to give you some background music for our little trip and then we’ll be off…

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