Wednesday, June 24, 2020

My First Short Story

Hello, beautiful readers! I'm so excited to share with you!

Earlier this year, the Rave Reviews Book Club held its #RRBC 90-Day Alpha/Omega (Beginning to End) 'Short Story' Writing Contest. As most of you know, I am a writer of novels, but I have read several short stories in the past year that blew me away, so I wanted to give it a try.

I had a dream many years ago about a fairy tale's kiss gone wrong (lol), and I immediately jotted it down in my bedside journal. At that time, I was in the middle of writing one of the Diasodz books, so I didn't have time to dedicate to that dream. I knew what the story would be, but I was too focused on my Diasodz to give it the attention it needed.

Then, this contest came about. This dream was to be the prologue in a full-length novel, but I realized that it would work as a standalone short story as well. So, here it is! I am proud to announce my very first short story, Breathless!


Book Blurb:

What if the fairy tale kiss that always awakens the damsel in distress takes a sinister turn? What if prince charming’s kiss no longer produces a happily ever after?

Silena’s infatuation with William hits a speed bump when he rejects her. After all, she is just a maid, and he is a young, rich aristocrat in the 1920s. Why would he have any desire to waste his time with the help?

On one particularly lonely day, Silena calls upon her magic to transform into a sexy flapper for the night. Her dream to enjoy one night with William is finally in her grasp, but her magic comes with consequences that neither William nor Silena could ever imagine.


The official release date is July 1st, but it is already available for pre-order. It is only $0.99, and I'm pretty sure you are going to love it! :-) Here is the link for the pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BLVDHQX. Happy reading! :-)


Monday, June 15, 2020

My Interview with Heather Kindt

Hi, beautiful readers! Today, I am being interviewed by a fabulous author, Heather Kindt. Join me on her site as she asks me questions about my writing process and my fantasy series, The Chronicles of the Diasodz.  Here is the link to the interview:

http://heatherkindt.com/2020/06/15/interview-with-yvette-m-calleiro/

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Welcome to Day 2 of "THE LOST AND FOUND BILLY BATTLES" Blog Tour! @JHawker69 @4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA



Hello, beautiful readers! Today I have the honor of hosting Ron Yates, the incredible author the Billy Battles trilogy. He is currently on tour with 4WillsPublishing to promote it. In fact, those of you who leave a comment will have a chance to win his books! More details are at the end.

GIVEAWAY:  (2) Complete sets of the Billy Battles trilogy.  For your chance to win, please leave a comment below!

So, I hope you enjoy this Q & A with Ron Yates!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Don't let anybody discourage you from pursuing this work if it is genuinely what you want to do. Don't be intimidated by rejection. You must believe in yourself, your ideas, and your stories. If you don't, who will? Certainly not that dense editor or literary agent who couldn't see your potential or grasp your book's storyline.

Is being a writer a curse or a gift?

It is a beautiful gift if you allow the process to come to you and don't force it. However, don't let anybody tell you it is not damned hard work. It is. The joy of writing for me is telling a good story. I don't care about imparting a "message." Nor do I care about creating any hidden "meanings" that some literature professor will hold forth about in a writing class when I am no longer around to rebut him/her. I just want to tell a good story. That, to me, is the ultimate goal of writing.

The curse is that writing can take over your life, isolate you from family and friends, and turn you into a kind of sophistic recluse if you are not careful. Writers need to take breaks from working. If they don't, I believe they run the risk of becoming stale, self-absorbed, and misanthropic.

Where do you write?

I have taken over the upstairs bonus room in our house. It is about 500 square feet. In it, I have my rather extensive library, a good sound system for playing classical music, a large screen TV for watching sports, Discovery, History, and National Geographic channels when I need a break from writing. My window looks out onto a plant and boulder-strewn foothill that rises in front of my house. Another window looks down onto the Temecula valley some 2,000 feet below. It is quiet and soothing. I couldn't have a better place to write.

Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?

I like to listen to music when I write. Most often, I listen to Mozart, Haydn, Telemann, William Boyce, and Beethoven. Classical music played softly, is inspirational, and helps me think. However, I also like the jazz of Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, The Modern Jazz Quartet, George Shearing, etc. and I will, on occasion, switch from classical to that.

What do you typically drink while writing?

Icy iced tea.

What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?

When I was a working journalist for the Chicago Tribune and then a Dean and Professor of journalism at the University of Illinois, I could never find large enough blocks of time to write consistently. Writing requires HUGE amounts of time and long periods of seclusion--things most of us don't have. Therefore, the time to write was always my greatest challenge. Now that I am no longer administering a college, teaching, or working full-time as a journalist, I am blessed to have a lot more time to write than I ever thought I would have.

When did you first start and when did you finish your book?

I started the first book in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy in 2010, but I wasn't consistent in working on it. I buckled down in the spring of 2013 and probably wrote 60% of it in about five months. I started Book #2 in the trilogy in December 2014 and finished it in 2016. I began Book #3 in the trilogy in 2016 and finished it in 2018.

What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you?

I think Billy Battles and I would be good friends. We are both journalists, and we both like going to new places and experiencing new challenges. Also, we both enjoy a good cold beer after a long hard day.

How do you market your books? What avenues work best?

I am still learning how to use the vast universe of social media for marketing my book. In addition to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, of course, my book is on Goodreads, Smashwords, Google Books, Createspace, NetGalley, Independent Book Publishers Association, as well as the Historical Novel Society, my blog, my author page on Facebook and the book's website, ronaldyatesbooks.com http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/

What has been the harshest criticism of your book so far?

Most of the critical comments have been minor. A few people found the 19th Century Kansas vernacular my characters use in Book #1, an annoyance. Book #2 has very little of that because Billy Battles is now in Asia and Europe. A handful of people said they didn't like the fact that the book is part of a trilogy because they had to wait for Books #2 and #3. I like THAT kind of criticism. There have been some comments about formatting and typos that I and my editors clearly missed, and I try to fix those when I see them.
  
What has been the best compliment?

There have been several, but I will list just four here. You can find these and other reviews on the book's Amazon page:

"This trilogy is easily the best work of fiction I have read in some time."  

"Billy Battles is as dear and fascinating a literary friend as I have ever encountered. I learned much about American and international history, and you will too if you read any or all of the books. Each is an independent work, but if read in relation to the others, the reader experiences that all too rare sense of complete transport to another world, one fully realized in these pages because the storytelling is so skillful and thoroughly captivating. Trust me; you'll want to read all three volumes."

"There is something about this trilogy that is almost impossible to explain, but it takes it from being a *good* story to a GREAT one."

"Move over Elmore Leonard and Pete Dexter--there's a new deputy sheriff in town."

Is anything in your books based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?

That's tricky. I call my work "Faction" because it is a blend of both fact and fiction. Some of the events in the book--especially those dealing with real people, did happen. Was my character directly involved in them? No. However, members of my family were native Kansans, and some of the experiences I write about did happen. Of course, I have woven some of my own experiences into the storyline also which I hope provides the story with an essence of realism.

How did you come up with the title?

I had been trying to think of a title for years. I didn't like any of them. Then one day, this one just jumped out of my brain and into the computer, and Finding Billy Battles was born. That was the title of the first book. I titled Book #2 The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles because, in this book, Billy's adventures take him to Asia and Europe. I called Book #3 The Lost Years of Billy Battles because, in this book, Billy disappears for several years. Why? You will have to read Book #3 to find out.

Will there be a sequel to the trilogy?

I am thinking about a couple of sequels to the trilogy. One will focus on Billy's semi-outlaw cousin, Charley Higgins. Another will focus on Billy's great-grandson who writes Billy's story and who embarks on a few adventures of his own as a result of what he learns about his great-grandfather.

What project are you working on now?


I am finishing a book about foreign correspondents in Asia. The working title is: "Asia Hands: A Tale of Foreign Correspondents and other Miscreants in the Orient." I am also pulling together reams of notes for when I finally decide to write about own life covering war and mayhem as a foreign correspondent.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and___________:

Laugh--a lot! It's good for the mind and body.




BOOK BLURB:

The Finding Billy Battles trilogy tells the story of a remarkable man who is born in 1860 and who dies in 1960. For decades Billy lives an improbable and staggering life of adventure, peril, transgression and redemption. Then Billy mysteriously disappears. For several decades his family has no idea where he is or what he is doing.

Finally, with his life coming to an end, Billy resurfaces in an old soldiers’ home in Leavenworth, Kansas. It is there, when he is 98 that he meets his 12-year-old great-grandson and bequeaths his journals and his other property to him — though he is not to receive them until he is much older.

Years later, the great-grandson finally reads the journals and fashions a three volume trilogy that tells of his great-grandfather's audacious life in the old west, as well as his journeys to the Far East of the 1890s—including French Indochina and The Philippines—and finally, in the early 20th century, to Europe and Latin America where his adventures and predicaments continue. One thing readers can be sure of, wherever Billy Battles goes trouble is not far behind.



AUTHOR BIO:

Ronald E. Yates is a multi-award winning author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans around the world who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction.

Ron is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media.

The Lost Years of Billy Battles is the final book in the trilogy and recently won the Independent Press Award’s 2020 Distinguished Favorites Award. In 2019 it also won Best Overall Book of the year and the Grand Prize in the Goethe Historical Fiction Category from Chanticleer International Book Awards as well as a Book Excellence Award and a New Apple Award. The second book in the trilogy, The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, was published in June 2016. It won the 2017 KCT International Literary Award and the New Apple Award in the Action/Adventure category. The first book in the trilogy, "Finding Billy Battles," was published in 2014 and won a Book Excellence Award and Laramie Award from Chanticleer International Book Awards.

As a professional journalist, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America where he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other places. His work as a foreign correspondent earned him several awards including three Pulitzer Prize nominations.

Ron is a frequent speaker about the media, international affairs, and writing. He is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency and lives just north of San Diego in Southern California’s wine country.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:


AMAZON OR OTHER PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/finding%20billy%20battles/_/N-8q8


To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author's tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you'd like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  Thanks for supporting this author and his work!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

#RRBC May Member of the Month #RRBCMOM #RWISA #RRBC_Community

It's the last day of May, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the past month as the #RRBC May Member of the Month. I have been a part of many organizations in my life but few have showered their members with so much love and support as the Rave Reviews Book Club.

This club...family... is for readers and writers. For readers, it offers you the opportunity to get to know amazing authors. It's a great feeling to be able to chat with an author about his/her book, especially when that author becomes one of your favorites.

For writers, RRBC connects you with other incredible authors. It allows you to improve your craft through workshops, contests, and club events. It helps you promote your books through author support, "Rave Waves" blog talk radio spots,  and monthly hot seats. Most importantly, it gives you a community of authors who enjoy writing and reading.

I am beyond grateful for the support that I have received this month as Member of the Month and for the love and camaraderie that I have enjoyed for the past six years in the club. I am honored that I have been given a lifetime membership status and am proud of my membership in both RRBC and RWISA.



If you are a writer or a reader, I encourage you to join the Rave Reviews Book Club. It is a decision that you will be happy you made for years to come.



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Celebrate the #RRBC #KCT Int'l Literary Awards Grand Prize Winner - #RWISA Author Harriet Hodgson


Today, I have the privilege of sharing with your the grand prize winner of the #RRBC KCT International Literary Awards, "So, You're Raising Your Grandkids!" by Harriet Hodgson


BOOK BLURB

If you are a grandparent raising your grandchildren, help has arrived.

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 10% of all grandparents in the nation are raising their grandkids, and the number is going up. You may be one of the millions of these grandparents and it's a role you never expected. Willing as you are to assume this role, you have some questions. How will I find the energy for this? Is my grandchild normal? What if I "blow it?" Each day, you look for ways to make life easier.

This book will:

•Help ease your worries and guilt;
•Offer tips for creating a grandfamily;
•Give methods for improving grandparent-grandchild communication;
•Suggest ideas for how you can connect with your grandchild's school;
•Provide child development information;
•Recommend approaches to help your grandchild set goals;
•Stress the importance of having fun together;
•Offer ideas of how to foster your grandchild's hopes and dreams.

So, You're Raising Your Grandkids blends Harriet Hodgson's wise and moving grandparenting story with recent research and findings. It shares her 21 years of caregiving experience, including seven years of raising her twin grandkids. Each chapter ends with What Works, proven tips for grandparents raising grandkids.

At the end, you'll cheer for all the loving grandparents---including you---who are putting grandchildren first.




Rochester, Minnesota resident HarrietHodgson has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 36 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and additional graduate training.

Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). She is a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation, The Grief Toolbox, and The Caregiver Space websites. Visit www.thecaregiverspace.org/authors/hhodgson to read her articles.

Hodgson has appeared on more than 185 talk radio shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of television stations, including CNN, and dozens of blog talk radio programs. A popular guest, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences.

Her recent work is based on Hodgson’s 21 years as a family caregiver. She was her mother’s family caregiver for nine years, her twin grandchildren’s guardian and caregiver for seven years, and is in her fifth year as her disabled husband’s caregiver.  Visit Harriet’s RRBC Author Page to find out more about this busy wife, grandmother, caregiver, and author, as well as more information on her many other books listed in the RRBC catalog.


Join me in celebrating this amazing author! :-)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

JK Rowling and The Ickabog

Even since I opened the first Harry Potter book, I've been a huge fan. I lost myself in the world of wizards and witches and magic. I fell in love with the characters, the world, and the themes. JK Rowling is gifted with words, and I'm grateful that she shared that gift with the world. And now, JK Rowling is releasing The Ickabog for free while we endure this time with COVID-19. So, if you are a fan of JK Rowling, then head over to The Ickabog website here. I've already read the first two chapters, and I'm hooked!

Oh, one more thing! There is a contest for artists, from novices to experts, so keep an eye out for that! ;-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Welcome to Day 12 of the 2020 RWISA "RISE-UP" Blog Tour! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp


Welcome to the final day of the 2020 RWISA "RISE-UP" Blog Tour! Each day, I will be featuring an amazing RWISA author and a piece he/she has written to focus on one of our two themes: A World Without Mom and/or How Living in This New World Has Change Me.  Today's author is Nonnie Jules! :-)



by Nonnie Jules

By Friday, I doubted that I would even be part of this event.  I’m sure many of you noticed that I kept moving others ahead of me and ahead of me, until I ran out of members to move – as I struggled with finding the time in my schedule to write something.  As of this morning, I had finally decided that I just wasn’t going to be able to participate, as again, I saw no opening in my schedule that would allow it. 

Then, I got a phone call at 7:37 this evening from a friend, sharing that her relative had just attempted suicide due to his personal struggles since the arrival of COVID19.  He had lost his job, had received an eviction notice, and saw no clear path to anything remotely close to “better” while the Coronavirus lingered.  That conversation forced me to sit down at my desk just as soon as I hung up the phone.  What you will find below may not be that great, but it’s what my heart rolled out in the final hour. 

***

And So, I Believed

We are living through what is possibly the most trying time in many of our lives.  We are a world on lock-down, and though there are those of us who are living a bit more comfortably than others during this pandemic, many in the world are suffering.

Some of us are not concerned with how our mortgages and car notes will get paid.  Some of us aren’t concerned with where our next meal will come from, or, if we’ll have to suffer through another night filled with tears streaming down the faces of our hungry children, along with our own tears of helplessness.

For those who suffer with mental illness, their situations are creating a new wave of crisis, as many who see no way out, are, out of fear and desperation, turning to suicide.

My heart breaks for these innocents in this war.

***

It's quiet.  
I'm afraid​. ​
I've been locked up inside for so long, I don't know my nights from my days.

It's lonely.  
I'm scared.
There's no place to hide, ​and ​no other place to go​, ​because it's everywhere.

I need to make a run
​...​just out to the store
…but, I'm not even sure
...it's safe to open my door.

It's in the air ​we breathe​
​...​on everything that we touch
I never realized ​until now​
​...​I needed people so much​. ​

I've no medical insurance
…so, I mustn’t get sick​. ​
My stomach is growling​​​ 
​...​but, it will soon quit​. ​

I'll just stay inside for now.

I do need my meds 
...to kill the voices in my head.
They've never been this loud before.
A little knock at the door 
...would really help right now.

It's ​too ​quiet.
I'm ​so ​afraid.
I open my wallet and remember...
I haven't even gotten paid.

What will I do?
​How will I survive?
I don't even know if it's worth staying alive.
And, what will I eat?
What about the heat?

I know that it's summer
…and it's supposed to be hot
…but​, ​this thing has me terrified
…all tied up in knots.
​So, I strangely shiver as if it is cold.
While parts of the world move, my life is on hold. ​

Under the covers
...the only place I feel safe.
Oh, how I wish
...to feel the sun on my face.

How will I ​cover​
...the rent that is due?
My landlord's expecting 
...to be paid at two.

Some understand 
...but others not
My luck ran out
...with the landlord I got.

"I've got a family to feed - you've only got you." 
He does not ​see​ that only me has to eat, too.

I don't have the rent, dear Lord. 
What will I do?
Where will I go?
I need a sign
...because I just don't know.

How long will this crisis last?
No one knows for sure.
I’m afraid​ of my thoughts​.
How much more can I endure?

I just don’t know.

My mind is racing
…it just won't stop.
Please slow it down, Lord
…these thoughts are just not - to your liking.

I cover my mouth
A cough escapes.
​I d​rift over to the window
…and pull back the drapes.
Unlocking the locks
…one by one
I can hear the calling ​
​...​not a voice​, ​but a gun.

​No, too noisy, I think.

And what if I miss?  
I'm already afraid to even consider this.

Now, it’s a voice – louder - more clear  
Almost a shout - deep in my ear.
"Come closer to me. 
Look, I’m down here." 

Five stories below me
Cars rush​ing​ by
​I hear the voice again​
"​C’mon, you can fly."

I look back over my shoulder
As my landlord knocks
Then I glance at the wall
…it’s straight two o’clock.

“Why are you hesitant? There’s only pain here for you.
There’s nobody to help, so, what will you do?
The world is on lockdown, but you can be free.
Do not wait another second; come and join me!
You see, I am free - down here. 
And don’t forget, you can fly.”

And so, I believed.

***

To everyone reading this who might be struggling with thoughts in their head, that under normal circumstances wouldn’t make sense, yet, they seem to make sense in the moment, what you should always remember is that the devil is alive and well, and sometimes looks and sounds just like you and me. {And of course, he wants you to join him…in hell.} 

Fight those voices that encourage you to harm yourself and others. 

If you were not born a bird or created in the likeness of some type of aircraft, listen to ME - you cannot fly.


That was a very powerful piece, Nonnie! Thank you. For my readers, I will add a few resources you can go to if you are struggling mentally and emotionally:

- The 2-1-1 crisis call line is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

- Peer Support Space offers peer support groups virtually - Go to peersupportspace.org/covid-response.

- Chrysalis Health offers mental health services at 1-888-587-0335.

- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their number is 1-800-273-8255.

You are not alone.

Thank you for supporting today's RWISA author along the RWISA "RISE-UP" Blog Tour!  To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the main RWISA "RISE-UP" Blog Tour page on the RWISA site.  For a chance to win a bundle of 15 e-books along with a $5 Amazon gift card, please leave a comment on the main RWISA "RISE-UP"Blog Tour page!  Thank you and good luck! 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Welcome to Day 11 of the 2020 RWISA "RISE-UP" Blog Tour! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp


Welcome to Day 10 of the 2020 RWISA "RISE-UP" Blog Tour! Each day, I will be featuring an amazing RWISA author and a piece he/she has written to focus on one of our two themes: A World Without Mom and/or How Living in This New World Has Change Me.  Today's author is Peggy Hattendorf! :-)




“Mother is the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” Kahlil Gibran

We define mother, or mom, as the female parent, whose responsibilities center around the physical and emotional care of a child, who may or may not be her own biological offspring. In certain circumstances, childcare commitments may be handled by the grandmother, stepmother, foster mother, godmother, or mother-in-law.  All categories of “mothers” who have a hand in nurturing, teaching, and fostering the development of a child, deserve respect and admiration.

The American terms, mother, or mom, adopted from the British English names, mummy or mum, sound remarkably similar or are spelled the same, in many languages around the world.   

Whether we say,  
v  Mother or Mom – American English
v  Mummy or Mum – British English
v  Mother or Mom – Canadian English or Maman - French-speaking province of Quebec
v  Madre - Spanish
v  La Mere – French
v  Moeder - Afrikaans
v  Ma – Hindi (India)
v  Moeder - Dutch
v  Madre or Mamma – Italian
v  Mama - Romanian
v  Matka – Polish
v  Mor or Mamma - Norwegian
v  Mum – Australian English
v  Mum – New Zealand English
v  Mueter - Swiss German
v  Mamma - Swedish
v  Mutter – German
v  Me – Vietnamese

the meaning and the identity of the person referenced is the same - the female parent of a child.

The initial love and affection, devotion, and care, given by our mothers, cultivated our early introduction to life and the universe around us. It provided the initial foundation and perceptions of the world as a happy, gentle, and kind place or a world to be viewed as hostile, brutal and unkind.  

Without the support, training, guidance, and discipline set by our mothers, we would not have grown into social beings, in the image of God. Mothers help prepare us with knowledge, skills, and abilities to mature and become independent. In so doing, our mothers sacrificed many of their desires and needs for our necessities and demands.

If the virtuous governing principles of life are learned by teaching and examples bestowed by our mothers, then a “world without mothers” would be:
·         A world with significantly less women
·         A world devoid of selflessness and unconditional love
·         A world less disciplined and restrained
·         A world less organized and efficient
·         A world less righteous, decent, and understanding
·         A world less emotional, demonstrative, and affectionate
·         A world with less compassion and empathy
·         A world less patient, kind, and gentle
·         A world with less encouragement and motivation
·         A world less balanced and controlled
·         A world less polite and respectful
·         A world less thoughtful, tender, and considerate
·         A world less merciful and forgiving

Mothers play an indispensable role which is hard to duplicate.  As infants nearly all of our physical needs are attended by our mothers. That physical care prevailed as we started to crawl and then walk, babble, and then talk, and shed our diapers when toilet trained. Our safety, protection and physical well-being remained paramount to our mothers even as we matured and entered adulthood.

For many of us, the emotional care given by our biological mothers originated before we were born. After birth, we were embraced with love and affection. That unconditional love stands as the cornerstone of the mother and child relationship. As our mothers motivated and inspired, encouraged, and supported, they provided the strength necessary for us to grow and mature. As our first instructors, they taught us about love, and hope, faith and spirituality, acceptance and tolerance, courage, and bravery, confidence, and determination, giving, and charity.

And they raised us to let us go and assume independence; all-the-while, we remain in our mothers’ hearts and souls forever. Mothers change the world with every child they raise.

Women are not handed an “instruction kit” as they assume the role of motherhood. No guidebooks, training manuals, or college courses prepare them for the most challenging, yet most fulfilling experience of their lives.

It is hard to envision a world without our best supporter, best listener, and best friend forever. Mothers are the ones who are always happy to hear from us, no matter what we are calling about, or when we are calling. They are the ones that will drive us crazy – but we know will always be there.  And no matter our age, we always need our mothers.  My mother has been gone for twenty-one years, but there is not a day, I do not wish I could pick up the telephone and speak with her.

Below, my grandchildren and daughter have shared their perspectives on what life would be like without mothers.

From my 16-year old granddaughter Anabella:

“I can’t imagine a world without moms, as my mom is my biggest supporter and sometimes my biggest critic. My mom has always been there to laugh at me when I fall, but to also pick me up and wipe my tears. I love my mom; she is always there to help me. She is my best friend. I can come to her with all my problems and she is always there with a witty comment and some friendship knowledge.”

From my 15-year old granddaughter Skylar:

“A world without moms would be dark and unforgiving. There would be no one to love you unconditionally, no one to bring you back up when you are sad and feeling down. You would not have your biggest cheerleader and fiercest defender by your side. You would not have that unconditional love that a mother gives to her child. And you wouldn’t have anyone who utterly understands you like your mother.”

From my 10-year old grandson Erik:

“What a world without moms? No, that cannot be, because it means everything in the world to me to have a mom. She takes care of me when I am sick.”

From my daughter Rebecca, the mother of Anabella and Erik:

“Strong women raise strong girls and you are the strongest woman I know. I can’t imagine the world without you and all the other strong wonderful moms.”

It would be a decisively different and fragmented world without the love, hugs, and the comforting touches of mothers.

In a world without moms, we would lose our navigational compass, our emotional barometer, and our positioning in the world-order. We would be set adrift in an ocean of ever-changing conditions and unknown dangers. Thankfully, we have mothers and live on a planet fondly called “Mother Nature” or “Mother Earth” from the Greco-Roman personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of a mother.


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