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Friday, September 26, 2014

O Son of Spirit!


“With the joyful tidings of light I hail thee: rejoice!
To the court of holiness I summon thee;
 abide therein that thou mayest live in peace ever-more.”
~ Baha’u’llah

On May 3rd, 2014, my sister, Andree passed on to the next realm. I had the distinct honour of sharing a few words with family and friends who had gathered at her memorial. I humbly share them here with you.

Andree may have arrived in this valley as a Canadian, but when God called on her to be with Him, she departed as a Bitterroot gal.

View of St. Mary's Peak
Andy loved her valley; from the magnificent St. Mary’s Peak located in the Bitterroot Mountains to the west, across to the eastern display of the sun-soaked Sapphire Mountain Range.

She loved the outdoors. When the snow melted to expose the plants in her yard, she dutifully removed the old stocks to make room for the new shoots. The fresh air and big blue Montana sky brought her great joy.

I recall my younger sister as vibrant and rambunctious. In French, we call this joie de vivre – joy of life.  Andy' s heart was filled with hospitality and kindness. She knew what she wanted and went for it. That’s how she met up with her sweetheart, Ben. His calm manner was what she wanted and needed in a companion.

Andy was my sister and friend in this material world and will be in the next kingdom.

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. 
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
~ Abdu'l-Baha

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clash of the Couples Cover Reveal

Book Cover Revealed
“Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the yin-yang. Life was glorious until the bare-bottomed babe could no longer resist temptation. Despite her better half’s warnings and threats to sleep in a tree, she tasted the forbidden fruit. One bite of that seductive, juicy contraband and the stage was set for eternity— a nibble that has blossomed into an endless supply of tiny tidbits that divide lovers to this day!

Taking a cue from the naked explorers of authentic sin, Clash of the Couples is a new anthology featuring a collection of completely absurd lovers’ squabbles and relationship spats. Think couples fight over kids, sex, and money? Think again!  Furniture, the last beer, and where to store the placenta are what genuinely ignite our feuds. No argument is off limits. This book has it all!

Inside you’ll find a gut-busting compilation of stories such as: “I Can’t Believe You Ate My Sandwich," "Never Assume Anything," "Only I Can Talk About Me," and "You Want Some College Boobs?" from forty-three fearless writers. Prepare to laugh, roll your eyes, and shiver in suspense. While Eve may have had the first bite, we ate the whole tree. And made pies.” ~ Crystal Ponti, Editor

Published by Blue Lobster Book Co., Clash of the Couples launches loudly and obnoxiously on November 3, 2014. You’ll hear us coming, but look for it on Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Apple, and other places where you typically buy books. For instant updates, follow along on Facebook!

The lineup includes Susan A. Black of I Like That and fellow authors:
Alexa Bigwarfe of No Holding Back
Allie Burdick of VITA - Train for Life
Andrew S. Delfino of Almost Coherent Parent
Angela Godbout of FRaPS
Angela Keck of Writer Mom’s Blog
April Grant of 100lb Countdown
Barb Godshalk of Co-Author of Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey
Bev Feldman of Linkouture
Brian Sorrell of Dadding Full Time
Camille DeFer Thompson of Camille DeFer Thompson
Chris Carter of The Mom Cafe
Chris Dean of pixie.c.d.
Courtney Conover of The Brown Girl with Long Hair
Crystal Ponti of MommiFried
Ginny Marie of Lemon Drop Pie
Jeff Bogle of Out With The Kids
Jenny Hills of Express Bus Mama 
Jessica Azar of Herd Management
Jonathon Floyd of One Funny Daddy
Julia Arnold of Frantic Mama
Kathryn Leehane of Foxy Wine Pocket
Kevin Zelenka of Double Trouble Daddy
Leigh-Mary Hoffmann of Happily Ever Laughter Blog
Linda Roy of elleroy was here
Lisa Petty of Lisa R. Petty
Lydia Richmond of Cluttered Genius
Lynn Shattuck of The Light Will Find You
M. Nicole R. Wildhood of Naught Be All Else
Marcia Kester Doyle of Menopausal Mother
Marie Bollman of Make Your Own Damn Dinner
Mary Widdicks of Outmanned
Meredith Napolitano of From Meredith to Mommy
Michelle Grewe of Crumpets and Bollocks
Mike Reynolds of Puzzling Posts
R.C. Liley of Going Dad
Sarah Cottrell of Housewife Plus
Sarah del Rio of est. 1975
Scott Rigdon of Three Five Zero
Stacey Gustafson of Are You Kidding Me?