Eddie's Story

September 12, 2014
 I was raised with a handicapped brother. His name is Eddie. No big deal, right?
Wrong.

Having a handicapped sibling in the 1950’s thru the 1960’s was far different 
during those times, as compared to the here and now.

 Why?

Nowadays, people who have handicapped family members, whether they’re children or siblings, have a great deal of supportive help. Caregivers have parenting groups, excellent physicians, day care centers, and the like. People also have the Internet at their disposal, and vast resources at their fingertips.

I’m not suggesting that raising a handicapped child today is an easy task, far from it. I’m just saying society, as we know it today, is so much savvier about mentally challenged individuals than half a century ago.

       When I was a child, my mother didn’t even realize Eddie was physically and mentally challenged until he was nearly eight months old, when he couldn’t roll onto his stomach. He didn’t sit unaided until he was a year and a half old, and wasn’t even diagnosed until he was five. My father was an abusive alcoholic, my mother a religious zealot, and I was a scared, bashful kid living in a small town where everyone knew everyone’s else’s business.

         I was also acutely embarrassed.

       I’m currently penning a chronicle about what it was like to live in a dysfunctional family with a handicapped brother fifty years ago. How the experiences of my childhood shaped me as an adult. What mistakes I’ve made because I didn’t know better. 

        What it’s like to now be the guardian of an elderly, handicapped man.

        Stay tuned – this WIP should be ready to publish sometime this winter.

        And thanks for stopping by.

 

Dear Mom...

August 3, 2014

Dear Mom:

Although it’s been a while since I’ve written you a letter or sent you a card, I have some great news to share with you today.

You’ve always encouraged me to write about what makes me feel passionate or the things that get my blood boiling. Well, for the past five years since we’ve last seen each other, I’ve been doing just that.

Do you also remember when I was about ten or eleven and Grandma gave me that old Underwood typewriter?  After I got the hang ...


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An Interview With A.R. Silverberry, One of My Favorite Authors

July 12, 2014

I'm honored and pleased to host author A.R. Silverberry on my blog today as he shares some of his most personal thoughts and writing methods with us. So please pull up a seat, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy!

Is there a specific reason you’ve decided to pen young adult/children’s books, or is it because of that inner child deep within you?

I was drawn into writing after rereading a bunch of the Oz books back in 1998. My first stories were about younger characters, ...


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Welcome to my 2014 Summer Splash Blog Hop!

June 11, 2014

Great news and thank you for visiting me!

I'll be giving away two eBooks drawn randomly via Emma The Lab. Her vote counts! Here are the prizes: My humorous romance, Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems, the one that started it all, plus the sequel, called The Sugar Ticket. And a $10.00 Amazon gift card to the lucky entrant who complies with all the following!

First, please follow me over at my author page, 
http://www.facebook.com/DinosaursCherryStems. Simply leave me a note that you'v...

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An Author Steps out of the Box

April 7, 2014

Today I’m tossing protocol aside and interviewing my alter ego. Please grab a seat, your favorite beverage and listen in, as I step out of the box regarding writing and moving into character.

I’m Susan Jean Ricci, author of the romantic comedy Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems and its sequel The Sugar Ticket. I’m also the behind-the-scenes keyboardist for several short stories including, A Super Sandy Christmas, Heart Marks the Spot, The Christmas Cardinal, and soon-to-be relea...


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Make Your Splash Into the New Year!

February 12, 2014

I’m pleased and honored to have as my guest today Stacey, the proprietor of Starstuff Travel and my favorite travel agent. Without further ado, pull up a chair and grab your favorite winter beverage. Better yet, begin dreaming about sweet, warmer climates where one can vacation away from this brutal weather! 

                                            Let’s meet Stacey!

SR: Please tell us how you came up with the idea for the name, Starstuff Travel.

SC:  The name evolved from reading the st...


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Have a Great Navy Day!

December 18, 2013
With our country in an uproar over the upcoming Presidential election, my mother and I packed up our patriotism and flew to California in October 2004, to welcome the Naval Destroyer, USS O’Kane (DDG 77) as it sailed into San Francisco Harbor.

The harbor fog was diminishing in the early morning sun as we spotted the destroyer rounding the bay. The O’Kane cruised beneath the Bay Bridge, and we laughed because the destroyer barely squeezed through, and we waved the small American flags we ...

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The Gift That Lasts

December 7, 2013
It's my priviledge to have author Peter Adler, writing as A.R. Silverberry, visiting me today as he shares his wisdom via a guest post he's written just for us! So without further ado, please grab the beverage of your choice and pull up a chair!

                    The Gift That Lasts
                

With all the bright, flashing lights; the latest, super deluxe transforming creatures; the latest aps, the latest gaming platforms, these days, there’s a lot competing f...

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Travels in the Snark Ark

October 28, 2013

As a few of you may know, Joe and I just returned from Chicago where we visited my son Nick. Because we hadn’t seen him in many months, trying to catch up with your adult child in three scant days is like cramming for final exams the night before!  There’s just so much to explore emotionally and great times to enjoy.

            Saturday evening we went to dinner at one of Chicago’s premier steakhouses called Mastro’s and we were treated to one of the best dinners we...


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Perfection Challenged: A Guest Post From Jade Kerrion

October 8, 2013
Today’s author interview features Jade Kerrion who’s here to talk about how she got into writing and her latest novel, Perfection Challenged.  Welcome, Jade, it's pleasure to have you aboard!  So let's get to know Jade better, shall we?

1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I started writing at the age of thirteen when my school essays were returned to me with a bunch of “A”s scrawled over the top. Teenagers are impressionable. Being much more impressionable than mos...

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