It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 years!

Wow! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging and connecting with people for 5 years.

number 5

To see some great blogs I’ve connected with, check out my updated Blogs I Follow page.

So let’s have a party. Grab a slice of cake…

pink cake

…and settle in to meet some new friends.

In the comments below, leave a link to your blog or website. Let’s see how many new friends we can meet and support.

Thank you all for your Likes, Comments and Follows over the years. And let’s hear it for 5 more years of blogging!

thank you

 

Here’s a look at last year’s blogiversary post.

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Is There An Autumn Romance In Your Future?

Autumn is one of the most romantic times of year:

  • Snuggling up under a flannel blanket gazing at the stars
  • Walking hand-in-hand through nature’s fall display of leaves
  • Cuddling up next to a crackling fireplace

But an Autumn Romance is a romantic relationship that occurs later in life.

Elderly love

 

Because you are never too old for romance.

elderly couple

 

Because we never out-grow romance.

Love after 50

 

Looking for an Autumn Romance?

  • If you’re into online dating there are sites specifically for older adults, such as Our Time, Elite Singles and Just Senior Singles.
  • Take up a new hobby and you just might meet someone with similar interests.
  • Attend over-50 type events in your community.
  • Concerts of groups who were popular in your day and activities centered around the music of your day (ex. Music of the 60’s, 70’s, etc.) will be full of like-aged people.
  • Take a bus tour, often offered through churches or community centers, and connect with others who enjoy travel or cultural.

Has anyone experienced an Autumn Romance? I’d love to hear how it began and how it’s going!

Leave me a comment – you may help someone else looking for love and companionship.

 

 

 

 

The Great American Read

Are you participating in The Great American Read?

The Great American Read

100 books were chosen for the possibility of becoming America’s Favorite Book. There’s also a 8-part series on PBS where they talk about the books and the influences they’ve had on us. You are encouraged to read as many as you can and vote for your favorites.

To see the complete list, click here.

I am far from done but I’ve read (recently and in my lifetime):              * = Favorites

  1. 1984 George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  4. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie *
  5. The Call Of The Wild Jack London *
  6. Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis
  8. The Clan Of The Cave Bear jean M. Auel *
  9. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown *
  11. Don Quixote Miquel de Cervantes
  12. Flowers In The Attic V. C. Andrews *
  13. The Godfather Mario Puzo *
  14. Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell *
  15. Harry Potter J. K. Rowling *
  16. Hatchet Gary Paulson
  17. The Hunt For Red October Tom Clancy *
  18. The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan *
  19. Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
  20. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  21. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
  22. Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden *
  23. Moby-Dick Herman Melville
  24. The Picture Of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde *
  25. The Pillars Of The Earth Ken Follett *
  26. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier *
  27. The Stand Stephen King *
  28. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee *
  29. The Twilight Saga Stephanie Meyer

Some of the books listed, I’ve read other books by that same author but not the book on the list.

What books have been your favorites?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is over but the recovery and repair go on. Luckily, up in our neck of the woods (north of Durham) we only sustained wind and torrential rains causing temporary flooding. South of Raleigh and the coastline is a totally different ball game.

Tragically, there were several deaths related to Florence and millions in property and harvest damage. However, as with any emergency, the heroes come out in force.

Hurricane Florence first responders

First responders praying after finding mother & infant dead from tree falling on their house.

Below is only a sampling of such heroes but I wanted all of them to know how much they mean to us.

  • Rescuers saving 6 dogs abandoned in locked cages while flood waters rise (Leland, NC)
  • Amber Hersel who drove all the way from Indiana to help with Florence’s rescues.
Hurricane Florence heroes

JAMES CITY, NC
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Chef Jose’ Andres’ led a hot food drive in Wilmington with a kitchen full of volunteers delivering meals to shelters.
  • Tony Alsop of Tennessee rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats, transporting them to shelters in his old school bus “Noah’s Ark.” Same as he did in Texas in 2017.

 

Hurricane Florence heroes

(Courtesy of Washington Post)

  • The Louisiana Cajun Navy rescued people and pets with their fleet of boats. (To learn more of this volunteer rescue squad and their deeds, check out their website: Cajun Navy Relief )
  • All the people who helped at the shelters with food, blankets, compassion and prayers. Hurricane Florence shelter

Seeing people opening their hearts and homes to those in need really restores your faith in humanity and Christians. Thank you and remember to help others, because you never know when you will need help.

If you know of other heroes, please add them to the comments so we can all enjoy them.

 

 

 

Getting Ready For Hurricane Florence…

Two years ago, my husband and I relocated to North Carolina. I am absolutely loving the warmer, sunnier climate compared to decades of brutal winters in my home state of Pennsylvania.

But…

Hurricane Florence

This is the first hurricane to truly impact us (about 2-3 hrs from the coast).

We bought batteries, water, food and cat supplies…

We put away our outdoor furniture, took down my wind chimes and flags…

And I have plenty of books to read if we lose power…

So, if I’m offline for a few days you will know what is going on.

Please pray for everyone along the coastline who will be impacted directly. Be safe – evacuate.

 

Philadelphia, A City Of 12 Firsts – How Many Did You Know?

I love the City of Brotherly Love, Birthplace of America, The City That Loves You Back — Philadelphia, PA.

Philly, PA

That’s probably why my next book takes place in Philadelphia (more about this later).

     Philadelphia’s Firsts:

  1. Benjamin Franklin started the first library in 1731.

  2. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, that opened in 1805, is the country’s first art museum and school.
  3. The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser is the first daily newspaper, begun in 1784.
  4. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond started the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital.
  5. The first university in the nation, The University of Pennsylvania, began the first medical school in 1756 and the first business college, the Wharton School of Business, in 1881.

  6. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first ever American zoo, opening in 1874. Philly Zoo
  7. The first organized protest against slavery was the Germantown Quaker Petition, drafted in 1688.
  8. Mother Bethal A.M.E. Church is the first African American church established in 1794.
  9. First Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.
  10. The Philadelphia Naval Yard was the first naval shipyard in the nation, 1801.
  11. Johann Behrent built the first piano in America in 1775.
  12. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange, founded in 1790.

Have you ever visited Philadelphia? What do you like the best?

For more fun facts about Philadelphia, check out the following sites:

 

 

14 most anticipated fall romances – BookPage

I love the monthly newsletter, BookPage, that I pick up at my local library. It shows me the new books, interviews & reviews. On their website you can find even more.

Bookpage…

We’ve already rounded up our favorite romances of the year so far, but hark! Autumnal challengers have appeared on the horizon! (Not to say we make books engage in death matches here at BookPage. Only metaphorically.)

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews Ace • August 28 We think we’re ready for the final book in Andrews’ beloved Kate Daniels series, which follows…

Source: 14 most anticipated fall romances – Blog Post