You Are Not Alone

You Are Not AloneThat moment when you can’t reach out and touch someone who knows your heart, who do you call?
The fear of being alone in this world can be crippling, if you let it. But there’s a better way.

So much life has passed through my years, and every bit of it meaningful, precious, and yes, even, lovely. I’ve had a good life. I experienced love in so many ways I can’t count them, and I’ve been loved by so many people, I don’t even remember all their names… The joy of being me is complete. I feel as if I’ve been loved ‘enough’ to live well, love back, and laugh my way into eternity with joy unspeakable. I’m blessed.

Inside those scriptures are directions. “Go forth from your country…”
Those weren’t the words my friend wanted me to see, but as hard as he pointed me toward the rest of the verse… those were the words I saw. Those were the words I read. And those were the words that stalled me out, kept me awake, and burned through my mind until I got up and found a tea bag and hot water this morning.

Do I bless others? How do I bless others? And the counting began… I thought of the many people whom I’ve assisted as they put their business together, or as they built their online connections, in my network, the people I’ve helped with graphics, or content, or whatever many ways I’ve helped others – professionally. But then, as I waited on God to show me something more… Because I knew there was more. There’s always MORE with God.

Push Your Way to Purpose – Ross

Having the opportunity to know authors on social media and really get to know them, before you read their work, gives you a glimpse into their purpose of writing. Adrienne Ross shares her heart in Push Your Way to Purpose. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was getting to know the REAL Adrienne Ross, or just the public facade she chose to reveal to her reading public. Then, after several months of talking with her, chatting about various topics, and discussing life values, I realized – this is the real woman. This is a woman who knows what she’s about, and she shares that.

Then the book.

Full reveal in the book? More than just an introspective look at the woman, it’s a full on empowerment for others. She gives far more than she’s taking away from this program. Take time to read the book. Sit down and take notes on important details and apply it to your life. You’ll change. For the better.

And now a visit to Amazon.com –

Adrienne RossDo you long to live with purpose? Have you wondered what that purpose is and how to fulfill it?

You are not alone; young and old alike grapple with this and question their specific role in life. Many go through the motions every day, accept whatever life gives them, and hope to somehow bump into their purpose. Others do not believe they even have one. This book exposes that lie.

You do have a purpose.

It’s time to discover what it is and take the steps necessary to possess it.

About the Author

Adrienne Ross is an author, editor, columnist, speaker, and former teacher and coach. She taught English in the Hudson City School District in Hudson, New York, for 17 years and now owns Adrienne Ross Communications. Adrienne is a dynamic speaker and uses this gift in presentations to schools, churches, political groups, national and international service organizations, and businesses. Adrienne is passionate about pursuing her purpose and encourages others to pursue theirs, as well. Contact her at adriennerosscom.com and auntalma.com.

When Red Heads with Curls Write Books…

…they title them “Let’s Pretend We’re Normal” and think people will read them.

Let's pretend we're normal by Tricia Lott Williford

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And they may be right! At least, this red head has my number. She knows I’ll read her book, I’ll write her up in my blog, and I’ll share the title of her book. It’s almost like I’m forced to do so by knowing her for the past five plus years, who could help it?

Nope, the book isn’t wrong side up, it’s all upright and dare I say it… normal.

Tricia Lott Williford broke teeth on her first book about two years ago, brought tears to my eyes more times than I can count… Okay, reality check, the girl made me cry-out-loud more times than I care to remember throughout the writing of the book, and then the reading of the book. And now – she pretends to be normal.

But still, she knows I’m going to READ her book, even if… I have to buy one. Yeah, I’ve already pre-ordered my first copy.

Author Tricia Lott Williford

Find more of Tricia’s books here

So what does Ms Tricia write about? She writes about life as a single mom. About losing the love of her life in a shocking pre-Christmas case of the flu in 2010, instead of bickering with her children over which present they got to open on Christmas Eve. About living life with the pain and agony that comes from life changing, horrific loneliness, as a result of the trauma that sends a girl scrambling for her pillow instead of the door in the morning as the kids ready themselves for school. About life. She writes about LIFE.

And as she writes, “and life comes back” – it does. Life does come back. And she begins to feel like there may be real life available, and she begins to pretend she’s normal…

Kind of like a million other single moms…

Single moms who may or may not have lost their husbands to death, but they’re busy raising their children, and too busy to worry so much about being normal.

Instead, they just pretend…

Don’t miss her amazing book. I haven’t read it yet, but I know – it will be amazing.

Escape between the pages… Oris George

Along the Back Roads of YesterdayWhen I first met Oris, he was looking for a writer’s group to discuss publication, editing and defining his book. He’d already written it.

Inside the pages he’d written were roosters that smoked stogies, donkeys that nipped at the vine, and goats with top hats and tails. His characters brought life to the stories he told of yester-year, and then there was Anna who gave it all for the teams of mules and horses she dedicated her life to saving. Who could forget the blue calico bonnet so representative of Anna, sitting by the well?

Oris George is 80.

A man so bold as to ride in the rose bowl parade with his mules, so daunting as to travel the world degree in hand fulfilling his dreams, and return spirited enough to write the stories of his youth and market them on his own. His efforts carry over into the thrill he offers those both young and old who know him, greeted by a kindly slap upside the head, a handshake, or a tender hug. This man wages war on new fangled frivolity and declares the good times of days gone by in the same pages.

Oris George dares to live… again and again between the pages along the back roads.

Oris GeorgeWith a down-home drawl and gentle humor, Oris George transports the reader back in time Along the Back Roads of Yesterday, a new collection of tales drawn from his memories of growing up in the 30’s and 40’s. Suzanne Steil Retired Educator If you weren’t a farm kid in the 1940’s and 50’s, it is not too late to correct your education, and this is just the book that can do it. Follow Oris George and his contentious friend, Henry, as they journey through life in a world where the chores are as endless as the summers, the odor of fresh baked pies sweetens the air, and a smile from a teenage carhop can lead to serious heart palpitations. Ava Betz Prowers County Historian Oris George has a deft hand for capturing his characters so clearly you’ll feel you knew them for some time. Some stories will make you laugh and others may make you cry, but all of them will make you think and feel and you can’t ask for more than that from any author.

Did you ever wonder what ole mule writers do on Saturday night?

Sleep, silly! Of course, we sleep. We have to get up on Sunday morning and go to Sunday meeting.

Along the Back Roads of YesterdayThat’s the kind of thing you learn on a site where the every day events take center stage. You learn about the every day events of life, nostalgia they call it these days, that keep people out there being people.

you might find out what I had for dinner, or how to cook it. Or you might find that I know how to sew and weave, and write a book. You might even find out that Elmer Coyote has fleas and we don’t let him come around the house now because he might bring the plague up from the river bottom. Or I might even share that some folks believe cut onions left on saucers around your home gather up germs and save folks from the ravages of the plague, when nothing else worked. Because I lived a long time, and I know things like that…

That’s the kind of think ole mule writers write about…

What about you? What kinds of things do you like to think about?

and life comes back

and life comes backThe saga of death takes a toll on any relationship. No matter how firm a foundation you stand on, together, when one fades from life, the other must go on living.

The story that unfolds when one young mother becomes a widow three days before Christmas will scar your heart forever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll die a little and then life comes back… slowly.

Ever so slowly the panic attacks will subside and each day, every single 24 hour period that passes, you’ll realize… it’s only a day. Life will come back and you’ll be complete. Not that you won’t always have a hole in your heart, a space where love leaks out, or a tiny spot that always and forever aches for that one person who is no longer part of your life, you will. But life, the living moment of existence sparked with joy that once held you captive will come back and the moment will surprise you. It will delight you. It will overcome you and you will know that your bright light is shining again…

So the story goes –

A young widow, madly in love with her husband, holds him in her arms as he takes his dying breath. This moment captures her, yet she fights her way to freedom, unapologetic asking questions, questioning God, and struggling to reclaim the portion of herself that commands each breath of life to be taken, even through the pain of losing the love of her life. She tells her story of reclaiming life in fresh, revealing quips and stories that allow the reader inside the secret world of pain, agony and desperation that she feels and shares best in her story.

From a parenting moment shared with her husband to the delicate story of his death and those moments after when she struggled back from the edge, the emotional pilgrimage in these pages will captivate your heart, bring tears to your eyes and encourage you to go one step further and care with all that is inside you. A non-fiction, reality brings you in so close you can taste the tears…

Be sure to grab your copy of “and life comes back” by pre-order – HERE.

Tricia Lott Williford shares her heart almost daily on her blog.

Tricia Lott Williford

As a writer she will stir your heart, remind you that the words you put on paper are more than just words on paper, they are your words, written from the heart, shared from the soul and revealed before the world, open to hurt, pleasure and greatest pain… As a reader she will open your heart and fill you up with words your soul must hear.

Click the the link and go visit her blog for more of her story – you’ll be glad you did.