Sunday, December 16, 2012
Before I can forget I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate. In my family, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the christ child. Yes, I know the date may be wrong, but everyone needs a set day to celebrate, so for us it's December 25th.
Next, I want to announce the lucky commenter who won the prize for commenting on my last blog. This is totally unbelievable since the winner is a neighbor. In all the years I've blogged and had contests I have never had anyone in my neighborhood win a prize. Congratulations, Diana LM. I'll be dropping by sometime during the week to drop it off. Smile! For those who don't know Diana, she writes a blog at MoJo Travel, and all you have to do is click on her name and it will take you to her blog. Diana and her husband work together, she writes travel articles and he's a photographer.
Now, I want to address the evil in Newtown, CT., and what a sad event occurred. We will be hearing about these killings for a long time in the news, so I won't say a lot. Hugs and blessings go out to all the people involved. It will be a long time before we are able to get over this event and for the families the tragedy will always be with them. We ask why these things like these happen, but there is no clear cut answer. We aren't the judges here, and we can only pray for all involved. Hug your children and hold them closer to you. We can only do so much to protect them in our present world.
I need a short break from my blog because I'm behind in all things. Smile! In order to catch up, I won't be blogging again until Sunday, January 6, 2013!
May all you have a better year ahead. I won't say Happy New Year because it would sound like a travesty to those who have lost so much at this holiday season.
See you in the new year.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, December 9, 2012
If you have lost faith in our young people, here are some kids who renew that faith. I watched CNN Heroes, and along with the actual heroes there were young wonders mentioned.
One young boy couldn't bear the sight of seeing people go hungry, so he started a fundraiser for a food bank to help feed the poor and hungry. He raised $20,000, a tremendous amount for a young kid.
A young girl of eleven with a brain tumor saw other kids with cancer having to stay in the hospital while she went home, and she wanted to do something to cheer them up. She filled jars with all kinds of little toys that could help entertain these kids. The name for the jars became Joy Jars. This young girl died a year later at twelve.
Another young girl in Vermont was concerned about people in her town who were going without heat in the cold. She combined her concern for the environment, recycling and helping others to come up with a plan for heating homes. She used old cooking oil to help heat homes. I don't remember exactly how she did this, but she was able to heat over 200 homes with her idea.
We have great kids in this country and around the world. They play a viable part in our lives and others. Sometimes young people put others above themselves as these have done. I think these kids give us great hope for our future.
For those who leave a comment your name will be thrown in a bag and a name will be drawn to win a small bag with Hallmark ornaments and other goodies. This drawing will be only for the U.S. and Canada.
Have a great week, and I will see you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, December 2, 2012
3. Rhonda D. - You win three digital books: The Catalyst, Addiction and The Deceived in any of the formats Eirelander Publishing offers
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The holidays are rushing in, and I'm having a contest to celebrate the season. For those of you who like to curl up with a book and a nice warm beverage you'll love the prize I'm offering. The winner of this contest will receive a basket or bag full of tea, coffee and chocolate beverages with some cookies or special choclates. Whatever I can find.
All you have to do to win is go to Eirelander Publishing at http://www.eirelander-publishing.com, click on authors, and then click on Sandra K. Marshall. My books will pop up. You need to read the blurbs of The Catalyst, Addiction and The Deceived to find out where the setting is for these books.
Have fun searching. It's easy and simple.
Also, you might like to take a look at A Fool's Fool while you're there. Also, if you have people on your Christmas list who like to listen to books, A Fool's Fool is in audio. http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00945MFMI&qid=1347906078&sr=1-1
If there is more than one correct answer, the earliest one is the winner. The others will have a choice of one of my ebooks. Also, this prize is only for the U.S. and Canada, but someone from another country can win one of my ebooks.
Join in the holiday spirit! The winners will be announced next Sunday.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Okay, you're still asking why, and I have an answer. The reason I don't like to talk on the phone is because I had so many jobs where I was constantly on the phone. In some of those positions about 50% plus of my work was answering and talking on the phone. I, also, had to make calls to other people. Are you starting to understand why I hate telephones?
Have any of you had jobs where you answered the phone so much that you don't like to talk on the phone? I'll be waiting to see all of your comments.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Enjoy your turkey dinner, but remember those who'll be going hungry this day.
Have a safe holiday. See you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Originally, Veteran's Day was called Armstice Day. November 11, 1919 President Wilson proclaims the first Armstice Day. It was June 1, 1954 when President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armstice Day to Veteran's Day.
In 1968, Congress passes the Monday Holiday Law which established the 4th Monday in October as the new date for the observance of Veteran's Day to take effect in 1971. From 1971 to 1975, Veteran's Day was observed by all states on the fourth Monday of October except Mississippi and South Dakota. Other states decide to change their observances back to November 11: 1972 - Louisiana and Wisconsin; 1974 - Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, South Carolina, West Virginia; 1975 - California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Wyoming.
In 1975 legislation passed to return the Federal observance of Veteran's Day to November 11, based on popular support throughout the nation. The law took effect in 1978 when Veteran's Day observance reverted to November 11th.
As you can see it took a lot of time to get things done in Congress back then, and it hasn't changed. Smile!
For all of our military may you be blessed for giving up such a huge part of your lives and many of you your lives for the rest of us. Never ever forget these people who go to war for us. They never come home the same, and we must be patient and understanding of them. God Bless all of you!
All of the historical information came from the military history army site and more info can be found at this link: http://www.army.mil/html/reference/holidays/vetsday/vetshist.html.
Have a great week, and I'll see you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, November 4, 2012
November contest prizes include:
1) $50 gift card to Amazon/Barnes & Noble
2) surprise gift tote
3) Jimmy Thomas signed book poster AND Kindle ebook copy of Fallen
SEAL Legacy by romance author Sharon Hamilton.
Contest begins 5 Nov. and ends midnight EST on 28 November. NOTE: Snail
mail items only shipped to USA and Canada.
How to enter: Go to Romance Books 4 Us, http://www.romancebooks4us.com
Find the 20 pages that have a Happy Thanksgiving sign. Collect the 20
page names and send them in one list to our contest email: contests.RB4U@gmail.com
For those of you who leave a comment this week, one person will win a chance to choose
one of any of my ebooks from my publisher in whatever format you prefer. Just visit
Eirelander Publishing, click on authors, and on the left you'll find my name. Click on
Sandra K. Marshall to see a list of my books.
Have a great week everyone. Don't forget to vote. See you next Sunday!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
3: Candidates shouldn't have to raise money and shouldn't receive donations from anyone
Sunday, October 7, 2012
|Author, Robert Thornhill|
My guest today is local author, Robert Thornhill. I connected with Robert on the professional site LinkedIn. Although, I haven't read his Lady Justice series I was intrigued by his blurb and excerpt.
Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
Robert holds a master’s in psychology, but his wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in
The main character, Walt Williams, is a 69 year old officer with the Kansas City Police Department. He started the City Retiree Action Patrol. You can see what the acronym spells.
The series is mystery/comedy in the same genre as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The difference is that her characters are young and sexy and mine are old geezers like me.
BOOK CLUB MURDERS
"Of course they caught him. They always do," Ed replied. "One fingerprint --- the guy forgot to wipe one fingerprint off of the light switch --- that's how they got him."
"Well it seems pretty obvious," Ed replied. "Someone commits a crime and gets away with it."
"Please enlighten us, Master," Ed retorted sarcastically.
"For instance, with my job as an orderly at the hospital, I could steal one pair of latex gloves from every box in every exam room for a month and nobody would ever be the wiser --- they just don't keep track of those things.
"Of course, if no one ever knew that the crime was ever committed, it wouldn't make for much of a story in a novel."
"The second kind is the subject of most mystery novels --- a crime is committed --- the cops know about it, and it becomes a cat-and-mouse game to see whether the perpetrator was clever enough to avoid detection. Obviously your guy wasn't --- he left a fingerprint."
"Okay, then what's the third category?"
Ed was impressed. "You seem to know a lot about this subject."
"I've been looking into it."
"Any particular reason?"
Oscar paused before he spoke, "Because I'm going to do it."
Ed was taken by surprise. "Do what?"
"Commit the perfect crime."
Ed and Larry exchanged worried glances.
"What the hell are you talking about, Oscar?" Larry asked. "You're a middle-aged hospital orderly for chrissakes!"
"Exactly my point," Oscar replied with resolve.
"My life is pathetic and so are yours --- and so is this stupid club."
"What's so bad about our club?" Ed asked indignantly.
"Do I really have to spell it out? We started out with ten members and one-by-one they've been dropping away --- mostly because they've found something better to do with their lives --- like Liz, who moved back to Columbia to finish her degree at MU. All that's left is us losers."
"Hey, speak for yourself, you jerk!" Larry retorted.
"Oh please, Larry. You're a forty-year-old custodian in a middle school who spends his day cleaning up after snotty-nosed kids, and Ed, you spend your life in a cubicle doing data entry into a computer for an huge accounting firm that doesn't even know you exist.
"When was the last time that you did something REALLY exciting --- something that made you feel like you were living on the edge?
"When was the last time you got laid --- or even had a date?
Neither of them responded.
"Have I made my point?"
"Don't you think committing a crime is a bit extreme?" Ed asked. "Wouldn't it be more logical to plan a canoe trip or maybe a weekend at Branson?"
Oscar shook his head in disgust. "Nope, an evening with Andy Williams is not my idea of living on the edge --- it has to be a crime --- and not just any crime --- murder.
"I'm going to commit the perfect murder!"
Ed and Larry were speechless.
"I'm going to do it and I want you two to do it too. Let's turn this pathetic club into something special --- something that will make our hearts race --- something that will challenge our intellect and something that will take us away from our dreary lives."
"But --- murder!" Larry stammered. "I could never kill someone --- not on purpose anyway."
"It's not that big of a deal," Oscar replied. "I see people die at the hospital every day. Look at the obituaries in the Kansas City Star. Dozens of people die every week.
"I'm not talking about killing the Mayor or somebody like that. The streets are filled with the homeless and prostitutes. Their lives already suck and we would be doing them and the city a favor by getting rid of a few.
"Think of the challenge. We each have read dozens of crime novels and watched countless TV shows. We know what we have to do to commit the perfect crime. All we have to do is create our plan and execute it.
"We can do this --- I know we can!
"Are you in?"
All of Bob's book's can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Bob's website. Here is a link to his special offer page, http://booksbybob.com/lady-justice-combo-special_330.html
Bob, I want to wish you the very best with your writing career. You are a very prolific writer. I think many people will find your website interesting.
Thank you for visiting my blog, and have a good week. See you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The rest of the time I checked books out from the public or school library.
I'm not sure what Ms. Kingsolver meant by her quote. I assume she was talking about stealing library books, but I'm not positive. People do forget to return their books, or they misplace and can't find them. I may be naive, but I don't most people intend to steal books from the library.
With the economy like it is, people who read will turn to libraries to get their books. It doesn't cost anything to check out a book. Many libraries even have e-books.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
You may know or be someone who can't read stories, but you like to listen to listen to stories. This is a great opportunity for those who like to listen to audio.
I have news for you. My short story, A Fool's Fool is out in audio at Audio.com. You can go to this link, http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00945MFMI&qid=1347906078&sr=1-1 to order your copy. You can even get it free for a brief time.
Some of my other books will be coming out in audio soon.
I'm very proud to be a part of this new process with my publisher. You'll also be able to grade my story, the performance, and overall.
On to another topic, I have gotten my bifocals on Friday, and I'm trying to adapt to them. I may have made a mistake not getting the trifocals since there is a bit of difference in reading a book and working on the computer. I will see my ophthalmologist again in four months. Hopefully, everything will be okay, and I can adjust to these glasses.
Thank you for reading my blog, and have a nice, peaceful Sunday.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
My topic this week is a sober one, and I have given a lot of thought to it since I first heard about honor killings on 60 Minutes a couple of weeks ago. I was raised to believe that there isn't any honor in killing. In our country, we are raised to believe that to kill is a sin and is punishable by imprisonment.
On 60 Minutes, they were talking about an honor killing of a daughter by her father. He killed his daughter because she didn't obey him and is considered to have dishonored the family. How did she do this? She didn't marry a man that her family picked out for her. Instead, she ran away.
Believe it or not young people there was a time in Europe and our country's past when women weren't allowed to make a choice in the man they married. Fortunately, this changed a long time ago and today, we do make our choices. We fought very hard for the right to vote, to make our choices in every way we lead our lives, and we can't allow it to fall by the wayside.
It's against our laws to kill anyone, so anyone who comes to our country must obey our laws or suffer the consequences of their actions. As shocking as honor killings are to Americans this is something that is going on in our country and more frequently than we could possibly imagine.
Since I'm allowed to express my opinion in my country, I want to say I think this is a horrendous practice and it has to be stopped. We can't stop it around the world, but we certainly can stop it here in the good old U.S.A. It would bring great dishonor to my family if I killed someone.
What do you think should be done about honor killings?
Thank you for listening to me this Sunday.
In case, you have been following my blog about cataract surgery, I learned this week that my vision is 20/50. I received a prescription for my glasses and will be getting them sometime this week. Yay for that, as I'm tired of having a headache every day.
Have a great week.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Many of you may have watched, Stand Up to Cancer. This is what we have to do stand up to cancer. Ovarian cancer took my mother because it wasn't detected soon enough, so I have listed the symptoms below.
Many of these symptoms can be causes for other problems, and because there are no sure tests for ovarian cancer you must be vigilant, especially those who have a history of ovarian cancer.
Thank you for visiting my blog this Sunday, and have a wonderful week.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
One of these days everything is going to get back to normal, but not quite yet. My right eye has healed very well, and my left eye is healing. Am I happy with the outcome? Yes, I am.
Will I have to wear glasses? Yes, I will still wear glasses all the time. Instead of trifocals, I will wear bifocals. I knew this could happen, and it doesn't bother me. Glasses don't have the stigmatism that they used to have, and I'm used to wearing them.
My optometrist, Dr. Queen, would tell me as a kid that I was very lucky to be born in my time period, or I would have been a blind little bird. I believed him and was always grateful even though I had to wear glasses as thick as coke bottles back then.
In a few weeks, after my left eye has completely healed, my ophthalmologist will give me a prescription for glasses. Once that happens, I'll be posting more interesting blogs. I have many topics that I want to write about. Grin! Some of them will be controversial as usual.
Have a great week.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
This is going to be very brief as my eyes are still trying to adjust to my recent catract surgery. My vision will need reading glasses for close work such as reading and computer work, but I'll have to wait for my eyes to heal. I did try a pair of reading glasses, but for some reason they made me dizzy.
Anyway, I want to let everyone about the new contest at Romance Books 4 Us. As always there is a $50.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, whichever the winner prefers. There will be many other prizes as well. Just go to http://www.romancebooks4us.com to learn the details for entering the contest.
I'm hoping my eyesight will be back to normal soon, and I'll be able to post more interesting blogs.
Good luck in the contest at RB4U.
Have a great week.
Sandra K. Marshall
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value. Uh, oh, another person has removed their blog.
4. Leave a comment on the blogs to let them know that they have received this award.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
By my title you can tell, I'm going to talk about Colorado. Colorado has suffered a lot lately. First, due to fires burning eighty thousand acres of gorgeous forest around the Ft. Collins area, and then 18,000 acres around Colorado Springs. Here are some pictures of the damage around the Springs. This is just a small portion of the damage, and it will take years to rebuild.
|Garden of The Gods|
Sunday, July 8, 2012
A few examples below:
There is no smoking allowed in restaurants and most public places these days. That right has been taken away from smokers. (I don't smoke, but that's someone's right.)
There's talk of no soda's in New York (not sure if this is for everyone or just obese people)
I've heard they want to do away with cupcakes in schools because of the sugar content. (I do like my sweets.)
Rove Versus Wade - Abortion or not. (If this were overturned it would take a right away from someone. Personally, I don't like the idea of abortion, but it's not my decision. I've never had one.)
McDonald's - There are people who want to close McDonald's because of all the calories in their food. (I like a Big Mac on occasion)
I could give more cases, but I think this is enough for you to get the idea. None of these examples have affected me, but what I'm concerned about is where does it end?
All of these instances are for our good or to save babies. Okay, I think abortions are wrong, but at the same time I believe in the right for women to make their own choice. The time is going to come when something you want the right to do will be taken away from you and me. It scares me, and I think you should be scared to.
On a lighter note, Romance Books 4 Us is having their Christmas in July contest. For details go to http://romancebooks4us.com
That's it for this week. I won't be seeing you next Sunday because I will be on vacation. I will be back on July 22nd with a new blog.
I hope everyone can stay cool this summer.
Sandra K. Marshall