THANKS FOR THE MEMORY

A Blast from Thanksgiving Days of the past…

Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

Same place, different holiday, but you get the idea. ca. 1972 Same place, different holiday, but you get the idea. ca. 1972

Once upon a Thanksgiving Day, the only room large enough to host the Lambo family was in my grand-parents basement that had been fitted with a second kitchen just for such occasions. The oblong, wood-panelled room sported a bar at the far end fashioned from the same panelling that covered the cinder-block walls. Its red speckled linoleum top ran just about the width of the room under a casement window that looked onto the shrub lined cement driveway.

A few cousins, my younger sister, and I often played behind the bar, rummaging through an assorted collection of treasures—pirate ship embossed coasters, gold-rimmed wine glasses, wrinkled sepia photos of the old country, and glass cocktail stirrers topped with fruits, animals, and, close your eyes now, slim naked women.

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PICK YOUR POISON – A Halloween Compilation

Halloween Donna

My broom has stalled
I’m in a tizzy
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Halloween’s here Continue reading

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Celebrating Perseverance in the Writing Community

Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere! It’s an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!

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Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Continue reading

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GETTING STONED – A Monolithic Tale

Ahhh, Callanish. The moment we stepped into the circle, it felt like I’d crossed a threshold into another world. Immediately, I was drawn to this particular stone. Mostly since it was not much taller than I, but partly because she called to me, as if she had a story to tell.

Imagine my surprise when I leaned in for this photo, totally unprepared for the tale that she and her ancient monolithic sisters were about to share… Continue reading

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WINDOW TO (AN)OTHER WORLD

A Daily Post Photo Challenge – inspired by a recent accidental photo taken from a Chicago hotel room window…

 

Dusk nosedives, hits street below

Twilight flaunts
a brave new world

Should I stay or should I go?

 

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A ROSE PETAL, A BOY SOLDIER, and LEMON CAKE…

What’s the connection?

The book launch of LOST BOYS, a middle grade historical fiction novel by début author (and friend) Darcey Rosenblatt.

LOST BOYS is a captivating coming-of-age story of friendship, hardship, and hope. Twelve-year-old Reza is an Iranian boy who loves music and spending time with friends until the day he becomes a soldier and eventually a prisoner of the 1980’s Iran/Iraq war.

Reza’s story honours the strength of the human spirit. It is a tribute to every child who has managed to survive the horrors of war, as well as to the many who did not make it through. LOST BOYS is a heartfelt début novel. I only have one word of caution (well, maybe three): keep tissues nearby.

I wish I’d had a hankie on hand for Darcey’s book launch, too, where a Continue reading

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JELLIES vs. WELLIES – An Elemental Conundrum

There’s a jelly near my welly
Is it a he or she?
Not the welly,
but the jelly,
Either way,
I’ll flee!

But wait… Continue reading

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