Day by Day now an e-book

For those of you who like to read online, my book Day by Day, The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporter published in 2008 by Gallaudet University Press, is now available to you in three versions:

Electronic book: $19.95
Electronic Book: 30 days $5.00
Electronic Book:  180 days $9.95

Go to this link and when you have the book in your shopping cart, you select which option you want. Gallaudet University Press.

Once you read it, please take a moment to write a review on Amazon at this link Write a review on Amazon.

For more information on my book, go to this link here on my website or click on the page called “First Book.”

I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you!

Irritating flys

The book I’m currently reading, Hawaiian Sunrise,  by Lauraine Snelling is a good read and I recommend it.

Today a quote struck me as funny and indicative of life’s irritations. A woman is visiting her mother and her brother is there, too. Her two boys are playing and she said she had a poem, apparently one of her sons wrote, from Vacation Bible School:

“If Noah really had been so wise, why didn’t he swat those two old flies?”

I laughed out loud. God could have left the flies and all the other pesky creatures off the ark, true. But life without bumps and irritations would be rather bland. Smooth. No obstacles overcome. Besides, it is a challenge to chase those errant flies with a fly swatter when they get in the house.

Every creature on this earth has a purpose – that includes each of us. I’ll be seeking my purpose in God’s plan for the rest of my life because  I think it shifts with His need. And God’s plan doesn’t always fit nice and neat into what I think my life plan should be. That makes life interesting. What will God have me do next? And I wait and listen.

This year our church is basing Vacation Bible School on the first two books of the Bible: Genesis 1 and 2. If you haven’t read it lately, pick up your Bible and read it again. It will be interesting to see what the 5th- and 6th-graders I’m teaching have to say; I’m counting on some wonderful comments about God’s creation.

As things are still so green here in Ohio and our garden is producing food, I stand in awe of how God made every seed to grow into a plant. Each green bean I plucked from the plants today, made me thankful for His love for us. When I see the seeds poking green stubs of plants through the dark soil, I realize I’m holding my breath in wonder.

Then this pesky fly whizzes past my ear and I jump. Then laugh.

I’m listening, Lord. Show me the way.

Name that book

I need your ideas.

When a writer has an idea for a story or a book, typically a title comes to mind. Even though a publisher will likely change that title, an author has to submit a book proposal with a working title.

I’m calling my third book 10 Years Later. I am revisiting people I interviewed, mostly while I was deaf, from 2000-2003 when I was a reporter and writing about where they are today — or where the issues stand today. These people include:

  • Firefighters who were part of Task Force One to NYC on 9/11/01,
  • City councilwoman who was a Cuban refugee at age 12,
  • A ballet teacher who survived a Japanese war camp from age 1-5,
  • Music in education; in particular one music teacher, now retired and the work of another music teacher who has since passed away,
  • A musician who was inducted into the Senior’s Music Hall of Fame,
  • A pediatrician who has led 12 medical missions to Honduras,
  • A high school valedictorian with dreams.

What title would make you pull it off the shelf and read it?

Brainstorm and write your ideas in comments below. One idea leads to another so have at it!

And thanks.