Exploring Why

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Stand Apart

I did a thing. Since my birthday’s soon, Facebook wanted to know if I wanted to start a fundraiser for it. I guess they’re the newest rage or something. Anyway, I wasn’t going to because, honestly, how many people actually donate to those? I mean, sure it’s nice to see your friend on your wall doing something more than posting selfies, but does it really mean anything?

So, I let it slide. For a while.

Recently, though, I had this tugging. A pull on my heart. I needed to do more. The other day, you might remember I posted a call for action. Well, who was I to rally people but not do anything myself?

That’d be a normal thing to do, though, right? A lot of us talk a big game but don’t actually do anything. That’s okay. It’s only human.

Instead of letting myself off the hook, however…

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12 Reasons Why

Stand Apart

Some of you might have heard about a movie on Netflix called 13 Reasons Why (based on a book) about the main characters suicide. Often, I find life hard but I’ve also discovered that it helps to find ways to keep living. Because you do matter. Your life can make a difference.

  1. You are loved. You may not always feel like it. It may not always seem like it. But there are those around you who value you, love you, and want you to succeed.
  2. You are valuable. You have worth not because of what you do or how you can help others but in yourself simply for who you are. The moment you were conceived, you became a priceless gift.
  3. You are worthy. You are worthy to love and to be loved. We are made to love. We are made to know love, to share love, and to…

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Take a Stand

Stand Apart

One of the most unpopular things to stand for, at the moment, it seems, is the unborn. We have generations of people who we never get to meet. Musicians, athletes, teachers, priests, nuns, soldiers, firefighters, doctors, lawyers, etc. that never spread their light because of someone else’s choice.

Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack behind the issue. It’s definitely a heavy topic. But not one that’s unforgivable.

I’m going to step aside this week, though, and let someone more eloquent speak about the issue.

Thanks for sticking around and watching. It’s not easy to always do the right thing, or even know what the right thing is. But sometimes, we just need the reminder that we aren’t unworthy because of the things we’ve done. God still loves us. And sometimes, we really do need to stand out in the world and help others see that there’s more to life than…

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The Divine Plan

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.” Ronald Reagan 1964

Last night I attended the world premiere of the movie based on this book. To say it is powerful is an understatement. Having lived through the events depicted in the documentary I found it fascinating to learn some of the backstory from the point of view of the key players who remain alive today.

The story follows, and to some extent parallels, the lives of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.

Both men were actors, both survived an assassination attempt (six weeks apart), and both died within twelve months of each other. These two men, a pope and a president, became close friends and together helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union.

I would encourage everyone to see the movie or read the book. The lessons taught remain valuable today.

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Secret Santa

The tradition of secret gift giving traces its roots back to Saint Nicholas’ legendary habit. There are many stories of his generosity, one of the most famous involves three sisters. Their father, unable to provide a marriage dowry, was forced to sell his daughters into prostitution. Nicholas, then bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor, tossed three bags of gold coins into the house on three successive nights. Thereby saving the girls from a life of prostitution.
Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated in the Western Christian churches on December 6th. In honor of the Nicholas the Wonderworker, I’ve arranged to have the digital version first edition of my first novel available for free on Amazon for six days Sunday, December 2, 2018, 12:00 AM PST through Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:59 PM PST.
Dandelion Man is a coming of age story set in the 60’s
Sir James Matthew Barrie once wrote “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” Memories inspire our hero to retell the story of his first love in a way that is unforgettable.
If you enjoy a story about that first blush of love that is sometimes funny, sometimes heartfelt pick up a copy of “Dandelion Man – the four loves” and be your own Secret Santa.

Be Your Own Secret Santa With A Free Copy of Dandelion Man – the four loves

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Living With Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association over 30 million Americans (9% of the population) have diabetes. The percentage seniors (age 65 and older) with diabetes is even higher, at 25%. Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

Chances are that you either are diabetic or you know someone with diabetes.

Okay, enough of the scary talk.

Recently I took it upon myself to try to understand what “living with diabetes” means. Glucose checks multiple times per day so that your fingers feel like pincushions, daily injections, exercise, and watching what you eat.

This is the part most seniors dread. How do I know what to eat and when?
ADA says that “counting carbs” is the tried and true method for controlling diet. This recommendation is supported by multiple studies. Okay that’s fine you say, “but how do I do this and how much I can eat”?

All good questions.

I looked around and found multiple “helpful” suggestions but nothing I considered “user-friendly”.

So, I designed an APP.

I call it “Counting Carbs” and it’s available for free.

Go to the APP Store or Google Play and search for “Open as APP’. This is the framework that the APP uses. Once the framework is loaded on your phone or tablet, you can search for the APP, “Counting Carbs” or simply click the link above.

The APP allows you to tap in a menu for a meal and set the serving size (the APP shows the “nutritional size” used in the calculation so you know the units to adjust your own serving). This helpful meal planner counts the carbs in your meal and compares them to the American Diabetes Association recommendations. The APP contains data on over 900 common foods based on the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

You can also type in your daily calorie requirements: the default is set for a senior (1600 – 1800 calories) {Okay, I’m old, I get it}, add in your level of activity, and your sex. These items adjust the ADA recommended level of carbs, proteins, and fat and compares them to your meal.

ADA recommends distributing your carbs equally throughout the day and even suggests adding a fourth “snack” in the evening to prevent hypoglycemic episodes that disturb sleep pattern of some diabetics.

Hopefully this simple APP will make life easier for you or a loved one. Enjoy

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Do you love strong female characters?

Dandelion man press is pleased to announce the availability of the audio version of THE INN AT HERON’S BAY, a poignant love story set in beautiful coastal Carolina.

THE INN AT HERON’S BAY is the masterful tale of Elizabeth Padilla who is converting the family home and lighthouse into The Inn at Heron’s Bay. When Kathy and Dixon arrive from the West Coast to study the beauty and history of the area, they discover more than any of them imagined.

HERON’S BAY is a love story and much more.

The book is narrated by Ann Bumbak (www.seahorseaudio.com). Ann is a gifted voice actor having narrated more than a dozen audio books. She is also a prolific author. Her “Officer Down” series examining line-of-duty deaths due to firearms has achieved international recognition.

Listen as Ann Bumbak brings the characters to life.

The audio version of THE INN AT HERON’S BAY is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

The release of THE INN AT HERON’S BAY marks the third audio book published by dandelion man press.

 

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