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Brighten a Senior’s Day, Volume II

If someone came up to me a year ago and would have told me I will publish three books within a year, I would have rolled my eyes back, and huffed, “Are you kidding? I just hope I get one book out”.

It took over 18 years till I completed my first novel, WINGS ON HER HEELS. Of course there were years of pauses in between… and I’ve lost count as to how many times I edited my book. So naturally I thought if I ever should write another book, it would go along those same lines.


But Brighten a Senior’s Day is different. First of all Volume one and two are both under 100 pages. I suppose you could describe them as coffee table books or small gift books which consist of a collection of my poems and short stories.  Brighten a Senior’s Day, volume I went so well, and I received so many requests for a sequel – that I decided to write Brighten a Senior’s Day II.

There’s really nothing quite as humdrum as visiting 90-year-old Aunt Clara  in the old age home, and not really knowing what to say to  make her  feel better. So… just bring along Brighten A Senior’s Day, and read out loud to her. I guarantee you, at least you’ll feel better, and hopefully Aunt Clara too.

I chose a few excerpts to give you an idea what to expect in Brighten a Senior’s Day II.

I want to thank all my avid readers for your loyal support.  The price is as low as I’m allowed to go. In exchange, please leave a comment under the Amazon reviews. I really need them… just for appearance sake. Lol… I sure would appreciate it. Thank you so much, and happy reading!                                                                                                                         

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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Excerpts from Book, My Posts


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Introduction – Brighten a Senior’s Day

Brighten a Senior’s Day – A New Release

I guess nobody is more surprised than I am that I have written a second book, so  shortly after I published my first book: Wings on her Heels, which was released in August, this year.

But I have to admit, about half of the poems and short  stories were written over the past years, — so  it wasn’t all that much of a feat to put this book together in such a short period of time.

The book is as different as can be from my first novel. But I have always had this book, way before my  first novel came to being, in the back of my mind.

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Me, ( 6 months old) and my mother.

It all started with my Mom. She gave me  a warm loving childhood, and after surviving the usual mother and daughter teenage hassles, we grew closer as the years went by. And after the initial shock of realizing how much we really were alike, I acknowledge that our similar  interests and  our spontaneous way of embracing everything we love are exactly  the reasons why we were so close.

Visiting her at  the assisted living home, and later on  in the senior home was truly a pleasure for me. At the time, I was still running my own business,  and was raising our baby granddaughter. So visiting my mother was  an — out time  — for me. It relaxed me to leaf through the old photo albums with her,  take her on car rides, or accompany her on short walks.   I was truly blessed with my mother, for she was so appreciative of every little thing I did. I loved how she would call me her angel — her own personal angel.

As the years passed,  her concentration began to fade. But  still she always loved a good story, as long as it wasn’t too long. I set out to find such stories. I didn’t want a children’s book, since my mother would have been insulted by that. I wanted a book to read to her, touch on topics — pleasant topics, that would  motivate new conversations. Perhaps there is a book out there that satisfies those needs, I searched — but I couldn’t find it.

Rest in Peace, Mom. (1921-2010). I hold you always in my heart.

my mother, my granddaughter, and me

So while putting my poems and short stories together, I always had my mother  in mind. — Would this make her laugh? Would this make her thoughtful?  Would this  encourage her to share with me some  long forgotten memory?

Many seniors fall into a depression. So the last thing I wanted to do was stir up sad memories. My mother loved to laugh. Oh, and how I loved to laugh with her.


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1 Poem: Antennas    9
2 Short Story: Danny-Boy 12
3 Poem: Loving Nights 21
4 Short Story: The Dimpled Fin 24
5 Poem: Masks 34
6 Short Story: The Pumpkin Girl 37
7 Poem: Grandma’s Apron Jig 43
8 SHORT Story: The Neon Pink Remote 53
9 Poem: Two Short Poems 60
10 Story: Marybeth and Mr. Parker 65
11 Poem: Cookie Fair 75
12 Short Story: The 7 Sex Steps 76
13 Poem: Caramel Candy 79
14 Short Story: A Calling 82
15 Poem: Moonlight Seekers 89


Short Story: Our thoughts are Free

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Excerpts from Book


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