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***REMINDER!*** SAVE THE DATE AND DON’T BE LATE!: Author Annie Chiappetta Appearing OnProgress and Disability Radio

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SAVE THE DATE!

 

 

When? June 27, 2019. 6 PM Central.

What? Annie Chiappetta will be discussing her new book, Words of Life: Poems and Essays.

Where? On Disability and Progress, heard at KFAI 90.3

 

Can’t make it for the live show? No worries. Catch the archived broadcast at: http:www.kfai.org/disabilityandprogress

 

MORE ABOUT ANN AND HER WORK

 

In this new collection, Words Of Life: Poems And Essays, the author once again exhibits the ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life.

Ann Chiappetta M.S., is an author and poet. Her writing has been featured in publications and literary journals. Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine, among others. Her poems are often featured in Poesis, The Pangolin Review, and Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath & Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow. Her  books, the poetry collection Upwelling: Poems (2016), the memoir Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust (2017), and Words of Life: Poems and Essays (2019) are available in both ebook and print formats. See http://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/ for purchasing details.

Ann’s blog: http://www.thought-wheel.com

Ann’s personal website: http://www.annchiappetta.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FROM AUTHOR MEREDITH LEIGH BURTON COMES REBEKAH’S REFUGE AUGUST 8, 2019 AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER

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RELEASED AUGUST 8, 2019

PRE-ORDER NOW!

FROM AUTHOR MEREDITH LEIGH BURTON

REBEKAH’S REFUGE

 

Hello all:

I am thrilled to announce that I have a new novella releasing on August 8, 2019.  The book is entitled Rebekah’s Refuge, and is a loose retelling of the fairy tale Rapunzel.  Writing this novella meant so much to me, because it addresses the difficult theme of knowing when to acknowledge your desperation and turn over your problems to a higher power.  I am dealing with the sickness of a family member and have come to understand the difficult stress placed upon caregivers.  This novella explores, in a fantastical setting, the difficulties placed upon those who seek to save others even when circumstances are beyond their control.  Rebekah’s Refuge is about learning to listen for the calming song of peace even in the midst of turmoil.

 

In a plague-ravaged world, Rebekah is a blind norn, a being with the ability to create life-giving plants through her hair.  Her people are often misunderstood, and Rebekah must flee from a desperate man who seeks to obtain her hair in order to save his ill wife.  When Rebekah’s path crosses with that of Martha’s, a mother who has lost her daughter to the same man, the two women must find a way to band together to save human and nornkind alike.  Will Rebekah’s pursuer capture her? Will the plague upon the land be eradicated, or is a more sinister plot at work? Things are not what they seem in this story of loss, danger and triumph.  Rebekah’s Refuge is a story of finding the inner strength to fight even when you feel alone and powerless.

I’m excited to announce that the book is now available for pre-order.

To pre-order visit:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GC3HNYB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_4zlACbVJFFBX3

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

 

 

Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983.  She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University.  Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12.  She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing.  She also enjoys helping with church activities.  She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy.  Her recent release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways.  Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil.  All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight.  Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.

To see and buy the book visit her at:

Find her on Goodreads at:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4798776

Find her on Audible at:  https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Beauty-Other-Tales-Redemption/dp/B07KBC52JJ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542207638&sr=8-1&keywords=blind+beauty+and+other+tales+of+redemption

Buy her book in braille at:

http://www.braillebookstore.com/Blind-Beauty.1

Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption is now also available on cartridge from the Tennessee branch of the National Library for Books and Accessible Media, (National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped).  Meredith is working to get it uploaded on BARD, but that will take a while.  People may call and request the book on cartridge.

 

To get in touch with Meredith email: burtonmeredith6@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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A Walk in the Woods #Poetry

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Image contains: Abbie, smiling.A couple of years ago, I wrote the following poem for a contest sponsored by National Braille Press, but it didn’t win. So, I submitted it to The Avocet, and to my surprise, it appeared in this week’s online issue. You can click on the title to hear me read it.

A Walk in the Woods

Bird songs fill the air.
I smell pine, flowers,
feel the whispering breeze,
as I pause to drink cool water.
I don’t see much,
but my other senses
help me appreciate nature.

My Books

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – Essay — Summer Weather Forecasting is for the Birds by HL Carpenter

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Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the final post from  mother and daughter writing team HL Carpenter (Helen and Lorri). They have two blogs and one is for guest posts and book promotions which I featured last week and is a great place to share your work Top Drawer Ink Corp. Now I want to focus on their other blog and their own work.. I chose this post as we tend to watch the birds for some idea how the day is going to go weather wise, particularly in the winter. Over the last three years we have noticed that if heavy rain…

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My Father’s Orange

How beautiful.
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Jewniquely Myself

I phoned my Dad yesterday to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. We shared pleasantries about the weather, about my kids, about our mutual frustrations with “smart” technology.

We spoke of love for one another; and he said that he and Mom have always been proud of me.

But do you know what touched me most profoundly?

It was when he said:

“Well, it’s time for me to peel my orange”.

**sigh**

Yes, my Dad and I both love eating oranges. And the more I think about it, the more I realize the layers of meaning that orange holds for me.

1. There is the plain meaning-

When I was a kid, my Dad and I challenged each other to a kind of “peel off”. Which of us could peel an orange quickest while keeping the peel intact?

With the spirit of good-natured competitors, we passed the championship back and…

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Newly Wed Blues

Mystical Strings

I can’t tell you how hard it seems,
This newly “wedded bliss.”
Depression takes the place of dreams.
Already come to this?

I give Me up and put Me out;
I wrap myself in you.
But losing Me, without a doubt
I never want to do.

I can’t go out or anywhere,
Unless you’re there with me.
I have so many things to share
With others, can’t you see?

You pledge your faith; you speak of trust.
But you don’t seem to know.
For me this love will turn to dust
If you don’t let me go!


“ABAB, interlaced, heroic” Quatrains for
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