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Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


This week I am offering a different type of blog. It is an interview with author, Nonnie Jules who is a successful author and president of the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC). She is the author of:

               The Good Mommie's Guide

               Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend                    

               If Only There Was Music

 Her books cover health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality in direct and indirect ways so I encourage you to read her responses to my questions. Then read her books to learn more about life, love, and relationships.

“100 Things We All Wonder About Nonnie Jules” Blog Tour

It is truly my pleasure and honor to present Rave Reviews Book Club president Nonnie Jules here on my blog today! It’s all yours, Nonnie…
Anyone who purchases a copy of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” or “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and send to me a copy of the purchase receipt to nonniejules@gmail.com, and also leave a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!  One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in e-book or paperback format.  Purchases must take place between 2/14/16 – 2/29/16.  If you’ve already purchased all of my books, then feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!!!  Spend a little, and you could win a lot!!!
ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2:Anyone who reads and posts a review of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” or “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and sends the link to their review to nonniejules@gmail.com, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card!  One entry for each book read and reviewed.  Reviews must be posted between 2/16/16 – 3/15/16 to be placed into the drawing.

Q:  What do you consider to be the three most important roles a parent has?
A:  The three most important roles of any parent is to love, teach and let go.

Q:  A marriage to be successful must be a relationship and a partnership.  How do you and your husband work together as parents?  Or, where do you differ?
A:  We are an awesome parenting team.  He is the calm one and I’m not.  He’s the good cop and I’m not.  He teaches with stories from his childhood, and well, I’m the Mom.  Take a look at what my daughters think of me… Need I say more?

Q:  If you were a parent of a seriously ill or terminal child, how do you see your role when interacting with the other siblings?
A:  Seriously ill and terminally ill children need so much attention, and, I can imagine, that being hard on the siblings of that child.  As a parent, I’d ensure that I spent enough time with each of my kids so they’d know that they weren’t forgotten. I Thank God I don’t have this worry.

Q:  How would you complete the following statement:  “Religion/spirituality is or is not an important factor in raising children because…”
A:  Religion is a very important factor in raising children because we all, no matter our ages, need a moral compass to follow.  Most often, it begins at home, and in my home, my children were strictly guided by a set of rules that were not set forth by man.

Q:  What was the most fearful or saddest event you experienced while raising your children?  How did you cope?
A:  I’m going to have to say the saddest event we’ve ever experienced was when my daughters lost their grandmother, my mother-in-law.  We coped by knowing that she was better off and no longer in pain.  That really got us through that time.  And although it’s been about 10 years, we still talk about her a lot…that’s how we keep her alive for them.




“SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS,” https://youtu.be/fQBnt0wix88

“IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC,” https://youtu.be/g2gNns8ZVFI

(In honor of full disclosure, I presented this full Q&A to Karen.  These are her questions and my answers).

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Thursday, February 18, 2016


This blog is an adaptation from a presentation from one of the Chaplains at              Cornerstone Hospice, Tavares, Florida.

No matter what our circumstances might be...health, financial, personal, socially...we need to find our inner peace. How do we do it? Here are some suggestions:

     **By denying the reality of our circumstance we are only creating an unhealthy way to approach the situation. We need to face head on that yes we have cancer, or we lost our job, or that we are trapped in an unhappy marriage, etc.
         Accepting the reality helps our whole self to learn and grow from it; it to become a stronger and better person.

     **Meditation or deep prayer opens our ears to God's words and His guidance. Though God knows what is in our hearts, it helps us to verbalize to Him; it brings more clarity.

    **Music can open up our very being to peace, happiness, or change in our thinking. Our taste in music differs from person to person. I like classical, my husband likes alternative rock. I like ragtime, he likes classic rock.

    **Spending time with nature is one very important way I find inner peace. Working with my flowers, watching the changing mood of the lake, marveling at the wildlife around our home, or a walk on a beach. Nature brings a healthier and calmer perspective so I see my circumstances with a sense of renewal. I learn from nature...to take things in stride...go with the flow.

    **Never lose hope. We must always believe that there is a rainbow at the end of the storm. For me, that means I will always dance in the rain no matter how bad the storm. I will not let cancer rule my life, but I will outshine it by rising above it.

    **Learn to forgive others: I believe this is one of the most important and valuable lessons any of us can learn. I forgave my step-father for his abuse with me. It took me several years to come to this, but once I did I lifted a large ugly cloud hanging around me. A new light began to radiate around me and life had become beautiful and meaningful. I did not forget...I forgave.

Other things we can do to bring inner peace are to smile, care about the feelings of others, embrace your beliefs, never think you know it all, live in the present, and do things you enjoy.

No matter what challenge you are facing, I encourage you to incorporate these suggestions into your life. Take one at a time and build from there. They often will fall into place automatically. 


All proceeds go to ovarian/gynecologic cancer research


Tuesday, February 9, 2016


                    February is heart month...is your heart healthy?

I. Choose a healthy eating plan: low saturated fat, low trans fat, low salt
                                                    eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
                                                    fiber-rich grains
                                                    fish and lean meat

II. Be physically active: exercise at least 2-1/2 hours a week of moderate intensity
                                       do aerobic AND muscle building exercises

III. Learn the warning signs of a stroke or a heart attack.

***Know your family history.
***Keep your blood pressure in normal range (120/80)
***Keep your cholesterol low and have it checked every year.
                              DO NOT SMOKE.
***Keep your BMI in normal range (18.5-24.9)
***Manage your stress through exercise, meditation, deep breathing, counseling, laughter.

February is our month of celebrating Valentine's Day. Send love out to others and love yourself. Find your inner peace, know the purpose of your life, wear a smile, and know that laughter is the best medicine.

                                       Any of these can be gifts for your loved one.
                                                         A box of candy...
                                                         A bouquet of flowers...
                                                         A special dinner out...
                                                         A gift of jewelry...

                                   Any of the following gifts for both of you:

                                Gift certificate to a gym or local YMCA...
                                                        for a massage once a month...
                                                        a weekend get away...
                                                        a marriage enrichment retreat...
                                                        joining a healthy cooking class...
                                                        taking a yoga or tai chi class...
                                                        spending an evening without tv, phones, iPads, etc.

I LOVE my husband, family and myself enough to do any or all of these things so my HEART IS HEALTHY AND HAPPY.
                                                            How about you?