A Bouquet (Celebrations Blog Hop, November 19, 2015)


This is the Celebrating the Small Things blog hop, run by Lexa Cain and her two wonderful co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits.



Today I am celebrating two things.

First, if anyone has been following this, my mother is home, considerably improved, and talking about moving closer to her family.  She’s one of those elders who made the cross-over from being a respected parent to a good friend.


Several grownups that I knew as a child did that.  Friends’ parents who became friends in themselves, as valued as their children, my friends.  Sometimes more so.  I remember once being asked to speak at the funeral of one.   Delightful man, full of wisdom and goodness and humor, who lived to a lovely, ripe age.  I had never delivered a eulogy before.  


And a bouquet:

…this week, checking my website, which is getting an overhaul, I happened to stumble across this comment from a reader, aged 80, who had read my Egyptian series  The Memphis Cycle:

I enjoyed reading your books. They make historical names come alive. I had been to Egypt and seen the Pyramids. I was even fortunate to see the mummy of the boy king &and all the artifacts. It made me wonder how come such a well developed and great civilization came to an unknown end. How come they disappeared from the face of earth? I was always curious to know about them.Your books made me feel that they had a very similar life to ours. Thanks for writing these books.I do hope you will continue with Memphis Cycle. with regards (name)

What a lovely thing to read!  I am smiling as I write this.  …And that is why I write.  

I hope you all have wonderful weeks!


And…What are you celebrating?  

Celebrating… You!




Today I’m raising a glass / smiling while contemplating / cheering for / quietly appreciating something truly worth celebrating.  For me, anyhow:



       You






I started blogging a while back just for something to do.  It was enjoyable – and then I started meeting other people who had blogs about all sorts of things – families, crocheting, collections of inspiring snippets, whether about the Chelsea Flower Show or travel.  Writers who do other things than shout about buying their books.  Helpful people, enjoyable people, people I would probably invite to my home for dinner.  Once it was cleaned to my satisfaction.


People celebrating, people sharing, people just being…people.

You’re worth celebrating, folks!







This blog hop is the brainchild of the delightful VikLit, whose blog is well worth visiting whether or not it’s Friday and you are celebrating.  Every week that participants can, they stop, take stock, recognize that life is full of small celebrations that go unnoticed, and they celebrate.  The participants are on the list – look around – celebrate!  And maybe join?  You’d be welcome!http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=179014