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Looking for Mary Gabriel – Book Review

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It is rare for me to read a book that makes me cry. I’ve had books touch my heart in the same way a good song will. It was different with Looking for Mary Gabriel. I stumbled onto a part that you don’t see coming, and it’s shockingly heartbreaking. 

Bonita Gaberiel wants a normal childhood with a normal sister but there’s nothing normal about her younger sister, Mary. Mary suffers from a mental illness that causes her to act on impulse, see and hear things no one else can, and to take off without warning. Bonita’s father appoints her Mary’s keeper. At times it seems he’s only trying to instill the importance of family. Then there are moments when he’s asking too much and his motives are questionable. Bonita and Mary’s mother had a sister who suffered with mental illness that led her to commit suicide. Their mother worries it’s her fault and she doesn’t want Bonita to ever feel responsible for Mary but rather than share this with Bonita, it is kept secret from her. At times it appears their mother is wanting to protect Bonita and other times it seems she just can’t deal with her sister’s death. 

Bonita struggles with wanting to protect her sister and wanting a normal life away from Mary. A tragedy occurs which leads Bonita away from her family and then another tragedy happens that cuts Bonita’s ties with her family. She chooses a quite life hidden away from family and friends who love her more than she thought possible. With the passing of Bonita and Mary’s father, Bonita is forced to emerge from her hidden life to handle funeral arrangements and deal with Mary. What she thought was true is contradicted by what she learns is true. 

Beautifully and poetically written, the story of a family that is flawed is wonderfully conveyed on every page. ‘Looking for Mary Gabriel’ is a story that shares the love of family and the harsh truths about family making it relatable. It’s a book that can be read a 2nd and 3rd time; each time bringing  some new fascination to the reader. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who loves reading. 

This was written for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop – Prompt 3. Head over to Mama Kat’s and choose a prompt.

 

 

 

My Limerick

The Prompts:

1. Something you learned in February.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: sleep.
3. Share a childhood story about a time you got lucky.
4. List 8 things you accomplished this week!
5. Write a Limerick!

There was an Irish girl in town

Wherever she walked, she fell down

She always had the blues

‘Til she bought new shoes

She went everywhere running around

 

Written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. 

This is my first attempt to a limerick. I’m not sure I followed all the rules but I had fun writing it. Any thoughts on limericks? Feel  free to comment.

Blog Love

The Prompts:

1. Share something your significant other recently did or said that made you smile.
2. Share a photo that captures your special Valentine(s).
3. List the top 10 blogs you’re loving most this month.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Coffee
5. List your five most recent favorite things.
6. February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. How do you like your wine?

I chose number 3:  The top 10 blogs I’m loving this month in no particular order –

  1. Yeah Write –  This blog has been a favorite of mine.  The editors care about their bloggers and they have something for everyone.  They host link ups on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Then voting on Thursday.  Winners announced on Friday.  Then the weekend is for the Moonshine Grid.  They also offer a lot more. Head on over and check them out if you haven’t already. 
  2. Magpie Tales  –  This blog offers a photo prompt each Sunday for inspiration and a huge link up.  The photo’s are very unique and the writers that participate are fantastic. 
  3. Grammar Ghoul Press – Although I haven’t participated as much as I’d like on this blog, the challenges are unique and creative.  This blog offers a lot more than prompts and challenges too!
  4. Julie Zantopoulos –  This blog is new but the writer is not a new voice.  She ran The Indie Chicks for 4 years, has recently self published a book, “Shoot Down the Wendy Bird”, and is getting ready to launch a new site!  This is the perfect time to hop over to her site and get to know her.
  5. Janet Fitch’s Blog – I have been a huge fan of Janet since reading her novel “White Oleander.  Then I stumbled across her novel “Paint it Black” and she rocketed to the top of my favorite authors.  Her blog is insightful and offers a lot of writing advice to authors. 
  6. The Relative Cartographer –  I listed the blog Yeah Write up at the top.  I discovered this blog on the blog link up this week at Yeah Write.  Not only did he come in 2nd in votes for his entry, he won my heart with his story.  I have a lot of reading to do but so far this is a definite blog I love!
  7. Tess Abroad –  It just so happens that Tess also host Magpie Tales, mentioned above.  She provides the photo prompts and she writes her inspiration on her blog.  She has a man reading her work on her blog post linked to The Mag and it is amazing. 
  8. Not The Rockefellers – I have followed this blog since I first began blogging.  The writing still amazes  me.  Also, she list several blogs where people can go for writing inspiration and just the entire lay out of her blog keeps me coming back.
  9. Angela Goff –  Here is a blog I have followed for some time.  She host the VisDare prompts, where she post a photo for inspiration and you can link up to whatever you write.  The photos are unique and lots of fun!
  10. Mama Kat’s Losin It! –  Last but certainly not least is Mama Kat.  I have followed her prompts for some time now and I enjoy how creative they remain.  I love reading her take on the prompt she decides to write about.  Of course, she is the inspiration behind this post, so it goes without saying, I love her! 

There you have it.  My top 10 blogs that I love! You can hop over to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop and link up with your prompt.  It’s fun!

Mama's Losin' It

Joy To The World

7 Things That Bring Me Joy…….

(I decided on doing 7 Things of Christmas that bring me joy….)

 

 

  1. I love sending out and receiving Christmas cards from family and friends during the holidays.  It’s usually how I kick off the Holiday Season! 
  2. Buying or making a new “special family” ornament to go on the tree each year. I have some that belonged to my grandma.  Some she kept I made her in school in 1981. My daughters’ ornaments from school. Each year I add to this wonderful collection. 
  3. Listening to my favorite  Holiday music while decorating the tree is always a joy. Especially Mariah Carey’s song “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
  4. Watching Christmas movies and cartoons with my children. My two favorites being “The Christmas Story” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
  5. I love wrapping the gifts and I have vowed for years to do a homemade Christmas gift such as DIY Body Srubs. I haven’t yet but the idea brings me joy.
  6. I am not a regular at church although I do have my own faith.  I loved being in Christmas plays as a child so I enjoy going to church to watch my children, cousins, and all the kids putting on a Christmas play for church about the birth of Christ.
  7. I love the spirit of giving and the joy of others when they receive a gift they love. The Angel Trees, the Santas at the mall, the Salvation Army making Christmas wishes come true, and the feeling of peace and goodwill towards others. This should be the sentiment all year but Christmas seems to turn the Scrooges into Saints.  

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND I HOPE THIS YEAR BRINGS EVERYONE JOY THAT CONTINUES INTO THE NEW YEAR AND LONG AFTER THE FESTIVITIES ARE OVER!!!

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Forgetting is Forgiving

“Was it you that killed me, or did I kill you?”  Abel answered. “I don’t remember any more; here we are, together, like before”

“Now I know that you have truly forgiven me,” Cain said, “because forgetting is forgiving.  I, too, will try to forget.”   

Jorge Luis Borges

Hooking up with Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop and sharing my favorite quote.Or one of them.