National Vietnam Veterans Day

Today is National VietVietnam Veterans Daynam Veterans Day. I would like to thank all of those who served in Vietnam and others wars too. But, especially the Vietnam Vets that were treated so badly when they came home. They didn’t choose to go to war, they were going where their leaders told them to go.


They faced the possibility that a woman or child could be hiding a bomb. They never knew what could be around the next corner. They served bravely, but were shunned when they came home. They should have been welcomed home with thanks and praise. It’s to you I say Thank You for your service.


I found the following poem on line and wanted to share it with you. Please thank a veteran for their service.


May God Bless all of our Veterans and service personnel.



A Tribute To Veterans


In Vietnam,
Korea and World Wars Past

Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last

Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be

Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:


From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows

From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols


Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas

Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams

They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair

Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:


They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry O
n With The Rest of Their Lives


The P.O.W.’S Stood Steadfast

Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War

They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did

If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:


They Would Come Home, They Would Resume

And Carry On the
Rest Of Their Lives
Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike

Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life

They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night

Not Questioning If They Would Survive:


They Men
ded Bones And Bodies Too,

They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls


And for Those M.I.A’S, Who Were Left Behind

We Echo This Message Across the Seas

We Will search For as Long As It Takes

You’re Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:


In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,

In Our Minds For All Time


A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons

Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul

To a Sacred Place
That We All Know

Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:


In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers

In Our Minds For All Time






These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds

They’re Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons

They Enliste
d For the Duty at Hand

To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:


They Had Honor, They Had Valor,

They Found Glory That Change Them Forever


Men Standing Tall and Proud They be

A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:


In the Sun, In the Rain

In the Winds Across This Land


Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here

Gathering Around to Hear This Sound

So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly

Unfurled in Their Majesty High:


In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds Across This Land




In the Sun, In the Rain,

In the Winds For All Time


Jerry Calow (copyright 2003 )

National as Young as You Feel Day

young-510442_640 (2)How young do you f Someday’s I feel older than I am, some my age, and thank goodness most of the time I still feel young. The Pew Research Center asked young and middle a
ge people what they t
hought old was. The young said that they thought 60 was old and the middle aged thought 70 was old. Then those that are older thought that 74 was old.

Having our grandchildren, a little later in life helps keep me moving. My husband, Jim, says that I am the kids play toy. They take me all over the house and playing all kinds of things. Sometimes they are the parents and call me the baby. There are times when we pretend to be on trains or planes, going to visit family up in Michigan. It’s all fun, but can be exhausting too.

Once they go home, I collapse in the chair, and don’t move until bedtime. The memories we’ve made together will last a lifetime. Such as baking chocolate chip cookies, Mexican rice, macaroni and cheese, or spaghetti. I love teaching them how to cook. They just think it’s fun, but they are learning things that will help them as they grow.

We still have the games our kids played when they were little, Candy Land, Twister, and many more. It’s fun to play them again. It’s a little hard to teach them that they can’t win all of the time.

I usually go for walks, or go swimming. This helps me to keep moving and in better shape. I walk three miles three days a week. Then two days a week I use our workout equipment. This helps to keep my joints moving better.

When we exercise and eat right we have a better quality of life, then we can feel younger than we are. I’m part of the Baby Boomer generation. Most of us really don’t want to grow up. As I tell my husband, he’s just a big kid, but acts like an adult when he has to. I believe if we live healthier we can stay younger longer.

Keeping our minds active, by learning new things, can keep us mentally younger. Starting a writing career at 56 has helped me. The last few years with learning all of the new social media material has really pushed me. I still have a lot to learn, but it’s fun at 65 to try new and exciting things.

Write me back on my website under the blog and tell me what you are doing to stay young.

Incredible Kids Day March 15th

This one is new to me, have you heard of it? I looked it up and it’s a day to celebrate, support, and acknowledge kids. I do believe every day should be kids day. We always need children-14067_640to be looking for opportunities to support them. There is so much new every day to learn. As parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends we all need to look for ways to help the kids as they grow.

When they get home at the end of a long day, ask how their day went. Don’t just accept the normal, nothing. You know very well that a lot went on that day for your child. Ask direct questions, so they have to give you a more detailed answer. Also share your day with them. They need to know the ups and downs of your day too. This will help them to learn more about you too. When they see you aren’t perfect, it gives them the ability to learn how to deal with disappointment and make things better. In doing this you are giving them a stronger base on which to live their lives as adults.

We have two wonderful daughters, they turned into great adults with good morals and are terrific mom’s, and wives. We couldn’t be prouder of the paths they have chosen and the jobs they have landed.

There are also four pretty great and fun grandkids in the family. Each has their own personality, likes and dislikes. It’s fun to watch them grown and learn at each stage of their lives. Watching them experience new things every day. I am able to watch in awe as they try, sometimes failing, then try again until they succeed at something new. This makes me appreciate my daily challenges as well.

So, let’s get out there and text, Facebook, email, or even write a letter to a child, or several children.

We will be giving them the support and encouragement they will need to become contributing adults to us and our communities.


Tell Me What You Think

This week I am asking for you to help me with my blog. My publisher Elk Lake Publishing, looks at the responses I get to my blog. If people, make comments and share them on my blog my numbers of interest go up. They also look at Facebook, for comments, likes, and how many times someone shares my posts. Especially ones about my books.

I am also trying to build up my presence on LinkedIn and GoodReads. There is still so much for me to learn about this business. The social media portion is the hardest to keep up with. There are parts to each media that I still am not sure how to work with. At this age it’s harder to learn and understand how it all works. If you can help me, please contact me via my blog, to set up a meeting.

I know a lot of you aren’t used to answering blogs. I never did until I became a published author. Now it’s part of my job to do all of this. Really, writing my books is much easier for me, than all of this. Your responses to my blog only have to be a few words. Tell me if I’m doing okay or if you see something I should do differently. You can also ask for me to write about something you would like to learn more about.

I thank you for your responses, and help in this endeavor of mine.

God bless you.

A Look at a Writer’s Conference

FCWC2016 stands for Florida Christian Writer’s Conference 2016. We meet at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg Florida. On Wednesday February 24, it all began with registration at 1:30 pm. Two workshops were offered in the afternoon. Then it was on to dinner, and a meet and greet with a Sock Hop as our theme.

The rest of our days begin at breakfast with a guest speaker at 7:30 am, if we bought that package for the conference. Then we have worship, a speaker, workshops, and meetings with publishers, editors, and agents. There are several workshops to choose from. I chose as my continuing, or daily workshop, “The Continuing Critique Track.” We each were allowed to bring up to 7,500 words to be critiqued over the course of the conference. In these classes we receive good comments, and suggestions as to what might be a better way to say something, or this is confusing. It is very helpful to get feedback from others. It all helps to make our manuscripts better before we try to get them published.

These are some of the other workshops that I chose to attend. “Writing for the Guideposts Contest” with B. J. Taylor. “What Do You Meme? Working With Images to Enhance & Grow Your Social Presence” with Edie Melson. Friday late night I went to a fun workshop called “Bring on the Bling: Discovering Your Inner and Outer Beauty” with Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett. We had a fun time talking about how makeup can enhance your looks and make you feel better on the inside. I had another workshop “Beginner Blogging: Do’s and Don’ts” with Kristen Hogrefe and Ashley Kirby Jones. This class gave me some good pointers on easier ways to do a blog.

The first three years I went to the conference I took material to show and talk to agents, publisher, and editors. When meeting with them you give them a “pitch,” or quickly tell them about what you wrote. It has to be short, but exciting. I would take my manuscript to as many as six of the professionals. This is fun, yet exhausting. It felt like being on stage all of the time, continually trying to improve how you pitch your writing.

This year wasn’t as stressful as in the past. I already had my contract, as well as the next three manuscripts almost ready to send with a proposal to my acquisition editor, Deb Haggerty. She was at the conference and we finally were able to meet each other. While speaking at lunch one day I told her about a picture book manuscript that I have. It tells the Easter story through the eyes of a child.  I told her I was advised to write for older children, that it is hard to get a publisher to take on picture books because of the expense.  Deb asked me to send her my manuscript, that she would like to read it. After some more editing, I will send it off. It has been a dream of mine to get this published. It is the follow-up book to “This Babe So Small,” the nativity told through the eyes of the inn keepers daughter.

What types of conferences or workshops to you attend? Answer me back on the blog to share with us.