December 24, 1944 and 2015

War of two different kinds — World War II and Terrorism have made normal life challenging in different ways. Musa and Ferenc were forced to leave their home, employment and family. Fear for their lives as Russians approached the city of Budapest in the final Siege of Budapest and forced escapes. They went different ways on Christmas Eve. Was this a futile attempt?


In 2015 our lives are filled with fear about attacks potentially from Al Qaeda or Isis, road rage, packages stolen from doorsteps,  the neighbors who irritate, climate change and its repercussions, and numerous personal issues. What is the difference between these two periods in time?  Fear is fear, you say? Our fears today are random ones spurred on by media, and we may never have to face them personally.  All issues have importance, but we have choices whether to live in fear or not. Musa and Ferenc did not.

Musa and Ferenc in Torn Apart, have no choice except to leave or die. Hopefully, the book will be available in 2016. Awww, promises, promises…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for following us.


Vacation and Writing Goals

Writing while away from home is good news and bad news for me. Laughter, new experiences, exploring with 5 other women brightens life. Additionally, I am away from the everyday distractions: spouse, phone, TV, pets, and the noisiest interrupter, the house “shoulds.” A home talks, nags, and constantly reminds a woman what she needs to do: “You’re out of milk.” “Look at the dust on the refrigerator.” “The bathrooms need cleaning, etc.“

On vacation those issues evaporate, yay, but wait, new distractions emerge.

“Let’s go for a walk. “

“Who wants to go to Starbucks with me?”

“Who’s cooking dinner tonight.”

“Shopping, anyone?”

Get the picture? Consequently, I have made a schedule adjustment for this vacation time. Getting behind on my goals would be frustrating and unproductive.

My writing goals, while basking in the sun, include the following: write everyday; have fun; go with the flow of the group, walk or swim, tweet and blog. Incorporating a vacation and composing is possible, right? (Maybe I could get used to this!)

If you want to check out my novel blog, Torn Apart: a Novel based on a True Story of WWII and Rescued Lipizzaner Horses, I value your thoughts.

Thank you. Have a great week and welcome spring ‘s progress.