Birthday Reflections – August 21st

Today, August 21st, I turn 69 years young. Wow! That’s just almost unfathomable.

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I don’t have to tell you it’s been a crazy year because we already know that’s a fact. But there has been a mixed bag of blessings as well.

Most of you already know that I landed a publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press for a new series. My #TarotTuesday blog has taken off and gets a lot of visitors, which makes me very happy. The messages that come through the cards are always spot-on and almost everyone can find some aspect of the card that fits into their lives.

I am starting to get some traction with the #SundaySpotlight and will be featuring a monthly post from different music artists. The music industry has been hard-hit by COVID-19. With the bars closed, they have nowhere to play their music. It’s a struggle.

I’ve released two new short stories. They have both been well-received and I am super grateful for all the reviews that have flowed in!

I’ve started a newsletter. If you did not receive one from me in the last few days, and would like to, please list your email address in your comment to this post and I’ll add you to my mailing list. I intend to send one newsletter per month, so I will not bombard your inbox.

Let’s see. What else?

I’m super thankful for my health. This time last year I was in severe pain with fractured ribs. It has taken a good nine months to recover, but I’m back to being me.

Since virtual school started, I spend 7 hours per day helping grandkids with online learning. It’s not easy for them or for me, but we are muddling through.

In between school, I am going through the editing process for “Ghostly Interference,” the first book in The White Rune Series to be published by The Wild Rose Press. I can’t wait for a cover reveal! Hopefully soon!

What does the next year look like? I have no earthly idea! All I know is that we’ll all get through the best way we can!

So, here’s to 69! For all you youngsters out there, I can tell you it isn’t bad!

Trip Around The Sun

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Birthdays are such significant days. Not because we get cards and gifts but because it completes another cycle of life for us. And, I look at the day following my birthday as a clean slate to start the next cycle around the sun.

This year has been mixed with family, friends, plans that didn’t work out and culminated with hundreds of birthday wishes on social media and a birthday dinner with immediate family.

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My daughters and son-in-law had planned a hot air balloon ride to celebrate my birthday, but the weather didn’t cooperate. We’ll do it at some point. It’s been on my bucket list for a while.

I am blessed abundantly with a loving family and an incredible circle of friends. I have no complaints.

A huge thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes! Here’s to another year!

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And, as I promised, I have chosen a winner from my last post to receive a copy of “Hemingway.” Annette Rochelle Aben, I truly hope you enjoy it!

Annette, please email me at rijan21@gmail.com with a good email address to receive your gift.