Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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Reviewed by Marilyn Pappano!

I got my first review on Amazon and guess what! It’s by Marilyn Pappano.

SQUEEEEEEE!

What’s a newish writer supposed to do when a she gets a fantastic (FIVE STARS!) review from a New York Times bestselling as well as a Rita ™ winning author?

I don’t know what she’s supposed to do, but I’m screaming it from the roof tops. 🙂

YEAAAAAAAAA!

Pop over to Amazon and read her review. Go ahead, I’ll wait. (If you want to buy it while you’re there, that’s okay, too.) 🙂

So did you read it? Is that cool or what???

In case there’s anyone in the reading world who doesn’t know Marilyn Pappano, she’s a fantastic author who has published 80+ fantastic novels. (She has a new Copper Lake story out called, “Copper Lake Encounter,” which will grab you by the throat! It snatched the breath right out of my lungs with the first four words, “Welcome to my dream.”)

So  . . . I’m using Marilyn’s review the best way I can. I’m sharing it. I made a new header and put it up here (above) and used her words this time.

And I used part of her review on the MAKE ME HOWL Facebook page.  Pop over there and “like” Jazzy’s page if you haven’t. She’ll love it.

BTW: I’m getting ready to do that drawing. If you haven’t signed up to win the prize, comment here about what critter you’d like to shape shift to, given the choice.

Oh, about Jazzy’s story . . . I think you’ll like it. She has quite a “tail!” 🙂

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Project Blessing

“The Lord bless you and keep you . . .” Num 6:24 NIV

I came across a blog yesterday called The Happiness Project, written by Gretchen Rubin. Here’s what the side bar on her blog says–“The Happiness Project is the account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. Here, she shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project.”

That caught my interest. After all, who doesn’t want to be happy? So I clicked over there and read. She has a book, a blog and daily happiness moments you can have delivered right to your inbox.

A little way down on her blog, she has an interview with Margaret Roach who was part of the Martha Stewart Omnimedia and left Success in the Big City to garden. (I haven’t read her blog yet, but as a small time gardener, I intend to.) 

While the Happiness Blog was more than worth the time I spent reading it, one statement in the Roach interview stopped me.  

To the question–

Is there anything you find yourself doing repeatedly that gets in the way of your happiness?
Margaret Roach answered, “A very close friend says I am not Type A, but AAA. Even since I left my “successful” career a few years ago to live in my rural garden, away from the city and largely in solitude, I remain inclined to take on too much. It’s something I have to note daily, and work on still. Overdoing leaves insufficient time for savoring.”

Did you pick up on that? Overdoing leaves insufficient time for savoring.

I haven’t read the book, haven’t decided if I want to invest the time and dollars to read it. But I started wondering, how hard is it for most people to recognize when they’re happy? 

And when you come right down to it, how hard is it for people to recognize when they receive a blessing?

Think about it.

When the Creator of the universe, God, who spoke everything that is or was or will ever be into existence gives you (out of approximately 6,890,309,333 living people on this planet) a blessing, do you recognize it?

Do you savor it? 

Do you remember it?

Maybe we should all start our own project–a blessing project, of sorts–where we take note of our blessings, collect, appreciate and savor them. Keep them close to our hearts.

And thank HIM for them.

What out of the blue blessing have your received recently?

Rain

The bald eagle that flew overhead on my way home from church yesterday. (This isn’t mine, but I was driving and couldn’t focus to take a picture.)

Riker, everyone’s little blessing at the office.