March is Women’s History Month by Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz

Women are awesome! We are politicians, composers, artists, and athletes. We’re scientists, teachers, and CEOs. Women do it all, and March is Women’s History Month, so let’s celebrate us.

March is Women's History Month

Meet Savitribai Phule, the woman who helped found the first school for girls in India.

Have you heard of Rachel Carson, marine biologist, conservationist, and author? I hadn’t… until now. She was an influential American scientist.

Born in Dorset, England in the 1700s, Mary Anning was the first to discover a complete skeleton of a Plesiosaurus at a time when the Geological Society of London refused to admit women.

I was fascinated to learn about Brazilian born composer Chiquinha Gonzaga. The child of a freed black slave and a high-ranking military man, Chiquinha composed her first piece of music at age eleven.

Learn about Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya’s efforts to empower girls and improve Kenyan communities.

I thank Google Arts and Culture site for all this wonderful information regarding Women’s History Month. Click here to join the celebration of women who have contributed much—in the past AND the present. Is there a fascinating woman in your life? Celebrate her by leaving a comment below.

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Happy Reading!

Donna Fasano

The Beauty Of Love And Valentines……

“We are past Valentine’s Day, check the calendar!”

Yes, but I believe we should celebrate those we love all month and all year, not just one day.

As a romance writer, LOVE is always on my mind! So please allow me to enjoy Valentine’s Day a while longer.

Valentine’s Day is not only about celebrating romantic love, but also meant to celebrate the people you love, cherish and appreciate. That opens the door to just about anyone, from your children, your friends, and even the person at the grocery store who is always kind to you.

None of these gestures cost money, but what an impact we can make on those around us.

Don’t misunderstand, a great box of sweet, delicious candy is never a bad idea! However, the beauty of our words, plus the time to appreciate others will last far beyond a box of candy.

So let’s celebrate love.

On Valentine’s Day, today, and every day.

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Winter Vacation: A Touch of Summer when I Needed It Most

Good morning. Until I retired from teaching, the idea of taking a vacation in January was an impossibility. First off, There was no way I could leave my classroom at that time of year, and secondly, as an accountant, there was no way my husband could leave in March when I might’ve been able to. But now that I’m a bit freer, vacationing in January, after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, has become a reality.

In the last three years, I’ve gone south to the sun and heat on Caribbean cruises, visiting a total of fourteen different island paradises. There I found gorgeous turquoise oceans with incredible beaches, and a jungle vegetation where everything grew in a riot of green. Those visits gave me the idea for a couple of my novels, one published, and two currently works in progress to be released later this year.

But this year, I went to San Jose del Cabo, in the Baja peninsula of Mexico. If you can imagine the Arizona desert meeting the ocean, you’ve got it.  This place is absolutely stunning. Sunrises are colorful and so memorable. This is winter for them, and still morning temperatures were in the seventies. By afternoon, we hit eighties, but without any of the humidity one would associate with that heat here in Ontario.

Each morning, I had tea on my patio overlooking the tennis court, watching the birds play in the bougainvillea bush near the condo. The rest of the day was spent visiting the area or taking a drive to see the many sights including the marina with its incredible yachts, visiting a little town whose claim to fame among other things is the location of the legendary Hotel California. Most days, we crossed the stretch of sand and sat on the beach or played in the waves. At night, we ate in open air restaurants sampling the local cuisine. Believe me you haven’t had a taco until you’ve had one here.

As different as two places can be, there’s no way I can choose between jungle islands and a desert beach.  Both gave me the peace and quiet I needed.  From my seat in the sand, I could even watch humpback whales. How perfect is that?

Life often gives you lemons, and it’s what you do with them that matters. This vacation has given me the strength to make lemonade with whatever life throws at me next. Do you find vacations revitalizing?

In many ways, that’s what happens to MJ in Wedding Bell Blues, one of the books I wrote after a Caribbean vacation.

About the book:

Romance, mermaids, cursed treasure, and more.
MJ’s having a bad year. She’s canceled her wedding, but refuses to give up the honeymoon. When she arrives on Paradise Island, she discovers her ex has changed the reservation. Stranded, she has to rely on her first love, a man who sees her as his kid sister, for help. When Paul discovers the man behind her plight is the bully who made his own teen years hell, he gets MJ to agree to pretend to be his fiancée. Reluctantly, she agrees. Add in mermaids, treasure hunters, and Quimbois magic, and anything can happen—even falling in love.

Wedding Bell Blues is available from all Amazon outlets. http://bookShow.me/B078J5GVJ7 and is free to read in KU.

That’s it for now! Time to get back to everyday living with my memories to keep me smiling.

Choosing a Gift to Grow On by Nancy Radke #mgtab

Thinking about gifts and how much they are used and enjoyed, probably the best gift I ever gave to my grandsons, ages 10, 8, and 6, was an i-Mac. As soon as they set it up, they realized they could make movies. They immediately made a “movie” using the camera in the monitor, making funny faces and adding music and rolling credits.

Before long I could see that they needed a camera, so got them a small hand-held video camera smaller than most of today’s phones. The oldest child would envision a script, and then direct the others and himself in making a movie, telling them what to do and say. They would get their cousins and friends and other family members involved, sometimes filming all summer.

One movie, called “Trigger Happy,” which centered around a paintball contest, took a full year to film (some shots in the snow!). By that time the oldest child was in high school. When he was a junior, he and the others won a local contest with an anti-bullying video called “A Good Day,” and when the middle child was in college, he entered their high school “Trigger Happy” movie into a college film contest and won.

This gift kept around eight kids entertained all summer, as they would gather as soon as school was out, figure out what kind of movie they wanted to make, and start filming. They worked hard to make it funny and to entertain their audience.

They made up their own special effects. For “Trigger Happy” they wanted a paintball to “float” in the air, so we used a needle to thread one with clear plastic thread so that it wouldn’t show on film. They bought a fake leg that they could detach, and used editing techniques to work in humor.

Besides the summer fun, these kids benefited in other ways. First, they all learned to use the computer and to do video editing. The two oldest are extremely confident and have no problem doing public speaking, while the youngest has his own video editing company along with being a wedding videographer. The cousins—boys and girls—have that same confidence. Two of their friends are trying to break into modeling and movies.

As for grandma, I can go to their youtube channel and watch their videos and remember the children at that age and what they thought was funny. So whenever you think of gifts for creative youngsters, consider an iMac as it contains all the programs necessary to start young filmmakers on their way. Buy a refurbished, used one.

What gifts have you given that you felt had long-range consequences?

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