Make the World a Better Place by @PatriceWilton

Know the old saying—God will never give us more than we can handle? Well, HE sure put the entire world to the test this year, didn’t He? (I think He might have been a teeny bit mad at us!) I want to make the world a better place, but is there even a way to get there from here?

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We faced the worst global disaster mankind has ever seen. The Pandemic took 2.4 million lives with 110 million confirmed cases of COVID19, and that was just for starters. Millions of people lost loved ones, their homes, businesses, freedom, faced school closings—all of this putting their mental health at risk.

Australian Fires

In other words, 2020 Kicked Butt. It began with the Australian Bushfire that swept through the country, devastating floods in Indonesia, hurricanes battering America, locusts swarming in Africa, a volcano eruption in the Philippines, earthquakes, cyclones, floods, and now Antarctica is turning green. How can we possibly turn this around and make the world a better place?

Okay, in all fairness we might have brought a lot of this on ourselves. Politics, racial problems, and hatred has split this country in pieces, but if we can open our hearts and regain our sanity, which includes acceptance and compassion, we can all begin to heal.

Make the World a Better Place by Finding Our Happy Place

I’m turning to music now—All We Need is Love! Sing it with me everyone!

We are the World! We are the Children! Again, it’s about unity.

We all have suffered great loss in the past year, myself included. I’d listen to gorgeous music, such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and it would bring on the tears. No More! To make the world a better place, we must lift our own selves up. With that thought in mind, I will be listening to happy, upbeat music, the sound of ocean waves along the shore, sunshine, a new dawn. We must find our happy place, and look for it in our daily lives.

We need to be better, stronger, more resilient, and determined to leave a better world for our children than the one we made for ourselves.

Make the world a better place

Remember the many lovely beauty contestants that would say all they want is World Peace? Well, don’t you think it’s time we all wanted that too?

Wishing everyone out there a safe new world, healing, and positivity. Let’s learn from our mistakes and rise above them. Let’s do everything we can to make the world a better place. To health, happiness, and joy. We deserve it, don’t we?

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Coming March 30th! MRS. MORRIS AND THE SORCERESS, Book 4 of The Salem B&B Mysteries, by Traci Wilton. Tracy Wilton is the pseudonym of writing team Patrice Wilton and Traci Hall. The book is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and in Paperback. Now available for pre-order!

Mrs Morris and the Sorceress

Moving along, very slowly

So 2020 is over, but the new year didn’t start on the right foot and the level of stress hasn’t decreased at all. Talking about stress, how do you cope and survive? How do you deal with that unbearable itching that seems to eat at your heart?

Last year I locked myself at home, avoiding public places since March 2020: no supermakets, no restaurants, no hairdresser, no dentists, no ophthalmologist, no mall, no retail stores,…

The doctors’ appointments were all postponed until further notice. My hairdresser went out of business. Our ophthalmologist died and our dentist moved to another state.

My husband handles the grocery shopping and I haven’t seen my friends in ages. After avoiding the grandchildren for a couple of months, now we meet them on the beach–one of the benefits of living on the ocean.

I learned to overcome my fear of height and walk for hours on the terrace of our high-rise where no one ever comes. My biggest problem is nibbling non-stop, mostly on dry fruits and frozen fruits, since I don’t like chocolate–dried plums with breakfast, dried figs and dates for snack, dried mango with a 5:00 o’clock tea at 4 pm, dried apricot for dessert with frozen mixed berries. The only dried fruits I threw away were the gingers. After I opened my mouth to scream at the bitterness, I couldn’t even close it. But the ginger chews are delicious and excellent for the stomach.

Writing helped me keep my sanity. Between September and December 2020, I published the following books: Sunshine Over Snow; His Son, Her Daughter; Half a Dozen with Love; Love in the ER; Love on the Slopes.

Secret Kisses is released today, and Between Babies and Girlfriends will be my Valentine book.

In addition to the above, there are five books that were part on ABB boxes and will be published later in 2021: Dalia’s Christmas Wish, Baby Plans, Rescue Plans, Sailing Away Plans, Flirting Plans.

SECRET KISSES: Love You Doc Series, book 4

Katy Mahoney, Hoda Seif, and Sarah Kohn. Three girls from different backgrounds and religions pledged to maintain their friendship forever.

Worried that their daughter Hoda might adopt the behavior and habits of the Western world, her parents choose an Egyptian fiancé, eager to immigrate to the United States. Too young to know any better, Hoda agrees, until she meets Katy’s cousin, the handsome medical resident, Liam Olson, and receives her first kiss. With Katy’s help, Hoda stays in touch with the man of her dreams.

On high school graduation day, things get complicated when Hoda’s fiancé shows up to claim his reluctant bride. and doesn’t hide his concern about her negative attitude, especially once he notices her lovely friend, the bubbly Sarah, and falls in love with her.

Meanwhile Katy meets Hoda’s oldest brother Tarek, a dark and handsome medical graduate who can’t take his eyes off her. The graduation weekend ends with Hoda and Omar breaking off their engagement, Omar renting a room in Sarah’s house, and Tarek and Katy going on their first date. Three best friends, three secret and forbidden romances. For five years, the three friends meet and exchange confidences and advice.

Will the three friends manage to convince their families to let them marry for love or will tradition tear the lovers apart?

SEXY and SEDUCTIVE HEROES!!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MWK9PCT/

Surviving on Courage

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” Mark Twain

Every day, every hour, and even every minute we are struggling to show courage, to resist fear, to face the stress in our life or around us. People believe that laugh is a good antidote to fear. I received daily jokes about the Coronavirus. At the beginning I found them highly amusing, but after five months I stopped laughing. The statistics listed on TV are heart-wrenching. In addition my husband and I lost four relatives in one month, and I am constantly worried about very dear people working in hospitals.

I don’t want to depress you with sad stories, and I don’t have the heart to relate any funny anecdotes. So I would like to share something I read.

“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir

“Hugging is healthy. It helps the immune system, cures depression, reduces stress, and induces sleep. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and has no unpleasant side effects” — Except in time of CoronaVirus!

“Hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.” But in time of pandemic we are advised to distance and wear a mask. How can we hug a person in need of a hug? How about replacing hugs with kind words? Think of the people in your life. We all need a virtual hug and words of encouragement.

“Hugging is the ideal gift.” No, sorry! Instead of a hug, give a kind word–You can’t even smile behind your mask!

“Hugging is practically perfect. When we open our hearts and arms we encourage others to do the same.” ~ Charles Faraone

 



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Weddings in the Time of Coronavirus by @Donna_Fasano

Last year, I received a Save The Date card for a huge destination wedding of a family member that was to take place this month. But then COVID-19 hit our country hard and large gatherings were prohibited. The bride and groom have decided to postpone their wedding until 2021. This young couple are going to wait a whole year to tie the knot! I feel so bad for them, but what else could they do?

The question got me thinking about weddings during the pandemic. People have to go on with their lives, right? Or is everyone postponing their nuptials? THOSE questions had me going to Google to do some research.

It seems that lots of couples have put off their weddings. But others have decided to elope… just the two of them. Hey, when LOVE calls, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Others are settling for what are called “mini-monies,” which are miniature ceremonies that include guests of only 10 family members and friends. The important thing to these people is the “getting hitched” part and they’re not too hung up on the size of the guest list. Even though they must settle for a minimalist approach now, they can always plan a bigger celebration later.

Do you know a couple who was planning a wedding? Did they cancel? Or did they decide to go for it?

This month, I’m offering my book, THE WEDDING PLANNER’S SON, for just 99¢ for Kindle readers. Click the cover below and you’ll be taken to the Kindle Store.