I wish…

my space 016It’s Mother’s Day and although it is a day I celebrate with my kids, I can’t help but miss my own mom. She has been gone for over twenty years and it seems as though with each passing year, I have more questions I wish she could answer. Whenever I see those posts about who, dead or alive, you would most like to have dinner with, my mom is always at the top of my list.

I wonder how scared she was when she first had to go to work, left alone after my dad died. After all, she was left to raise five small kids on her own, minus a man she referred to as the love of her life. I wonder how she survived the trouble my brother got into as a teenager, and if she could have helped ward off some of the trouble my own son got into during his teen years. I wonder what difference her presence in his life could have made. He was only five when she passed but they loved each other.

I wish she’d gotten to know my daughters and that they’d gotten to know her. I watch my sister, now a new grandmother to two baby girls, and I think how lucky her grandkids are to have her. She gives them the unconditional love that I know my mom would have given to our kids. I see how she delights in everything they do, and can’t help but feel my mom was cheated.

photo 1 (3)Mother’s Day is filled with love, hope for the future, and memories of the past, but it is also a little bittersweet. I wish my mom had been allowed to stick around longer.

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Good Things Can Happen

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Sometimes, even on a dark and gloomy day, when all that can go wrong seems to be doing just that, something nice can happen. Something that reminds me that despite those who break promises, or cancel at the last minute, there are still nice people in the world. People who are supportive and generous.

Jacqui Brown is one of those people. A fellow author, whom I have only met once, but with whom I have become Facebook friends, has just released a book of no nonsense advice, The Art of Giving a Fuck. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jacqui%20brown&sprefix=jacqui+brown%2Cstripbooks%2C268 Don’t let the title offend you because this is someone who may be able to help you. She takes the mess that life sometimes throws our way and she finds a way to not only make it bearable, but funny.

Today has had some disappointments, but she has cheered me up and who knows, she might be able to do the same for you! Check her out.

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Going Places

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I just got back from a quick visit up north and while I was gone The Robot Mommy ran a guest post of mine. http://therobotmommy.com/oh-those-parenting-obstacles/ Hopefully I have linked this properly as we all know I stink at this.

I felt bad that I was away and couldn’t help to promote this. Because I was flying, and it was only for a few days, I decided not to take my laptop with me. At the time it seemed simpler. Of course tech savvy people would have shouted their post from the rooftops with their phones. What can I say? I’m not that person.

So please, if you would be so kind as to go on over there to check out my post, I would be forever grateful, and so would Kristi who runs a great blog.

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I Can Get Overwhelmed Too!

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I wrote several guest posts in an effort to promote my new novel, Hanging From the High Wire. Being a mom as all moms know can be the most rewarding experience ever, but it can also throw you into a tailspin. I hope you will click over to Pretty Opinionated and check out my post. Thanks! okay, everyone said the first link didn’t work, so lets try this one. http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/04/hanging-from-the-high-wire-feature/

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I Want My Cake!

 

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I have fought like crazy to set up a giveaway on Goodreads, and after numerous attempts, letters back and forth, and much determination, I have a giveaway up and running this week. I will be giving away a copy of Hanging From the High Wire and hopefully I’ll be generating more interest in all of my books.

Releasing books is such an emotional roller coaster. There is the high of excitement and anticipation, and then there are sometimes plummeting lows when sales are not what you had hoped they would be. You have worked so hard to get the book attention, and when the pay off is less than you’d hoped, it’s disappointing to say the least. It’s something I need to let go of.

In the meantime I have been working on a new project. This is a series about an NHL hockey team in their first year in the league. It’s been challenging but a lot of fun. I am already writing the seventh episode, and I’m having fun developing these new characters.

So, if you are a goodreads reader, head on over and sign up for the giveaway.

 

 

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5th Times the Charm

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Well, it’s here, Today is the day! Hanging From the High Wire has been released and it’s time to shout it from the rooftops. Better still, everyone should buy the book, kindle or paperback, and share the link with everyone they know. This book needs to be the one that orbits me into financial success.

We are down to the wire here folks. Tessa goes to college in the fall, and as proud of her (and the scholarships she has earned) as I am, someone is going to be up to their earlobes in student loans if I don’t start making some serious money. I know this book has the potential to be that breakout success. I also know that it is going to take word of mouth to get it to where it should be, so here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-From-High-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00VY7FFGC/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_4

Take it and buy, buy, buy! And then tweet, instagram, facebook, and share it with everyone you know! And of course, Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Think About This

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I had to attend a meeting at my daughter’s high school last night. I told myself to be a good parent you have to stay aware, and this meeting was to discuss the direction the school is heading towards next year. That seemed the sort of thing I should know, and so I sent off my RSVP as requested, saying I would attend. Of course, that was in the morning, and the meeting wasn’t until 7:00p.m. By the time 6:30pm rolled around, I was tired and wanted to skip the whole thing. I didn’t, though.

I dragged myself out to the car, circled the less than desirable neighborhood this school is located in looking for a parking place, and made my way inside. I was asked to sign in and handed a form to fill out asking me to agree to volunteer and sign up for committees. People sat in the courtyard gathered in small clusters, munching on snacks, chatting, or like me, avoiding strangers and looking at their phones. As is so often the case in these situations the meeting began late, but eventually we all moved into another room where one of the two Heads of School took center stage and began showering accolades upon the various teachers in the room.

Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate good teachers as much as anyone, but it’s kind of their job to teach, right? Admittedly, I’m not an accountant, but when they hold meetings do they spend fifteen minutes saying how great everyone is…every meeting? But okay, fine, they finally moved on only to announce that they are going to have to rebrand the school and change the name because now they won’t be overseen by the same financial backers they have had in the past. We were assured they have new backers and told they will proceed minus any hic-ups in the fall. Talk then turned to curriculum, and that’s when the repetitive questions began.

It never ceases to amaze me how many times people ask the same question over and over again at these meetings. Last night’s sticking point was this; the kids have what’s known as a block schedule. Only four classes a day, but for longer periods, thus dividing the schedule into “A” days and “B” days. Next year they plan on having these days only from Tuesday through Friday, leaving Mondays open for field trips, working on projects, and/or bringing in guest speakers. It seems pretty simple to me, but one parent worried that kids will cut school on Mondays because they won’t view it as important. It quickly became clear that telling them not to do that was a foreign concept. So began the circle of questions and answers as to who should be parenting, the school or the parents.

As I sat there it struck me that this would make for a wonderful form of birth control. I concluded that when debating whether or not to have kids, couples should be forced to attend school meetings, all the way from Kindergarten meetings to elementary school PTA meetings, and then onto middle school and high school meetings. If you still want kids after that, go for it, but I’m willing to bet the population would be cut in half.

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