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New Release! The Mutinous Boomer Audiobook!

27 May

ImageNEW Audiobook Release! I’m thrilled to report that my Mutinous Boomer book can now be downloaded and listened to! The grand and glorious actress, Della Cole, who starred in our production of “Letters from the Front” for many years, is the narrator. My book has been graciously described as “5* Soul Candy!” Della makes each morsel delightful! In the coming days I’ll be blogging about our long association and how this audiobook came about. But, for now, I just wanted to share the excitement of having my book sound so very beautiful and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Now on Amazon, Audible and iTunes – just in time for summer travel!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H0RS60

 Marsha – The Mutinous Boomer!

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant

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There’s a Reason that Dog is God Spelled Backwards!

17 Oct

I’d love to be a dog for just one day, living in our house, being taken care of by me and my family. Now that’s the life! I’d have the best seat in the house, get my tummy rubbed whenever I wanted and could stretch my legs out and find the most comfortable position in the universe to sleep in. But most important, I’d be able to answer the nagging question: what are dogs thinking about? I mean, how do they know so many things?DH-Pic#1-Shadow

How does a dog know that when you’re packing your suitcase it means you’ll be leaving him for a while?

How did my dachshund Zack know when I had a migraine? It was the only time he was allowed on our bed and he would lay at my feet, occasionally carefully easing his way up towards my face to check on me, like a gentle nurse. Such a comfort.

What was Shadow thinking when a hummingbird zipped into our patio and hovered right in front of him? How did he know to be still and quiet? He was in wonderment as much as I was. A mystery.

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What do dogs have to do with me as a writer? Everything. My dogs have been with me like great friends through good times and bad. They lay at my feet while I write and do silly things to make me laugh so I don’t take myself too seriously. I can’t imagine life without dogs, which brings me to my point: there’s a reason that dog is God spelled backwards. They are always there for me, loving me unconditionally and I don’t have to do anything to win their approval.

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So many examples I could give, but I’ll start with how I came to write my first book. The incident that became my first “parable” was about a tomato plant (of all things!). I was in my garden breaking up some seriously hard ground. My dogs Smokey and Shadow thought this was very entertaining. Mom had finally revealed the dog within, on hands and knees, burrowing into the ground. Smokey, my floppy-eared German Shepherd mix, was satisfied to lay in the shade and watch (after carefully positioning himself where he could guard the perimeter!). But Shadow was not to be left out of this blissful endeavor. Our shaggy little version of a black lab exercised his rights as the perpetual puppy and with his goofy grin, happily joined in the digging.

DH-Pic#4-GoofyGrinAfter I had my unexpected moment with the tomato plants, my dog parade followed me back inside, always my buddies. They both snuggled close to me on the sofa as I wrote about what I had just experienced. Who knows? Perhaps their sweet innocence was part of the inspiration that was to come. Part of the magic. I like to think so.

When I wrote “The Parable of the Tomato Plant” I had no idea it would be the beginning of a book. It was written more like an entry in a diary, then I slipped it into a rarely used drawer and forgot about it. Several years later I found myself as lost as I had ever been. Like so many other people, we had been hit hard by the economy, and I was feeling pretty beat-up by life. Looking for something else entirely, I opened the small drawer and found those few pages tucked away, waiting for me. When I read the “parable” I cried, smiled at the ironies of life and felt more hopeful. My dogs breathed a sigh of relief as my mood lifted. Embedded in what I had written was a clue as to how to get my life back again.

Holding those hand-written pages I realized that it was a bit of a miracle that I had found the clue on that particular day, when I needed it the most. I wondered how many other clues were hidden away, tidbits of encouragement laying dormant. Over the coming months I would discover many other clues in the daily miracles of life. Valuable information previously unseen was there for me to uncover, like so much buried treasure. Signposts pointing the way.

And that’s how “Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant” began. When I came to the conclusion that I had a book inside of me that needed to be written, my dogs looked up at me with anticipation. With their keen doggie-sixth-sense, they knew something was afoot!

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” My book is about what happens when I chose the latter:  real life collided with real miracles!

I would love to hear your thoughts on miracles and dogs and anything else that comes to mind. Feel free to leave a comment here or connect with me through my website or social media links. Have a wonderful day full of miracles and, of course, dogs!

Marsha

Marsha Roberts, Author

Confessions of the Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H0RS60

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The Twinkie In My Eye!

8 Mar

Last week was our first Boomer Lit Friday and the title of my Blog was “The Twinkle In My Eye!” I had several people comment that they thought the title was TWINKIE in my eye, which was so ridiculous that I decided to use “Twinkie” in this post, although it has absolutely nothing to do with my subject!

We are now on the 2nd Boomer Lit Friday Blog Hop & here is the next sample of

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My theory was, if there was a parable in a tomato plant, perhaps there were other parables from my life that I hadn’t noticed before, waiting for me to discover the enchanting nugget buried inside. Maybe what I was looking for would be hidden in one of those nuggets.

Life had it’s challenges and disappointments when I was young too, but I had managed to keep my essence intact, my own personal magic. Had it simply been youth, or was this life-force still available now? I didn’t know, but I had to find that stubborn, indomitable, fearless gal I had once been. I missed her and I needed to know her secret formula for keeping her verve day after day, year after year.Image

Had it simply been youth? IS that life-force still available now? Find out! This book is available as an ebook or in print from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and others. Direct links are on the Mutinous Baby Boomer website:

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

Now that you’ve heard what I’ve got to say, hop on over to another Boomer Lit Author and enjoy their take on things at:

http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.com/

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