#WritersPersevere My story

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I commented like crazy yesterday on the Twitter stream. For a bit. I actually found out some interesting bits about myself, and why I wrote some of the books I did.

No knowledge of who my ancestors are, or my place in flow of the land, and sky, did not prevent me from writing. Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – my first work – explores this from another point of view.

Surviving severe physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse did not prevent me from writing. Bending the Bars and The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice is the result of my knowledge, of me, and millions of others.

Severe memory loss and brain damage didn’t make me stop writing.  If anything, it gave me more reason to write.  To bring my memory back.  At least the good parts.  Out of this came – Journey Through Life Lists.

Learning to live gluten free didn’t slow down my writing. In fact, as I learned to cook gluten free, people begged for my recipes. Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook is the result. As is the coming of age novel that accompanies them.

Losing my hearing, and my vision slowed me down. Only because I wanted to be able to continue after all of my vision was gone. There were no guides for an adult to learn how to use a screen reader after using a mouse to control their computer for decades. So, I spent a few years learning, and wrote VoiceOver with the Brailliant Braille Display so I could continue writing. And after the latest OSX update – I had to turn to it to find out why my braille display wasn’t working right!

Somewhere, lost in the depths of time, I wanted to see more science in novels. So I started the Trails series. Still hope to finish the last pair.

I tend to write in pairs. #writerspersevere

I want to write Karma’s Children to describe the millions of stories when adults have smacked down my needs. Don’t have a baby and female – Not qualified to work a job, give it to man, or a woman with someone to support. Don’t have a car, and not willing to drive an hour each way? You aren’t serious about working a job. That novel will be fun.

And it’s pair will cover even more scary features.

Then, there are the short stories I am trying to finish up. Only, I keep having more ideas for short stories.

And the two novellas I want to write.

Deafblind, and doing fine, most of the time. Difficulty walking, talking, and doing many daily things. Yet, I too am a #writerspersevere person.



Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook Thunderclap Campaign

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook


The holiday season is upon us!  Have you prepared to cook the holiday meal to include your food allergy positive relative?  Are you ready to include your visually, or physically challenged, family member in meal preparation?

I have attempted to use the Thunderclap program to help my books reach beyond my tiny follower collection. If I don’t succeed with the two I have chosen to try during the holiday season for books, I won’t try it again.

The problem is, you have to have up to 100 supporters. Each, click for each of the three social networks, counts as a supporter.

So if you want to help, click the link, and add support on each of the three networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr).

Share the posts, so others can click the links.

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: the Cookbook needs 90 more supporters in less than nine days to be posted. At this point, if it posts, it will reach a potential audience of 170,000 plus all additional audiences added by the remaining 40 supporters. Don’t worry if one of your networks only has a few followers.

If it doesn’t get enough supporters, it will not go out at all.

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook is a helpful resource guide for all cooks, and even includes options for the physically and visually challenged to any of the over 189 recipes included.

It may not be for you, or your audiences.

However, shares may save a life. And that saved life, may save millions more in descendants, health or technology breakthroughs, and many other ways.

So, please support this book, or share the link to those who can.

If this book is not for your audiences, please support my other book.


Cooking gluten (and allergy) free for the whole family can be affordable, with easy to recognize ingredients, either from your local store or your own garden!

Successful, simple, and affordable, 189 comfort food recipes for every cook. Step by step directions are easy to read, and easy to follow regardless of cooking knowledge.

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free shares checklists for most major allergies that might be included in the ingredients of a dish. Add names of family or friends beside an allergy, to know which allergens to skip for each meal.

Many dishes are completely grain free. Most meat dishes are accompanied by typical vegetable dishes. Or, choose a favorite from the vegetables section of the cookbook.

This cookbook does its best to include as many people as possible. There are directions for low vision cooks, and those with limited dexterity. Many basic cooking instructions are covered at the beginning. If you don’t need those, simply skip to the main meals.

Make allergy free familiar comfort food look easy! It’s affordable, and enjoyable by all.

Available recipes include:

Cake: Basic Cake, Chocolate Cake, Pudding Cake, Strawberry Pudding Cake, Strawberry Banana Cake.

Cookies: Basic Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies.

Brownies: Butterscotch Brownies, Brownies and Cream, Chocolate Chip Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies.

Fruit: Baked Apples, Baked Peaches, Berry Medley, Strawberries and Bananas

Fudge: Butterscotch Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge.

Ice Cream: Cinnamon Ice Cream, Cookie Crumble.

Peanut Butter Candy.

Pies and Cobblers: Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie.

Pudding: Banana Pudding, Chocolate Pudding, Vanilla Pudding.

Drinks: Apple and Ginger Ale Cider, Apple and Tea Cider, Honey Lemon Tea, Hot Chocolate – Microwave, Hot Chocolate – Stove Top, Hot Tea, Salt Water, Sun Tea, Sugar Water.

Smoothies: Banana and Strawberry Smoothie, Mixed Berry Smoothie.

Grain: Biscuits, Biscuit Gravy, Bread, Cornbread, Pancakes, Pasta.

Pizza: Breakfast Meat Pizza, Breakfast Sweet Pizza, Combo Pizza, Meat Pizza, Mexican Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Vegetable Pizza.

Beef, Beef Pasta or Grain Dishes, Beef Breakfast, Burger Dishes (Beef or Turkey), Chicken, Chicken and Grain, Pork, Pork and Grains, Pork Breakfasts.
Seafood and Fish: Baked Fish, Clam Stir Fry, Lobster Stew, Salmon or Mackerel Patties, Shrimp Stir Fry, Seafood Salad.

Turkey, Turkey and Grain.

Beans: Grilled Baked Beans, Oven Baked Beans, Pan Baked Beans, Fresh Black Beans, Frozen Black Beans, Baked Dragon Beans, Boiled Dragon Beans, Baked Green Beans, Baked Green Beans, Squash, and Ham, Boiled Green Beans, Green Bean Casserole, Green Beans and Potatoes, Grilled Green Beans, Baked Pinto Beans and Cornbread, Baked Pinto Beans and Onions, Boiled Pinto Beans, Fried Pinto Beans, Bean Salad.

Broccoli, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Greens, Onions and Mushrooms, Potatoes, Peas, Squash, Vegetable Casserole.

Full Length: 944 pages – 111,850 words
�Desserts and Grains – 237 pages – Arial size 14.
Meats – 341 pages – Arial size 14
Vegetables – 269 pages – Arial size 14


Women’s History Month – Laura Dewey Bridgeman

Laura Dewey Bridgeman (1829 – 1889) had a normal infancy.  Then, at age 2, she developed scarlet fever.  She lost her sight, and hearing.  Her taste and smell were also badly damaged.  This occurred nearly fifty years before Helen Keller was born.  She was five months older than her later counterpart, and she likely had some speech and other vocal and hearing skills before she lost her sight and hearing.
Much like Helen Keller, Laura spent three years with limited ability to communicate with the outside world.  No one knew how to reach her, and she didn’t know how to reach those she couldn’t see or hear.  She developed her own sign language, which was a common practice at the time.  Living on the frontier, her families knowledge of a deaf population, or deaf school would have been limited.
The Perkins School for the Blind was founded about this time.  Within five years, they had heard of Laura, and wanted to try to help her. By the time she was eight, she traveled without her family, sight, or sound to a strange place she had never been.  It had been six years, or 2/3 of her life since she had been able to see, hear, or communicate with those around her.
Her earlier attempts at language had laid a foundation to build upon.  This was before braille.  They used raised letter labels, and touching objects to formulate names.  Later, she learned the alphabet, after she could recognize words.
She was ready to learn.  To label items she knew and recognized.  And eventually, items, she didn’t recognize.
At age 12, she met Charles Dickens.  She had been at Perkins for four years.
At age 20, she completed her training and returned home.  At this time, there were no guide dogs, canes, or other tools the blind and deafblind recognize and use daily to function as a normal part of life.  Her family simply didn’t have the time to be with her, and assist her through each day.
She returned to Perkins School for the Blind and lived there until her death in 1889.  However, she continued to write, to do needlework, and to be an active part of other students lives.

While back at Perkins School for the Blind, she commonly performed the tasks she had learned how to do in front of visitors.  While today, we look down on “sideshow” activities, these were vital in the days before television.  Today, we send a camera crew, and then watch it on tv.  If we have questions, there are no answers.  Then, people could see first hand what a deafblind person could accomplish.  They could talk to her.  Ask questions.  And take home information to help other partially deafblind in their own community.

Thanks to Laura Dewey Bridgeman, some people began to recognize that deafblind could be active members of society.  In fact, without her help, Helen Keller may not have had Anne Sullivan to teach her.  Laura Dewey Bridgeman even traveled to visit people she wrote to.  Something that would be lost for deafblind people at certain points in history. Sadly, during the industrial revolution, travel became more dangerous for deaf, blind, and deafblind, even though their numbers soared due to disease and accidents. We only now beginning to make progress toward independence again.  And only in very large cities.  Which are dangerous dues to toxic fumes as the deafblind people walk with their canes and smart phones to navigate the objects they cannot see of hear.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17



Ancestor’s Tears

What do I think as I read the headlines today?
I feel my ancestors crying.
We know healthcare will be a struggle for women. Those who are most vital to humanity’s survival.
We know they are going to remove all help for special needs kids in school. All special instruction. This includes braille for blind children. Blind children have lost the right to learn along side their peers.
We know we will now be drinking water laced with coal slag and other toxic chemicals. These chemicals will kill the rivers and stream banks. Will kill the fish. And isn’t safe to drink, bathe in, or wash your clothes in. And yet, that has been legalized.
The administration has managed to upset the Australians. No one knew that was even possible. Not to mention the Mexicans (vitally dangerous), the Chinese, and the European Union. Plus who knows how many more countries that haven’t reported.
Cog wheels.
We aren’t cogs in a wheel.
Although that was common thought- that all humans are identical. We aren’t.
We are each different. With different strengths and weaknesses.
However, we all, regardless or gender, or ethnicity need safe food, safe water, clean air, a safe place to live, and sleep.
Is it that difficult to treat every person you meet as your equal?

Inspirational Scientists – John Dalton


John Dalton had an influence on several aspects of science.  Due to a family history of red-green colorblindness, he delved into the study of heredity genetics.  He also did ground breaking work studying the smallest components of particles and resurrected the word atom.  His research would be remembered, and used over the next century, in ways he could never have imagined.

Hi work affects my writing in many ways.  Most of which I probably don’t recognize.  His study of color blindness paved the path for an understanding of other genetic illnesses, many of which are only beginning to be recognized and understood today.  Those that affect me personally include Ushers 3 and Celiac.  I write about celiac in my – Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook.  I write about the journey to live gluten free in Coffee, Team, and Gluten Free: The Novel.  It isn’t easy to live in a way people don’t expect.

Works Cited:
John Dalton Biography. Biography.com Editors. The Biography.com website. http://www.biography.com/people/john-dalton-9265201
Access Date: August 12, 2016. A&E Television Networks


Inspirational Scientists – Copernicus and Johannes Kepler

As writers, we build upon the writings of others, much as scientists have done for centuries.

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543) was the first documented scientist who tried to prove that the Earth, and other planets rotated around the sun.  He tried to share the understanding that humans, and Earth are not the central point upon which the universe was hinged. Rather, that Earth, sun, and planets were part of a larger moving system.  However, he felt the stars themselves beyond the planets were still much like a rotating solar system in the middle of a box with stings of lighted stars upon the sides.
Johannes Kepler, (1571-1630) born nearly 30 years after Copernicus died took his picture of the universe and expanded it even further.  He realized his predecessor’s circular orbits for the planets, needed to be elliptical in order to explain a variety of factors, including Mars apparent backwards travel.  He went on to work for the astronomer, Tycho Brahe.
However, Johannes Kepler isn’t known only for astronomy.  Without his help, astronomy wouldn’t have advanced as it did.  Johannes Kepler suffered from side effects of small pox, leaving him with impaired eye sight and crippled hands.  In order to improve his eyesight, he studied refraction and created special eye glasses for the nearsighted and farsighted.  He expanded his refraction knowledge to improve the telescopes of the time.
Nicolaus Copernicus took the knowledge of those before him, and expanded it to include now know scientific facts.  He did so at a time when such views were not only unpopular, they could have resulted in his death.  Johannes Kepler expanded them even further.  Stretching the limits that people would accept before they could go even one step further.

Together, they have improved my scientific knowledge of the world, and helped me to understand the tiny increments with which we must work to improve the lives of those who will come after us. Those increments may be as tiny as the diopters used to measure glasses and telescopic lens. Johannes Kepler has proven, that even 445 years ago, blind, and visually impaired people changed the world, if they were given the chance.  Thanks to him, I have glasses that help me see what little I can see.  Thanks to his work, I have a telescope that allows me to view the moon.  Without his work, we wouldn’t have the Hubble Telescope.  If he had not been a visually impaired person, we wouldn’t have satellites, cell phones, or many other things we take for granted.  They are all one step on the line of progression through science.

Works Cited:

“Nicolaus Copernicus Biography” Biography.com Editors. http://www.biography.com/people/nicolaus-copernicus-9256984 Access Date: August 3, 2016 Publisher: A&E Television Networks

“Johannes Kepler.” Famous Scientists. famousscientists.org. 12 Mar. 2015. Web. 8/3/2016


The Last Decade



Often during the last decade, I have felt as if I were spinning my wheels.  Stuck in a quagmire of editing.  Here is what I have completed.  The weight feels good in my hands.