New Book In The Making


Lingering Shadows is in the making! A sequel of Glimpses of the Past, it entails the story of a young American family after the Civil War. The front cover design (painting) and interior sketch designed by Dannie Michelle Wright. All Copyrights belong to writer and author, Dr. Anne R. Murray. Please do not reproduce, copy or reduplicate in any fashion.


Balance In So Many Ways


I have been working on detoxifying my mind and brain of toxic “negative” thoughts. The detox works for 21 days. Although I am working on only one toxic thought at a time, the toxic thoughts do link together.Β  For the first few days, I worked on pride, stubbornness and selfishness. Today, I worked on balance, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. Balance of mind and soul does link with pride. I use the verse from Proverbs 3:21: Let not them depart from thine eye: keep sound wisdom and discretion.

My educational background stood in the way of knowledge from God. Rather, I sought my own knowledge through books and science. One thing I have learned through experience and time. A higher education does not always teach us the ways of God; it teaches us the ways of the world. I will work on more toxic thoughts in a future 21-day detox period.

Awe In Wonder


I have seen both good and bad things happen in my life. I have to stop and wonder where is God’s touch in all of this. I have been undergoing a 21-day detox not in my body, but in my mind and in my brain. The toxicity of negative events (divorce, bad relationships, childhood trauma) in my life clouded my brain. I could not get past the negativity. I believe most people do the best they can. Sometimes due to external pressures, our life does not always go as we wanted or intended. We present problems that just aren’t there and conflicts get in the way of our thinking. I hold steadfast to this belief and feel that at times, our ‘selves’ are our own worse enemy.

Today, while getting a routine evaluation in physical therapy, I found my legs getting to be a little stronger. Anyone familiar with autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), knows it affects the muscles and surrounding tissue. I have Lambert-Eaton Myasthenia Syndrome (LEMS), which mimics MS in many ways. It is believed I developed it through breast cancer several years ago. If you have ever seen a person with MS walk, the muscles are severely debilitated and crippled. There is joint pain and extreme weakness. The same goes for walking up stairs and sitting for prolonged periods of time. Being afflicted with this condition for more than six years, I find myself becoming weaker in time, especially in the ankles and feet. Today was a celebration when I realized my legs were a little stronger – an ultimate revelation.

The same regards to my published books and writing. I have tried over a year to get into the artists’ walk around the square in town. Last week, I got an invitation to apply to participate in this year’s coming event. It may not be an universal acknowledgment, but it is baby steps. I was at least acknowledged. To me, it is a giant step towards being noted as a local artist. My artwork is finally being recognized by others. I have found in this world that it takes more than pure talent, more than ambition or determination; it takes people that notice your efforts. In the past, I always thought that famous people and writers made it on fate or destiny. I think they made it because they were fortunate enough that people noticed their work. I stand strong to this belief and feel my day is finally coming. God is good and working in this area of my life.

More importantly, I feel God is working through several avenues in my life. He is not only healing me physically gradually, he is working through other channels. I feel that God is working through changing those ‘negative’ feelings I’ve had for so long. It is about detoxing that negativity in one’s thoughts. Medical science doesn’t believe this disease can be reversed or cured, just as there is no cure or reversal for cancer. But I am also standing strong against such ideologies – I am believing in faith and in hope. When physicians and specialists tell you they have done so much, then there is no stronger word to stand on then the Word of God. He is all powerful and merciful. I have seen just the beginning of His power as I continue down this 21-day journey. Their will be more to come

Released Again!


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My newly released book, Glimpses of the Past; Heritage of the Old South, is available back online. I had to have it resubmitted due to a printing error. I am presently working on its sequel, Lingering Shadows. A story surrounding the devastation, tragedy and brutality of the Civil War, few historical novels have been written with such passion, love of family and country. You will not only cry a little, you will laugh with the author’s sense of humor and humanistic point of view.

Please place your order online today at,, Amazon or Barnes & Nobles websites. In addition, you can click the icon in the left widget and it will take you to the website.

New Book Released – Just In Time for Christmas


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I am excited to announce that Glimpses of the Past; Heritage of the Old South has been released by the publishers today. It is already available online at Amazon in soft cover. Please check back on Barnes & Noble during the week. It will be available in soft cover, hard cover and e-Book (Kindle). Pricing varies according to website and free shipping with limited amount; 274 pages, an historical novel on events and dates of the American Civil War. Synopsis and description of the book:

Glimpses of the Past; Heritage of the Old South is an historical novel about the Old South during the Civil War. Few historical novels have presented the Old South in such a heartfelt manner with brutalities of the war.

The author brings tragedy, devastation and conflict to life in the characters. Families struggled to survive then. The war was significant to both the North and the South. The thresholds of the war are felt strongly even today.

The significant part of the main character was that he overcame the past to move forward in his life. Reminiscences of the past were less painful to him as he began to understand his purpose in life.

Read how a determined young man survived the Civil War days. Explore the depths of how determination and stamina helped him. Discover his secret of life’s accomplishments. Learn how he escaped the darkness within to grow beyond glimpses of the past.

New Book Going to the Printers Soon


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Glimpses of the Past; Heritage of the Old South will be going to the printers sometime this week. It is down to the content evaluation. If it passes and approved, it will be sent to the printers. Few historical novels of the Civil War era have been written before with a heartfelt manner. Tragedies, love of family and patriotic duty are woven into the book. A must-read for historians and history bluffs. I will update when book goes to next stage, pricing and designs.

New Book to Be Published


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Glimpses of the Past; Heritage to the Old South is a new historical novel, written with true events and dates. The characters are fictitious. An American family travel from Northern Virginia to New Orleans, Louisiana. Centered around the era of Civil War days with few books before it giving detail and sequence to a devastating time to this nation. It is a book to read if you love history or a history buff. Sketches are by artist Dannie Michelle Wright. Below is an original sketch for front cover design. Book should be released by Christmas or shortly afterwards.antebellum

Election Day – November 8th


November 8th is almost here. In two weeks, the fate of America will be in the hands of voters. I dare say that the two most unlikely people are presidential candidates. Trump said in one of his speeches that the U.S. has been “Governed by stupidity.” Well, I agree in his ideology that the nation’s government has been led by stupid ideas of people in power. His aggressive and bullying tactics are a turn-off to many American people in my opinion. Yet, I believe his ability to lead people can be a benefit to his political campaign.

Ideologically, they both give good points in public policy. But I am still left at this stage of the election in which candidate I believe in more. Who stands for Americans more and who will do something great for this country? I personally think that women deserve a chance in power; however, I’m not totally convinced of Secretary Clinton’s truthfulness in her future plans for this country. Hillary makes statements that she intends to improve on international relations and immigration policies. Donald keeps bringing up the question, “What has she done to improve our nation in her 30 years of political experience?”

One can only ascertain that the mud-slinging and name-calling of either party causes a bitter friction between the candidates. The last presidential debate did absolutely nothing to persuade my choice either way. I think in all fairness that Hillary was the better debater that night. Donald tripped up on his own words and looked aggravated with the discussion. He appeared upset at the end and did not stop to shake hands with the audience. I believe that is where Hillary’s experience comes into play. She was a ‘natural’ in the political forum.

I go back to my original statement written a few months ago. It is time to vote your conscience. Whom do you as the voter want to see in the White House for the next 4 years; possibly for the next 8 years? Neither would be the correct political response, however, I have resigned that either Donald or Hillary will be our next president. More importantly, it is time for us as a nation to get out and decide our direction for this country. I happen to think we are a great country still. I would like to see America become a greater nation – united in peace with other nations and no threats of war.

Vote Your Conscience In November – Senator Ted Cruz


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Who will be our 45th President of the United States of America? As we head for elections this fall, in the words of Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, “Vote your conscious in November.” Watching both the Republican (RNC) and Democratic (DNC) conventions on social media, I come away feeling even more uncertain of either party. Frankly, I dislike both candidates, but out of the mouth of my own elderly father, “Vote for the less of two evils.” Consider which candidate would do less damage in office for the next four years and possibly for the next eight years.

While married, my husband and I were “Conservative Democrats.” My husband was an attorney and worked for the State of Georgia. He became an Administrative Law Judge in 1982, about a year after we were married. I volunteered for the Democratic Party when I entered a graduate (Masters) program in spring of 1989. After our marital split in 1996, I became a registered Republican and still to this day….

I am a disabled woman now due to chronic illness and an autoimmune condition. I am single (divorced), retired with only a teacher’s pension and disability. I have a limited income. After earning a doctorate in education in 2004, I taught public high school until 2010. I taught English to special education students. I retired from schoolteaching due to disability in May of 2012.

As I watched the DNC this week, I did not hear one word about ISIS until last night – the third night. Vice-President Joe Biden made a statement about ISIS, however, why wasn’t it not mentioned otherwise? Was it the embarrassment of removing American troops from Afghanistan? Nothing was said of Islamic threats and tactics either. I stayed glued to my television all week waiting to hear about Islamic issues, only to be disappointed.

Media reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met privately four hours in the Oval Office after the attack in Libya. President Obama had yet to be notified. Why wasn’t he alerted first? Where was backup and why wasn’t it organized? Americans died because there was no enforcement secured. Their deaths may have been prevented through proper organization of troops.

Also, I didn’t notice the American flag until last night and there was only one on stage. Tonight, there are several American flags. The Democrats are finally getting wiser! Hillary will give her acceptance speech tonight. Chelsea will introduce her mother. Speakers are saying that Hillary has guts. Yes, it must take guts to stand in front of millions watching and declare you are the best running candidate for office.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, spoke on Tuesday night. I listened to his speech, as he declared love for his wife. If Clinton loved his wife so much, why did he openly cheat on Hillary left and right? And where is Monica Lewinsky? Will she make another appearance before long? One thing is certain. Monica was definitely prettier than Hillary. No pun intended.

A recent poll of registered voters revealed that 68% to 70% of voters were dissatisfied with the direction of this country. Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign claims that all is right with America and this country is great. First Lady Michelle Obama said eight years ago that the nation wasn’t great. That conflicted with her speech on Monday night.

Americans need to wake up and look around them. Some just don’t want to see the truth. The Democrats are leading the nation into a Socialist society. They want to override the middle class with only upper and lower classes. More terrorists are entering the country with terrorist threats against the country. More law enforcement officers are injured or killed everyday by defending their own officers. Property taxes are highly inflated and rising, while unemployment remains a national concern among people in the workforce and recent college graduates.

In the past decade, health care has been costly for the average American, while people on welfare and illegal aliens fill the Health Departments applying for Medicaid. Guess who pays that bill? The taxpayers do! Gun control is ‘out of control’ becoming significantly problematic in major cities all over the country. More young adults and children are killed in schools from gunmen that were allowed to purchase firearms without so-called ‘sanctioned’ or legalized gun laws. More mass killings are seen across the country as in the recent shootings in Orlando, Florida. The country is trillions in debt and raising taxes to bring in revenue for the nation. College students and graduates are deeply in debt due to student loans and delinquent bills.

Hillary’s pitch of Donald Trump’s “Not qualified for office, fake campaign and bully tactics,” are trumping the podium for Trump’s slamming words that “Maybe Russia will find Hillary’s 30,000 missing emails.” Do we want or need a bully in office? And what happened to the individuals that lost their money and scholarships to Trump University years ago? The DNC hasn’t left Trump in a good light. They stated he ran millions in debt and claimed bankruptcies, leaving businesses in a jam to take the fall. On the other hand, the RNC had made Hillary look like an incompetent woman who needs advice on everything…they talked mainly about her crooked political strategies and dishonesty. Yet, Hillary claims she is the best qualified to lead the nation.

Some feel that Trump is a God-sent for our nation. Is he the man for us? My parents didn’t raise a dummy. I do believe in equality and fairness to all. I don’t believe in misleading people with unproven statements or half-truths. As much as we have been lied to these past eight years, Americans are getting sick and tired of all the bureaucratic monopoly in Washington D.C. Nothing is being done and I feel that once Hillary is in office, the nation may see a repeat of Obama Care and political tactics. More so, it may get worse.

I am not a “Pig” either, in Trump’s slurring words in his viewpoint of women. He wasn’t just talking about Rosie either. Trump doesn’t feel that Hillary is capable of holding office, yet Hillary trumps Trump in political experience. A woman is equally capable of holding office if well-qualified for the job. I am for equal opportunities and humanity for all, men and women, race, creed or color. In the quote of President Obama’s speech last night, “Yes, we can!”

I leave you in light of V.P. Biden’s speech last night, “God bless you and God bless America.” Vote your conscious, but whatever you do, please get out in November and vote! Don’t let Obama serve another four years by not voting for either candidate. That would be a national tragedy. This is your time to get out and make a voice for yourself as well as your family. The time to decide the direction of this nation. What do you want in terms of civil rights? Of American rights? Of LGBT rights? Of illegal immigrants? Of prayer in schools? Of national security? Of gun control? Of Social Security and Medicare?

As our forefathers stood in the halls where liberty and democracy were created, let freedom ring for all citizens who stand proud to say America is their homeland, their country and one that they love. “Libertas Omnium” or “Libertas Supra Omnia,” which translates to “Freedom for all.” As Spock said in Star Trek’s Wrath of Khan, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or one.”

Written by Anne Rakestraw Murray