A Good Day

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As promised, I am trying to blog weekly, if not daily. I’ve missed blogging so much. It not only gives me a social outlet, it helps to connect to others around the world. Although my philosophy may not be the same as others, I do express my own opinions and thoughts as I see them. Remember, these are just my opinions and not reflective of others’ or bias in anyway.

My mother is getting stronger everyday. A week home from the hospital, she is now up and around again. A different story than last month, as I saw her weakening and barely able to walk across the floor. The realization that I almost lost my mother is a sad one. Nevertheless, the three trips to the hospital since early February seem to have diminished. Let’s hope they stay that way.

I feel accomplished and I may say honking my own horn, proud to have created another book. This is my eighth book within four years. I couldn’t have done it though without the help of others. My publishers have been wonderful. They are a bit on the expensive side, but when you get a publisher that works, stick with them.

It is a beautiful and sunny day and the weekend brings in the beauty and warmth of springtime. The robins are scrambling on the ground and young birds chirping in their nest. The trees are about to bear fruit as blossoms are starting to appear. The bulbs are in the ground, ready to be replanted. A sign that wintertime is over this season.

I will leave you with this thought. When circumstances get a bit overwhelming in life, just remember that “This too shall pass.” Sometimes life brings us challenges suddenly without warning, but we have to get off the ground and start over again. This was a hard lesson I had to learn these past few months. You will be the wiser and the stronger person for it.

Given Birth – Literally That Is

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Today, I feel like I have given birth – literally that is, to a new book. Lingering Shadows was signed off today with final content evaluation approvals. It will be sent to printers next week. Look for it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites within the next two weeks. Someone bring out the champagne and make a toast!

The book is approximately 400 pages, based on actual war events and dates. An historical novel created during the post-Civil War days, American families thrive to survive. The South is defeated and building up their severely crippled economy. Read how one young American family struggles through the challenges of everyday life as shadows linger after the war.

Mom is Home Now

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Yes, I’m happy to report that my mother came home from the hospital this afternoon. She seems to be doing okay, but very sore from surgery. I think she is feeling a little better. She doesn’t look as weak as when she went into the hospital last week. She is taking new medications and seems a little bit stronger than before.

Thank you guys for all your prayers, well-wishes, encouragement and support. They mean a lot and much appreciated. It is good to be blogging again and connected to others. Stay well and have a great weekend everyone. Please continue to pray that my mother’s blood clot will soon dissolve in her right atrium.

Update

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Thank you for all the prayers and well-wishes. They are uplifting and it helps to stay connected to others. For those that have asked about my mother, she seems in good spirits. There have been tons of prayers for her, especially during her surgery on Thursday. Her heart surgery was nearly 4 hours long. From my understanding, it took a long time to find a vein beforehand. She has had a rough time, but she seems to be resting now.

Talking to her tonight, I was relieved that she was able to express how she felt. She sounds good, but she is experiencing dizziness. Hopefully, it is only due to her medications and she can come home from the hospital soon. Even at my age, I still need my mother alive and well. My mother has been one of my greatest motivators in writing books. The last thing she said to me tonight was, “I love you,” which I quickly replied, “I love you” too.

A Roller Coaster Ride

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It has been an ‘up and down’ roller coaster ride today. My mother went into surgery just after noontime. She had a mild heart ablation with a new pacemaker implanted. That was decided on Tuesday due to her advanced age and weakened heart. She came out of surgery around 2:00 p.m. and has been in recovery this afternoon. Last word I heard is that she is in a regular room now, but still in pain from her surgery.

Thank you for your continuous prayers and well-wishes. Please keep the prayers coming. God is good and will see my mother through this. Now the healing process starts.

Going Through the Motions

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My mother is having heart surgery tomorrow. I’m not so much worried she won’t survive the surgery, as the healing process afterwards. I’m at a crossroad, not knowing what will happen tomorrow. I put my faith in God and confidence in the surgeon’s hands. I know with God’s help, He can get her through this ordeal. I have seen God work in mysterious ways. He changed me several years ago as I encountered health issues. That was a turning point in my life.

Talking to my mother over the phone this evening, I reassured her that all would be okay. Having my own fears, particularly with her advanced age and weakened heart, I tried not to show my concerns. I told her I love her, the one thing she does need to hear. It has to be difficult for her. I could sense her pain over the phone. In retrospect, I hope this surgery prolongs my mother’s life and she can live out the rest of her days happy and healthy. Thanks for all the prayers and please keep them coming.

A Blogger’s Day

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I promised myself that when I finished my newest book, I would start blogging again. It has been several months since I last did. Through circumstances, I finally finished the manuscript yesterday. It was more difficult this time as my mind was cluttered with worry. My mother has been in and out of the hospital with heart trouble this year. Her latest admission was on Sunday. She is having heart surgery on Thursday. The doctor said she might come home on Friday, if all goes well.

I realize our parents can not live forever, nor anybody else for that matter. It is discouraging at best to think my mother is reaching her final days. We put animals out of their misery, but we can’t physically put people to sleep and out of their pain. I acknowledge that we are not machines – we can not reverse the aging process. We simply do the best we can. I hope my mother’s health improves and she is here on earth for years to come, but that may be unrealistic. I have seen my mother improve some, only to be in a bed of pain the next day.

Truth is, I don’t know what the answer is. Maybe the surgery will strengthen her heart some, but I have to be cautious too. My mother is strong internally; she can take anything, I feel. But can I? That is the million-dollar question.

 

New Book Sent to Publishers

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the-newest-finish-paintingLingering Shadows has been sent to the publishers today. It should be sent to the printers soon. There have been many interruptions and delays on this book due to family emergencies, personal illness and mother’s illness and hospitalization.

An historical novel, written with the American family in mind. There is pride in the American society, both North and South. Love of family and country, patriotism and tragedy are entailed in the story. Historical events and dates are true. Characters are fictitious.

Everyone deals with circumstances and negativity in life. The characters are comforted in that they have the warmth and love of their families to get them through the more challenging times. The Civil War left the country in devastation and destruction. Read how the main character, Benjamin Green, finds his way from a humble and modest beginning to become a self-made millionaire overnight.

A sequel to Glimpses of the Past, this is a must-read for historians and history buffs. The artwork is stunning inside and out, symbolic of the homes that were built during the Civil War era. Artist is Dannie Michelle Wright for front cover design, painting and sketches.

Please look for it online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites in the following weeks. There is a variety of topics for readers to enjoy – American history, politics, economics, romance and war-related issues. I promise you won’t put the book down until you have finished the book.

Newest Book Coming Along

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Lingering Shadows is coming along. A sequel of my latest book, Glimpses of the Past, it entails a love story, love of family and country, family tragedy and war at the same time. An historical novel created during the Civil War era, written for historians and history buffs in mind.

The manuscript is finished, but working on revisions. Too many delays during February – mother’s illness and hospitalization, family emergencies and personal illness – but I’m on the mend and writing again.

Sorry to be amiss for awhile. I miss blogging and hearing from others. Sometimes life throws things your way that you have no control over. Anyway, hope to have the manuscript submitted within two to three weeks to the publishers. Be on the lookout for it online at Amazon and Barnes & Nobles by the end of the month.

New Book In The Making

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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.

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