Once upon a time, this black cat…
hung around the patio…
Black in-door house cat wasn't friendly…
But this black feral cat persisted.
A year ago, house cat Angel crossed Rainbow Bridge
But Ali Kat is still hanging around,
She likes her milk cold and her food crunchy,
She runs feral and free
Against all odds, 14 years of
living outside in the desert land of coyotes and bobcats,
She is still here, hanging around.
Smart cat. Survivor. Persistence wins. True story.
This year, 2020, and at this time, before a hotly contested election, reminds me why I like to write fiction. To escape, create my own little world and watch some really nice and loving characters figure out and overcome the problems in their lives. Makes me think I can, too. Hopefully, you will think so, too. And it's why we read.
OUR TIME TO LOVE, my 99 cent winter special is....
… a bridge to love, a tribute to all our heroes, now more than ever.
Violence always changes everything. Only love can heal.
You can't run from your past; you have to live through it to a healing place.
You can't hide from love; it will seek you out.
Will you be ready?
There is a time for love… for Gwyn and Neal in Harmony Creek. But is that time now?
Love and Peace,
Did you think of her, RBG, when you saw that word, notorious? I was amazed that she embraced such a flagrant description with her special quiet humor.
Then I looked it up. One definition used words like infamous, disreputable and scandalous. Not the RBG I highly respect. But wait!
Notorious can also mean notable, esteemed, legendary, or memorable. OK, that’s more like it. Quite a positive legacy to leave us, don’t you think?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg made Dissent an esteemed action.
In her dissents, RGB insisted, explained, and educated. And because she often bucked an unequal system, especially for women, she became notorious, legendary, and historical. The more I learn about this remarkable woman, the more I admire her.
It’s okay to dissent. That’s how change occurs. Well-behaved women rarely make history. RBG worked through Constitutional Law to improve life for all. She taught us that discrimination on the basis of gender is unequal under the Law. That women belong in all places where decisions are made. That We the People includes ALL the people of this country.
RBG made us think of what’s not right in our world and what can we do about it? And that even Rock Stars 🌟 have a heart.
That’s a pretty good legacy and inspiration!
I may not be able to change the social injustices I see, but my characters certainly can. They are activists in their own small world and persist until change is made. Sometimes writing fiction is the most notorious tool for dissent and change.
UNDER THE DESERT SKY, has Mayor Lacy dealing with a dying town’s economy and homeless kids. Her decisions could ruin her relationship with Holt, a guy with one child and determined to keep it that way. But she must do what she thinks is the right thing.
In UNDER THE DESERT MOON, Annie is faced with the unthinkable — harboring illegal immigrants on her apple farm. Her decisions risk her relationship with Brett, a law and order guy to his core. But she must follow her heart and do what she thinks is right.
Both of these e-books are on sale for 99 cents this month and can be purchased at www.marytateengels.com.
Hello August, come on in quietly. Please leave your shoes at the door and grab a chair. We need to have a talk.
I’m greeting you in Portuguese because Portugal is where I’d like to be right now - plus they’re the only ones who might accept us without quarantining 14 days.
We’re in a big mess here and have great expectations for the remains of our 2020 summer under a bubble. This COVID-19 Pandemic has messed up everything, and tragically has taken many lives. We’re doing our part with masking, social distancing, and washing hands. But we need a little help coping with other things.
Rain. Desperately needed here in Arizona. July failed miserably with almost no rain and we’re drying up in the extreme heat. Weekly showers would be nice, daily even better. I have faith in you, August. Actually that leads to the second Big issue.
Heat. We’ve had too many days of triple digit temperatures. Enough already! It’s damned oppressive, along with everything else. Need a break here. And hope for cooler days.
No more violence. Listen up. This has to stop! Right now! Need To spread a bunch of Love 💕.
Relief for our healthcare workers is critical. They are divine, but wearing down from the stress.
Guidance about educating our kids would be appreciated. Extra points.
Ok August. You have your marching orders. Did you take notes? It’s a lot to ask but I’m sure you’re up to it! Otherwise, see Portugal because we’re outta here!
Thank you. Virtual hugs.
While you’re isolating, you might want to check out my books at www.marytateengels.com By the way you can read them with your mask on.
PS. Photos, top to bottom:
Classic pastry of Portugal, Pasteis de Nata;
Typical Lisbon sidewalks, inlaid with tile;
Tremendous monument honoring Portuguese world explorers;
Ponte de Lima, Roman bridge from 1 AD, still in use;
Our favorite Michelin-recommended restaurant in Viana do Castelo.