Book Sale Still On…..

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Have you checked out the e-books on Smashwords site yet?

Many excellent writers and their books are profiled and available, at greatly discounted prices in this promotion, throughout July 2016.

Read author interviews!  Check mine at: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/pattersmatters

Buy an e-book! http:// http://www.smashwords.com

Buy a book and relax in your favorite summer spot.

ENJOY!

Patricia

 

 

 

50% Off Through July

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You can purchase my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story at a massive 50% off the regular price, throughout the month of July 2016.

Download the e-book version of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story, using the code below to obtain the discount.

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Coupon Code LM75G for A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

Check other books too @ https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

ENJOY!

Patricia

 

 

 

Deplorable Behaviour

Yesterday, we (my husband and I), attended a semi-final soccer game in Kitchener, Waterloo, in which grandson Lukas was playing.

Both teams played well.  They were evenly matched and played hard to win.  The game was finally determined with penalty shots.  Good, clean game everyone.  You did well.

I wish I could say the same about many of the parent spectators of the opposing team.  The filthy language emanating from their mouths was unbelievable.  They cared nothing for anyone within hearing distance.  Nor did they concern themselves with their disparaging, lewd comments about the players, or playing, of the opposing team.  The disgusting displays of bad behavior were finally stopped when officials warned the offending parents that they would be fined, and perhaps barred from future games if their language and physical pushing offenses were to continue.

It saddens me, because this is supposed to be team sport.  It is a team-building sport, teaching discipline and respect too.  We can surely enjoy the play of all participants and cheer them on.  Spectators should be just that – spectators.  There is no need for this kind of mean conduct.  We left the game feeling dirty because of each altercation that the offending parents felt justified in displaying.

It makes me wonder how they behave at home, if this is how they behave in public.  No, on second thoughts I don’t want to know.

Well done to all the excellent players.  Keep up the good – clean – games.

Patricia

 

 

Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive

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It’s time to wish everyone a happy New Year again.  

Christmas passed so quickly, but in that short span of time, we spent many precious moments with family, enjoying every busy, noisy one.

Sadly, not all folk were blessed with the opportunity and so, must dread another same old, same old, year.

A new year gives us time to ponder our lives and how productive we were in the months of the old year.

Myself?  I know I should be able to claim that I did the best I could have done – but, I know that is not the whole truth.  I could / should have done better.  What I can do is try harder and do better in this coming year, than I did in 2013.

My hope and prayer is that we keep that beautiful Christmas spirit alive and well, and spread it generously through 2014 and subsequent years;not keeping it for emergencies only.

Let each of us use our God-given gifts to care about and to reach others.

Patricia

 

 

Are You Loved?

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When life gets busy, we might overlook the importance of telling others how much they are loved.  This might lead to somebody wondering if they are, indeed, loved – and how much.

My children are busy.  When I say busy – I cannot impress enough, how busy their lives are.  They work full-time, in professional management careers.  They encourage their children to participate in after school interests: dancing;learning to play guitar and piano; soccer;basketball;military pursuits, etc.etc.  All these activities need time – not just from the children but also the parents, as they drive my grandchildren from one class to another.

The time it takes to say ‘I love you’ can, be filled with busy-ness and we don’t even realize we’re not doing it – telling someone how important they are to us.

So, my recent birthday, brought me to tears – nice tears, I might add, as one by one my children and grandchildren, phoned to give me their love and birthday wishes, while gifts and email messages expressed their deepest love for me – causing my deepest emotions to become exposed.  You (I hope) know the feeling.

A card from a grandchild with the words, ‘Nana, do you know how much you are loved’?  Upon opening the card a little critter has arms open wide and the caption reads – ‘This much’, with the words ‘Hug shown smaller than actual size’ beneath it.

A beautiful card from a son, and another from a daughter-in-law and messages galore.  The words from the cards are for my eyes only, so sorry everyone, I’m not sharing those.  My point is that it is so very important to let people know how you feel about them – how else will they know?

An email message from a teenage grandson.  What precious gifts.

I picture God with His arms open wide, saying to each of us, ‘Do you know how much I love you?  This much.  Hug shown smaller than actual size.’

Christmas is the perfect time to tell someone how much they are loved, or to show them how much you care.  It can make an immense difference.  A good difference.  Try it and see!

Patricia

Author of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

Smashwords.com and Amazon.com

Love, Don’t Hate

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Hatred scarred the world, on this day – 2001. The lives of thousands of people, were ended, in horrific manner, by fanatics believing that their hatred of all who do not follow their beliefs are worthless. The Twin Towers were the targets of hatred. It is the perpetrators of the attacks who are misled in that, they appear to have lost the ability to love. Love conquers hatred. Good overcomes evil. The Lord God – the one and only true God commands us to love one another: accept one another just as we are. He does not lead us to kill.

‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.’ (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV)

On this day of remembrance, let us assess our thoughts, words and deeds, and let us choose good not evil.

May I suggest that we pray for love to invade the hearts, minds and spirits, of all who would choose to destroy in the name of their god, or who do so, just because they can.?

Patricia

The Gifts

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Last week ended with the sky suddenly darkened by rain clouds.  A tornado warning was issued and we were advised to take all necessary precautions to stay safe, and to protect our property.  Heavy rain began to fall, almost in sheets and dreadful winds blew, causing trees around us to sway dangerously.  Thankfully, the storm ended some time later and despite damage being reported to property, we stayed safe.

The next day the sun returned and brightened our spirits.  My husband and decided to visit a nearby ice cream parlor, where we treated ourselves to a cone.  On finishing these, we returned  to buy a treat for our neighbors.  We wanted to surprise them.  It worked.

A few days later, we were blessed with a surprise.  A quite unexpected gift that truly brightened our day.

I like to think that God blessed us, because we had blessed others.  I don’t believe in coincidences, but I do believe that God won’t be outdone, and when we behave kindly, we ourselves receive more than we gave.

The gift we received was greater in value than the price of the ice cream portions, we gave our neighbors.  What a wonderful blessing.

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Because You Can

A smile or an encouraging word for someone struggling, or for a passerby can help to make their day brighter!

Do it ‘because you can!’

Patricia Day
Author of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

http://www.smashwords.com/book/view/308936

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