About the Author

I’m a retired registered nurse, having worked in the operating room for over twenty-five years. After retiring, I returned to my first love – writing. I enjoy writing short stories in the creative nonfiction and fiction genres and poetry.

In 2004 I underwent two anterior cervical fusion surgeries for herniated discs in my cervical spine, and as a result, suffered from the complication of a paralyzed left vocal cord. A very special gift that I had been blessed with – the ability to sing – was taken from me, and I was certain I would never sing again. Over time, my right vocal cord moved over to meet my left and a miracle occurred. I’m now happy to say that I can sing again, a blessing for which I’m grateful every day. I’m an alto in our church choir and enjoy this social activity with my husband, whom I’ve been in love with since 1974.

I believe in love at first sight because it happened to me. My husband and I have been happily married since 1976 and we have three wonderful grown children of whom we’re very proud. But the real baby of our family is my sweet toy poodle, Lucy. My husband gave her to me when I was going through a difficult period of illness. I believe she helped to heal me, and now she’s my constant companion. She has taught me the true meaning of loyalty and unconditional love.

One of the most exciting and quite amazing things that ever happened to me was when we adopted our son, Joe. After a heartbreaking miscarriage and trying unsuccessfully thereafter to conceive, we adopted our son eight years later. When I asked the adoption agency what his birth date was, to my astonishment they revealed that it was the same date that the baby I had miscarried eight years before was due to be born! My husband and I believe that our son was destined to be ours. Five years later, God blessed us by allowing us to conceive our daughter Sarah, and two years later, our daughter Stephanie was born. I am proud to say that our children have grown into some of the most amazing adults that we know.

I had a near-death experience in 2007 when I suffered an anaphylactic reaction after a cortisone injection to my cervical spine. I’ll never forget how I felt when the nurse ushered me into the office and told me that she would come back for me after the procedure room was prepared. As I sat there, anxiously waiting, a voice whispered to me, “Pray.” Not even thinking twice, I did as the voice instructed and began to pray.  Two hours later, as I lie in the intensive care unit of the hospital, after being rushed to the emergency room via ambulance, I knew in my heart that it must have been my guardian angel watching over me and telling me to pray. Ever since then, I’ve never taken a single day for granted.

I have a passion for history and am somewhat of a history buff. I believe that as Pearl Buck wrote: “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” My favorite era is the American Revolutionary War. I try to read everything about this period in time that I can get my hands on, and I also enjoy writing on the subject.

I love classic movies, especially the films with actors such as Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Deborah Kerr. I enjoy movies like “An Affair to Remember” and “Adam’s Rib” in which these actors starred. How does the saying go? They don’t make movies like that anymore. My all-time favorite movie is “The Sound of Music.” My oldest sister brought me to see it for my tenth birthday, and I must have seen it at least a hundred times since, and I’m not joking! I know every line of every actor. My favorite scene is the one where the characters of Maria and Captain von Trapp are in the gazebo during the twilight of the evening, and he declares his love for her and asks her to marry him. Ah . . . so romantic. I also enjoy classic television. By the way, you would probably never guess this, but I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Trekkie! And as far as music is concerned, music is very important in my life and always has been ever since I was very young. I happen to have a very eclectic taste when it comes to music. I love classical music, old time rock ‘n roll, Christian music, easy listening, pop music, folk, some country, jazz, and blues. It all depends what mood I’m in at the time.

In my spare time, I enjoy quilting, and I love the smell of new fabric. It brings me so much joy to give the quilts I’ve made to those I love. I’m an avid reader of many genres: romance, historical romance, thriller, mystery, science fiction, biography, history, poetry – anything that catches my interest at the moment. I’ll never forget learning to read when I was in the first grade and how the power and magic of the written word mesmerized me. It was as though a whole new world opened its doors to me, and once I stepped into that world, I never wanted to leave it.

As a matter of fact, I’m in the process of writing my autobiography, which is a collection of the stories of my life, and believe me – there are so many! This came as a request from my family. I’m also in the middle of writing a book about my experiences as an operating room nurse, and it reads more like a novel.

My newest adventure is learning how to play the piano. It has been a lifelong dream of mine, and now, finally at the age of 57, I am learning to play. They say it is never to late to learn – and I am having a marvelous time!

I believe that life is what you make it, and I do whatever I can to make my life the very best it can be, no matter what the circumstances are at any given time.

You’ll find that this blog will mostly be about life: what happens, how it happens, and my observations of it. So I hope you’ll follow me on my journey as I travel along this road, and together we can giggle, laugh, rant, rave, gasp, gossip, question, scream, and yes, sometimes even cry.

But one thing’s for sure—we’ll never be bored!

Warmest regards,

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  • Hello, thank you for following my blog. I’m following right back.

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  • We have a mutual love of music! Thanks for following my blog.

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  • We never know what blessing God will make out of our trials. We must always follow that inner voice to do what we feel is right. I am so glad to have had you visit my site. I too am a nurse and a retired NP who now does management in a tele-health setting. To me life is what we make it and I am inspired by your story and blog.

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    • Hi! It’s so wonderful to meet a sister nurse! And you are so right about the blessings that God sends us, especially those that come out of our trials because I feel exactly the same way. I feel that we are kindred spirits, my friend, and I’m so happy that we have had a chance to meet through the connection of the blogging world. May God bless you and I hope you have a marvelous day! 🙂

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  • Enjoyed reading about you. My mother-in-law was a nurse and O.R. was her favorite. I had one anterior cervical surgery, 2002, two levels. I’m known as the only one in the family with my head screwed on straight–literally. What a blessing to read of your vocal cord miracle! We were married in ’75. So many similarities. I look forward to getting to know you better.

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    • Hi Patti. Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s so nice to meet someone who knows what it’s like to go through anterior cervical surgery like I did; someone who can empathize with me. And you’re right – we do have a lot in common. I do look forward to getting to know you better also. It’s a pleasure to meet you! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  • Hi 🙂
    You have a great blog here. And wow, love at first sight..! Sounds too good. 🙂
    I have sent you an email regarding your query. Feel free to contact me.
    Happy Reminiscing!
    ~ Yuvathi

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    • Hi Yuvathi!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind and thoughtful comment. And yes, it is true about my husband and me falling in love at first sight. As a matter of fact, he asked me to marry him after the first two weeks of dating, but we kept it secret for a year because we knew our parents would go crazy if we told them about it! 🙂 And thanks also for the great instructions on the pingback in your email. You explained it perfectly and I do appreciate it. You are a very kind person and I can hardly wait to do some more reminiscing with you!

      Cindy 🙂

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  • You have most definitely had an amazing life!! Thanks for being here in the blogosphere and sharing your life with us.

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    • Hi Cee!

      Thank you for your lovely comments. It’s never a dull moment around here, that’s for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it and I look forward to sharing some more time with you in the months and hopefully years to come. Have a great day! 🙂

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  • Hi Cindy,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m glad you liked it and decided to follow it. I’m happy to meet such an interesting and inspiring lady! I’m glad you’re able to sing again (I also sang alto in the school choir) and I hope you’re really enjoying that piano! It sounds like you have a very full and interesting life. I’ll be back. 🙂

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  • Wow! What an inspiring woman you are!! I have just started going through your posts and I am already so motivated! 🙂

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    • Aw . . . you are so sweet, thank you very much; I appreciate your kind comments. I’m so glad that you’re motivated to blog; it can be so much fun and I hope that you enjoy it. There are so many great people who blog; bloggers are some of the best people I know. I hope you have a great day! 🙂

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  • Thank you for the follow! Your story about your daughter playing the cello was beautiful. Take care!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind comments about my daughter. I’m sorry I’m late in replying, but I had some unexpected houseguests for the last week or so, so I’m just getting back to my regular schedule. I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  • Hi Cindy! Thank you for following my blog! I would love to know what you think about posts! Your life story is so inspiring and your writing reflects the goodnes of your heart. I am so glad to have made your acquaintance here! Following you! Happy Blogging!

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    • Hi Jinal! I just read some of your posts and I think they are wonderful! I was going to do some “likes” but you don’t have that button enabled, so I couldn’t. 😦 You write very well indeed! Keep on doing what you’re doing because I think you’re on the right track, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks so much for your kind comments; you are very sweet and I appreciate it. And I’m happy to have made your acquaintance, too. I’m sorry this reply is so late in coming, but I’ve had an unexpected house guest for the past couple weeks, so I’m just getting back to my regular schedule. Have a blessed day! 🙂

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      • Thank you, Cindy! Your kind words are such an encouragement! After all the positive feedback that I have received, I am glad that I finally decided to blog! About the Like button, I did enable it so not sure why it wasn’t working for you. I shall surely check that! You too have a great day! Happy Blogging! 🙂

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  • Hi Cindy, thanks so much for visiting my blog and the follow. I have been able to peruse your site a bit and see it is full of interesting tidbits. Like you I have long wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, mine is the guitar. I bought one a few years ago, but have not yet dedicated my time to learning to play. I look forward to reading more by you and interacting with you in the future!

    In Christ,
    Timothy

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    • Hi Timothy! Thanks for visiting my blog. I play the guitar, too, as does my son and youngest daughter. I also look forward to getting to know you, and I love the way that you signed your comment, because I’m a Christian, too. It’s so nice to meet you! Have a wonderful day!

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  • Thanks for liking my blog. I am not an expert in writing but I try my hand at it when I decided to do a writing assignment from Daily Post. Your Bio touched my heart because I have faith and some things you mention were similar to mine (not the afterlife situation) and you seem like a good person to have as a friend. I’m a Trekkie and I like history, too! I like your blog so I am following you. Have a great day! -Amy-

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    • Hi Amy. As a matter of fact, I’m following your blog, too. Another Trekkie? Yay!!! You like history, too? I just started a new feature on my blog called Red-Letter Saturday, which you can see listed in the menu at the top of my blog. Anyway, what I do is on every Saturday, whatever the date is, I find out what happened on that particular date in history. Let’s say the telephone was invented on that date, then I would write a blog post related to that. It’s not a history lesson, just a blog post related to it. It’s just my way of relating my love of history to blogging. And do you love the American Revolution? That’s my favorite historical era of all-time! I will love having you as a friend, and I just thought I’d let you know that I have now put you on my blogroll. I’m to meet you and am looking forward to getting to know you better. Have a great day!

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  • Hey
    Glad that you followed my blog and i m very glad to see your blog. I hope to remain in contact with you in future as well.
    May Allah bless you and your loved ones. ameen

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  • what a fantastic, amazing life you have had. You are a strong woman, Cindy. Thank you so much for the follow. I am most honored.

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    • Aw…you are so sweet and kind. Thank you so much. I am most happy to follow you; I love to make new friends and the only way to find out about my new friends is to follow them, yes? And besides, your kitties are just too irresistible! LOL! Have a wonderful day!

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  • You have a very nice and comfortable way of writing. It feels like listening to a good friend while sitting down and catching upon things. Your posts are interesting and your autobiography is sure to have a lot of great anecdotes. In all, great place you have here.
    Love the daily quotes at the end of your posts.
    =)

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    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so happy you visited and that you enjoyed your stay. You’re the first person to mention my daily quotes. It’s nice to know that someone appreciates them – thanks for that! I hope your day is awesome!

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  • Hi Cindy! Ronovan at http://www.ronovanwrites.wordpress.com introduced me to your lovely blog and I can’t wait to get to “know” you here in the blog-o-sphere. You have already drawn me in to your cozy world with your lovely words. Sing on my fellow ALTO! 🙂

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  • Hi Cindy, I’m glad to meet you. You have created such a cozy space for reading that I just want to be here ;). We have a few commons, even I like “An Affair to Remember” and ” The sound of music” is my all time favourite movie. All the best for your autobiography and the novel that your are writing.
    Also would want to thank you for the likes and visiting my blog. 🙂

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  • Happy to find you through ronovanwrites.

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  • Please be delightfully advised – I nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award – please see https://inspirationallifemedia.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/blogger-love/

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    • I am absolutely delighted! Thank you so much! You have made me sing with joy and dance with abandon – this is indeed a thrill for me. I think to be called an inspiration is inspiring in itself – I hope I can live up to it! 🙂 And congratulations once again!

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    • Say, I meant to ask you about this blogger award. Do I need to do anything else? Is this something that is being voted on and will I be notified whether I’ve won or not? This is the first time I’ve been nominated for something like this, so I wasn’t sure how it worked. Thanks so much!

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  • Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

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  • Phoenix Tears Healed

    I’m glad you can sing again 🙂 and all the best with your autobiography.

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  • Cindy, how are you my friend? I miss you and congrats for winning in a 30-
    Days Blogging Challenge. Love you!

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  • Cindy, I’m leaving you with a thousand gps. per ticket for four tickets and a thousand more for a donation. I would like the donation to go to a newbie identified as drpoo.

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  • Just wanted to say that I thought your blogs are really good. So much so that I thought it should win this award!
    click on the below link
    http://dabholkarmadhura.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/may-i-have-your-attention-please-2/

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    • Hi Madhu,

      Thank you so much! I’m sorry I’ve been away for the past couple months and have just returned, so have just read this now. What a lovely thing to do, and what a nice surprise to return to! You have made my day! No wonder you received the award in the first place!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cindy

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      • Hey dear, hope you are doing good and in good health. Ur writings are completely marvelous & deserve a lot of reading, liking & loads of appreciation. Thanks for all ur beautiful writings & sharing with us.Tc n i missed u all this while.

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