A New Edition Coming Soon and a Play!

I’ve worked very hard on a new audio play based on this novel, and plan to finish writing it very soon. Personally, and I don’t mind saying this myself, I believe that this story is going to be absolutely amazing as an audio performance!

Additionally, I am getting ready to release a second edition of Desert Magnolia very soon, so that it can take its’ proper place in the literary world.

Oh, and just one more thing. I have a short film script for this story, and a brilliant location in Ajman for filming. Are you interested in helping me produce this film? Let me hear from you.

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SEASON 2: Episode 1 … A Great Public Speaking Event!

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I hope you guys enjoy this episode!  This podcast is just something I do for fun, so enjoy it and let me know if you’d like for me to talk about anything in particular. I had such a great time being the keynote speaker for the graduation this year, and my speech seemed to inspire a lot of people, so I thought you’d like to hear it! 🙂 Have a great week,  and I’ll be posting episode 2 of this season soon!

Missing the Southern Life When Trapped in a Big City

I live in a big city in the Middle East. This city has it’s good points, but I find myself missing the beauty and peaceful feeling of a small town.

When I was a kid, I never realized how lucky I was to grow up without noise, crowds, pollution and rudeness.

How I miss the open spaces, the sound of the crickets chirping at night, seeing all the stars in the clear night sky, the mountain fresh air…

I miss people who knew that it’s rude to stare. I miss the iced tea, the fresh roasted peanuts, and people who didn’t mind doing their own gardening!

And above all, I miss the people who go out of their way to help someone when they need it. Oh sure, they may gossip about you later, but until your crisis passes, they will hav your back!

Small town life…miss you more all the time…

Getting Back in Touch!

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Hi Y’all!  Sorry I’ve been away so long!  I wanted to put out this little episode just to let you know that I didn’t forget about you, and I promise to be back really soon with new episodes and new topics. This is just a little-unscripted episode to say Howdy, and to get back in touch! Peace and Light to you all.

CATCHING UP!

2016-02-01-10-52-58-370Wow, what an exciting month this has been!  I’ve been working on my own personal podcast, the podcast I  Co-Produce with my partner at Blue Jinni Media, my new cookbook, a children’s book, and a new film!  I wonder if a woman with a family to manage can put on any more duties and responsibilities?  Gosh, I certainly hope not!

The new podcast is called, Desert Magnolia, just like the novel, and I really hope that you’ll enjoy it.  I’m truly just doing that one for fun, and I’m talking about topics that I want to talk about, with no real ryme or reason, pretty much discussion / talk show style.

If there’s a topic that you’d like to hear about, please let me know!  Give me a shout out at any time, and if it’s possible, I’ll talk about it.  Be nice now, and take it seriously.  I truly do want to offer topics that matter.

Empty Nest Syndrome

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Ever since my son started his military conscription service, I’ve been thinking of this off and on. By this time next year, Ibrahim, my son with Autism, may be my only kid at home! Saeed will be back in Graduate School.  Hanan will have started a University program of some kind, and Abdullah will be in his conscription service.  My, oh my, what a change that will be!

It got me wondering though, about the expectations of a woman with grown children.  Traditionally, women at this stage are expected to accept their status as “old” and wait for grandchildren to arrive on the scene so that they have someone to bake cookies for.

The thing is…I never really was the “cookie baking type”, even when my kids were small.  I preferred to buy the cookies already made and spend my time doing things like this…blogging, writing, film making, podcasting, screenwriting, etc… I also don’t believe in age as a number, but as an attitude.  Einstein believed that time doesn’t exist and there could be countless versions of us in countless versions of the past, present and future.  So, in this way of thinking, the power of positive thinking and positive attraction stands to reason.  If you can imagine a version of yourself that doesn’t age pysically, but retains that child like attitude towards learning new things and trying new experiences, you can conceivably be young forever. .. Well, I don’t know if it’s possible, but I do know that there are NO rules anymore.  Age as a number means nothing, and there are 90+ year old people that are still athletes and active scholars and travelers. So, don’t blame me if I don’t do the expected and just sit around waiting to die.  That’s not gonna happen here, if God’s willing.

My new film project, “Just a Girl” will address some of these issues, so I’m looking forward to calling attention to that.  I’m also thinking of making an episode on female issues for my new podcast, Desert Magnolia, as well.  Let me know if there’s something you want me to discuss!

That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t really address the issue of Empty Nest Syndrome.  I know it’s something that I need to prepare for now. How do you prepare for it?

I assume that you carry on being busy and productive, whilst looking after yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.  That’s my plan at least.  However, the heart is the heart, and I know this is going to be a BIG adjustment.