Friday, December 23, 2011

3 gifts for under a buck.

BFF Guide to IBC is an e-book I wrote when my very own best friend forever was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast cancer in October. I researched the disease and share what I learned in this e-book. Currently its available only in Kindle on Amazon.

Momma, Booze and Sampson is a collection of short stories I had previously published in the Circle 8 Writers anthologies.  In this one, we have six short stories.

Sampson, the pet snake with an appetite for humans, Karma gets his bum of an owner.

A toast to Harry, where a female gets away with killing the guy she had murder another man for her.   

A single mom makes a deal with the devil to take care of her children!

In Plain sight, a patient with dementia creates havoc on the floor of the nursing home where he lives.  

Merry Christmas Darling is a nurse whose current patient is a man who ruined her live years ago. Will he make it through the night?

A Paisley Christmas is a short fantasy story of a princess who lives in two worlds.

 Cheaters never Prosper is a collection of three short stories. These are all about taking revenge on a cheating spouse or partner! This is over on smashwords so you can read in online or download it to nook, kindle or lots of formats!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

My dad's greatest gift to me

My friend Rodney Southern wrote a blog post about what his father meant to him and it got me thinking that I need to do something like that. Three days after my dad celebrated his sixty- seventh birthday he had a massive stroke and in five days, he was gone. Those were the worst five days of my life and I am sure each one of my brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and my children can tell you the same.  My mom would admit it too because she lost not only a husband of 49 years but also a friend she had spent more than half her life with.

I was blessed to spend 44 years, 2 months and seven days with him. Of those last seven days, it was the last five days were pure hell but in his passing; he gave me the greatest gift of all.  Please read this before you judge me.

My dad was the kind of man who worked hard and played hard. I remember him coming home from working third shift at the foundry and climbing into the school bus to take kids to school.  He would go home to sleep and wake up to get the kids and transport them home.  He and mom both worked very hard to make sure us kids had everything we needed.

My dad dropped out of high school to get married a few days before his seventeenth birthday, but you would never know that because he ended up being part owner of a multi-million dollar business. The greatest thing he ever did though was to create a living legacy to his family and all who knew him.

He always seemed to be giving of himself to whoever was in need. Plenty of times, I remember him fixing someone’s car, or telling him or her how to do it. He always seemed to have time for everyone, and rarely took time to himself.

When his grandchildren began coming 29 years ago, he began the tradition of giving them a chocolate bar at the age of two months. He wanted to be sure he was the first that did that, and that tradition carried on to his great grand babies.  That first grandchild started her own tradition when she could not say Grandpa; her version “Bumpa” would become his nickname for the other 22 grandchildren and all of the great grandchildren who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He spoiled them rotten and always had cookies for them when they would visit.  He would put them in the wagon that was attached to his lawn tractor and give them rides all over. 

If a grandchild needed or wanted anything, they told Bumpa and they got it.

My dad was a great man as you can tell.  He was patient, kind, helpful, true to his word, dedicated and brutally honest as needed. He taught me many things in life and gave me many gifts over the years. 

He taught me self-reliance when he held a chicken’s legs so that the head rested on a cinder block, and told me to swing the axe when I was ready.  He taught me how to do household repairs when he needed help around the house. When as a struggling single parent I told him I wanted to allow my house to go back, he simply said “Jo do not do that. You are strong and smart and will figure this out’. I figured it out and followed his example of working hard to do what was needed.  My house will be paid off within six and half years and I have paid on it solo for eleven years. My dad was a man full of wisdom and was always passing his wisdom to others. He was never pushy about it. He would gently guide you.  His wisdom is a gift I accepted but not all those gifts compare to his final gift.

 On November 22, 2002, my daughter lost her first daughter to what the doctors called a cord accident at 31 weeks. Every year on that day, I would cry, because Kylie was up there alone. Yes, she had my grandparents, but they never met my daughter so they would not be able to tell my granddaughter about her momma.   My dad knew I always had a hard time on that day over the years, and he would call on that day just to check on me. It was his way of saying, I love you and I care.

On November 17, 2010, my dad had a massive stroke. When they put him on hospice care that afternoon I was devastated as the entire family was.  Somehow, by the grace of God, my dad held on for the next five days. On November 22, as they were preparing to transfer him from the hospital to my parents home he slipped quietly away. It was very hard for the entire family, myself included.

I felt relief that his suffering was over as did my entire family. However, I was more relieved for a different reason, you see my dad hung on until the day my granddaughter passed. I was happy to know she was not alone, but I so heartbroken he was gone.  

I do not like to think of November 22, 2010 as the day my dad passed, I like to think of it as the day Kylieanne got Bumpa all to herself.  What a birthday gift she got. I am sure he is feeding her cookies and chocolate all the time. I am sure he is found the lawn tractor up there and has a wagon attached and is driving her around to show her the trees, flowers and animals.  I wonder if she hangs on every word as he tells her the stories of his youth and our youth.

To my dad,

Thank you for that final gift; you do not know how much it means to me. Dad you know I miss you a lot, and I always will.  Please take care of my Kylieanne and give her daily hugs from me until I can get up there and do it myself.  Let her know that amber and I love her as much as we love her siblings. I so wish I could have seen her smile, laugh and play. I miss you both so much and love you beyond words.

Love, Jo

You can read Rodney’s post, which inspired my post at this url

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Local Flood Videos on Youtube

Playlist of 13 videos of flooding in down town Athens, Pennsylvania   these are live action videos  you hear local residents chatting in the background.  After the first, few videos you will see the flooding in the town from a boat as the officials do their tour.

This video shows the flooding that occurred, some are still shots and some are live action.  Downtown Athens, the music (rap) may put some people off. 2:14 length

We had waves lenght .57 seconds strong language alert

East Side-Sayre , PA

  video is 1.51 short and sweet.  This shows the damage, the person filming talks of the smell in the area.  Water is still present but has gone done.

Ulster is just south of us.   video is 8:28 minutes. This it live action taken in the vicinity of the Ulster Bridge  and Sheshequin.

Very nice video with folksy music showing still photographs of all the areas between Sayre and Towanda Pennsylvania  length 2:38

The following are towns  on the NY side of the border that also lay alongside the Susquehanna river.

Owego New York Flooding video shows downtown and is live action.  Person who is filming this is standing on a hill panning down over the town.

Owego: live action no sound length 1 minute   it’s a boat ride.

Old Vestal Road  flooding is present

Vestal water rushing over a bidge, no talking but you can hear the water.   Video is a bit over 2 minutes you see how fast the water runs here, at first it’s just a trickle and quickly the bridge has tons of water going over it.

NY flooding Ariel shots of the raging river. Amazing footage  

Here is the link to the book of flood photographs.

please pass this url to your friends on facebook and twitter..

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Book Sale & Signing

December 3 I will be selling and signing color copies of ‘Historical Flooding of Our Valley’ at the Athens Township Fire Hall. This is a book, which contains many photographs of Sayre, Athens, East Athens, and Sheshequin, which are all towns in Pennsylvania and Waverly, which is a town in New York. It also contains some stories about donations and rescue efforts.

Everyone seems to enjoy the book, and I get many compliments on it. I am proud of the book and it looks nice. Some folks have asked why there are no photographs of Milltown in there, and that is because I could not locate the people who had them. Well after much searching, I did find those photographs and a whole lot more.

I am also announcing here, that I have compiled a third edition of photos, titled “Susquehanna River Flooding 2011”. This one includes photographs of the following New York towns and villages Owego, Tioga Center, Cannon Hole, Nichols, and Waverly along with the Pennsylvania towns and villages of East Athens, East Side of Sayre, Milltown, Sheshequin, Ulster, Rome, Towanda, and the Borough of Athens. It does not contain stories as the other books have this is all photographs. There are over 150 photographs of the unspeakable horror of tropical storm Lee. 

It will be on Amazon by the middle of December but you early birds can purchase it right from the publisher for 20 dollars (plus shipping and handling of course).

When it hits Amazon, I will make a public announcement!  Order yours today to have it here before Christmas.  

Purchase Link

Susquehanna River Flooding 2011

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As a former content writer, I learned many valuable lessons. I think the biggest lesson learned was all my efforts were basically designed to increase content for the websites which made more money off it than I did. While I made decent money on various web sites with upfronts and page views, I also made quite a chuck of money for those web sites.

I learned by watching the PPCs on keywords and tried to adjust my articles with those keywords. My rate of pay at these sites did not go up but those sites were reaping most of the benefits.  

Screw that, I am not out here doing hard work to share with web sites that do not value their writers. Besides content mill writing is not something I enjoyed very much in the first place, I enjoy the money they brought in by the writing sucked.

Fiction is where it is at for me at least. I love writing the stories that pop into my head and I find it to be very relaxing and stress free.   Search for me on Amazon.. Amy Browne

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