Tuesday, November 20, 2018

An Air of Gratitude - Thanksgiving 2018 by Linda Lee Greene






As I write this essay, visible beyond the window of my working space, 2018s first real wintry weather has arrived in my little corner of the world. Teardrops of rain frozen to silvery icicles fringe the edge of my patio roof and dauntless little birds flit in and out of cubbyholes beneath it, snug and secure crannies in which they are setting up house for the season. Wily squirrels scamper across the top of the fence surrounding the enclosure, their cheeks puffy with walnuts from my tree that they will salt away in secret caches—their wintertime supermarkets.

            A particular squirrel never fails to capture my attention. He is an elder among his peers, his girth bloated with the years of his sumptuous diet he enjoys among my vegetation, his coat scraggly, and his magnificent bushy tail of his primary years nearly hairless now. While his friends make of my fence a speedy competition as fast as the Indy 500, he sits quietly and unmoving for long periods on the postern at the entrance of my patio, and he stares at me through my window, or at least it seems to be the case. I fancy that there exists something of a kindred nature in our connection, as if like me he endeavors to acclimate himself to a slower pace of life, to handing over to the younger generations the major responsibilities of their squirrel way of life.

            I have christened him “Teddy” after our nation’s former president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, because to my mind, the two of them are similar in ways. Like Roosevelt, I just bet that Teddy the Squirrel was an alpha male, and that if I could get close enough to him to run my fingers through his fur, I would locate battle scars, and feel the beat of an heroic heart enormous with life’s experiences, and a grand passion for it. But still, I cannot help but wonder if in some deep region of his being he yearns for his youth, or if indeed he really is nestled as perfectly as he appears to be in his current station among his squirrel society?

            Winter, and especially the high-holiday season that is winter’s centerpiece, brings with it for me an air of nostalgia, a wistfulness for the Thanksgiving days of old, the days when at the end of a long country lane, the white square farmhouse of my maternal grandparents came into view, and within the walls of the place my large family would soon gather around an immense table groaning with a homegrown Thanksgiving meal. With the elapsing of time, the torch has passed to their sons and daughters, and then to their grandsons and granddaughters, and the work of keeping the traditions of our family alive and well, continues to be handed down to subsequent generations. This year for the first time, my immediate family will gather at the home of my niece Samantha, even though she is one of its youngest members.

            Despite my longing for the past, I recognize that my family’s traditions are in good hands, the strong and capable and creative hands of my niece, my two adult children, as well as my younger cousins, and I am grateful. I am also relieved, because like Teddy the Squirrel, I am aware that through God’s grace, I have been gifted with the time and space required to accommodate myself to the task of placing my faith in the young people of my family, and to hunker into the winter of my life, to gather my provisions, as well as to relax into my unbound hours and make the most of them.
            German intellectual and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said that “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” I would add that the essence of all beautiful life, all great life, is gratitude. American artist Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting “Freedom from Want,” which holds within it an intriguing back story dating to World War II, is the enduring visual symbol of America’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Not only do I see in Rockwell’s painting the essence of my childhood high-holiday gatherings, but I also see a spirit of gratitude in it, one that reminds most people who view it to be grateful, too—and yes, to be ever mindful of the faces at our tables that shift over time, and to hold in our hearts the souls whom have departed from them.

You can learn more about Linda Lee Greene at http://booksbylindaleegreene.gallery-llgreene.com/. And while you are at it, take a look at her online art gallery at www.gallery-llgreene.com. You can also find her on social media at the following:


Email: lindaleegreene.author.artist@gmail.com



Twitter: @LLGreeneAuthor




Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

PAINT & SIP


ATTENTION

Artists, Would-be Artists, Art Teachers, Art Enthusiasts, Creatives and Sippers of All Stripes

Get Your Tickets Now to:

The Grove City Arts Council’s

PAINT & SIP

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018

3 TO 5 PM

@

American Legion Paschall Post #164, 3363 McDowell Rd.

Grove City, Ohio 43123

(614) 875-5106




In a hands-on class, Grove City Arts Council member and acclaimed artist Sandy Reddig will guide students in how to paint a beautiful autumn scene with acrylics. All art materials, snacks, and drinks will be supplied.

A generous portion of the proceeds will go towards the arts council’s ongoing effort to raise funds to establish an art center in Grove City, a place open to the public on a regular basis to enjoy the works of the area’s many talented visual artists and other creative types. Come and help the arts council to make a difference in people’s lives with this venue of creativity in Grove City.

Tickets to the arts council’s first Paint & Sip are $30.00, by credit card at www.eventbrite.com; or if by cash or check, please call Serbennia Davis at (614) 570-4741.
Submitted by Linda Lee Greene, Author & Artist

Monday, July 23, 2018

Long-buried Secrets are Unearthed in Rhys Bowen's Fascinating Novel


The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen provided me with hours of pleasurable reading during a time I desperately needed to slow my pace and turn down the volume of the world around me. I am a sucker for World War II stories, and this one hit the mark for me on all counts: a clever plot, likeable characters, and engaging setting. Kudos to author Rhys Bowen. -Review by author Linda Lee Greene. 


 A father’s love letter sends a young woman on a journey in search of long-buried secrets.

















Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda

Lee Greene is on social media at the following:

Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review of a Trouble in Tampa by Louise Titchener, a Book to Add to Your To Be Read List


Author Louise Titchener has a new fan in this avid reader and writer. This novel of historical fiction held my interest from the first word to the last. It is meticulously researched and masterfully written, highly entertaining and informative. The characters are believable and engaging. The plot is clever and satisfyingly complex. It is one of the best books I have read this year.  I read it in eBook format for this review, but when finished, I ordered a paperback of it. This is one I will add to my library. Review by Linda Lee Greene, author of Cradle of the Serpent.

Currently a semifinalist for the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2018, Trouble in Tampa is a thrilling look at the Wild South of Florida in 1885. An easy assignment for sharpshooter and ex-Pinkerton investigator, Oliver Redcastle, turns deadly. A wealthy Baltimore art collector sends an employee to Florida. When that man goes missing, the rich man hires Oliver to find him. Reluctantly, Oliver boards Henry Plant's newly constructed train to Florida. At the end of the line he gets off in Tampa to find a swamp load of trouble. He's betrayed by an old acquaintance, and by not one, but two passionate women. Oliver is railroaded into one of old Florida's infamous turpentine camps. There he must use his sharpshooting skill to escape certain death. But that means a harrowing trek through miles of dangerous animals, dangerous people, and shocking intrigues. In Key West he meets female Pinkerton operative, Hannah Kinchman. She got him into trouble in Tampa. But Oliver has a soft spot for Hannah. Together they fight their way through kidnapping, treasure hunts, intrigue, and the beautiful but treacherous Florida Everglades. Will Oliver overcome the many hurdles blocking his way home? It won't be easy!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

5 Stars..A Well-Written & Cleverly Plotted Mystery by David Boiani

Avid reader Linda Lee Greene gives this book 5 Stars and says about it:


So often sequels are disappointing, but this one holds its own against past books by this author. This is a dark story of unspeakable crime, but it is balanced with lighter fare found in family relationships and friendship. I recommend this book highly.
The following is an overview of the story:

It has been four years since the case of serial killer Silas Alvah shook the town of Seattle to its core. Retired Detective John Corbin has settled into his life of husband, father, and restaurant owner; Detective work, however, is embedded in his heart and soul and the pull has never left him. When a disturbed and twisted killer rises to the surface of Northwestern Washington, it is soon apparent his intention is to draw John Corbin back into the horrors of detective work that has already left him scarred. Will John risk everything to be drawn into the killer's twisted game of using human beings as pawns? Will he follow his ingrained instincts and attempt to save the innocent from evil? ‘The Redemption’ is a twisting, turning labyrinth that will take you on a thrill ride unlike anything you have experienced before as each life is measured by our most unforgiving enemy… Time.


Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:









Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

An Intriguing Metaphysical and Interstellar Mystery by Leonora Meriel



WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING? 
A New York banker is descending into madness. 
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive. 
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible. 

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a 'complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel' from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.


Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:









Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Supernatural Realms Galore in Book by Jennifer N. Adams


Two sisters find themselves in a magical world of supernatural creatures and a book that just might send them on a path to find their destiny.

It is the lack of having supernatural abilities that makes Noelle a non-believer. Anya, her younger sister, believes in almost everything, and tries her best to change Noelle’s view of the world, including reminding her they are part shifter. 

It isn't until one morning during a ride into work with her uncle, the town sheriff, when Noelle begins to question her disbelief in all things supernatural. She has a premonition which sends her and Anya on a quest to find a book that may lead to their destiny. A destiny that takes them through a portal into the Faerie realm.

If you love books about magical faeries, shifters, and werewolves which also includes mystery, action, and adventure then this is the book for you!

Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:

Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+
 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

AUTHOR TRACY TRAYNOR RELEASES A MAGICAL COMING-OF-AGE STORY

An orphan with a painful past. A wizard running out of time. Together, they’ll discover the most powerful magic is hidden within.

Orphaned at birth and bullied his whole life, Idi never thought he’d grow up to become anything other than the village idiot. When a washed-up wizard tells him he’s destined to become a legendary magician, he’s certain he’s got the wrong urchin. But that doesn’t stop Idi from tagging along on his quest to save the future king.


After seven decades spent puttering around with his magic, Marcus worries his time for heroics has come and gone. So when an oracle entrusts him to train the only boy capable of saving the entire kingdom from dark magic, he jumps at his final shot for glory.


As Idi studies magic under his new master, he struggles to push past the painful memories of abuse and self-doubt that block his powers. But with each step along their perilous quest to save the future king, Idi’s confidence grows along with his healing touch. As dark magic creatures join the race to sway the future king’s heart, Idi and Marcus must learn to believe in themselves to free the kingdom from the clutches of evil.


Idi and the Oracle’s Quest is the first book in the exciting Born to Be series of YA fantasy adventure novels. If you like magical creatures, action-packed quests, and journeys of self-discovery, then you’ll love Tracy Traynor’s heartfelt coming-of-age story.



Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:









Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Friday, July 6, 2018

This Reader Recommends a 5 Star Book


Legacy of Hunger: Druid’s Brooch by Christy Nicholas

Ireland is no promised land in 1846. It is wracked by a crippling potato blight, and people are dying. But Valentia McDowell doesn’t know that.

From her father’s prosperous farm in Ohio, young Valentia is haunted by tales of an abandoned family and a lost heirloom. She travels to her grandmother’s homeland with her brother, Conor, and two servants, to find both. Her delight in the exciting journey on one of the first steam ships to cross the Atlantic is shattered by a horrible tragedy.

What she encounters upon her arrival in Ireland is both more and less than she had hoped. Valentia finds both enemies and allies, amid horrors and delights, and a small bit of magic. She finds a richer heritage than she had ever imagined, but it comes with a price.

When she finally reaches her goal, a terrible price is demanded. She must pay or forfeit, and both decisions have strong consequences for her and her friends.
Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:

Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Friday, June 22, 2018

Welcome to Author Tom Johnson


 I am so happy to showcase author Tom Johnson on my blog today. His books are ideal weekend reads, so get them now and curl up beside your a/c vent and let them help you to stay cool. - Linda Lee Greene

Tom Johnson’s dad was a cowboy and cook, giving his family an itinerant lifestyle. Tom changed schools often, as his dad’s jobs were relocated. His dad wanted him to follow in his footsteps, but a cowboy’s life didn’t appeal to him. Instead, during his high school years, Tom dreamed about becoming an entomologist. He loved biology and math, but was weak in other subjects. He read every book he could find on insects, reptiles, and arachnids, as well as paleontology.

However, his life changed when he joined the Army and spent a 20-year career in law enforcement. Afterwards, he and his wife started the publishing imprint of FADING SHADOWS, and published a hobby magazine for 22 years, and several genre titles for nine years. He was a voracious reader from an early age, and has never stopped reading for pleasure, though his interest in genres have often switched from science fiction to western, to hardboiled detectives, the classics, and back to science fiction again over the years. In his own writing readers will often find something about his love of zoology, whether insects, reptiles, or saber-tooth cats. Now retired, they devote their time to keeping Tom’s books in print, as well as helping promote other writers.

With over 80 books in print that he has contributed to, Tom has slowed down now. He is still writing children stories while promoting his books still on the market. Plus, he still has hopes of one day seeing his short novel, Pangaea: Eden’s Planet, made into a film.

Blurb:


Pangaea: Eden’s Planet: Seven astronauts en route to Mars encounter a time warp in space that disables their ship. Crash landing back on Earth, they discover an alien planet sixty million years before the dinosaurs. Pangaea, the super continent, is filled with danger and terror, as they must survive against fierce reptiles that ruled the Earth 250 million years in the past! Surviving in a prehistoric world gone mad where even the environment can turn against you, survival is all you think about. But even in the harshest of times, two people will find their destiny in an Eden modern man cannot imagine.

Links








"It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish." (S. I. Hayakawa)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Buzz About Author Lyra Shanti's "The Artist"



Free today, people! Sexy, romantic, poetic insanity for FREE! Go get it on Amazon!





Comments



Jim Davis Got it... Am I old enough to read this?



Lyra Shanti Jim, it has its naughty bits, to be sure, but at the heart, it's about art and madness, and love. I think you'll probably squeak by the age requirement. https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f57/1/16/1f609.png:)



Jim Davis Lyra Well, okay. If you say so. But, I do have an impressionable mind. LOL



Lyra Shanti Thanks for sharing, Linda! Here is the link for anyone who is interested:






AMAZON.CO





Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:
Email: lindaleegreene.author.artist@gmail.com
Twitter: @LLGreeneAuthor

Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Thursday, May 31, 2018

ROOSTER TALE By Linda Lee Greene


“ROOSTER TALE is a fun and easy book to read. It’s humorous and has great illustrations. The lovable animals and children in the story work together to solve a problem on the farm where they live. It ‘s a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows children how important it is to cool down after they get mad because otherwise they might do something they will be sorry for later. Best-selling author Linda Lee Greene has delivered again with a book that I think deserves a five star rating. I recommend it highly.” A Reader …the book is available on Amazon.com and at http://goo.gl/vNq32g.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Embryos of Peace by Linda Lee Greene

The following is a share of an essay I wrote for the Grove City (Ohio) Arts Council's Newsletter and Blog, a most appropriate article for this Memorial Day holiday week:


In my homespun family, the term ‘Memorial Day’ never quite caught on. The name assigned to it originally was ‘Decoration Day’, and is, to us and many others, the title most appropriate. Since its inception on the heels of the Civil War, this remembrance of our military personnel who lost their lives serving our country has been recognized and practiced broadly, although informally. This is because it wasn’t until 1971 that it was finally designated as an official national holiday to be observed on the last Sunday in May under the moniker of ‘Memorial Day’. World War II Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Senator of Hawaii Daniel Inouye worked for many of his 49 years career in the senate to restore the original May 30th date of the holiday. It was his contention that the official date obscures the sacred meaning of the holiday, competing as it does with the unofficial first weekend of summer when pent-up children and adults alike storm the unlocked gates of closed-for-the-season swimming pools and other open-air recreations in lieu of spending the day at cemeteries.

            By virtue of its nature, probably the major repository of a country’s heroes is its military, heroes in one way or another in its largest sense. A hero is defined as a person who can solve a problem or problems other people cannot solve. This left-brain, bare-bones, and pragmatic one-liner seems patently rationalistic to me, barren the full-bodied status a hero has earned and deserves. It has been suggested that an emotional and/or spiritual need for heroes is inborn in human beings. These necessary beings to whom we look up not only solve the seemingly unsolvable for us, but also provide us with inspiration to keep on keeping on during trying times, to demolish barriers in our journey to greater heights, and to overcome our antipathy toward others. In these ways, heroes satisfy a basic requirement found in the nature of human beings.
   
            When I look upon the gravestone of a military veteran, rather than perceiving it as a marker of something lifeless, I see within it a hero embodied as an embryo of peace. How can anyone walk among the more than 400,000 headstones of our military veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and fail to hear Heaven’s call for Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward all of Humankind? Oh yes, to me each one of those pristine rectangles of white stone enshrines an embryo of peace.


https://grovecityartscouncil.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/embryos-of-peace/ 

Award-winning artist and author, blogger, editor, and interior designer Linda Lee Greene is on social media at the following:
Email: lindaleegreene.author.artist@gmail.com
Twitter: @LLGreeneAuthor

Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Her books are available on Amazon and other booksellers.