I love people, nature, art, music and literature.
I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books, my poetry and on my blog. My blog supports authors, features great books and poetry and provides tips for writers and readers as well. I am working on my first novel, planned for release FALL 2014. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to hearing from you. — Bette A. Stevens
561. If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~Rabbi Harold Kushner
Thankful! ~ Bette A. Stevens
Originally posted on Sacred Touches:
Above me and below me
Hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it.
I am immersed in it.
~Native American Saying
I thank God for the ways of Creation–
For eyes to see Creation’s beauty,
For ears to hear Creation’s sounds,
For a tongue to taste Creation’s savory delights,
For a nose to smell Creation’s sweet aromas,
For arms to embrace others with a loving touch,
For a heart to understand the ways of the Lord,
For words to praise the triune God, Maker of heaven and earth.
~Edited and adapted from a Native American prayer
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. ~Psalm 69:30 ✝
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Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:
This beautifully written book about Norman Rockwell, the artist and his work focuses on the non-white children and adults who are his legacy. The book will be an eye-opener for many readers despite the fact that anyone who goes to the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts — or seriously looks at Rockwell’s body of work — can see that Norman Rockwell never portrayed a purely white America. This country’s non-white population have always been there, even when he had to more or less sneak them in by the side door.
These people — Black people, Native Americans and others — are not missing. Rockwell was passionate about civil rights and integration. It was his life’s cause, near and dear to his heart. It is merely that the non-white peoples in his pictures have been overlooked, become invisible via a form of highly effective selective vision. Despite their presence, many people…
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It’s coming soon! ~ Bette A. Stevens
Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:
After the vicious crowds of Black Friday
And the mouse shattering of Cyber Monday
You may feel like something is a miss
An area left without a sale
Forgotten among the games and clothes
What about the books?
From free to Kindle Countdowns
Every reader has a choice
Spanning reality and fantasy
Many books are on display
Just waiting to be snagged and read
Or handed to a friend
So all you readers bookmark
And all you authors join
For a day of literary fun
Where words will be on sale
To every age and interest
Read Tuesday has come again
In TWO WEEKS, it will be time for the second year of READ TUESDAY! This was a big success last year as it filled the void left by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There was no sale that focused on books, which is what this is about. …
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READERS & AUTHORS: Mark the date and join us for this “Black Friday (on Tuesday, December 19th) for Books is coming soon! ~ Bette A. Stevens
Originally posted on ReadTuesday:
SPREADING THE NEWS
Read Tuesday is a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on December 9, 2014.
Authors can participate for free. Signing up and participating is easy.
Readers and gift-givers just need to browse the Read Tuesday catalog in early December. Find the books you like here, but buy them at Amazon or Smashwords like normal. Except for saving big, of course.
To help spread the news, we have a ThunderClap promotion scheduled for the morning of December 9.
Our ThunderClap currently has a social reach of over 300,000 through 100 supporters (thank you, everyone), with 18 days left to improve these numbers. We have our sights set on a million, and we’re nearly one-third the way there.
What the ThunderClap does is announce the big Read Tuesday sale by synchronizing posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It’s easy to add your support (see below).
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INSPIRED BY NATURE… Nine years ago we planted five apple trees (Granny Smith, Greening, Red Rome, Cortland and Macoun) in crescent between the house and the barn here at The Farmstead. Today we harvested five bushels. No need to go to the orchard or to the market for apples this year. Wishing you a bountiful fall! ~ Bette A. Stevens
Tips and side notes from Marilyn Armstrong, a Blogger in the Know! ~Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com
Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:
Statistics are the eternal mystery of blogging. I’ve been blogging 2 years, 9 months and I’m pretty happy with where I am these days. I’m popular enough to feel my voice is heard, but not so busy I don’t have time to answer comments and interact with the people I enjoy on the big wide web.
I keep hearing about the “cool kids,” popular bloggers with large followings. Compared to the really big blogs, I’m not even a drop in the bucket, but for my own purposes, I’m in a good place. Last week, my “followers” — whatever and whoever they are — exceeded 7,000. So — does that make me one of the cool kids?
That would be funny because never in my life have I been a cool kid. At this point, I’m no kind of kid. Senior citizen. Retired writer. Amateur photographer. I use my…
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Great opportunity for authors! ~ Bette A. Stevens
Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf: