Happy New Year! Happy Ground Hog Day!

Happy New Year Everyone!  Happy Ground Hog Day! Yes, I know, my New Year’s greeting is exactly thirty-one days late, and my Ground Hog Day greeting is one day too soon.  Having developed a habit of surfing under during the last half of December and the month of January each year, I use this time to take care of me, to reassess the path I travel, to listen intensively to what my inner voice is saying, and like the ground hog, I surface up one day earlier to check out the world on February 1.

According to the myths passed down through my family, if the ground hog sees it shadow we will have six more week of winter if he does not, then, spring is on its way.

I don’t know how much of that is truth, but one fact was clear for me when I surfaced out of my cubbyhole of self-inclusion this morning; the world is at war.

There is a war going on, people!  One little tiny country is being threatened by every nation surrounding it.  While some countries in another region of the world are being invaded, causing people to leave their homes and find refuge in overcrowded shelters.

Meanwhile, western civilization is securing its borders as suppression and abuse of women and children ravage throughout poverty-stricken countries.

Like the ground hog, I checked out the prognosis for a better 2013. Prognosis:  escalation of wars, more intolerance, and the continued violation of human rights.

Back to the ground hog, if he sees his shadow on February 2, he goes back into his cubbyhole and sleeps until spring. Unlike the ground hog, the luxury of sleeping until spring is out of the question for me.

So, have a good year everyone, and let us hope for a better world to come.

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Ciao,

Pat Garcia

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Good morning everyone,
A Word of wisdom that rings out in truth.
Ciao,
Pat Garcia

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

blogawardHello everyone,

A shout goes out to Raani York, http://raaniyork.wordpress.com, for nominating my blog series, The Champions Who Walked Among Us on my Walk On Blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

My Walk On series has turned out to be a big faith builder not only for myself, but for others as well. Examining the lives of women who have been forgotten or never recognized  has awaken power and strength within me I did not know existed.  The  courage, persistence, endurance, faith, struggles,humility, gentleness, compassion and kindness  exhibited in the characters of the Walk On women are rare jewels, which I hide in my treasure trove.

Thus, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination from Raani York is very precious to me.  Once again, I thank you Raani for this nomination and on behalf of all those women who rose above the ‘I can’t do,’ to the ‘I can do’ and opened doors that allows women today to move forward, I accept it.

Women like Sophie Germain, Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, Madam C.J. Walker, Golda Meier, Marion Andersen, and all the other women I have covered so far did not have an easy life. They came up against incredible odds, but they kept going and  changed the world.

So the rules are to post seven things about myself. Here goes,

  • I love cats and had two of them, but I don’t have one at the moment.
  • I am a fanatic when it comes to music and my tastes are universal.
  • I drink at least four to five glasses of Lactose free milk per day.
  • I read voraciously from all genres, both fiction and non-fiction and find it easy to lose myself in any book that I enjoy reading.
  • I get a kick out of dancing, from waltzing to hip hop, I love it.
  • I play chess, love bridge, bid whiz and spades.
  • A good night with four hours of sleep makes me happy.

Raani’s idea of putting the links to the blogs was a great idea, and I decided to follow in her footsteps and do the same.  Below are my nominees with their blog links, and please note I have not picked any of the blogs that Raani  and I both  follow. If I have not chosen your blog, it doesn’t mean that I don’t read your blog. It only means I have a limited number of blogs I can choose, and with sixteen I have already exceeded  my limit.

1.  Ellen Roberts Young - http://freethoughtandmetaphor.com

2.  Tangie Bell - http://talktangie.com

3. Susan Scott - http://www.gardenofedenblog.com

4.  Deirdre Tolhurst - http://www.deirdretolhurst.blogspot.de

5.  Tracee Ford – http://traceeford.wordpress.com

6.  Gwynn Rogers - http://gwynnsgritandgrin.com

7.  Carol Child - http://salmonsaladandmozart.com

8. Louise Malbon-Reddix - http://healingintheheart.blogspot.de

9.  Mary Helen Ferris - http://greatpoetrymhf.wordpress.com

10. Selasie Bulumo - http://selasiebulmuo.wordpress.com

11. Hodge Podge for  the Soul -http://hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com

12. Cristian Mihai -http://cristianmihai.net

13.  Linda Yeazak - http://lindayezak.com

14.  Elaine Couglar -http://elainecougler.wordpress.com

15.  Marta Merajver Kurlat - http://www.martamerajver.com.ar/marta/index.php/hometop

16. Joy at 60 - http://joyat60.wordpress.com

Walk On, People, Walk On!

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Shalom,

Pat Garcia

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Good morning everyone,
Here is a beautiful poem of hope by Selasie Bulmuo that I would like to share. All of us go through struggles, but it takes courage to renew your hope by painting a picture of a better day.
Shalom,
Pat Garcia

Originally posted on Selasie Bulmuo Official Site:

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It’s 3am
Just can’t sleep
All night long
I’ve tossed and turned
Contemplating
Imagining
My fate of yesterday
It’s been pretty grim
Now stressing my mind
About what tomorrow holds
Questions flitter and float about
Unanswered in the quiet night
What is it I did not do
Why am I stuck in this rut
How I envy those asleep
Who closed their eyes
And sailed away
To lands of pleasant dreams
While I stay awake
Stuck in sleepless nightmares
That simply won’t go away
Imagination’s rife
I see my future
Stretched out ahead of me
Like a blank piece of canvas
I’m an artist afraid to draw
I hear the shrill sound
The siren of an ambulance
It pierces through
The stillness of the night
Startling me out of despair
Somewhere this night
Is another soul
Fighting to stay alive
And here I…

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Good morning everyone,
Because of a error I made by misunderstanding the cycle for The Next Big Blog, I posted my acceptance response much sooner than it was supposed to be published. Therefore, in order to put the cycle back in order, I have reposted this blog article and decided to do it by reblogging it. I believe that is equal to reposting. Something good has come out of my reposting this though. Not only was I nominated by Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins, http://www.extraordinaryireland.blogspot.de, but also by Micki Peluso, http://mallie1025.blogspot.de. Both authors are not only outstanding writers, but women with whom I feel highly honored to know and communicate with as I walk my journey. So, many thanks to you Rosemary and to you Micki. Keep on walking on. The both of you are building legacies that future generations will look upon and hopefully make their decisions to set the same examples.
Walk On, Ladies, Walk On!
Shalom,
Pat Garcia

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The Next Big Thing is a series of blog posts where authors talk about their work using the same ten questions.  At the end of the blog, we tag other authors who will do the same thing a week later.  So not only do you get to find out more about my upcoming book but you also will discover some other interesting writers.  Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins, a true friend and Irishwoman from the heart, tagged me  and here are my answers:

  1. What is the working title of your next book?

I am still waiting on the publisher‘s acceptance of my first book, which has the working title A Time To Love. I hope to get an answer soon.

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

I desired to write a book about romance with mirrored true life and would lift the reader into an alternative…

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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a series of blog posts where authors talk about their work using the same ten questions.  At the end of the blog, we tag other authors who will do the same thing a week later.  So not only do you get to find out more about my upcoming book but you also will discover some other interesting writers.  Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins, a true friend and Irishwoman from the heart, tagged me  and here are my answers:

  1. What is the working title of your next book?

I am still waiting on the publisher‘s acceptance of my first book, which has the working title A Time To Love. I hope to get an answer soon.

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

I desired to write a book about romance with mirrored true life and would lift the reader into an alternative world, which gives  power and strength. Actually, the characters had been living within me since 1993, but it has taken some years for them to be born.

3.  What genre does your book fall under?

To be honest, I am not sure.  I write in different genres in fiction and non-fiction. At the moment, I think it falls under multicultural, inspirational, romantic suspense, but it could fall under women’s fiction. What I am definite about is that it is a book that men would love to read also.

  1. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The two main characters who would be absolutely ideal are Taraji P. Henson in the female role, and Adam Rodriguez in the male role. I even have a producer that  I favour most,  named  Tyler Perry.

  1. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Living out your destiny means accepting crossroads, which will occur in your life and lead you to change and move up higher.

  1. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be traditionally published, and at the moment, I do not want to reveal the publisher’s name due to waiting on an answer

  1. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me a month, writing day and night. My characters started talking to me as soon as I sat at my computer and began to type in the first words. They felt I was way overdue in starting.

  1. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Far Pavilions  – M.M. Kaye – My book is not historical as Kaye’s  but it has a purpose and destiny that is  unique.

  1. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was visiting the home of my birth in 2008, and several people whom I grew up with asked me when I had planned on writing my first book. It was amazing, because I had talked to no one about the hidden desire  I had to write, so they couldn’t have known it. In fact, one person told me  he had always expected me to write and wondered what I was waiting on.

  1. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It is multicultural, inspirational, romantic suspense fiction in which I have incorporated aspects of poetry, music and my own love for biblical texts I believe in. Even though inspirational, the book does not avoid sexual intimacy, and humor, hope, and faith runs throughout the book.   Most important, this book reveals the strength in women. My female characters are strong women.

That’s it for me. Below are several great writers whom you may want to read.

Peggy Strack – A Stop in the Park

L. W. Smith – Mountain of Death

Merlin Fraser – Inner Space Trilogy

Micki Peluso – And The Whippoorwill Sang

Marta Merajver – Just Toss The Ashes

Nicole Dunlap -  Miss Nobody (A Shaw Family Saga)

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Ciao,

Pat Garcia

2012 in review- Annual Report on Blog – Walk On

Happy New Year Everyone,

Below is the Annual Report for my Walk On blog, which features The Champions Who Walked Among Us.  The first blog posting was published on May 4, 2012. Thanks to all of you for your loyal support.

2013 here we come!

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Ciao,

Pat Garcia

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

He Makes My Feet Like Hind Feet and Plants Me on My High Places

When the year 2012 came around  I had no idea what the new year would bring. Having taken my final steps to support myself through my writing and my music, I  knew the year would be a test of my strength and ability to hold on in the middle of the storm, to not lose faith, to stick to it, to hold on even when my emotional world was battling against me, to forgive and keep going, to not look back and yearn for that which I thought I had lost. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, my expectations were fulfilled. The tests were pretty rough. Did I pass? Don’t know yet. I will find out as I keep hopping along cause He makes my feet like hind feet and plants me on my high places.

I have learned a few things, but what I have learned and  treasure most are the true north principles, which accompany me on my journey.

True north is a word combination I first heard from reading two books by the late author, Stephen Covey, entitled The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First. If you have never read them, I highly recommend them.  Those two books stopped me from making New Year’s resolutions I never kept, and started me to concentrating on the legacy I wanted to leave behind. Deciding I wanted to leave behind a good legacy forced me to examine my life and  bring it in sync with what I believe in.  This whole process created a catalyst reaction in my life, which has been changing me ever since allowing me to trust him to plants me on my high places.

That is where all of you come in. You, the readers, who have dared to read what I write, you who have taken the time to leave a comment, you who have cheered me on this year as the storms in my life raged and tossed me about like a penny rolling on a sidewalk, not knowing where it will land. Because of you I rose above the  “I can’t do” to the “yes I can do all things through him that strengthens me.”  So I thank God cause  He makes my feet like hind feet and plants me on my high places.

I am thankful for everyone of you who have accompanied me as I write about long forgotten women who have accomplished great achievements on http://garciaandwalkon.me , as I explore the world of books and write book reviews on http://patgarciabookreviews.wordpress.com ,  as I fly high when talking about Apple products and the applications which accompany them on http://garciaanddigitaltechology.com ,  as I write about the revelations revealed to me from the Bible on  http://www.patgarciaschaack.com ,  as I write episodes out of my journal on my  Quiet Times blog on my website, and my first online novel, Heart’s Desire on http://www.pgs-patgarciaschaack.com and as I write my views on  health of the body, soul, and spirit on http://www.patgarcia.co.uk.

Yes, I have lots for which I am thankful. I am no longer an unpublished fiction writer, but a published author in fiction, thank to Alexandra Brown and Romantic Shorts, a Canadian Publishing Company, which published my short story On A Rainy Day at http://romanticshorts.com/2012/07/on-a-rainy-day/ .  I am also a published writer in non-fiction thanks to Deborah Levine and American Diversity Report. The American Diversity Report allows me to espoused upon how I see events in our world and many of you have read my articles at http://americandiversityreport.com/2012/12/31/taking-the-message-to-the-streets.aspx.  Both of these ladies gave me the opportunity to show what I could do.

As the year closes out, I look back and what I see astonishes me.

What do you see Pat, what do you see?

I see a woman continually growing as she moves towards the ever evolving light of eternity.

So, I thank all of you and wish each and everyone a safe and healthy cross over into the New Year.

He makes my feet like hind feet and plants me on my high places.

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Shalom,

 Pat Garcia

Hello everyone,
Here is a beautiful statement that expresses my beliefs toward children in my Christmas Day posting “And Yet And Still, It Is Christmas,” from Linnea Larsen’s Website. Linnea is herself a poet with an intense feel for what is happening in our world to children. Just had to reblog it.
Shalom,
Patricia

And Yet And Still, It Is Christmas!

Bombs blasting in Egypt, missiles finding their targets in the Gaza, Israel, Afghanistan, Syria and Turkey, auto bombs in Iraq, Pakistan and India and endless bomb threats in Western Europe, shootings taking place in the schools of the United States of America, thousand more children being killed by drunken drivers, or dying from some incurable disease––And yet and still, it is Christmas!

Everywhere you look there is a catastrophe going on.  Human Beings are dying, and the majority of them are women and helpless, underage children, and some of these children do not make it to the third month of growth in their mother’s womb. Their lives are quietly snuff out by medical personnel who voluntarily assist in murder––And yet and still it is Christmas!

People are in an uproar! Shouts go out through the entire world! We have got to do something to stop unnecessary killings.  These headlines are printed across every newspaper in the world every day as a show of solidarity for change. But will we change?

  • Will we stop selling weapons and start listening?
  • Will we start respecting the inalienable rights of all human beings, even at the time of conception?

My heart bleeds for the children in Newtown, Connecticut, but it also bleeds for every child that has been killed in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and anywhere else in the world, where violence against helpless children has become the daily agenda. It does not matter to me if the violence takes place on the streets, in the orphanages, in the homes or in schools, various institutions, or in prostitution houses. Yes, you read it correctly! I said prostitution houses––and yet and still it is Christmas.

The number of men and women who participate in the prostitution of children is ridiculous! Take a look and tally the number of men, respectable citizens of our society, who cohabit with young girls or boys who are unable to protect themselves.

They fly to Asia or Africa and flash their various currencies in the faces of desperate parents who sell the most precious gifts they have, their children, to pay the bills and feed the family.  These respectable citizens take advantage of poverty-stricken families for their own perverse satisfaction––And yet and still it is Christmas.

Children rights are being taken advantage of, and it is time for us to wake up and rediscover our moral and ethical principles––But will we?

“What do you see?”  Hazael asked the prophet Elisha?  “Why are you crying?”

Elisha answered, “Because I know the harm you will do to the Israelites.  You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little children to the ground and rip open their pregnant women.”

  • When will we learn to respect the untouchable, inalienable rights of children?
  • When will we accept the fact that our elevation of man on the throne as the ultimate answer to the world’s problems has backfired?
  • When will we begin to look up instead of looking straight ahead and pointing fingers at the others?

We have indisputably proven money does not breed righteous living.  If this were not so, then the more money we had, the more righteous we would be!

We have further proven weapons do not guarantee freedom. If this were not so, then freedom would be ruling the world instead of violence––And yet and still it is Christmas!

  • When will we begin to examine ourselves and acknowledge that the problems are with our depraved minds?
  • When will the eyes of our hearts be opened to the Manifesto Creed of Life presented to us by God?  
  • How many years will it take for us to finally acknowledge we have taken the wrong course?

As long as Christmas exists,

 

  • There is still time for repentance,

 

  • Still time to turn back from our own ways,

 

  • Still time to seek the LORD––But will we?

 

Thank God! There is still Christmas!

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Shalom,

Pat Garcia

 

 

 

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