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Ah... Christmas

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (5)

Christmas is coming, whether we are ready or not.

 

I have experienced 48 Christmas' since my birth. This will be the first one without my father.

 

Before that tear starts to well in your eye, let me say that it's okay that he won't be here this year in physical form.

 

Dad was ready to be done with this life. i am certain of it. There is comfort, and yes, even joy in knowing that he is whole and complete now.

 

No more illness. No more pain. No more existing just to be existing.

 

I believe every day is a gift, but some days, well... life is hard. Some days, weeks, months, and indeed years, wear down thin places in your heart.

 

I have thin places in my heart, too.

 

Sometimes the veil descends and we see the Season of Love and Light as a shimmer of mist in the distance.

 

Close, but just beyond our reach.

 

That is okay, too.

 

Not every Christmas is a Norman Rockwell painting, nor should it be. Each has a flavor and feel like no other.

 

Some shimmer like that One Star on that One Night. Others are dimmer, a hushed whisper on a cool night. Still others are filled with laughter, or a scrooge or two.

 

It is all a gift.

 

I think of Christmas as a vision of presents under the tree. Different sizes, colors. Some with ribbons and bows. Others wrapped in midnight, laced in fog.

 

We mark another year of our journey as the clock continues to tick relentlessly.

 

It's coming, whether we are ready or not. Christmas is coming.

 

Be well, my friends.

 

Blessings!

 

Merri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh dear... it has been a while, hasn't it?

Posted by Merri Hiatt on May 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a good reason for not blogging lately, I moved (yes, again!). The funny part is that I hate moving, yet I've done it twice in the last four months.

Never a dull moment.

This move was a very good one, though. I am now free of the spider kingdom, no longer awaiting rats that were destined to enter the area under my sink and have interrupted my last alley drug deal.

To say I am relieved is an understatement.

My writing has taken a back seat to my day job and dealing with feelings of being unsafe in my own apartment. It was a good learning experience, but I'm glad to be living in a much better (and safer) area now.

The spiders and rats will have to carry on without me.

I have begun work on the third book in the Love in the Air Trilogy. When that is finished, I will write the third, and final, sequel to the Embracing Love Trilogy. I am very sad at the thought. Courtney, Meg and Purity feel like old friends. I may not be ready to let them go just yet.

As June waits to greet us, I pray mid-year blessings find you breathing deeply and feeling a sense of peace flooding your soul. If not peace, at least a few moments to sit quietly and allow tranquility to rest upon you.

Be well and keep reading!
Merri

Moving! Ugh!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year!

Mine is starting with a move and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Actually, that's an understatement. Boxes being packed, details to take care of, money to scrape up to pay for things I hadn't even thought about before deciding to move. Does it ever end? Say yes, please! :D

The biggest annoyance? Limited internet access. I am having serious withdrawals. I had no idea how much time I spent on the internet doing research for books, writing on message boards and, let's be honest, looking at Pinterest photos. What did we ever do without unlimited access to the world via all our electronics?

Sorry I've been so sporadic lately. When I get settled, you can be sure writing will be at the top of my list. I'm almost finished with a first draft of Runway Romance, Book one of the Love in the Air Trilogy. I'm beyond excited for this release!! Then, it will be a trip back to write Sequel two of the Embracing Love Trilogy, When Love's Gone Country. I've been having some wonderful dreams about story lines, so be sure and stay tuned!

Wishing you all a year of new adventures, good health and lovely surprises.

Blessings!
Merri

Joyous Christmas!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Christmas Joy and Blessings of the Season!

I'm always amazed at the way time seems to speed up around the holidays. I know it doesn't really tick by any faster, but it sure feels that way.

I wish you and yours a delightful holiday and a time of rejuvenation, a bit of rest, and eyes of wonder.

All my best,
Merri

Giving Thanks

Posted by Merri Hiatt on November 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving!

How did Thanksgiving sneak up on us so quickly? It feels early this year, even though I'm sure it's coming at the same time as last year. Life just seems to be so filled up these days.

Holidays used to seem very far away from each other when I was a kid. Now, I can barely keep up! Halloween turns to Thanksgiving to Christmas, all in the blink of an eye.

When I was young, Thanksgiving meant family members gathering around the table to eat turkey and mashed potatoes. Olives held center stage for me. On my fingers, of course! Ten would be slipped over my fingertips and then eaten one by one with great zest! :)  Later, the olives would be eaten with a fork or, when no one was looking, my fingers.

Other dishes graced our table and became family favorites: my niece's sweet potatoes, my mom's orange Jell-o salad thing (you know, the one that has cottage cheese in it -- makes me gag every time, but I try it every year in hope that this might be the year I fall in love with it).

The last few years have been very different. After my father's stroke in 2006 and my mother's balance issues, they now live in separate places (Dad in an adult family home and Mom in a long-term care facility). It's a challenge to get the family together. Especially after my sister died in 2009. Things haven't really felt "right" since then.

It's been my personal tradition for well over ten years now to spend Thanksgiving weekend writing Christmas cards. I start playing Christmas music the week of Thanksgiving to get in the mood. I ignore Black Friday in favor of sappy Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, a warm blanket, and a stack of Christmas cards, address lists, stamps and red and green felt tip markers.

Once the cards are done, they will sit on the counter until December 1st (no premature mailing, the postmark must say December 1!). I love getting the cards done early as I know my loved ones will just be starting to think about Christmas. What a great way to begin the Season of Love!

This Thanksgiving, I wish you a quiet moment to drink in the joy of all the reasons you have to be thankful. The simple things, such as breathing, as well as the more elaborate things, reconciliation with loved ones, forgiveness, humor and passion.

Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!
Merri
 

Changes

Posted by Merri Hiatt on June 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Last December, I quit my day job to pursue writing full-time. I was scared to death and also very excited. :D I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent the last six months spending hours and hours a day writing. What a joy!

I knew in May that I needed to supplement my income, so began looking for a day job again. I was delighted and suprised to find that a church I used to work for back in the 90s was looking for an Office Manager. I applied for the job and within a week I was back to work.

It has been great fun reconnecting with the members of the congregation. Though many procedures have changed, the basic job is the same. I feel blessed to be "home" again.

My writing has slowed considerably. I can no longer spend hours and hours a day blissfully writing long into the night. Now I need to go to sleep so I can get up early and head for work. My body was confused for a few days there. Ha! It really loves the whole "night owl" way of life.

After a few weeks, I assume I'll develop a rhythm again. The same thing happened when I first quit my job and had so many hours available to me. I had the reverse issue then, not knowing what to do with myself all day when I didn't have a job to go to.

Transitions are often full of challenges. I'm reminded that the only constant is change. We can run from it or embrace it. The choice is ours.

May July bring you and yours an abundance of blessings and maybe even a transition or two.
~ Merri

I was almost a leap year baby

Posted by Merri Hiatt on February 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

29:)

I celebrate my birthday each year on February 28th. Yes, I was almost a leap year baby.

Birthdays are often a time of reflection. Thinking back on the last year and planning for the future. We believe another year lies before us, but we don't know what might come our way. A diagnosis may change our plans drastically. News of a pending divorce or marriage can alter how we view the days ahead. And, sometimes, we spend so much time thinking about yesterday that we miss the day right at our feet.

When I was knee-deep in chemotherapy treatment for cancer (diffused large b-cell lymphoma, to be exact), I remember counting seconds as a way to get through a difficult time. Every part of my body hurt and moving even half an inch or blinking my eyes took too much energy. I didn't see how I would ever get through that stretch of time.

Then, I began counting. One, two, three, four... When I got to sixty, I was relieved that an entire minute had passed. I had not died. I thought if I could do that sixty more times, I would make it through the next hour. I began to count again.

I still count today when times are tough. Instead of wishing the moment away, I try to experience it, hard as it may be, and then move past it.

With an extra twenty-four hour period this month, I hope you are able to pause for a moment and give thanks for the gifts you have received, honor the challenges for what they have to teach us and plan for the days ahead. It all lies before us like an unwritten book. It is up to us to lay down the words and breathe them into every part of our being.

When Love's on Vacation is now available!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on February 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)



When Love's on Vacation (Sequel one of the Embracing Love Trilogy) is now available in e-book format exclusively at Amazon.

The She Musketeers are back! 
Purity, Meg and Courtney are gathering up the men they love and heading for a vacation they've dubbed "California Dreamin'." While they're enjoying fun in the sun, a sinister plan begins to unfold that finds them in harm's way at every turn. They join together to turn the tables on their attackers and even manage to spend a few days in Las Vegas.

For those of you who have been sending me messages asking when the first sequel would be available, wait no longer! :D

Here's a link to the Amazon page for When Love's on Vacation: http://www.amazon.com/Vacation-Sequel-Embracing-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0078CSFEG/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

Blessings!
Merri


Happy New Year Inspirational Poetry

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Happy New Year! I wish you a 2012 filled with love, joy and just enough adventure to make things interesting.

I've posted four poems above that I have written. Many folks are setting forth this new year with aspirations of making life changes. I have a few of my own I'm working on! I wish you all good luck with your endeavors.

Blessings to you and yours!
Merri

If this hadn't happened, then this wouldn't have happened

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 20, 2011 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever played the, "If this hadn't happened, then this wouldn't have happened" game? I was playing it today as I reflected on becoming a writer full-time. 

Yes, I've done what people tell you not to do. I quit my day job. :D

I thought back to a year ago and conversations I had with friends about e-books. I had a list of reasons why I would never like reading a book on a device:
* You can't feel the paper.
* You can't smell the book.
* You can't curl up with it in the same way as a book.
* Books don't break.
* Books don't require WiFi or a cellular plan.
* Books are forever.

Fast forward to my mom's need to leave her home and live in a long-term care facility. She moved into a wonderful facility where she shared a large room with two lovely ladies; one had an iPad. 

Mom and I talked about moving her computer to the facility, but she didn't want to do that. The iPad was much smaller and the facility had free WiFi. It seemed like a win-win. 

Now, I had no desire to own an iPad, but I had to learn how to use it so I could teach mom how to use it. I downloaded many apps, including the free Kindle app. I found a ton of free romance books (mom's favorite genre) and loaded 'er up. 

As I was choosing books, I began browsing through some of them once they had downloaded. It was fun to tap and watch the page turn. I could increase the font size easily and danged if I didn't become hooked on having sixty books available to me with a touch here and there.

If mom hadn't needed the extra care a long-term care facility provided and her roommate hadn't had an iPad, I never would have bought mom an iPad, downloaded the Kindle app, fallen in love with e-books and considered self-publishing my books in paperback and e-book form.

And, I wouldn't have just quit my day job to start a full-time career as a writer.

If this hadn't happened...

You just never know when a decision will become transforming.


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