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Being in Nature

Homesteaders in Trapper Creek, Alaska

In Trapper Creek, Alaska, we spent a morning with homesteaders. The charming mother Jeanne and her equally charming daughter Jenny. They both narrated their stories from their respective points of view. [caption id="attachment_40761" align="alignleft" width="200"] The Pioneer Mother[/caption] In 1959, this charming elderly lady was a young wife and mother of three. She and her husband got this crazy idea of selling everything they had in South Dakota and heading to the wilderness where the federal government had allotted them land. Upon arrival they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. They chopped down trees and built a one-room home; it’s roof no taller than the height of her husband. In winter the family melted water to drink and in summer hunted caribou and moose, and grew vegetables and fruit. Within the...

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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

An Educator Turns to Fiction

For me, there are so many lessons learned and heartfelt moments that have come from writing stories about culture through different characters' perspectives. It has given me the chance to learn from myself and my past and to share in other's lessons and traditions. Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to share this article written in the Pittsburgh City Paper about Chance Meetings. Here is a quote from the article, Though "Cadmium and Crimson" is set in what Wangu calls a romanticized rural India, most of these 13 stories take place in present-day India and America. "Secret Healer" details the harrowing, Dickensian journey of a poor rural boy who becomes an indentured servant in the city. Wangu drew on experiences with friends and family in India. "They have these helpers they...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 10

Today is the tenth day of the web book tour. I am spending the day at Lisa's Research and Reviews on A Gluten Free Journey! You can see the review by clicking here. A pre-ordained destiny is not something I believe in, and the stories in this collection fully support that ones needs to take their life in their hands and choose their own direction. Life is meant to be lived to its fullest and Wangu helped me to remember it again. I want to share a quick reminder before the weekend. You can connect with me and learn more about my writing and share stories through my email newsletter. Sign up here by entering your email in the red banner. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 7

I’m spending Day 7 of the web book tour with Debbie, author of Green and Glassie. Come join me today and see the review of Chance meetings. You can also take your own tour of the site to learn about green living from Debbie. Chance Meetings is a wonderful collection of short stories about life. Each unique and meaningful. I found the stories to be intriguing while forcing me to examine my mind and heart. I think my favorite short story was The Blackened Mirror. Tomorrow, I will be visiting What Jenna Thought and I hope to see you there. One final thought! Make sure that you sign up for my new email newsletter by clicking the red banner at the top of this page. Have a wonderful day!...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 6 Ebook Addicts

Welcome back! It is the second week of the Chance Meetings web book tour and I am excited to see where my virtual traveling brings us. I am also looking forward to reading the lessons and ideas readers take away from the short stories shared in Chance Meetings. Today, I join Ebooks Addicts. You can see the review here. My favourites were the Blackened Mirror and Gauri’s Freedom, but if I am honest I loved them all, and this a collection I could go back and read again and again. Have a wonderful week and remember to stay in touch with my email newsletter by clicking here and placing your email in the red banner at the top of the page. Happy Monday!...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 5

It is Day 5 of the web book tour and I cannot tell you how pleased I am to visit Book Babble today. Teresa is a beautiful writer and I am delighted to see my book review on her site. As I finished each story in the book, I couldn't wait to get to the next one. They are well-written, and they pull you into the life of the characters. My favorite story was An American Dialogue--it is very time appropriate for this day and age. As you read these reviews and stories, please join in the conversation. You can stay in touch with my email newsletter by clicking here and placing your email in the red banner at the top of the page. Thank you for following along today. On...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 4

The first week of my web book tour is flying by! Today, I want to share my experience of virtually visiting I Heart Giveaways, Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Take a peek at the reviews for Chance Meetings at the following links: I Heart Giveaways Amazon All I can tell you is that I will be going back to re read many if not most of these time and again. There is much to be learned about life and how you should live it no matter the religion you follow! Goodreads The book made me realize how one single person can change the lives of the people he meets and the world where he lives. If you are fond of inspirational stories, then Chance Meetings is something that you should get hold of. Trust...

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Web Tour Continues: Mamma Natty’s Raves & Reviews and Life As Leels

Today is Day 3 of the web book tour. I am visiting Mamma Natty's Raves and Reviews!  Over the past three days, I am filled with joy to share the stories and lessons from Chance Meetings with other passionate readers and writers. I encourage you to visit this blog and share it with others. Thank you, Natalie, for sharing such a beautiful review of my book. Every story is well written and full of magic that will give you goosebumps and leave you uplifted and satisfied that we are all in the exact place we need to be in our life. I loved learning more about the beautiful Indian culture and liked very much how little bits of it were added to the stories. Such a beautiful collection of short stories, one I want...

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Web Book Tour Begins: Miki’s Hope book review

Today, I begin Day 1 of a web book tour. This will be my first tour and I will be virtually visiting England and the United States until June 15.  Over this period, I will visit 15 websites for interviews and reviews. I am excited to have so many opportunities to entertain, inform and enlighten new readers about art, spirituality, and the evil and good in all of us. Throughout the tour, I will share stories from this experience. I encourage you to visit these blogs and websites I am touring, and to share them with others. Each of these writers and readers has a unique perspective to share with us. We begin the tour in Beck Valley, at Miki’s Hope: http://www.mikishope.com/2015/06/signed-book-ga-3-ww-chance-meetings.html.  Thank you, Miki’s Hope, for your thoughtful review of Chance Meetings!...

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Book club discussion questions for Chance Meetings

For book clubs who would like to read and discuss Chance Meetings, I've put together discussion questions. You can download the guide here: Chance Meetings book club guide If you haven't read the stories yet, these questions might reveal too much! But if you have read the book, I would be delighted to know your reactions and responses to the discussion questions. If you would like me to speak to your book club, please contact me. I can visit in person within the Pittsburgh area, or connect via Skype or phone elsewhere....

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