Archive | May 2015

Sample Sunday. Excerpt from The Balm of Love; Serenity Inn 3

A Time for Goodbyes

Woman in Mourning at Cemetery in Fall, with Black Umbrella

Eleanor sat on the bench before the headstones that marked the graves of her parents. It had been an emotional past two years, where she’d watched as age and sickness robbed her parents of lucid memory and some of their dignity.  Now they were at peace—no longer suffering. Finally, she was no longer too busy to remember that along with them she’d lost a marriage and a man who had loved her since childhood, but no more.

She sighed before she moved closer to the graves, kneeling before them to clear the crisp leaves that had scattered over the graves.  Gently she placed the flower arrangements before her.  It made her feel better to know that she would be doing something to show she honored their memory before her long drive to Virginia where she hoped to make a brand new start.

Only weeks ago, she had responded to an ad that an independent recruiting company had placed for an applicant with strong decorator skills and hostess abilities needed to be the face of a new bed and breakfast wilderness lodge. The pay wasn’t what attracted her, living in forget-me-not, Virginia was a huge draw. She just wanted to disappear away from everyone that knew her, so that she could grieve.

She inhaled the floral scents as they floated on the wind as she straightened the roses against the white lilies in the stone in-ground vases. Her mind skipped back to joyful family memories as the breeze blew her tears across her cheeks. Once she became aware of the shadows lengthening, she slowly stood, pulling her curls from her face to behind her ear.  The shrill of the wind whistled between the trees across the valley of resting places as she turned and walked toward her nearby parked car where she spared one last glance.

“Bye mommy and daddy,” she whispered before she eased inside her sports utility vehicle.  She had only one stop to make before her final destination. Slipping on her shades she turned the ignition and pulled off into her future.

My Dream



In 2010, I was one of thousands displaced from my job. In the following months, while I decided to take the time to continue my education and pursue my writing, which I did eventually publish some stories—I came face-to-face with a deep depression.

There is something about losing a job that can sometimes make one feel as if they’ve lost a part of their identity. I felt a great deal of loss.  Leaving the house became incredibly hard to do. And in time the phobia of being in large spaces with groups of people was overwhelming. In fact it still is and now there are other health issues that make it difficult for me to walk.

However, back then, I knew unemployment insurance wouldn’t last forever. Aside from actively looking for employment I also asked myself, ‘What can I do from home that I could possibly develop into a business?’  I liked the idea of selling soap.

I did a lot of research on the industry and even made a batch. It wasn’t cute. Then I discovered there were other options in this industry. I could resell natural soap from a reputable company. I love the company I later chose!

country gift basketI have sold many soaps from time to time.  It became something to do when my family was going through adverse financial circumstances. But as my client base began to grow from my writing I began to believe that I could really make this work.  However, there are many things that I presently can’t afford to expand this business.  For instance, at this time, I cannot afford to purchase a business license.

In addition, I would like to expand to include things such as GMO free body butters and lotions at a price that is reasonable to my clients as well as upgrade my packaging to enhance the pampering experience.

The money needed to obtain these things as well as adequate on-hand inventory to expedite shipping to my customers, funding for marketing and alternate distribution would help so much.

To be able to nurture the business that I’m now doing so that I can consistently assist my husband in taking care of our daughter and other household needs would be like a dream come true!  Renee basket order2  sml

Your donations could go a long way to assist me in doing that. I would be in appreciation of whatever you can give.

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