Friday, October 26, 2018

Adventure Inspirations – Cares Drop Like Autumn Leaves

“Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” 
- John Muir - 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Dolphin and Me #Giveaway

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer

The Dolphin and Me by Gail Pallotta
I stood beside the pool in Sea World in Orlando, Florida, and yearned for a picture of a dolphin. Bystanders swished bottles in the water trying to get the attention of the graceful mammals. I didn’t, because I feared a container might hurt one of them. Hoping one would rise up, I focused my camera. The man beside me, who wiggled a bottle in the water, left. Lo and behold, a dolphin raised its head right in front of me.
Surprised, I fumbled with the camera. The huge creature posed with the big smile typical of dolphins and didn’t budge until I snapped its picture. Then it joined the other porpoises.
As soon as we returned home, I read Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises, by Ronald M Lockley. He wrote about Frank Robson, who took care of porpoises in Mareineland at Napier in Hawke’s Bay off New Zealand’s North Island. Once as he fed them he willed them to swim around in the pool. Not only did they do it, but when praised for it, they lifted their heads and shoulders. 
In Communication Between Man & Dolphin, John C. Lily, M.D., records fishermen in France in 70 A D and in Greece in 200 A D who shared some of their catch with dolphins that directed fish into their nets.
My curiosity running on high after the research, I contacted a trainer at Sea World. She explained it was difficult to say what the dolphin that posed for me was doing. She suggested I amused it. Either way, I have a great picture of an aquatic friend.
Nature lovers who enjoy dolphins will also like the setting in my upcoming release, Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. It takes place in the North Carolina Mountains amid that area’s breath-taking scenery.
It’s “A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”– Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

For your chance to receive a free Kindle copy of Barely Above Water, A Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award Winner, just leave a comment below no later than midnight (Mountain Time) on October 24. If you don’t include your email address, that’s fine, but you’ll need to check back on October 25 to see if you’re a winner. One winner will be selected at random from all comments received.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop … on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos?
Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash...and hot on the trail of two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.
Hair Calamities and Hot Cash is on pre-order on Amazon for just $0.99 until it releases on November 2nd. Click here to be taken to Amazon.

Learn More about Gail:
A Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner, Gail has published books, poems, articles and short stories. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her website at
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Adventure Inspirations – Explore, Dream, Discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
 - Mark Twain-

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Extending Summer

The time has come to concede defeat and admit that summer has passed. Everything from my yard that is in a pot has been moved into the greenhouse. I don’t plan on heating it, but suspect I can eke out another month or two of fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes by moving them in. There are few things I enjoy more than gardening, so I’m thankful my husband installed a greenhouse to enable me to experience the joy just a little bit longer.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Adventure Inspirations – Bears’ Terrestrial Immortality

“Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning, no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity.”

 - John Muir - , 1838, Yosemite, California -

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October Days

Here are a few dates in October to keep in mind, especially smiling, sweet, make-a-difference kind of days.

October 1 – International Day for the Elderly
October 5 – World Smile Day
October 8 – Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day in Canada
October 20 – Sweetest Day
October 24 – United Nations Day
October 27 – Make a Difference Day
October 31 - Halloween