A few days after drafting my blog post on the philosophy behind Memorial Day in the U.S.A., I was returning DVDs to my local branch of the Philadelphia Free Library. As I turned to leave, I noticed in the Children's Department, a thoughtful, respectful display of Children's books focusing on our military. American flags complimented the display.
Since I'm a strong believer in the importance of reading to children, I took a look at the display and was impressed by how the authors explained serving in the military to children.
As I strolled home, I decided to use this week's post to introduce these awesome reads to you. I've provided "Buy Links" should you need more information.
by Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo
A boy compares his father, a U.S. soldier, to a superhero.
This week Crimson Romance celebrates FOUR years of publishing fabulous romance novels (a total of 697 titles and counting)! I was ecstatic when Crimson published my novel, Magic Moment, and honored when Magic Moment was featured with nine other suspense reads, in Crimson's limited offering, Runningto Love. The Editorial Department at Crimson does an awesome job of choosing which stories compliment each other when sorting through novels to group together for bundles. I thought I'd use this week's blog post to feature several of Crimson's upcoming bundle releases.
Hard News: 10 Sexy and Suspenseful Romances (release date, June 13th)
This Monday, May 29th, in the United States we'll celebrate Memorial Day. While we think of it as the "unofficial" beginning of the summer season, and enjoy block parties, picnics and parades with our families, we all should stop and reflect on the philosophy behind our day off from work. Memorial Day, set aside each year as the final Monday in May, is a day to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Let's take some time to remember and say a prayer for those who gave their lives for us to celebrate on this day. Friends, have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day. (photo c/o facebook.com/theveteranssite)
As I browsed through a table of DVDs at a Flea Market, I found E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I held it up to my neighbor, both of us getting sentimental over the forlorn stranger from outer space. The story by Steven Spielberg, script written by Melissa Mathison, and directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. is the tale of a sweet, gentle alien who becomes stranded on earth. He's found by a young boy, Elliott, who brings him to his suburban home. Elliott, his older brother, and little sister call the alien, E.T. and decide to hide him while E.T. tries to figure out how to return to his planet. Dozens of articles have been printed since the movie's 1982 release regarding the film's meaning and theme. I've always felt the story was of two abandoned, lonely people in need of a true, understanding friend; Elliott, whose father had divorced Elliott's mother and deserted the family, and E.T. whose spaceship took off and left him behind on earth. Each emphasizes with the other's feelings, which I think, is where scenes such a Elliott being drunk as school while E.T. is drinking beer at home symbolizes.
One of the most touching, and beloved scenes, occurs at the end of the movie. Just in case there is a person out there who hasn't seen the movie, I won't spoil it for you.
But, should you want to see the final movie scene, I found it on YouTube. Don't forget to grab your tissues before viewing.
One morning last week I woke up singing a song I hadn't heard in over 30 years. The song was MidnightLove Affair by Carol Douglas. Back in the late 70s, a friend of mine was a keyboard player in a band. A group of us from the neighborhood would follow the guys, showing up every weekend at whatever club the band appeared. Midnight Love Affair was a favorite tune of a club DJ who spun records while the band took a break from the stage. Unable to get this tune out of my head on this particular morning, I hummed it while getting ready for my day job, while waiting for the bus, and strolling from the bus to the building. When I walked into our staff lounge, I said to one of my colleagues, "I keep hearing this song from my disco days." After I recited a few lines (trust me, no one wants to hear me sing) my colleague, who is a few years older than I am, chuckled and replied, "Oh, I remember. That's a disco oldie but goodie." Sitting at a table, scrolling through her phone, was one of our college interns. Not taking her eyes from her phone, the intern asked, "What's Disco?" My colleague turned to me and whispered, "That's sad." The conversation remained in my mind, giving me the idea for this post, and the opportunity to "google search" my favorite disco songs (with YouTube Links for your listening pleasure). Do you remember the Disco era? If you do, feel free to share your favorite tune. Angela's picks --
(photo c/o RoganJosh @ morgueFile.com) (Midnight Love Affair c/o UnidiscMusic; That's Where The Happy People Go c/o AuntieSoul34; Heaven Knows c/o Dianeclarke18; San Francisco (You've Got Me) c/o #VillagePeople; You ShouldBe Dancing c/o Graffist)