Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Don’t Walk Around Leaves

The month of October has arrived, and in New England that means leaf piles everywhere. If you are a dog owner, this also means extra long stops at those pile of leaves for sniffing & scratching.

Maggie loved the fall. She enjoyed chasing the leaves as they fell from the trees, or having me throw a handful of leaves on top of her. Our morning walks heard the crunch of leaves from her paws and my sneakers. Maggie never walked around the leaf piles, she always walked thru them. She seemed to have a smile on her face while doing it, and a look of satisfaction when making it thru the very tall piles.

As a child, I would jump in leaf piles and lay flat on my back looking at the sky. As an adult, I see leaf piles and think about the task of raking, preparing the yard for winter, and dreading the shorter days of sunshine. However, when I walked with Maggie thru the leaf piles, the walks seemed a bit more fun and had me kicking the leaves along with her. It made me reflect on those childhood memories of the fall season.

Maybe we can experience the same childhood pleasures as an adult, but with a different purpose. As a child, walking thru a pile of leaves is just fun; maybe as an adult, walking thru a pile of leaves reminds us of the importance of acting like a child sometimes.

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Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Life Always Comes Full Circle

Often times we can be in the middle of a ‘life storm’, and ask our self if it’s ever going to get better. The saying ‘Life Always Comes Full Circle’ may offer some peace of mind, and strength to keep paddling.

Maggie always liked her naps. She slept a lot as a puppy, before entering a very inquisitive stage- which also led to the terror of every chipmunk & squirrel in our yard. During the middle years of her life, morning walks were never missed no matter the weather or day of the week. I often wondered if there would be a day when I could sleep past five in the morning. As Maggie’s life circle was closing, she slept a lot more, and the morning walks became a little slower & not so long. Her life circle was shorter than others, but her circle was full of life.

I like to live my life on a five year plan. I enjoy setting goals,  analyzing the results, and- if they’re not accomplished- setting a new plan for success. I guess one could say my full circle is complete every five years. I watch people dwell on past mistakes or are fearful of life changes. They ask them self when life is going to get better, and then go back to their same circle of life.

I agree that life comes full circle, but there is no rule saying you only get one circle in life.

News & Announcements from Maggie & Me!

 Hello Everyone! I hope your summer was filled with adventures, relaxation and family & friends.

There are so many wonderful things to share in this welcome back update. The summer included saying goodbye to some, and opening the doors to new opportunities & challenges. Maggie and I would like to thank Hartline Agency for all their support & guidance during the last eleven years. We have learned so much about the publishing world, and will forever be thankful for allowing us the opportunity to part ways, while still knowing they are cheering & praying for our success. Another thank you to Helping Hands Press for the opportunity to learn the complicated world of book publishing & promotion. The Manciano Family series started because of your faith in the first story- ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’.

During this work year, Maggie will be releasing her book, ‘Paws & Reflection’. We hope to have it available before Thanksgiving. Maggie is placing some last minute paw updates on this very special reflection journal. The Manciano Family series will be available soon. I am taking complete ownership of this series, and thrilled to announce the story lines for the second & third stories of this series will be of the same quality as the first.

‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ will be available via a new independent publisher by the fall. The cover will be different, but the content will be the same- this needed to be done due to legalities with the former contract. Also, ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ has been sent to Hallmark for consideration as a movie. Although many authors worry about the content of their stories being changed for movie scripts- I know if Hallmark decides to purchase the rights, they will maintain the value & morals of the characters & story line.

The second story in the Manciano Family series, ‘Mama’s Bookends’, will be rewritten to its original story line. Now, as an independent publisher, I do not have the restrictions while writing to accommodate a certain agency or publisher’s style or criteria. ‘Mama’s Bookends’, the rewrite, will provide the reader with a more in depth story line of the relationship between Elizabeth & Rose- and the sequence of events that lead to a major life change for Elizabeth.

During the social media marketing for ‘Paws & Reflect’, the fingers crossed for ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ the movie, and the release of ‘Mama’s Bookends’ by mid-February- what else can you expect? I hope you continue to enjoy the monthly ‘Thoughts from Maggie’ blog. I will also continue to write my monthly travel blog- ‘Travels with Sissy’. I have enjoyed traveling and improving my photography skills with my brand new camera this summer!

A special thank you to all the new authors I have met this past year to help as I embark on many new exciting opportunities. The connections via social media has allowed me to meet veteran published authors, screenwriters, and reconnect with friends & former colleagues from years ago. I am thankful for those who continue to support me on social media, leave book reviews, and respond to my blogs- this dedication & support will not be forgotten.

It’s going to be a great year of positive changes!

 

Updates from Maggie

The spring season brings blooming flowers, plans for summer vacations, and quiet evenings enjoying sunsets & katydids. Maggie has a few things she would like to share with you, too.

Maggie loves sharing her ‘Thought of the Month’ with you. She appreciates your likes and comments on Facebook, Twitter, and her owner’s website. Maggie will be spending some of her summer days writing her ‘Thought of the Month’ and working on the publicity for her book, ‘Paws & Reflect’.  The return of her monthly blog will be on September 1st. The release date of ‘Paws & Reflect’ is yet to be determined.

Maggie’s owner will be working on her travel blog, ‘Travels with Sissy’. Although the blog will not return until September, watch for photograph teases on Facebook & Twitter to guess where Sissy is, as she travels across America. A new camera, and some amazing sites for sunrises & sunsets, has her owner very excited. The fall will find Linda Massucci at some arts & crafts fairs to sell her photos & books.

Maggie hopes you make time to read this summer. If you haven’t read ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ or ‘Mama’s Bookends’, check out the books on Amazon. Don’t forget to leave a review.  Although her owner has a few books on her summer reading list, she also loves watching movies too. Maybe someday you will watch the movie ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’. Linda Massucci is working with a screen writer in Colorado to help make this dream a reality.

Maggie wishes everyone a summer filled with inspiring sunrises, sunsets shared with friends & family, and memories that warm your heart & soul.

Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Sometimes Nothing Is the Beginning of Something

We like to believe if one works hard and lives an honest life- hardships will be minimal and every problem will have a quick solution.  However, when life is like a roller coaster with heart-stopping dives and slow crawling climbs back up, how does one find the strength to keep believing this ride will end?

Maggie enjoyed her daily routine. The occasional hardships included trying to poop during a blizzard, or getting a very large stick into her dog house. At times, she had some dives when visiting veterinarians who gave her shots or forced pills down her throat. Maggie always remained calm during these ‘dips & crawls’ in life. She waited for the uncomfortable situation to end, as if knowing ‘this to shall pass, better days are ahead.’

We all experience highs and lows in our lifetime. Sometimes we have a strong support system, and other times we must overcome struggles on our own. In either situation, it is with determination and grit that we survive life’s hardships. It is our faith that allows us to understand the lesson- even when that lesson might not be answered within the time frame we would like.

When you are down to nothing, God is up to something.

Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Just Show Up

One of the top selling book categories is how to be successful. The best advice I received on being successful- ‘Just Show Up’.

Maggie was always there when I needed her. After a long day at work, she was waiting at the door to greet me. If I was working in the yard, and someone came on our property, she was right at my side to protect me. She remembered neighbors daily walk times, and was always at the fence waiting to say hello & maybe get a treat. Day or night, I could always count on Maggie to show up.

We live in a world that changes quicker than any other time in our past. People are constantly trying to make themselves marketable, employable or the most valuable on the team. I’ve learned the most important quality to have is to just be there.  When I need help on a task, the quality I look for in the person to ask is not the smartest or strongest person. It’s the person who is going to show up- and be there until the job is done.

Maybe being successful is 1% Luck and 99% Dedication.

The Last House That Dad Built

playhouse-being-built

Recently I was cleaning my guest room, which also serves as a shrine to some traveling memorabilia & childhood memories. I noticed a photo taken in DeSmet, South Dakota; the last house that Pa Ingalls built.

I thought about a time when people had to rely on their neighbors and natural resources to survive and protect their family. I wondered if people today would be so altruistic to help another need. Then, I remembered a house my dad built- and it didn’t cost a penny.

In 1979, my dad built a playhouse for my sister and me. It was truly built from the generosity of neighbors, family, and friends. The door, nails, most of the wood & roof shingles came from donations of what people had ‘extra’ in their garage or basement. Maybe it helped that my dad was a pack-rat, and always saved things because ‘you never know when you can use them again’.

The last house that dad built became a hang out for the neighborhood kids. Our mother always knew where we were, and who were our friends. It transitioned from a pretend school house, to walls lined with posters from Tiger Beat magazine. Later on, it became a shed for mom’s flower pots & gardening tools.

playhouse-finished

The little house is now gone, but the lessons learned will last a lifetime. Most people are kind, think twice before you throw something away, and the best memories are usually the ones that never cost a penny.