Thanksgiving Guest

                                               Guest Fox: Laurie Ryan
                                                           By Jeff Salter 

            Have you ever been pulled over by a Police Officer when you were speeding but didn’t realize it?  Well, I wasn’t speeding and Laurie Ryan wasn’t a cop … but the imagery is appropriate.  My first encounter with Laurie could have turned out considerably less pleasant than it did.
            I had posted an invitation (to visit this blog) on one of RWA’s section mail groups.  I was unaware – my oversight – that type of ‘self-promotion’ was against that section’s rules [it relates to an issue of tax-exempt status].  Laurie – a moderator (which must be a thankless task) – intercepted my e-mail and reminded me of the rule.
            Normally, I’m not crazy about being corrected.  But Laurie was so gracious, it actually turned into a positive experience.  Imagine being pulled over by a gentle and big-hearted cop with a sense of humor!  So naturally I invited HER to visit this blog … and she did.  Then she wrote back that she was friends with one of the Resident Foxes!  Since then, Laurie has been a regular visitor here.
            So it’s wonderful to welcome Laurie as my Guest Fox for November.  Be sure to check on the new book by Laurie Ryan and Lavada Dee [at bottom, below]. 

                                                         Thanksgiving
                                                           By Laurie Ryan

             First off, I’d like to thank Jeff Salter for having me here. And for calling me a guest “fox”. I love it! Knowing how insightful and funny his blogs are, I’ll try to make this interesting.

Thanksgiving Day
            I have to wonder just how many folks will be here on Thanksgiving Day, but I’ll be checking in on this blog while visiting our godchildren for the holiday, always fun. And that’s not just because I don’t have to cook.  : )  When I thought about what to write for a Thanksgiving blog, I thought about Jeff’s ability to capture moments in time with his poetry. I wondered if maybe I should drag some of my poetry out. So I did. Lord, you do NOT want to listen to that drivel. Shades of “Stanyon Street and Other Sorrows”. [That’s one of Rod McKuen’s poetry books, by the way.] And I’m not comparing myself to the master, only saying that my words back then (post high school) were mired in what was missing in my life, instead of the good that was there for the taking.

What a Wonderful World
            As I write this blog, I’m listening to Celine Dion sing Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”.  Is there any more perfect blending than her voice and his song? And what a great way to set the mood for today, when we reflect and give thanks for everything good in our lives.
                        I see trees of green.
                        Red roses, too.
                        I see them bloom,
                        For me and for you.
                        And I think to myself,
                        What a wonderful world.
            Okay, so it’s not Spring. In fact, I might have actually seen a snowflake last night. But the words themselves elicit a feeling of warmth and gratefulness.  I, for one, am thankful for a lot of things.

Memories and Blessings
            For Thanksgiving at my Grandma’s home as I was growing up. I remember: more cousins than I can count, card tables everywhere for a sit down dinner, homemade rolls from a “pinch of this” recipe no one could ever duplicate, and Grandpa’s slide show afterwards where we cousins snickered at each other’s baby pictures.
            For the family I’ve been blessed with, including my children and grandchildren.
            For a husband who is doing dishes at the moment to give me time to write this blog.
            And for the opportunities to meet people that writing has given me (and that I’ve finally managed, I think, to figure Tweetdeck out).

Things to be Thankful For
            I hope you have as many things to be thankful for as I do. I’ll leave you with a good reason to give thanks…the great Satchmo.

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5TwT69i1lU

            Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 Laurie Ryan
www.laurieryanauthor.com
Twitter
: lryanauthor 

            Laurie Ryan writes sensual stories of real-life characters thrust into extraordinary situations. Her love for happily-ever-after endings made the romance genre an easy choice. At home in the Pacific Northwest with her he-can-fix-anything hero and their gray tabby, Dude, she enjoys each season of the year and, especially, curling up with a cup of cocoa and a good story on a cold winter’s day.

 Holiday Magic, The Gift of Love—Available 12/1/2011
            A Two-story anthology by Lavada Dee and Laurie Ryan

            Healing Love, by Laurie Ryan
                          “In Sickness and in Health.”
            Nicole Milbourne’s single-minded focus on a medical research career is thrown for a loop when charismatic Dr. Damien Reed shows her there’s more to life than studying diseases. Will an unplanned, unexpected Christmas fill Nicole’s lonely heart and show her the healing power of love? 
            Here’s the ‘buy link’ —
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006896AQ0

 Question:
            Anything in particular that YOU are thankful for today?

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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31 Responses to Thanksgiving Guest

  1. Tonya Kappes says:

    I’m thankful to Jeff, for always being the best cheerleader and writer buddy! He is always the first one there when I’m doing something and I appreciate and I’m grateful to have him as my friend.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Garsh, Tonya, thanks.
      Not only are you one of my blog’s most regular visitors, but you are usually the very first each Thursday. And — drumroll — you were my very first Guest Fox!
      For any who don’t yet know Tonya, she has 4 (?) books out and at least 3 (?) on the way … not counting her stories in two anthologies or her promotional how-to book co-authored with another writer.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Very pleased to welcome Laurie Ryan here today. I hope most of you who have visited here in the past will take time today — yeah, I know it’s a busy Holiday — to stop in and say ‘hello’.
    Welcome, Laurie!

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    • Laurie Ryan says:

      I’m very glad to be here. Normally, I’d be prepping the bird to go in the oven about this time. This year, I don’t have to cook, or bake, ANYTHING. It’s a very strange feeling! So I’m glad to be here today getting into the holiday spirit.

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  3. Jillian says:

    Beautiful post, Laurie. I love that song as well. Thanks for gifting it to us today. Enjoy your day of family and no cooking. Be safe on the road. Love ya and you’re always a fox in my book.

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  4. crbwrites says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. May the memories you make today be as wonderful as your memories of the past.

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  5. Elaine says:

    Great post 🙂 I just love those Louis Armstrong words 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Elaine

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  6. Lavada Dee says:

    Just got the turkey in the oven and on my first sit down cup of coffee. I’m Thankful for so many things. For my family and those in my life now and for those that have left beautiful memories. For being born in this time and this place. Laying in bed last night, warm, well fed (oh yeah maybe to well fed), secure and safe, made me think of all the people including children that at that very moment were cold or hungry or scared or all of that and more. Made me feel humble as well as thankful.

    Great Post – with a great group of foxes. I agree with you and it’s been awhile since I’ve heard It’s a Wonderful Life. No one can sing it like Louis Armstrong.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    • Laurie Ryan says:

      I SO know what you mean about well fed, Lavada. I’m not cooking this year, but we’re soon off to enjoy our friends labors in the kitchen. I expect I won’t be moving much this evening.
      My husband and I help out with a local meals program and each time we take dinner food, I am amazed at how many families with children show up for a home cooked hot meal. Sigh. Here locally there’s one family that, for the past several years, has put on a Thanksgiving feast for the indigent all by themselves. Granted, they are a large family, but I am thankful to them for doing it, as I’m sure all the families and folks who get a chance to eat there are, too.
      Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome again, Lavada. Looking forward to your appearance on 4F1H very soon.
      Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

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  7. Lovely post, Laurie! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences and include the rest of us in your moments of reflection. I am grateful to the writers who’ve walked the author path with me this year. You know who you are! And I’m grateful for the internet, and ebooks, and all the ebook distributors out there.

    Despite the heartbreak and the want, there is still the heartwarming and the abundant in this strange world of ours. Yes, it is a Wonderful World. Thanksgiving happiness to all!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome, Theresa, glad you could stop by.
      Yes, I also think about those who must cope without adequate food, clothing and shelter. Very sobering. Makes me that much more thankful for everything available to me.

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    • Laurie Ryan says:

      Hi, Theresa! It’s great to see you here. I’m not so sure I’m as thankful for the internet. That’s a double edged sword. It’s my bread and butter, but also quite frustrating sometimes. Maybe I just need to give it more love. 🙂
      Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

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  8. jeff7salter says:

    Well, it’s been a long day, here in Possum Trot: 10 in-laws staying 2 or 3 nites, 15 for Thanksgiving dinner, and 2 more for dessert. Didn’t get my nap! So I’m too bushed to stay up as late as I regularly do on Thursdays.
    I want to thank Laurie Ryan for being my Guest Fox today. I love having guests here and normally do so once a month.
    Hope everyone has had a great holiday today. We had a lot of ‘hits’ here today, even though most didn’t leave comments. Holidays and company … probably.
    Good night!

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    • Laurie Ryan says:

      Thanks again for having me, Jeff. Our Thanksgiving, once we got past the three hour drive in heavy rain and wind, was exceptional. And we were all sound asleep by 10PM. 🙂 I’m glad you had a fun one!

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  9. Jeff is so gracious, and as for Laura, anyone who loves Louis Armstrong is a friend of mine! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving & no one gets trampled on Black Friday. XOXO

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    • jeff7salter says:

      You are very kind, Katharine.
      Glad you could visit again.
      I don’t intend to go anywhere on ‘black Friday’ except take my mom to the YMCA for exercise.

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    • Laurie Ryan says:

      The man was a mega-talent, in my estimation! I’m staying hunkered down at home…after a three hour drive to get back here. No shopping for me today. If you went out, I hope you found great deals and no tug-o-wars. 🙂

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to both of you! I hope your day was filled with fun, laughter and contentment. I, too, love Louis and that song in particular- thanks for bringing it back to my mind.

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  11. Micki Gibson says:

    I’m a bit late (was traveling on T-Day), but I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Laurie, I loved your post! Especially when you mentioned Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” While we only played it during the birth of my first child (had one of those special “birthing rooms” complete with mood lighting for that kid), I think of all three of my children when I hear that song. So while it’s not technically a Thanksgiving song, I can’t help but be thankful for all the small things in this world when I hear it.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Glad you could stop in, Monday Fox. I certainly understand the complexities of travel … especially on or near a big Holiday.
      It has always interested me that so many people like Satchmo’s singing — myself included — though he had such a raspy, distinctive voice. And he’s supposedly known more for his trumpet but I can’t say I’ve ever identified/enjoyed any particular one of his trumpet tunes. Weird.

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    • Laurie Ryan says:

      Ahhhh! I love the idea of this song being played at your child’s birth. What a COOL thing to do, Micki. And yes, my Thanksgiving was great. I hope yours was, too. We traveled about 3 hours to spend it with our godchildren. I hope you didn’t have to travel far.

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