A Big Thank You

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May you live in interesting times–

Chinese curse

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Fred Rogers

During this bizarrely unique crisis we’re forced to endure, I was inspired by the accompanying image. Last September I blogged about my appreciation for wait staff, whom I have always greatly admired. But now, in this warped Twilight Zone we now accept as our reality, EVERYONE who continues to simply do their (quite possibly thankless and low-paying) jobs have become heroes. All that’s missing are the capes.

I recently spoke to 2 employees at my local grocery store. They expressed heightened fear and concern for the future as people senselessly strip the shelves bare before others have a chance to shop. I was told the trucks are overwhelmed and keep up the demand.

What is the purpose of all this selfish hoarding? I understand that currently we all need to avoid crowds and practice social distancing (key phrase for 2020, apparently). But unless Charmin factories all over the country spontaneously combusted, what’s with the run on toilet paper?

Dave and I are fortunate to be retired and don’t belong in the workforce anymore….never have I been more grateful for that than now! But for those who have no choice to work during this insane time, I want to express my deepest and most sincere thanks.

Meet Author Becky Muth!

🌻 “Coffee is my spirit animal.” ~ Becky Muth

Becky Muth is a coffee addict who lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with her husband and their adult sons. Born under the sign of a coffee bean, when she isn’t writing or spending time with her family Becky enjoys knitting, reading, and binge watching TV with her dogs. Read her interview below!

1. You write sweet romance, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. Of the 3, do you enjoy writing one more than the other? I love writing all three genres. I’ve always loved mysteries, but they take a bit more work for me than the romance books do because of the various suspects, red herrings, etc.
2. Can you describe your creative process? Any rituals to stimulate your creativity?
As for creative processes, I write the first couple of chapters and then create a list of things I know are going to happen. After sorting the list into chronological order (while leaving room for the unexpected), I try to follow it as best as I can along the way.
If it’s super quiet, I can’t write. But when it’s chaotic? Look out! Some of my best writing happened when my sons were playing video games, my husband was on the phone, the dogs were barking, and the television was blaring–all at the same time. Sometimes when I’m the only one home I’ll play some ambient noise playlists through Spotify. My favorites are ocean waves, coffee shops, and thunderstorms.

3. Where can one purchase your books?
My books are available at https://www.amazon.com/author/beckymuth

4. What are you currently working on?  
I’m writing a romance called NO TIME FOR FAIRY TALES, which follows NO TIME FOR LATTES which released in February from Sweet Promise Press. I’m also finishing up THE DEADLY DUST BUNNIES, which is the second book in the Haunted Housekeeping series. The first book, THE SQUEAKY CLEAN SKELETON, releases on April 10th also from Sweet Promise Press.

Do everything in love. ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14

Life in a Time of Panic

In the midst of this current global crisis, I understand the fear of contracting this new virus of which we know little about and have no vaccine. But it is also a time for common sense.

Many of the folks fighting over the last bottle of hand sanitizer or the last package of toilet paper (which I clearly don’t get; what about CoVid19 demands a run on toilet paper?) are the same people who don’t routinely wash their hands after using a public restroom. Suddenly they become germaphobes. Schools and libraries close. Retirement homes are on lockdown. Everyone hunkers down in their homes, afraid to set one eyelash outside their own doors.

Fear can be a good thing; it can make us more aware and cautious. But I don’t know if such panic is warranted. According to Johns Hopkins;

COVID-19: Approximately 5,833 deaths reported worldwide; 57 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 15, 2020.*

Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year

Do stay safe and well out there and do take precautions, but don’t let fear and panic overtake your lives. Hopefully this crisis will pass soon and there will be a vaccine available to everyone.

Meet Professor and author Bruce Olav Solheim!

Bruce

Bruce Olav Solheim is currently a distinguished professor of history at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He also served as a Fulbright professor in 2003 at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. He teaches a paranormal personal history course at Citrus College. Dr. Solheim is an associate member of the Parapsychological Association, and a member of CERO, and MUFON.

Bruce founded the Veterans Program at Citrus College and co-founded, with Manuel Martinez and Ginger De Villa-Rose, the Boots to Books transition course—the first college course in the United States designed specifically for recently returned veterans. He has published eight books, one comic book, and has written ten plays, two of which have been produced.

Check out his interview below!

1.       You wear many hats; history professor, writer, playwright, just to name a few. When you have a spare moment to yourself, what do you do to unwind?

I like to draw, play my guitar, watch movies, and take meditative walks.

2.       You write about paranormal experiences. Can you share any such experiences you’ve encountered yourself?

I have written three books documenting my paranormal experiences (Timeless, Timeless Deja Vu, and Timeless Trinity). Of those 89 experiences revealed in my books, here are some of the most remarkable: seeing a full bodied apparition at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire in 1999, being abducted by aliens in 1964, 1973, 1977, and 1978, and being attacked by the demonic spirit of H.H. Holmes at the site of the Murder Hotel in Chicago in 2019.

3.       Describe a typical day in your writing career;

I wake up early, usually around 0430-0500. After having my first breakfast of cereal and banana, I transcribe my previous day’s spirit walk, send emails and post on social media as part of marketing efforts for my book and comic book, work on my presentations for conferences, and if I am lucky, write a story or two.

4.       What can we expect to see from you next in coming months?

My Snarc comic book just came out, and my third Timeless book as well (Timeless Trinity). My next writing project will be Snarc #2 which will be graphic novel length. I will also be presenting at the Contact in the Desert conference in Indian Wells, CA, in the end of May 2020.