Bloomin’ Thought for the Day: Love One Another

John 12: 34 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

When I was planning my new rose garden, I chose 5 roses, each with a different color. I’m not a vanilla kind of gal; I need a variety of flavors in my life. I think that’s why I worked in Emergency Rooms for the majority of my nursing career. We never knew what was coming in, so we had to be on high alert through the whole shift. I enjoyed the challenges each new day presented, and the knowledge I acquired from them. There was always something new to learn.

I’m feeling a bit frustrated right now, though, because the challenges that are smacking me in the head are those that we are all facing, not just nurses and doctors. We are all trying to discern ways to deal with COVID 19. This is something that none of us have ever experienced, and one that seemingly has no end.

There is a larger problem, however, that also seems unlikely to end any time soon. The racial tensions in America are at the highest levels I think anyone has ever seen, and I can’t help but think we are making matters worse instead of better. Hate is spilling over the top from both sides, racial and political, and the chasm between them seems to be growing deeper.  As a child, I never felt any fear or animosity against anyone unless they hurt me, and even then, by the next day the transgression was forgotten. I still give people who hurt me multiple chances at reconciliation.

Now, though, I struggle to understand, or make sense out of, the violence that is poisoning our lives. I’m angry seeing innocent people being harmed or killed or businesses destroyed. So many people have tried to explain that this is in response to many years of persecution that African Americans have endured. As much as I do understand that, no one can convince me that violence is the answer, especially since I believe that the residual riots have little to nothing to do with the initial trigger. Changes need to be made for sure, but it will take time, and we have to be patient. I must believe that peace will come. I don’t know when or how, and the resolution may be painful, but I can’t imagine we can sustain ourselves as a nation with all this hate and anger.

As I was enjoying my rose garden today, I was struck by the fact that, of the seven rose bushes I planted, all are either already beautiful, or showing healthy growth, but one: my Peace Rose. Granted, I planted it later than the rest, but it’s not even showing even tiny signs of growth yet.  I placed it right in the middle of the multicolored roses. As I contemplated the question of whether my Peace Rose will grow or not it, I became sad. Isn’t it a bit like the turmoil of today? Different colors on both sides of the virtual battlefields, and peace hasn’t yet begun to grow.

Just as African Americans are trying to achieve recognition and reparations in the world, God is also at work trying to do the same thing. I believe He is pleading with us to turn our attention to Him and to His sovereign words, the most important of which is love. If we would all do that, “red and yellow, black and white”, and remember that we are all “precious in His sight”, this world might stand a chance at survival. “Jesus loves the little children of the world”, and adults, too, and He charges us to do the same.

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2019 Finalists — Self-Publishing News for Self Publishing Authors

I am so humbled to have my book, “The Town of Alpaca”, as a finalist in The CIPA EVVY Awards contest. Thank you, Outskirts Press for affording me this honor. I will be in Colorado on August 17th!

Outskirts Press self-publishing authors continually impress the judges at the annual CIPA EVVY Awards and this year is no different. In fact, our authors garnered 23 spots as finalists for the 2019 awards and we couldn’t be prouder! Now in its 25th year, the EVVY Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and […]

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2019 Finalists — Self-Publishing News for Self Publishing Authors

Giggles and Such

Every so often I like to throw in a good word for my books, a pitch, as one might call it. Audiences change, friends get added on Facebook, and new people get on other social media sites that might not have been there before. If you are one who has heard this pitch already, my apologies! I don’t want to saturate those in my immediate circle, but I’m in this for the long haul, so bear with me, please!

I would be ever so grateful if the newbies, and the oldies, too, would take a look at these links to my books. I have written two illustrated children’s books, although I didn’t do the illustrating, myself; I have very talented artists do that for me. “The Giggle Box” is timeless. It’s a sweet story about a new little boy in town who’s very sad because he misses his friends at his old home. Davey steps in to help, but try as he might, he cannot get Michael to smile, until a beautiful fairy, who lives up in Laughterland, (Where all the tickliest clouds float!) helps Davey share his gift of laughter with Michael. This book is about being new, friendship, sharing, and the healing power of laughter, all tied together with just a touch of magic! You know, laughter is the best medicine! Ages 1 to 101! This can be purchased on Amazon, as below, and at
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gigglebox-patricia-schoch/1120746403?ean=9781530107131

My second book was just released in November, 2018. “The Town of Alpaca” is for elementary school children. This book has everything you could want for your child. My books are written with healthy values in mind. This one is loaded with them: diversity, understanding, acceptance, tolerance, friendship, hard work, trust, persistence, working together toward a common goal, and hope. It’s message is quite timely, as the characters are depicted by a pair of llamas and a pair of alpacas. These animals are alike in some ways and different in some, exactly like people, and they need to learn that they can trust and like each other, even though they are different animals. In our world today, the messages of diversity and acceptance can never be stressed enough. And who doesn’t love llamas and alpacas these days?!

Along with the fun of the story, there is a chart detailing the similarities and differences of these two animals and a glossary with some of the harder words in the book. The glossary has the definition of the word, how it is used in the book, and then asks the child to think of something in his or her own life that goes along with that word. A story, animals, pictures, values, and education. See? What more could you want for your child?

The “Town of Alpaca” has been nominated for the 25th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards. These few nominations are made by Outskirts and “represent the very best of our yearly publications.”

It can be purchase on Amazon at
https://www.amazon.com/Town-Alpaca-Patricia-Ann-Schoch/dp/1977204430/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+town+of+alpaca&qid=1556313038&s=gateway&sr=8-1,

at barnesandnoble.com and
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-town-of-alpaca-patricia-ann-schoch/1129903106?ean=9781977204431.

directly through the publisher at
https://outskirtspress.com/thetownofalpaca . They will give you a bulk discount if you purchase 9 or more books.

Finally, you can purchase them through me at https://itsallwrite.net. The site accepts Paypal.

Thank you all for reading my post and for considering my books as worthwhile gifts for the most precious things in your lives, your children. I want my child readers to always “Do the ‘Write’ Thing!”. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Reading!

Children Are Worth It!

The Christmas buying season is over and all my books have been delivered and paid for (well almost everyone has paid!). But wait, there’s more! Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Welcome Spring, Easter, and of course the “Just Because I Love You Day” which is every day! There is never a bad reason to buy a book, especially for a child. This is my second book, and I’m pretty proud of it. It’s different than the regular children’s books because it centers around a real life, adult-type dilemma, written so children can understand it, and resolved by applying healthy values than they can use in their lives forever. My books all use character-building values to help children become better people and always do the right thing. All this plus a glossary of big words and a chart detailing the similarities and differences between llamas and alpacas make this an enjoyable and worthwhile book for a child to read. If you have a business such as  a medical office, school, real estate, etc., consider using these as perfect gifts or to keep children occupied in waiting rooms. If you buy more than 9 books at a time you will get a 50 % discount on my Outskirts site below, which is pretty nice! The bottom link is to my other website, where you can buy my first book, “The Giggle Box”.  Check them out! Happy gifting and reading!

https://outskirtspress.com/thetownofalpaca

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