What Are We Worth?

As the clock approaches midnight, I’m choosing to write this blog instead of crying. It remains to be seen whether it will plug up or stimulate the tear ducts. I suppose it could be considered a follow-up to the last one but I am so close to bursting into tears right now that I need to do this.

I have a bad habit of posting a political article that I find interesting and informative and then immediately regretting it or getting one upsetting comment that causes me to take it down. Either way, some people have seen it. Why should I care? We all have our opinions, right? And we are entitled to them because it is our constitutional right, right? Not quite. That piece has become so diluted that the political landscape looks like Moses parting the Red Sea.

I have heard people jokingly say that the internet is the work of the devil. I laughed, like everyone else did, but I’m beginning to wonder. Oh, it has been lots of fun, has helped businesses grow, keeps us all in touch with people from lifetimes past, and gives us all a space to brag about our families, pets, and even our gardens. Guilty on all three. All good stuff, but it is also a hotbed for criminals, pedophiles, pornography, etc.

Currently it is causing chaos and division in a way I have never seen before in my life, and I am no spring chicken. Not only do we have unsavory politicians and journalists in colors of red or blue, now we have a venue for them to spew their hate, deceit, and lies, creating chaos in people’s lives. Before the internet, people would discuss politics at the bar, at the barber shop, at family gatherings, even on street corners, and there were always debates, but as far as I know, politics did not cause the degree of hated that it now is causing. We can all still have fun and socialize on Facebook, but now there is an evil imbedded in the code that is seeping into every little space and fracturing lives and friendships, indelibly defining who we are with each stroke of our keyboards.

What makes me so sad is that, currently, we are not only defined by the things we choose to share with people, but by which politician or political party we choose to support. Even though lies and deception are rampant on both sides of the political coin, people only choose to believe what they want to believe, those on the other side be damned. There are so many nooks and crannies in the muffins we get served on a daily basis through biased media that we can’t even tell on which side the muffins are buttered. And is it real butter, or fake butter? The manufacturers have churned the products to be so smooth that you just never can tell. And that’s exactly what they want. Unfortunately, many people don’t believe that or want to believe it of their chosen leader of the free world.

I decided a long time ago that I would not be voting for “the man” but for the party that most closely aligns with my belief system. Curiously, it seems like one side will be voting for “the man” because they passionately despise the other one, and one side will be voting for the passionately despised “man” because they passionately despise the agenda of the other party, and ne’er the twain shall meet. That would be fine, in itself, except that people are tethered to one side, passionately hating the other, and there is little room for civil discourse. Passionately. Yes, I’m aware that I have overused the word, and have done so intentionally, because that is the only word that can nicely describe the emotions that have created the thick, immobile pollution of hate hanging heavily in the air we breathe, and that infiltrates the very depths of our hearts and souls. Emotions are expressed in words that jump nimbly onto our computer screens from keyboards.

What are we worth as people? We used to choose our friends because of similar interests, mutual friends, their children’s parents, etc. Our worth was measured by solid friendships, loyalty, shared backgrounds, willingness to help when in need, compassion, talents, character, and love. Those values are no longer important because now all of those things have been condensed into one angry category: who you will vote for. This measure of worth as a friend is decidedly unfair for several reasons, the most important being that we only have two choices. What if we believe half of what one side espouses and half of the other side? We have to choose one, even if we may not be happy with parts of their agenda, because we only have two choices.

Our value as friends and as people should never, ever be attached to a faction, (i.e, a party), that is divisible from the whole. Some of us are not red or blue, but varying shades of that purple I talked about in my previous post, but we don’t have purple as a choice, only dark red or dark blue. And yet, people on both sides continue to blame, chastise, name-call, and insult each other, even friends, because they are positive that they are totally right and the rest are totally wrong, and that is almost never true. Even in divorces, the scales may be tipped more to one side than the other, but because no one is perfect, the “blame” must be shared.

I’m not perfect, either. I admit to some of these bad thoughts, myself, and I know that. I continue to try to change those, but friends, it is not easy right now. I will try harder. Again. And again, until the discontent and confusion is wiped completely from my heart. (The devil loves discontent and confusion, too.) Everyone should be acknowledged and respected for their views, not called stupid or ignorant, or any of the other words I see flying around incessantly. I know a lot of very intelligent and caring people on both sides. No one corners the market on that.

Can we all please just take a few steps back and take a deep breath. Let’s get rid of the pollution and breathe fresh air into our lungs, our hearts, and our souls. Someone will win, and someone will lose. Life will go on, but if we burn bridges now with the people that matter to us, and even the ones that might matter a little less, they may impossible to reconstruct. And for what?

I Want Purple Koolaide

My heart is really heavy. It makes me so sad to see all the name-calling and denouncing of people on Facebook just because of their political leanings. Everyone is drinking the Koolaid. The people on the left are drinking blue Koolaid and the people on the right are drinking red Koolaid. What if I like purple Koolaide? We need a third party, a purple party. Right now we only have two choices: vote for the party (not the man) that most aligns with our beliefs, or don’t vote at all. I know “the man” will be the one at the top, but if we can’t believe in the other party, then what choice to we have? Frankly, not voting at all is looking more appealing to me all the time. That way I won’t have to claim responsibility for putting either one of them in office, and then I’ll let all my friends know, too, so they don’t hate me, anymore.

The danger to not voting at all is that it gives an advantage to the party (not the man) that does not align with your beliefs. Remember that the Senate and Congress are there, too, supposedly to help guide a president, executive priviledge notwithstanding. Lies and misinformation are rampant on both sides, and if anyone doesn’t believe that then they need to open up their eyes. Does what we find important to us make us bad people if it’s not what another person believes? Is all this worth losing friends over?

I feel like crying when I see all the hate directed at people, even those who used to be friends. Is it worth it? Is your party affiliation worth losing friends over? If it is, then I guess you weren’t really friends at all, because mature adults should be able to see past political affiliations to who people are inside. And don’t say that who we vote for shows who we really are because that is total BS. It’s only one part of our whole as people. People look at things differently but it doesn’t make one wrong and the other right, just different. And it doesn’t mean that someone believes in ALL of the points on a given side, it’s just that we have only two choices, and if they are both crappy, then does that mean we all have to hate each other? It’s not our fault this huge country cannot come up with better people to run for president.

I have friends that I disagree with and I still love them. Part of that is because I have always loved them and refuse to let this change that, part is because I can see their side of the arguments, too, part is because we might not discuss it, and part is because they still love me. (I hope!) I want our hearts to go back to the days before COVID 19 and this awful, awful election. I want our hearts to see what we liked about our friends before all this, and if we can’t do that, then I guess we were never friends to begin with.

It’s That Time Again!!

Thanksgiving is over and I hope you all had a great one! Now the focus automatically switches to the holidays for many of us. What to get everyone? This is an age-old question, but I have an idea for your children. My books are perfect gifts or stocking stuffers. Some of you may have seen my posts before but if you haven’t, I have two children’s books on the market that you will love.

The first book is for ages 2-6. The story revolves around a little boy, Michael, who is new to the school and is very homesick. He never smiles. Davey is a friendly little boy who loves to laugh and giggle. He tries to make friends with Michael, but he just can’t make him smile, no matter how hard he tries, until a magic fairy steps in to help. “The Giggle Box” is a whimsical, full color book about being the new kid in school, friendship, sharing, the joy of helping others, and the healing power of laughter, all tied together with a touch of magic! It is beautifully illustrated with the text written over full page pictures, a perfect gift for your 2-6 year old! You can purchase this book:

on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Giggle-Box-Patricia-Schoch-ebook/dp/B00SGIMEUW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=the+giggle+box+book+pat+schoch&qid=1575232028&sr=8-1-fkmr0)

and on barnesandnoble.com (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gigglebox-patricia-schoch/1120746403?ean=9781530107131),

but if you purchase it from my website at https://itsallwrite.net, (Click on the “Shop” tab at the top) you can get it at a discount for $8.00 with free shipping by clicking on the “Buy Now” button through the end of December, 2019.

 

If you are looking for an illustrated early reader that teaches children the values of diversity, understanding, acceptance, friendship, and overcoming adversity by working together, then look no further. My newest book sports all of these plus a glossary of some of the more difficult words found in the book followed by thought provoking questions. A chart of the similarities and differences between alpacas and llamas serve as an added educational benefit. In August, 2019, this book took third place at the independent author CIPA EVVY Awards in the Children’s Storybook Fiction category. It’s the perfect gift for all the children in your lives! It can be purchased:

through the publisher at https://outskirtspress.com/thetownofalpaca,

at amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Town-Alpaca-Patricia-Ann-Schoch/dp/1977204430/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+town+of+alpaca&qid=1575236114&sr=8-1  ),

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

but if you purchase it through my website at https://itsallwrite.net (Click on the “Shop” tab at the top), you can get it at a discount for $9.50 by clicking on the “Buy Now” button through the end of December. Ride the Llama and Alpaca obsession wave or listen to your children laugh. Order your books now, and please share this post with your friends, family, and followers! 

Happy Holidays!

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

https:/itsallwrite.net

Holiday Gifts!

Hello, friends! Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are fast approaching and it’s high time we start thinking about gifts. Toys are lots of fun for kids and they love them, but how about considering books? I have written two children’s books that are now available to purchase and will be here before Christmas if you order soon!

The first one, “The Giggle Box”, is a beautifully illustrated, imaginative picture book for children aged 3 to 103! Davey is a little boy who just loves to giggle and laugh. Now he is starting kindergarten and he meets a new little boy, Michael, who is very sad being the new kid with no friends. Davey tries hard to make Michael laugh, but it just won’t work; Michael is still sad. That is, until a beautiful fairy, who lives up in Laughterland, where the tickliest clouds float, helps Davey to share his gift of laughter with Michael through her magic. It’s a story of friendship, sharing, and the healing power of laughter. Published through CreateSpace, it is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other online retailers.

On the heels of “The Giggle Box” is “The Town of Alpaca”. An illustrated book for early readers, this story is chock full of healthy values and education, brought to you by some same-but-different animals: llamas and alpacas. It has been published by Outskirts Press.

What does a town do when its largest manufacturing company, the biggest business in town, goes under? The town of Alpaca was once vibrant and bustling, but ever since that llama came to town and bought the company, it hasn’t been the same. He didn’t manage it well and now the alpacas are out of jobs, their once beautiful town has become a poor, run-down, dismal place to live, and the Alpackaging Company is on the market to be sold, but no one is looking to buy it. The situation seems hopeless for the alpacas. In addition, they now hate llamas … all llamas, so you can imagine how Albert Alpaca felt when a strange couple showed up at his little “Alpaca Inn and Suites” looking for a room. Llamas!! What will he do?

The story of The Town of Alpaca shows how heartwarming it is when hatred turns into friendship, misunderstandings into trust, and working together works!
You may think that the plot of this book seems like something beyond a child’s understanding, but don’t sell them short; they are smarter than we think, and often we don’t give them enough credit for their savvy. Part of what makes the book unique is that it presents real life issues, simplified enough for a child to understand. Many families have gone through challenging times, but those challenges don’t always wait for children to be old enough to grasp their implications. The story presents a problem and the resolution revolves around healthy values that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This book is available through outskirtspress.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other online retailers.

As a purchasing alternative, you can browse my website, “It’s All Write”, and purchase it through paypal for less. Use the “Shop” link on the top of the page at https://itsallwrite.net/. Books make great gifts and I would love to share mine with you! And please “Follow” me!

20180901_222202  The Giggle Box picture