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Oh, My! Guess Who’s in the Spotlight at #RRBC? #RWISA @4WillsPub

Hi! On the 5th day of my RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author tour, I thought I’d buck the norm and invite you to one of my many homes here online.  Welcome to ASK THE GOOD MOMMY!  The good mommy would be me, just in case there’s any doubt.

Nonnie Jules (2)

Here’s another excerpt, taken from my most recently published short story…

“OPEN, SHUT”

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(This excerpt begins in the middle of a larger piece but I’m sharing this portion as it gives more clarity into future posts along the tour).

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June 28, 2000

Dear Diary

Woke up a little feverish today so I didn’t go to school. Mom gave me some cold medicine and I feel a little better, but, she scheduled a doc appt for next week anyway.

I’m seeing my new angel friend on a regular basis now. I’m not that freaked out or afraid anymore when she appears. I believe her when she says I’ll be OK…but, only if I go with her. If you think Mom has a thing against God now…Whew! I wouldn’t want to be him on that day when she realizes I’ve run away with one of his angels, let me tell you. So, I thank her (in my mind) and just keep going on about my business.

She did speak to me again yesterday. She said eventually I’d have no choice but to visit her home. Now, that confused me because I don’t know what’s so special about her house, but, OK.  I shook my head from side to side, hopeful she’d know what that meant.

Well, I promise more later;  gotta run now. Mom’s calling me for dinner.

~ Lola

 Thanks for dropping by! Learn more at tomorrow’s stop!

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BIO:

Nonnie Jules, Founder & President of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (#RRBC), a partner in 4WillsPublishing Author Services and wrangler of a very busy family, is often referred to as an enigma. Nonnie prefers to take that label up a notch as she does with everything in her life.  An enigma wrapped in a brain is the label that fits her best. That brain is what keeps all the moving parts of the ever-fluid RRBC in constant motion. Managing these successful entities along with her home life keeps her busy from dawn until dusk…literally.

Nonnie has authored several books in various categories such as SELF-HELP, NOVELS, POETRY and SHORT STORY. She refuses to be placed in a box as a writer of only one genre of literature. She feels that she can skillfully cover it all.

One of her desires is to become a best-selling author – not because all of her family and friends purchase her books, but, because her books are so good, everyone can’t help but spread the word about them.

OTHER BOOKS BY NONNIE:

“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”

“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”

“SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS”

“IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC: THE POETRY OF FORBIDDEN LOVE”

“…AND THE MUSIC PLAYED”

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To follow along with the other stops of Nonnie’s tour, please visit the “SPOTLIGHT” Author page at RRBC!

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See, Kids Aren’t All That Bad – #RRBC # Parents #TinneyDavidson

Sometimes, it’s just not easy being a kid…no matter what age you are.  Being lumped into a general pool where some make the rest look so bad, is not an easy label to wear.  But, if you woke up this morning praying for a feel-good story, here is my gift to you!

The best part… “kids” are the stars of this show!

People like Ms. Tinney cause me to miss the “villages” of old.  My daughters weren’t as lucky as I was to have lived during such a time…when neighbors took care of neighbors.  Now, it’s every man for himself and you had better mind your own business!

So, did you have someone like Ms. Tinney in your neighborhood when you were a child?  If so, what do you remember most about them?

The Justice System Failed… #RRBC #RWISA #Parenting #Parents #Justice

You know, as a mom, I don’t give much leeway in areas that negatively impact the safety of our children.  When it comes to that, things are typically black and white with me.  There is no gray area.

I recently came across this video (from 2013) of a mom who jeopardized, not only the lives of her children, but, also the lives of the officers involved in this incident, and the lives of the community where this incident took place.

Take a look at this foolishness…

Because I have (adult) children on the roads, I am against police chases where there are innocent people driving or walking about, but, in this case, I feel the officers were justified and I couldn’t wait for them to apprehend her.  (The fact that she thought she could get away from them, points to her level of intelligence…so maybe I should cut her a little slack here.  Nawwww, I don’t think I will.  YOU CAN’T GET AWAY FROM THE POLICE!)

The officer who initially stopped her was one of the most patient people I’ve ever seen;  he was also respectful and kind.  The fact that he stood on the side of the road for so long, giving her every opportunity to just make a choice as to how she wanted to handle the little citation, even while knowing that she was driving with an expired drivers license, puts his generosity on full display.  I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the old adage “No good deed goes unpunished.”  Well, it applied ten-fold in this case.

I speak quite often about the behaviors of children and I firmly believe that the way that our children are, is a direct result of what they witness from our own behavior.  My daughters would have never gotten out of the car to confront authority.  Now, had this officer been wrongfully assaulting this mom, then I could understand the son getting out to assist her…or, coming to her defense.  That’s a natural instinct of sons…no matter how big or small, they want to defend their moms.  But, the video offers solid proof that this mom was in the wrong, and the officer, in my opinion, went above and beyond in his quest to get her and her kids safely back on their way.  Sadly, expecting this mom to realize that, was asking just a little too much.

Upon further research on this event, I was, and still am, outraged to find that this woman received ONLY 6 months of unsupervised probation.  THAT’S IT!  Talk about getting off with just a slap on the wrist.

I was further outraged to find that the officer (who was clearly firing at the tires of the vehicle) was fired for doing so.  YES, I SAID THAT!  Was that a poor choice that he made, firing towards a vehicle with children inside?  Yes, of course it was, but, he should not have lost his job over it.  He was trying to stop a criminal.  Where was his slap on the wrist?  Had they run out when it came time to judge his actions?  (Hmmmm…maybe he should have gotten in line before her).

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The justice system failed miserably in the punishment of this mom.  Allowing her back on the street with only that slap on the wrist, was a slap in the face for all who insist upon and who fight for justice at all times, and in all situations.

You know, I’m not naive by any measure.  I am very aware that there are dirty cops in the world – probably more than we can wrap our minds around.  But, the officer who stopped this woman, clearly does not fall in that number.

We are living in a new day and age where everything around us is different.  The world is moving so fast and with technology, sometimes it’s hard to not get swept up into what’s going on online, when our sole focus should be on the proper rearing of our children.  Believe me, Facebook, Instagram, Snap-chat and all the other forums some of you live on for entertainment and for sharing all of your personal life, aren’t that important when you have kids to raise.  Remember, parenting is your most important job.  (And, if you’re a parent and it’s not…God bless your child and the world around them).

Parents, WAKE UP!  This woman could have cost her child his life with the stupid decisions she made.  She could have lost all of her children during that chase – again, because of her stupid choices.

This was not a race issue as I noticed a few comments that hinted at such.  This was all about right and wrong…and that mom, 100% WRONG;  the justice system – 100% WRONG.

I know – I’m living inside of a bubble if I think that all the wrongs made in this world can somehow magically be made right.  But, that will never stop me from trying to make our world a better place, by first, getting everyone to agree that it all starts at home with US and second, that we should all learn to respect and care deeply about our fellow man.

OK, climbing down from my high-horse now.  What do you think about this video?  Do you think this mom was sentenced fairly?  Should that officer have lost his job for firing at the tires with the kids inside?  I’d love to hear your opinion.

Thanks for dropping in!

 

Two Boxes of Kleenex, Please! #RRBC #RWISA

I know that a lot of people love the holiday season for gift-giving and receiving, and also for that special time that they’ll get to spend with family and friends..most who they only get to see once a year.

I love it because it seems that everyone is just nicerkinder…and more selfless.  Although being nice, kind and selfless is the way that I live my life year round, and are also the core values which have been instilled in my children, I’m always moved to press upon others the importance of these “gifts” that should be shared.

Since it’s the holiday season, I think it’s only fitting that I share this story.  If you don’t need two or more boxes of Kleenex after watching, then you must be the first cousin of the grumpy, green Mr. Grinch.

Take a look…

How did this story affect you?

The “HALLOWEEN FUN – GET YOUR SPOOK ON” Weekend Blog Tour! @WendyJayneScott #RRBC #RWISA

Hello, and welcome to the “HALLOWEEN FUN – GET YOUR SPOOK ON” Weekend Blog Tour!  

I am so excited to introduce the ASK THE GOOD MOMMY followers and readers, to this wonderful author and her work!

And now, heeeeeeeeerrrrrrrreeeeeeee’s Wendy!

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Spook-tacular Halloween Facts

The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day).

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Jack-o’-lantern is named after the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs. Also called will-o’-the-wisp.

In North America, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween tradition since the late 1920s. In Britain and Ireland the tradition of going house-to-house collecting food at Halloween goes back at least as far as the 16th century.

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An early reference to wearing costumes at Halloween comes from Scotland in 1585, but they may pre-date this. There are many references to the custom during the 18th and 19th centuries in the Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland, Mann and Wales.

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(References: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

Halloween Writing Prompts by Wendy Scott

Blurb:

13 Spooky Writing Prompts to ignite your imagination.

Bats and cats, owls and howls, trick-or-treat, hosts and ghosts.

Have fun this Halloween by creating spooky stories to scare your family and friends.

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Available in eBook & Print on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075FD222K/

Author WJ Scott Amazon Profile:  https://www.amazon.com/WJ-Scott/e/B00MGDXQ8C/

Twitter:  @WendyJayneScott

https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenAuthorWJScott/

http://www.authorchildrens.com/

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!  Thanks for stopping by to support Wendy.  To follow along with the other two tour stops this weekend, or to find out more about her, please visit her 4WillsPub Blog Tour page and be sure to leave her a comment below, letting her know you’re running out to get her book this weekend!   It’s only $.99!!!

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If you’d like to schedule your own blog tour, visit 4WillsPublishing Author Services today!

If You’re Not A Thief…Take a Look… #RRBC #RWISA

If you are a thief…Karma’s got your number!

Parents, please teach your children that karma is real.  When you do something bad, something bad is right around the corner waiting for you.  Or, just a slip across the lawn.  And, it doesn’t even have to be your own.

What do you think about Ms. Bold Slippery Feet?

MOMS, Make Mother’s Day All About You! #RRBC #RWISA

Being a mom is a never-ending job.  Most of the time, it is a thankless job, with tasks that no one else wants to take on.  And, being a Mom is the most important job there is.

As hard as my dear husband works at being the best in all that he does, especially the greatest husband and dad anyone that I know has ever met, there are times when he says to me:  “Honey, why don’t you stop and sit for a moment so that I can rub your back (shoulders or feet).”  Never wanting to go to bed without me, each night you can overhear him asking, “Babe, what time are “we” going to bed?”

My response, especially to the most kind questions involving him relieving some of my stress by giving me massages, is always: “Thanks, darling, but I don’t have the luxury of sitting down taking that kind of  break right now.”  He often tells me that it makes him sad that I feel I have to pass on these beautiful invitations because I am a Mom.  But, to me, wearing that title means that while the world is on a break or asleep or enjoying time off, I’m still on Mom-duty.  Not a complaint, just a beautiful truth.

This Mother’s Day, my wish for all of you who find yourselves serving alongside me in this most important, never-ending but sometimes “thankless” position, is that you make just this one day all about you.  DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.  And, if that means just lounging on your sofa watching a full day of LIFETIME movies, that’s what you do.  It’s our day.  Let’s enjoy it the way we want to.

Before you leave, please tell us how you’ll be celebrating this special day today.  If you’re a daughter, son or husband, how will you be celebrating the most special lady in your life today?

For a special Mom’s Day poem and tribute to Moms still here and those who have gone on home, please drop by the May issue of THE RRBC PIPELINE MAGAZINE!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOMS!