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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am so happy to be celebrating the success of a friend. She has certainly succeeded by Emerson’s standards — and tomorrow my shimmy sister, Debra Parmley, releases her fourth book, Trapping the Butterfly. This one is set in the 1920s in one of my favorite weekend getaways: Hot Springs, Arkansas. I cannot wait to read it!
Last night she had a radio interview about the book, which you can listen to HERE.
You can watch the book trailer from her third novel, Aboard the Wishing Star, below:
And be sure to check out her blog! She does a fun series of interviews called “Cover Model Corner” with those hunky men of romance novels.
Just in case you missed the other book trailer I posted (I love these things), you can find it HERE.
Yay Debra! You’re awesome.
I need a remedy for what is ailin’ me!
Wake me when the day breaks. Show me how the sun shines.
Let your love light shine.
–Christopher & Rich Robinson
It’s been a bumpy ride the last couple of weeks.
But my remedy came in the sunshine and wind…
It was a good day for a roadtrip.
The more I scoot around Arkansas, the more I fall in love with the Natural State and all her secrets.
In Rosebud, a one-light town with a population of 429, there lives a medicine man who sells remedies…
It’s a magical place…
…and the medicine man is a busy fella.
And there was much to consider about the energy of the sea and the power that is harnessed at Greers Ferry Lake dam.
Mountain View is a place where you can find music around every bend.
At Mountain View Music, they’ll trade ya a banjo for a puppy. It was a tempting offer….
Even The Devil gets in on the music action…sorta…
And now a visual interlude to show off a happy puppy….
….and a few other interesting sights around AR, like Redneck Pride….
….and the setting sun’s silver reflection on the lake.