I recently finished reading The Mastery Of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz, a practical guide to the art of relationship. I’m not really sure I would call it a practical guide to the art of relationship, but that’s what the book says. I found it to be like a two and a half hour movie that could have been shown in 30 minutes. There was a lot of repetition of the core concepts, over and over. That’s not to say it isn’t filled with nuggets of deep truth and helpful insights. It is. And I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the art of loving the world and yourself, as you are.
It seems to me that one of the core messages, if not the core message was: If you don’t like a person, or a group of people , you can walk away from that person or persons. But if you don’t like yourself, it doesn’t matter where you go, you are right there. – - – Yeap, I’d have to agree.
And I really liked this one: Everyone has a price, and Life respects that price. But that price is not measured in dollars or in gold; it is measured in love. More than that, it is measured in self-love. How much you love yourself–that is your price–and life respects the price. When you love yourself, your price is very high, which means your tolerance fro self-abuse is very low. . . If you don’t like things about yourself, your price is a little lower. – - – I’d like to think my price is very high. I’m pretty pleased with me. No brag, just fact.
He also says things like, don’t believe everything you hear or read and don’t believe everything you think. Believe what feels good and right and makes you truly happy. I’m good with that too.
Writing romance stories makes me feel happy — so I write romance stories — and I am happy. Of course, I hope my stories will entertain and make other people happy, but that’s really not my concern. As selfish as this may seem, I’m not here to make the world happy, I’m here to be happy with the world. Thankfully, more often than not, I am very happy with my life in this world. And I hope you are too.
Love and blessing to you. May you enjoy always, T
Six years ago when I started writing, I was inspired to write the book I wanted to read. Something different that included the romance of time-travel and the metaphysical theme of reincarnation. So I sat down and wrote Return In Time. It was an appropriate title as I believe we all return in time through our various lifetimes on this earth. We’ve been here before and it only makes sense that we’ll be here again someday, in another life.
I left a big question unanswered in that first book: What happened to Rory after Teressa left and returned to her own time? So I wrote a second book to answer that question and I gave Teressa’s brother, Daniel, a chance to make a choice and to experience his ability to shape his life. Daniel’s story is called Somewhere To Belong. That’s something we all want to have – a place to belong.
Then, because I like things to come in groups of three, I wrote Away Over Yonder. I wanted to bring the story full circle – back to the present with a strong focus on the need to forgive – really on the benefits of forgiveness. It’s about how we can carry our hurts from past lives with us into lives after lives, until we truly forgive.
I started out writing for myself and it became something I wanted to share with others. I wrote these stories because they called to me, they made sense to me and because I enjoyed them. I published them so others could also enjoy them. I don’t expect everyone to like my books, maybe only a few, but I support every writer who wants to tell their story. I think it’s in our nature to want to tell stories, and our desire to learn from the stories of others. Stories are the greatest learning device for how to live our life and better understand the world around us. From the emotions they provoke we learn to pick and choose what feels right for us and hopefully we learn how to better understand our fellow human beings. And through our stories, we expand our awareness of others and ourselves.
Through stories we can experience a world that is bigger than ourselves and truly, as they say, be carried away.
May you be carried away by a good story – - – and Enjoy Always. T
Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but I am still in the mood to be thankful.
One of the Biggest things I am thankful for – besides all the usual personal stuff like family, health and well-being – is that we, as a community of people here on this Earth, take time to honor Thanksgiving. It may be celebrated on different days and in different ways in other countries, but there’s this global ideal of giving thanks.
It warms my heart and soul to think how we actually set aside a day to gather together in gratitude and GIVE THANKS. We open our hearts and homes to share in acknowledging our blessings, and often to share with others who have less.
What am I grateful for? I am grateful for Thanksgiving.
And then, as if that’s not enough, we follow up Thanksgiving with a whole season of giving and receiving. The very act of giving and receiving is a blessing to both the giver and the receiver. So let’s celebrate December and the holiday season, filled with lights and joy and good will toward our fellow man and woman.
Love, life and blessings to you all. Enjoy Always, T
Okay, so the last time I was here, which I admit was some time ago, I talked/wrote about Dreaming In Moonlight, my next book soon to be released (as soon as I got the cover art done). Well, hold on to your hats my friends, cuz it’s done. And beautiful. At least, I think it’s beautiful. Can’t speak for anyone else. I connected with Viola Estrella, who was referred by a fellow writing friend, and sent her my ideas. A few weeks later, she put my ideas into images. Now how nice is that? Pretty darn nice, if you ask me. I’ve had a few people, mostly very loving friends, tell me that they like it, so I have a bit of confidence that I’m not alone in thinking it’s lovely, but if I was, it wouldn’t be the first time.
Anywhoo, now I’m working with the good folks at Purple Papaya to get the book published out to all the major on-line booksellers as an ebook. It should be available before the big Christmas buying rush, which for a book that is NOT about Christmas or the holidays, doesn’t really mean much, but it’s nice to know I beat my self-imposed end of year deadline by over 30 days. Yahoo. (sounds like a good name for a wet site, what do you think, about Yahoo, I mean.)
As you can tell, or not, I’m kind of in a random mood, probably giddy with the idea of having another new book ready to be released. Either that, or three weeks of massage therapy is finally kicking in.
I hope to be back soon with news that it’s up and available for purchase. Until then, here’s a taste on just what it’s all about. . . Enjoy always, T
What he thought was the blessing of a lifetime becomes an unimaginable curse when Lord Gavin Richard Montague, the Grand Duke of Maninberg, agrees to accept immortality from Tazire, a powerful wizard, in exchange for complete control of his kingdom. Now he can never leave.
Besides being Tazire’s great granddaughter, Lady Tara Zanders, is an experienced dream weaver who would rather travel the world than submit to seeking out a husband. When she finds herself attracted to the charming spellbound duke, her curiosity is aroused and her wanderlust falters. She quickly realizes that Lord Gavin is trapped in his kingdom, but she doesn’t know why.
There’s a battle brewing just outside his kingdom that threatens her safety. He wants to protect her. She wants to uncover his secrets.
Each feels the pull of their passion, but will their well-guarded secrets destroy any hope they may have of finding mutual happiness and truly lasting love?
After weeks of dealing with the upheaval of moving into my new house I’m back at my writing desk and loving it. My next book, Dreaming In Moonlight is done and ready for cover art. I hope to have it released by the end of the year. I also have about 46,000 words written on my next new WIP, current working title: Until We Meet Again. It’s another time-travel adventure that takes a modern women back to New York in 1888 during the gilded age. It’s been great fun to write. So much fun. Life is good and I’ve got to get back to writing. Enjoy always, T