Hi MKSP Online Book Club Family,

I hope this message finds you well. I have some fun planned for you today here on the blog. But before we start the game, I want to wish you all a joyous holiday season.

I’m sure you can relate when I say the last two years have been hard. Most people I know have been through at least one deeply painful event and many have had one thing after another piling up until it seems there is no light left at the end of the tunnel.

Then add the holidays and you have a recipe for a broken heart. The concert you paid for, cancelled, the dinner you were invited, can’t go, the restaurant closed its doors, people are tired of being alone, fed up with illness, not being able to pay the bills, sick of having to cancel things because someone comes down with C-19. And then there are the more important loses. The people we love that were taken too early, the jobs that were lost, the freedoms taken away. Painful decisions to leave a home behind and move, fires, floods, you name it. I’m sick to death of this silent enemy stealing from the people I love, so I’d bet all of you feel the same way.

I’ve been in a place of reflection, asking that age old question, “why.” Why am I born to a time such as this when it seems there is nothing I can do? Why are the people who are here born to a time such as this? Why us, Lord? Why? I don’t have the answer for that, but I do know I’m here to hold out my arms and gather those who need an embrace, to encourage and support. And to offer ideas. I know I must continue to listen and pray and do my part in making things better for others.

With all that having been said I was given an idea to start up my blog again. Give a happy place for authors and readers to come together and combine it with my Big Fat Giveaway idea of 2008 – 2009 when things were really harsh financially. I helped a lot of people to turn away from negative thinking and I’m know it will help them again.

Let’s do a fun giveaway today. In the comment section below write up your favorite holiday memory. It doesn’t have to be long, one paragraph will do. Everyone who shares a memory will have their name put in a drawing. The winner will receive a ten-dollar Amazon gift card. The deadline will be tomorrow (Friday) at midnight Eastern time. Winner will be announced through the newsletter. So, if you’re not subscribed to the newsletter quickly sign up on the newsletter page of this website and then post your memory.

I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s memories!

Best of luck to all of you,