About The Editor's Viewpoint

I'm a Freelance Book Editor, and blogger. I do administrative services from simple resumes to websites I am married to Stanley and together we are raising our grandson. I have 4 grown children two of which are authors with published books and short stories, one who has her Master's Degree in Business and making her mark in the corporate world; and one son with his own screen printing business. I am passionate about editing for authors who are passionate about their work. I love singing, sewing, reading, and swimming when I can.

JONATHAN’S WAY – HIGH SCHOOL!

Hi All,

It’s been more than a year since I last shared with you about Jonathan, my grandson and his challenges growing up on the spectrum.  A lot has happened since those days.

First of all my virtual online business has grown by leaps and bounds, literally. I am thankful and grateful for that. In 3 months, God willing, my husband and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage.  Jonathan’s dad got married to a lovely woman.  His three doting Aunts have never stopped doting on him, either. 

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The last time I let you know that Jonathan  was going into middle school.  Well, in September this year, he will be going into high school.  He turned 14 this past January. But that ain’t all. He was always a tall boy for his age.  Now he stands 6’1″ tall and wears a size 13-1/2″ wide shoe. HELP! He has grown up as a teen and the girls like him.  HELP!

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With daddy at school concert

Not only that, his aunts have taught him how to drive and we are preparing for him to get a permit.  He drives good, too.  His grades are all above average and he seems to like science.  He can’t stand Social Studies.  No matter, I am grateful for how far he’s come.  One place that helped him go even farther is the Boys and Girls Club in our area. He is loved by the people there, and he has learned to play basketball.  He tried out for the school basketball team last year, but didn’t make it.  I think he couldn’t take the exercises they were forced to do for a week.  I am proud of him!

One thing he did for the very first time was done on Martin Luther King Jr, holiday on January 21, 2019.  He stood up in front of a couple of hundred people and gave a short speech on education. He was nervous and prayed a lot before the big day came. But he did a wonderful job. He made mama proud.  #mademamaproud

Jonathan giving speech on MLK Holiday January 21, 2019

Jonathan giving speech at MLK Holiday breakfast on January 21, 2019

So, here we go again. It’s Jonathan’s way and there’s never a dull moment.  I’ll keep you posted!

Rosa

 

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TRIBUTE TO DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!

Well, it’s back. We knew it was coming. So, I decided to do something different than complain about Daylight Saving time. I decided to look it up and find some facts about it. Maybe, just maybe I can stop sighing and screaming out loud….why me concept

Here are some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time, that should make you go “hmm”.  Don’t forget to set the clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight. When you do, you’ll wake up refreshed in the morning!  Yeah right!drawing of man sleeping

 

Facts about Daylight Saving Time

Online Reference:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/28358672631953252/?lp=true

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND!

It’s been a while since I blogged.  I really miss it. But running a business takes time, effort, and commitment.  

Deborah MackToday, however, I’m drawn to my blog post, because I want to share with you all just a few things about my girlfriend of  more than 30 years who passed away last week Monday the 11th of February, and we celebrated her life at her home going yesterday, the 18th.

I remember the first time I saw her at our church.  The church she attended came to visit our church.  She had on a beautiful yellow brocade blouse and a brocade mini pleated skirt.  She was alive and vibrant and full of love.  She had a red scarf tied around the neck of her blouse, which brought it out even more.  That very day when I spoke to her she said, “Hey, let’s get together sometimes.” Well, about 33 years later I can say that we got together many, many times. She was special.  The world was a better place because she was in it. I became a better person because of her friendship. She was beautiful and remained that way throughout her life.

Even more than that, I was able to trust my children to her advice and never once wondered if she would tell them the right things or try to lead them down the wrong paths.  In fact, they did what she said before they did what I said. That was a great blessing and benefit of her friendship.  My children are all grown now. She loved young people and mentored and guided them correctly.  She was generous with her money and resources, too.

I can go on and on about her, but instead I want to wish for all of you, this new year the kind of friendship that transcends sororities, clubs, and memberships. Associations with people is an insult to a great friendship. I wish for all of you the kind of friend I had.  I pray that you don’t leave this world without having had a friend like my friend, Deborah Mack.  

If you have that sort of friend or had one, please share about them in your blog posts.  Let’s all take this year by the horns and make things better by our encouragement, wisdom, and commitment to those we love and to that sphere of influence we have.  It’s great to be back.

Love you Deb and miss you so badly.  

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO TRULY LOVES HIS WOMAN!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I was on Facebook and just reading the various posts of my friends and I saw one that made me smile. A friend of mine showed pictures of her and her husband celebrating their anniversary. I love looking at pictures that people share of their families on Facebook and other social media. It is so nice to see lovely and fun pics and pictures of celebrations, especially with so much turmoil in our world.

Anyway, as I looked at the pictures she shared, I really noticed her husband. He was such a handsome man and there was no doubt that he loved his wife. I applaud him. I watched his reactions more than hers. But when I noticed my friend, I saw that she was glowing and basking in the love he had for her. She was like a flower that blossomed and never wilted. He had the right kind of nourishment to keep his flower blooming always.

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That is what made me give this tribute to a man who truly loves his woman and is not ashamed to show it in any stage of their lives. I’ve been privileged to be married to that kind of man. We are both slower and arthritis has caught up with both of us. But there is still a light that comes in his eyes when he sees  me each day. My heart still races when I see him. He is still my best confidant. He brings his  money home and has never made a detour with it. I have never been insecure about his love for me, never. He’s never given me a cause to doubt his love either.

So, to all the men who have a woman that they truly love and cherish, go for it. She’ll blossom and others will ask her why she looks so good? They will ask her how old she is and when she tells them that she is much older than her years indicate, she’ll whisper  “That’s because my man must be doing something right. He’s a great gardener.” Nuf Said!

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO THE ELDERLY AND ARTHRITIS

Happy New Year to everyone! 

It’s day three of the new year and I am excited about it. But this morning when I got up my knee said, “Take it slow.”  Well, I thought I was taking it slow, but not slow enough. So here I sit waiting on my pain medicine to kick in. 

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Arthritis for all the medical terminology and explanations about it HURTS! I used to power walk, exercise, and swim all the time. Oh yes, I used to run, too. Now I hobble to the car wondering why the car keeps moving further and further away from me.  I still try to lift those 5 pound weights for my upper arms. I try to do 10 lifts at a time. (I count by 2s). The last time I got in the 3 foot shallow end of the pool, I nearly drowned (not really) because my one arm would not go forward like it used to. (I used to do a mean dog paddle). Running is a fantasy I have now. 

Well, even though things have changed and I am older, I am still full of zest and life; it’s just that my body didn’t get the memo! No matter I am still grateful for each new day I wake up. I am glad for each year God gives me. I am glad that there are days when my arthritis doesn’t hurt so bad! 

It’s a new year and new challenges abound. Let’s face them with God on our side. Oh yes, I have learned that getting old isn’t for the weak, it’s for the strong! Here’s to a wonderful 2018 for all of us. 

Rosa

 

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

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Well, today is  my birthday. I am 64 years old and I feel much younger than that, until I walk on my sore knee.

I am very glad and happy for every year God gives me. So with that in mind here are a few statistics and facts from 1953, my birth year.

The Value of a dollar in 1953 – 

U.S. Inflation Rate, 1953-2016 ($100) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.55% per year. Prices in 2016 are 798.9% higher than prices in 1953. In other words, $100 in the year 1953 is equivalent to $898.90 in 2016, a difference of $798.90 over 63 years.

PRICES IN 1953

  • House: $17,400
  • Average income: $4,011
  • Ford  Car: $1,537 – $2,403
  • Milk. $.94 a gallon
  • Gas $.22 a gallon
  • Bread: $.16
  • Postage stamp: $.03
  • 10 lb bag of C&H Sugar: $.89
  • 12 oz jar of Libby’s pickles $.25
  • 16 oz jar of Kraft Cheese Whiz: $.57
  • Head of Romaine Lettuce $.10

Online Reference:  http://www.in2013dollars.com/1953-dollars-in-2016

Suddenly, I’m feeling old. I gotta go to the drug store, oops, I mean to the pharmacy and get some liniment for my knee.

Wow!  No matter, life goes on; and God, family, friends, and other loved ones make it all worthwhile.

Rosa

 

TRIBUTE TO BLOGGERS

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Well, I am looking out of a window as I write this particular blog and I confess that just a few minutes ago, my chest was full of anxiety and a bit of anger. That’s nothing new, because at times that happens to all of  us. I was truly full of anxiety. But just after that feeling began to get the better of me I saw a statistic online that spoke of anxiety in America and what it does and costs. Check it out:

“Anxiety disorders in the United States are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Some say the United States is now the most anxious nation in the world. The land of the Stars and Stripes has become the country of stress and strife. This is a costly achievement. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity, while our usage of sedative drugs keeps skyrocketing; just between 1997 and 2004, Americans more than doubled their spending on anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium, from $900 million to $2.1 billion. The Journal of the American Medical Association cited a study that indicates an exponential increase in depression. People of each generation in the twentieth century “were three times more likely to experience depression” than people of the preceding generation.”

Wow, that really something. So, what does that depressing statistic have to do with bloggers? I’m glad you asked.  As I see it, bloggers all around the world talk about subjects vast and dear to them. There are blogs that I read which actually cause me to have a different perspective on a subject. The blogs I sometimes read help me to finish my thoughts. Other blogs I read change my point of view. All of the blogs I read have a calming effect on me, as I read the earnest words of people just like me who have problems and heartaches just as I do.  It’s at those times that I realize again that we’re all just people who through blogging voice our opinions, gets things off of our chests, help others with humorous quips and sayings or with prayers and encouragement.

So, my wish to all of us bloggers is that we can throw away some of the meds we use to just make it through the day. Let’s blog and talk about it more and then see the results. Thank all of you for what you contribute to my life. Here’s to all of you bloggers – BLOG ON! You are helping countless others like me to relax.

Rosa