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A few weeks ago I read Breathing on Her Own published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas written by Rebecca Waters, a friend in a Facebook writers support group.  This book struck a chord with me because one of my friends in Visalia has gone through much of the same trauma.

Breathing on Her Own

Breathing on Her Own doesn’t sound like a lightweight romance, and it isn’t.  Waters walks us through the difficult healing process of a mother whose married adult daughter is paralyzed after a car accident.  WARNING:  Do not have unprotected sex if you think that parenting ends when your child leaves home at the end of… high school…  college… when they get married…

Molly Tipton, an active church-goer and Christian, battles God as she goes through the healing process after the car wreck.  Her daughter had been drinking, and the weather was bad.  Who got the blame for the accident?  God, of course.  It was HIS bad weather that made the road slick.  Well, maybe it was the “girlfriend” with Laney, she had always been a bad influence, but she died instantly, so it was hard to keep blaming her.

After the weeks Laney lingered in the hospital, Molly struggled through numerous changes and tribulations. That first night in the hospital watching her daughter struggle to breathe on her own, Molly never suspected that the caring officer, Officer Steadman, would later charge Laney with the manslaughter of one of her closest friends.  Molly and her husband, Travis, shared responsibilities for Laney’s children as the road to recovery wound around Obstacle Mountain.   When Laney left the hospital still unable to walk, Molly and her husband had hard financial decisions to make that threatened their retirement plans as they tried to help her daughter’s family cope with living with a disability.

 

Accidents are only a second away from any of us.  As she reached out to help , Molly discovered that her own life needed overhauling.

I recommend this book.  It’s an easy read, but then it’s not!

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A few days ago I told you that I switched to iPage. The switching procedure takes ended up being more complicated than I thought it would to switch, but I wanted to save $200 or so.  The service was great.  Eva called me, and answered my call.  However, I returned to WordPress because I had to transfer my own data to the hosting site.  Because my paid membership expired, I couldn’t do that and take my pictures.  I discovered that WP has a less expensive product to host the website, and give more room for storing my pictures.  I jumped on that train, and I’m back in business at WP.  For my simple purposes the $99 program is enough.  Just thought I’d share.

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  1. Marsha, do you reduce the size of your images before you use them in a post? I do this on Picmonkey and I make my images no more than 100kb. That way they use up hardly any space at all.

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    • Thanks, Steve. I’m back, and all over the map. Focus isn’t something I do well. I checked out Google + and Tumblr tonight as well as FB, LinkedIN and Twitter for my CCSS accounts. I am so stretched, I ought to be skinny! 🙂 hehe

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      • I can be a bit unfocused too. Very busy lately, working to keep present job prospects going, getting set for future interviews, etc! Time consuming and not cheap, either! Happy Mother’s Day, BTW.

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        • I don’t envy you your tasks! My brother is doing the same thing at age 60. It is never easy, but in some ways it is daunting as we get older unless we are working on a commission or for ourselves. Thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes. 🙂

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    • Wow! First, thank you Marsha for the review! And to answer Dianne’s question, Breathing on Her Own is not a true story. None of it. Oh the characters resemble people I know. I’m pretty sure I’m in Molly’s head and my husband is convinced he is Travis. But no. It is not true.

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      • It almost seems real, but it does happen, and it did happen to a friend of mine. I haven’t heard the end of her story. Yours ends well, I think. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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