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August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013

Today is the “I had a Dream Speech. ” These words are now ingrained as building blocks in our history. One man did so much to further our civilization.

But what about you? Did you have a dream? Do you have one now? Is that dream part of your stepping stones to where you are going?

When we were in the twenties – we had our own bright dream. Some of us to find someone to love and bring kiddles into the world that we could love and teach and hope they would progress further than we did. Some of us to conquer the world and give it to our kiddles for their birthright. Some of us to travel and write.

Do you remember being in the thirties – going strong – if we had decided on rug rats, they had definite possibilities and showed every sign of being the smartest, the cutest of all other rug rats. With or without children in our lives, there was not much time for dreams, took every minute to keep up with all the duties we had assigned ourselves.

Then when we reached forties, there came a time for stepping back and looking at where we were going. Our young children were on the way, maybe trying to find their dream, but we had no doubt that the road had green lights flashing for us.

Whoops, came the years of our fifties. What was that dream again? Have we strayed from it? Or did we find a better one? This time became a sorting out of all those dreams in the closet and finding the ones that might work.

Sixties, fifties, seventies, eighties. Yep, we could accept. Or we could keep that dream bright. It was an individual choice, no two persons would make the same choice. But as Poe said, “Whatever is, is right.”

My dreams of my grade school years came into being. Looking back, I know I had a true dream and, despite getting mired down in mud from time to time, it is great to have a dream become part of your being.

This blog, written in haste, is to tell you to follow YOUR dreams.

With love, mother, step-mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, correspondent and writer.

Mariam Lewis Heiny Cheshire
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Published on August 28, 2013 14:23 • 146 views • Tags: bright-dreams, green-lights, your-dream

August 24, 2013

“I bought green bananas yesterday,” reported the 86 year old darling of the sixth floor.

That is the symbol, the waving flag, of the generic age.

The first rule of writing: What do you have to say that will intrigue the Reader that just opened this page?

Do you, the Reader, want a crystal ball for YOUR future years? O.K. Here’s what you can look forward to: Glorious accomplishments with nary an ache or pain.

As I considered this Log, I knew I had gobs to tell you about how to raise your kids, how to build a log cabin, most of all how to turn ten cents into ten million dollars. More possibilities will come across the horizon as we go along.

Since I am Caretaker for my Sweetie Pie, our problems of surviving each day have a different approach than you will. Should I lay out clean clothes, plan a shower (did you know a shower takes planning?) or wait until a bit more of breakfast is spilled on the shirt?

When I go to bed tonight I will put the question in my mind: Do you want to read a few pages of 24 HOURS? When I get up in the morning to close the blinds, keeping sun out of sleepy eyes, the laid out first chapter will be complete with sentences and paragraphs and conversation.

All of this goes through my mind as I microwave the oatmeal. As a consequence of not paying attention I dumped twice the usual amount of flax in the coffee cup instead of cereal. Can one get a high from flax?

Just heard an idea on Marketing. Do you have a book or pottery or a painting to sell? Running With The Bulls blares away on TV. Would that make news or shall I wait until I’m 90? Just in case you haven’t had the time to read it yet, here’s TASWOS.
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Published on August 24, 2013 14:56 • 194 views • Tags: crystal-ball, running-with-bulls, writing-rules

August 21, 2013

OK, Mariam, the time has come to figure out why you are doing a web-log.

Reading? Oh my, yes. I’m in the middle of a million readers and it is so much fun to start a conversation about the books of Heinlein and Asimov, Nordoff & Hall, Jack London, Ernest Gann or Richard Halliburton, to name a few of my old favorites.

Do other people have a similar problems that slow down the pages turned?

Eyes will only take so much. At 86, gone are the days when I would say to my mother, or my husband, or myself . . . “I’ll just finish this chapter.” Those are famous words since kindergarten. Now when the eyes tell me there are four lines instead of two, I gotta pay attention.

There are other things I want to do and number one is writing. Writing is like having a story in your head and reading it as it appears on paper. And I don’t want to stop, I want to just finish this chapter.

I would like to find people who know about marketing. I would like to find people who could tell me how to find people.

Then there are other annoying details in my day to take away my minutes.. It would be great if I could find other 86 year old caregivers and how he/she handle unexpected situations that gotta be handled, like it or not. My latest is relining teeth. I learned seconds had to be counted, the goo has to be just exactly like pouring honey . . . in case anyone wants to know.

If I am in contact with anyone who wants to help me solve the problems of being an old lady and wanting to get as much done as a teenager, come on in, pull up a chair and I’ll pour the coffee. (warn you – it’s instant. And the cookies are store bought.)

Stay tuned, who knows where this is going. Here’s where I’ve been.
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Published on August 21, 2013 14:08 • 149 views • Tags: find-people, halliburton, marketing, nordoff-hall, story-in-your-head

August 16, 2013

August 16. The social media Quandry. I am signing off on Facebook. That takes too much time. For Twitter - I will allow 139 characters which is about right. This K-log will be my outlet to the world.

My current question - Is it better to use time to market Sanctuary or is it better to start putting on paper the words going around in my head?

At age 86, one has to ration time. I want to write at least two, maybe three, more books. If I analyze - why - since Sanctuary has not yet broken into the Best Selling Lists - I will borrow the phrase "Because its there."

At the moment the title on my file is "24 Hours". If I could have 24 hours back in time with my sweetheart, would it have made a difference?!?

Stay tuned.
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Published on August 16, 2013 17:34 • 105 views

August 13, 2013

August 13th - TASWOS (the alternate safe world of Sanctuary) is now launched into a choppy sea.

With the special advent on August 11th as a free day for Kindle ebook and the downloading of 139 ebooks, I felt as though we (friends & family)had broken a bottle of wine to send Sanctuary on the way.

We will now add helpful winds to help TASWOS reach a golden goal. Bon Voyage to my dream!
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Published on August 13, 2013 17:06 • 83 views

August 12, 2013

What a wonderful, marvelous TEAM EFFORT!

And what a Wonderful Birthday Present.

I didn’t expect so much. You all have contributed, building my Cake up Higher and Higher.

I am overwhelmed.

There have been some very special efforts. My kids (Fred and Magaly) outdid themselves in contacting everyone who came within their radius, starting early Sunday morning.

I won’t give names because I don’t want to leave anyone out – however – there are a few people in the Phoenix area who got the ball rolling, nice and early. Then it took over. I had phone calls from some of you and you added to the effort with enthusiasm.

Here is the final tally:

139 free e-books were downloaded yesterday

Two soft cover books @ $7.44 were purchased

Back in 1972, I was in my comfortable laid-back position on the couch, steno pad & ball point pen propped on my knees, starting a Letter to the Editor. After a few paragraphs, I went over to the Sears Remington typewriter on the round table in the dining area – where I could look out those old wooden French doors to the back yard – and started a magazine article. My typewriter speed on the old manuals was 80 words a minute on a good day and I was going strong.

After a few pages, I looked at my best friend, who waited on the chair next to me, and said, “Mighty Mouse, this is worth more than a few pages, isn’t it?” She opened blue eyes and agreed with a short Siamese Meeow.

Thus, Sanctuary was born. Wouldn’t it be something if there is a Joey in this time and age waiting for the incentive to come forth??

Counting previous totals, well over 250 books and e-books are out in the world. It could be that the ball is rolling. We sit back and wait and see what happens next.

If you know of anyone who wants to give a soft cover good reading book for Christmas, now is the time to spend $7.44 before the price doubles in September.

It was a wonderful, wonderful birthday. My love goes out to all of you.

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Published on August 12, 2013 11:02 • 71 views

August 11, 2013

It is tough being a newbie. I don't know how to go about telling everyone that for my 86th birthday my Kindle e-book The Alternate Safe Word of Sanctuary -- will be FREE today only. It can be reached in Kindle

by typing my name MARIAM CHESHIRE or

with this short cut

So far 24 books have been given away (12:30pm) and I hope to make 100.
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Published on August 11, 2013 12:15 • 98 views • Tags: free-today-only-86th-birthday

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