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Meet Sue and Join The Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

I’m happy to announce an exciting event in this blogging family. We gather around to cheer and support one of our own – Sue Vincent.

Sue is living in the south of England. She is a poet, a commissioned painter, an accomplished writer, and a director of the Silent Eye, a modern mystery School. She is a supper-supportive blogger at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo where she hosts the weekly #WritePhoto challenge and posts all the works from the participants, and writes #Midnighthaiku. She invites bloggers to guest post on her “Be My Guest.” Click any link to find more about Sue or participate in her #WritePhoto at https://scvincent.com/2021/01/28/thursday-photo-prompt-guarded-writephoto, or read her #midnighthaiku at https://scvincent.com/2021/01/29/gifts-midnighthaiku-5.

I love landscape painting and chose this as Sue’s sample paintings.

Oil on Canvas by Sue Vincent

Sue has been a caretaker of her son for 11+ years since he suffered from the traumatized attack. Besides the challenge, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. This is the time she would appreciate the support when she can’t run full speed because of the side effect and the exhaustion from the treatment, plus the impact from the Covid pandemic.

Carrot Rach has created a Rodeo Classic to orchestrate the support event. It calls for a 99-words flash fiction contest. To take part, you write a flash fiction story of 99 words or a poem of 99 syllables, using the photo prompt at Carrot Ranch to find the “Hidden” Inspiration, and enter the contest using a form on the post, then you’d be invited take part in a small donation to support Sue.

“Each story needs to have a beginning, middle and end. Poems must have distinctive theme, movement, and rhythm; no rhyme scheme is necessary, but neither will rhyme be punished…” – H.R.R.

There is a $100 grand prize and five runners up will each receive one paperback from Sue’s collection of published books (those who live in a region where the paperback is unavailable may receive an e-Book instead).

The contest will close at midnight on Friday, February 19, 2021. Winning entries will be announced and read at CarrotRanch.com/blog on March 22, 2021.

I hope you would participate and enjoy the fun!

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You may find Books by Sue Vincent and those written with Stuart France available in paperback and for Kindle via Amazon.

Sue Vincent – UK – USA – France – Germany – Japan – and India.

Stuart France: UKUSFranceGermanyJapan and India

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Join the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic #blogginghero #writingchallenge #review

Sue Vincent is a fabulous writer and a generous supporter of the blogging community. Now it’s our turn to be there for her. Click the link below and read on. You can also find out more on Sue’s post The inconvenient walking dead… #Covid #cancer #carers

Robbie's inspiration

Sue Vincent is one of those special bloggers that inspires people all over the world. Readers have long been galvanized by her posts about mythology, about ancient ruins and medieval churches, and her daily #midnighthaiku. Even more have participated in and grown as a result of her #writephoto prompts. In addition to posting her prompts, Sue has tirelessly supported other bloggers by sharing others’ responses to her 19,000 and counting followers.

Recently, Sue has been faced with a new and difficult challenge: lung cancer. You canfollow her blogto find out more directly from her. The Covid pandemic has served not only to pose a specific threat to a person with a severe respiratory illness, but it has caused loss of human connection through self-imposed quarantine.

Now it’s time for Sue to receive something back from the community she’s been a cornerstone of for a decade. Let’s bring the…

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Tips & Advice: General Life – Personal Finance (Guest Post by Miriam Hurdle)

I’m so excited to be a guest on James J. Cudney‘s blog today. I invite you to head over to read this post about Personal Finance. I love to hear your kind comment.

It’s the next installment of the General Life segment in the Tips & Advice feature on the This Is My Truth Now blog. If you’re new to this segment, scroll toward the bottom to learn more about it and me. Today’s topic continues our guest posts with Miriam Hurdle who will talk about personal finances.

Miriam and I met a couple of years ago through our blogs. After chatting about books, life, and poetry, we began following one another and became friends. I thoroughly loved her book, as you’ll see in an author spotlight I published earlier this year. Today, I’m thrilled turn the floor over to her as she tells us all about personal finance – a topic that is dear to my heart and should be to yours too… especially with the rough economy we have right now. Let’s spend a few minutes listening to her advice…

Guest Post by Miriam Hurdle – Personal Finance

 

When it comes to money, I’m not a big spender. I never was and never will be. Yet I couldn’t save big money from years of working, let’s say, several thousand dollars. I had no control over the financial situation in my former marriage. After the divorce, my night gradually turned into dawn. Regardless of the huge amount of attorney fees and other expenses from the unpleasant stage of life, I slowly but steadily recovered, marching on to set goals for personal financial freedom.

One budgeting rule is the 50/30/20 rule.

  • 50% on needs (groceries, housing/rent, bills & utilities, health insurance, car payment/transportation)
  • 30% on wants (shopping, dining out, hobbies, entertainment, travel)
  • 20% on savings (savings, emergency fund, loan payment)

The other one is the 70/20/10 rule.

  • 70% for living expenses (rent, house payment, food, clothing, gasoline)
  • 20% for savings
    • 10% for retirement (IRA, 401(k), company pension)
    • 5% for emergencies (car repairs, medical expenses, unemployment)
    • 5% for specific goals (vacation, car, school tuition, a new computer)
  • 10% for debt (student loans, car payments, credit cards)

I didn’t follow any rules from the start. Once I regained control of the finance, my focus was on meeting basic needs and paying off any debts. It was a blessing to work in the public school when the health insurance was part of the benefit, and 8% deduction of salary toward retirement was mandatory with 8% matching fund from the school district. Any part of the wants was not in consideration for years. But I started saving as soon as I could.

Continue reading…

 

 

 

Discover Prompts, Day 14: Book

Ben Huberman at  Discover, WordPress posts a Daily Prompt throughout April. The prompt on day 14 is Book. He invited us to post something about a book.

 

My daughter and son-in-law read to their first baby, Autumn from day one of her life. No wonder her natural love about everything is reading a book. She loves to be read to and also loves to read by herself. My daughter has a website where she posts daily of Autumn’s photos. I picked several photos from December 2018 to April 2020 to show that she got caught in reading. She used to pick one book at a time and brought it to us to read to her. When I visited her in February, she wanted to bring six books to the couch for me to read. The bottom book did not quite align with the top five but she didn’t want to drop it. After several tries, she picked up all six books to bring to me so she would listen to them without interruption.

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Trading places with little Nora. April 13, 2020

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Reading aloud to herself. November 14, 2019

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Deep thinking about what she was reading. November 6, 2019

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After she asked me to read this book again and again, she read it by herself. June 15, 2019

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The museum has a reading room for her. March 15, 2019

2019.1.10 when she is real quet, I know what she's up to.

My daughter commented, “When she is really quiet, I know what she is up to.” January 10, 2019

2018.12.20 I came into her room and found her reading

My daughter commented, “I came into her room and found her reading. December 20, 2018 (She was 15 months old.)

 

https://wordpress.com/discover-wordpress/2020/04/14/discover-prompts-day-14-book/

 

 

 

School Days, Reminiscences of Miriam Hurdle

I’m over at Norah Colvin’s blog sharing about my School Days Reminiscences. Please click the link below and head over to read the original post and read the archives of other bloggers’ posts.

School days reminiscences of Miriam Hurdle

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

Miriam Hurdle, poet

This week, I am pleased to introduce Miriam Hurdle, poet, blogger, flash fiction writer, photographer, ex-teacher and educator. She blogs at the Showers of Blessings and recently published a book of poems entitled Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.

I first met Miriam at the Carrot Ranch when she rode up and joined in the flash fiction challenges. Since then, we’ve met up in many different places around the blogosphere. Considering she’s been blogging even longer than I; I’m surprised we hadn’t met earlier. We share our thoughts on education and grandchildren, and in fact on anything to do with making our journeys through life the…

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