A New Life: Changes and Great Expectations! 2023 – 06

The Unbridled Creativity of a Dermatologist: Just so you know, if it should happen to you

It goes without saying that dangerous skin cancers need to be cut out as soon as they are discovered, and the spot itself needs to be removed with a safe margin. So when the nurse told me ahead of time that the surgeon would probably take a margin of 7 mm on all sides, I figured out how large my scar would be. After the margin was penciled out, they showed me a picture that measured an oval of about 2″ in length and 3/4″ across. The surgery was done quickly. I felt no pain at any time, and I am happy that it was discovered early and treated early. But can you imagine my shock when I took  the bandage off forty hours later: it will be a scar of 4″ long! That is inches, not millimeters! I’m counting my blessings: it’s on the back of my arm, practically invisible, and in no time at all the stitches will come out and I can start pampering it with gentle massages. Phew!

Pine Straw 

The gardeners spent two days putting fresh pine straw on all the borders and around all trees in the neighborhood. It seems to be the thing to do here in North Carolina. I remember putting pine straw, available from the hardware store, in the dog run that we had created for Lani next to our patio in Waltonwood. There was a layer of wood chips at first, but the little puppy loved to eat the wood chips and that was dangerous for her health.

There is Book Life after Retirement

Since I retired from book writing and lectures and the like, it feels good to know that my books are still available in many places, some of which I had not heard of before they asked me if they could publish my books. I just received the list. Have you read all of them? Or some of them? Would you tell me your opinion?

Of course you can get them also on Amazon, in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, England and many other countries all over the world.

Reviews you will find on Amazon, typically not at libraries or other publication places.

The three books currently available are:

Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy,

Survivors of WWII in the Pacific and


Following is a list of my books’ publications since 20017

A long list with most of the links, I will publish it right away, otherwise the page will get too long!

Barnes & Noble – Published @ Barnes & Noble on January 17, 2017, 20:44 PM

Apple – Published @ Apple on January 17, 2017, 21:05 PM

Scribd – Published @ Scribd on January 17, 2017, 21:30 PM

Kobo – Published @ Kobo on January 23, 2017, 23:12 PM

Bibliotheca – Published @ Bibliotheca on July 8, 2018, 11:11 AM

OverDrive – Published @ OverDrive on October 25, 2018, 20:08 PM

Baker & Taylor – Published @ Baker & Taylor on January 30, 2019, 10:27 AM

Tolino – Published @ Tolino on September 7, 2019, 15:03 PM

BorrowBox – Published @ BorrowBox on July 11, 2021, 14:48 PM

Vivlio – Published @ Vivlio on June 2, 2022, 20:30 PM

Hoopla – Published @ Hoopla on July 25, 2022, 16:14 PM

Smashwords – Published @ Smashwords on February 19, 2023, 23:38 PM

Palace Marketplace – Published @ Palace Marketplace on March 2, 2023, 21:14 PM


Enjoy life to the fullest, a day at a time

Love everyone who crosses your path and

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2 thoughts on “A New Life: Changes and Great Expectations! 2023 – 06”

  1. Dear Ronny,I visited the dermatology clinic on Highhouse road inCary, and heard from the doc that one of his patients was a”little old Dutch lady” who had been in a Japanese POW camps– just like me! I I am 82 years old, born in Soerabaja and was in 4 such camps! I wouldcertanly like to meet and talk to you about your experiences.
    There is. inactive Dutch club inRaleigh and we meet once a month, play cards (Klaverjassen) ,eat , talk and have a good time. There are 4 members from Nedernlands Indie! You may eve know some ??
    I am a retired math prof from NCSU, and my wife is a retired German prof from State. We. have lived at 1700 Medfield road in Raleigh 27607, and can be reached under 919-851-5339.
    I am not an author, but like to write poetry! (which started writing Sinterklaas gedichtles.)
    Once I have your email, I can sendy ou some my compositions.
    Tot steaks by Bosch, Robert E hartwig

    • Hello Robert!

      It is so good to hear that more camp survivors are alive and well, and even living in the same area of this wonderful country.
      I regret to tell you that I am retired, yet extremely busy. I have absolutely no time in the day to meet with you. Any available free time I like to spend reading good books or write my Blog Posts. I know about the Dutch Club, visited one time. If you want to know about my camp experiences, read my book “Rising from the Shadow of the Sun”. It is based on my mother’s secret journal. It is available online and in several libraries, in print and audio. The whole list of places where it has been published is right here in this Blog Post. Enjoy!

      Warm regards,

      Ronny Herman de Jong


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