A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2020-53

We are getting the Vaccine!

It is amazing that we have already been chosen to get the vaccine on the last day of this year. The word was that Independent Living was not getting it until later, and only Assisted Living and Memory Cary would. But then, they decided that we are not completely separated all the time, so the better thing to do is to vaccinate everybody. So that is good news at the end of this year.

A Kirkus Review!

The best news of the year came the day before my birthday: I received a Kirkus Review of my book Rising from the Shadow of the Sun. I am very pleased with the review, and intend to publish it on the Kirkus Website.

This is what will happen: professional reviewers assess merit based on the value of the content and reading experience alone. If you choose to publish your review on the Kirkus website, you will see whether your book earned a Kirkus Star. If your book does receive a Star, it will immediately be eligible for the Kirkus Prize.

My book is not stellar; it is a story that needed to be told.

As soon as a few kinks that have to do with the ISBN numbers have been ironed out, by January 2,  I will offer it for publication on the Kirkus Website. Then it will be eligible for publication in the Kirkus Magazine, and what all this means is that it will get exposure to a whole new world of industry influencers, agents, publishers and consumers. And that is what I am so looking forward to! My goal, my pledge, is to tell the story my mother so painstakingly put on paper in the most miserable four years of her life, as long as I can. Because of Covid, I have not done any presentations, but through my Kirkus Review I will reach a whole new realm of readers. I am so excited! It is amazing to me how little, if anything at all, the younger generation knows about World War Two in the Pacific. Before publication on the Kirkus Website, I am not allowed to publish any part of the review, but after that I will post it wherever I can.

Christmas and Birthday

were absolutely wonderful. Sparkling with phone calls and FaceTimes and delicious deliveries, and piles of cards, wishes on FaceTime and reasonably good weather for nice walks, togetherness and family sharing, even at a distance. It was different, but we are hoping for a wonderful new year. Our warmest wishes to all of you for all the best and especially good health.

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Until next time,


2 thoughts on “A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2020-53”

  1. What marvelous news! We are so happy for you!!! Well deserved and long overdue. Fingers crossed that this comes to fruition. You write well and the world needs to know more about the atrocities of the Pacific War during WWII and the faith and courage of your family.


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