March Madness 😜

My husband recently went through back to back medical procedures and fortunately is doing well. While stuck in the house, he started watching the college basket ball games of the March Madness tournaments.

I was relieved he found something to do, but now I can't close my eyes without hearing cheers from the crowd or the squeak from tennis shoes on the court. He calls mealtimes and when the phone rings "time outs" and tries to have me schedule lunch during half time.

Last night he referred to going to bed as being benched, and once there claimed to reset the buzzer instead of setting the alarm. This morning as I stood in the kitchen he told me the clock ran out and I needed to shut the refrigerator door.

I think it's time to tell him that he's not scoring any points or going to receive any free throws or anything else for that matter, from the head coach. Maybe I'll throw in a shot about what the penalties are for too many offensive fouls and then remind him I have a few defensive plays of my own. Tell him that if he keeps crossing the foul line, hitting the back board will be the closest he'll get to sinking the bucket.🏀

Here's to springtime weather and hoping those warmer days are not to far away!🌼💐

Donna

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Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

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Pride in Your Community

It was Red Green who said, "Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together."  I know a comedy show host isn't the best source of information or encouragement, but these days nothing rings truer than his words.(The Red Green show is about a Canadian resort owner/handyman who uses duct tape to fix or invent things. The comical scenes are based on Red, his nephew and the town's people.)

Change is a fact of life but it seems like the rapid changes of late have not been for the best for our country. It doesn't matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, we need to pull together to save our nation.

We hear so much stuff on the news and social media and most of us don't know what to believe. The only thing I see is the dust has settled since Covid and it's time to stand together to protect ourselves and our homeland. I think a good way to start is to unite with your community. Volunteer or just figure out how to get to know your neighbors. Invite someone to meet for coffee, attend an event in your town or bring a meal to someone who is experiencing a hardship.

I've joined an exercise program that is offered for free in my community. (A shout out to an outstanding citizen in our town who agreed to lead us.) I absolutely love it and not only have I shaped up, I've met some great people in my neighborhood. It's a fun time and everyone has gotten to know each other and have formed what I think is a wonderful bond. We look out for each other and now all of us are in touch with what's going on in our area. I love living in my small community and I know many of you feel the same way.

The fact is that we're all in this together no matter what your political stance.

Who knows maybe some time spent with someone who doesn't share your views may enlighten you both?

Here's to a brighter future!

🇺🇸☀️

Donna

P.S. The picture I've included shows the small amount of snow we have here in February in northern Minnesota! Yeah!

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Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

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Surviving Winter

The subject I planned for my blog this month was going to be about protecting your mental heath during a long winter season. I did some research on the topic and I wrote an article, but after reading it, I decided I’d rather write about something fun. I thought instead of suggesting things to do to maintain sanity, I would just go ahead and write about something I did last Friday night that improved my sanity.

My husband and I and some good friends went to the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minnesota to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive Concert. I’ve been to some concerts in the last few years that weren’t bad, but I didn’t feel were worth the high price of the tickets.

Without a doubt this concert was worth the ticket price. It actually was a two for one because Randy Bachman was also a member of the Guess Who. Not only did we get to hear hit songs from BTO, we also heard a huge number of Guess Who hits. The instrumental and vocals were very high quality and the history behind some of the songs’ origins was interesting to learn.

I guess getting out and doing something to improve my mood is a lot better than sitting around thinking about what I could do.

So, next time when the cold drags you down, get out there and do something fun!

Donna

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The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200I promise not to share your email address with others and I won't email you to death.

Rethinking Your Resolutions

It seems each year we make resolutions to ourselves and others about changing negative things in our lives. And like every year, most of us give it short half-hearted try and fail. It led me to think that maybe we don't even know what making a resolution actually means. I decided to look up the definition of resolution and I found there were five meanings listed:
    1. The act or process of resolving.
    2. The action of solving.
    3. The quality of being resolute firmness, determination.
    4. A formal statement expressing the opinion, will, or intent of a body of persons.
    5. Photographic resolution.
So I looked up resolve:
    1. To break up into constituent parts; analyze.
    2. To distinguish between or make visible adjacent parts of.
    3. To solve or find answer to; solve.
    4. Determine, decide.
    5. To make or pass a formal resolution.
    6. Fixity of purpose.
    7. Something resolved.
I think the word and definition we should focus on is resolve. Rather than using just one meaning, I'm going to combine them all. Instead of thinking we are going to turn our whole world upside down overnight, we should analyze what we want to change. Is it a realistic or possible goal? If it's viable, we need to break it into small doable parts. We then need to figure out possible plans and pick one or more that will help us be successful. But before we announce our intentions to the rest of the world, we need to put on an armor of determination and plant our feet firmly in our belief that we have the power to resolve any issue however daunting it appears to be.

Happy New Year!

Donna

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Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

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Two Christmas Wishes

I've never been a person who gets caught up in all the hoopla and commercialism that surrounds Christmas. I try to focus on its true meaning — the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. But each year I imagine what it would be like to feel my heart swell in my chest (not from a heart attack) from the unlimited joy the season brings. Somewhat like the Grinch after he figures out the true meaning of Christmas.

So this year I want to zero in on what I think would help me capture the ‘magic’ with two wishes. My first wish this holiday season is for my sister, Debbie, to beat her cancer and live a long and healthy life. My second wish is for everyone, especially those who are dealing with cancer of a loved one or themselves to feel real joy and comfort this Christmas.

More than anything I need to realize that the magic of the season has always been there — I just have to believe.

Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄

Donna

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Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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“By The Way — We Hung Your Wife.”

Years ago, I took a trip out east with my husband, Rick, and our son, Kevin and one of the interesting places we visited was Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after arriving, we signed up for a reenactment of a witch trial. It was based on the very first witch trial of a women named, Bridget Bishop, who lived in Salem Town.

Once we got to the meeting point, we noticed several actors dressed in colonial clothing were dispersed throughout the crowd of tourists. They mingled and talked friendly to everyone until without warning one actor turned to another and said loudly in a thick English accent, "She pushed my boy you know and he fell to the ground." Another actor immediately joined in, "I saw her wearing a red bonnet the other day." During this time another actor came walking through the crowd and the ones bad mouthing began to push and shove her. At one point they pushed her into my husband and he threw his arms up not knowing what to do. Seeing this one of the actors sneered at my husband and yelled out, "Look at the Minnesotan! He's defending the witch!"

We then walked with the now angry mob on the same cobblestone street that Bridget Bishop had, to the very building where the trial had taken place in1692. Everyone in the crowd used a wide staircase to the second floor and we were led to a small black elevator because our son was in a motorized wheelchair.

A nice young man dressed in colonial garb loaded us onto the elevator and when we started to move, I jokingly asked,"How do you know if you're taking up witches?" The elevator suddenly jerked and the man turned to me with frightened eyes. I asked if the elevator ever did that before and he told me it was the first time he experienced or heard of it. We blew it off thinking he was telling us a line to enhance our experience and got off the elevator.

During the trial anyone was invited to testify, but all of the actors testified using the actual documentation that had been used in the original trial. Some were dressed as Quakers and reported that they saw snakes coming out of her stomach which left me thinking that these people had to have been on drugs. In the end she was convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to hang.

When the performance ended, we walked back to the black elevator but when the actor hit the button the doors wouldn't open. Several other actors and staff also tried, but the doors remained shut. We ended up talking with the actors for over an hour while we waited for the fire department to come and rescue us. During that time we learned more facts about the trial. There had been a strange fungus in the wheat that year and some believed it made people hallucinate.(I argued if the bread was baked it would've killed the fungus.)

Bridget Bishop's only crime was just being an ornery woman who didn't care about what other people thought or what she said. Her husband was out of town on business when they hung her. I can just hear them telling the poor man, "Oh by the way, while you were gone, we hung your wife."

We tried to leave Salem that day, but ended up staying the night when one of our brand new tires mysteriously blew before we got out of town. 🧹🧙

I hope you have a fun Halloween!

Donna

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Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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When In Rome …

I can't believe it went so fast. All the planning and the anticipation and then — boom — our twelve day vacation of a lifetime was over. Before we knew it, Italy became a memory and we were back sleeping in our own beds.

It was a beautiful country with a long violent history, delicious food, great wine, famous art and of course lots of traffic and tourists.

It was a fun place to visit, but there was some things I found different or even strange. First of all, no matter how fancy the hotels were they didn't have wash cloths or shower curtains in the bathrooms. Each tub was very long and rounded at the bottom which made them slightly dangerous. On the top where a curtain normally would hang a mounted glass panel covered a little over a third of the area by the shower head to the tub. So when my husband showered and I was brushing my teeth at the vanity, I would get another shower. As for the washcloths, I was told by our tour guide and the clerks at the front desk of every hotel we stayed in that they don't put washcloths in hotel rooms in Italy.

Our rooms did have a regular toilet and a bidet that we never used because neither of us knew how to. Most of the public bathrooms and ones at the basilicas required a half of an euro to use. All of the restrooms except for a very few had toilets without a ring to sit on. So a person had to squat and balance on your knees while you did your business. I often thought about little old ladies with arthritic knees attempting to go to the bathroom and decided I didn't have anything to complain about.

Some of the shrines to the saints and popes in the basilicas had the actual pieces of the their bodies (lips, teeth, skin, heart ...)  preserved in gold embellished glass decanters. Some of their bodies were mummified and displayed in glass coffins. So weird!

There was so many places to eat and every meal we ate at a ristorante was tasty and reasonably priced. Dinners were concluded with a complimentary shot of limoncello, which was very delicious. One thing I did notice was that most of the servers were men. When I asked someone they told me that being a server was a prestigious job in Italy. It made me wonder what's going on in that country with women's rights. I think I figured it out when we stood across the street in Rome and observed the senate enjoying a break. I was amazed to see that all of the senators were men except for one.

I guess we really need to appreciate our own country and the rights we have here. Like Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home." 🇺🇸🇮🇪

Ciao for now,

Donna

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The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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A Little Help From My Friends

As I write this blog, my website is on the fritz. I don’t know when I’ll get it fixed, but hopefully I’ll get this blog out before the month is over. I’ve only been late one other time when I had computer troubles. Experiencing issues with your website is almost like your child being sick.You just want them to be better as quickly as possible.

Modern technology is really great when it works, but it seems when you depend on it, it’s far from foolproof. I’m trying to be calm and wait for a technician friend of mine to respond to my call for help. I’m not afraid to jump in and do things myself, but I’ve learned from the past to wait for direction. It’s best to steer clear of the rocks and dive where someone tells you it's safe.

Things have changed so much in the last years and it’s hard to believe how much I depend on technology. Like many of us it all started gradually for me. I had a job where I didn’t use the computer, but after my son was diagnosed with a terminal disease I had to make some changes. I needed to be in control of my work schedule and I started my own cleaning service. During that time I only used my computer to print out business cards and invoices for my clients. Years went by before I started writing romance novels and it didn’t take long to realize I needed to learn how to use a computer. I never completed a typing class in high school, so it was a real challenge. It was like trying to learn a new language.

Now after publishing five novels, I tell people that you really can teach old dogs new tricks. So, if there’s something that you need or want to learn, my advice is to tell yourself that you can do it and then go for it. I wonder how hard it would be to play the mandolin?🎵 Until next time, keep learning!

Donna

P.S. Does anyone know what's going on with the oak tree in the picture from this blog post?

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Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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Those Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Do you remember the song called the "Those Lazy Hazy Days of Summer" by Nat King Cole? When I hear that old tune, I picture folks on the porch watching the sun go down with a glass of lemonade in their hands. It brings to mind the old Country Time Lemonade commercials and the calming voice of the announcer talking about the feel of grass between your toes, the sunshine on your shoulders and how many days it's been since you felt either one. All of it creates an image of what summer should be — lazy and carefree.

Canadian forest fires have certainly made this summer hazy. For several days the sun rose like an orange ball and beamed through the smoke that many people assumed was fog in the morning air. The rest of the day was always hazy, but later the setting sun shone through the smoke and painted the world below with soft amber-colored rays. The lovely hues reminded me of the strawberry wine we make. (Our strawberry wine is made without artificial colors)

As far as the lazy part, many of our summer days are so crammed full, they come with a schedule and most end up far from relaxing. There's always an event or three going on in our lives. As children, summer seemed to last forever and it sometimes it was boring. But what's wrong with being bored and lazy once in a while? My siblings and I used our imaginations to invent things to play with around the house or outside in the woods.

These days children rarely have to use any creativity. Everything is done for them on the computer, iPad or television. And now with artificial intelligence literally everything will be as the name suggests — artificial!

But with or without AI, the lack of imagination is evident in many books, movies and music composed in the world today. Much of the current work is taken from old stuff and has been redone or is a repeat of the same plots or the same sounds. Some of it can be blamed on the intense marketing that is done with everything. It doesn't matter how talented you are, it's about how well you're promoted. There's a window that promoters use and if something is different or outside the window, it's sadly disregarded because it hasn't shown itself to be profitable.

So the bottom line is: Let yourself and your children be bored and lazy once in a while — it's good for the mind. If you don't believe me, read this article titled "Einstein Was Boring Before He Was Brilliant" at:https://calnewport.com/einstein-was-boring-before-he-was-brilliant/

Have a great rest of your summer 👙🌼🍹⛱ and enjoy these lazy, crazy days!

Donna

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The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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Exclusively Eighties

I'm really excited to be working on an eighties rock and roll romance called 'Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place.' It's been so much fun reminiscing about how the world was back then — fun and less stressful. I remember the rock bands of the eighties and how many were referred to as the 'Hair Bands' because of their wild long hair. Bands like Van Halen, AC/DC and Def Leppard were king with their electric guitars and everyone was dancing wherever a good band was found. One of my favorites was a group called 'Tears for Fears' and I still reflect on the eighties whenever I hear one of their songs on the radio.

Back then some of the young girls were mimicking Madonna with her heavy make-up and bold fashions that included fish net stockings, gloves and lots of big jewelry. She always topped off her look with some kind of a sparkling bow in her messy, half-up hairdo. I loved high waisted jeans and wore high wedged or heeled shoes and styled my long hair with feathered bangs. Jumpsuits were the happening thing and I had one in red and another in purple. When I wore the purple one I always put on my long lavender colored feathered earrings.

I'm very interested and would be thankful to hear comments on things that you loved or hated about the eighties. Anything specific to that time frame that sticks out in your memory would be so helpful for me in writing my book. It can be anything from what rock groups you loved or something about fashion, a favorite TV show or even a commercial. Please send your comments to https://donnalovitz.com/contact/ or post one on my Facebook page. http://Facebook.com/donnalovitz

Thank you so much and until next time — keep on rocking!🎸

Donna

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The Keys to Paradise (A Tropical Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084243

Only a Heartbeat Away (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084235

Revenge in a Heartbeat (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084227

Heartbeat of Desire (A Modern History Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084219

Ryley (A Christmas Romance) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734084200

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