All posts by Tina Frisco

Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews, essays, articles in the field of medicine, her début novel - Plateau: Beyond the Trees, and her children's book - Gabby and the Quads. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles. Tina's new novel is expected to be published in late 2016.

John W. Howell – A Tribute

John Fioravanti writes an outstanding tribute to John Howell on the occasion of his birthday. I’m sure I speak for all in our blogging community in wishing John a very Happy Birthday and many more to come ❤

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It is May 22nd – Happy Birthday, John!

I have known John for almost three years and I can’t think of another friend that commands my respect like this man does. I met him online through Rave Reviews Book Club not long after I joined in July of 2014. Not only was I new to the club, but I was also totally inept in using Twitter which is the social medium of choice there. It was John who took pity on me and began to give me informal lessons to master “Twitterese” – a bastardized form of English. I learned – after a fashion.

Not long after I assumed the position of Producer of the club’s Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio shows, John joined us as a host of the SPOTLIGHT HONORS show. It turned out that John is a natural behind the mike after spending some time in his youth spinning…

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#Book Review ~ The Little Soul and the Sun

The Little Soul and the Sun

Written by Neale Donald Walsch 
Illustrated by Frank Riccio

The Little Soul and the Sun by Neale Donald Walsch

My 5-star Review
Why Do We Do the Things We Do?

This book made me rethink my attitude toward those who commit acts of cruelty and injustice. The Little Soul and the Sun, written by Neale Donald Walsch and illustrated by Frank Riccio, tells the story of a little disincarnate soul who wants to experience the act of forgiving when she incarnates. But since everything the Creator made is perfect, there would be no one to forgive. So another little disincarnate soul offers to incarnate with her and do something really terrible, in order for her friend to experience forgiving. When asked why she would be willing to behave despicably, the friend replies, “I would do it because I love you.”
I’ve owned this book since its publication in 1998 and have reread it many times over the years. The recent chaos and unrest in the United States and around the world has moved me to read it once again. And my heart soared. There are many ways to respond to heartless injustice and despicable acts of cruelty. We can react in anger, close and fill our hearts with hatred, and forget who we truly are. Or we can keep our hearts open, move into gratitude, rise above the chaos, and engage in meaningful nonviolent action in an attempt to right the wrong.
If in fact we do make contracts with the Creator and other souls before we incarnate, everything that plays out here on Mother Earth is a lesson we chose to learn and an experience we wished to have. Both the act of cruelty and the remedial action are opportunities for growth. If the contract involves two-way action, then the remedial action must be carried out, lest the contract become null and void.
This book touches me deeply every time I read it. I think it no accident that it’s beautifully illustrated and designed as a children’s book; for in order to change attitudes and behavior cultivated over a lifetime, we must speak to the child within. I am grateful to Mr. Walsch and Mr. Riccio for the enlightening pearl of wisdom they have given us ❤

The Decision to Go Dark (Guest Post)

Christy Birmingham hosts Charles Yallowitz talking about the 13th book in his fantasy series, Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb. Is it acceptable for a Young Adult author to go dark? Nowadays, it seems young adults thrive on the gruesome, but read what Charles has to say…

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Profile Photo of Charles Yallowitz Meet Charles E. Yallowitz, Author of the Legends of Windemere Series.

Please join me in welcoming author Charles E. Yallowitz to the blog today! His fantasy stories are truly one of a kind, as shown by the Legends of Windemere Series. With the newest book in his series, Ritual of the Lost Lamb, going live within the past week, it’s an exciting time for Charles! He’s here with a guest post that talks about the darker side of this newest novel and why he chose to go that way with the series. Take it away, Charles:

The Decision to go Dark

Thank you to Christy for letting me write a guest post to help promote my newest book, Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  This is the 13th book of my fantasy series and it’s where things start to take a dark turn for the heroes. Luke…

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Splendor. (London Jewel Thieves.) Shehanne Moore Chapter One

Shehanne Moore ~ prolific Smexy Historical Romance author and human mother to The Dudes ~ has released her 6th novel. The Dudes introduce Chapter One of Splendor in their charming and amusing style. Congratulations, Shey!

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Splendor CHAPTER ONE

London 1810

There was nothing wrong with pistols at seven paces at dawn. Except dawn was at eight o’clock tomorrow, and Splendor had a dressmaker’s appointment then. Three thimbles and the scissors had smacked into the back of the Chinese dressing screen the last time she’d wandered in ten minutes late. Madame Renare had said these were meant for her assistant, that paying customers, even those who were behind with their bills, were sacrosanct. Splendor knew she lied, that Lady Haskins, who always had the next appointment, would depart wearing Splendor’s guts for garters if she were late again. And if she didn’t bring the money to pay her the bill.

Despite the pulse beating in her throat and her desire for the black-and-white checkered floor she stood upon to open up and swallow her, she’d promised Gabe there was nothing to this. She wouldn’t do anything…

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Problem, Lesson, or Opportunity? – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…

Our generous Story Reading Ape has granted me another guest post on his most informative blog. Thank you, Chris, for giving me the opportunity to share the little wisdom I have acquired throughout this earthly journey we call Life. And, if you haven’t already done so, remember to stop by the pearly gates and pick up your angel wings 💜

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Image is courtesy of Lucie Stastkova

When faced with an inexorable problem where emotions run high, knowing what to do can be a challenge. Rational thinking becomes obfuscated, forcing us into a holding pattern of circular thought.

Anger wants to place blame on others. Obsession with fine points masks the big picture. Abject frustration insists we bury our heads in the sand. Emotions churn and become ill-defined. Focus obscures. Common sense derails. Indigestion, insomnia, or worse take up residence.

None of these gets us anywhere. All of them threaten our sanity and plunge us into a maelstrom of inimical emotion. What to do?

Taking in a few deep breaths is a good first step toward relaxing. Listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking a long bath are a few ways to ease the constriction felt in the midsection. Relaxing the body helps mitigate mental and emotional distress. We all know…

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LIVING WITH PARALYSIS

Casey Sims was in an accident that left him paralyzed. He went through a period of loss and came out the other side with a purpose in life. He started a blog and is now showing us how to overcome adversity and thrive while doing it. He also has a website with a lot of photographs.
Casey is new to blogging and would love to meet fellow bloggers.  Please visit his Blog, follow and share ❤

 

Living with Paralysis

Livin With Paralysis…                                           “The Man Who Thinks He Can, And The Man Who Thinks He Can’t, Are Both Right…”                                                                                                          #NeverGiveUp

I’m starting this blog To show you through example how to not just overcome adversity, but thrive while doing it..

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At Our Cabin in BearLake, Idaho                            Stretching My Leg Muscles feels so good!

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“PIGLET” BEING PIGLET | Welcome to Tofino Photography

Meet Piglet! Wayne at Tofino Photography has captured the most adorable images of a bear cub he dubbed Piglet. We as yet don’t know the gender of this little sweetheart, but do we care? No! Cute is cute. Please visit Wayne’s site, like and share (links are below) 🙂

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Bear Cub Piglet and Mum Playtime by Tofino Photography

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Bear Cub Chester & Mum Crystal by Tofino Photography

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An Interview With Zoe The Fabulous Feline

Zoe hits the big time! Our very own Fabulous Feline is interviewed by Aoibha Walsh, regaling us with humor and antics as well as revealing a few secrets 😊 Great job, Aoibha and Zoe 💕

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Q: Hi Zoe, how are you today?
Hello, Aoibha. I’m pretty excited, actually. My human’s been away and she just got home. I’ve missed giving her little love bites! The male human we live with is ok, but his skin does not taste as good as Emily’s. And he’s not as soft, either.
Q: Where did you get your fabulous name?
I first met my human when she came to the animal shelter with her daughter, who had gone there to adopt a cat she’d seen online. My human was just going along for the ride, but her daughter was pretty wise; she brought along two cat carriers…to pick up one cat. I spied Emily looking at me and gave her a fabulous grin. I was tweaking and rolling around and being very playful as well as vocal. She turned her back to me to talk to her daughter for…

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Meet Guest Author, Patrick A. Roland…

Patrick A. Roland had been the victim of pranks, slurs, beatings, and deadly games all of his life. His self-esteem was nonexistent, and he increasingly yearned to die. At the age of 40, he nearly realized this desire, but providence intervened. Visit The Story Reading Ape‘s blog and read about Patrick’s excruciating journey through darkness and emergence into light…

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My name is Patrick A. Roland. I am a bi-polar, alcoholic, drug addict widow who is sober happy and healthy.

I use these powerful, stigma-filled words and identify myself in the brave and powerful way I do because I am taking my life back. If I own who I am, I can no longer be undone and broken by others in the way that I have been all my life before I boldly and loudly proclaimed my truth. I am no longer a victim of my past. I am now a survivor, dancing swiftly and joyfully into a future filled with possibility.

I’m doing what I do to save myself and others like me from the pain and hurt caused by name calling and abuse. I am beautifully broken and perfectly imperfect and I don’t care if you know it. I am not afraid of who I am, and it…

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Blumen Baden~

Cindy Knoke is traveling and sharing all the lovely photos she’s taking along the way. She’s currently in Baden-Baden, and these gorgeous flowers are on the Lichtenthaler Alle along the River Oos.
Baden-Baden is a spa town in southwestern Germany’s Black Forest, near the border with France. Its thermal baths led to fame as a fashionable 19th-century resort. Alongside the Oos River, park-lined Lichtentaler Allee is the town’s central promenade.
ENJOY!


Baden-Baden’s spring bloom is just beginning.

The tulips on the Lichtenthaler Alle,

a strolling avenue and park,

that follows the River Oos,

are beginning their splendid spring bloom.


The park,

created in the 19th century,

is a wonderland of exotic plants and flowers.

Cheers to you from Baden-Baden’s glorious alle~

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EDITING 101: 35 – Using the five senses…

In Part 35 of her Editing 101 series on The Story Reading Ape, Susan Uttendorfsky discusses using the five senses in our writing. I especially enjoyed her examples for the sense of smell, e.g., A gym bag in September that hasn’t been emptied since June. Visit Chris’ blog to read the rest of this superb article and link to the previous 34 in this series…

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Using the five senses

I love it when an author decides to use the senses in writing their descriptions. It’s so rarely done, it seems, that it keeps the story fresh and exciting for me. Let’s talk about some ways to incorporate each of them into your descriptions—without going overboard, of course! Nobody wants a blow-by-blow listing of everything your main character smelled in a day, especially if he’s a homicide detective in the morgue!

When using any of the senses in writing description, you want to remember “Show, don’t tell” to get the most effectiveness out of it.

  • Taste

Your first cup of coffee in the morning—does anything taste better? Or, on the other hand, it can be your biggest…

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Tell Me a Story Returns

Annette Rochelle Aben kindly invited me to be interviewed on her blog talk radio show, Tell Me a Story. Annette is such a delight to talk with. Her extensive experience in the media industry is obvious in the way she presents herself and puts her guests at ease. We talked about my books and music, and she invited me to share one of my songs. I’m posting the lyrics below, as I’ve found it frustrating when listening to a song I really enjoy but cannot understand the words being sung.
Thank you, Annette, for all the support you give to so many. Your Angel Messages and Attitude of Gratitude are but a few ways by which you share your bright light with the world. It was an honor to be on your show.  
Please visit Annette’s lovely blog and leave your comments there

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Weaver of light

Maybe it’s a matter of time, maybe it’s a matter of place
Matter it’s a matter of heart
For the ones left behind, insufficient of mind
Who are eased by your grace

Maybe it’s a matter of chance, maybe it’s a matter of plan
Maybe it’s a matter of love
For the ones who can’t speak, who sit silent and weep
And reach out for your hand

Rest your heart a while
Rest your heart a while
Dreamer and knight
Weaver of light
Cast your smile
And rest your heart a while

Maybe it’s a matter of will, maybe it’s a matter of yield
Maybe it’s a matter of hope
For the ones we intern, disremember and spurn
Who inspire your ideal

Maybe it’s a matter of worth, maybe it’s a matter of flair
Maybe it’s a matter of joy
Knowing all that you give, in the way that you live
Is a consummate prayer  

Maybe it’s a matter of pure, maybe it’s a matter of rare
Maybe it’s a matter of peace
To receive who we are, every virtue and scar
And acknowledge we dare

Rest your heart a while . . .

Annette Rochelle Aben

Following a hiatus for The Magic Happens Radio Network, we are bringing ourselves back into your ears!  A fresh podcast of Tell Me a Story is up and ready to enjoy.

The original program was a LIVE radio show which then went into archive, however we are taping everything (no more live, sorry) and it goes into podcast for listening pleasure when the time works best for you!

This half hour program is scheduled to be new each week, featuring a fascinating guest and you will be able to visit the page on the site of The Magic Happens Magazine to access ALL the podcasts in one place.

Here is the LINK to the PAGETell Me a Story

So, who is my first guest?  The darling and delightful, Tina Frisco!  Who else but a dear friend to allow me to get my feet wet again in…

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Introducing – Random Creations by Emily…

The artwork of Emily Gmitter is exquisite. Vibrant, mystical, and totally awesome, Emily sees the world in scintillating arrays of majesty. Please visit her FACEBOOK page and indulge your senses. I assure you, it will brighten your day. Thank you to The Story Ready Ape for hosting this outstanding artist 💚

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My name is Emily. Some of you know me as Zoe’s human (Zoe the Fabulous Feline).

Zoe has posted a couple of stories about my artistic adventures and included photos of the relevant paintings, that were well received; which led me to think about offering my art for sale.

Please visit my Facebook art page Random Creations by Emily to view samples of my work.

Let me know what you’d like to see hanging in your home, and I will create a unique piece of art for you.

Message me through my Facebook art page to tell me your idea and/or attach a photo, and I’ll get back in touch with you for a more detailed discussion.

If you see an existing piece you like on my FB page, message me to check availability and pricing.

Any existing piece can also be reproduced in a different size and/or color scheme…

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