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Clarity are available from Gail Balden at $14.95 plus $2
shipping. Autographed copies of The Rocking Chair Reader
and A Cup of Comfort are available for $9.95 plus
$2 shipping. Send a check payable to Gail Balden to 41500 Anderson Road
Rocking Chair Reader - Coming Home. In the Rocking
Chair Reader series, readers are taken back in time to pre-1955
small-town America, where life was simpler and old-fashioned values
meant something. Coming Home, the flagship title in
this new inspirational series, features more than sixty true stories
from ordinary folks who return to such small towns as Dexter, Michigan
where Gail Balden grew up
from Can W e Go Home Again?": "On my last
visit I noticed the deep purple lilacs, which continue to bloom over my
old garage, and was comforted that someone was picking them for
bouquets. Someone was hanging sheets on the line in the backyard-sheets
for bed on the front porch.
three red maples our sixth-grade class planted on Arbor Day, fifty
years ago, remain strong and tall in front of Dexter Elementary School,
and our favorite hangout, the A & W Root Beer, still stands at
the edge of town, just past the millpond. Carhops still take the
orders, and every Tuesday-rain or shine-is Coney Dog day.
you really go home again? For Kandie and me the answer is "yes"."
Turn Our Time. An anthology of honest reflections
about women committed to celebrating and valuing the passage into the
second half of life. Essays are filled with insight, humor, and
compassion on a broad variety of topics ranging from Balden's essay,
"Your Life in Two Words," and Ann O'Neal Garcia's "There's Life in the
Old Dame Yet," to Mary Jean Rivera's "My Grandmother told Me This," and
Joy Mitchell's "Sexy at Seventy."
from Your Life in Two Words: "What would
it be like if we all distilled our lives and purpose to just two words
that represented who we really are; if we lived our lives from our
joyful hearts; if we valued our intentions, banished the negative, let
go of fear, and leapt - knowing the net would appear. What would it be
like? I think the world would split wide open."
Clarity. An anthology of personal anecdotes,
essays, short poetry and plenty of humor, Midlife Clarity shows that
midlife can be a time of release of true self, a chance to be free of
others' expectations and a time to inventory blessings. Midlife musings
include essays on cooking with feeling, sheets upon the line, shopping,
laughter, healing, quilting, and the joys of ordinary moments, such as
those found in Balden's essay.
from Ordinary Moments: "We women possess
valuable jewels in our women friends; they help us through many joys
and sorrows and give us the opportunity to become our best selves. In
times of adversity, it is the strength of our women friends upon which
we can draw and who stay the course with us. Working to break free of
fear and unrealistic expectations, we can continually seek ways to live
a more spiritual life with love, compassion and harmony at its core."
Cup of Comfort. Filled with unforgettable stories
that celebrate the strength and grace of womanhood. The third book in
the bestselling A Cup of Comfort series, this
collection of more than fifty stories covers friendship, aging, new
beginnings and gifts to be found in the midst of our ordinary lives.
from Balden's essay, The Christmas Box:
"This year my father reminds me that he is getting older and
hints that perhaps he will not send the Christmas box and will send
money for a few gifts instead. Oh, the pain in my heart. Not this year,
Daddy, please, not this year, I murmur to myyself. And joy of joys! On
December 6, a carton arrives. When the carrier hands me the package, I
know instantly it is the Christmas box. My father has found a way to
once again bring me home for Christmas."
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