#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


A Day To Remember…

For me, Memorial Day is one of the most important dates on the calendar.  It is a day of quiet reflection and of respect for those who have gone before.  It is a day of gratitude to those who have sacrificed so bravely to assure our freedom.  But it is also a day to celebrate the blessing, the amazing gift, of having known and loved, and been loved by, many special people and, yes, special animals.  

Today, indeed every day, I remember.  I give thanks.  And I ask myself–what do I want to be remembered for, when my time comes?  (Keeping in mind, of course, that most of us will be forgotten sooner or later.)  I bet you think I’d choose my books, or my modest successes, etc.  I hope people will smile when they think of me.  I hope they will remember a time when I was kind of them, when they needed to talk and I listened, when we laughed or cried or prayed together.  If, on some hopefully distant day, when I am gone, my name comes up, and one person says, “That old lady was good to me,”, I will not have lived in vain.

May you remember your loved ones with joy today.  May you honor them, not only with flowers and tears, but with joy and gratitude as well.  You have loved and you have been loved, and there is no greater accomplishment.

On a lighter note, we’re beginning a new contest today, as promised.  Comment, and you are entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and sent autographed copies of ONCE A RANCHER.

Today’s random fact: I’ve just discovered the wonders of polenta.  Would you believe it’s a Weight Watchers power food???  I absolutely love the stuff.  What’s your favorite healthy food/recipe?  Please share.  :)

Lastly, what I’m reading/listening to: INFINITE QUEST, by John Edward.  I’ve also enjoyed: THE HAPPY MEDIUM, by Kim Russo, OUTSIDE THE LINES and HEART LIKE MINE, by Amy Hatvany, SISTERS AND LIES, by Bernice Barrington, and ONE MORE DAY, by Kelly Simmons.  

More tomorrow.  Or the next day.  :)

 

52 comments to “A Day To Remember…”

  1. Marjorie Hawkins
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I have a daughter and a Grandson on active duty. Also, my son-in-law is retired military, with 23 years of active duty. My husband who passed 16 years ago also served. I’m very proud of them and everyone else who gave up a part of their life to give us the Freedom we all have. Let us never take it for granted!!



  2. Pamela Devereux
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Memorial Day is a time of remembrance. I got up early to take my aunts to Veterans Cemetery. Even at 8 am there was a line. Both their husbands served and are buried there. It is going to be hot and humid today so I took them home. Will pick them up later for the cookout. The men, most of them have served, will be grilling. Prayers will be offered. It is a time of family.

    I just want to be remembered that I was kind to others and a good friend.



  3. pat
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Sitting here remembering prior Memorial Days when we celebrated with all our family.
    We miss our grandson Dennis McCallister who was a Marine and gave his life for his country!.



    • linda
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        · May 31st, 2016 at 11:58 am · Link

      God bless you.



  4. Fran Fee
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:44 pm · Link

    We all need to stop and remember those who now serve and those who made the ultimate :wink: :wink: sacrifice so that we can enjoy our lives. I live near Luke Air Force base in AZ and when I see and hear the F-16’s and F-35’s fly over, I say thanks for the freedom to enjoy life.



  5. Linda Solcich
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Polenta. New to me. Going to try it.



  6. LaVerne Ray
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:46 pm · Link

    I turned 74 on May 28,2016. I would like to be
    remembered for my sense of humor,my craziness and my kindness to others.I Love to read ,cook and bake.My favorite recipe right now is “Banana Bread” made with sweetner and
    whole wheat flour.Everyone I’ve baked it for lives it.So maybe I’ll be remembered as a cook /Baker.



  7. Virginia Horton
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:47 pm · Link

    I miss my dad today, he past away on May 30 1998 and was a WWII vet. This day always makes me remember him.

    I am not sure that I have a favorite healthy food recipe to share. I guess I don’t eat very healthy. For sure I am not eating healthy right now because I just had 6 teeth pulled so living on soup right now.



  8. Diane Sallans
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:52 pm · Link

    I got a veggie spiralizer last year after seeing a post about them by author Jayne Ann Krentz. So easy to make zucchini that looks like spaghetti & using it in a salad – lots of recipes are online too!

    Hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day and takes the time to remember why we have this three day weekend.



  9. Ruby Norwood
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Well said Linda, and I’m sure one of the things I will remember about you the most, well one is your books which I dearly love to read. I’m sure of the things that you blog about you have a heart of gold and also seem very appreciate of things and other people…Hope you have a great Memorial Day!!



  10. Ann Bartholomew
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 2:09 pm · Link

    I hope to be remembered for being a good Christian, wife, and mother/grandmother.

    On the Sunday night before Memorial Day PBS always has a veterans salute. My husband is a Viet Nam vet, so we watched for years. This year we also watched and recorded “Hallowed Ground” about the cemeteries in Europe where our fallen soldiers are buried. It was a beautiful program. The cemeteries are kept in perfect condition, often by the peoples of countries our soldiers defended.

    God Bless America!



  11. Monika Rogers
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Those are awesome words to live by. Just reading them brings tears to my eyes. Wishing you all a safe and happy Memorial day from your friends in Canada. Best wishes, Monika



  12. Phyllis Odell
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 2:20 pm · Link

    As busy as you are how do you find time to read so many other books? Love your stories



  13. Lois Rotella
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I think of all that served and died for our freedom. Time to reflect and remember their lives and families.



  14. Gina Baker
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Thank you for a beautiful post today.



  15. therese lopez
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Thank you for your beautiful words today!! I remember my father who was a WWII Vet and who passed away in 1995 and my mother who just passed away on the 18th of this month. They were both loving, compassionate, understanding parents and if I’m half the mom she was I will be a wonderful mother. I want to be remembered for not only my caring heart to others but my sense of humor and my sense of fairness too. I have taught my children to treat others the way they want to be treated.



  16. Tia
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 4:26 pm · Link

    I love roasted cauliflower and take a head and break into smaller pieces then add a slice of red onion to it in a bowl. Season with what ever you like and coat with your favorite oil. Place on baking sheet and bake until it is as done as you like. Also, I roast my cabbage like this, too.



  17. Dawn E Roberts
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 4:28 pm · Link

    As crazy as it might sound I love smoothies, but usually the ones I make, I use frozen fruit in natural juice (any one you like), a scoop of vanilla yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, and Kerrs natural juice, I use my magic bullet, but a blander works fine. Blend it and drink, especially great in the hot summer months.



  18. Patricia Taylor
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 4:44 pm · Link

    The cemeteries were so beautiful today.



  19. Terri S
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 4:44 pm · Link

    I’ve eaten a southern version of polenta and love it. I eat a lot of cauliflower because it can be a substitute for so many high carb foods and takes on seasoning so well. What I want to be remembered for is my humor, honesty, and compassion toward others. When I’m gone, I don’t want anyone to be sad. I want them to smile and say she lived life the way she wanted and was true to her beliefs.



  20. Marcia White
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Baked Salmon –
    Marinade – 1/2 cup fresh orange juice



  21. Melaine Langi
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Thank you to all our veterans that served and those currently serving our great country.



  22. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I can’t keep up with how many books your’re able to read!! Amazing productivity :wink:



  23. Audrey Tollefson
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Thank you for the chance to express my thank you to all servicemen on this Memorial Day.



  24. Kay Moorhead
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:34 pm · Link

    What a nice tribute.



  25. Niki Davis
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:34 pm · Link

    This is definitely a day to remember all the ones who have gone before and there are many. Unfortunately I have to add one more to my list. I had a cousin in Orlando, FL who was killed by someone who broke into her home last night. I will be leaving tomorrow to drive on my uncles and aunts down there. My dad is almost 91 and just not able to make the trip or I would be driving them down. Please pray for me and my family as we face this tragedy. My other cousin, her sister, is dealing with this the best she can but it is hard as their mom died shortly after Christmas and their dad has only been gone a little over a year. She is the only one left in that family. It is going to be a long week.

    Sincerely,

    Niki Davis



  26. Lauri Claes
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:35 pm · Link

    I make salads but instead of dressing I use lemon juice and lots of raw veggies. And a salute to all of out vets out there. Miss u poppop



  27. Jo Ann Baker
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Happy holiday! We all need to say thanks to those woh protect an served!
    Thank you have a great dzay



  28. Lynn Hill
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:41 pm · Link

    I know today is a day of remembrance for our loved ones but I like to think that I give them thanks and honor everyday. I have lost my parents and all my siblings but one so family is very dear to me. I don’t do any thing special but I hope I am remembered for the love that I have showed my family and friends!!! :)



  29. Caryn Horn
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:44 pm · Link

    My healthy food is broccoli and salad (as long as I don’t have to fix it myself!) I love getting salad in a restaurant, especially if it’s a buffet. So many “free” goodies to add to it! I’m reading books that have been piling up in my house since I got my Kindle years ago. Yes, my wrist and hand hurt, but it’s so worth it. Need to go back to the Kindle because it’s easier on my hands and is way overloaded with books I want to try reading. If they don’t catch me in the first couple of chapters, I’m out. Or rather they are, the wonders of the Kindle and free service. I don’t feel so bad about tossing them. Oh, and by the way, none of those have been yours! I absolutely love your books. My time in Spokane was wonderful as was my middle GRAND’s 17th birthday party. I’m home again on the west side but the sun is shining and I’m loving it!



  30. Nancy Rieks
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 5:50 pm · Link

    You are so right Memorial Day is a great day to remember those who have given their all.



  31. Marcia White
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Herb-Roasted Orange Salmon – Marinade: 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 4 TBS olive oil, finely grated zest of 2 oranges, 2 tsp. minced garlic, 2 tsp dried tarragon. salt & pepper to taste.

    Marinate 1 1/2 lbs salmon for 1 hour at room temperature (or more if you wish). Turn occasionally.

    While salmon marinates preheat over to 475 degrees F. Spray baking pan with baking spray (Pam). Place salmon skin side down and pour marinade on top. Bake for 15 minutes or until salmon is just cooked through. Fish should flake easily when tested with a fork.. Remove to serving platter and sprinkle with 4 tsp. snipped chives. Makes about 6 servings.



  32. Diana Eagen
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 8:29 pm · Link

    AMEN, Linda.
    Blessings



  33. Joann Quijada
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Beautifully said Linda…. We r all able to live our lives and to be loved in this
    life because of our veteran’s who sacrificed so much for us! I am grateful & Bless them all.. We have our freedom.



  34. Joann Quijada
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      · May 30th, 2016 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Beautifully said Linda…. We r all able to live our lives and to be loved in this
    life because of our veteran’s who sacrificed so much for us! I am grateful & Bless them all.. We have our freedom.



  35. Eriko
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 12:26 am · Link

    Thank you for your post!



  36. Lea Williams
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 12:33 am · Link

    Loved your post. I have been married to a Navy Vet for 58 years and I thank God for him and his service daily. Besides family, we take flowers to the Veteran’s Cemetery outside of Medical Lake and take flowers to the grave of a man who was our neighbor when we moved out here and we took care of him while he fought and lost his bout with cancer. No family and we remember him every year. So many new graves since last year. Wish I had flowers for all those who had none.



  37. Angie Hinton
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 2:05 am · Link

    Hi, I come from a long line of veterans, all the way back to the revolutionary war. Memorial Day is an important day for our family. In WWII. We had all five branches of the service covered with my moms uncles. My dad and uncles served in Veitnam. My husband served during peace time in. The 80’s. My husband is the only one still living, and our son wants to be a marine, like his grandfather.
    We remember them all and set aside special time for stories of them and the contributions they made for our freedom.



  38. Angie Hinton
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 2:06 am · Link

    Hi, I come from a long line of veterans, all the way back to the revolutionary war. Memorial Day is an important day for our family. In WWII. We had all five branches of the service covered with my moms uncles. My dad and uncles served in Veitnam. My husband served during peace time in. The 80’s. My husband is the only one still living, and our son wants to be a marine, like his grandfather.
    We remember them all and set aside special time for stories of them and the contributions they made for our freedom.

    THANK YOU VETERANS AND ALL WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY…. FOR WITHOUT YOU, WE WOULDN’T BE AMERICA!!!



  39. Angie Hinton
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 2:08 am · Link

    I come from a long line of veterans, all the way back to the revolutionary war. Memorial Day is an important day for our family. In WWII. We had all five branches of the service covered with my moms uncles. My dad and uncles served in Veitnam. My husband served during peace time. My husband is the only one still living, and our son wants to be a marine, like his grandfather.
    We remember them all and set aside special time for stories of them and the contributions they made for our freedom.

    THANK YOU VETERANS AND ALL WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY…. FOR WITHOUT YOU, WE WOULDN’T BE AMERICA!!!



  40. Peggy Casey
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 2:20 am · Link

    Thank you for your elequent reminder of honoring Memorial Day. I always thing of you as a person who has provided me with limitless hours of adventure into fun and romantic places!

    I have been alternating between reading your books as well as those written by my dear friend, and your formal Flat Creek neighbor, lol, Mary J. Williams. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Mary’s books yet I recommend you do so! She has such a wonderful talent… I recall her telling and writing excellent stories since we were young girls and I am thrilled each time she publishes a new book!

    Welcome to June this week… it sounds like we are going to have some lovely weather to celebrate the beginning of summer!



  41. April Mc Vey
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 7:18 am · Link

    As always your blogs are surprising and full of interest!

    I have lost a lot if people in my life and I always remember the happy moments spent together. I firmly believe our job here is to create great memories with first our children and second those who surround us. Even the ones farthest from our thoughts.



  42. Barbara
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 9:55 am · Link

    Indeed, your email brought tears to my eyes. Tears of gratitude and the joy your thoughts and feeling bring to the surface in a world where we are so often taught to suppress and never to display our innermost feelings to others. You humble us with your willingness to share and the happiness and feelings of hope it brings to our lives. Now, if I get started on what your books bring to their readers, this could get really personal :lol:



  43. Teresa G
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 11:01 am · Link

    So love your posts. Very uplifting.



  44. Dotty Weis
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I have read most of your books and would love the newest one



  45. mary ann fuhs
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I have an empty spot on one of my bookshelves. Please pick me.



  46. Juanita Rice
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      · May 31st, 2016 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Healthy food? Quinoa salads!! Any kind. Yummy! :)



  47. Kelley Morrow
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      · June 1st, 2016 at 12:29 am · Link

    Memorial Day is definitely a day to be grateful. Being an Army mom I really appreciate all the sacrifices are military and their families go through for. Hope your week is great!



  48. Dona Kutska
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      · June 1st, 2016 at 2:53 am · Link

    Your a great author and you sound like a very good person, kind to people and animals!!!



  49. Tammy O
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      · June 1st, 2016 at 2:02 pm · Link

    We lost our son in Iraq in 2004! He was only 20 yrs old. He got to Iraq on May 1st. Turned 20 on June 4th. And was killed on Aug 5th on a dear friends birthday. He was buried on our Renewal Anniversary. He was not suppose to be on duty that night! He begged his commanding officer to let him go out on patrol. He was driving a Hummer that went over an IED. He was the only one killed! It took me many years to finally decide that God needed him more then we did! I cried every day for the first 2 years! Many thanks to all of the men & women that have given their lives so we can all be free! May they all RIP & God Bless them all. Amen!



  50. Mary Wornick
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Hi all, so happy to be here and able to say hi to all. I just had my 76 birthday and I am feeling so good !!!!!. The pups and I had our morning walk and they were happy to see mommy……..Now I am in and having my morning coffee …………..So here’s to all a good morning and have a bless day.



  51. Lorelei
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      · June 2nd, 2016 at 3:59 pm · Link

    When I see how many books you read, I am often reassured by a small inner voice that says, “I’ll bet she doesn’t watch much TV either.”

    My dad, husband, nephew, and one son-in-law are all veterans. God bless each veteran and each man and woman currently serving.



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