#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Book is Done!

Well, mostly done.  There will be revisions, but the story is complete.  I finished yesterday afternoon, and I think I was in shock for the rest of the evening.  I made supper, took a relaxing bath, went to bed and listened to a good part of Naomi Judd’s new book, “River of Time.”  As a big fan of the Judds, I found the book incredibly interesting, though parts of it made me very sad.  Many of you will remember her struggle with Hepatitis C; there is treatment for this virus today, but when Judd suffered from it, the prognosis was gloomy.  She was told she had approximately three years to live, and she was a reasonably young woman at the time.  In short, she decided she wasn’t going to die, thank you very much, and got busy researching alternative medicine and, being an RN before she became part of the legendary mother/daughter duo, she knew her medical terminology.  

I remember seeing her on TV once, around that time, and it was obvious that she was very, very ill.  She was the strangest, scariest blue-gray color.  While she had financial resources beyond the wildest dreams of most people, I don’t think it was her money that saved her.  I think it was because she decided not to die, and stuck by it.  She recovered and, in the process, learned a lot about health, especially of the mind/body connection variety.  I’ve had similar experiences myself, on a much less dramatic way; sometimes, I wake up feeling cranky and discouraged, and who wants their whole day to go down the tube that way?  I’ve learned to change my mood, basically by deciding to have a good day.  I might dance around a little (the dogs love that) or belt out a song like “Rise and Shine” or “O, Happy Day”, and just like that, I’m in a very different place.  Note, I’m NOT saying that would work for everyone, every time.  Sometimes, as in Naomi Judd’s case, depression is far to severe for simple remedies.  “River of Time” is an account of her most recent challenge, depression and panic disorder, and what she does to cope.  Her courage is inspiring, to say the least.

I’ve met Naomi Judd, and I saw her perform with Wynona years ago, as a part of a day-long seminar in Phoenix.  It was a Tony Robbins event, and Wendy and I went.  It was an amazing day, and it was a tragic day, because Tony came on stage at the end of the afternoon and told us about the school shooting in Loveland, Colorado.  It had just happened, and he said he didn’t want us to go back to our cars, all revved up (trust me, if you’ve been around Tony Robbins, you’re gonna be revved up!) only to switch on the radio and hear such terrible news with no preparation.  On the up side, the day was marvelous, featuring many celebrities.  Christopher Reeve was there, in his wheelchair, and he spoke for about 20 minutes.  In most cases, an actor is not the character he plays, but take it from me, Reeve was superman.

A few years later, I was attending a party and John and June Cashes’ place in Hendersonville, Tennessee.  June had just released a CD, and there was a big celebration.  I was fortunate to attend, and I met several celebrities that night: Roseanne Cash, Dianne Ladd, George Jones, Jane Seymour and, of course, Naomi Judd.  The party was outside, under canopies, and believe me, it was glamorous.  Some of us were inside, just chatting, and we were standing in the living room, which was filled with lovely and valuable things June had collected in their many travels around the country and the world.  Everything was beautiful, but let’s be honest, there was a lot of it.  Ms. Judd walked in with her husband, and I heard her say to him, “Good God, where’s the gift shop?”  It wasn’t a mean remark, and everyone knew it.  We all got a chuckle, and I introduced myself to the couple and said I had enjoyed seeing her and Wynona at the Tony Robbins event.  She was gracious, and we went our separate ways.  She is a beautiful woman, very petite, and she has real gumption.  And if there’s one thing this ole cowgirl admires, it’s gumption.


27 comments to “The Book is Done!”

  1. Gloria Herring
      · March 8th, 2017 at 8:58 pm · Link

    Congratulations on finishing your story!!!!!!! Now, have a restful rest of the week.

  2. Kathryn Riley
      · March 8th, 2017 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read it. It gives us something to really look forward to.


  3. Virginia Horton
      · March 8th, 2017 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Congrats on finishing your book, I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Fran Sills
      · March 8th, 2017 at 10:03 pm · Link

    Finished with your book, that’s great. Can’t wait to read it.

  5. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 8th, 2017 at 10:39 pm · Link

    I agree that much of wellness is having a positive outlook every day. I was fortunate to undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer without being sick a single day. I was determined I would not be sick and God gave me that healing. Now that you mention it, O Happy Day is an appropriate song to sing every morning.

    Congrats on the completed book!

  6. Theresa
      · March 8th, 2017 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to read it! Love hearing about your stories!

  7. Dixie Hadley65th
      · March 8th, 2017 at 11:36 pm · Link

    Congratulation on” finishing” the book. Now we will wait for it’s release. Waiting will seem like forever but once we have the book, it willl be well worth the wait.
    Thanks for sharing a few more of your treasured memories. Loved it all

  8. Terri S.
      · March 8th, 2017 at 11:44 pm · Link

    Congrats on finishing the book and I can’t wait to read it. I recently watched a cooking show on TV in which Naomi Judd and her husband competed. They were hilarious and very outspoken. I loved it, especially when they commented that they spent their time on the front porch rocking and smoking pot. If I remember correctly, this was in response to some of the other contestants making comments inferring they were old. The looks on the faces of their competitors. Lol Both of them had me rolling. I hated when they were eliminated.

  9. Melaine
      · March 8th, 2017 at 11:56 pm · Link

    congratulations on finishing the book…well, the first draft.

    Loved your narrative on Naomi Judd and the health issues she has faced over the years. I agree, Ms. Judd has lots of gumption, which has kept her fighting. I recently saw her on TV when she was talking about her current battle of depression, and how the her medications effect her. I give her credit for her courage to be willing to speak so publicly about her battle. Hopefully, others who face this same battle will be strengthened by Ms. Judd’s experience and her unwillingness to let it get the best of her. Not an any thing to do.

  10. Janet Hurt
      · March 9th, 2017 at 12:06 am · Link

    WOW girl…what a life you have led! I am so envious!
    Keep going…don’t give up!

  11. Lynn Hill
      · March 9th, 2017 at 3:59 am · Link

    Oh Linda, I would have died and gone to heaven to have been in your place at the Cash’s. That had to be a remarkable night! I am sure that was an honor for you too!

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · March 9th, 2017 at 6:58 am · Link

    Congrats on finishing your book!!Love hearing about all your Country music singers that you rubbed elbows with. I’ve met quite a few of them myself, just not in the same way that you did. I got a picture made with my favorite one, Luke Bryan on February the 23rd.2017 at a meet &Greet Concert, and he is such a nice person and a wonderful family man. Keep up that great attitude and smile that you always have Linda.

  13. Jo-Ann Baker
      · March 9th, 2017 at 7:19 am · Link

    Congregation on finishing your book. A labor of love. Have a wondertful day!

  14. Teresa Fordice
      · March 9th, 2017 at 7:59 am · Link

    The Judds always were a class act and one of my favorites!

  15. Linda
      · March 9th, 2017 at 8:01 am · Link

    Wow, such a nice email to read early in the morning. Thanks.

  16. MicheleJ
      · March 9th, 2017 at 8:45 am · Link

    I feel better just reading your blog this morning. I am going to have a good day because I am going to make it happen. Thanks Linda!

  17. Susan Craig
      · March 9th, 2017 at 8:47 am · Link

    Congratulations on finishing your book! Can’t wait to read it.

  18. Marcia White
      · March 9th, 2017 at 8:50 am · Link

    Congratulations onfinishing your book! So much of survival, healing and recovery depend on mental fortitude and the power of positive thinking.

  19. Lois Rotella
      · March 9th, 2017 at 9:14 am · Link

    Happy is a mind set to me. I like to color and use bright colors. When I see the finish product I am happy the way it came out and look forward to doing more. I also love sunshine it makes me happy. Have a happy Day and week.

  20. Alison B.
      · March 9th, 2017 at 9:46 am · Link

    Yahoo!! I can’t wait for the new book!!

  21. Kathleen O
      · March 9th, 2017 at 9:59 am · Link

    Congrats on the new book being finished. Living with an illness takes a lot out of person, but if we are strong, we survive..

  22. Patricia Pelkey
      · March 9th, 2017 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Congratulation for finishing your book, you deserve a vacation! Can’t wait for the book to hit store shelves.

  23. Ida C.
      · March 9th, 2017 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Love to find a message from you in my in-box. Wonderful to hear about all the celebrities and that some of them are just like us (almost). Keep smiling!!

  24. Linn Carlile
      · March 9th, 2017 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Finished your book, how wonderful you must feel. Now the rest of us will be anxiously awaiting it’s release.
    Sure like hearing about your travels and the interesting people
    you have met.
    I too have been blessed to meet many of the country stars, as my
    deceased husband worked for a country radio station and we also took trips to Nashville. Most of them are down to earth and so pleasant to visit with.
    May you have some restful days and a wonderful coming weekend.

  25. Leanna
      · March 9th, 2017 at 5:28 pm · Link

    You don’t have to be big to have gumption. I used to see local celebrities at Nordstroms when I worked there, we would also get the bigger celebrities.

  26. Carol Luciano
      · March 10th, 2017 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Congrats on finishing And I agree 100% that being positive has a lot to do in the way things affect us
    Caro L

  27. Elaine Key
      · March 13th, 2017 at 11:14 am · Link

    Yea, the book is finished! Let’s party! Congratulations. You deserve the rest.

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