#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

This Week’s Winners + ETC.

Well, friends of mine, it’s Friday.  Again.  How does this happen?  :)

I’m writing today, but will probably duck out later to soak up some of this lovely spring sunshine.  I’ve had all the winter I need and then some, and I’ll bet you have, too.  Bring on those flowers!

No reading done last night–I was too tired, plus I don’t want MISSING YOU (Harlan Coben) to be over.  It takes that man way too long to write a book.  (Now, where have I heard that before?) :)  However, since I don’t seem to be able to go to sleep right away, even with a favorite stone in each hand (my favorite Labradorite is the current fave, along with a beautiful golden onyx from Mexico), I have to plug in to my iPod and listen to an audiobook.  Last night’s was called HANNA’S SUITCASE, a true story about a little Czech girl and her family during the Holocaust.  This one was pretty short–two and a half hours–so it was just about right.  (Usually, I drop off somewhere in the middle and have to go back and find the last scene I remember.)  I tried to listen to a biography of author Pearl S. Buck (THE GOOD EARTH, among other famous books), but it just didn’t grab me.  I was about to say I found it depressing–to which the inevitable response would be, “And the Holocaust isn’t depressing?”

I’ve said it before, but here it is again.  It’s important to remember, and to acknowledge what happened to millions of ordinary people with lives and families, homes and pets, dreams and hopes, favorite songs and precious memories.  There are those who want to believe the Holocaust didn’t happen, and that is not only wrong and disrespectful toward those who survived, as well as those who didn’t–it’s dangerous.  That old saying comes to mind (paraphrased here): Evil thrives when good people do nothing.  When they look the other way and pretend the emperor is all gussied up in new clothes, things are only going to get worse.

So, I’ll step down off my soapbox, now that I’ve had a good rant  :)

And now for our winners–drumroll, please–Lynn Allen and Marcy Collins.  Congratulations, both of you.

As always, a new contest begins on Monday.  Same prizes as last week: a copy of POSITIVITY and an autographed LLM book for one winner, and a necklace and autographed book for the second. 

I plan to write this weekend, and make a few artist trading cards, etc.  I’ve just received new issues of SOMERSET STUDIO and CLOTH, PAPER, SCISSORS, my favorite, favorite magazines, and I’m definitely inspired by some of the projects.  I’ve started a project for CPS’s “Reader Challenge”, having decided I need to get out of my comfort zone and submit a piece now and then.  I find Pinterest to be a good source of ideas, both for Simply Filling/Weight Watchers recipes and crafting stuff.  I am constantly amazed at how creative people are.  I also love Youtube–whenever I need a demonstration of any kind, I tune in.  So far, I’ve learned lots of art techniques, how to clean my one-cup coffee maker and how to use just about any other gadget you can think of, and there are all kinds of videos about gemstones and crystals.  Of course, one has to take some things with a grain of salt, but hey, we ought to do that with everything, in my opinion. 


Have a terrific weekend.    


37 comments to “This Week’s Winners + ETC.”

  1. Dennis
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Link

    You as well!!

  2. Rosemary
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Have a fabulous weekend Triple L Team!

  3. Virginia Horton
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! Its a lovely day here today and I went out and walked about a mile and a half and really enjoyed it, even though my back and hip hurt but the sunshine was so nice. They say we are haveing some colder weather coming back in. :cry: Maybe it want last long.

  4. Gloria
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS to Lynn Allen and Marcy Collins!!!!

    If that magazine was named Rock, Paper, and Scissors, it would fit you to a T, Linda.

    I keep thinking today is Saturday, but as you all know…it isn’t. When I saw your Blog, I thought…How nice, a Saturday Blog. But, I was wrong…AGAIN.

    I’ve asked this before, but…Is your sister Sally sick? (I hope I spelled her name correctly.) I pray she isn’t sick, just busy as a bee in a tar bucket.

    Have a good and Godly weekend, Linda, get some sun, and some fun.

  5. judy
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:31 pm · Link

    Have a good weekend.

  6. Nancy Berland
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you for the reminder about the Holocaust. It’s hard to imagine all the horrors so many people endured and the impact of losing loved ones like that.

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Congrats. to Lynn and Marcy!! Enjoyed your blog today as usual
    Linda. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

  8. Dawn Roberts
      · March 21st, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Link

    I too have read many books and seen many movies about the Holocaust, as I have family ancestors that some survived and some didn’t. If we do not teach our children of these horrible things from the past, they will repeat themselves. Like Dafur? Those that want to think the Holocaust never happened, probably believe in the Easter Bunny. I know I rant, but when you’ve grown up meeting people with numbers still on their arms it’s hard not to be passionate about the subject. I am glad that there have been many strides made to preserve the stories and memories of those that survived for the future generations, hats off to Spielberg. I have met and heard so many stories that it’s a subject I am close to, we even had the opportunity to go to the school where the movie Paperclips was filmed and the story is about. We were fortunate to meet the teacher that created the whole lesson for her students, she is an amazing lady. If you are ever near Whitwell, TN. I ask that you stop :wink:

    • linda
        · March 26th, 2014 at 12:16 am · Link

      I couldn’t agree more. God bless.

  9. Norma Stanforth
      · March 21st, 2014 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Congratulation, to the winners Lynn Allen and Marcy Collins.
    Yes we need to stand up for what is right no matter what. Sometimes the law isn’t right, we need to stand up and be heard on these cases. Blessings to all and have a great weekend.
    As always your friend,

  10. Terri Shortell
      · March 21st, 2014 at 3:49 pm · Link

    I agree with you on remembering history so we can hopefully not repeat it. Sounds like you have a busy but fun weekend planned. I’m glad it looks like spring is finally showing itself. It’s beautiful here today. Have a great time this weekend and I look forward to hearing about it Monday.

  11. Juanita Rice
      · March 21st, 2014 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Happy weekend, Linda!

  12. Sherry Wallace
      · March 21st, 2014 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I am enjoying Spring here in the Deep South with my Jonquils in full bloom & trees budding out

  13. Tommie Morris
      · March 21st, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link

    Ok, My week has been the worst in a long time! First, my fridge went out. I didn’t know until everything in freezer was ruined, so I lost all that, too! Then, a skunk got under my house!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! It has been horrible… Even all my clothes are all saturated! then, my feet & legs have been so swollen ,they hurt when I walk!! Ok, I could go on, but you have already heard more than you want to hear!! But , hey, it helps to rant sometimes!!!!On the plus side( yeah, there actually was!) I got my DNA from Ancestry, & I don’t want to do anything else!!! I forget about EVERYTHING, & spend way too much time there.. What FUN! My box is full. I muwst go!!! Draw me this week,please! I’m so wanting a necklace, & book!!!! haha…lol :lol:

  14. KateS
      · March 21st, 2014 at 5:17 pm · Link

    If you forget what happens in the past… it will be repeated in the future… Always remember.

  15. Marcy Collins
      · March 21st, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda! That was a welcome surprise when I got home from work today! Enjoy your weekend and the sunshine!

  16. Lynn Allen
      · March 21st, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Link

    Thank you so much Linda!!! And thanks to all offering congrats!!!!

  17. Rita
      · March 21st, 2014 at 7:11 pm · Link

    I so agree with you and your”rant” about the holocaust.We have to keep it in the younger generation awareness.

  18. Georgie Edgar
      · March 21st, 2014 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Hannah’s Suitcase is a really good read. I love true stories from people’s lives ! The holocaust was a terrible thing to happen but God’s people survived and carried on for generations. I’m so glad there were people all over the world helping out the prisioners. There are so many good stories that came out of that horrible deed. I pray nothing ever happens like that again. My uncles fought in the war to free those poor people in the death camps. Have a great weekend. I hope the snow continues to melt this weekend. I have family here from BC. Having fun visiting with them & helping my nephew move into there new home!

  19. Lois Rotella
      · March 21st, 2014 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies enjoy !! Linda have a great weekend !!!

  20. Lea Williams
      · March 21st, 2014 at 8:53 pm · Link

    You too – have a good weekend. I want to ride and work in the yard some. Wish it would warm up some. Oh well, spring will improve with age. Blessings.

  21. Janie
      · March 21st, 2014 at 9:09 pm · Link

    I received my necklace and book from being a winner last week. Thank you very much!! A nice bright spot in my week. I agree with the comments about never forgetting the Holocaust. That said, I’m struggling with finishing The Book Thief. It was all so terrible. Two other good books of the time are Sarah’s Key and The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Pie Society. Just got back today from taking care of a couple of grandkids for 2 days, ready for a hot bath with a good book and to bed! Thank you again.

    • linda
        · March 26th, 2014 at 12:19 am · Link

      I’ve read all those books, too–they were great. It’s good to be reminded that there are brave, good people out there, and plenty of them.

  22. Diana E.
      · March 21st, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners.
    Wishing you a happy weekend, Linda. Blessings.

  23. Nadine Spradlin
      · March 21st, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Lynn & Marcy ! Yes the Holocaust was beyond awful, now it’s said that it did not happen ,I guess if some have their way it will be removed from history . Is History even taught in schools anymore? Beautiful day today but by Sunday it is supposed to be cold again here .Hurry UP SPRING like weather.
    Linda have a Great week end rest a lot I don’t see how you get all the things done that you do .keep on writing cause I love to read’m ..

  24. ,carol
      · March 21st, 2014 at 10:37 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! Its been sunny and in the mid-70’s heard tomorrow is the same, for I’m off of work so I plan on being outside with my 2 dogs and reading! Just relaxing! Have a great weekend!

  25. Emily
      · March 22nd, 2014 at 10:47 am · Link

    Have a great week-end…….enjoy……and write when you have time! :lol:

  26. Suzanne Edwards
      · March 22nd, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Hi! I love reading your blogs! This time I found out about the book you are reading, Missing You. I went over to the library and there are 141 holds on that book! It must be good, thanks for the recommendation. Hope you enjoy your weekend 8)

  27. Valdi M
      · March 22nd, 2014 at 10:21 pm · Link

    I have been waiting to read ” Missing You” by Harlan Coben until I finish the rest of David Baldacci’s book. If it is that good I better get to it. Next to you, he is my favorite author. Along with Nicolas Evans and Iris Johansen and Stuart Woods and Nicolas Sparks, and Judith McNaught, and Julie Garwood, Sue Grafton, C.S. Forester. Well, you know what I mean!

  28. Suzanne Mongan
      · March 23rd, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Link

    This may seem like a silly question to you, but when you put a stone in each hand before you go to sleep, do they stay in your hands all night? Because I can have a Kleenex in my hand and it’s not there when I wake up in the morning. I hope you’ve had a great weekend. I did, I got to spend Saturday evening with two of my nieces. They took me out for Chinese food. They are such good girls.

    • linda
        · March 26th, 2014 at 12:20 am · Link

      I usually wake up still holding at least one of them, but they sometimes fall on the floor and scare Bernice and the kitties.

  29. Sara Resta
      · March 24th, 2014 at 1:27 pm · Link

    “Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The True Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There” by Phillip Hallie is a marvelous book about rescuers. “Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hid the Frank Family” by Miep Gies is also wonderful. After Miep knew that she could no longer protect them, she retrieved Anne’s diary from the Secret Annex, and saved it for her in hopes of her eventual return. The rest, as they say, is history. Have a productive week, Linda.

  30. Norma Stanforth
      · March 25th, 2014 at 8:40 pm · Link

    Linda, i hope you are okay? Boy we have the real cold weather back, but we are to have snow, about an inches. Hope you have a great week. Blessings to you.
    As always your friend,

    • linda
        · March 26th, 2014 at 12:21 am · Link

      I’m sorry you were worried. How are you feeling? Is the pain under control?

  31. Gloria
      · March 25th, 2014 at 9:20 pm · Link

    I, too, am getting concerned since we haven’t heard from you since Friday.

    I wish there was some way, that if you aren’t able to communicate, that Jen could, even if it is just a short Blog to let us all know you’re OK.

    I pray you are.

    • linda
        · March 26th, 2014 at 12:22 am · Link

      I’m so sorry for worrying you! From now on, I’ll write at least one line every week day.

  32. Patricia Hann
      · March 26th, 2014 at 10:20 pm · Link

    I agree with you about history. My dad is a WW11 vet and help liberate the camps. He hates when some one tries to tell him it didn’t happen when he show it with his own 2 eyes. Also it was not just the Jewish people but many other groups as well. In some ways he was a equal opportunities on who he hurt.

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