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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
3/1/2019 10:10:00 PM by: Patti Shene

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE OT WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON TO PATTI’S PORCH. GAIL SHARES THAT THE WAY WE PERCEIVE CIRCUMSTANCES DETERMINES THE WAY WE HANDLE THEM.

 

 

 

PERSPECTIVE

 

 

by

 

 

Gail Kittleson

 

 

 

Hello dear readers, 

 

 

 

I’m so glad to spend this time with you on Patti’s Porch. Right now I’m editing a gripping memoir by a debut author, and am also reading another memoir by a well-known female writer. The book I’m editing focuses on a terrifying period when the writer was in her twenties and thirties, and the other one includes a theme about the not-so-fun side of aging. 

 

 

 

Betwixt and between these two, I’m preparing to facilitate a workshop on Saturday for a group of seventeen women in a nearby church. We’ll be considering creative ways to cope with change and loss. Like many around the nation, these women are also recovering from the effects of winter weather. Did we ever embrace such an ardent longing for SPRING? 

 

 

 

My ninety-three-year-old mother-in-law, a dear soul virtually trapped in her northern Iowa home for the past couple of weeks (because of the ice and snow), maintains her cheerful perspective. Of course, she wants to visit her beautician, do her own grocery shopping as usual, and get to church. But she told me the other day that she doesn’t fall for all of the weather channels’ dire pronouncements. 

 

 

 

Why? Because she recalls this kind of cold and equal amounts of snowfall from winters past. When she was a child, she says, we had winters just as hard as this one. It’s just that there’s so much hype about it all now. 

 

 

 

Her perspective makes me smile. Maybe we would do well to pause and look back sometimes. 

 

 

 

That’s what my author friend is doing by writing a memoir about huge challenges she faced with her two young daughters thirty-some years ago. And that’s what the author of the memoir I’m reading does, too—she seeks to make meaning of what she’s experiencing.

 

 

 

Reflecting on our journeys can be so instructive. This kind of pause can deliver us from falling for just any old perspective that comes along. I can’t help but think of Patti right now, with her cataract surgery—I remember feeling so at loose ends between the two surgeries and not being able to see well without closing one eye. That’s a metaphor for the way we feel about life in general at times. 

 

 

 

The other day, I submitted another World War II novel to my publisher. It’s called All For The Cause, and highlights a young man and woman who were willing to sacrifice everything to end the war. The hero has returned from the Philippines wounded, and once he heals, the Army calls him to be a guard at a POW camp in northern Iowa. The heroine grows up mighty fast, as many did in those days, and discovers her passion to become a nurse. 

 

 

 

Caught in the throes of chaos on a worldwide scale, these two maintain their equilibrium by devoting themselves to a cause greater than themselves. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them from meeting obstacles along the way—obstacles are what create our human stories, right? But perspective gets us through obstacles.

 

 

 

I’ve visited with you on Patti’s Porch before, and hope to again. This time, I’ll leave you with a wish: may the end of your winter find you with time to regain perspective, perhaps by reading a great book!

 

 

 

The writing bug bit Gail Kittleson later in life, but she’s hopelessly addicted. Her World War II fiction honors women who made a difference despite great odds, and her memoir encourages modern-day women to embrace the past in order to live fully in the present. Her second love, teaching, leads to facilitating writing workshops and retreats where she loves cheering others on in their writing and other creative endeavors. She and her husband enjoy their grandchildren and gardening in northern Iowa. Connect with Gail:

 

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Amazon author page

 

 

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Comments

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 3/16/2019 10:52:52 PM

Thanks so much, Peg and Sylvia. Perspective has made all the difference for me in so many situations. Could it be that our AGE has anything to do with this?

Peg Phifer From NW WI At 3/10/2019 11:52:28 AM

Patti, I had cataract surgery last fall on my right eye. The left eye was done in 2012 while I was still in Vegas. Hope you heal quickly. Love ya!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you, Peg! I'm getting there. Love you too, my friend.

Peg Phifer From NW WI At 3/10/2019 11:43:29 AM

Thank you, Gail, for sharing these thoughts with us. They hit home with me today. I had to give up driving several years ago because of poor vision so I'm dependent on others to take me where I need to go, and I hate it.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for visiting and responding to Gail's post, Peg.

Sylvia A. Nash From At 3/2/2019 11:31:06 AM

You're welcome, Patti. I hope you have a quick and successful recovery!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you!

Sylvia A. Nash From TN At 3/2/2019 10:59:56 AM

You are so right, Gail! "Reflecting on our journeys can be so instructive." Sometimes we need to make sense of what happened in the past before we can move on to what awaits us in the future.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sylvia. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I know Gail's post was an inspiration to me.

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9/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE NUMBERS
9/15/2014 2:24:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
9/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
8/30/2014 10:56:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
8/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene