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THE MEANING OF GLOMMING ON by Gail Kittleson
Saturday, February 8, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  In Times Like These

AUTHOR:  Gail Kittleson

PUBLISHER:  WordCrafts Press

GENRE:  Historical Women’s Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Series

TARGET AGE:  30+

 

 

IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME MULTI-PUBLISHED AUTHOR GAIL KTTLESON TO PATTI’S PORCH. GAIL SHARES HOW THE MEANING OF ONE WORD ROOT RELATES TO A CHARACTER IN ONE OF HER MANY WWII NOVELS.

 

 

GAIL IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF IN TIMES LIKE THESE.

 

 

 

THE MEANING OF GLOMMING ON

 

 

by

 

 

Gail Kittleson

 

 

 

I really enjoy exploring word roots and recently came upon glom. Americans appropriated the word glaum from Scots dialect meaning "to grab” and made it into glom. Over time, the meaning included figurative uses. We might say, for example, that a busy young mother gloms a few moments to herself.

 

 

The phrase “glom on to” can mean “to appropriate for one's own use” or “to latch on to.” Have you ever glommed onto anything or anyone? Chances are, you really needed whatever or whomever it was. As a very tentative young believer with more doubts than faith, I attached myself to a circle of kind college students who seemed to understand my great need. 

 

 

Addie Bledsoe, the heroine of my re-release, In Times Like These, needs help, too—with her volatile husband Harold. This match seemingly was not made in heaven, but Addie has determined to stop causing Harold’s outbursts and violent behavior. What is it about her that makes him so angry?

 

 

A young Iowa farm wife in the tumultuous early days of World War II, Addie gloms on to several entities. When she meets her down-the-road neighbor Jane, the older woman’s wealth of hard-earned wisdom comes at just the right time. Jane has pretty much been there, done that, and her humble, helpful attitudes invite Addie into her garden . . . and her life.

 

 

At the same time Addie gloms on to every letter that arrives from her dear friend Kate, clear across the Atlantic in London, searching for her downed RAF pilot husband. Though the same age as Addie, Kate enjoys a bent for psychology, and sends gleanings from her landlady’s library to Addie in Iowa.

 

 

The men in Addie’s past—her father especially, leave a lot to be desired, and when the rural mailman proves himself trustworthy and well-intentioned, Addie also relies on him, and not just to deliver the mail. With each of these relationships, she grows in her ability to trust other human beings. This childhood lesson escapes some of us, but life gives us second chances to learn it.

 

 

At heart Addie’s a giver—her nature is to nurture and care for those around her. When push comes to shove, she’d choose someone else over herself—she really doesn’t think she deserves a lot out of life and is thankful for what she has. But when Harold turns his rage on her, blaming her for the circumstances of his life, each day becomes a battle.

 

 

Every report of American ships torpedoed by the enemy adds to Addie’s sense that her own ship is about to sink. Haven’t we all experienced times like this? This is when we glom on to our faith, as Addie did—and we also may need to have some lifeboats sent to our aid. Then we can begin again.

 

 

 

Patti’s Review of In Times Like These

In Times Like These by Gail Kittleson gives readers a stark view of the reality of WWII. The novel captures the essence of the tumult and uncertainty faced by the women who fought their own battles on the home front while their men engaged in combat overseas.

The author has created a work that explores relationships, both good and bad, and how they can help us grow or tear us apart. Gail’s characters are real enough to give the impression they are walking right off the page to share their stories with the reader.

I admire the journey these characters traveled where they learned to draw strength and faith from each other. They relied on God and each other as they lived through one of the most horrific events in world history.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF IN TIMES LIKE THESE BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

An Iowa farm girl (baby boomer), Gail Kittleson appeared with her thick glasses at the local library counter every Saturday of her childhood and hauled home a new pile of books. Later, she earned her MA in TESOL and taught English as a Second Language and college expository writing.

Over a ten-year period during her husband Lance’s deployments to the Middle East, Gail’s memoir developed, and another is presently with a publisher. Since the World War II bug bit, she’s never been quite the same. Her Women of the Heartland fiction brings to life this challenging era’s make-do women whom she loves to introduce to new readers.

Gail delights in historical research, grandchildren, gardening in Northern Iowa, and Arizona’s Mogollon Rim in winter. Facilitating workshops fulfills her teaching craving, and she also cheers other writers on through free-lance editing.

You can find more about her publications and check out her blog at www.gailkittleson.com

Connect with Gail:

Website    

FaceBook       

Amazon.com          

Twitter           @GailGkittleson

Instagram              

 

 

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Comments

Natalya Lakhno From California At 2/9/2020 1:52:22 PM

Thank you for sharing your review Patti! I’ve learned a new word today! And a new author to me! Thank you. Have a blessed Sunday!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Natalya. The only other time I recall hearing the word is in a Gunsmoke episode (my favorite TV show of all time), when one of the characters (Festus) talks about how he "glommed on to" someone's head in a fight. LOL!

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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Patti Shene
7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
Patti Shene
6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
Patti Shene
5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
Patti Shene
4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
Patti Shene
4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
Patti Shene
1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
Patti Shene
12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
Patti Shene
11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
Patti Shene
5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
Patti Shene
1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
Patti Shene
1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
Patti Shene
1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
Patti Shene
1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
Patti Shene
12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
Patti Shene
12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
Patti Shene
12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Going Home
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
Patti Shene
11/13/2012