Friday, August 21, 2015

Viewpoint: Will We Ever Learn?

I was so impressed this piece that Pat was kind enough to allow me to reblog it on my blog so I can share it with all my followers. I also share my own viewpoint on her words at the bottom of this timely piece.

Viewpoint: Will We Ever Learn? By Patricia Garcia

Viewpoint: Will We Ever Learn?

1933- Signs of discontent, distrust, and jealousy arose in Europe, no longer hiding behind the smiling face of tolerance. The burdens placed upon the German people through the Treaty of Versailles, after losing theFirst World War caused anger and frustration to smother beneath the surface. Hunger, inflation, rising costs, and joblessness created clusters of dissatisfied people who grumbled.
That the Treaty of Versailles, with its failure to reach an agreement on reparation and Article 231, (the War-Guilt Clause), would play a leading role in starting the second world war, only a few people considered possible.  One of the few was Economist John Maynard Keyes, who thought the ordinances set down in theVersailles Treaty too harsh. Keyes considered that treaties overlooking the food, fuel, and finance would exacerbate the situation. 1 Keyes was right. For many Germans, to this day, the Treaty of Versailles broke their necks while humiliating and stripping them of their pride.
This year, 2015, that same wind blows, not in Germany but Greece; not because of war, but because of the economic collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in the United States, in 2008; which led to the Great Recession.  The corrosive nature of that recession has put Greece in the begging role and subjects them to the hands of non-compromising politicians, whose main concerns are securing their own country’s safety, instead of the welfare of their sister nation, Greece.2
Soup lines, homeless sleeping on streets, beggars pushing carts, begging, while the initial instigators of their presence crisis discuss how to repay a debt that began with the negligence to institute proper controls, just as the Treaty of Versailles neglected to devise a method that would ensure that the German people survive with their self-esteem intact. 
The Greek debt must be paid, but does this mean humiliating the Greek working class who has no millions stashed away in bank accounts in Luxembourg or Switzerland or on the Cayman Islands.
The question should not be whether or not the Greeks pay their debt, but whether they will be allowed to pay it back with dignity and room to breathe.  History has shown us repeatedly that when the feet of those who have much hold down the feet of those who have little rebellion comes. Will history repeat itself, once again?  
Will we ever learn?

Micki Peluso said...
Sadly, my friend, we will never learn. Perhaps we are destined not to learn or the ones who do learn are meant to be frustrated by those who walk around with blinders on their eyes, seeing not, hearing naught--but what they think is right, even when a little child could tell them it is wrong. I have lived through a world war and 4 police actions and now the war on terrorism and I see the same scenario all over again.
I think nothing can be as horrific as the beheading of small children by terrorists in front of their parents, then remember the Holocaust when the grandparents of those children--but another race--are thrown into ovens and gassed to death.
When will it end my friend? I think not until our beloved savior breaks through the clouds and puts an end to the madness. God save us all--but especially the children.
I'd like to copy this and repost it on my blog if you would not mind. Let me know.
Love, Micki
Pat Garcia said in reply to Micki Peluso...
My Dear Micki,
Yesterday was Sunday and I did not get back to you because I try to stay away from the computer as much as I can on Sundays.
First, thank you for sharing your thoughts. They are extremely powerful and poignant. It is really time we wake up and face the reality around us.
As to your reposting, I am honoured. Of course, you may repost it. Thank you very much.
Sending you heartfelt greetings filled with love.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Amazing New 5 Star Book Review By Jan Hawke

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2015
This is not a perfect book, but neither are the world-renowned ones that I love best. Like those beloved classics that I've loved most of my life, this is a book about what's important in life - those you love most and belong to in the ordinary, everyday manner of living. It's about heart and family and carrying on no matter what. It's a wonderful story, but it's not fiction. It's a memoir about a family, and it took decades to be written because it's mostly about the death of one of the author's six children at the tender, promising age of fifteen.
Micki Peluso has been writing about other things as well for a long time, but this book needed to take it's
time to be told as Ms. Peluso takes us on her life's journey in 1959, running away to get married; living with in-laws and with her own ditsy, unstable mother and bigamous stepfather; setting up home; having her first baby; more babies and assorted animals arrive; taking in her younger brother when life with their mother cuts up rough; uprooting the whole family to live in Las Vegas after an hilariously muddled road trip from the East Coast to the western desert to scout out the good life; then back again within the year, almost broke and starting over in a haunted house. But the story begins much later, in 1981, when young Noelle is mortally injured by a drunken hit and run driver, and the family are given the worst news at the hospital, with Micki's husband, Butch, five hours away, desparately driving back to them. In the opening chapter the pain of this tragedy is red raw and palpable with the words falling hard like tears. And so the family tale unfolds in flashbacks that are snapshots of a large and happy family who love, laugh, cry, fight, and tumble along life's road, interspersed with the harrowing sce
nes at the hospital as the extent of Noelle's injuries are laid bare and Micki and Butch struggle to keep hope alive when the doctors say there is none, through to their final letting go as they realise their daughter cannot stay with them any longer. Small doses of horrified sorrow and pain between the glimpses of extraordinary love and easy comfort of a 'normal' hectic, frustrating and funny family life.
No wonder it took took decades to write and why Butch wouldn't read it before it was completed. The heart is written in there always and that's why this gets 5 stars and is recommended without hesitation for anyone who's had a family they love.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Boomerang Generation

My children, when very young used to tell me they would never leave me. The boys vowed to marry me one day, and the girls solemnly promised to stay with me forever, and hopefully marry their father. I remember holding them close to me and saying that I wish they would stay with me forever, knowing of course that in the natural order of things they would all eventually  begin the lives of their own. But they didn't.

My children are part of the ‘boomerang generation,’ a phenomenon that began in the 80s. The cost-of-living index, which has affected everyone, is especially hard on young people about to embark on their journey into independence. My oldest daughter married at 22, moved four hours away from me, breaking my heart; especially when she had two sons that I was rarely able to visit. Before my tears were barely dry, she divorced, moved back home, and began looking for the means to support herself and two young boys. After spending a year at home, she eventually rented a small apartment next door to me, found a job that fell well below the median standard of living, and a full-time babysitter – me.

My sons didn't exactly boomerang out and return. They never left, until we finally moved to a smaller home with no room for them. It sounds cruel, but it initiated independence. Once on their own, they managed to maintain both jobs and apartments but might have stayed at home forever if not nudged gently out of the nest.

Another daughter, determined to be independent, moved out of the house when she went off to college. She lived for six months in a basement apartment that was only 5 feet high, with cement floors, no windows and septic pipes intertwining throughout. Her bug-infested home was in a neighborhood where Clint Eastwood would say, ‘Go ahead, make my day,’ at least 10 times a day. Eventually this child rented a lovely apartment in an older home, which she shared with two other students. Her rent was nearly doubled, and that along with other expenses, forced her to move back into her small bedroom in order to pursue a career in law.

My youngest daughter began college and lived at home because she saw, through her siblings, how impossible it is to live on your own. So far as I'm concerned, my children can boomerang in and out of my life as long as they want. It's wonderful having at least two children and grandchildren in my home at all times. I never experience the ‘empty nest syndrome,’ because it never emptied.

However, being robbed of their total independence keeps young adults from maturing as rapidly as earlier generations did. Adolescence, due to the overall prolonged life expectancy, has extended into the mid-20's. This is not necessarily bad, because it shields young adults from making the sometimes dire mistakes their parent generation did while trekking perilously toward adulthood.

While high rents and housing costs, plus inadequate pay scales, have initiated the boomerang generation, there are other causes. Many young adults have been spoiled by the affluence of their parents and are reluctant to strike out on their own in the face of a reduced standard of living. Most teenagers today have acquired a TV, cell phone, computer, stereo, various computer games, video games and the car by their 18th birthday. Who would want to leave all that? Marriage has also been pushed forward, with 26 the median age for men and 24 for women, sometimes longer. Having children is also delayed, sometimes into their 30’s.

According to some social scientists, money is not the primary reason for the boomerang phenomena. Rather, it indicates failed adults – the result of inadequate child-rearing and overindulgence by parents, who will buy their children material things in lieu of the love, support, and security they need to become responsible adults. There are some parents who resent the loss of privacy and plans for self-fulfillment that are delayed by boomerang kids. In addition, many of these same parents bear the responsibility for caring for their own aged parents, and are caught in the middle of two generations; both needing or demanding financial and emotional care.

Parenting was never a process which was supposed to go on indefinitely. When a child reached adulthood, he/she was expected to be self-sufficient. Escalating prices in contrast to low pay scales have changed that, perhaps indefinitely. The boomerang generation is establishing a trend that is not likely to disappear for some time.

I figure that by the time all my children have boomeranged in and out of my home, my grandchildren will begin. But I wouldn't want it any other way, in spite of the bathroom being littered with hairdryers, electric rollers, and endless makeup, plus the attic crammed with all the ‘essentials’ from their previous spurts of independence.

It is an extended family life that I find keeps us all together, close and loving — qualities often lost when children leave home. And on the days when I don't feel so altruistic about the situation, I remember that someday their father and I in our doddering old age might be boomerang in and out of their homes… a just reward I think.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Book Worth Howling Over

The Alphas: Prequel to Howl of the Wolf, Heirs to the Throne Trilogy
By Diane Rapp

As a prequel to her sci-fi trilogy, this book shines. Anyone loving animals, especially dogs and wolves, will be drawn into this fascinating story.  Carra, whose beloved German Shepherd was stolen, cannot believe the mystery, evil and suspense going on in the dog breeding society. She discovers horrifying things that at first seem impossible, when she discovers that she is the heir to the fortune of her friend and dog breeder, Frieda, who is found murdered. This begins a journey to faraway places and one adventure after another as her and a select group of friends try to protect the lives and sanctity of the animals.

The dogs and wolves in this story are not normal, thanks to a science group who discover telepathy among some canines, wolves, and some people. Carra is one of those people. Author Diane Rapp writes a fast-paced novel with wonderfully developed characters, both human and canine.  Readers will be especially drawn to this book, beginning with the beautiful picture of the animals on her cover. It’s a fast easy read that is difficult to put down.

As a special treat, she ends her prequel with a sample of the first of the series; Howl of the Wolves, Heirs to the Throne Trilogy. It's a tantalizing piece which sent me directly to Amazon to purchase it. How could I not?

Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

Saturday, July 25, 2015

One Women's Battle for Survival

Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope by Kathryn Chastain Treat

This is a story of a 44-year-old woman whose life is turned into a nightmare, as she reenters the workplace, only to find that she has an extreme allergic reaction to the mold in the building. Author Kathryn Chastain Treat narrates her day by day excruciating experiences as multiple allergens turn her into a prisoner locked in her own little world. Her immune system is unable to fight the barrage of everyday allergens that continue to mount, attempting to destroy her life for an entire decade.

This is a book I could not put down, having suffered similar symptoms, but nowhere near the level of this brave woman, who needed to wear a mask on her face in public, and throw away her clothes, worn only once. At its worst, she had to live in a specially detoxified building, separate from her own home and her devoted husband.

I happened to meet Kathryn briefly online while reading and replying to a Rave Review Book Club interview. Months later she passed on to a place free from the nightmare in which she had lived. Reading her book, knowing she had made such progress overcoming her allergies, is often difficult. As a talented writer, Kathryn brings the reader into her life story and takes them along on her incredible, almost unbelievable story. She shares her tears, hopes, fears and strength, making this outstanding book a true testament to overcoming and defeating the ordinary things that were deadly toxic to her.

This book and its author had a profound and lasting impact upon my own life and is a recommended read for everyone on so many levels. Kathryn Treat may have had the most horrifying experiences throughout her battle but in spite of it, she lived and loved to the fullest until she reached the point where she was no longer, “Allergic to Life.”

Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

RAVE WAVES Radio Blog Interview

Bring on the Spotlight with Guest Host John W. Howell and MICKI PELUSO By Rave Reviews Book Club July 23, 2015 - 12:00:00 PM EDT
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About Noelle:

Noelle was a shy little girl until she turned six yrs old and became the 'mouse that roared'--her siblings gave her a wide berth. As a preteen and teenager, she changed again, this time into a wacky, hilariously funny girl.She could walk into a room and say nothing and make us laugh. She was the only one who could shake the dark moods from her father and calm her brothers and sisters down. She never did chores. She talked about doing them, promised to do them, but managed to entertain her siblings while they did her work. When her and her sister, Kelly bought clothes with their babysitting money, Noelle put every outfit on top of the other for a bike ride. When Kelly said she was crazy not to save them for something special, Noelle said that a bike ride was special enough. She was a beautiful combination of Lucille Ball humor and Carol Burnett. Her teachers adored her. It was evident that all who knew her loved her. She lived in the moment almost as if she sensed there might not be many of them. I wrote the book so that others, the drunk drivers and their victims might know that irresponsibility took away one of God's brightest stars. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Announcement regarding . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
Countdown for $. 99 sale for Kindle. I'm happy and excited to announce to all my friends and followers who have not yet had the pleasure of reading my book . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang that the book will be available for $.99  on Amazon Kindle July 8th through July15th PDT. 
Those preferring the print version can find it reduced on Amazon for $13.36.
This is the story of two teenagers in love. Micki’s dysfunctional mother convinces the two of them to elope to Elkton, Maryland and marry in a double ceremony with a man her mother barely knows. This begins the story of Micki and Butch, who go on to have six children and an outrageous life, filled with animals both tame and feral, and wild escapades including a cross-country trip to Nevada in which everything that can go wrong does.
Returning to their home town in Pennsylvania, they buy 100-year-old farmhouse complete with rats, bats and wasps as well as their own ghosts. Life is wonderful for this family filled with laughter, filled with love. On a sunny summer day in late August, their 14-year-old daughter, Noelle, the child whose wacky sense of humor and love, wove the fabric of the family together, was killed by a drunk driver. That day the laughter died.
Micki promises her dying Noelle that she will make sure that the world knows who and what she was by writing a celebration of her life rather than a eulogy of her death. The result of this promise is . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang, a story of love, loss and survival, with the humor of ”Cheaper by the Dozen,” and the heart of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
For those of you who choose to read this story, please let me know what you thought of it and if you can leave a short review. You can use the links below to order from Kindle and use the fan facebook page to watch the video of the characters you will be meeting in this book.