Posted in Being Grateful, Saying Thank You

Thank You–Gratitude-1–Family

My beginning gratitude is a general “thanks” to my family, who inspire my pen; to my thoughtful son and his wife, the best daughter-in-law I ever could have wished into my life; to my two grandsons, who hand out joy by the bucketful; to my daughter and granddaughter, who take communication and sharing problems to a new level; to my siblings, who’ve always rooted, one way, or another, for my wiring success; and to parents who always encouraged me to be who I am!

I sincerely say thank you to each and every one of you! Your applause truly humbled me!

Roughcraft Art from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg



Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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