We lost Dad, we eight, in 2011; our beloved Mother, in 2015. They were 87, and 90, respectively, at the time they left us.
The other day, I read yet another tragic story of family abuse, of a father who abused his wife in front of their children.
Today, I want to say a very special and specific thank you for having been raised by a loving Dad, who never failed to show respect and love to his wife, our Mother, in front of us. Their love was constant, sprinkled with wonderful humor, cemented in respect and faith.
Our Mother was singularly devoted to Dad, and we grew in strength and faith through her example when he passed.
Thank you, Dad; thank you, Mother. We all know you are together again. We miss you, here, on Earth.
(BONUS Trivia: Records reveal this park is home to the most diversified bird species of any of the national parks.
ANSWER: Big Bend National Park in Texas!)
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
As I was growing up, having from a very young age found an appreciation for the art of writing, I began to acquire books about how to write well. From there, I began to explore self-publishing concepts. Self-publishing appealed to me greatly, and I’ve been working with the idea of it ever since I read The Publish-It-Yourself Handbook many years ago.
I am very grateful for books about writing and publishing!
Exploring ideas from other writers is invaluable in learning the art on your own.
(BONUS Trivia: Wildlife photographers love the varied ecosystems in this park that allow egrets to alligators to exist in one area.
ANSWER: Florida – Everglades National Park!)
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
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