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why i write

Hi there! A friendly reminder to take the next Hop on our Blog tour. I shared my writing process 0n Monday, February 17,  here, and the Monday before Joseph D. Stirling shared his process at JDSFiction.

Also, on Monday, February 24, Bianca at B.G.Bowers and Carrie Wilson at Magic and Marvels answered their four questions about their own writing processes. Today, Monday, March 10, go on over to visit with Diane Kratz at Profiles of Murder. I guarantee there will be some interesting reading ahead!

Take care,

Linda Williams Stirling

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Is ME fatal? A different perspective.

If you or a loved one has ever been touched by a life-threatening illness, you understand the fear, the grief, the hope, and finally the acceptance that goes along with it. But what if you had a disease that doctors and studies and articles claimed was NOT life-threatening, and yet you are dying from it? The truth is, ME ( Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), often referred to by the innocuous name of CFS, is very hard on the body and many people do die from it. We need more and better research, plus actual treatments, not denial. This blog post, from a woman I greatly respect, provides an honest look at this issue. She can speak with authority on the subject as she is a woman with end-stage ME. We need to pay attention.
Thank you and Take Care,
Linda Williams Stirling

Documenting M.E.

As someone currently receiving hospice care due solely to the effects of ME, it irks me when people claim ME is not a fatal disease. Many, many ME-related deaths have shown that, at the very least, this disease can be fatal. I’ve seen people throw around a statistic which claims the death rate for this disease is 3%. What they don’t realize is most ME experts agree this number is grossly underestimated. Let me explain why.

ME is most similar in nature to another neurological illness, Multiple Sclerosis. Like MS, most ME experts agree there are certain subtypes which exist within the same illness name. The most commonly suggested categories (and those I personally see) are stable (illness remains the same or improves slightly with careful energy planning), relapsing/remitting (illness cycles through better and worse phases), and progressive/deteriorating (illness consistently deteriorates over time, regardless of planning and treatment). Of these…

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GRAPEFRUIT – The Killer Fruit!

This is a good warning to heed. Both my doctor and my pharmacist long ago warned me off grapefruit because of the potential drug interactions. If you’re on any of these types of medicines, double-check the list of drugs that interact. Keep yourself safe.

Take care,
Linda Williams Stirlig

Prescription For Murder

Occasionally, I hear news reports regarding the dangers of eating grapefruit whileMB900436914 on certain medications. This is not new information and I have to remind myself that many are still unaware of this very serious drug-food interaction.

The medical community identified this harmful interaction at least ten years ago and now pharmacists routinely attach alert notices to certain prescription medications involved in these interactions.

The new information here is that the number of drugs that can cause such a deadly interaction with grapefruit has doubled in just the last few years.  At present, more than 85 drugs interact with grapefruit to cause injury, 43 of which cause serious or deadly interactions.

The list of drugs that interact with grapefruit now includes many blood pressure medications, most of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, certain cardiac drugs, some anti-seizure medications, specific chemotherapy drugs and a few antibiotic medications.

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Are Some Humans Born to Bully? Born to Be Victims? Can It Be Changed?

Bullying is a continuing problem in our society. Why has it gotten worse? What happens when a bully grows up? How do we deal with it? These are some of the questions Kristen Lamb takes on in this important post. No one likes being bullied, but it happens everywhere: school, church, work, online. Kristen offers some great insights and ideas.

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One of the reasons I am SO HAPPY you guys take the time to comment and share your thoughts is your insights often highlight areas I might not have thought to address.  A commenter Mr. Dandylion replied to my publishing predictions for 2014 with darker thoughts, which included this phrase:

“A new author will commit suicide after a sustained online bullying campaign, most likely stemming from Goodreads; it will cause major headlines and public anger.”

Those words hit home and made me think. Granted, as a writer, I’ve experienced my share of trolls and (gratefully) only two LOONIES. But I have too many author friends (including NYTBSAs) who’ve been victimized by flash mobs of cyber-bullies. I’ve also had blogger friends who wrote on very innocent topics randomly victimized by gangs of trolls for seemingly no reason.

Oddly, when I tried to research bullying and bullying resources for yesterday’s post, I…

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Surviving Christmas Grief

I wanted to share this thoughtful and informative article with you. My thanks to Diane Kratz for her willingness to share her own story of loss. Christmas is a joyous time of year, shared with family and friends. Twinkling lights, laughing children, sweet treats, and the anticipation of opening gifts. Full of wonderful traditions and memories. But, for some, it is a time of pain and sadness. Be sure this season to reach out to those who are grieving…whether from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or home, illness, the absence of a family member in the Armed Forces or the Foreign Service who are serving overseas, even the loss of a beloved pet. All these things can effect individuals differently, and even though some of these events might have happened years ago, the Holiday Season can raise them back up, fresh and new. Accept and acknowledge their pain. Be kind, be thoughtful, be supportive, be there for them. Thanks.
Take care and Merry Christmas,
Linda Williams Stirling

Profiles of Murder

Today I am sharing something not too many of my writer family knows about me. I lost my sixteen year old son, Eric, in 1996 to suicide.  I’d love to report that I’m over his death, but the truth is, his death is something I know I will never get over. But I have learned to deal with my loss of him.

December is hard for me, and I know it is for countless others who are dealing with the loss of their loved ones. Eric’s birthday was December 7. Last year my daughter gave me my first granddaughter born on his birthday.

Ms. Charlotte Joann is named after my mother who died two years after my son. In the span of two years, I lost two people I loved.

For years after my mom died, I’d break out her tree even though it was so old the limbs wouldn’t…

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When Your Mother Says She’s Fat

English: Swimsuit-clad woman poses on the beac...

English: Swimsuit-clad woman poses on the beach, 1930-1940 A woman poses at an unidentified beach wearing a one-piece bathing suit, sandals and a coolie hat. The swimming costume is trimmed with embroidery around the neckline, and a matching embroidered belt. She is carrying a patterned towel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps you’ve already read the article below. If so, it’s worth another look. If you haven’t, take six minutes to read it. Then think about the message it contains and how it effects the women in your lives. The ones already subjected to a public message that says women must be thin and beautiful to have value.

We all need to work to change this. Before our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc.; have their minds, self-images, and sense of worth corrupted. At this special time of year, we should acknowledge the value of every human being. Our differences are mostly just skin deep. Underneath, we all look the same. Share the message below and let the people in your life know that you love and value them. That they’re perfect, just the way they are.

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When Your Mom Says She’s Fat, by Kasey Edwards

Dear Mum,

I was seven when I discovered that you were fat, ugly and horrible. Up until that point I had believed that you were beautiful — in every sense of the word. Continue reading

Guest Blogger: What Do FBI Agents Really Do? Peter Klismet Gives Us The Scoop.

I am very pleased, once again, to introduce you to Peter Klismet, Jr. After two tours in Vietnam, Pete went on to spend the next 30 years of his life in Law Enforcement; 10 with the Ventura, CA Police Department and 20 with the FBI. In the FBI, he received additional specialized training in hostage negotiation and in criminal profiling. He was part of the very first group of field profilers. After retiring from the FBI in 1999, and receiving an award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Pete turned to teaching. No surprise there, he holds two Masters Degrees and is very adept at sharing his knowledge. He was a Professor at two different colleges before recently retiring. He now runs a consulting business with his wife, Nancy. They provide criminal profiling and cold case services, as well as seminars and training classes. Pete is the author of “FBI DIary: Profiles of Evil.” Thank you, Pete, for joining us today.

pete klismetPete Klismet:

One question I’ve been asked by more people than I can count is, “What do FBI Agents do?”  Another frequent one has been, “What is (or was) it like to be a FBI agent?” Continue reading