Spring Valley High School in Spring Valley MN My 2015 Gift to You

Pizza Night August 2015 Class Reunion at The Pizza Place in Spring Valley MN

Pizza Night August 2015 Class Reunion at The Pizza Place in Spring Valley MN

To all the Class of Spring Valley High School and Faculty of SVHS in Spring Valley MN. I’m giving prints of pictures from the 1980 Class Reunion which was on a weekend in August, 2015. A special event in time as it was the last time we all had with Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn.
Check out the pictures at this link: https://www.pinterest.com/mblanchdev1/svhs-class-of-1980-pictures-to-share/

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Melissa Blanchard
Connect with me at https://www.facebook.com/melissa.blanchard.3158

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg….We most certainly WERE Listening

Thank you Becky. I’m in Health Care too, a Technical Analyst that helps Nurses and Doctors and Instrument Technicians use software to improve patient care. I know first hand just how much compassion, strength and courage each nurse I’ve worked with posses and all the heart they bring to patient care and keeping the patient safe. I also have friends that nurses and they love and hug and accept as no other friend I have. God bless all that choose this profession and stand up when one of their own is disrespected. Thank you. Sincerely, Melissa Blanchard Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis MN.

Rebecca's Ramblings

Since I saw The View’s so-called “apology” clip on social media, I’ve given this post a tremendous amount of thought. My first instinct and knee-jerk reaction was to sit down with my laptop and blast them with full force…unload my anger  and outrage onto the page…err…computer screen…so I could purge it and get all of that negativity out of my system. I’ll admit, I even got about a quarter of the way through that piece, when I stopped to re-read it. It was a scathing, searing diatribe that quite frankly, made me ashamed of myself. It sounded like something that the View Crew would say…it was petty, spiteful, angry and distasteful. That’s not who I am as a person, a writer or more specifically, a nurse. Quite frequently, I end my blog posts with a sentence urging my readers to be kind to each other. I am a tireless advocate for tolerance, peaceful coexistence and doing…

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“The Informant” by James Grippando and Narrated by George Guidall

A story written to help you understand the criminal mind and the women in authority that search them down relentlessly.

A story written to help you understand the criminal mind and the women in authority that search them down relentlessly.

I just finished the Audiobook “The Informant” by James Grippando & narrated by George Guidall
Wow this story was an indepth study of a serial killer.

There were many twists & turns so in the end you are surprised by why Mike was selected as the reporter getting inside information.

Well developed characters & a plot that dug deep but kept the story moving. Very well done.

George Guidall’s voice is easy to listen to.  He gives voice to the characters.  I recognize them from the vocal tones alone.  The narration reminds me very much of a one man play.

I recommend this book to all that don’t mind finding out about the criminal mind & enjoy understanding the woman in authority that go after them relentlessly.

Enjoy.

I got my Digital copy from Hennepin County library on OneClickDigital but I wouldn’t mind owning & revisiting these characters from time to time.

Review of Slated for Death (Penny Brannigan Book 6) by Elizabeth J. Duncan read by Anne Flosnik

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Guest ‪#‎audiobook‬ Review of Slated for Death (Penny Brannigan Book 6) by Elizabeth J. Duncan read by Anne Flosnik

http://audiobookreviewer.com/…/guest-review-slated-death-p…/

Anne Flosnik Thank you so much for your generous words Melissa! This is part of a delightful traditional mystery series set in Wales. Each book stands alone or builds on the others. The focus of each changes, with the spotlight being on a slate mine in this one. They are beautifully wriiten by Elizabeth J. Duncan, and completely absorbing.

Note from Melissa Blanchard:

I’m sharing this post from my Facebook account from an Anne Flosnik share. Anne Flosnik is an excellent narrator providing voices for all the characters. I enjoy her narrations and will be picking up this audiobook to add to me reading list.  I’ll let you know how I like it blog followers but for now this is an Audio Book Reviews link above shared by Anne and then by me on Facebook.  Enjoy.

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com Check out Regina Puckett’s writing at this link.

Melissa Blanchard Book Corner

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com.

Check out this poet – she’s the best:) Regina Puckett’s writing moves the soul and spirit.

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Recommend – “My Words into the Beyond,” by Regina Puckett

Poetry at it’s best Check out “My Words into the Beyond,” by Regina Puckett

Melissa Blanchard Book Corner

I recommend – “My Words into the Beyond,” audiobook by Regina Puckett
The narrator, George Taylor, is the perfect choice for reading this audiobook of poetry.
His voice is deep and comforting as he tells Regina’s poems of life with all of the loves, dreams, disappointments and triumphs expressed so vividly.
So much of what I’ve experienced in life is communicated in the words of this book.
Thank you Regina, for finding a way to articulate so truly the human journey. It was beautiful to listen to over and over, every time finding something new to reflect on.
I haven’t read poetry for many years, I’m so glad I connected with you on Twitter (@ReginaPucket) and found your writing – so fresh – so true – so inspiring.
Keep on writing Regina Puckett.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/my-words-into-beyond-unabridged/id777502019
http://www.amazon.com/Words-into-Beyond-Regina-Puckett-ebook/dp/B00FQ441EQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393467979&sr=8-1&keywords=My+Words+into+the+beyond+by+Regina+puckett

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Spring Valley High School in Minnesota – Class of 1980

Hi SVHS Class of 1980,

I’m sending out a message to all of the Spring Valley HS Class of 1980 to join us on our secure Class Creator website at this link:

Spring Valley High School Class of 1980

This will help us keep in touch for class reunions and other events.  Its a good way to connect people that don’t really want to get on Facebook.

Please leave comments if you like – I moderate the messages and won’t publish if you don’t want me too.

Here’s some pictures from the last reunion – one of our last chances to chat with Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn before her sudden death on August 19th, 2015.

1980 Class Reunion Pictures - Saturday Event 1.

Heidi Esklund, Pamela Cloutier​, Shelley Balbach Galvan​, Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn, Debbie Carr at the Four Daughters Winery on Saturday’s Event at the 35th Class Reunion picture

1980 Class Reunion Reconnect for Spring Valley High School

Richard and Nona Cummings from Friday Event for the 35th Class reunion 8/14/15

Spring Valley High School 1980 Class Reconnect

Debbie Carr, Patty Davids Shoemaker, Melissa Blanchard at the Pizza dinner event for Saturday on the 35th Class Reunion

 

 

www.aspelundwinery.com Peony Garden Winery Kenyon MN

Bruce and Dawn Rohl’s Aspelund Peony Winery and Peony Gardens. Sunday Event for the 35 Class Reunion for SVHS 1980 Graduates

Bruce & Dawn Rohl’s Aspelund Winery Website

Melissa Blanchard’s Book Corner Website is leased by me so feel free to let me know what you think of this post, Class of 1980.  I hope you all register on the Class Creator website and reconnect with your classmates.

Here’s what the SVHS Class of 1980 sent in memory of Cheryl Oftedahl-Keehn:

1980 reconnect efforts Spring Valley Class of 1980

Flowers for Cheryl from the Class of 1980

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

April 11, 2015 Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe Book Signing Event with Nora Roberts

I just realized I hadn’t published my April 11th, 2015 Book Signing Event.  The July 18th Event announcements reminded me that I have pictures to share so I’m posting them now.

When I go to the book signing events in Boonsboro Maryland I go for a long weekend.  In April I left Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 9th and arrived at Washington, DC the same day courtesy of Delta Airlines.  I had a beautiful flight, from rainy and snowy weather to white fluffy clouds.

View from my airplane window as my plane prepared for take off from Minneapolis MN.  Left rainy and snowy weather for Maryland.

View from my airplane window as my plane prepared for take off from Minneapolis MN. Left rainy and snowy weather for Maryland.

Fluffy cloud view from my Airplane window as I travel to Washington, DC.

Fluffy cloud view from my Airplane window as I travel to Washington, DC.

View from shuttle from Reagan Airport in Washington, DC - Cherry Blossom weekend was in full swing.

View from shuttle from Reagan Airport in Washington, DC – Cherry Blossom weekend was in full swing.

South Mountain Welcome Center close to Hagerstown, MD

South Mountain Welcome Center close to Hagerstown, MD

I have more pictures from the trip I’ll share on my picture sharing blog at Moments to Share Along the Way

Now I’ll share the pictures from Turn the Page Bookstore April 11th, 2015 book signing event.

Standing in line for the April 2015 book signing event at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro MD

Standing in line for the April 2015 book signing event at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro MD

Two ladies, Connie and Sharon, I met while waiting in line for tickets to the book signing.  Every event I meet new book lovers.  This time one of the ladies is in Health Care too.

Two ladies, Connie and Sharon, I met while waiting in line for tickets to the book signing. Every event I meet new book lovers. This time one of the ladies is in Health Care profession too.

Picking out our books after we have our tickets.  I picked most of mine out on the Friday before the event.

Picking out our books after we have our tickets.

Robin Kaye thanks for signing books and letting me take your picture.

Robin Kaye thanks for signing books and letting me take your picture.

2nd Author in line.

Jennifer Probst thanks for the signature and the picture.

Table of Authors

From Left to Right Christine Trent, Adam Pelzman, Shayla Black

 

3rd Author in line.

Thanks Christine Trent for writing great books, posing for pictures and signing books.

4th Author in line

Shayla Black thanks for the picture, signing my book and writing excellent stories.

Kat Martin Author signing books.

Kat Martin thanks for posing for the picture, signing your book and sharing your stories with your fans.

Nora Roberts signing "The Liar" the book I bought at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe.   I enjoyed the story of Shelby Foxworth and her search for truth about herself and her life.  Well written book that keeps you attention riveted.

Nora Roberts signing “The Liar” the book I bought at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe. I enjoyed the story of Shelby Foxworth and her search for truth about herself and her life. Well written book that keeps your attention riveted.  My thanks to all of the Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe staff that do so much to make the book signing events a success every time I attend. Thanks to the authors that smile and sign all the books all day long.

 

Eva - thanks for being at the events and making the whole experience meaningful beyond the book signing to getting to know the whole area.  I'm glad I met you.

Eva – thanks for being at the events and making the whole experience meaningful beyond the book signing to getting to know the whole area. I’m glad I met you.

 

July 18th Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe is Hosting Nora Roberts book signing Event 11 a.m. Eastern Time

Nora Roberts and I great moment for me - I love all her books and her ability to bring characters to life.

Nora Roberts and I great moment for me – I love all her books and her ability to bring characters to life. My thanks to Laura – Nora’s PR & Social Media expert thanks for a great picture.

Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe is the place to be on July 18th for the 20th Anniversary book signing event with Nora Roberts
http://ttpbooks.com/category/VB.html

I have the T-shirt shown here – wears great and supports brick and mortar business. Note the change of time – signing starts at 11 a.m. Eastern Time out in Boonsboro, Marylandgateway to Civil War Discovery Trail and Antietam National Battlefield. Make this area your next vacation stop or long weekend get away. The area revives the soul.  I’ll be with all the book lovers in spirit:)

Don’t forget you can get books signed virtually – be sure to follow the instructions on the TTPBooks.com Website (especially note on mobile devices) to be sure to get your book signed the way you want it to be.  They will ship all over the world.

 

Endorse “Neighing with Fire” by Kathryn O’Sullivan 3rd book in the Colleen McCabe Series Release Date May 5, 2015

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I’m thankful for the opportunity to review this book before the official release.  Kathryn O’Sullivan brings us mysteries with a new flair but true to the tradition of Agatha Christie – great plots with engaging dialog.

Firefighting Chief Collen McCabe shows how well a woman performs in positions of authority and leadership. Chief McCabe not only fights fire but crime as well and still finds time to nurture a budding romance.

The story begins with the author, Kathryn O’Sullivan, breathing life into a piece of plastic sheeting from a construction site. The plastic carries the reader into the story in a kind of ballet as the sheeting takes us to a long buried crime scene. The body found is just the start of the mystery that Colleen and her friend, Sheriff  Bill Dorman, work to solve as the story unfolds.

There’s  drama in the North Carolina’s Outer Banks community between those that support the Wild horse habitat and the piping plover shore birds as well as those that would see all habitat taken up with new construction.  Colleen has a fight with Denny Custis, a ruthless land developer about these subject not long before he turns up dead at one of Chief McCabe’s fire scenes.

There’s too many that have issues with Denny and the battle over land for wild habitat versus resorts to make solving the case easy but Colleen has a hunch that the long buried body and Denny’s death are connected now all she has to find out is how.

This excerpt from”Neighing with Fire” demonstrates the compassion Chief McCabe feels for her firefighters:

“….She [McCabe] was anxious to find out how her men were doing – particularly Chip and Kenny, who had been inside the burning structure. …”

Chief McCabe shows how capable a woman is when making life and death decisions without hesitation. I hope strong women both young and old read the Colleen McCabe Series as an inspiration to aspire to the jobs that are in their heart to pursue.

Another great part of the story is the beautifully written scene depicting the picturesque setting of the Outer Banks Village of Corolla, where wild horses still roam free and fire fighters enforce no feeding laws as well as putting out engine fires for cars unfamiliar with driving on Carova Beach.

The message I take from the Colleen McCabe Series is follow your dreams, listen to the message of inner truth and strive to be the best you can be.

I’m looking forward to reading more books from the Colleen McCabe Series. I enjoy mysteries that have a message similar to the one underlying Elizabeth Peters work, highlighting Amelia Peabody’s* books, women don’t need a man to succeed they just need to believe in themselves. These books are also very well written with emphasis on the mystery.

I’m hopeful the writing of Kathryn O’Sullivan continues with many more rewarding reading experiences.

Where to find out more about the books and the author on GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6539561.Kathryn_O_Sullivan

Author’s web page here:
www.kathrynosullivan.com

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*Amelia Peabody

http://www.ameliapeabody.com/

Other books in the Colleen McCabe Series are:

“Murder on the Hoof” #2

http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250049469

“Foal Play” #1

http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250026590