Saturday, September 17, 2022

The MoMmY-Go-RoUnd is a Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!!

Excited to share that The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.

Friday, February 4, 2022

When D is For Deployed

Available Now on Amazon! Stay tuned for future locations!
For immediate release: Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome. Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Social Issues book "When D is For Deployed" by Eleanor D. Alspaugh, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RP2NC14. Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. "Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite It’s never easy to have one of your parents sent overseas. When you’re young, you want your family close. But those who work in the military, both men and women, have to accept assignments far from home. That’s what it means to be deployed. One small girl is learning what it means for her daddy to be deployed. She can only see her daddy on the tiny screen of her mama’s phone. Through phone conversations, father and daughter try to keep the connection, but the excitement of welcoming her daddy home is slightly overshadowed by the fact that suddenly he looks so much bigger than his image on the phone. With patience, the two resume their father-daughter loving relationship. Eleanor D. Alspaugh’s picture book story, When D is For Deployed, is a touching look at military family life from a young child’s perspective. The author follows a young girl as she carries on with her life with her mama during her daddy’s deployment and the two share stories and special times over the phone, the lasting bond of love creatively being held together. There are lots of colorful photographs to help document the story and the simple language makes it easy for an early young reader to follow along. This is a touching story that will introduce the difficulties young military children face when one of their parents is deployed. Not only will military children appreciate the sentiments in this story, but non-military children will also learn what it’s like to have an absent parent for long periods of time. Beautiful and heartwarming story." You can learn more about Eleanor D. Alspaugh and "When D is For Deployed" at https://www.readersfavorite.com/book-review/when-d-is-for-deployed where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages. Readers' Favorite LLC Media Relations Louisville, KY 40202 800-RF-REVIEW support@readersfavorite.com https://readersfavorite.com

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Remembering the Man With The Heart of a Soldier

October 9, 1944 will always be a date to remember in my Father’s life. This is the date my Dad, 1st Sgt. George Donald, was wounded during WWII. And certainly, had things gone differently, I might not have been here to write this or his book that I call The Heart of a Soldier which I have been working on for a number of years. His action, bravery and determination to save his fellow soldiers that day earned him the Silver Star as well the Purple Heart. After he recovered, he rejoined his unit, the 44th Armored Infantry Battalion, part of Gen. Patton’s Sixth Armored Division, in time to serve during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his action and leadership in that battle. Anyone that knew my Dad, knew him to be a quiet, sweet, fun-loving man, not the tallest man and probably not someone that you would ever suspect was considered a war hero. However, as the expression goes, he had the right stuff. In all the research I’ve done for The Heart of the Soldier, I’m amazed at the challenges those serving faced and overcame. In my Dad’s case, as part of the Normandy invasion, they landed in July, 1944. There were many days of fighting but on October 9th, their platoon was ambushed in France and there were 20 casualties, including the platoon leader who was killed. My Dad told us that the tanks were behind them, unaware of the ambush since the area they were moving through was considered secure. My Father knew they needed to alert the tank unit of the need for support. With little to no cover, Dad had to dive behind the only thing available, a farmer's field of cabbage plants. In the process, he was shot 3 times, once through the nose and also through his shoulder and arm but this did not stop him. My Mom would then always tell us that the Germans were aiming for his head as they knew what he was trying to accomplish. The Silver Star citation said that under heavy enemy fire, he rallied the remainder of the platoon and led them forward and that he led a section of tank destroyers into his area to cover his men while they took up new positions. Although wounded, he continued to lead until he was eventually evacuated due to his injuries. "His aggressive leadership and gallantry are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Infantrymen." I’m very happy to share on this anniversary of my Father’s wounding, that The Heart of a Soldier will be published in early 2022. The Heart of a Soldier centers around Dad's letters written home during the war, my parents' wartime love story, as well as the path and experiences of Patton’s Sixth Armored Division. To provide background to the letters Dad wrote, the book also includes excerpts and discussion of select World War II historical events from both the European Theater and the Pacific Theater where my uncles also bravely served. It is my hope to honor not only my father and mother, but also my uncles and others from that generation. The Heart of a Soldier also includes excerpts from some of my uncles’ letters and letters from a couple of my parents’ friends who also served. The book definitely provides some insight into the lives of the many soldiers and civilians so greatly impacted by WWII. With so many lives lost during that war, I know my Dad and our family were truly blessed during those war years, even those of us who were at the time still just a “twinkle in my parents’ eyes.” Stay tuned for more updates!!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Sharing the Post of a Dear Friend In Need of a Kidney

Sharing a post from one of my dear childhood friends who is in need of a kidney.   We lived on the same road and have shared so many wonderful times together!  I was in her wedding with another dear childhood friend we lost to cancer in our thirties.  I have since survived breast cancer.  After too many years living far apart,  Cindy Marrone Cortina and my niece Rachel Staub  and I had such fun and they were both so supportive and helpful when I received my Readers’ Favorite book award.  But our history as friends is so much deeper than that with our shared memories with our families and especially our parents. I’ll be praying for Cindy and please also pray and spread the word for her need by sharing this. Thank you!! ❤🙏

My friend Cindy Marrone Cortina ‘s personal post shared the following : 

I don’t post very often but today I’m asking for your help and prayers. This is very difficult, but I will get right to the point - I need a kidney and am reaching out in case anyone knows of someone that is interested in being a living donor. I have renal failure due to polycystic kidney disease, which caused my kidneys to be filled with cysts. I will be on dialysis soon and I’m terrified since dialysis is very hard on the body and can cause many additional serious health issues. Polycystic kidneys is a hereditary disease that caused me to lose several uncles, cousins, my brother and father - all while on dialysis. Since I am very healthy otherwise, a transplant is a very good option for me and will allow me to live a full life. I have had many wonderful friends/family step up to try to donate (without being asked) and unfortunately all were denied for various reasons. Needless to say, this has been an extremely emotional roller coaster for the last 6 months for all of us and I am so grateful to have these special people in my life. Donors cannot have had cancer, diabetes, kidney stones, un-treated high blood pressure or low kidney function. I am A+ but a match is not necessary. Donors are screened carefully and are not approved if there are any risks for them. All medical costs for the donor are paid by my health insurance. Donor surgery is done laparoscopically, so recovery is not long and donors go on to lead a full unaffected life. I am currently registered at Cleveland Clinic and Miami Transplant Institute (Jackson), but I’m only going to continue at Miami since they have a much bigger program. Attached is the link for the donor sign up - and also a link to the website for anyone that wants to learn more. I would really appreciate if you could spread the word and share this in case someone wants to donate. There are special people out there that will give the gift of a kidney to a stranger so please help me get the word out. I am grateful for any help you can provide.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The 75th Anniversary of October 9, 1944...A day that lives on in my heart...



This will always be a special day to me and so yes, I'll post this once again. October 9, 1944 is the date my Dad was wounded during WWII. His action that day earned him the Silver Star as well the Purple Heart. He later was awarded the Bronze Star for action during the Battle of the Bulge. Anyone that knew my Dad, knew him to be a quiet, sweet, fun loving man, and not someone that you would ever suspect was considered a war hero. In all the research I’ve done for The Heart of the Soldier, I’m amazed at the challenges those serving rose above and accomplished. In my Dad’s case, as part of the Normandy invasion, they landed in July, 1944. There were many days of fighting but on October 9th, their platoon was ambushed in France and there were 20 casualties, including the platoon leader who was killed. My Dad told us that the tanks were behind them, unaware of the ambush since the area they were moving through was considered secure. My Father knew they needed to alert the tank unit of the need for support. With little to no cover, Dad had to dive behind the only thing available, a farmer's field of cabbage plants. In the process, he was shot 3 times, once through the nose and also through his shoulder and arm but this did not stop him. My Mom would then always tell us that the Germans were aiming for his head as they knew what he was trying to accomplish. The Silver Star paperwork said that under heavy enemy fire, he rallied the remainder of the platoon and led them forward and that he led a section of tank destroyers into his area to cover his men while they took up new positions. Although wounded, he continued to lead until he was eventually evacuated due to his injuries. "His aggressive leadership and gallantry are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Infantrymen." On a lighter note, when he awoke, he was actually found himself to be in the part of the hospital where the German soldiers were treated. We always suspected that it was due to his ruddy Scottish complexion. Anyway, he asked for a cup of coffee and the nurses went into shock, then action, when they heard him speak English. They immediately rushed to get him out of that section. 

I was actually working on The Heart of a Soldier today, my book in process that centers around Dad's letters written home during the war, my parents' love story, as well as the path and experiences of the Sixth Armored Division, serving under General Patton, and select World War II history. The latter two to provide some background as to what was going on as he wrote the letters.  While this book is still being fine-tuned, it is my goal that it will be published prior to the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in 2020.  I hope the book honors my Father and Mother, and others from that generation, particularly a few of my Uncles who also served. I’ve included excerpts in the book from some of their letters and a couple of my parents’ friends who served too.  Hopefully the book gives some insight into the lives of the many soldiers and civilians so greatly impacted by WWII.  With so many lives lost during that war, I know my Dad and our family were truly blessed during those war years, even those of us who were at the time still just a “twinkle in my parents’ eyes” as the saying goes.  Love and miss you Dad and you too Mom. Note: I’m proud to add that my father, 1st Sergeant George Donald (December 20, 1914 – October 7, 1995) was awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star for Valor in saving 15 to 20 men’s lives and received the Purple Heart for the three bullet wounds through his nose and shoulder in 1944. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and served in General Patton’s Sixth Armored Division, 44th Armored Infantry Battalion.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fear Not!! It's Only Back to School Time!!



Pencils sharpened? Notebooks bought? Plenty of batteries on hand for the calculator? It's Heeerrreee -- BACK TO SCHOOL Time!! Personally, I always loved the first day of school. I remember playing school and planning what to wear weeks ahead of time! For me there was always Excitement in the Air at Back to School time! Cameras Flashing! Videos Rollin’! New Back Pack, Matching Lunchbox & sneakers! The Works!! And my favorite -- Beaming Smiles from my kids! 
Of course, these were mostly my feelings about Back to School, not always my kids' feelings!  They might have preferred a few more summer days sunning, staying up late and sleeping in! As they got older, they did dodge my video camera, but we always got that out the door, ready to go, first day of school photo that I’ll always cherish!!  Now just because it was a new school year, doesn’t mean it was going to be a perfect school year…of course I just didn’t know that then! In those days, what all started out good sometimes got a little CrAzY –at least at our house…And despite the Teacher and Mom’s efforts, CrAzY was how the night before a Test often seemed to be! Sorry to remind you of that part if you too are a survivor of helping your child study for a test but I promise you -- you are not alone! So now I ask you? Who’s afraid of a little MoMlife Truths? Not me and I hope not YOU!  I’ve hid MomLife Truths in The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD! So let me take you down Memory Lane where I promise to make you Laugh (and maybe wipe a few tears along the way!)! So Hang on to your Hats! Shop those Awesome Sales!! And Love your Kids EVEN on the Nights Before a Test!! Even when they have a blank look on their faces as you quiz them! Trust me -- it will all work out!! Three successful happy College grads and one with a Masters and another headed for Med school! Who would ever have thought this in those days?  So again Fear Not!! It's OnLy BaCK 2 ScHoOL!! Sooo Enjoy it!!

Excerpt from The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD’s Chapter 7: 8:00 p.m. "Mom, I have a test tomorrow."

Who knew that this would someday be a phrase that would strike terror in my heart? What's even more incredible is how making that statement somehow brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the child's heart....It’s like a transference of the responsibility for passing the test. Despite my many pleas over the years that we spread test preparation over at least two nights, my children seem to delight in an incredible sense of freedom (and forgetfulness) that first night and the prospect of jamming the studying of 25 pages of history, science, whatever into one teeny tiny evening....More interestingly is that somehow my children have gotten the crazy idea that if MOM memorizes the materials, they are guarantied an A+! No problem!! They must have this vision of me sitting in the desk beside them filling out the test and passing it over to them to put their name on. We’re a team, we’re family, she’s my Mom…Let me assure you, we’re close but NOT that close.

Did I torture my parents in this same way? I shudder to think. Of course, I can’t take full responsibility for this behavior. Having had the pleasure of reading my husband’s report cards when we first married (at which point his family must have believed it safe to bring them out of hiding….), my years of report cards reflecting the comment “too talkative” seem mild in comparison. As one teacher summed him up….if Steve required an effort to breathe, he would cease. Sounds to me like he enjoyed that same incredible sense of freedom which our kids now love, throughout the entire school year.

Now admittedly by having school age children, I have had the opportunity to re-learn all the things I blew off the first time around. And enjoy it too! Trust me, there is nothing more annoying to a child cramming for a test then to say things like….”Isn’t this interesting” or “I love history, don’t you?” All’s fair in love and tests. They come to me with open books and blank expressions on their faces. My feelings are that if they’re going to act like they never heard the test material before and put the burden on me to re-teach two weeks worth of lessons in one hour, then I reserve the right to be annoyingly cheerful and completely absorbed in the subject matter!

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Check out The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD and laugh with me through the rest of this chapter and many more! The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD where I get to share a little of the CrAzY, Lots of Love and Break that Motherhood Code Of Silence! Also Proud to say it’s the Winner of the 2016 Pacific Book Award for Best Parenting – Family Book and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Winner! Also, if you can find a minute (I know that’s not easy for those of you who are parents! Maybe when you collapse after a day of school shopping!!), please check out my online profiles and 5 Star Reviews on the Independent Author Network, Reader’s Favorite, Seriously Reading where there’s a review and interview. The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD is available at The Whistlestop Bookshop, in store or online, Amazon, B&N and other Bookshops can order it too! Or download the ebooks available on KindleUnlimited! Hope you’ll check it out!


Monday, January 14, 2019

New 5 Star Review on Reader's Favorite Webpage!

 I was very excited to see a New 5 Star Review for The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD on the Readers' Favorite Website!  As one of their Bronze Winners in the Non-Fiction Parenting Category, and two time 5 Star Review books, I thrilled to see this! Hope you'll check it out!! Remember it's available on Kindle Unlimited now! Interestingly enough, I had just considered changing the name of the book to perhaps interest new readers --And guess what she mentioned in her last line! Thank you Susan!! I greatly appreciate this review!!



https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-mommy-go-round
(Note: Scroll down for the newest 5 Star Review! Thanks again Susan!)

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One of the aspects that I enjoyed about The Mommy-Go-Round was the way in which the author, Eleanor Alspaugh, wrote her collection of vignettes about motherhood. Her style of writing was simplistic yet her words were so very powerful.

As a mother of four grown children, I was able to relate to most of her experiences. It was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only mother that found it challenging to juggle everything that came with a husband, children, every day life, and a job. I just wish that this book had been around when my children were younger and I used to be thrilled when I survived yet another day of motherhood. I think the humor, the realistic and relatable nature of the stories and the way in which Eleanor dealt with everything that was thrown at her would have been very reassuring to me. Her positive and “can do” attitude was refreshing as well. She sounds like the kind of mom that I wish was my neighbor when I was in the height of my parenting. With her down to earth and REAL perspective on life, I probably would have shared many laughs and tears with her as she helped me navigate the Mommy-Go-Round.

I found myself smiling and laughing as I read certain stories. In particular, the Birthday party prep, Musical Beds, and the Christmas essays hit home for me. This is a gem of a book that I think any mother or mother-to-be would enjoy. Lastly, the title that she chose happens to be spot on absolutely perfect.