I'm very busy raising an eight year old grandson who has cerebral palsy and is blind in one eye.
I'm editing several novels and have completed two illustrated poetry books. Currently I'm looking for interested publishers.
Would love to keep in touch with everyone who enjoys my poetry but there is never enough time. If you'd like updates on what's going on, you'll find it here.
Newsletter Dated: 7/18/2004 10:16:58 AM
Subject: Sandy's Chatterbox
Just a short note to say 'Hey' :)! We're still going to be out and about this summer--several more camping trips ... one to the ocean ... are planned so please forgive me if I'm late to respond or post only. Doogie wants to have fun ... we intend to have fun with him :)!
We took Doogie to one of his specialists in Portland (a four hour drive each way) on Friday. Dr. Stout does NOT want Doogie to have anymore surgery in the near future. He said adding an artifical lense to either eye is unnecessary as it would do nothing to improve Doogie's vision. We will continue to monitor (visits every four months) the calcium (bone) build-up in the center of his right eye (which we thought might require a corneal transplant); at this time it's not shown much change from when it was first discovered. Therefore, it's currently doing him no harm. There is nothing that will change his current vision so Dr. Stout reasons that there's nothing to substaniate causing Doogie pain. Doogie had two surgeries in the summer of 2002 (plus one in Feb. and then March of 2002); one in March of 2003 and another in August 2003.
So Doogie is VERY happy :)! Yeah for Doogie :)!
Also on a positive note: Sandie Angel of Authors Den is featuring ME and some of my poetry in her first quarterly newsletter! If you would like an email or hard copy of her newsletter, please let her know ASAP via:
She will need either your email (for email version) or your mailing address (for hard copy, print version).
I'm grateful for her friendship and her assistance in helping me/Mystic East Publications spread the word about our work :)! So~a very special 'thank you' to Sandie :)!
My third ebook, Wings, should be available soon. Wings is dedicated to my late son, Gregory Douglas Turner, who was brutally murdered Dec. 3, 1992. It has lots of personal photos and tid-bits ... birth, childhood, happy times and sorrow. This was the hardest book for me to do ... yet it is perhaps the most beautiful.
I close with a poem from Dear Abby's "Keepers" that was published March 20, 2002 in the Bend Bulletin (newspaper)--the author is unknown but NO I didn't write it :)!
The Monkey's Disgrace
Author unknown, from Dear Abby
Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things are they are said to be
Said one to the others, "Now listen, you two,
There's a rumor around that can't be true
That man descended from our noble race
The very idea is a great disgrace
No monkey has ever deserted his wife
Starved her babies and ruined her life
And you've never known a mother monk
To leave her babies with others to bunk
Or pass from one to another
Till they scarcely know who is their mother
Here's another thing a monkey won't do
Go out at night and get on a stew
Or use a gun or club or knife
To take another monkey's life
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss
But, brother, he didn't descend from us."
Love you all!