Updates on FOLLY BEACH DANCES, our ‘healing’ coffee table book

Good morning everyone,

Pop on over to the FOLLY BEACH DANCES official book website at http://www.beachdances.com to see “What’s Happening’ with our’healing’ coffee table book.

While there, feel free to leave a comment, or follow us at Folly Beach Dances on facebook or twitter.

Here’s the link to the latest updates (and giveaways)



“Dear Kindred Spirit” – First Place Award for Photography

Elated, I received a call from fellow writer friend, Debbie Marshall, of the Warrior Arts Alliance and Missouri Humanities Council, to inform me I’d won First Place in the Warriors Anthology competition.  I cried tears of joy.  The winners in the anthology will be honored at a presentation on November 15, at the University of Missouri St. Louis.  Here’s a link to the SEMO Press website with more information.

My photo title “Dear Kindred Spirit” is very personal to me.  This is the back story I included with the photograph.

“My husband Russell Nielsen who served in the Air Force for eight years writes his thoughts in one of many journals that are kept safe by the Kindred Spirit mailbox.  He mentioned that when he was through writing, he thought of all the veterans that served our great nation, and all the people touched by this special place.

The legend of the Kindred Spirit is that an anonymous person close to 40 years ago, placed the mailbox and bench for passersby on Bird Island to leave their thoughts and prayers.  Over the years, hundreds of journals have been filled by people near and far.  Once the journals are full, local Kindred Spirit ‘helpers’ send the writings back to the secret originator.

Recently a flagpole was erected from donations. The flag is changed out on Memorial Day weekend in honor of all the veterans that served our country past and present.

The Kindred Spirit location on Bird Island, North Carolina is only accessible by foot or bicycle.”DSCN0300 Russell, flag, Kindred Spirit blkwht copyr

I fought the good fight (Midlife Collage weekly contest)….

Updated July 16, 2013

Well, I fought the good fight.  The Midlife Collage weekly contest for July 8 is over.   Sadly, I didn’t win but apparently was tied for first according to the editor’s comments on Monday July 15.  Here’s the link to the winner’s circle, where I it appears I ran neck-in-neck with the winner.  http://midlifecollage.com/winner-circle/

One thing I did learn about myself and my character.  I worked hard to market myself, and I think I did a pretty good job of it.  Makes me feel good.

When I do publish my inspirational essay and poetry collection with lyrical introductory photos of nature, family and beach scenes, I feel confident my voice will be heard via social media.  During the contest, I relied heavily on facebook and twitter.  My longtime friends, writers, and even newfound buddies came through for me giving me thumbs up, penning high quality comments, and even writing closing arguments.

So here’s to social media.

Maybe I am learning a thing or two.


Vote for me starting today, Monday, July 8 – Midlife Collage Contest

Hi blogging friends,

I’m one of five finalists in the weekly MidLife Collage contest.  Please vote for me now and my essay “The Perfect Day”.  I’d sure like to be selected as the winner, and as a perk, there’s a little cash prize.   Here’s the link:   http://midlifecollage.com/2013/07/the-perfect-day/

The Judges will decide the winner based upon many factors.

So please give me a thumbs up, high-quality comments and a good reader closing arguments on http://midlifecollage.com/2013/07/the-perfect-day/.

The judges will then decide who the winner is.

Email your family and friends. Anyone age 18 and over can comment on “The Perfect Day” and make a closing argument to help choose me as the winner. You can tell others my story is in the contest by posting messages on social media websites.

If you have a Facebook page, you can post a message on your wall with the link www.midlifecollage.com so your friends can read and comment on my story. If you post several messages on your wall during the week, it is likely more friends will notice your post and read my story. If you don’t have a Facebook page, ask a friend to post the www.midlifecollage.com link on their wall promoting my story.

 If you have a Twitter account, tweet that my story, “The Perfect Day” can be found at midlifecollage.com. If you tweet this several times a week, it is likely that more people will read your my story. 

Every writer’s organization I’ve been apart of, and every publication that I’ve been selected for, shows up in my bio on their website.  So please, vote for me!