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Write Integrity Press Christmas: Christmas Concert Memories

Posted by Julie on December 5, 2014 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Write Integrity Press wraps up our Christmas week with a Facebook party tonight from 7-9 EST. I’ll be hanging out and around 8:30, participating in a chat. I’d love to connect with you. We have lots of party favors to pass out, you don’t want to miss!

My last walk down memory lane is about Christmas concerts. I asked my colleagues if they had ever been in a pageant or choir.

 Tracy Ruckman:

A couple of years when I was a kid, we participated in the children’s choir at Christmas. I loved that time – and to this day, still see the songbook we used. I even remember the pictures and the order of some of the songs in the book, and standing in the choir room rehearsing. I think I was only 8 or 9, so retaining those kinds of memories surprise me at times. LOL!

Elizabeth Noyes:

Not a family event, but we always attend our grandkids’ special events. If you heard my kids and grandkids sing, you’d understand why … but they do make a joyful noise!

Phee Paradise:

When I was in school we had a Christmas program every year – sort of a talent show. I have very little of that sort of talent, but one year I translated part of The Night Before Christmas into English/Spanish and performed it. i.e. Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa, not a creature was stirring “Carramba, que pasa?” (full disclosure – that part was common knowledge, I did the rest of it)

Betty Thomason Owens:

First grade. We wore white paper collars with black crepe paper ties and sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” – Mom still has the paper collar. It’s really old.


DSC01816I remember my elementary and middle school concerts like it was yesterday. The good I recall is my clarinet playing best friend was always there. We got ready together, giggled as we waited and when our sisters had concerts we sat together and talked, getting in trouble for being disruptive. The bad was that the events carried extra stress I didn’t know how to process and I was the only female percussionist in a time where that wasn’t welcomed. At all. Bullying? You have no idea.

But I can still hear the squeaks and squawks of Jingle Bells to this day, smiling as I now attend these concerts as a mom.

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Write Integrity Press Christmas: Pictures and Ugly Sweaters

Posted by Julie on December 4, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

All week the gang at Write Integrity Press is celebrating Christmas. We’ve been having special blog posts and giveaways culminating with a special Facebook Christmas party tomorrow night from 7-9pm EST. I’ll be chatting around 8:30 so I hope you join us. I am really excited.

Speaking of exciting, what’s Christmas without Christmas pictures. How about ugly sweaters? They are coming back as trendy, who saw that coming? That’s what we’re talking about today.

Christmas pictures/Ugly Sweaters, etc…how active are you involved in these things?

Elizabeth Noyes:

I have to admit I wore Christmas sweaters for many years. I think it’s a rite of passage for entering your fifties. LOL. I’m a little more subdued in my apparel these days.

Betty Thomason Owens:

We try to remember to take Christmas Pictures, but usually forget. There are no ugly sweaters allowed in our house. This is my husband’s rule.

Phee Paradise:

Barely ever do anything like that.

I never intentionally wore an ugly Christmas sweater but I’m sure there was a few in my closet. I do enjoy Christmas pictures. I think because we didn’t take a lot as a family growing up and we’re a blended family with children who lived out of state, I wanted to capture memories.

Arduini Christmas card 2012

Arduini Christmas card 2012

These days I take my own pictures and create collages and cards online and use those as Christmas cards. I love looking back over previous years and seeing how we’ve grown. Or, how many hairstyles I’ve had over the years!

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Book Review: Imperfect Wings by Elizabeth Noyes

Posted by Julie on October 15, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Book Description:

Evil stalks TJ McKendrick.
Three years after burying her father, TJ visits Honduras where he died. While there, she witnesses a murder and is forced to flee.
Don Castillo dreams of power. Funnel the drugs into the States and it’s his. First, he must kill the woman who dared spy on him.
The last thing Garrett Cameron needs is another woman interrupting his life, but when the feisty vixen that blew his mission two years ago shows up at his ranch running for her life, what can he do?
As attraction ignites between TJ and Garrett, she lets go of past betrayals and allows him to protect her. He’s lived a life of violence. Love isn’t for someone like him. Does he dare reveal his soul’s dark side and risk driving her away?
Only faith in God and trust in each other can overcome the deadly odds they face.

I really enjoyed Imperfect Wings because the author created a strong heroine, but a vulnerable one. As much as she doesn’t want to need anyone, she does. Her life is in jeopardy. And Garrett seems to be the only one that can help.

The sparks ignite between the two as much as they wish it didn’t. But they have a past and that creates conflict. Sometimes conflict can get in the way of sparks.

I won’t say if conflict or sparks win, but Imperfect Wings is worth your reading time.

To purchase Imperfect Wings, click here.

I received Imperfect Wings as one of the authors with Write Integrity Press. Although we share the same publisher, the thoughts here are my own.


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