Painting Life with Words of Encouragement

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In Tony Amico’s debut work, he takes the reader on a poignant and thought-provoking journey with his musings on self-discovery and the meaning of life. Follow along as he delves into his inner-turmoil on the darkest of days, and then pulls you into a place of hope and inspiration as he colors your world with words of encouragement.

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Marbles

Tomorrow the sun will rise, much as it did on August 25, 1993. It was a "Steel Blue Sky" as I recall. My Son, Michel would spend our last day together. Little did I realize it then. I certainly would have altered the course of events. We had breakfast that morning at "The Mid Valley Diner" (No longer exists), Michel claimed they made the best omelets. From there we traveled to South Scranton. We were preparing for a cellar entrance way. Excavating by hand. It was there he gave me the last things that would ever pass between our hands. 3 marbles. (I still have them) As we dug, the first of which was light blue. He tossed it to me; I missed his catch, but picked it up and placed it in my pocket. The second one he dug up (a bit darker in color, but also blue) and threw my way, I caught. And placed it in my pocket. And the third of which was much smaller than the other two and a much deeper blue, I caught also. And placed in my pocket.

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I remember the day as if it were a video playing over and over again in my mind. And every August 25th I will relive every moment as it plays out. But the marbles will always be a significant part. You see at the end of the day after losing my Son, being devastated and exhausted, in the wee hours of the morning, still in shock, I suppose…. I recall emptying my pockets, and finding those now oh so special marbles. Realizing what was in my hand, they now represent a significant part of him and I. The first marble, the one I missed, represents the part of his life I missed, when I wasn't paying attention and failed him as a Father.  The second marble, darker in color. The one I caught, is the part of him I never lost sight of. And continue to hold onto. And then there's the third and last of the marbles, small, dark blue. It represents, what’s left of me without him. And although there is such a great and precious piece of my life missing; and regardless of the many tears I've shed, on so many August 25th's, I recognize, that the sky will be "Steel Blue" again. I have many reasons to laugh and smile. I have the memories that only God and Michel could have given me. And my faith is as strong as it has ever been. Encouraging me to encourage others. To do my best. To leave a "Respectable mark" on this earth. If for no other reason, than to honor my ‘Michel’.  And tomorrow, the marbles will be in my pocket. They are the most valuable of my material possessions. They are "Priceless" in any sense. So if you happen to see me in your travels on that day, ask me if "I have all my Marbles". And I'll show that I do indeed.

Till we meet again, my boy, I love you with all my heart, deep to my very soul.

Your Father

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Reviews:C on Amazon wrote:

September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A book that I could not put down....

LOVED this book! I read it from cover to cover the second it arrived. It’s profound, hilarious & truly heart-wrenching. Wow! The imagery the author portrays is so vivid & close to the heart that it can’t help but touch & transform you.


 

 

 

 

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Accept the Broken Heart by Robin Leigh Anderson

Book Cover: Accept the Broken Heart by Robin Leigh Anderson
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ISBN: 978-1537097831
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 498
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ISBN: 978-1-365-32983-8
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 498
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Pages: 498
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What can be said of Hell, when at its most quiet, I was most terrified? The explosions that had rocked every fiber of my being and made my bones feel like they could simply shatter like tempered glass still resonated.
I looked over at the wounded, wondering if I had the same haunted look in my eyes, and thought I probably did. In this war, no one leaves. No one goes home...and everyone is a casualty of war.

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I’d only kept a sleeping bag and a few personal toiletries. After prayer, there was little else to do but turn in for the night. We had left the IR compound early that morning and I was tired. The quiet young woman blew out the few candles and we settled down. I was dozing off when I heard a familiar whistling sound, followed immediately by a resounding explosion.
It created the maximum amount of terror for the VC and NVA to shell at night in civilian areas, when everyone was supposedly safe and secure in their own homes. People clamored out of their little dwellings, women screaming, babies and children crying. This was what the VC wanted, fear. A little old woman ran up to me and asked me in a trembling voice if I knew how big the shells were. I couldn’t think of a comforting reply. A bullet from a handgun, a shell from a howitzer, they could both kill.
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> A clear voice from the edge of the village called everyone to attention. I recognized the quiet old man that the others had nodded to as they passed, in deference and respect, the one they had called the native word that meant a combination of Elder and Leader. Screaming stopped, children quieted, and everyone hurried toward him.

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Reviews:Matthew J. Pallamary -- author of Land Without Evil and Spirit Matters wrote:

“Accept the Broken Heart brings the emotional realities of troubling and transformative times straight from the heart, laying bare its wounds. If you want to explore the depths of human experience and emotional connection, you can access it here.”

Laura Taylor, Award-Winning Author & Editor wrote:

"Accept the Broken Heart by author Robin Leigh Anderson is a riveting, heart-wrenchingly powerful novel that is destined to captivate readers."

LS wrote:

"Robin writes a book that keeps you riveted to see what happens next and makes you feel that you are right there with her. A great read by an author who grew up in the same small Montana town that I did. Takes us back to that terrible time for our country."


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