Monthly Archives: August 2012

Characters in Stories, The-Loggerhead-Turtle

There are different kinds of turtles living in our world. Some are the Eastern Box Turtles while others are known as Loggerheads. When I was growing up in North Carolina I remember seeing Eastern Box Turtles  crossing dirt roads and fields to get to the other side. Today I believe you will see less of them because of the growing population taking over their habitats. Our roads of asphalt concrete are what they attempt to cross now.  I found an excellent documentary on You Tube  (This is a 13 minute video about the Eastern Box Turtle.  This is educational and teaches about the preservation of the turtles.  Produced and Directed by Heather Noe, Richard Castle and Jordan. )  Just watching it took me back to the fresh water streams where I played as a youth watching the Eastern Box Turtle cross the open fields. To learn more about them, here’s a fact sheet from the National Zoological Park, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

 Question: Why did the turtle cross the road?  Answer:To get to the other side.

Did you know the Loggerheads have been on the threatened species list since 1978?

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Have you ever heard a young person say, “I want to be a Marine Biologist when I grow up?” If not, you might want to check out my first book, Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey because being a Marine Biologist and saving the Loggerheads is what Easton wants to do.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 26, 2012


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Jim’s rescued Papillons Dogs

Have you ever meet someone, just in passing, and say hello?  Of course you have.  Sometimes you may exchange a couple of words and that’s the end of  it. Or, perhaps a couple of days later your paths cross again.  Well, that’s exactly what happened this morning. I parked my car in the parking lot near the walk-up trail. That’s when I saw a gentleman preparing to get into his car. I recognized him as the man who was walking his dog along the railroad track when he said to me, “It’s a Beautyberry.” … “Thank you,” I replied.

Today’s Story :”Hello,” I greeted the gentleman. “I remember you from a couple of days ago when I photographed the berries near the railroad tracks.”… “Yes,” Jim replied.  After introductions we talked about his two small dogs in his car.   I learned they are both female Papillon and have Greek names.

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Persephone (No Nickname): “Persephone is 10 yrs old. Persephone I rescued as a puppy.  She was in a box with 4 other puppies.  She has no nickname.  She is the smartest dog I have ever owned. She understands much of what she’s told.  She also likes to run with me in the mornings and pouts if we can’t run because of rain.”

Asterope (Nicknamed Mimi): WORDPRESS Asterope-Phot 2 (Star Face-Aster Flower)  “Mimi is 9 years old. She was rescued from the puppy mill*. Mimi was thrown into a dumpster and left to die.  Fortunately some wonderful people found her and took her to a shelter where she was cared for and made well.

Other Papillons: “We have had other papillons.  Hercules was our first.  Then Persephone, then Phoebe, then Athena, then Asterope (Mimi). All the names are Greek gods or goddesses.  All were rescues except for Hercules. Hercules was a show dog. Phoebe was our laughing dog.  She came from a puppy mill also.”

(Readers) *If you don’t know what puppy mill means: It’s when a breeder uses a dog to produce puppies and discards them when they are no longer needed.  The dog sometimes ends up in the dumpster,  just like Mimi did. This is one of the cruelest things I can image and I have heard it happens often. We are grateful for those who rescue.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 23, 2012


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Authors, AVI


Reading and writing go hand in hand.  Being “a writer by day and a reader by night” completes another day in my life.

I first discovered an author by the name of AVI from his book titled A Beginning, A Muddle, and An End. It’s a great book for all writers to read. Avi is clever in the way he writes it and I enjoyed reading it.

That was just the “beginning” of reading more of his books. So far, I have read all of  his books in a series about Dimwood Forest. He is now one of my favorite authors. Since he has written over 5o books, a lot of Avi’s books are on my to-read list on GOODREADS.

Oh listen, I hear the second-hand on my wall clock clicking away. It’s already 1:00 pm and lunch is over. Time to get back to work and continue writing that book two to my trilogy. No time to waste.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 20, 2012

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Writing, Characters in Stories, Jack Russell Terrier and the Mountain Feist

Did you know that a Jack Russell terrier makes a great pet?  Perhaps the answer is Yes, because you know about this breed.  Or, maybe you don’t have a pet and you are looking for one. Some visit their local rescue center while other may visit the national rescue website for this breed. There are a lot of lonely dogs out there just looking for new homes…

Because one of them found his way into my first book, Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey.  Jack, as his name would imply, is a terrier and first appears as a character in Easton’s first dream. As the story progresses some interesting things start to happen in this nine-year old boy’s life.  When he meets his next door neighbor, guess what happens?  He finds out that Mr. Johnson used to work in the circus as the ringmaster and  his Jack Russell terrier was found at a local rescue center.

Now back to the breed: You might want to check out the The Real Jack Russell  website just to make sure this breed is the one for you. In case you don’t know… “terriers need a long-term commitment to obedience, activity, exercise and entertainment… their unique character, intelligence and high energy level will keep you active walking.”

Another mixed breed, sometimes mistaken for a Jack Russell terrier, is the Mountain Fiest.  My brother told me he drove all the way from North Carolina to Kentucky to bring home his registered Mountain Fiest, “Buster” two years ago (Photograph, 2010).

Cute “little Buster” does looks like a Jack Russell Terrier, doesn’t he?

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Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 17, 2012

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In loving memory of Louise Harris, a special friend, who liked to write poetry and read. This posting is to honor her birthday (August 16, 1913 to March 11, 2007). “She was ‘my gift from the sea'”

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Sometimes life’s most treasured gifts come in the form of a book. There’s one in my collection that is small and yellow with age but, it remains one of my favorites. It’s my paperback book ,  “Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh that my remarkable friend, Louise Harris, gave to me as a gift a long time ago.

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 The following is an excerpt from this book inspired by the author’s brief vacation at the sea and one of my favorite parts.

The Beach:

“The Beach is not the place to work; to read, write or think. I should have remembered that from other years.  Too warm, too damp, too soft for any real mental discipline or sharp flights of spirit.  One never learns.  Hopefully, one carries down the faded straw bag, lumpy with books, clean paper, long over-due unanswered letters, freshly sharpened pencils, lists, and good intentions. The books remain unread, the pencils break their points, and the pads rest smooth and unblemished as the cloudless sky. No reading, no writing, no thoughts even–at least, not at first.”…

Note: Anne Morrow Lindbergh (née Anne Spencer Morrow; (June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001) was an American author, aviator, and the spouse of fellow
aviator Charles Lindbergh.

 Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 16, 2012


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