Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Blitz

Oh my goodness! I am being blitzed! I'm part of the Blog Blitz campaign run by none other than DL Hammon. Don, I didn't get the email to Blitz myself. Shame shame.

The joys and headaches of blog hops is 1) there's usually too many people involved to keep track of everyone, and 2) you get forgetful on which one runs when. I am guilty as charged. Yesterday I posted my blog for the Indelibles Indie Life when it should be next Wednesday. All I can say is I lost too many brain cells with my stroke and my schedule went from Abby Normal to Hectic Hanna the past couple weeks, but hey, I'm still blogging.

When I get too frustrated to work on my Work In Progress I blog. It all cognitive practice for me and Lord, do I love to talk. That's the one thing I really miss with my stroke is the ability to form words verbally. But it's just as well because although I only type, one-handed at a new pace of 42 WPM instead of 120 WPM my brain has a chance to work at a slower pace too.

Last test  my IQ=150
On an interesting note, my cardiologist suggested to me that I get a Mensa tutor. I've been a member for more than three decades, but now I'm severely impaired. Yes, I had a very high IQ. Now, not so much. It's not that I don't know what I know, but I have lost the ability to process, recall the information, and communicate it back...in other words my brain short circuits or a brain fart. To say this is frustrating is a huge understatement. I'm still on the fence about this.

But challenges are something we all face. If we didn't have mountains to charge up where would we be? Everyone needs challenges in their lives. If we didn't, how would we know how far we've come in retrospect. I've charged up many a hill in my lifetime. Some I reached the pinnacle and others I couldn't, but that didn't stop me from trying. The learning opportunities and the conquest are the goal.

That's why I call my stroke a bump in the road of life. In some respects it is the most challenging I've ever had to face, but then in retrospect so was walking again after being in a helicopter crash, bouts with cancer, raising two disabled children (1 physically & 1 mentally challenged), and a host of other things that have happened in my life. They are all molehills now in looking back compared to any new mountain I face.

Happy Blitz Day to me. For all of you just finding me...my usual blog schedule is Monday Mailbox where I answer emails and snail mail from readers and writers, Wednesday Writerly Way where I talk about writing and publishing both from the traditionally published and indie view points, Friday Fun where I chat about fun stuff like reviews of books, movies, tv and other fun stuff like family, on Sunday it's Stroke Survivor and it's all about dealing with strokes. Occasionally, like today I'll chat about anything and everything. I hope you'll follow me, comment, and revisit. Any way, welcome to the Murphey Saga.

Keep writing and loving the Lord.

152 comments:

  1. Happy Blitz Day. You're the first person being blitzed to actually put up a post about it in anticipation. Guess you're not surprised.

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  2. You are being blitz'd and I am not surprised you know... you have a great site and people do need to know you are out here. did I mention a great lady... if not here I go again... you are a great person and share some of the best thoughts and post this blog world needs.

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  3. Lovely entry to encourage us all to climb our mountains with courage,although mine are much smaller, probably hills compared to yours. Happy Blitz Day! Good luck!

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  4. Happy Blitz day! Thank you for the inspirational post. You're brave to call such things bumps in the roads. I admire your courage. :)

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  5. Well gee, nothing like hiding behind the sofa, waiting to jump up and yell, "Surprise!" when the intended surprisee sneaks up behind ya and taps you on the shoulder to offer a cup of coffee. (No thanks... I'd rather have tea.)

    Okay, so it's a little anti-climactic, but (ta-DA!) You've been blitzed! (Surpriiiiiise?)

    Nice to meet you. Count me in as your newest groupie.

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  6. Hello, Jo! You are an inspiration. Your positive attitude, bravery, and moxie are contagious! It's wonderful to meet you. Happy Blitz Day, Jo!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  7. Such as it is when you're dealing with a team of people who span multiple continents and time zones. Unless you post early early in the AM (and even that won't get everybody), some Blitzers will inevitably land on the previous post. :)

    I commend your grit...and ability to adapt!!! Enjoy the day.

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  8. Happy Blitz Day! So sorry for all the challenges you face, but it sounds like you have a good perspective from going through the other ones you've been through. I've been through some pretty challenging times too so I know how they can help you grow as a person.

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  9. It's said that trouble creates patience, but you sound as though patience is something you've essentially already mastered. The one-handed typing would frustrate me to no end.

    May your speed bumps be few and your shock absorbers never fail.

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  10. Wonderful post. We should all be so realistic and positive!

    Bazinga!

    You've been BLITZED!

    Enjoy your day!

    Heather

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  11. Happy Blitz Day! It's nice to "meet" you. :)

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  12. I love your tag line. Life always seems to get in the way of the fun stuff, doesn't it. ;-)

    Happy blitz day!

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  13. Hello to you, Jo. So happy to meet you through DL's brainchild, the Blitz Team. Boy, I thought I'd faced mountains in my life until I read this post. What a wonderful attitude you have. New follower here.

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  14. Enjoy the blitz as I enjoyed your blitz post. Wow - you are conquering your life challenges or "molehills" with great writing and humor. Nice to meet you and best of luck each day.

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  15. Hello, JoAnn! Happy Blitz Day to you! I love blitzing because I get to meet so many amazing people like yourself that I might otherwise miss.

    I absolutely love your positive attitude in the face of such challenges- I can't imagine being such an avid blogger with typing ability in one hand. Your story is so inspirational and I'm so grateful to have discovered you today!

    I will follow and happily be back around in the future to hear more from you.

    Much love,
    Bev
    http://bev-thebevelededge.blogspot.com/

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  16. Wooo! Congrats on your Blitz day!

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  17. Glad to have found your blog. It seems like you've had a lot of trials in life, but you're overcoming them...I find that very inspiring.

    New follower, here, and Happy Blitz Day! :)

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  18. Happy Blitz Day! I love your positive attitude toward the pitfalls in life! Wonderful post.

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  19. Happy Blitz Day!!! Jo, it couldn't happen to a better, more deserving writer. I've been a follower for a *long* time and I love your way with words pre-stroke and post-stroke. Just keep writing. ; ) {hug}

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  20. You definitely deserve to be blitzed. You're positive attitude is up-lifting and a source of inspiration to all of us!

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  21. I love your attitude and way of thinking. That's a gift few possess. Enjoy your blitz day!

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  22. Happy blitz day! Hope your bumps slow down!

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  23. After the struggles comes growth. I enjoyed your blog and will be back to visit. Thanks and enjoy your day!

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  24. Since you didn't get an email, I'm guessing you wrote this post after a few blitzes came in :) Wow, you have a high IQ! I hope you can get everything all sorted out.

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  25. Wow! Thanks all! As far as this blog being Blitz mania. I got the first heads up at 4AM this morning with comments on yesterday's blog.

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  26. Happy Blitz day! I hope it finds you in good spirits. It sounds like you have a fun blog schedule going. And yay you for staying positive with bumps in the road!
    ~Summer

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  27. Hello and happy blitz to you!

    I was starting in on my pity party today - thinking what a cra**y year it has been for me so far. Then I read your post. I was in an auto accident in February and am still suffering from the injuries .. but I did not have a stroke. You brought tears to my eyes.

    I wish you all the best ~

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  28. Wow! What a great attitude you have and outlook on life... love it! Happy Blitz Day!

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  29. Happy Blitz day to you! Happy Blitz day to you! Happy Blitz day dear Joooo! Happy Blitz Day to you!

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  30. Happy Blitz Day!

    I hope you have a good day

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  31. You certainly have a very active mind even if you've suffered a stroke. The doctors should use you as a great example for stroke victims. It's quite encouraging, actually. Keep up the flow.

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  32. Haha, you blitzed us right back, you clever girl! this is a lovely intro to you and where you're at. People like you awe me. You know, you're only given so much to deal with because you can handle it---beautifully.

    I'm so happy D.L. has introduced me to your place. :)

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  33. Fun to see your post about being blitzed! Loved your post. I am sorry to read about your struggles, but I find your attitude inspiring and I can't wait for the day when you've tacked these challenges and can look at this bump in the road through your rear-view. Take care! - Corinne

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  34. I look forward to reading more on your blog! It's quite inspiring to see you striving on with your life and still pursuing so many wonderful things! Keep it up, and I hope you have a terrific Thursday!
    Happy blitzing!

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  35. Happy Blitz Day! Sounds like you are an amazing person with all you've gone through.

    ~MPL
    PepperWords

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  36. Bumps in the road, I'm passing them one by one and they are all in a row now it seems. Happy blitz day to you, Jo!

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  37. what a fun, info-filled post on your happy blitz day!

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  38. Hello: Congratulations. And thank you. For what? For being an model of human strength - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Others might have turned to alcohol or drugs, quit life and turned on the TV and never shut it off, or wallowed in self pity and anti-depressants. Life has certainly challenged your metal. And your metal is malleable gold, studded with beautiful jewels. Thank you for your post.

    "There are two ways of spreading light. Be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." from Edith Wharton
    Feather Stone
    http://www.featherscircle.blogspot.com
    http://www.featherstoneauthor.blogspot.com

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  39. Happy Blitz day! How did you know in time to mention it in your post? You must be a genius!

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  40. Happy Blitz Day! the most fun you can have without alcohol!

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  41. Happy Blitz Day!!! Enjoy :-D Now, off to check out all the good stuff on your site!

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  42. Happy Blog Blitz! I love how positive you are - that's definitely the way to be! :)

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  43. Happy Blitz day! Great attitude about life's struggles.

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  44. Nice to meet you and your blog. Sounds like you have an interesting story there. It's amazing you are pushing on after such a horrible health condition. Sending energy and prayers for your continued recovery and strength.

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  45. Happy Blitz Day! I hear you were the very first to sign up! Awesome. Your story and attitude are very inspiring. I've had to climb some very challenging mountains myself healthwise, so I can relate to the challenges, though mine have been mostly orthopedic and lung related. We each get our own trials to face, but we have the Lord to guide us through it all.
    Happy to be a new follower!
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  46. Wow, an uphill battle, indeed. I admire your strength and courage and completely agree with you about challenges and bumps in life. I like to go with doing things that terrify me every once in a while. What is life if not working through challenges, scaring ourselves sometimes, and dragging our butts up some big hills!
    Happy Blitz!
    Brandy's Bustlings

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  47. May you be an inspiration for other stroke victims. Happy Blitz Day!

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  48. Happy Blitz Day!

    Without struggles, we wouldn't appreciate the good times.

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  49. Happy blitz Day. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts

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  50. I often sign up for a blogfest and forget about it. Lol. Happy blitz day.

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  51. Have good day :) Hope all your troubles work out well.

    .....dhole

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  52. Bumps are to get right over them, keep on doing just that ;)

    Happy Blitz day!

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  53. Wow, I've never seen a post from a Blitzee acknowledging the Blitz in realtime! Kind of cool.

    I wish you every success in healing from your stroke.

    madhaus
    Burbed: SF Bay/Silicon Valley Real Estate, Housing, Mortgage & Bubble Price Insanity

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  54. Just dropped by for the Blitz and was fascinated by your description of your brain function since experiencing a stroke. The, brain is quite an amazing machine, isn't it? I'll be back t.o read more and look forward to hearing how you progress.

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  55. Happy blitz day!

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  56. Sorry I'm late to the Blitz (I have an excuse, it's my wife's birthday today!).

    As a fellow stroke sufferer I can vouch for the aggravation that arises when you find you can't process something like you used to!

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  57. Happy Blitz Day! I love your weekly blogging topics!

    Meredith
    Meredith’s Musings

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  58. Oops. I jumped in too early and it showed yesterday. Happy Blitz again. :-)

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  59. Happy Blitz Day! It's great to meet you and discover your blog. :)

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  60. I love your enthusiastic attitude! Congrats on your blog blitz :)

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  61. You have a very good attitude! Happy blitz day :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  62. You've had a lot of challenges in your life. You have quite a well to draw from in your writing. Happy Blitz!

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  63. My mother had a mini-stroke Christmas 2011; fortunately, she made a good recovery and even more fortunately, it was the final prompt she needed to give up smoking. Something good out of something bad. Wishing you all the best this Blitz Day!

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  64. Happy blitz day, Jo! This was such an inspiring post. I love your sunny uplifting attitude!

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  65. I love that you love to talk...so do I. There is something to be said for fun communicative discussions where you feel as though you've learned something (whether its intellectual knowledge to share or nonsensical something's) and that you got to know someone a bit better. I'm excited to have found your blog - happy blitz day!!!

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  66. Happy Blitz Day, Jo! Hope you enjoy the madness!! :D

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  67. I just love your spirit! Happy Blitz day!
    With great respect! A. :)

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  68. Happy Blitz Day! And how cool of you to pst about being Blitzed. I've never seen that before.

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  69. Wow, you have quite a story, JoAnn. Keep on blogging, and have a very happy Blitz day! :)

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  70. Happy Blitz Day. You have been through a lot and yet have so much to be happy about. Congrats on living your life to the fullest.

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  71. Happy Blog Blitz day!
    There is a saying that 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. I think you have had a lot of near-death experiences; your strength shines through your writing.
    Best wishes, Vickie

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  72. Hi JoAnn, I have only recently joined this Blitz-Thingy and I am really happy to be pointed to your blog! I am a writer and we DO love to talk about writing don't we? I am always hungry for tips, ideas and info on publishing so I look forward to wandering around your site in coming days!
    Susie

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  73. It's good to find a blog I haven't read before. I'll definitely be back. Happy Blitz Day.

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  74. Happy blitz day! Enjoyed your post today and thanks for visiting mine this morning! You beat me to the punch!

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  75. Nice positive post to read for my blog blitz visit. Thanks!

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  76. Happy Blitz Day to you Jo! I spoke in front of a group of Mensa a few years ago. I was a bit intimidated twelve year olds knew far more than I did about wormholes.

    God Bless you! Yes, this is but a bump in the road for you.

    I love your signature, "Keep writing and loving the Lord."

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  77. Happy Blitz Day! Important to keep trying, but you already know that. Praying for miraculous recovery.

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  78. Another Blitzer here to wish you much love and express much appreciation for your fighting spirit. You are an inspirational woman!

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  79. Glad we blitzed you today, now I know where you hang out and I can stalk you proper. (: I'm also grateful for the written word and I hope you don't encounter any more bumps on the road.

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  80. Great inspirational post - yes, we all experience bumps in the road. You've done a great job overcoming yours and sharing the journey! Thank you!

    Best wishes, and happy blitz day!

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  81. Jo, sorry I'm late to your Blitz party! (Although having an awesome time at the beach.) Keep fighting those challenges and moving forward.

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  82. Oh WOW, Jo! You have my Rebel Writer's Creed posted here!!! Don said you totally RAWKED and you do. Thank you so much for spreading the word about being a writing rebel. Happy, Happy Blitz Day!

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  83. Happy Blitz day! I'm on SheWrites also :) You have a great blog, I followed :)

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  84. Here for the blitz bash, and I brought some cheese. =) (It speeds up brain functions, or so I'm told.)

    You're a brave woman, embracing the change and going with it. I hope I'm as dignified when I start misfiring...more than I do now. ;)

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  85. I'm so happy to have found you through the blog blitz! I really enjoyed reading through your post, you seem like you have such a fantastic attitude.

    Happy Blitz day! :)

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  86. You're so impressive to blog about and through your difficulties. Inspiring! Happy blitz day.

    Lisa

    http://lisathewordnerd.wordpress.com

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  87. Congrats :) Nice blitz day post, but if you weren't emailed, How did you know :) lol

    Happy Blitz day :)

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  88. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right? Happy Blitz Day!

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  89. You have a remarkable spirit! I am happy to blitz you and know what a fun soul you truly are! :D
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  90. Woot woot!! Happy blitz day girl!! Love the post today about the blitz and being forgetful! Totally reminds me of myself. Enjoy your day!!

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  91. Aloha Jo,

    Happy knowing-you-were-being-Blitzed day, and God bless for having the gumption to not quit on life after what sounds like a horrible stroke.

    Best wishes and top o' the morning, as Murphey would say :)

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  92. Happy Blitz Day! I admire your dedication to keep writing despite troubles. :)

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  93. Hi Jo! Very glad you were the blitz blogger today -- enjoyed meeting you and hearing about your blog. I'm also a writer, and I'll try to drop by for your Wednesday Writerly Way.

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  94. Hi, Jo,
    Nice to meet you. Letting you know you're not the only one with lots to do and memory lapses. I forgot about Alex's ISWG post yesterday and remembered right up to Tuesday. Hope I remember the Indie Life post next week. :)

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  95. Great post! It must have been exciting for you to get so many strangers posting on your site. Hopefully we won't be strangers for long. A fellow Blitzer! Writer’s Mark

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  96. Hi there! I am come to Blitz you! Congratulations on being chosen. :-D

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  97. It's a great day to fire some Blitz.

    Mountains are tough to climb. Thank goodness some of them are beautiful rather than rocky and rough.

    Happy Blitz!

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  98. You are an inspiration, Jo. Your positive outlook, after what sounds like a life of professional mountain climbing, is beyond admirable.

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  99. Wow, thank you for a great inspirational and uplifting post. If those are only speed bumps in your road, the most I see in mine are pebbles.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  100. Happy Blitz Day! You definitely deserve it. :) Blessings!

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  101. I'm impressed with the positive attitude! What a great reminder.

    Happy Blitzing!

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  102. Great post. Great attitude!

    Hope you had a wonderful blitz day!

    Michelle Pickett
    www.michelle-pickett.com

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  103. You are awe-mazing!! Happy Blitz Day to you;)

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  104. HOW did you find out you were being blitzed beforehand?!?!? That's just not on! ;)

    Naturally I am here for the Blitz too :D Congrats!

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  105. Man, I want to give you a hug about the Mensa frustration.

    I hope God gives you lots of strength, humility, and happiness despite and about that. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!!!

    Hugs!

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  106. Jo, God hasn't finished with you. What you lost can be regained. God heals today. You will improve! Love and prayers. Pure Glory

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  107. Jo, God hasn't finished with you. What you lost can be regained. God heals today. You will improve! Love and prayers. Pure Glory

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  108. Jo, God hasn't finished with you. What you lost can be regained. God heals today. You will improve! Love and prayers. Pure Glory

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  109. Happy Blitz Day! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom. It's important to keep our faith and focus when life throws speed bumps in our path.

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  110. Last minute blitz coming through. I hope you enjoyed it.

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  111. You have been very well blitzed, look at all these comments! Enjoy it :)

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  112. I meant to get by sooner, JoAnn, but I don't usually blog on Thursdays and we've been dealing with trying to learn to walk on water in my area with all the flooding.

    I think not being able to process and recall and communicate it back WOULD be very frustrating. I know when I was very ill, it was hard to get my brain working as it should--grabbing for a word or phrase, not being able to remember something I knew well, that blank feeling just slayed me.

    Yep, it's all in how you look at life. Don't tell me I can't do something because I WILL find a way to do it.

    I'm glad you're facing the challenges life throws you and looking at them as a learning process is smart (although very frustrating at time). I guarantee, you do learn to be the best you can be and you usually find a way around the obstacles.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  113. Enjoy the blitz! I wonder how u figured it out ;p

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  114. Happy Blitz. Challenges make us who we are. Can't wait to read more from you.

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  115. Hi Jo, so glad your 'happy blitz day' brought me here, you have another new follower, your words spoke to me and I can't even begin to understand the strength it takes to climb the 'mountains' you have faced in your life. My girlfriend survived a severe stroke when she was 34, I am glad you provide insights in your sunday posts, I'll see if I can get her on board too. All the best

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  116. how did you know? i like what you wrote about getting published . my cousins are murphys there is 14 kids in the family and they are agreat strong family . i think you share some of their good fortune. greetings from ireland. love lucyx

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  117. Happy Blitz Day! I wasn't sure whether it should be for this post or the other, the trouble with different time zones I suppose.

    You are truly an inspiration to be so positive after your bumps in the road. I suspect most only deal with one or two of your experiences.

    Great blog, I look forward to seeing more.

    www.readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk

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  118. I'm a bit late for Blitz Day (no excuse -- I live in England, so I should have been here first!). I read several of your posts and absolutely love the concept of being a hybrid. My first novel is coming out as an ebook from a new publisher, so I guess that puts me somewhere in the middle. And it makes me very grateful for all of your words of advice and experience!

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  119. I'm a bit late for Blitz Day (no excuse -- I live in England, so I should have been here first!). I read several of your posts and absolutely love the concept of being a hybrid. My first novel is coming out as an ebook from a new publisher, so I guess that puts me somewhere in the middle. And it makes me very grateful for all of your words of advice and experience!

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  120. We're putting on the Blitz! Hope you had a happy one.

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  121. Happy Blitz Day!

    Sounds like you've been through a lot, so I'm not surprised you're climbing over that speedbump. Sounds like a full blog schedule!

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  122. HAPPY BELATED BLITZ sorry I didn't get here earlier ;)

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  123. Happy Belated Blitz Day! I'm so glad you got Blitzed. As a person fighting cancer, I understand about bumps in the road. It seems I'm always running late because of chemo. You keep going girl!

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  124. Happy Belated Blitz day! This Blitz couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. <3

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  125. Jo! I love that you put a post up about being Blog-Blitzed!

    What a pleasure to be here! Love your lively tone!

    Cheers!

    Vidya
    Blog-Blitzer

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  126. Hi Jo, I tried to post 3 times yesterday but being on holiday in rural France means the internet is a bit hit and miss. And after 3 attempts of writing the same thing I gave up! Connection today seems better :)
    Anyhow - Happy Blitz Day! (for yesterday) I love your attitude to life, I try to live a similar mantra, but sometimes it's harder than others ....
    Suzanne @ Suzannes-Tribe

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  127. Hello! I was away from my computer for a few days and just found out about your blog being blitzed yesterday. It looks like you had a lot of people stop by to visit. HAPPY belated BLITZ DAY!!

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  128. Wow! 148 comments??? What does a blog being blitzed mean?

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  129. Amy, Blog Blitz was a blog hop I signed up for to support another blogger. Don (the blog hop leader) chooses one or two people a month and we all visit their sites and post a comment. It's a way to check out other people's blog and show support.

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  130. Very happy belated blitz!
    The Mensa tutoring sounds interesting. I'd love to take an IQ test someday!

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  131. Deniz, Yep Mensa tutoring is an option. But really at my age, my IQ being in the normal range is irritating but is it really necessary? I do miss my photographic, phonographic, and short term memory though.

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