Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One and Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Bertram is also the author of the suspense novels Unfinished, Madame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light Bringer, Daughter Am I, More Deaths Than One, and A Spark of Heavenly Fire.
Deb, The truth is that these words came from a brochure for Cirqu du Soleil. The words were in the background behind photos of the actors/acrobats, and I thought they were evocative of the woman I would love to be, so I decided to do this post using the words. And who knows, maybe we really are all daring and heroic and mysterious and legendary. And serene.
But you are right — I did have a good day today. I spent hours on this bit of word art, and it felt good. Afterward, I went to the grocery store looking for fruit and other tidbits to garnish the turkey tenderloins I cooked for Thanksgiving (couldn’t count on the oven working, and didn’t want to do all that work anyway) but I wanted it to be festive. So for once, I picked up anything that caught my fancy (such as a big bag of miniature peppers which were so colortul and cheerful) and that felt good too.
So the circus of the sun strikes again. Fair enough.For me I will snap up playful, daring and epic for today and quite possibly for the rest of this year.
I am and will be playful with my writing or. at any rate, the project I am currently hammering together. Daring? Well, there could be daring bits. I thumb my nose up at political correctness because it doesn’t lead to a world where everyone is equal. Like in Animal Farm it leads to certain creatures being more equal than others. Epic? Maybe I will start a revolution with this new project. They’re always epic aren’t they? Oh, and get ready for Christmas.
Hi, Rod. Being playful and starting a revolution? Way cool! So very legendary! And political correctness only pertains to politicians and should mean being ethical, but doesn’t. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a happy spring! (Or is it summer there?)
I like the fact that many of these are opposite because it captures the complexity of humans. Too often, the world wants to put us in boxes. Oh, you write beach reads, or you write scary thrillers. Maybe I write both. Maybe I can wear flip flops, drink a FAB, contemplate life’s bigger mysteries, and praise God all at the same time. Love this, Pat!
“I am Bob, the Right Hand of God. As part of the galactic renewal program, God has accepted an offer from a development company on the planet Xerxes to turn Earth into a theme park. Not even God can stop progress, but to tell the truth, He’s glad of the change. He’s never been satisfied with Earth. For one thing, there are too many humans on it. He’s decided to eliminate anyone who isn’t nice, and because He’s God, He knows who you are; you can’t talk your way out of it as you humans normally do.”
Grief Books By Pat Bertram
Available online wherever books and ebooks are sold.
Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One debunks many established beliefs about what grief is, explains how it affects those left behind, and shows how to adjust to a world that no longer contains the loved one. “It is exactly what folk need to read who are grieving.”(Leesa Heely Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator ).
Grief: The Great Yearning is not a how-to but a how-done, a compilation of letters, blog posts, and journal entries Pat Bertram wrote while struggling to survive her first year of grief. This is an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.
Other books by Pat Bertram
Available online wherever books and ebooks are sold.
While sorting through her deceased husband’s effects, Amanda is shocked to discover a gun and the photo of an unknown girl who resembles their daughter. After dedicating her life to David and his vocation as a pastor, the evidence that her devout husband kept secrets devastates Amanda. But Amanda has secrets of her own. . .
When Pat’s adult dance classmates discover she is a published author, the women suggest she write a mystery featuring the studio and its aging students. One sweet older lady laughingly volunteers to be the victim, and the others offer suggestions to jazz up the story. Pat starts writing, and then . . . the murders begin.
Thirty-seven years after being abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Colorado, Becka Johnson returns to try to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? And why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen?
When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents -- grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born -- she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead.
In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable, bio-engineered disease, investigative reporter Greg Pullman risks everything to discover the truth: Who unleashed the deadly organism? And why?
Bob Stark returns to Denver after 18 years in SE Asia to discover that the mother he buried before he left is dead again. At her new funeral, he sees . . . himself. Is his other self a hoaxer, or is something more sinister going on?