Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

 January 4, 2023

I haven't posted anything since April of last year. I'm trying to decide if I should keep this blog live or let it go. It meant so much to me to have this "connection" with so many wonderful people I've never met. At the time I was an active writer, but these days, when I'm soon to turn 74, I have just so much energy and it doesn't seem to want to be spent writing. I wish it would. I have a lot to say. If I did find the energy, it would probably lean towards my personal journey - things I've struggled with, things I've learned - I have no clue if that's of any interest to anyone - most of the bloggers I did know are authors. 

But I wanted to wish you all the very best in the coming year. May we find our way to peace in our hearts and in the world, despite the many political and psychological differences we seem to have as a species. Blessings to you and your families


Monday, April 4, 2022

Dear Blogging friends,

It's been a long long time since I posted. I've thought about you all and hope this finds you well. I'm living in the same state as my son and his family and helping care for my twin grandchildren, now 4 1/2. I am filled with joy being there and being with them and watching them grow.

I decided to post today because Alex Cavanaugh asked if I would post about his new book and so here I am and here is all you need to know about Alex's new release.


By Alex J. Cavanaugh


“Cavanaugh returns to the world of his Cassa Series…for a fourth inventive space opera.” – Publisher’s Weekly


His world is unraveling…


Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by doubt. Could things get any worse?


Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.


On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each truth reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?


Print - 9781939844842

EBook – 9781939844859

Science Fiction – Adventure/Space Opera/Space Exploration



iTunes – https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id1574189874

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0982FL3SH

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940164947033

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cassadark

Scribed – https://www.scribd.com/search?query=9781939844859&language=0

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58461762-cassadark




Can he be a hero one more time? CassaDark - @alexjcavanaugh iTunes– https://tinyurl.com/fs9nw8s2 Amazon– https://tinyurl.com/3e5tcdbu B&N– https://tinyurl.com/aupm8wst Kobo– https://tinyurl.com/fsj4tumj

Thursday, July 9, 2020


Gosh, I keep meaning to blog but, big sigh, time just slips away. Which is weird because during the pandemic, I really can't go anywhere or do much outside the home. I'm keeping busy by learning to play the piano via online lessons. And reading. Lots. And doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. Lots. And one day a week I get to have my twin 2 1/2 year old grandchildren for the day and a sleepover.

For the last year or so, for oh so many reasons, I was unable to do lots of the activities that filled my heart with joy  - singing, dancing, and writing. But I've done some healing work and suddenly I find myself singing and dancing again, if only in my own living room all alone. One of the insights that came from my healing work is that I am the source of my own joy. I've always looked to others to give me something I thought I needed, but I know now I am whole and complete just the way I am. It has freed me up to express that joy in more ways than just with my precious grandbabies.

May your days and nights be filled with joy.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

hello again

Hello again. It's been such a long time since I connected here and I've missed visiting all of you.Part of the reason is technology. I have a mac and use Safari and because of that, I can't comment on other blogs unless I switch browsers so I just gave up. But I realized I've missed blogging and connecting with y'all in this way, so now I'm using google chrome for blogging to see how that works.

To quickly catch you all up, I am now living in Baltimore, MD to be near by two and a half year old twin grand babies. I'm in heaven being so close and being able to see them frequently. They have sleepovers at our house once a week and my heart is filled with joy. I'm grateful I was here when the pandemic hit because if I had been in New Mexico and unable to see them, I know I wouldn't have been able to cope as well with being quarantined.

I was hoping to begin writing again, but for some reason my brain doesn't want to work in that way. I am learning to play piano using chords (via youtube) and doing water colors on pre-drawn paper to feed my creativity needs.

Please share how you've been coping with the virus and all its ramifications to our lives.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Insecure Writer's Support Group - September

Hello bloggyland,
Welcome to IWSG, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaughwww.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com. Please check Alex's blog for all the details on how to participate.

Well, I can't believe it's September and summer's almost over. It has been an intense one for me. My singing partner of eight years found something else her heart wants to do, so she left Sugartime. The good news is that one of the original Sugartime gals from 10 years ago has moved back to Albuquerque and is willing and able to do Sugartime with me, so I don't have to stop doing what I love. But it's very intense trying to bring her up to speed with song lyrics, choreography and just plain performing. It's going to be wonderful, but since we have such a short window of time to get our act together, so to speak, it's challenging.

That is taking all my time and energy, so I haven't worked on my novel at all. I'm hoping this month to find a balance between Sugartime and writing. I know this project is something I want and need to do. An idea that hasn't left me for 30 something years is not something I want to ignore.

On a personal note, my twin grand babies are almost two and as I've said before, my heart has been totally kidnapped by these two beings. I am absolutely besotted. Sorry, but I'm not allowed to post pics of them (sigh!).

Tell me what's happening in your world, writing or otherwise.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Insecure Writer's Support Group - August - Research research research

Hello bloggyland,
Whew! So much happening in my life, but what is relevant here is that I am researching the novel whose idea was planted in my brain some 35 years ago. See...it's never too late. I never could have written this book then -- I'm not sure I can now -- but I'm going to enjoy the process of getting it out of my head and down on paper.
So, what's happening with all of you?

Friday, June 7, 2019

help - i can't comment on other blogs

I've been away from blogging for quite awhile and now that I'm trying to get back into it I can't comment on other blogs. A blogging friend told me the problem might be my web browser (Safari) but I don't know what to do about it - that works for me because I have a Mac. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions.