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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cassa Fire book tour - Alex rocks!

Today is the Catch Fire Blog Party, celebrating the release of CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh! The goal is to help CassaFire “catch fire” on the best seller charts and achieve the success of the first book, CassaStar. There’s also a special package of prizes being given away at the author’s blog (copies of CassaFire, CassaStar, tote bag, mug, and bookmarks) as well as book giveaways during his two-week blog tour. See Alex’s site for details:http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaStar was just the beginning…

The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities. 

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

Available today!
Science fiction - space opera/adventure
Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages
EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats

CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal

You can visit the author’s site at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
Book trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6VINRGtyE.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Musings - Masters of Motown

        I was 11 years old when 1960 rolled around. When The Four Tops sang “I Can’t Help Myself” in 1965, I was 16. I rocked out to Martha and the Vandellas belting out “Heat Wave” and swooned over the Temptations singing “My Girl.”
Last Saturday, a group called Masters of Motown came to Albuquerque. The ensemble consisted of three men and three women singing many of the songs I came of age to in the 60’s. As I waited in the lobby for the doors to open, I noticed the other attendees, most of whom had white hair, many of whom walked with canes or walkers, a few were in wheelchairs, and thought to myself, what are all these old people doing coming to a Motown concert? Then I realized I was one of them. 
I can’t remember who said, “I’m 19 years old until I look in the mirror,” but whoever it was, they were spot on. I’m about to turn 63, but I’m still rocking out to the music I grew up with. Not only that, I’m familiar with and like a lot of today’s musicians like Lady Gaga and Maroon 5. True, I can’t sing along like I do to my generation’s songs because it’s much harder to get new lyrics into my brain these days, but I still love the music. And a few weeks ago, when I sang at a sock up with Sugartime at a local Senior Center, after our performance, we danced our little hearts out. And let me tell you, some of those seniors had stamina some 16-year-olds would kill for. I wasn’t one of them. My knee hurt for days afterwards.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I realized something crucial about growing older and aging. Our insides don’t change. It’s only the external shell we call our body that does. I’m going to hold onto that thought as I move through these twilight years. How about you?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Blogging Break

I can't write. It's taking all I've got to put one foot in front of the other. I will post again when I get myself back on track. Till then, thanks for all the kind thoughts and well wishes. I wish the same for all of you.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Musings: keeping priorities straight

I am back from my trip and am learning much about getting priorities straight and putting my energy and attention where it needs to be. There is something going on in my life of which I cannot speak. It is a privacy issue. I don't do well when I can't speak about what is in my heart, so I am going to keep this short. My musings today are about gratitude and how important it is to count our blessings for even the small gifts we receive.