Monday, January 16, 2012

Come Monday...Foster Me Up

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

I suppose this should start with an admission.  For when I go to add sites to the list for a [Sites To See], it often involves nothing more than a cursory glance.

Such was the case with the lovely and talented Ms. Zimmer’s [blog].  For it was not until she mentioned something about her book being now available on [] in a very delightful thank-you for being included in [this] A Sunday Drive that it became clear to me that I had been led to something very special.

You see, she has quite a story to tell, and there is much about it that I can most definitely relate to.  That is, except for the parts about being a twin, absolutely drop-dead gorgeous (both then and now), a volleyball star, born and raised in central Kansas and having to endure the horrors of being at the mercy of the workers in a system that is generally more focused upon upholding misguided laws than trying to do what really is in the best interest of the children they are supposed to be protecting.

Come to think of it, I need to take that last one back.  For I was also in that system, but I suppose being adopted by very loving parents when I was less than a week old (I think) doesn’t really count to most.

Okay, maybe there really isn’t all that much to Rhonda’s story that I can personally relate to, but there are parts that sound oh so familiar.  Such as, what song was playing when this or that happened, along with looking for love in all of the wrong places.

I wish I could go on, but I do not want to give too much away.  I can, however, strongly recommend the reading of this book, and I can also include a much more eloquently worded recommendation from someone who knows what he is talking about.

Foster Me Up by Rhonda Zimmer will make you laugh, cry, then stand up and cheer for the personal triumph she and her twin sister finally realized after years of overcoming heartache and hardship. Cover to cover it is filled with humorous, heartwarming and poignant vignettes. Once you pick it up you wont want to put it down.  Peter T. Madrid, Editor Kansas City Star/Kansas City Times: Member of 1982 Pulitzer Prize Winning Staff

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  1. I sent my friend Eva here - be sure and check her out! She lives in Ireland and I sent her your jokes. sandie

  2. I don't remember ever going to that blog. I'll have to check it out

  3. Just got this for my Kindle. Can't wait to get started on it!!

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandie!!! I look forward to meeting her. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! I believe that you would thoroughly enjoy reading her book. Although, it most definitely has its bittersweet moments.

  6. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Indy Jiu Jitsu!!! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Sometimes I think all my words are gone...after writing and publishing my first book, Foster Me Up. They are disposed of on the pages in between the front and back cover. Then out of the blue this special person shows up in my life and posts a review of my book. Thank you, Jerry. Your review is beautiful. I am truly touched, honored, blessed. So glad you're in my life.

  8. You are most welcome, and thanks for being so considerate, my dear Rhonda!!! Be assured that you are amongst the rarest of our Heavenly Father's creations. For you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside, and on the outside, you truly are absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.

  9. Oh, Jerry...enough already. The good Lord has provided me with a human body, soul, spirit and mind just like everyone else. BTW, I do have a day job and will begin reading what you gave me this weekend. Thank you for your giving, understanding, and patient ways. God bless.

  10. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Rhonda!!! Well, if you would ask your husband, I am quite sure he would wholeheartedly agree with me.


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