Welcome to my blog Upstate Girl, (a.k.a Follow Your Bliss Part II), I am an independently published author. This blog is all about writing and the stuff that inspires me to write, the joys and obstacles that come along with the writer's life, and my fascination with the psychology of people and what makes them tick...the human condition, as is...and my love for words, playing with them and making sense of them...and I throw in a few photos from my acre of the world just to make things pretty...sometimes there are things I have no words for, only pictures will do.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


For those of us who fight the good fight - the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

When I decided upon this dedication in my novel, Dusty Waters, it was around the time of the Democratic Convention, and that old rabble rouser, Teddy Kennedy, did us proud, roaring onto the stage in spite of his illness that we knew by then would eventually rob our country of the last of the Kennedy boys. He lived a long life like a cat with nine lives. The beauty of the man was that he wasn't perfect, and he acknowledged that...the best part, he served our country with a conscience and dedication...he might not have been right all the time...but you can't crap on the guy for trying...at least he learned how to compromise...to agree to disagree, and reach out for common ground.

Yes, this dedication fit the spirit of the folksinger in my novel...it fit the spirit of a time...the spirit of a generation...the spirit of our nation...and the spirit of a man who inspired us to keep fighting the good fight.

Here's to the spirit...the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

Bobby, Teddy, and Jack, 1962 (AP)


Pat said...

And so an era ends.

Linda Robinson said...

Beautifully written. Our world changes once more!