Category Archives: Personal Causes

Thank You 1and1

My websites are hosted by 1and1.com and I often recommend them to others. Yesterday morning, soon after I published my second book about which I will tell you more shortly, I opened my email client to find an important message from 1and1 regarding changes to my hosting package. (I will spare readers a lot of details and get to the point of this plug.) I know my clients expect great customer service from me and I expect the same from companies I do business with. This is why I have (more…)

One Small Scrap

The American Cancer Society hosts the “Great American Smokeout” on the third Thursday each November to encourage smokers to quit. Today is the Great American Smokeout of 2015 and I was invited by a friend to join her blog series, “An Author’s Journey,” to tell a short version of my journey to quit smoking and become a published author. If you are addicted to “tobacco cigarettes,” or if you believe you can put them down whenever you feel like it, I hope you will take a few minutes of your (more…)

What if it’s Alzheimer’s? Quit Worrying.

Get a Memory Check During National Memory Screening Week By Marianne Sciucco, author of Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, #AlzAuthors I’m writing today as one of the forgotten, one of those left behind in the fog of Alzheimer’s disease that took over someone I loved. The first time this happened was in the late 1980’s, when, as a 20-something, I didn’t know much about this disease and didn’t understand why Auntie Gilda had to live in a nursing home and didn’t recognize me when I came to call. She (more…)

Cool Kids

Have you ever had to be somewhere and felt you didn’t belong there, believed you were the odd one—the misfit? I suspect most people feel this way at least once. Perhaps it was in junior high as it was for me or maybe, for you, it was some other time or place. A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an inspiring young woman from Portugal. She’s extremely talented, kind, beautiful, and has a sensational voice. Her name is Cat Rox and I absolutely love her rendition of (more…)

Four Years Without Nicotine Addiction

On July 2, 2011, at 7:09 in the morning, I quit intentionally ingesting nicotine on a daily basis. I express my achievement in this manner, because it seems likely that some vegetables contain relatively small amounts of nicotine. Maybe this knowledge can help others who are attempting to overcome nicotine addiction. Since I had only consumed a minimal amount of nicotine on each of my last four days using it, the sparse cravings I experienced during this day were very weak. Excitement began to set in as I realized I (more…)