A to Z Theme 2016

For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.

In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parallel Roads: Friendships That Span Time

        Over the past few years I've written about my old friend Dan Holom on my blogs.    On Wrote By Rote I did an A to Z post about Friendship in 2013.  A few years earlier on Tossing It Out I related a story about a possible telepathic connection between my friend and I.  You can follow the links to read those stories.   Today I have a follow-up story regarding my long-time friend.

          Dan Holom and I became friends way back in junior high school nearly fifty years ago.  We were best friends during that time.  When high school came I moved away from Merrillville, Indiana where my family had been living during those junior high school years and relocated hundreds of miles away in East Tennessee.  I occasionally heard from Dan and saw him a couple of times over the years, but then for a few decades we lost contact.   I never forgot about him and though I had an idea where he was living, I never managed to reconnect with him until 2005.

           He came to visit me in California in 2006.  Actually he was meeting with the illustrator for a children's book he had written so he decided to pay me a brief visit as well during his short week-end stay.  Since then we have kept regular contact.

            A signed copy of his book Sleepy Sheepy and Daniel arrived in my mail sometime in 2008.  I was thrilled to see that his dream had come to fruition.  Over the years since then Dan has been working hard at promoting his self-published book.  Anyone who has been involved with self-publishing knows the hard work involved in promoting a book.   Dan has been steadily pushing his book through speaking engagements and whatever else he could do to promote sales.

            Now he has released his book on Kindle which makes distribution via Amazon far easier than trying to market to the book stores on his own.   The book is also cheaper for readers.  Sleepy Sheepy and Daniel is based on the Bible story of Daniel in the lion's den.   With whimsical illustrations by acclaimed Disney animation artist Mark Henn, children and adults will enjoy this entertaining book that is very values oriented.  

          If you don't mind spending $1.99 or if you have Kindle Unlimited where you can read the book for free, I would encourage you to help Dan with his book sales.   I think any children in your life would enjoy this book--it would make a great gift.   And once you've read the book please remember to leave a review on Amazon and wherever else you typically leave book reviews (don't forget your blog as well!). 

            Dan Holom and Mark Henn have big plans ahead.   Their book is to be turned into a series of Sleepy Sheepy adventures.   The success of this first book will make the publication of the next book an easier process.   Wouldn't you like to be a part of this fun series for children?   I hope so!

            You can find my reviews of Sleepy Sheepy and Daniel at Amazon, Goodreads, and my Sunday blog A Few Words.

           Have you had friends that you've reconnected with after many years?    Have you purchased any children's books on Kindle?   Can you help my friend Dan Holom launch his book series (sharing this post would also help)?


  1. I refuse to get an ereader. I like real books!!!

    I have reconnected with quite a few old friends thanks to Facebook but I never lost touch with my best friends....we just wrote snail mail letters back and forth till email started, and now they are all on FB too. And thank god Russell tracked me down.

  2. Great post to read about friendships, Meeting you was a fantastic honour and will always remember that day in LA.

    Thanks for the comment you made of my post "Fragile as a Butterfly" the bit about me being a survivor really hit home as I have been going through a personal hell which no-one knows about. It has given me hope me and life, Thanks Lee.

  3. I'd love to hook my granddaughter up with a copy. Would want to find a hard copy or paper back version.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  4. Cute book cover! Best wishes to your friend with book sales.

  5. I've actually reconnected with old friends through FB, and a best friend from my years in Illinois as a child.

    His book looks awesome.

  6. Dear Lee, I just got the Kindle edition for my iPad. Thanks for recommending it. As to reconnecting, my best friend from grade and high school and I reconnected about 15 years ago and it's been such a gift to renew our friendship. Peace.

  7. Just met up with Scott, a friend of 40 years. He lived on a connecting farm and we were in school together for 12 years. We also email each other.

    I want the book in paper, if that is possible. I have a Kindle, but it is not at all satisfying. Looks like a good book.


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