THANKFUL FOR THE GOOD…AND BAD #RRBC #RWISA

WELCOME to the November 2019 issue of THE RRBC PIPELINE! 

To say that this year has moved at the speed of lightning would be a major understatement.  It’s already November and before the trick-or-treaters had dumped all of their candy out of their plastic pumpkins, Christmas trees and their colored lights were in full glow.  Although it’s something we should do every single day, it’s that time of year set aside on the calendar for us to give extra-special thanks.  This year, let’s vow to be thankful for the good…and the bad.

It’s easy for us to be thankful when our blessings are pretty and wrapped up in big red bows.  But, have you ever thought to give thanks for those gag gifts that life tends to throw at us unexpectedly?  Why would you be thankful for those? you ask.

We have homes to go to every day, cars to drive, jobs to sustain us and families who love us, but, what IF, the opposite was the hand that we were dealt?  What IF we were homeless, living on the streets, scraping up change to ride the bus, unemployed with no means of survival and no one to love us?  What IF that was our life?

There are many who live this life every single day.  No matter how cold or how hot the temperature outside, they have no shelter; no matter how their stomachs growl or how hungry they are, they have no food, and no matter how much they need to feel a loving touch or a simple hug, they’re all alone.  Some of these people never complain.  It is their life, the hand they were dealt and so they deal with it. They are just happy to be alive.  But, could that be us?  If we didn’t have all of our modern-day luxuries, would we whine “Why me?” or would we roll with the punches and be thankful for just being able to take another breath?

I recently saw the video below and I am compelled to share it with you.  I’ll return with my thoughts after you watch it in its entirety:

I am thankful that I was led to this video because it showed me that good can be found in the darkest places.  You don’t have to be of the wealthy class to give or to help someone –  you just need to have a heart.  This video was my gag gift.  These gag gifts are meant to teach us lessons and we know that with lessons, there is growth.  What this gift did for me was teach me that if a homeless person with nothing can give his last to others, I, in my position could and should do so much more.  And, I  vow to do just that going forward.

What did this gag gift do for you?  Did you view it as a blessing in disguise?  Do you feel that it taught you a valuable lesson?  If so, what?

For 14 days in November, the Rave Writers – Int’l Society of Authors {RWISA} is hosting a blog tour called RWISA “RISE-UP.”  This tour is in place to hopefully encourage others to do more, give more, love their neighbors more, even if those neighbors live on the streets. This tour is also in place to teach compassion for those less fortunate and tolerance for those who aren’t able to live our “cushy” lives.  We hope that you will join us on each leg of this amazing, life-changing tour.

RRBC has wonderful gifts in store for its members in the coming year.  2020 is going to be explosive for us in so many ways and we hope that your name is on the roster to take this ride along with us.

But, until the new year arrives, let’s spend the next 49 days giving thanks for all the good things in our lives…and even the bad, because sometimes in the bad, we find treasures too special for words.

As we sit around our bountiful tables this Thanksgiving holiday, let’s not forget to pray, not only for ourselves but for those who are sitting, braving the elements under bridges, outside of closed buildings and behind dumpsters, celebrating life – even when it’s not as impressive as ours.

 I hope that you enjoy every second of every bit of information which you are about to find in this issue of THE PIPELINE MAGAZINE!  I have tried to find stories that I felt would be of interest to you; stories that you might not have come across on your own.  I have also profiled some of our most deserving members so please help me to lift them up by throwing the full weight of your support behind them.

Folks, that’s all for now.   Until next time, keep reading, keep learning and most of all, keep loving!  It makes everything else so much better and life a whole lot easier!

Thanks for dropping by THE PIPELINE!

Nonnie

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A REQUEST:  Since THE PIPELINE is put together by only my two hands and edited and proofed with only my (tired) eyes – if you should find a typo or any kind of “hiccup,” please don’t hesitate to let me know.  I’d greatly appreciate it!  RaveReviewsPresident@gmail.com.

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63 comments

  1. Nonnie, it is obvious to me that the foundation of the “ideas” and “ideals” that make up #RRBC and #RWISA are solid and lasting! There are some amazing events going on for members to take advantage of!

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  2. I love the newest edition of the Pipeline Magazine. Let’s bring in the New Year with smiles, kind words, and joy in our hearts. Thank you RRBC volunteers who do so much to make this wonderful book club the success it is. My hats off to each of you.

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  3. I am super excited about all the “new” shiny things coming to RRBC this year! Wow! So many opportunities that you cannot find anywhere else on the planet! Thank you, Nonnie!

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  4. I like the “Tricks or Treats” theme for October! You’re right, Halloween isn’t for everyone, Nonnie. For some people it’s a religious thing and for others it’s just gotten too dangerous. Costume parties are still fun though and I love the fall. Good books are definitely treats in my eyes too and we have a lot of talented authors in the RRBC. 😀 xx

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  5. Holloween used to be a fun time of the year. When horrible people started putting razor blades in candy, that’s when things begin to change and our innocence begin to slowly unravel. I stopped participating in it and I send my child to controlled parties. No more knocking on doors in the neighborhood. It’s no longer ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.’ I do enjoy the weather this time of year. It’s just so wonderful to see all the colors here up North. Thank you Nonnie for this beautiful magazine.

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  6. The first ever Jan Hawke Random Act of Kindness week has been amazing. It feels so good to give to someone who doesn’t know a gift is heading their way. Truly a great tribute to Jan. You are right, Nonnie! This conference is going to be amazing!

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  7. Father’s have an important role in the family which may not always be fully appreciated. They are the role models for their children, especially the sons. Thank you to all the fathers.
    I cannot ever thank the volunteers, board members, and Nonnie for all their hard work. Thank you again!

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  8. Dads are definitely special. I’m a divorced mom, but I’m grateful that my ex-husband chooses to stay a part of our son’s life. He spends every other weekend with him and he calls him during the week. My son adores his father, and I know he feels his father’s love, and that makes me very happy. I am lucky enough to still have my father alive and well (well, well enough…lol!). I treasure my summer trips with my parents, my son, and me, and I love how close my son is to his “Abuelo.” 🙂

    To our board, THANK YOU for all you do. I know it’s not easy to add these responsibilities to your every day lives, but you do so with professionalism and grace, and I appreciate you. XOXO

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  9. Oh, Nonnie, this piece moved me to tears. The poem is just beautiful. I lost my mom in 2004 and I miss her still. I wonder if she sees my accomplishments and what she thinks about them. Happy Mother’s day to you, dear Nonnie.

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  10. Thank you for all you do. I can do 3-4 hours a night every other night…the other night I need as full nights sleep. Hope you get some full nights sleep:)

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  11. Nonnie, I wish I could help more than I do because I want to see you getting more sleep than 3 hours!! Our health is a precious thing and taking care of ourselves is of utmost importance. I will not say anymore….
    I personally appreciate all that you and your team members do. RRBC and RWISA are incrediibly important to me and have helped me in so many ways. With that said please let me know of something(s) I could do to help this organization. I know I am not qualified to be the administrative assistant for which you are looking.
    God bless all of you and my many thanks.

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  12. Nonnie, anyone who complains about something not getting posted or delayed, have NO idea what all it takes to keep this organization running, nor how many hours you spend trying to make sure all obligations are met. You have my utmost respect and admiration. Your drive inspires. I am honored to be a part of your team.

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  13. This is an inspiring “Hello January,” Nonnie. 2017 was a stellar year for RRBC and RWISA and I just know 2018 will take both to an even higher level of professional prestige, under your leadership.

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  14. There is SO much going on in RRBC RWISA Lands! Wow! Hanging on for the ride! Congratulations on 4 years. That’s quite an accomplishment and would not have been possible without you, Nonnie Jules. My virtual hat is off to you.

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  15. Change can be a little scary to some, but without change we become stagnant, so bring it on. Of course, these changes are wonderful. I enjoyed the 1st ‘Raters Not Haters’ show and I look forward to the next one. 🙂

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  16. I am blessed to be married to a disabled veteran and to live in a military town! I love the people that staff our military base and take every chance I can to thank a vet for their service. Without the work they do here, around the country, and abroad, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America!

    July, just like every other month, is filled with activities galore! RRBC is unlike any other book club I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen more than a few! I’m proud to be part of the 2017 Writers’ Conference & Book Expo Team and I love having a chance to support the RWISA writers coming up in August!

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  17. WOW!! July is packed with one amazing activity after another. Thank you, Nonnie and team, for making RRBC extraordinary!

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  18. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. You are right, Nonnie, they don’t get enough recognition for all they do. Michelle makes a GREAT cover model! Another jam-packed issue!

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  19. Great tribute to Dads, Nonnie! Your husband sounds like the man so many women are waiting for and they refuse to budge until they meet him! LOL! Enjoy the weekend with your family!

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  20. What a sweet tribute to your husband, Nonnie! Thank you for sharing with all of us. And, thank you for extending a collective “Happy Father’s Day” to all the fathers in RRBC. Your gratitude is mine – for these gentlemen offer hard-earned wisdom, blessing all. 🙂

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  21. What a tribute to Mothers everywhere. Happy Mother’s Day to you Nonnie Jules. Thank you for the beautiful roses. They smell wonderful!!

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