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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

The New Year 2012 wandered in last night welcomed by a sense of renewed hope. The weather has been incredibly pleasant for the turn of the year. Business and the economy seem better while news of new climatic and seismic disasters has been minimal. Should we go on tiptoe? I think not. Best we move while the moving is good and take advantage of the time and energy we have to renew friendships, mend walls, and generally make the most of it without going over board.

Wednesday we celebrated my cousin Betty Hampel's 84th birthday. In the past two year she's published two books: Mirror Image and Gumshoe. (What had happened was that when I published Jolt: a rural noir, Betty remembered she had five unpublished novels stuck somewhere in the closet, so she pulled out those two and tells me she has a third due out soon. Can't beat that!)

And then today we celebrated my paternal aunt, Marie Sicolo's, 88th! A good time was had by all.

What a wonderful feeling it must be to have gathered around you not only your three daughters and son and their various spouses, but also their children, and their children's children--Marie's great grandchildren! Happy Birthday Marie! And Happy New Year also to you.

I feel a bit remiss to have neglected this blog recently, however I have been blogging. If you are on my or the Alva Press Mailing list, you should be getting updates as to where you can read me in any particular week as I alternate my efforts among this one and the ones to be found on Alva Press, Inc., robertamroyonnuclearsurvival, and Mutterings of Alva the Indie at

Yes, I do not forget you. It's just that I am something of a peripetic when it comes to writing to you. So do check out the links to all my blogs by going to and tag along with me wherever I go. I just ove your company.

Roberta in Po-Town, Wishing you a happy New Year 2012 filled with health, hope, and happiness!


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Here you're suppose to learn about my personal life, my love of learning, the dog I don't have, my house that sits empty on a hill in Port Henry 'cause on the one hand I don't want to sell it, 'cause I love it too much, but on the other hand, I never seem to find the time to get there anymore but I haven't found a buyer. Of course I haven't been looking either. Too busy with Jolt.  Also this site is still under construction so I probably won't get to selling it this month either.  Well, that means, at least I can run up there over Labor Day and party with all my friends and neighbors there which is enough to make me want to hurry up and finish this so I can get ready to leave.

Here I am supposed to write more about myself and think about putting a picture of myself someplace below, except I put the picture in before I did anything else because I thought I was suppose to get rid of the butterfly but it didn't, which is probably just as well because I like the butterfly better.  That's because it doesn't make me feel exposed like the black dress I'm wearing below does.  The reason I chose that picture is because my sister C. thinks it's about the best picture of me I ever had taken.  That's because I'm more mature now and most pictures look awful because they really look just like me.  Of course C. thinks the one below does and all the other ones don't. Which a bit of a trip in itself. But what is there to say? And I'm glad she took it.  R.

Almost to the Apex

8/28/09 - Very exciting. Dust jacket design forwarded for proofing.  Thank you so much Kristi for the image! And John and Nancy for the quotes! And Lorna for sending me Joan--and Joan for sending me Kathi--and Kathi for the design!
                                                                                                                                                     I love you all!
Hugs, hugs, and more hugs:)
R. in Po-Town
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