Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It's all about You and Me

August 2017, I received a phone call from my dear friend Sally. "Linda has had an accident and it's really bad."
Life changed.  Following 12 hours in surgery, I went to visit and found her lying helpless, motionless, attached to wires, a large brace around her neck and her eyes with a look I had never seen from Linda before, the look of fear, fierce fear.

A year later, we sat together facing the ocean and Linda began to talk. She carefully told me the thoughts that raced through her brain while listening to doctors explain who she was without knowing her. She discussed the pain, the fear, the doubts, the strength, the freedom, the simple joy, and the letting go in order to embrace.
Her desire was to create a short bedside book that could provide shortcut tips in order for anyone to face whatever they are going through.  "This is not just about me" she would say. "That's dull, we all have our stress and I want this book to speak to everyone."

"It's all about YOU and me" is now available through www.lindapestana.com.

I will be proudly sitting next to Linda for a book signing on Sunday, February 23rd, 2:00pm - 4:00pm at:

The Clubhouse at The Villages on Mount Hope Bay,
120 Schooner Drive, Tiverton, RI 02878

This was a true honor to spend time with Linda, feverishly writing down her words, at times wiping away her tears, encouraging her talk when the memories were tough and some times just sitting together watching the sunset allowing love to bring its patent calm, and bringing strength for another day.

It's a special book because of Linda.  An extraordinary woman who has so much to say and give.

"It isn't my disability that I want you to know about. It's my heart, my soul and my truth."

We would love to meet you and share her book with you, because to Linda, every heart is connected and deserves attention. "You deserve to find the right choice, your path, your time."





Sunday, January 5, 2020

My New Hallmark Movie

Here is my pitch to Hallmark, as I already miss the romantic Christmas movies, we need to continue its glorious theme into January.

Here are the typical scenes and what to replace them with.

1) Replace decorating the tree - with the taking down of the tree, and instead of laughing, they are getting cramp and feeling dizzy bending up and down as well as becoming aggravated and annoyed at their own emotional attachment to placing a stuffed elf into a box.

2) Replace the fun cute visit to the ice rink - with the moment they first go to a gym together and the pain and embarrassment of working out, including the sweat, the wrong clothing and the need to throw up and pass wind during the first spinning, Zumba, ballet acro class.

3) Replace the cute date buying hot chocolate and cookies - with the first juice cleanser experience (no description required.)

4) Replace the fun creative date building a gingerbread house - with buying and chopping a salad together. I'm actually yawning as I type the word salad.

5) Replace the fun shopping excursion - with returning gifts at Kohls and learning how much cheaper the cheese fondue, tea brewing crockpot was if you had bought it at JobLot.

6) Replace the dilemma over the dazzling, job opportunities - with paying off the credit card and as tax time is coming; the debate and delirious wonder of "could I do them myself this year?"

7) Replace the general feeling of optimism and romance - with the daily sluggish mood because of hunger as December encouraged the stomach to take in more without putting on weight, until the first week in January when suddenly the stomach giggles as it expands and bloats to it's fullest potential. Despite all of that and your undone zipper, you still want to eat, especially as you still have chocolate left (you know the last of the truffles that you were not that keen on but now they look like gold!)


I will get writing this tomorrow, after I have run my six miles by a lake, with a puppy and my perfect curly blonde hair. 
Happy New Year everyone (I miss Christmas!!)
And if anyone thinks I need another gift I really want Hallmark Monopoly, the board game, it does exist!

It's all about You and Me

August 2017, I received a phone call from my dear friend Sally. "Linda has had an accident and it's really bad." Life changed...