Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Memorial Day is a Tough Day for Many

Photo by Alison Klakowicz
Flags of Remembrance at U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, North Carolina

As most people get to enjoy some much needed R&R today on Memorial Day, there are many who are directly impacted by its sentiment.

These individuals have lost fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, friends and teammates.

Survivors have to move forward each year with the guilt, trauma, and sadness which consumes them knowing they are alive and their loved one is not.

Parents are not alive to witness their children’s firsts— first words and steps, first day of school, first heartbreak, first laughter, first bike rides, first dances, graduations, marriage, the birth of a first grandchild.

The children of these soldiers lose a huge part of themselves, and must conjure up strength, dignity, tolerance, patience, grace to move ahead in life. An unimaginable strength they are expected to find in themselves.

This is a very tough day for my husband (an Army Special Forces soldier) who has lost many friends— his band of brothers who did not return home from war; or returned with invisible scars that later swallowed them up and took their lives.

Survivor’s guilt is very real.

It is painful and debilitating.

I see it in my husband. In his conscience. In the days leading up to a day other folks celebrate without pain or sorrow, unlike him. The loss is deep inside his soul.

I have to remind myself to tread lightly today. To be respectful and empathetic. To acknowledge the loss and memories of so many gone.

Today, I ask you to tread lightly too. To reach out to an individual survivor, soldier or veteran who know this pain tenfold. Ask them to remember these individuals and tell their story.

Do not forget them. Do not forget their stories.

Do not let the loss of their lives go unknown and unheard.

Celebrate the lives taken too soon.

Wishing you all a beautiful day of remembrance .

Happy Memorial Day!

With Love,

Alison Klakowicz

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Joy Resor Shines— Western North Carolina Author, Artisan, Spiritual Mentor

A Western North Carolina-based author is spreading JOY wherever she goes!
Years ago as a young mother of two sons, Joy Resor wrote a prayer daily to become the JOY she was created to be.
She is now living that JOY everyday where she strives to inspire love, peace and joy through Joy on Your Shoulders— as a spiritual mentor who offers inspiring books and Batik cotton wares for sale as well as a monthly newsletter called Go In Joy! 
Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart her second children’s picture book has won three awards.
My son and I read Designed to Shine this past year— at bedtime— and loved the positive messages it left us with to have a peaceful night’s rest.
She strives to create books from the heart to touch lives in rich, loving and peaceful ways.
Her first book, Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure has touched lives through her minister’s Prison Light Book Ministry, including a woman who asked the author to write her.
This is a wonderful series of books that truly inspire ALL.
“Lo and behold, I’m writing to a few prisoners who read my books and write to me…
I visit students in the Schenck Job Corps Program in Pisgah Forest twice a month.  The first time, a student suggested that I create a rap video of the rhymes in Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart.  My partner Michael and I intend to lean into this amazing idea…
Designed to SHINE! Read Aloud Rhymes for Any Size Heart – Volume Two is being illustrated, and a second edition of Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure will emerge.” -Joy Resor
Thanks to Joy for spreading your love and happiness to all of us!

To find out more about Joy Resor, look here:
Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Children’s Book Review- “Something’s Eating the Garden” by Pam Fries

Pam Fries, an award-winning artist and illustrator, has published a lovely children’s picture book titled Something’s Eating the Garden.

The gorgeously illustrated book features an amazing garden adventure with a child and Papa. Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing who the creature culprit could be.

The sweet (and curious) child imagines different animals— like an elephant, giraffe, pig or even a crocodile— nibbling on the garden plants.

But to no avail none are the guilty party!

With each turn of the page, the reader is greeted by whimsical, bright and beautiful, full-page illustrations.

It is a delight to the senses and will help create a curiosity of the outdoors, animal life and vegetables for every young child! A wonderful educational tool, for sure.

The Washington State author Pam Fries, published the book soon after the passing of her husband who the character “Papa” was based around. They were together for 40 years, and the book gave her purpose and a place to remember the legacy of her husband.

She has 5 beautiful grandchildren, a dog and many chickens!

Pam enjoys speaking to schools and Women’s groups, creating breath taking art— and working in the garden.

For more information you can follow her here:

https://www.facebook.com/Pam-Fries-AuthorIllustrator-315272125744988/

Instagram @pamjfriesartist

mightylionpress@gmail.com

https://www.mightylionpress.com/mighty_lion_press.php

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Hit the road— with Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck!

Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck is ready to #hitheroad this spring and summer for #amazingadventures 🗺🏖🏟🛶⛰

How about you? Where are your favorite places to visit?

Family travel is so important in learning about the world around you and making special memories with those you love!

Learn more about Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck here: http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

#familytravel #familyadventures #familytime #roadtrips #letsgoplaces #kidslit #kidsbooks #picturebooks #books #funbooks #awardwinningbooks #trucks #monstertrucks

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Chatting with Alison Paul Klakowicz – S L Hollister, author

I loved “chatting” with author Sherri Hollister last year about #writingbooks and the #authorlife 📚

Read our interview here 👀 :

Chatting with Alison Paul Klakowicz – S L Hollister, author
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/sherrilhollister.com/2019/04/30/chatting-with-alison-paul-klakowicz/amp/

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Top 6 Inspirational Women Interviews of 2019

2019 brought me the opportunity to interview some extremely inspirational, intelligent and talented women who came into my life either professionally or personally.

It was such an honor to highlight their stories, and messages of hope. The world is filled with unique individuals that we can all learn from— I certainly benefited from each of the stories these women shared with me.

If you are looking for #inspiration in the #newyear look no further!

Here are the Top 6 Inspirational Interviews on #HodgePodgePodcast:

1. Katlin McFadden, Women’s Business Coach and Artist-

https://hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com/2019/11/18/katlin-mcfadden-marketing-virtuoso-womens-business-coach-brilliant-artist/

2. Tiffany Haywood, Award-Winning Blogger, Personality, Business Coach

https://hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com/2019/11/11/tiffany-haywood-milspouse-%f0%9f%87%ba%f0%9f%87%b8-mother-award-winning-blogger-writer-radio-tv-youtube-personality-business-consultant/

3. Donna Sager Cowan, Award-Winning Children’s Book Author

https://hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com/2019/11/07/award-winning-author-donna-sager-cowan-debuts-new-book/

4. Katherine Coule, Photographer

https://hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com/2019/10/27/katherine-coule-faces-of-fay/

5. Stephanie Starr, Multiple Sclerosis Warrior, Woman of Faith and Mompreneur

https://hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com/2019/10/23/stephanie-starr-multiple-sclerosis-warrior-woman-of-faith-mompreneur/

6. Wendi Iacobello, Military Spouse, Blogger

https://hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com/2019/05/18/wendi-iacobello-interview-nc-native-milspouse-advocate-creator-of-strength4spouseswoman-of-faith/

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

All I Want For Christmas is… Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck!!!

Check out this adorable Christmasy video of my children’s travel and adventure picture book!

It should be under your Christmas tree 🎄 for the special children in your life!

Put the pedal to the metal and purchase this perfect Christmas gift today!

Order here 👉🎁:

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.