A Tribute to Barbara Bush

The following article, written by Tom Rosshirt, was published in 1972 by Creators Syndication. I have permission to reprint this article which talks of Mrs. Bush’s remarkable compassion.

1925 – 2018

Thank You, Mrs. Bush

My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.
It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do for an AIDS patient but hold his hand. And many people still thought you could get AIDS by touching. My parents knew of individuals who’d been fired from their jobs for volunteering for AIDS organizations. That’s how crazy the fear was.
As Matt was dying, we were befriended by a man named Lou Tesconi, a volunteer from the local AIDS organization. Lou came by to visit with Matt and to offer whatever service and kindness he could to my mom and dad.
Shortly after Matt died, Lou began studies to become a Catholic priest. Within the year, he was diagnosed with AIDS and kicked out of the seminary. Lou was a lawyer by training and temperament. He appealed the judgment to a Catholic bishop, who then asked Lou to found and head a ministry for people with AIDS. It was called Damien Ministries and was established in a poor part of Washington, D.C.
In early 1989, when the country was still very ignorant and fearful of AIDS, Lou got a call from the White House. First lady Barbara Bush was planning to visit Grandma’s House, a home for infants with AIDS. It was one of the very first outings in her tenure as first lady, and Lou was asked to join a team of people to brief her privately before the event.
During the briefing, Lou told me later, he said: “Mrs. Bush, it is a fantastic thing that you are holding these babies with AIDS. But the country sees them as innocent and the rest of us with AIDS as guilty. The whole suffering AIDS community needs a collective embrace from you today.”
Lou thought he was speaking metaphorically. Apparently, Mrs. Bush doesn’t do metaphor. She stood up, walked over to Lou and gave him a big hug.
After the briefing, Mrs. Bush took a tour of the facility as she talked to the press. She hugged, kissed and played with three little girls and then nailed the message: “You can hug and pick up babies and people who have … HIV. … There is a need for compassion.”
At the news conference afterward, Lou stood by his point on Mrs. Bush’s visit: “I’m afraid that it may send a message that babies are innocent and can be helped,” he said, “but that the rest of us aren’t.” He added: “I told her it would certainly help to get a collective hug from the first lady.”
Then, again, this time in front of the cameras, Mrs. Bush wrapped Lou up in a big embrace.
Mrs. Bush wrote of this visit in her memoirs. She noted that “even then, people still thought that touching a person with the virus was dangerous.” But she didn’t give herself any credit for dealing a blow against stigma by embracing a gay man with AIDS in 1989.
Lou had a buzz from that hug that never went away.
In the fall of 1991, near Thanksgiving, I got a call from a friend that Lou had gone into the hospital again. He didn’t have to tell me that it was for the last time. I called the White House and asked whether I could speak to the first lady’s office. I was a nobody press secretary on the Hill. I didn’t expect anyone in the White House to talk to me. Suddenly, I was speaking with the first lady’s press secretary, Anna Perez, who had accompanied Mrs. Bush to Grandma’s House that day. I began to recount the events of two years before, and she saved me the time: “I remember Mr. Tesconi,” she said. I explained Lou’s condition and said, “It would be so comforting for him to receive a letter from Mrs. Bush.”
A few days later, I went to see Lou in the hospital. As soon as he saw me, he reached beside his bed with a slow and shaky hand and pulled out a letter: “Look what I got,” he said.
The letter was unflinching and full of love. She didn’t duck the issue that Lou was dying. She used it as a pivot to say, “Well-done.” At the bottom, in her own hand, she wrote to Lou that his life mattered, that he had made an impact.
That was a long time ago. But some things you don’t forget — and shouldn’t. In a time of ignorance, her wise touch eased the sting of exclusion for my friend and many others.
Thank you, Mrs. Bush.


Tom Rosshirt was a national security speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a foreign affairs spokesman for Vice President Al Gore. To find read features by Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2018 CREATORS.COM
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Review of: Crossed Lines by Jessica Cross


I needed to turn the pages to know what was coming

Ms. Cross tells an intriguing tale of mistakes and losses and yet the heroine still rises from the ashes. Crossed Lines is a tale that kept me turning pages NEEDING to know what would happen next. I strongly recommend this book.
~ reviewed by Chelle Cordero, Author of Passion & Suspense

 

Crossed Lines: How Could She Have Known That What She Desired The Most Would Become Her Undoing

As she taps on the computer, using writing as part of her recovery from a debilitating stroke at age 35, Jessica Cross not only overcomes the worst thing that happened in her young life ― she finds her true calling! In her debut story, Crossed Lines: What Lies Buried Within the Heart, we meet Sandra, a woman who believes she’s living the “perfect life” until her dreams expose an unfulfilled longing. But it’s what happens after she satisfies that longing that propels her life into a downward spiral as secrets and passions collide for a cataclysmic undoing of not only Sandra’s world, but the lives of many others, in an intriguing tale of love, greed and karma.

In her new novel, Jessica Cross explores the mythical “perfect life” and how a closer examination can expose an emptiness that demands to be filled, whatever the cost. The well-paced storyline and believable characters combine to create a raw and profoundly beautiful book that readers will find hard to put down.

Some of Crossed Lines might have come straight from Cross’s own experiences. After bearing a child at the age of 17, she doggedly pursued an education that led to her own dream life: a rewarding career, a loving husband and children. But at the age of 35, she was dealt a crippling blow: a stroke that left her hospitalized for months with a paralyzed right side and an inability to work.

Two years later, still in rehabilitation and out of work, Cross began punching at a computer keyboard to restore function to her arm and hand. Having little interest in typing mindlessly, she began writing what would become Crossed Lines.

In addition to writing, Cross is a motivational speaker, an activist in education and wellness, and an advocate for women’s empowerment.

For more information, please visit http://www.Jessicarcross.com.

Crossed Lines: What Lies Buried Within the Heart
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Available at Books-A-Million, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, http://www.jessicarcross.com, and all online outlets.
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Vital “Naked News for Indie Authors…”

Naked News for Indie Authors How NOT to Invest Your Marketing $$$

by Gisela Hausmann 

In this new book “Naked News for Indie Authors: How NOT to Invest Your Marketing $$$” marketing expert, email evangelist, and indie author Gisela Hausmann reveals how indie authors can avoid wasting time and money. She also offers free and/or cheap alternatives to many common marketing methods and myths. The book includes five helpful illustrations.

Gisela Hausmann has done it again
reviewed by Chelle Cordero

Just reading her book has risen my expectations and optimism, she is informative and direct. Gisela opens our eyes to how to recognize opportunities. Thank you for another “Naked” truth.

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About the author

Gisela Hausmann is a 29 yr. self-publishing industry veteran, an email evangelist and a top reviewer.

Her work has been featured in regional, national, and international publications including Success magazine (print) and Entrepreneur, on Bloomberg, The Innovation Show – a show for Square Pegs in Round Holes, “The Brutal Truth about Sales & Selling”-podcast, and Austria’s Der Standard and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. Gisela is a graduate of the University of Vienna, Austria.

A unique mixture of wild risk-taker and careful planner, she globe-trotted almost 100,000 kilometers on three continents, including to the locations of her favorite books: Doctor Zhivago’s Russia, Heinrich Harrer’s Tibet, and Genghis Khan’s Mongolia.

Her motto:
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”-Napoleon Hill

For more information about the author please visit her website at http://www.GiselaHausmann.com

She tweets at @Naked_Determina

Recovering Addict Finds Inspiration through Loss

Author Jeffrey Walker turns heartbreak
to creative comedy in his new book

Jeffrey Walker lost his close friend and uncle to AIDS and almost lost his own life to a heroin/opioid addiction. Instead of giving in to his addiction, Walker found inspiration in his tribulations and used his experiences to pen his debut novel.

In “The Black Hand,” Jeffrey Walker tells the story of “Elliot,” who has spent years enveloped in a heroin addiction, when he suddenly loses his uncle and only friend. After crashing his truck while under the influence, Elliot ends up in a recovery center and his new, bizarre adventures begin.

“As a society, we need to have more open dialogue about addiction and recovery, mental illness and suicide,” Walker said.

A recovering addict, Walker knows first-hand the struggles of addiction and grief.   He earned his BA in English from UC Riverside and has published a number of articles, essays and personal prose.

“This book is for anyone who has been touched by loss, addiction or mental illness,” Walker said. “To be able to find humor in our darkest moments and afflictions, I think, gives us all hope.”

“The Black Hand”

By Jeffrey Walker

ISBN: 978-1-4808-5010-1

Available at Archway Publishing and Amazon

About the author

Jeffrey Walker is a writer from Southern California. He studied English at the University of California, Riverside, where he first began writing creative nonfiction and personal prose for various publications.

To learn more about the author and his book, please visit   https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001134402

or follow him on Twitter @jeffwalkersdead.

This is his first novel.

Time and Tide Book Series (3 Book Series)

Time and Tide Book Series
(3 Book Series)

book #1

Why do people go missing? Will they be found?

First in the Time and Tide series that looks at missing people and the consequences in 5 fictional short stories.

Amanda, missing 5 years suddenly finds her face on the television screen.
Ellie chases a new lead in the search for her brother.
Marina dead for 25 years, who killed her?
Police interviews of Michelle’s family and friends. Nobody is admitting anything.
Shelby returns to her hometown knowing something bad has happened to her best friend.

++++A Great Collection of Short Stories ++++
Each story covers the subject of a runaway from a different angle and would hopefully highlight the plight of the missing and the missed.

Buy all 3 books Amazon

About the author:

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

“I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website.”

https://magicofstories.net
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/karenjmossmanauthor/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KarenJMoss

Meet Alana (Siegel) Mag, author of the (after)life series

  Alana is the author of the young adult fantasy series, Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program. Books in the series include: The Charm (#1), The Retreat (#2), and The Rescue (#3) and are published under her maiden name, Siegel.

She grew up on Long Island in New York and graduated with a B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Alana currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband and two ragamuffin cats named Zeus and Thor. Since early childhood she loves to read fantasy books. Add a little romance and a happy ending and in her eyes you have a perfect afternoon of reading.

website: http://optimisticsuperheroes.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @AlanaSiegel

The Curse of the Winklevoss Twins
((after)life lessons Book 2)

 

THE CURSE OF THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS is a young adult fantasy novel and book #2 in the (after)life lessons series.

Death is optional.
Communicating with spirits may be normal for some people, but forcing a spirit back into a body is downright creepy. Hair-raising abilities aside, bringing her boyfriend back to life doesn’t come close to crowning Jules Winklevoss the most dramatic in her family, which is prone to headline-grabbing feuds and life-or-death spectacles.

Jules’s mother and grandmother are always at odds. Her grandmother enforces law and discipline, while Jules’s mother is touted as the Great Liberator of the Downtrodden for exposing the spirit-seeing community’s embarrassing secrets.

The downtrodden may not be grateful when these secrets strike a nerve with the elusive evil spirit, Machiavelli. If the High Spirit Advisory Council is unable to prepare proper defenses, Vita Post Mortem Academy students are not only helpless, but Machiavelli’s first target. Jules and an unusual crew will need to band together if they have a shot at saving the school.

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Le Karma d’Annie Par Chelle Cordero (French Editions)

Le Karma d’Annie

Chelle Cordero

Annie Furman laisse son passé derrière elle et poursuit sa route avec le shérif adjoint Dave Turner. Ses dons (ou sont-ils une malédiction ?) se renforcent. Elle réalise ne pas être la seule au royaume du voyage astral. Dave lui a sauvé la vie, maintenant, c’est à son tour de se battre contre un autre ‘voyageur’ pour le sauver… si seulement elle réussit à survivre.

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Also Available in English as

Print, Audio, and Ebook

 and as Portuguese and Spanish translations

Annie’s Karma Video Sneak Peek (English)

 Author Photo Chelle

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Chelle Cordero

Chelle Cordero écrit des histoires de passion et de suspens. Vanilla Heart Publishing a publié neuf de ses romans : Barlett’s Rule ; His Lucky Charm ; Within the Law ; Courage of the Heart ; Final Sin ; Hostage Heart ; A chaunce of Riches ; Common Bond ; Tangled Hearts et Hyphema. Chelle travaille actuellement sur son dixième roman et nous promet déjà une aventure riche en actions et en histoires d’amour émouvantes. Depuis l’âge adulte, elle a écrit à la fois des livres de fictions et de littérature non romanesque. Vanilla Heart Publishing publie ses livres depuis début 2008.

Ses livres lui ont valu plusieurs éloges dont : Barlett’s Rule, qui a fait partie du Top Dix des lectures de Carolyn Howard-Johnson en 2009 ; Final Sin a eu le titre de « Honorable Mention » dans la catégorie Fiction du NY Book Festival en 2010 et a été nominé en 2009 pour le Prix Pushcart ; Hyphema a gagné le Friday Book Cover Vote sur le site Shades of Love, le 9 décembre 2011 ; A Chaunce of Riches a été élu Meilleur Premier Chapitre par les lecteurs de D. Renee Bagby, en avril 2010 ; Hostage Heart, Final Sin et A Chaunce of Riches ont fini dans les dix premiers selon les sondages des éditeurs et lecteurs, en 2009. Chelle a été sélectionnée parmi les « 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading » publié par The Author’s Show en 2010.

Vous pouvez retrouver Chelle Cordero sur son blog : http://chellecordero.blogspot.com/, ou sur le blog promotionnel : https://ccepotourri.wordpress.com/. Elle offre un atelier d’écriture hebdomadaire aux inscrits du Blog Kinsley sur : http://bit.ly/pILcG. Sur son site internet http://ChelleCordero.com, vous trouverez des informations sur tous ses livres et toutes ses représentations. Les bloggeurs et la presse sont invités à visiter l’espace presse de Chelle sur http://chellecordero.com/media/, où ils trouveront des photos téléchargeables et d’autres informations.

N’hésitez pas à cliquer sur LIKE sur la page FaceBook de Chelle : https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChelleCordero et à la suivre sur Twitter : https://twitter.com/ChelleCordero. Vous pouvez aussi lui envoyer un mail à l’adresse : ChelleCordero@gmail.com

Chelle habite dans le nord-est des États-Unis avec son mari, Mark et sa famille. Ils ont deux enfants, déjà adultes, Jenni et Marc (&Trish) ; ils vivent aussi avec trois chats coquins et gâtés dont l’un d’eux a élu domicile sur le bureau de Chelle. Chelle est journaliste indépendante à plein temps pour plusieurs magazines ; ses articles paraissent régulièrement dans le nord de l’Amérique. Elle écrit une rubrique mensuelle sur les problèmes des NYS Emergency Medical Services (services d’urgence), en tant que NYS Emergency Medical Technician (First Responder News).


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Audrey Vennin

Audrey est née à Arras dans le nord de la France. Elle est traductrice indépendante de l’anglais et de l’italien au français. Après une expérience en tant que pilote de chasse dans l’Armée de l’Air française, elle a étudié la littérature anglaise et italienne à l’université de Lille 3. Elle habite en Europe avec sa famille et voyage beaucoup. Toujours curieuse de découvrir de nouveaux livres, elle aime aussi écrire.

Audrey is born in Arras in the north of France. She is a freelance translator from English and Italian into French. After an experience as a fighter pilot in the French Air Force, she has studied English and Italian literature at Lille 3 university. She lives with her family in Europe and travels a lot. Always interested in discovering new books, she also likes writing.

 

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