Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Today is Motivation Day.  People use words like Inspiration and Brave to describe me. Even my cat, Sportster has an electrifying personality.

I believe everyone who crosses our path,   who touches us, those whom we have shared moments with, whether good or bad,   become a part of us. They change us.  Our encounters are like pouring thick cream into a black cup of coffee, the contents become forever altered. The action itself may be long forgotten, yet the mug carries the combination into eternity.

I recently reconnected with my best friend from high school, Jan Gingold. We shared a love for horses and were inseparable. Saturdays and Sundays,  sun up to sundown, we rode anywhere and everywhere, breathing in nature and feeling the freedom, racing down abandoned country roads. That time with my best friend nurtured my love for freedom, the outdoors and adrenaline rushes. Today, when I am asked to name an enjoyable moment in my life, I recall my time with Jan.

We cannot always control who shares  our journey, walking along with us for a while. Are those  interactions divinely guided and predestined? We might never know, but what I do know is those events  change us, hopefully like rich cream.

 But, maybe not. Sometimes it is more like sour milk.

During my 70 years, I faced the shame of a teenage pregnancy in the fifties and the aching guilt of an estrangement from my teenage daughter, which lasted sixteen years.  I’ve endured   despair, watching three people whom I loved fight futilely against cancer, the last, my granddaughter, who succumbed only a month ago at the age of twenty-eight.  So how can I swoosh  into a room with an explosion of energy?

I am motivated to change the world. And I fear I will not reach my goal.  

The desire to make a difference, is it a lofty goal?   Many days I believe my dream  is like the nonsense of a young girl’s fantasy  to marry the prince.

 Everyday I  wake up afraid, yet every day I am driven to overcome the fear, because if I do not believe in the dream, then change will never have a chance.

Dreams and imagination are seeds for a better world.

Every day I sit down to write. To inspire. To motivate.  To make a difference. Every day I search for the inspiration to motivate others.

What are you afraid you might  not achieve? What do you care about? What makes you get up in the morning?  What are your dreams?

Here are my mine.

I want to save the lives of 22 veterans a day. That is the number who lose their lives on home soil to suicide.  I want them to find honor, to rise above their anguish by using their stories to reach out to others. The public needs to know. What was it like? What happened? What is it like now?   By traveling across the country presenting writing seminars and motivational workshops, I hope to help veterans and their families to find the courage to tell their stories, their history and speak of their sacrifices.

 I want to save our youth from the ugly world of t human trafficking, which generated an estimated $7 billion to $9.5 billion per annum as of 2004. The average age a girl disappears into the grasps of sex traffickers is twelve.  Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national criminal organizations.

With so much at stake, motivation is everything. Discover what you care about and light your fire.

I was recently interviewed by Jim Hitt​  of the Diamond Valley Writers Guild​. If you are one of the 80% who have thought about writing a book, please listen  and then mark Saturday, May 28th on your calendar. I will be speaking on the subject of "What Makes  A Good Story?" Whether you are a seasoned author or an aspiring writer, you will come away INSPIRED  and MOTIVATED.


The Diamond Valley Writers Guild

The DVWG meets from 9-11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month from January – October, at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E Latham Ave, Hemet, CA 92543. We invite our audience to engage speakers during their presentations, to discuss and question the topic at hand for the greatest amount of feedback and interaction. Speakers will sign and sell books after the meeting. Hope to see you there.

MAY 28, 2016

Judy and Sportster
Judy Howard and Sportster

“Getting Started on Your Bestseller”
with Bestselling Author Judy Howard

“I should write a book!” How many times have you said that? Here’s your chance to answer that yearning – to check it off your bucket list! On Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:15-11 a.m. at the Hemet Public Library, Judy Howard, author of Coast to Coast with a Cat and A Ghost, Going Home with a Cat and a Ghost, and Masada’s Marine, will reveal the secrets of writing a book you can’t put down.

Judy will cover the critical elements of plot, structure and character development. Informative handouts will be provided. If you’d like to see more about Judy and her commitment to writing,
click here for the video.





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