Welcome to the October Newsletter from Distance Families.
Here in Auckland, New Zealand we're into our longest lockdown ever. I don't get bored as I am working on the next book, Being a Distance Son or Daughter - a Book for ALL Generations, but, like everyone else I'd love to easily meet friends and local family in person, meander the paths of a garden centre (it is Spring here!) and travel more than a few kms from home. We've had to cancel two holidays as we can't leave Auckland.
It is interesting to observe where each country 'is at' with COVID-19. We're all in such different places of thinking with varying government plans of reopening to the world. For our children and grandchildren in the U.S. and U.K. they're experiencing a new form of 'business as normal', while we're still locked away. It all makes for some animated family chats as we discuss the pros and cons. It's been three years since we've seen each other and it feels like we've done our time, so to speak. Crossing our fingers 2022 brings a change of direction.
Enjoy the news and thank you for supporting Distance Families.
Review of Being a Distance Grandparent - a Book for ALL Generations.
Today this new review appeared on Amazon UK and it warmed my heart.
My passion and drive behind this book series is to make a difference and help all generations of Distance Families. Thanks to this reviewer. If you've read my book and would like to leave a review for me I would be delighted to receive it. Here is a link to online platforms.
@drawntoastory is the home of Cath Brew's artistry. Cath designed the internal layout of my book and also drew the lovely sketches. Here is one for your enjoyment.
DISTANCE FAMILIES NEWS
In a desire to support other global mobility authors I have starting reviewing a fellow author's book every Friday on Instagram at @helenellis.author. Here are the first two titles:
Cultural Chemistry by Patti McCarthy #LivingTheDream by Adrienne Walder et al.
Best article of the month
This one is my top pick. A heartwarming message for all generations.
A Grandmother's Love and Limits: A Letter to my Mom
I was delighted to have an article published in the online magazine, Among Worlds
Distance Grandparent/Grandchild Relationships: A Slow Cooker Metaphor
I have spent some time tidying the website. There's a new dedicated page for interviews (podcasts, webinars & radio) and articles have a separate page also. Social media links are now at Follow.
Global shopping platforms are here. NZ readers... you'll find a page of book shops that stock my book. If you live overseas and wish to send a copy to your folks back home in NZ please support these retailers. They need your business right now!
ON THE HOME FRONT
Thanks for reading. I look forward to chatting next month.
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