Tell Me a Story

Posted by sandi latimer on July 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

My life has taken a new path in recent weeks. It was one I knew I would take some day. But that Some Day came a lot quicker than I expected. Friends and neighbors have stepped up and in to lend their support as I deal with the loss of a wonderful man with whom I’d spent 40 years.


Suddenly I’m faced with situations and questions of what do I do now? What do I do with this? What do I do with that? How do I operate this piece of equipment? Where is a particular item?


While looking for the necessary items of life – marriage license, life insurance policies, military papers, financial records – I also found things I didn’t know he had as well as things I wondered why he kept. I found envelopes that contained purchase records and instruction books of nearly every appliance and piece of equipment he bought.


But what I didn’t find was “Life’s Little Book of Instructions.” I’ve often heard it said that life (or fill in the blank) doesn’t come with instructions.”


Since I have published two books and my second book had just come out, I was challenged to write “Life’s Little Book of Instructions.”


Here’s where YOU come in. So many things in life I didn’t experience. I never had children; I never went through divorce; I never sent a child off to school. So I missed out on a lot of life’s experiences. Just to name a few.


However, the experiences I did have may not have been perfect. I got out on my own when I was in my early 20s. I quickly discovered some things were not as they had been at home. Yes, I’ll admit I made mistakes and I said I often put salt and pepper on them and ate them.


I’m offering you a chance to share some stories of how you handled life’s little problems without looking to an instruction book as I compile my new project. I promise I won’t use your full name or where you live.


If you have a story to tell and want to share it to help someone, you can contact me at [email protected] I’d like to share stories from both men and women.


In the meantime, you might want to check out my writing. Poodle Mistress: The autobiographical story of life with nine toy poodles and Newsroom Buddies: A working friendship at United Press International have both earned Editors’ Choice at the publisher iUniverse. That designation is tantamount to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Both books have their share of five-star reviews on






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