June 29, 2011
Episode 3: Confronting finances over beer & pizza
When Bob returned home the first thing Tracey asked him was, "Did you talk to coach?"
"He pulled in behind us. He was late too. Jake is fine. Stop worrying."
"Okay, that's good. His worrying wears me out sometimes. Look Bob, we have to talk about money."
"I know Tracey, I know. I know all about it. I live here too."
"Well, you don't have to get nasty about it."
"Tracey, for God's sake, I was laid off today, I get home and find your car is broke down and then you tell me you were cut off unemployment. Cut me some slack, all right? Hey look, let's go to Carmine's and get a pizza. We can talk there plus, it might be good to get out of here for an hour or so. Then we'll head over to Jake's game. What do you say?"
She agreed and, as they got into the truck, Bob paused and looked over at her car. "I'll check your car in the morning. Can't worry about it right now."
Carmine's Pizzeria was doing their usual brisk, Friday night business and Bob and Tracey were only able to get a table for two in the middle of the dining area. "I really wanted a booth. We need some privacy."
"It will be all right, hon. We'll talk low."
Bob ordered two beers and a pepperoni pizza. As they took their first sips of beer Tracey asked, "So, how much money do we have?"
An astonished look covered Bob's face. "Are you kidding me? You always know down to the penny how much money we have. Why would you ask me that? Didn't you check the on-line balance this morning? We have direct deposit, don't we?"
"Remember the storm the other night? The computer is fried. There was no way to check anything on-line.They cut my unemployment. Remember?"
"Okay, yeah, but I didn't understand exactly what happened with this unemployment thing."
"Very simple. I was supposed to sign in, on-line, by yesterday, to stay certified. Our computer did not work. So, their computer automatically kicked me out of their system. I finally got through by phone this afternoon and I was all ready to run over there and--- Oops--my car did not start. Now I have to wait until Monday to re-apply. I guess we can go together and apply."
"Well, don't think for a minute that I will need to get unemployment. I WILL be getting work. You just watch."
"Well, how much money did you get today? I think there was about $400.00 left in checking."
"Well, my stub said they deposited $876.34 and then I was given an extra $500.00 as sort of a severance pay. So I guess we have about $1775.00. Plus, we also have about $900.00 left in savings. So a total of about twenty six hundred. We're okay."
"Oh my God, Bob. Are you kidding me. this is a disaster. Tuesday is June 1. We still owe Mr. Margolese $700.00 for May's rent. Add in June and it is $1650.00 we owe just for rent. Electric is $276.00 and that is after a ten day extension and is due Tuesday or they can shut off our power and the car insurance is due and that is $158.00 and don't forget the May truck payment of $278.00 and now two payments will be due." Tracey paused and was adding the numbers on a napkin. Suddenly she had tears coming down her cheeks. "If we pay all of our bills we won't have a penny to our name. Oh my God, we could lose everything."
"Stop it Tracey, just stop it. I am not crippled. I will get work. We'll be okay. Plus, Greg Margolese is a good guy. Maybe I can do some work on some of his houses.He'll understand our situation. Don't worry. We'll be fine."
Bob's confident demeanor was calming his wife. He knew that they had not even discussed money for food, Tracey's car repair, Jake's medicine, gas for the vehicles, and the water bill. Heck, Jake was growing and they went through at least five gallons of milk a week. That was $75.00 a month right there, just for milk. On this particular Friday something else was going on with Bob Slider. Hiding inside the big, burly. tough looking man, was a cowering and suddenly very insecure little boy.
Next time: Episode 4; Dealing with the landlord
June 22, 2011
Giveaway of eBook Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes - Three Winners OPEN WORLDWIDE - ENDS JULY 15, 2011
Doesn't this book sound adorable???
Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
by Larry Peterson
Slippery Willie Synopsis:
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.
June 15, 2011
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June 3, 2011
Book Review & Giveaway: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Ella Johnson
My Review: Willie is finding it difficult to walk and is always slipping. His mother got him some special shoes to help him walk better. But he doesn’t want to wear them afraid kids at school will laugh at him. The children at school laughed at him even his teacher and principal but it turned out to be a bad dream.
Author Larry Peterson delivered a much needed educational subject about accepting each other differences and an excellent message for kids. Apart from the word Stupid used in this book (which I don’t like) it sent a delightful message not only to children but the parents and teachers as well.
Age: 4-8 Hardcover: 24 pages
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June 3, 2011
Interview with Author Larry Peterson
by Ella Johnson
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. “Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.
I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog today.
What is the last book you read?
I’m reading (again) the last volume, #7, in C. S. Lewis” “Chronicles of Narnia”. The title is “The Last Battle”. So I guess the last book I read is volume #6, “The Silver Chair”. Anyway, I love how Lewis let his creativity run with these books. And it is always, from beginning to end, about good vs. evil. Of course, good triumphs. Characters are wonderful, from “Aslan” the great Lion, to Jadis, the “white witch” and Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer and—well, on and on. It is fun.
What were your earliest memories of writing?
I guess in 6th or 7th grade. I use to like to write stories about people and their “imagined weaknesses”.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
No, I think I just did it.
Are you working on a new book?
Yes, I just finished a novel called “The Priest and the Peaches”. It is about five kids from the Bronx who find themselves orphaned during Christmas season of 1965. IT is about their initial attempts to stay together as a family and how their parish priest gently guides them on their beginning journey into “grown-up world”. I would classify it as YA or Adult contemporary fiction. I don’t know if it will ever get published but, you never know. I am always insecure in the work I do—never really think it is very good.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I worked in the building trades in NYC for 15 years (Metal Lathers & Reinforcing Ironworkers—even worked on the Twin Towers). Had to leave the business when I was diagnosed with MS. (It was not in my best interests to be stumbling around 50 or 60 stories above the streets of Manhattan—LOL). Anyway, my wife, three kids and I moved to Florida 30 years ago. I went to college, graduated with a BS Degree in Computer Programming and could never get a job although all my interviews were very “pleasant”. (I was on crutches, could hardly walk, and I guess I did not
present a long term promise to prospective employers. I look back and laugh about it. Plus, I hated computers anyway. I got the degree because they told me
I would be in a wheelchair and yada, yada, yada. Whatever—I got myself walking (no easy task by the way) and started fixing up houses and did that off
and on for about 15 years. Today, I work part-time in a high-school cafeteria, write when I can, and take care of my wife who has cancer and is undergoing
What inspired you to write ‘Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes’?
We were foster parents in New Jersey and the state sent us two brothers, aged 3 and 6, who were supposed to stay for about a week. Anyway, the youngest, Brian, had no self controls and would just get up and run right into things; the wall, the door, off the steps—he never got hurt and he and his brother stayed with us for two years. So, it was Brian who put the idea in my head.
How did you come up with your characters?
I guess from people I have known and/or met over the years.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Absolutely—to get rid of it I start to write, write anything, even doodle. Sooner or later a coherent thought kicks in.
How do you react to a bad review?
It is the “nature of the beast’ so to speak and I always can learn from any review. No problem.
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
Never thought about something like this. Maybe Hemingway, definitely C. S. Lewis and his buddy. J. R. R. Tolkien just to be able to listen to them.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Find books that deal with “giving” to others and that show that ALL people are special.
What advice you would give to new writers?
“Keep on truckin”—it is a very winding, up and down road with many, many potholes, soft shoulders and detours but you must be tenacious and stay the course. And NEVER take rejection personal.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
That I appreciate the work that you do and thank you for taking the time to do this with me.Thank you for this interview.
June 2, 2011
June 1, 2011
Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson Book Review
by Joy Hannabass
Willie had a problem that no one, not even his Doctor could figure out what was wrong. His feet were so slippery his socks and shoes would not stay on his feet. So finally special shoes were ordered for Willie, and his feet would not be slippery while wearing them. I really felt sorry for Willie. He just did not want to wear those shoes, even if they did help him not to slip and slide. He didn’t want to go through the embarrassment of everyone at school and everyone he would be around to and from school laughing at his stupid shoes. Just what was he going to do about these shoes? Could he really wearing them to school, or would he rather slip and slide his way around? Would mom make him wear them, or would she understand?
This is a really cute story teaching children about peer pressure, and teaching then what can happen to them when they worry too much. It shows a child that is ok to be different, and especially when it something that will be helpful to them. This book is well written and simple for children to understand. And the graphics are awesome! What is a children’s book without really good graphics? They are essential to the story, making the story more dramatic so the child can better understand what he or she is reading. The pictures themselves tell the story in a well illustrated book as this one.
Since all children will face being different at some time or another, I feel this book would be good for any child. It is wonderful to have books like Willie’s Slippery Feet to read to you child even before he faces being different around his or her friends. And the pictures will make the lesson more clear for them as well.
June 1, 2011
May 31, 2011
Slippery Willie Review!
by Krista Whiz