Family, Faith and Travel


Each day I am thankful for; nights turned into morning, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love.” ~ Ritu Ghatourey

I’ve been swept up in a whirlwind of fulfilling things since arriving on the East Coast. It all began with attending a social event of a book club group with women who reside in and around the historic area surrounding TaylorsIsland in Dorchester County, Maryland. The Grace Foundation is restoring churches and doing work on the island to preserve the history of the churches and schoolhouses.

The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake, a book I recently read and adored, is on the reading booklist for the book club for this coming summer. Based on a small town sea-side community during World War 2, the post office was a hub of activity, and the spinster postmistress knows secrets which if told, will change the lives of some of the residents. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it.

Then I traveled to the Boston area to attend the beautiful wedding of our niece on my husband’s side of the family. It was so wonderful to see the bride and her sister (our second Leonard niece), who are now both married adults.

We also spent a lovely evening in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and had dinner at Loretta’s. The harbor area in Newburyport has changed greatly since last time I visited many  years ago. Full of wonderful restaurants with varied cuisine, we also went art gallery hopping. As a Mother’s Day present, my husband bought me a New England artisan-crafted necklace from Annie’s of Newburyport. Then we finished the evening with dessert at a fantastic coffee shop complete with musical entertainment featuring a sole independent musician playing the guitar.

Join me tomorrow on my journey back to Vermont, my state of residence for more than thirty years. I was greeted by “Miss America” of the independent publishing industry! She’s quite a package! Well-built, for future developments.

Here are just a few pictures from my fulfilling travels:


My favorite home away from home, my favorite writing place in the lighthouse


Hope for a bountiful catch


Rode my bike to the vineyards on the Island

too early in the season for fruit on the vine



John the Baptist Church, Peabody, MA for niece’s wedding


Beautiful bride (above)

and her maid of honor – her sister



Stained Glass Window


Dinner in Newburyport, MA at Loretta


Couldn’t resist this photo  for our son, Marc R Leonard.

He seems to be showing up everywhere!


My Mother’s Day Present – New England Artisan Crafted


Left my heart in Taylor’s Island, Maryland

will be back to get it before my trip to the East Coast is over!

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A Different Kind of Breed


“…turn a critical eye and ear to what we are offered by the mass media as well as the independent media“~ David Wilson

The filmmaking industry conjures up thoughts of the red carpet, glitz, glamour and buzz! Cropping up are a different breed of filmmakers working to craft outstanding stories with great vision. They do not necessarily have landing on the Hollywood walk of fame as their first priority. Enter independent filmmaker extraordinares!

Independent films are usually made with considerably lower budgets, yet they can be as notable in quality as their counterpart – productions by major film studios. Their content and artistic dimension often sets them apart. Designed to reach specialty audiences rather than mass market, these films are equally as fulfilling to the audience. They win awards at film festivals such as Sundance, Raindance, Silverdocs, IDFA, Durango, Toronto and other places far from L.A.

Apparently, there is a new breed of  independent filmmaker who is centered around “business plans, business models and business books.” He is determined to responsibly manage his  independent film production company and to bring his personal artistic vision to reality. Filmmaking has been “who he is” since the age of 15! His lack of interest in parties and all things Hollywood has landed him and his film company in Albuquerque, NM.

For more information on this up and coming breed of independent filmmaker phenoms, please visit

I hope you will join me in following this filmmakers production company in the coming months and years. I think they have alot in store!

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Catch-up Time


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

The most fulfilling thing as a parent is to know that the child you have raised is successfully moving along in his or her own life. This blogsite will remain quiet for a little bit as my husband and I witness our son graduate from college! I don’t know where the last 22 years have gone, but it has been an honor and a priviledge to raise our son, from newborn to an independent filmmaker! Wow!

If you are a first time visitor to this blogsite, don’t turn away so fast! There is a lot of independent publishing help and hints on this blogsite provided especially for you! Check out our previous blogs about –

  • Developing a great, absolutely free marketing technique for selling your book or film – Your Elevator Speech.
  • Check out the video on our Blog News Page about the gowing independent publishing industry.
  • Learn from our blogs, the latest trends in on-line marketing for independent publishers.
  • Find out how independent publishers can focus on the tasks of writing and publishing by outsourcing order fulfillment and e-marketing.
  • Consider the words of wisdom provided on this site about living a fulfilling life through the creative industry of independent publishing.
  • Check in on some independent books & films featured on this blogsite.
  • Last, but not least, there is some good tutorial information on the internet about independent filmmaking. To check it out, visit: 


When I return, there will be lots to share about order fulfillment for independent publishers and some exciting upcoming events! Stay tuned and until then, keep writing, reading, watching independent films and fulfilling your life through creative industry!


 Photos of our son Marc R Leonard filming his first documentary film in 2005 – Slidell, Louisiana  “Louisiana Lives: Life in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

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