Grateful for the Kindness of Three Strangers

By Lizbeth Hartz | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

On time (for a change) this morning, I tried to head to my Tai Chi class. But my car battery was deader than one of the geckos my three cats chase in the back yard. My magnificent significant other, Barry, gave me a jump so I could drive to class. But we noticed something odd—my…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-Fiction Short Story – Part 7

By Lizbeth Hartz | September 3, 2018 | 2 Comments

Winter turned into spring and my feelings for Vic blossomed like summer roses. I tried to keep them hidden but I couldn’t conceal what was happening inside of me. Something was thawing. The ice floes protecting my heart were melting in the sunlight of my desire. Anxiety picked at me. Maybe I wasn’t Vic’s type.…

Ingenious Way to Keep Dementia Patients Hydrated (#WATWB)

By Lizbeth Hartz | August 25, 2018 | 10 Comments

What with Hurricane Lane wreaking havoc on Hawai’i’s weather, I forgot today was the day to post good news for We Are the World Blogfest. So I was scanning good news and came across this one that’s near and dear to my heart, because I help look after a hundred something lady with dementia. It’s…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-Fiction Short Story – Part 6

By Lizbeth Hartz | August 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The pain of Vic blaming me for something I didn’t do hit me hard. I barely made it to the bathroom before my tears fell. After collecting myself, I hurried back to the alarm room. The relief fireman, my pal Danny, asked, “How come your eyes all bloodshot?” “I thought Vic…Vic was my friend,” I…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-Fiction Short Story – Part 5

By Lizbeth Hartz | August 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. *** A few months later, Vic told me Molly had moved back to L.A. “Was it because of the oil thing?” “Nah. She rearranged my apartment. I told her she should’ve asked first.” “Well, yeah. Did she say why…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-fiction Short Story – Part 4

By Lizbeth Hartz | August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The longer I knew Vic, the more his positive outlook charmed me. On a slow afternoon in the alarm room, I poked fun at a short fireman who told tall tales about his amazing rescues. In his typical, generous style, Vic said, “Aww, the sawed off little dude’s just trying to act big.” “You’re…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-Fiction Short Story – Part 3

By Lizbeth Hartz | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Maya Angelou *** Part 3 of Speak, Love, Last continues below. A few months after I gave up on resurrecting my connection with Billy, I transferred into a new job, gladly escaping from a run-down Army…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-Fiction Short Story – Part 2

By Lizbeth Hartz | July 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

“What is love?” was the most searched phrase in Google in 2012. Psychologists say people need to pair up with partners who possess high self-esteem and mature, compassionate love in order to prevent erotic Eros from burning itself out. In this author’s experience, that’s about right. Part 2 of the non-fiction short story Speak, Love,…

Speak, Love, Last – A Non-Fiction Short Story – Part 1

By Lizbeth Hartz | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

I wrote my memoir Angel Hero, Murder in Hawaii, A True Story to honor Vic, a courageous firefighter whose unconditional love transformed me. I wrote the nonfiction short story Speak, Love, Last to expand on what I wrote in my memoir about the love that grew between Vic and me after I quit “pussyfooting” around,…

Doctors’ Orders: Pass the Fresh Produce and Pass on the Pills WATWB#

By Lizbeth Hartz | June 29, 2018 | 6 Comments

All too often, the negativity and hatred expressed in social media and the news assault our senses. Since focusing on hatred only begets more hatred, We Are The World Blogfest (#WATWB) urges us to banish the darkness by lighting lamps. In that spirit, we focus on love and positivity. Many an oasis of love and…

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