March is Readers Month

Greetings Dear Readers –

March is National Reading Month, a time to venerate reading, writing and literacy. One way to participate is to read aloud to children for 15 minutes every day through-out March; this can be the start of an appreciation for literature and an enjoyable habit in the years to come.


I want to take the opportunity to say thanks to all of you who read my novel and especially to those who took the time to write a review. Your notes and comments from different corners of the world bring me joy.

Pictured in the slide show below are readers from as far away as England and Japan. I’d love to have you be part of my fun Pinterest collection (when you get there, click on “Readers” to see more); if you would like to be included, contact me below (your information is confidential and not stored) and I will “pin” your photo with a book.

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I get a thrill almost every month to see (very) small electronic deposits from Amazon, via Smashwords, or my publisher – however tiny! OK, I’m not making a living as an author, but A Place in the World was published a several years ago and yet someone somewhere is still reading it – I can’t tell you how gratifying that is!

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Truth to tell, I found the publishing and talk circuit grueling (and hence didn’t do near enough of that or other marketing). Thus although I am working on two projects, I’m doing it because “I must”  write, not because I have to publish. Readers (yes You – you have remote power over me) – may make me change my mind .

By way of saying thanks I offer a short story as a pdf to anyone interested this month (well, in case there is a stampede of interest, to the first four people who request it).

It is entitled “Life in A Flash”  and told through the eyes of the younger daughter Sandra Jacinto, chronicles a multicultural, dysfunctional family. The cold experiences in young Sandra’s life are balanced by the warm relationships she embraces later in Latin America.

The story is set primarily in Costa Rica, but also Paris and London.  In spite of an unusual lifestyle, there are universal themes of sibling rivalry and adult-child conflicts; it may especially appeal to Expats, TCKs*  or those who embrace other cultures.  It did win “Honors” in the literary journal “Glimmertrain.” (Contact me here at

Keep reading – so many books so little time!

Kind regards, Cinda MacKinnon


*TCKs= third culture kids.  The term was coined for children who grow up in places other than their parents’ homeland; the first culture refers to the country from which the parents originated, the second culture refers to the cultures in which the family resides, and the third culture refers to the amalgamation of these cultures. There are many TCKs these days!





And now for something completely different: Good news. Almost an oxymoron these days when reading the news is so depressing. I think it is time to report a few cheerful headlines.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF looks on during the UEFA Champions League semi final match between Juventus and Real Madrid CF at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during a 2015 match in Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo dug into his pockets in support of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal, and he’s asking fans to do the same. Ronaldo donated 7 million euro (did I read that right?!) to a group providing food, water and hygiene kits to families in Nepal.

With the sincere and caring humility Pope Francis has brought to Rome, he is a gift from the heavens. His non-judgmental leadership on contentious issues is cq5dam.web.800.800refreshing, as is his stance on Vatican banking etc. He reaches out to the poor and downtrodden, he prays for “grace, love, joy and freedom” for all. (No, I’m not Catholic, but billions are and the Pope has tremendous influence.)

The U. S added almost 600 thousand jobs in the first quarter of 2015; unemployment is low. Hurray!….. Likewise the Affordable HealthCare (Obamacare) is a success. 16.4 million Americans are covered. (Yikes – that many without previous health care?)

imagesIrish voters approve same-sex marriage by vote (62%!). Nevada bans therapies designed to turn young gays straight (this would be funny if it were not so sad).

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of the United Nations, has commended the Government of Tonga for its decision to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.                    images

The government of Japan announced a $5 (USD) million donation to the United Nations World Food Programme to support the most vulnerable Palestinian families living in Gaza.  Then Japan pledged $450M to aid Pacific island nations battling rising sea levels and calamities as a result of global warming.

Raul Castro and Barack Obama

Raul Castro and Barack Obama

Raul Castro and President Obama took landmark steps to normalizing relations.

That’s a start. Have a nice day!

Girls w Beary_0694Here’s my gallery of cheer:



Hang out with Friends…

Get plenty of sleep…

Play nice…. 

Enjoy your family….

           Got any good news to report in your country or any other? Please post here and bring some cheer to your fellow citizens of the world. We also accept personal triumphs and anything that will make us smile!