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Gratitude for Accessibility and Review of My Book

November 1, 2017


A Month–Not Just a Day–of Thanks:  Year Three


Part 1.  Gratitude for Accessibility and Review of My Book


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



In 2015, on this Wordwalk blog, I initiated the posting of “A Month–Not Just a Day–of Thanks.”  Then, I continued the tradition throughout the month of November last year.  Now, I am happily setting forth on this thankful theme on this first day of November of 2017.


After you have read this post on which I focus on my thanks for the accessibility and an in-depth review of my book (link shared below), you are invited to post a comment or e-mail me a comment noting for what you are most thankful today, this week, this season, or this year.  If we can all meet at an altitude of gratitude, this November will be a better month.  Perhaps, you may want to save your Gratitude List for sharing with family and/or friends on Thanksgiving Day.


During the past year, I have had the opportunity to add many book-related items to my Gratitude List.  On July 16, I was extraordinarily grateful to receive an audio copy of my book The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season.  How excited I was when less than eight months after my holiday book became available in print and e-book, my first book was also available in an accessible medium for readers who are blind or visually impaired!  A couple of weeks later, I was delighted to have in my hands a braille copy of my book The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season.  How grateful I was then and still am to Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin) who produced my 101-page book in both audio and braille!  On August 16, I received a telephone call from the managing librarian of the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library:  I was overwhelmed to learn that my book was available to patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind as the audio download DBC 08305 of BARD.  I felt as if I had won a “trifecta.”  Thus, I must begin this month of thanks with my heartfelt gratitude to all at Able and the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library who helped make these dreams come true for me.


One of numerous book-related happenings for which I am particularly grateful this autumn is an in-depth review of my book that was posted on the Vision Aware “Bookshelf” of the website of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) on October 19, 2017.  Visual artist and author Lynda McKinney Lambert, who retired from teaching fine arts and humanities at Pennsylvania’s Geneva College in 2008, wrote the in-depth review of my book.  After clicking on the following link to read this review, you also will easily find a link to read about Ms. Lambert’s new book Walking by Inner Vision:  Stories and Poems.  Since I know how much time and effort goes into the writing of a book review, I am very grateful to Lynda McKinney Lambert for the review which you can access at:


With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, please remember that the first three pieces in my book are about Thanksgiving.  Are you looking for a small gift to express your thanks to someone at Thanksgiving?  If so, please consider checking out the ordering information for my book’s four formats–print, e-book, braille, and audio–on my author’s web page:


From this altitude of gratitude, thanks for reading my Wordwalk blog!

Happy November!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


November 1, 2017, Wednesday



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  1. mfanyo permalink

    Happy November, Alice and Willow!
    In this month of Thanksgiving, I am very grateful to have a bright and talented sister whose first book, “The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season,” has been recognized and made available in several formats to be enjoyed by so many readers. Many thanks for sharing your creativity with us through your book and your blog! Best wishes in your future writing endeavors!
    Love, Mary

    • Mary–Many thanks for your especially nice comment and for many other reasons!

      Take care–Alice and Willow

  2. Sue McKendry permalink

    Alice–what a wonderful review of your book! As I have a copy, I can give a hearty “Amen!” to Ms. Lambert’s comments and I have experienced many of her reactions. I am also lucky enough to have been gifted a copy of her book. So for starters, I am thankful for having these two books with their beautiful covers and enjoyable writings. A wonderful way to celebrate the weatherwise often bleak month of November.–Sue

    • Hi, Sue–Thanks so much for mentioning both Lynda’s book and my book in your generous comment.

      With much appreciation for your support, Alice and Willow

  3. Alice, I also reviewed your book after it came out last year. I plan to read it a second time for our talking book library’s discussion of it next month, and I’ll re-blog the review when I do. I’m thankful for such books to put me in the holiday mood when the time comes.

    • Good evening, Abbie–What a nice thought to be thankful for books that put us in the holiday spirit!  I appreciate each of your comments and the link which you shared.  You are actually giving a sneak preview of another blog post which I have planned for the holiday season.  I wondered if you would be a jump ahead of me! Please stay tuned!  Although I usually do not plan blog posts too far in advance, I do enjoy planning ahead the posts for November and December.

      With many thanks, Alice

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