Author Vickie Hall
Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she’s not writing, she’s composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.
“With the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh I would die.”
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” e.e. cummings
“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” Woody Allen
Laughter is your birthright. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. A child laughs 400 times a day. An adult laughs about 15 times a day. What happened to the other 385 times? It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and research supports the old adage. It has been proven that laughter strengthens the immune system, boosts energy, diminishes pain, and protects against the damaging effects of stress.
Laughter is like a magnet. We’re drawn to the sound of it. If someone is laughing we want to know what made them laugh so we can laugh, too. I know of nothing else on earth that holds such a contagious character.
Laughter makes us happy. Shared laughter strengthens relationships. Laughter helps us cope with difficult situations and helps us keep an optimistic outlook on life. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, or even a simple smile can ease our pain.
So smile. Chuckle. Laugh. Look for the humor in every situation. And remember, it is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down to your hips.
Different eyes and skin
Mock me from the mirror’s light
Enemy am I.
Dec 7, 1941
Today my life changed forever . . . I am no longer considered American, but by shear heritage I am now the hated enemy . . .
The lives of Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their American-born children are about to unravel when the United States is thrust into war with Japan. Confronted by insurmountable prejudice and fear, the family is ripped from their California home without just cause by the American government and sent to an assembly center “for their own protection.”
Forced to live in deplorable circumstances, every aspect of their lives regulated and controlled, the Onishi’s freedoms are stripped from their grasp as they struggle to survive behind barbed wire. It isn’t long before the mind-numbing confinement and feelings of helplessness begin to pit the family against one another.
When sent to a relocation camp in the center of the Utah desert, they’re beset by ever increasing emotional and physical challenges, and Aiko is faced with her greatest yet: to mend the broken spirits of her family, or risk losing them forever.
Based on true and tragic events that transpired during World War II, Rising Sun, Falling Star is a heart-rending story of one family’s struggle to survive uncalculated loss and emotional destruction.
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