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In 1988 a Nigerian was caught at the Hanover, Germany, airport trying to smuggle heroin under the fist-size shells of agate snails.

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TAXDAL-isms

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The comparison of fingerprints for catching criminals was first developed in the 1890s by Edward Henry, the British Inspector General of the Indian police in Bengal.

Older Brothers

There are four children in my family. Tim is the oldest, then me, Debbie, and my younger brother, Terry.

Tim and I are twenty-three months apart and as kids, we constantly fought. Now, we’re best friends – probably because we live in different parts of the country! I call him every Friday night and we talk for hours about politics, religion, the stock market, and everything in between. We usually end up reminiscing about our childhood.

“Why did we fight so much when we were younger?” I asked Tim last Friday.

“Cause you wanted to follow me around and do whatever I did. Like the time you climbed into the tree house after me, even though I said you couldn’t.” He grunted. “You’ve always been stubborn.”

“Even back then, you should’ve known not to tell me I can’t do something. Besides, as soon as I sat on the planks, you pushed me out. It’s a good thing I fell into the sand box below.”

“Yeah, and Mom gave me the whipping of my life.”

The next day, Dad built sides on the tree house.


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Connie Taxdal

Romance Writers of America, 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist

 

 

Kissing

Otters kissing (2)

Kissing can increase your life expectancy by up to 5 years! Plus as an added bonus it will increase elasticity in the face making you look even younger.

 

 

Kissing rabbits (2)

Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories, but passionately kissing someone for the same amount of time can burn an incredible 74 calories!

 

 

Kissing giraffes 1 (2) Kissing uses only one muscle, called the orbicularis oris that is responsible for puckering your lips when you go in for the kiss. The science of this act of kissing itself is called philematology.

 

So, if you want to live longer and  burn some calories, pucker your lips.

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Connie Taxdal

2014 Golden Heart® Finalist

 

2014 Golden Heart® Finalist

Wednesday morning my husband burst into our bedroom. “You’ve got a phone call.”

“Who is it?” I was groggy. I’d been up till three AM writing on my next novel.

“She said something about your book and a golden heart.”

I’m dreaming…or so I thought until he picked up my hand and slapped the phone into my palm. I transferred the damn thing to my other hand and rubbed my smarting palm on the edge of the bed. “Hello?”

“Congratulations. You’re a finalist in the Golden Heart contest,” said the woman on the other end of the line.

She continued, but I couldn’t comprehend her words over the buzzing in my ears. My body shook. I pounded my chest to make my lungs suck in air before I passed out. I must have responded appropriately, because she congratulated me again and hung up. I ran from the room screaming and crying.

My husband hugged me and endured my strange behavior for a few minutes. “This is unbelievable. I so proud of you, honey.”

I nodded. Totally unbelievable.

Oh. My. God.

What if they made a mistake? Called the wrong person? I rushed to my computer and signed on to the Romance Writers of America’s website.

This is what I read. I’ve highlighted the most important part.

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the Golden Heart® Awards. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts with finalists in seven categories chosen from more than 1,200 manuscript entries each year.

Finalists in the category of Romantic Suspense

“Chasing Damn” by Denny S. Brycegoldenheart

“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads

“Fatal Fragrances” by Connie Taxdal

“In a Sea of Change” by Deborah Wilding

“Secrets That Kill” by Sarah Andre

“See Her No More” by Sharon Wray

Did you hear me scream again?

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Connie Taxdal

The Secret to a Happy Marriage

Here’s one solution for the secret to a happy marriage.

THE SHOEBOX

The day they were married, the wife cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about the shoe box she had placed on the top shelf of their closet.

For over sixty years or marriage, they shared everything and kept no secrets from one another. The husband never thought about the box until, one day, the little old woman became sick with cancer and the doctor said she was dying.

The wife told her husband it was time he should know what was in the box and asked him to get it from the closet and bring it to her bedside. When he opened the lid, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He was dumbfounded and asked her about the contents.

crochet dolls

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‘Shelly’ girl doll
‘Bryan’ boy doll

“When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

The husband was so moved he fought back tears. Since there were two precious dolls were in the box, she’d only been angry with him twice in all those years of living and loving.

“Honey, that explains the doll,” he said, bursting with happiness, “but where did all this money come from?”

“Oh, that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”

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Connie Taxdal

Strengthen Your Marriage

Since I write Romantic Suspense novels, I called ten couples I know and asked them a few simple questions about their marriages. The people’s ages were from twenty-four to eighty-three. Some were newlyweds, some have been married to one another for over fifty years, and two couples have had more than one spouse.

One of the survey questions was how do they keep their marriage strong. Here are a few of the answers I received.

  • “Not a day goes by that we don’t kiss good morning and good night.”
  • “Laughter. We laugh at each other’s funny comments or together at a wacky movie. Laughter binds our souls.”
  •  “We hold hands, hug, and kiss in public. You don’t have to be over-the-top with a public show of affection, but it’s nice to not hide your love.” penguins in love
  • “When one of us is taking a shower, the other will sneak in and then we lather each other with soap.”
  • “Sometimes our connection is no more than a look in the eye, but that look can create a spark that burns hot.”
  • “Whether we need to ask for forgiveness or give thanks, saying it out loud holds a lot of power.”
  • “It’s nice to know your spouse is thinking of you when they call or text to ask how your day is going.”
  • “We have cuddle time. That’s when I cuddle up in the crook of Gary’s shoulder. We talk or quietly hold one another. It’s very soothing and comforting.”
  • “You’re not joined at the hip. Pursue your own hobbies and interests.”
  • “We pray together. When you’re praying for each other, not yourself, you’re speaking from the heart.”

Connie Taxdal

What are some ways you strengthen your marriage? Please leave a comment below.

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