What would be pictured on your book cover?   And for extra credit… why?

This is the my 2nd Edition Cherries Over Quicksand book cover. The reason they look so happy is, well for one thing they are a happy couple. My models are family and they make a point of telling people that they have read the book! lol! My favorite response from readers is that… they just want to be nice to their woman or man because they “get it” now, and want to live the fun romance they began with… forever! That’s always pure happiness for me to hear!

It looks like my next book cover will be a deep ruby red and a little mysterious. Now that my readership is over thirty percent male, I am really having fun with the graphic-creative (is that a word? 😉 ) side of authoring.

I am told by industry professionals that the title and the author name should always be readable from across the book store, that the lettering should not be too fancy and the graphics should tell a story or the theme of the book. I like that my books are placed next to Anthony Robbins books (Ricardo… Robbins) on the book shelves, it’s such a cozy and interesting place to be… and very busy!

What would be pictured on your book cover? And why? Can we have a little hint about your story? ;D

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Health care h#!!, TMZ, Lois Lane, links to amazing HELP!... And a place to post your website.

Health care Angels out there… TMZ, Lois Lane, links to amazing HELP!… And a place to post your website.

When people find out I work as a newspaper journalist they ask me all kinds of questions about how I get my stories.  They want to know if I write a political column, an advice column, if I get my stories like TMZ (LOL! No!), or if it’s just like being Lois Lane… the costume with my press-pass hat (above) I wore to the Halloween event I covered last week… and not one Superman costume in the crowd! Ah!;).

And the answer is… I write about leaders that raise amazing amounts of funds for people in all kinds of need from the elderly, to babies… and many of the people in-between facing unforeseen villain’s, like hunger, domestic violence and the big C; villain’s that snuck up on friends, family and neighbors to steal their joy.

These leaders (heroes) bring that joy back and I get to interview them to tell people (readers of my newspaper column) where to get the help they need or how more people can assist the non-profit to help even more people-in-need. These leaders (some revealed below) know how to bring the communities together, get their messages out and raise money while thanking their supporters with enjoyable nights of music, entertainment and gourmet meals; a huge win/win. I routinely see hundreds of new attendees come together to enjoy giving to needy causes while encouraging each other to give More! It is a very cool experience to write about, and I know how blessed I am to interview these leaders and giving people. How do they do it? (Revealed at the link below.)

So… what does this have to do with health-care? I think we have all either heard or read the troubling stories of people not being able to afford their needed health care. I don’t like hearing about how the health care world has gone mad but then I remember: It’s not so much about what is going on, it’s about how we react (with love) to what’s going on in our lives…

1 Corinthians 13:5-7 It (Love) does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

…but how do people in dire need keep a good attitude when they are presented with so much strife? Well, maybe they can get help and retain their strength by researching an additional phone number:

There are ordinary-extraordinary people all over the world that start foundations to help other’s facing catastrophic life issues or health hardships and their phone numbers or websites can be found on the Internet.  When I cover events that will benefit these caring foundations attendees regularly refer to the leaders and volunteers as “Angels” because they give their hearts, understanding and time to people in need.

Some people do not know about the many foundation’s and the volunteers that give their energy to raising monies to be able to help people facing the life’s storms that are close to each Foundation’s heart. Families in dire need of help with hospice care, diabetes, autism, child care and even animal care may find the answers they need by searching “Foundations”… then talking with a person at the appropriate foundation that is dedicated to helping people with that specific need, even if the caller cannot pay for the services.

It’s endearing to hear the stories of the people that have started some of these foundations, the one’s that were lost when needing help themselves, then like so many thankful people decided to become giving volunteers and tireless leaders to help other’s facing the same types of storms.

If someone you know is wondering how they are going to make it through without the money or insurance they need… please pass this message on or research the “Foundations” in their area yourself, then watch those in need relax and start healing with the love you just gave them.

When the San Diego Union-Tribune acquired The Californian/The North County Times I was not sure what I expected as far as continuing to write for the newspaper but… not only have I continued to cover major events that help those in need and interview our communities leaders, now for the San Diego Union-Tribune, they have added my new columns to some of my old (NC Times) columns (back to 2007) and photos at one convenient link.

You may find the organization that fills a need for your family or friends… or one you would like to help or call to inquire about volunteering… here at this link:

http://www.utsandiego.com/search/vertical/news.story/?q=Rhonda%20Ricardo

 

Yes, there are even organizations that will get children their school clothing needs or young ladies the prom dress they have always dreamt of! If you do not have a need for a foundation’s help, maybe you just discovered a foundation need you may want to fill in your community!

If you are starting a foundation or have a foundation that helps our world please post your link in the comments here! Thank you and God bless!

LINK TO SHOW: “5 Minute Love Bites With Rhonda Ricardo” Taking the relationship to the next level? On the Jon Hansen Show

Is there a difference between him meeting HER parents and him wanting her to meet HIS parents? Will the parents compare you to the surgeon, bronco riding, astronaut, broadway musical star he or she brought home the last time? Ah! LOL!! ;DImage This is a fun show segment for anyone thinking about taking the relationship to the next level …toward possible marriage, family, kids… the pure joy of committing to the lifelong wild ride of romance with the right person! Does he like traveling and great foods? Does she like fast cars, great literature and giant cows? JK! LOL!! So, what hints have we learned about getting to the point of meeting each others families?… There are 5 full minutes of fun and sometimes hilarious hints shared here in this show segment… the rest along with real-life stories are in the next Cherries Over Quicksand… cool people in this chapter! ;D    

LINK: 5 Minute Love Bite With Rhonda Ricardo #3 Flying solo on Valentine’s Day. On the Jon Hansen Show.

Is it better to be single on a holiday?

Holidays are a time when people usually see family… family wants you to be happy, so of course they don’t want you to be single… even if They are upside-down in their relationship, it’s just how it works with loving families.

They want you to be a shining living example of “In love in a romantic relationship” because they love you and want you to be happy.  Also, so they can ask those fun… How did you meet? What is his or her family like? What does he or she do for a living? Does she have a hot sister or brother? questions that make you cringe! LOL!! I’m just kidding around. Really it is nice to have someone special on a holiday… but it seems there are Growing ways to meet: The New Mr. or Ms. Cool-person in your life … ON a Holiday! I’m adding more holiday romance research (and chaos/avoiding chaos… there’s always chaos! haha! It’s just a human fact;) in the New Cherries Over Quicksand.

This show link (above) reveals why it could be fun to be single on Valentine’s Day… and turn super romantic!

I hope everyone enjoys this 5 Minute Love Bites With Rhonda Ricardo on the Jon Hansen Show. Please leave your comments friends!

LINK: 5 Minute Love Bite With Rhonda Ricardo #2 Bringing romance Back on a holiday or birthday. On the Jon Hansen Show

There are so many ways to focus on bringing romance back to relationships on a holiday or birthday… I could not get all the bazillion (;D) ways on this fun link above, there will be more in the new Cherries Over Quicksand, but I did describe 5 Minutes of the Giant Ideas!  ;D  Especially the way she gets 2 gifts and HE has a BIG SMILE on his face! Hee hee!!

What I like about this segment is the part about how a family house filled with children can still be romantic… and how when the kids see the ways mom and dad do little romantic gestures to honor each other during their holiday  preparations… the kids could remember how their parents cherished each other and bring that high level of respect and love to their own marriage years later.  He can surprise her with flowers for the house… She can light candles, where the dogs tail won’t knock it off the hearth and the kids can’t melt action figures! Ha!

I hope everyone listens to this one… It’s rapid-fire romance suggestions that could re-ignite fun and romance in future holidays!! …but be careful with those candles. (Smile)   And Radio Show Host Jon Hansen’s comments at the end are right on! … but he should know… I like hearing him describe his amazing and surprising family!  Very cool. ;D

I’m still working toward my: “ROMANCE AND FAMILY PEACE PRIZE!” for inspiring romance in relationships and keeping families together and happy for generations! I don’t know why this blessing was given to me… but I sure do like it!  And it’s fun! ;D

I better go do something romantic now… I’ll report back… or maybe not this time… mystery is romantic too… but it will involve my pretty new lip gloss and the smell of sizzling bacon… haha! ;D

Please leave your comments below friends!  The comments on FB are fabulous!… I would love to get to know more of you here!!! ;D