49 Days In 1988: Week 23 – Friends In Need

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London – July 7th, 1988

I managed to finish my late night at work yesterday by 7:15pm and was home to catch in on the celebrations of Marty’s birthday party. It went well, although Marcus wasn’t there. I went looking for him in the house and found him sat alone in his room. He told me that he was going to go to the party, but I wasn’t so sure. I literally had to drag him to come and join in the celebrations. Once he got there he seemed to relax and forget about his problems. I last saw him being chatted up by a rather lovely looking ‘Daddy.’ 

I got a surprise phone call this evening from Jamie. He told me he’s been keeping himself low and off radar over the last couple of weeks and now seems to be over the worse with the spilt from his boyfriend. He told me he’s finally come to terms with the fact that the relationship is over. I think he’s at last cracking through that awful barrier that he had built up around himself. We talked about meeting up for a drink and a chat but didn’t arrange a date. Hopefully, it will be soon. For the time being, we’ve agreed to stay in touch. I will give him a call towards the end of next week. After all, he’s in need of a shoulder to cry on.

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

#authors #author #books #travel #memoirsThis week my guest is the author, writer, and blogger, Debby Kaye. Debby and I connected in blogland a few years ago, and she’s one of my most loyal supporters in always reading and commenting on my posts. We often exchange emails, and I’ve become one of her most prominent fans. Her writing is always very engaging, and she goes out of her way to help other writers and bloggers with the writing, publishing and blogging advice she offers. She’s a very busy writer but never fails to give support and encourage to her writing community.

Debby was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Her favourite genres of reading are biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. She loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories and redemption and believes we have to keep learning -there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).

#books #marriage #relationships #memoirsDebby’s most recent book is Twenty Years: After “I Do. In this personal accounting, she shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of ageing. Debby reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break.

Debby’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honour their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage. Twenty years began with a promise. As Debby recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

Click here to buy Twenty Years: After “I Do.

One of Debby’s other books P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy was my book recommendation of the month in April 2017. Click here to read the post.

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Debby”s song choice is Holiday by Madonna.

Released in 1983, Holiday became Madonna’s first mainstream hit single in the U.S.A, where it peaked at number 16. It also became her first top ten hit in many countries around the world, peaking at number 2 in both Ireland and the UK. The video features Madonna brother as one of the dancers. Thank you for the seasonal song choice, Debby.

It looks as if our ‘holiday’ away from each other was about to come to an end for both Jamie and me in July 1988. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected to a holiday? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, somebody from my past re-enters my life and tells me he’s on the run! Will I come to his rescue? Click here to find out.

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