Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Little Sis

My Twin and I
Matthew and Melody are fraternal twins, which were born to proud parents Joshua and Charity Wishman on Sept 17th. The gleaming parents were only expecting one child but eight minutes after Matthew was born. 

The doctor announced that she was having another baby, which was a beautiful baby girl. Both parents were doubly surprised at the second child’s birth, because they only planned for one child. The proud grandparents seen the babies and offered to go buy what the couple needed for the surprise delivery.

They share everything as they grew up, but sometimes they argued a lot and fought over things they didn’t want to share. As they grew into young children, both of the twins began trying to create their own identity. For years the parents heard the twins squabbling about not wanting to share a birthday anymore.  So, their parents let Matthew have the actual birthday and Charity got to pick her own date. She chose Oct. 28th and finally the twins stopped squabbling about sharing birthdays and became best of friends.

Charity was about five years old when she began collecting rocks and animals of all kinds, even the slimy yet icky ones. Her mom cringes every time she brings a new animal that she has found. When she was twelve years old, Charity had caught non-venomous snakes and different types of lizards. Matthew thought his sister was weird also, because she is always catching some kind of wild animal every day…even bugs!

Matthew didn’t say anything, but he knew she was the coolest little sister that anyone could have. He was surprised that she started began researching the animals around her area at seven years old, in order to learn more about the wildlife that she enjoys catching. Matthew was shocked when she began explaining that some wildlife was called venomous and some are called non-venomous animals.
Charity had no fear of wildlife, which privately Matthew and his parents worried about her getting bitten by a venomous animal. She told Matthew that when she gets older that she will work with wildlife. 

Matthew gave Charity a camera for her 14th birthday, so she can take pictures of the wildlife instead of catching them. However, she still caught animals and photographed them and then brought them home anyway.

Today, she came in will a huge bullfrog and she began begging her mom, “Can I keep it?”
Her mother said, “No, the bullfrog has a family that misses him, just as I would miss you if you just disappeared. So, take him back to where you found him, so he can find his family and you come back right away for supper.”

Charity nods and returns the bullfrog to his home at the pond, where she found him at. At first the frog, just sat there and seemed shocked to Charity. She picked him up and hugged him to say good bye to her bullfrog. Immediately, he jumped out her arms and she left a few tears out, as she watched him disappear. She heard someone walking up behind her and she wiped her tears away and turned to see Matthew.

“I’m sorry Sis. I know that…” Matthew said.
Charity cut him off, “You are not sorry, because you hate the things I catch.”
“What? I don’t like what you catch, but I do think it is awesome that you are brave enough to catch whatever animals you find. I bought you the camera, so you can take pictures to remember all the animal friends you have met. Plus, you’re my best friend and I don’t like when you are sad for any reason.” Matthew explained.
“Really…I didn’t know you felt that way. By the way, your only eight minutes older than me.” Charity replied.

They hugged and began heading home, but all of a sudden Charity bolts to the bushes next to the pond. She pops out of the bushes with a turtle and she gave her brother an extensive education about the turtle she was holding. He giggled to himself, because she looked so excited while talking about the turtle. However, her mood changed when she put the turtle back in the bushes.

“You really should find a way to work with wildlife, because you obvious know a lot about all types of nature’s animals. You light up when you are talking about wildlife and how they live, what they eat, and other neat facts about the animals.” Matthew said.

“Maybe, I could volunteer at the local zoo?” Charity answered.

They headed home and washed up for supper, yet Charity was so excited for some reason but her mom had no idea what she was excited about. They settled down to supper and finally their mom had to enquire about the secret between Matthew and Charity.

She asked both of them, “What is the secret you two have…Spill it?”

“I want to volunteer somewhere where I can work with wildlife.” Charity declared.
"Well, if you stop bring your friends home, I will help you find a good place for you to be a volunteer.”
“Deal….Thanks mom!” Charity agreed.

Later, Matthew search on the internet for different places, which can volunteer at and he wrote their information down. Charity was surprised when he handed her the list of wildlife sanctuary to call tomorrow.

“Thanks…I am surprised you did this for me.”Charity said.
“I will do anything for my courageous, yet weird little sister!” Matthew replied.

©2008, Crystal S. Kauffman

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Diagnosed with a Severe UTI


Has anyone else experienced this? For months, I have been having issues my bladder. Unfortunately, my bladder always hurt from the cancer treatment 11 years ago. 

Plus, it is overactive and doesn't empty well. SO, I am always running to the bathroom.
 I went to my regular doctor on 8/5 and she gave me some antibiotics. After running test she confirmed that I had an UTI.  Once, I had completed those antibiotics, I still felt like something was wrong. My back near my kidneys heart and my bladder hurt really bad, especially when I went to bathroom.

Yesterday, I starting peeing blood and a lot of it. with blood clots. By the way, aggressive cervical cancer treatment took away my menstrual, so I knew that I wasn't just having monthly visitor. Immediately, I called my Aunt Donna and she advised calling the doctor, so I called and was told to go the ER. Well now, I am on another set of antibiotics and I truly hope this time it helps. Well, the ER doctor acted like it was no big deal, he even said it was common. I was stunned, but I made it through and I am still hurting a lot. I am so blessed it was not something life-threatening. 

I would love to hear your story or suggestions that may help me keep these UTI's at bay.? Next stop...Urologist I hope!

Copyright 2014, Crystal S. Kauffman

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Frog Fish

The sun has only been up for about two hours that Saturday morning, when the two brothers seen their mom DJ getting ready to leave. She called out to the boys, “Are you two ready yet? I have to go pick up my friend CJ today.”

“Not yet, can we go fishing in lake behind our house?” Jordan asked.

“Can we stay home, please? I am old enough now! Aiden responded.

“I won’t be back for an hour, because I have several errands to run today.”

 “Please, we won’t get into trouble. If Uncle Lee was here, we would be fishing already.” Aiden said.

Aiden was mad and decided to stomp away towards him room grumbling and gently closed the door. He knew his mom would lecture him about slamming doors. He hated disappointing his mom, because she is everything to him. With his dad gone away, he was all the boys had to lean on. He trusted her and she was his entire life. Uncle Lee was one of their mom’s three older brothers. The boys enjoyed going to different places with him and he enjoys their time together too. He loves spending time those boys, as if they are his very own children. His fiance loves spending time with the boys as well. He has a bubbly, sweet attitude, large build, short, dark brown wavy hair and brown eyes.  

“I know….However, he is working in Orlando, FL., but I am sure that he would rather be fishing too.” DJ said.

“I wish he was here.” Jordan stated.

“The roommate Ann will watch you until I return. I will think about whether you may go fishing or not…when I get back.”

The boys waited till their mom left and they both sat down together to devise a plan on how they could convince their mother to agree. They talked about singing a song for her, drawing a Gator or Jaguar’s picture. She is a sports fanatic and she is proud of it, both kids couldn’t decide on what to do. They decided to flip a coin but just as the coin hit the ground. Jordan realizes neither one of the boys had no finished anything yet.

So, they both agreed to help each other complete their chores, while waiting for their mom to return home. They both took off in different directions and the only sound being heard was things being put away. First, the boys began cleaning up their room and cleaning up their bathroom, while their mom left to pick up her friend and run the errands. The roommate woke up and walked out to the kitchen, but it was silent except for a crash in the boy’s room. She fixed herself a large cup of coffee and then went to check on the boys. Unfortunately, the Ann thought she would have to break up a fight between the boys; instead she was surprised at how well they were getting along and quickly cleaning up their room together. She sat at the kitchen and drank her coffee, while the boys finished up their chores.

Both boys finished putting their clothes away, cleaning up the bedside table, and organizing their closets. Then, they each checked under the bed for stray toys or clothes, because they knew their mom would check there first. Next, they both helped each other gather up their dirty clothes around the house and carried the hampers into the laundry room. The boys split up the trash duties, Aiden changed the trash bags in each room and Jordan took the trash out to the big trash can outside. Both of the boys both pulled the big trash can to the curb, since trash pick-up day is tomorrow anyway. As they were walking back from the curb, they noticed their mother’s truck turning on to their street. The boys eagerly helped their mother unload the minivan and also helped their mom put away the groceries. Each one waited patiently for DJ to notice what the boys had done for her, but she was distracted and talking to CJ.

The handsome boys faces were beaming and they literally looked like they were going to explode any minute. They didn't say it out loud, but they were proud of themselves for working together without fussing with each other. Hopefully, soon they both will be laid back on the lake bed trying to catch fish and having fun together.

“What are you two up too? DJ said.”

"We have something to show you.” Aiden responded.

“Close your eyes!” Jordan said calmly as he guided his mom throughout the house. Their mom waited until they gave her permission to open her eyes. She was immediately was surprised, even was amazed when she looked under the bed. They brought her to the bathroom and everything was in its place, plus everything was clean even the toilet. They explained that they had clean the whole house, while she was gone to run errands and pick up her friend.

“Wow” She thought to herself.

“I am proud of you both!”She declared.

Both boys said, “Thank you…mom.” 

You both did a job and Ann said you worked together, instead of arguing amongst yourselves. So, yes you 
both can go fishing, but take my cell phone with you. This way, you can contact if  needed and check in every hour. Be careful at the lake and watch over each other. Follow Uncle Lee’s rules and go have fun.

“I will come get you immediately and you will never go by yourselves again!” DJ said.

The boys loved going fishing with their uncle Lee every Saturday, but he is out of town this weekend. Therefore, the boys both decided to gather up their lunch and fishing gear, so they can go catch some fish for their mom. They both were carrying their homemade bamboo fishing poles, their tackle box, a rusty old bucket, as well as medium sized fishing net. Generally, the boys and Uncle Lee had to walk about four blocks on a winding trail, in order to get to the lake. Both of the boys finally reached the nature trail, which will lead them to their fishing paradise.

Unfortunately, the boys were getting tired of walking throughout the winding nature trail, while carrying the supplies. Jordan and Aiden were playing at Tatterhill’s Lake within the hour and the boys were getting excited. After reaching the lake, both boys found their favorite shady spot and they both set their gear down, however they both wished their Uncle Lee was there with them. Fishing was fun with Uncle Lee, especially when they stayed out on the lake all day and caught many types of fish. Thankfully, they each remembered what their uncle Lee had taught them whenever they went fishing together. Additionally, Jordan wrote down the instructions the night before, just in case Aiden forgot them. The south side of the lake’s bank looked more like a small beach, instead of the rugged terrain and dangerously high cliffs that lined the north side of the lake. Finally, they were ready to fish, so Jordan helped Aiden put a worm or bait his fishing pole and then turned to bait his own.

Jordan was older but only by two-and-half years, yet he was very protective of Aiden, whenever they went fishing together with or without Uncle Lee. Both boys had bright yet shining blonde hair, which made their sea green eyes stand out as one their most prominent features. Luckily, Jordan was turning ten in a few days, but he felt as if he was becoming a teenager. They boys stepped into the lake together before casting their poles into the lake, until the water came up to their knees. Each one casted their fishing poles into the lake and began talking about the last time they had been there with Uncle Lee. They both laughed as Jordan described the look on Uncle Lee’s face when he had caught an old boot, which their uncle thought was a big fish. Suddenly, Aiden’s line snagged, but Jordan pulled his pole out of the water and helped his brother. They began bragging about how big the fish was going to be, but it took both of their strength to pull the fish in. Finally, as the fish got closer to them, Jordan grabbed Aiden’s fishing net and in one swoop he caught the fish.

They weren’t sure what kind of fish it was, but it was a big one by anyone’s standards and it wasn’t an old boot. The boys put the fish in Jordan’s bucket and decided it was time to head home, so they called to check in and let their mom know all about their big catch. On the way home, Aiden spotted a small ditch and it had a lot of tiny fish in it, so he scooped up as many as he could. He showed Jordan the tiny fish and they both decided that they wanted to keep them. After getting home, Jordan took the fish they caught to his mother and Aiden went to the garage to get the ten gallon aquarium. Both boys worked together and cleaned out the aquarium, before dumping the little fish in it. Once they were done, they both begged their mom to come look at the little fish they had found.

“Can we keep them?” Aiden begged.

“Yes, you can keep them, but you both are responsible for them.”

 Aiden realized that after about a week, the fish the boys had caught were growing legs. He went to school and came back and the fish hadn’t grown anymore yet. Aiden had caught about maybe 20 fish, but about 15 had survived so far. Additionally, Aiden stopped by the ditch everyday to get more water, but one in a while he would catch the fish with legs. Another week passed and one home Aiden came home with water from the ditch.

Suddenly, he noticed that his tank was full of frogs and some fish with legs were still swimming around. Aiden screamed for Jordan and his mom. However, they were just as surprised as Aiden, but their mom realized that they had caught some tadpoles.

“I didn’t know they were Frog Fish…Mom.” Aiden said.

“Jordan help Aiden give all of these frogs out of the house. Take the remaining tadpoles that are left and dump the rest back into the ditch.” His mom replied.

The boys did as they were told by their mom, but with every frog Aiden let go...he said, “Good-bye Frog Fish!”

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Eyes Like Me

Staring at an image of your face,
My brother was born in first place.
Looking at the image of me,
It is my twin brother I see.

Eyes with the same shape as mine,
My brother is the only link to a time.
Mistakes we both have made,
Built up hate and anger replaces the pain.

A bond broken many years ago,
Now, it is hard to let our love show.
Getting past the way we feel,
Is this the only way our bond can heal?

Help me try to turn the page,
Let us start acting our age.
Adults with responsibilities of our own,
I need my friend, I lost for so long!

©Crystal S. Kauffman, 2001

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PS: This poem can be found in my poetry collection titled, "Rhymes of the Heart". 

Missing You Grandpa Amon

Grandpa Ray L. Amon

Grandpa’s Sweetheart

As a young girl, I met my Grandpa on my dad’s side of the family. For those of you who don’t know Ray C. Amon adopted me and my two brothers, as his legal children when he signed our birth certificates. So, legally he is our father and I reconnected with him about ten or more years ago. During that time, I always asked about my grandparents and I learned a few months back that my Grandpa Ray L. Amon had cancer.

As I first talked to him recently, I began to remember his voice from when I was a young girl and we were living with my dad and mom in Jacksonville, FL. Anyway, I remembered that he came to visit us and I vaguely remember what he looked like then. However, I remembered his voice when he spoke on the phone. He always called me “Grandpa’s Sweetheart”, which he called me again when I spoke to him recently on the phone.

When he became sick, I got sad because I wanted to see him before he passed away. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit him and he went to be with the Lord, but I know he will be watching over me. I hope he gets to meet my other family members and loved one that have already went to rest in the Lord. When I spoke with him, his voice sounded excited and he said, “Hello sweetheart!”  I haven't heard his voice or him say this to me, him since I was a very young girl.

It felt so good to reconnect with him, but I wish I could have seen him and hugged him before he passed away. However, during the conversation we had; he said that, "He was proud of me and he would see me on the other side.” I knew he loved me throughout the years we were apart and I knew he missed me as well. I just wanted to let him know that I love him and will miss his voice so much, but I am glad he is with the Lord.

Thanks to my dad for letting my grandpa and I reconnect with each other, because it meant a lot to me to hear his voice again. I love you and I am sorry for your loss as well. Thank you to my sister Melba for the picture and I am sorry for yours and Amanda's loss of a sweet man. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Red Hot Weekend Deal from Author Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz

Beat the heat by staying inside in the A/C and reading a suspense filled thrillers, which will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. The mysteries will leave you waiting the characters to find out what is happening and how they can overcome the situation that they find themselves in. Get ready to own a copy of Indie author Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz’s  book “Dark Woods Trilogy” which is actually three books in one novel.

The first is The Dark Woods Trilogy, which is slated for a "Kindle Countdown Deal" that begins August 9 at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) and runs through August 13, 8:00 a.m. (PST). The book will be listed for 99-cents on the 9th, goes to $1.99 at 8:00 a.m. on the 10th, to 2.99 on the 11th, to 3.99 on the 12th, and back to the full price of 4.99 at 8:00 a.m. on the 13th.

Author Snippet 

There’s something terrible in the woods behind the bucolic farm in the North Georgia Mountains. No one knows what it is, but each time the farm changes ownership, tragedy ensues. A local hunter is mauled beyond recognition. A young wife slowly descends into madness. A trained athlete dies a horrifying death. Now the farm has once again changed hands, and Sheriff Randal Hayes, with the help of big-game hunter Byron Wilkes, is determined to find—and to kill—the thing in the woods before it can destroy the new owner and his family. But how do you find something as elusive as the wind? How do you stop the unstoppable?

"The Dark Woods Trilogy" includes

"The Dark Woods" (a novelette), “The Runner” (a story), and "Master of Fright" (a novelette).

Each tale is sold separately on Amazon Books, but they have been combined in this volume so readers can enjoy the “whole story” at one time and for one low price.

Bonus Free Short Story to Introduce You to the Series, “Dark Woods Trilogy”
The second deal is for "The Runner," which is a short story that normally sells for 99-cents. It will be entirely free for three days. The promotion runs from August 9th beginning at12:00 a.m. through August 11, ending at 11:59 p.m. The Runner is part of the “Dark Woods Trilogy”, so be sure to get the entire story while this red hot deal last.  If you enjoy a good mystery, then take a moment to read this fantastic series.

Author Snippet

Frank Paxton is a runner. In fact, Frank is obsessed with running. So even though he's late returning home from work in Atlanta to the North Georgia farm where he and his family have recently moved, and the sun is beginning to set behind the mountains, Frank is determined to go for his usual run. And Frank wants to run in the woods. Ignoring his wife's qualms about his being alone in the rugged forestland with nighttime rapidly approaching, he heads into the woods, following the winding trails that crisscross the mountainous terrain. What Frank Paxton has no way of knowing is that he will soon be running for his life.

Below are the links:

The Dark Woods Trilogy:

The Dark Woods Trilogy: Three Tales of Terror - Kindle edition by Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @

"The Runner":

The Runner - Kindle edition by Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Author to Check Out...Author Divine Ortiz

Author Divine Ortiz is a 46 year old Puerto Rican originally from The Bronx, NY. He spent most of his life as a member of the Five Percent Nation, and a third of his life in and out of state and federal penitentiaries. It was during his last prison term in a Federal Penitentiary that he decided that it would indeed be his last prison bid, and he picked up a pen. 

Five and a half years and 15 novels later, Divine emerged from the federal prison system with a story to tell. After a couple of not so great experiences with publishers, Divine has chosen to take control of the direction his books and career would go. He created ZitrO Publications. 

With 12 books published, two authors signed to ZitrO, and no end in sight, ZitrO Publications is forging its was into the literary world. Urban Fiction and the literary world has a new face. One that threatens to be around for a long time to come. Visit the ZitrO Publications webpage to see all that they have in store for the readers.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

Written by, Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz 

Mrs. Carol has done it again. What a wonderful yet exciting story that will keep you turning the pages, while wondering what is going to happen next. Without giving away any spoiler's, Mrs. Carol's book is full of mystery and surprises along the way. Personally, it felt as if i was on a thrill ride , yet hanging on to the edge of my seat wondering what each character's were going to do next. I loved reading this book and so will you, especially if you like suspense and mysteries.

The book is available by Kindle or as a printed version

Snippet by Author:

Tammi Jean Cook is sixteen. She is also psychic. So when Tammi Jean hitches a ride from a long-haul trucker named Elvis P. Boone, she knows that when she reaches California she’s going to find her daddy . . . even though everyone claims he’s dead.

As they travel from the kudzu-choked fields of Alabama to the scenic hills of California, Tammi Jean and Elvis become friends as the miles click by on the Kenworth’s odometer. They also encounter people like a young woman fleeing for her life; an old Cherokee woman, who warns Tammi Jean of the risks in knowing anyone’s destiny; and a man with frightening plans for one innocent child’s future.

There’s also the Man-in-Black. Another long-haul trucker, he too is headed for California; and along the way he challenges Tammi Jean to explore the darker side of being psychic.

Ratha: The Magic Within (The Guardian Archives Series)

Ratha is a companion to Keltor.
Ratha: The Magic Within is a companion novelette to Keltor. This new book in the Guardian Series is due out real soon. 
Author Jennifer sage offered to allow member's of her newsletter's to read Ratha's story. I could not put this story down. I waited for the new email's and greedily read each portion like she was spoon feeding my addiction to the world's and character's that she has created in this magical realm. You will fall in love with this book and the book Keltor, which is the first of the Guardian Archive series.
Check it out for yourself. Keltor's e-book is now .99 cent and her website is
Feel free to look around and check out her other books. Jennifer is a top best seller author in my heart and mind. She build's worlds that will amaze you, yet allow you to build the world in your imagination as well. Oh..She is currently writing the third book in this series...Dante!
However their is more to come is this magical yet mystical series. Ratha will be out soon, but you must read Keltor first. The book is a steal at 99 cents!

Here is a Snippet for her website about Ratha: The Magic Within

The Guardian Archives Novellete

What began as a simple undertaking of a companion novel to “Keltor-The Guardian Archives” has turned into an epic adventure.
This work is a companion novel to “Keltor-The Guardian Archives” and will be considered book 1.5 in this series even though it’s nearly a full length novel.
In Keltor, we know very little about the powerful sorceress named Ratha of Westmeath. She is a 1200 year old mortal who just so happens to be one of the most powerful sorceresses to ever walk the earth and her part in Keltor is so small but her connection to the main characters is so large. We have no idea where she was 1200 years ago or what brought her to the cave in Ireland where we meet her for the first and only time in Keltor.
Who was Logan’s father? How did Ratha of Westmeath stay alive for so long in her mortal shell and why was she concealed from the Guardians? What was her path and who was the lover that she remained faithful to through all of the centuries? Who was RATHA? We find out all of this as well as where we are heading in Dante. This is an erotic tale of love that defied the worlds and universal laws in general. Don’t miss this journey packed with sizzling heat and revelations of epic proportions.
It’s one hell of a ride into the Immortal World.
50K words
Releasing July 31st 2014 worldwide
See the Book trailer here: Ratha-The Magic Within Trailer