Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Following Fun

Follow Fest- a blogfest by Melissa Maygrove

The Follow Fest is a blogfest to get to know fellow bloggers and writers. The fest is through out the week of September 23-27 so it is not too late to sign up now! Click for more information and to sign up.

Follow Fest Information:

Purpose: A platform building opportunity for writers of all kinds. 
(Think, ‘cyber meet-and-greet with social media links for business cards.’)

When: September 23rd thru 27th.

How: Create a blog post using the guide provided and sign up on the Linky list for the day you plan to post. There will be a separate Linky list for each day. 

During the week of the fest, visit other blogs and connect with as many writers as you wish. Enter to win prizes, too!

Welcome to the Follow Fest!


Rebecca Green Gasper
Although you probably already know that,
but you might not know that growing up everyone called me Becki (yes, I spell it with an i-cool huh?)
some friends and family still call me Becki, and I also go by Becca, Bec, or just B

Fiction or nonfiction?

Fiction novels, but I write non-fiction on my blog and for Moxie Writers

What genres do you write?

Young Adult
mostly contemporary 

Are you published?


Here are the links:

Do you do anything in addition to writing?

I raise awareness on teen tough issues and advocate against teen violence.
I am also a speaker. I speak for other writers, at high schools, conferences, teen groups, etc. 
And first and foremost- I am a mom.

Where can people connect with you?

And here at my blog- of course. Feel free to follow me. I love to connect!!!!

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

I'm outgoing and love to chat! Email me any time!!!

Make sure you check out all the other blogs involved in this blog fest. It is so much fun getting to know everyone!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Best to all-

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Colorado Flooding

I grew up here in Colorado. I've seen devastating wildfires. I've hunkered down while snow fell, reaching measurements of feet and not inches. I've been caught in a thunderstorm, seen flash flooding, and driven through urban street flooding. Hail is common. Drought is also common. But I have never seen this much rain fall in under a week.

Experts are calling this the 1,000 year flood. Why?

Because this just doesn't happen in Colorado. In their words "It is unprecedented."

Average yearly precipitation in Colorado is around 15 inches. That's including all our crazy snow storms. So to get a better perceptive on just why Colorado is under water right now...

Boulder (in one week) received between 15 and 20 inches of rain. Estes Park measured nearly 20 inches. And other areas across the front range measured anywhere from 5 to 15 inches. It's crazy to think that most areas in Colorado's front range received a years worth of rain in under a week.

All that water rushed down the river canyons, taking everything in it's path before pouring onto the plains and flooding towns along the South Platte and Big Thomson as it went. Water rose in areas far from river basins- in areas no one ever thought would flood.

And sadly, most people here in Colorado do not have flood insurance. And why should we. Floods like this just don't happen...or it's only a 0.1% that it might happen.

Colorado is a dry state. Humidity levels rarely hit 50%. And we have over 300 days of sunshine every year. Mountains receive more snow, and because it is cold, the snow sticks around, but in Denver, the snow may be gone in a day or two. Our ground is red clay, our mountains are not lush and green. We are at a higher chance for fires...not floods. At least not floods like this one. (Flash floods are very common in river canyons and urban streets when thunderstorms rush through the state in short periods of time. It is not common for entire front range towns to be under water because it has rained for nearly a week straight. Weather in Colorado changes quickly and is very unpredictable...it just doesn't rain and rain and rain for days on end.)

The flooding has been devastating. It has affected everyone who lives in and around our front range- from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins and reaching far east through Morgan and Sterling. We have lakes in areas that were just fields yesterday, streets that became rivers, and homes that are now underwater.

I am grateful that I am dry- that my home is dry. I can not say the same for others. Thousands of people are displaced. 8 are confirmed dead at the time of this writing. Hundreds are unaccounted for. And nearly 1,500 homes are destroyed or damaged.

It is going to take some time to clean up the state. Homes, roads, lives, will all have to be rebuilt.

 A field used to play soccer- now a pond...

The field w/o flooding

 My prayers and thoughts to all of those in this devastating time.

Today, the sun is shining!

Best to all,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

You Cannot Be Replaced

Please click here to go to the main World Suicide Prevention Day Web page

90% of people who die by suicide have a 
diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder
at time of their death.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and today is World Suicide Prevention Day. 

This past weekend, I joined thousands to walk for prevention and awareness at the 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Out of the Darkness walk.

I wanted to share the pictures of the walk with you.

Suicide is preventable

Know the warning signs:

Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
Sleeping too little or too much.
Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Displaying extreme mood swings.

What to do if you know someone who is suicidal:

Take is seriously
Ask questions
Encourage professional help
Take action
Follow up

Great organizations:


International Association for Suicide Prevention

Get your World Suicide Prevention Day Pack today from To Write Love on Her Arms

World Suicide Prevention Day Pack

Take time today to remember those lost to suicide and a moment to help those in trouble.
Know the signs.

Best to all,