The fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s that time of year in the states where picnics and swimming parties can be found everywhere. I love going to both but it occurred to me at the last cookout that I went to that the social aspect of our traditional gatherings isn’t what it used to be. People don’t sit and talk. They have their cell phones out—texting, gaming or surfing on some social media site. Now I don’t usually complain because I’ve been known to pull out my phone for a quick peek 😉 but I hadn’t seen some of the guests in years. With some help from other relatives, we instilled a thirty minute flashback—pick an activity you enjoyed as a youth. Here’s a few of the simple games that filled out a whole afternoon of fun without the cell phones!
- Catch—Yep, that’s it. Toss a ball and catch it. Pretty high-tech stuff.
- Marbles—I was shocked to learn some of the younger kids had never played it.
- Drawing with chalk—This was one of my favorites 🙂
- A nature walk—We were lucky enough to be near the woods but if you’re resourceful it can be done anywhere.
- Telling a funny or memorable story about another family member—This one really brought everyone together and surprisingly was the activity that drew the kids in. Weddings and how people met fascinated them. It touched my heart too.
- A spin on the above was ghost stories! I love hearing them.
So do you have any good ways to bring people together? I’d love to hear about it.
Also, do you want to learn about my next release, Hunter Betrayed? Read on. It’s available for pre-order!
Wild Hunt, Book 1
Tainted from birth, Harley lives a life cloaked in darkness and temptation. She resists the lure of her evil legacy by holding the memory of her ghostly savior close. Every night without him is agony. She fantasizes about him and yearns for his body, but he’s not the protector or lover she’s envisioned. He’s a Hunter bred to eliminate her kind. He’s also her only hope of salvation.
Calan, the leader of the Wild Hunt, was created to protect mankind from the Unseelie Court. For a millennium, he’s sacrificed to ensure the horrid creatures remain in the Underworld, but his strength wanes. He must rely on his enemy’s daughter to save him, but he doesn’t expect the intensity of their lust or love. Her touch calms his wild nature and ignites his carnal desires. He’ll risk all to save her, but doing so forces him to make the ultimate sacrifice, one that’ll damn him to suffer forever in his own living hell.
A Romantica® Paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
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Nancy Corrigan believes in unending love and epic tales with a paranormal flare. She enjoys transcending the boundaries of reality to take her readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey.
She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When she’s not weaving sizzling fantasies, she works as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.
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Thanks for letting me visit! 😆
Nancy, it’s my pleasure! Good luck with the new release! I love tales about the Wild Hunt!
<3 Thanks! I'm excited about my wicked Horsemen 😉
Enjoyed the teaser, can’t wait for the book. Unfortunately I work all summer long, so no weekend fun.
Glad you enjoyed it, Pat. 🙂
It is a shame that you have to work, but I hope you enjoy what you can.
Yes, I get extremely tired of the cell phones that can take over a family gathering. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters and at the last family gathering it was funny to see all the cell phones lining my moms mantle. It’s wonderful when we set them aside and visit. Usually we can draw the nieces and nephews in so that they lay theirs aside too.
Thanks for your visit with Delilah today.
That sounds like a wonderful policy 🙂 Just put the phones away. LOL – But I can see some of my family members walking by just to see if their indicator light is blinking.
Sounds yummy! I think great meals always bring folks together.
So very true, ELF!
we made a rule this year,you could only check you cell phone,if your kids were not there and you had to check on them (kids being under 18),if you had a sick relative that could not come and one person could pass the word around about how they were doing and once it got dark because fireworks are darned expensive and so everyone should be enjoying what is basically burning money lol it worked out pretty good and on a personal side I love seeing Nancy here on Delilahs site because Ive been getting Delilahs blog ect for a long time and seeing Nancy on here was great because not only do I love her books but she herself is a generous and sharing person and even let me become a friend on her own facebook page so I get to see her and her family in pictures and watch them grow up too and not that many authors connect that much with their readers so I feel very priveleged in that way,glad you had a good 4th Nancy!!!!
Thanks so much, Sharon! I’m so happy to have connected with you 😀 And that’s a great rule for cell phone use. Family gatherings are so much more meaningful now that we’ve limited the cell phone use.