A lesson in love…

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I had the pleasure of helping organize and manage a wonderful fundraiser last weekend for author Victoria Zak who received a devastating cancer diagnosis recently. All the authors who donated their time and gifts and the generous bidders should be congratulated for raising over$3,000 in just two days.




The event reminded me how quickly friends and peers can get together and really make a difference. Oceans of distance didn’t keep us from reaching out, neither did financial limitations. As a reminder to us all, a shred of kindness donated–whether time, a supportive word, or money, ALL matters.




The holiday season reminds us to be generous, but I believe the spirit of giving should extend throughout the year.

So the next time you see a person who needs help, remember, a smile can change the course of someone’s day or life. A hot meal can give someone hope. That dollar you think won’t make a difference, will. Don’t hesitate, give what you can, be generous with your time, and love someone just for the sake of seeing them smile.




That’s the lesson I’m walking away with this week.

Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.

Follow Violetta Rand:

Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments. Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

12 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    That was such a lovely thing to do for her Violetta. So good to hear it was a success.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    A great thing to do, Violetta. Here is Sydney where a dreadful hostage situation killed two people, so many rushed to give their help and support and tried to banish fear and racial hatred. People can be amazing and so loving to one another, as a force they can move mountains! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  3. Barbara Monajem

    Thanks for a lovely blog and some very timely words, Violetta.