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A Day Long Awaited

Written by Ken Murphy

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that refusing to grant licenses violates the Constitution, requiring all 50 States to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Within minutes of the press release, Emma Foulkes and Petrina Bloodworth of Atlanta received the first marriage license for a gay couple in Fulton County (Georgia). I wish them many more years of happiness and wedded bliss. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling was announced, President Obama gave a briefing in which he stated “When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.” He went on to say “There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.”

On a personal note; I shed a few tears of joy as I watched the coverage on CNN this morning. Happy that, the union I have shared with my husband for almost 21 years is finally legal in our home state. It’s kind of funny, when Andy and I got married last August, people asked me if I felt different after we were married. I have said that I did feel different, but it was difficult to express exactly how it felt different into words. After all, our license was merely a piece of paper, a document. A document our state did not recognize. Today all that changed. I do feel differently. Today, my commitment to my husband is legal in Georgia and throughout these United States.

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General Update

Written by Ken Murphy

Cherokee Avenue

Hey Y’all!

Just a little update since I’ve been away so long. It has been a long, busy Spring. For those of you not from Atlanta, this picture  is our old house on Cherokee Avenue. It closed and transferred to new owners on May 30, 2014. It has been a bittersweet time. We both love the house. I’ve lived in it for almost nineteen years. That’s the longest time I’ve ever lived in any one place. We both decided the house and yards were just too much to keep up. Still, it is a grand old house, and I’m certain the new owners will love it as much as we do.  I am looking forward to devoting some on the time we would have spent doing yard work to pool time at our new condo.

Lucy is doing well for an elderly dog. We are getting to be quite well-known around our building as the guys with the spotted dog in the blue wagon. Other than regular potty trips, she goes out once a day for a walk around the building. Not bad considering she will be thirteen next month, and has a bucket full of health issues. Still, she seems happy and feels well most of the time.

I took a mini-break from writing. Not so much from choice, as too many competing priorities. But, I’m happy to report that I’m back at it. I have two active projects and three that I’ll keep shelved for now.  One is about two men, neither of whom are honest with themselves about who they are. The other story is about a teenager who suddenly finds himself in an environment of chronic abuse. At this point, I’m not sure which one will be finished first.

I think that’s all the news for now. Stubborn Heart and Sharing Heart both continue to do well in sales. Thanks to everyone who purchased them. I’m trying to figure out more to do with me website, so I’m planning to make some changes. Maybe a total redesign. Stay tuned.

Hugs,

Ken

Contest

Written by Ken Murphy

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One year ago this week, Stubborn Heart, my first novel, was published. This week also marks one month since the release of Sharing Heart, the sequel to Stubborn Heart. Both books have been very well received, and readers have left some pretty awesome reviews. I think it’s time for a celebration.

What better way to celebrate than a giveaway? So, let’s have a contest. A lot of you know me, so you know I won’t make it too difficult. I want you to send me an email message. In this message, I want you to tell me about your favorite hobby. I don’t care if it’s reading, baking, playing softball, basket weaving, or running naked around your complex at three in the morning. Of course, if you do run naked around your complex at three in the morning, I may require photographic validation that this activity indeed, takes place. Just kidding. Maybe.  Seriously, tell me about your favorite hobby. What got you started doing it? What do you enjoy about it? Why do you keep doing it? Tell me whatever you want that gives me a little insight into you, and why this hobby is important to you.

This contest plays into one of my favorite hobbies, getting to know people. So, that’s what I’m getting out of this. I get to find out one little factoid about you. And what do you get in return? Nothing. Well, unless you’re the winner. I’ll give one lucky person an autographed paperback copy of Stubborn Heart and Sharing Heart. That’s right, both books, signed by me. And it won’t cost you one penny. I’ll even throw in the postage.

Now for the boring little details…

First, I’m sending out this contest via multiple social media feeds. So to make certain I get your entry, do not submit as a reply to this post. That includes to my website, where you’re reading this. I’m having a problem with spam, and I haven’t figured out a way around it. Until I do, I don’t allow comments to my posts.

Send me your contest entry as a separate email message to kenmurphywrites@comcast.net.

The contest ends on Sunday, May 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm (EST), and I will choose one winner from the entries received.  I will notify the winner by email on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Hugs,

Ken