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Author, columnist Donna Frawley to host book signing in Midland.

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From forgiving, sharing to sending handwritten letters, Midland author Donna Frawley shares small ways to positively impact people  in her latest book, “100 Ways to Make a Difference – Creating Ripples of Love for a Lasting Legacy.”

A book signing will take place at her home, 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 4613 Lund Dr. in Midland. Autographed copies of the book will be available for $21. The event will include a prize drawing, refreshments and a walk through Frawley’s garden.

The six chapters in Frawley’s book focus on different areas of life where people can make an impact, whether it’s changing themselves or changing the world. It is filled with suggestions, personal stories, inspirational quotes, Bible verses, prayers and weekly reflections to inspire readers.

One chapter is centered around family. Frawley’s family – and 10 grandchildren – were a big part of her inspiration behind the book; their pictures are sprinkled throughout the pages.

An important part of the family chapter is being “the grandma that gets down on the floor.”


“There’s a story in the book about my sister who has passed away,” Frawley stated. “She said, ‘I wanted to be the grandma that was down on the floor playing with the kids.’ And I want to be that grandma.”

For young kids, Frawley said it’s important to get on their level and stay interested in what they are doing to build a memorable, mutual respect.

“Each one of them is very different from one another, and you deal with them differently,” she said about children. “But they influence your life and make your life so much better and make you stop and think about things.”

Frawley’s idea for the book came from a garden club meeting, where attendees were asked who had made the biggest difference in their lives. While most people credited their mom or dad, one person said “Donna.”

“I thought she meant another Donna, because I couldn’t remember anything that I had done so honorary that was making a difference in her life,” Frawley said. “And then she talked about what I had done. I thought, well, those are just little things, how could that have made a difference?”

That was when it “hit her over the head” – little things do make a difference. She then began the two-year process of writing her book.

She has previously self-published two cookbooks and one historical fiction, but this is Frawley’s first time going through a publisher. She said it was “worth every penny.”

“It was a lot more looking through than I thought,” Frawley said.

So far, more than 40 copies have been purchased. The book is available for purchase at donnafrawley.com/

Frawley said people probably are already making a difference in someone’s life – her book will help enhance and expand that impact.

“I believe we all have the ability to make the world a better place. By caring and being compassionate, the people around us will experience that, and share it with others,” Frawley said. “When that happens, the ripple effect will take off and move outward to make the world even better.”



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