Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

A Drifiting Friendship And A Giveaway

Nothing is constant in the Universe,  except change, great philosophers say. (Change — and love, I would add — sorry Heraclitus!)

Have you ever experienced these changes when it comes to friendships? What was the longest friendship you have ever had — and have you managed to keep it going strong through the years?

What if a friendship between two nations affected your own personal relationship?

Read my guest post for my friend Joyce Moyer Hostetter http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/2011/05/on-two-different-sides-of-growing.html , leave a comment and spread the word, for a chance to win another signed copy of Joyce’s beautiful first book, “Best Friends Forever” (Friendship Press, 1995).  Original, sweet, touching, funny and heartbreaking, this little treasure of a book is perfect for middle-graders (age 9 to 12, especially girls). It would make for a great gift for kids, teachers or parents.

Thanks in advance for spreading the word!!


May 22, 2011 - Posted by | Book Impressions, Personal Mirror, Politics and Religion, The U.S.S.R. | , , , ,


  1. Oh, you surprised me with a giveaway! How fun!

    I based BFF on a real friendship with someone I met as an adult. We shared several brief adult years in which we walked daily, talked about husbands and our children, argued politics, and laughed & cried about what life dished up. We even caught a fish on the beach with our bare hands. I caught it. Maria carried it home.

    We seldom see each other any more. We don’t stay in touch but when I get back to her area I stop in and she sees me at her door and squeals and opens her arms and we are BFFs again for an hour or so while we catch up and she shows me her amazing art projects and plies me with food or drink. Then I have to leave again but I always do it with an amazed and really full heart.

    Comment by Joyce Hostetter | May 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. I meant to include a link to a post I wrote about Maria and me.


    Comment by Joyce Hostetter | May 22, 2011 | Reply

    • The friendship between you and Maria sounds like a beautiful and lasting one — THE perfect friendship really. That is a beautiful gift 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Joyce!

      Comment by Katia Raina | May 23, 2011 | Reply

  3. I’d love to win this book. This one looks very special! There’s just something about our first books that makes them stay forever close to our hearts!

    Comment by Clara Gillow Clark | May 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Clara, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by and participating inthis giveaway. I am honored to have you visit the “Magic Mirror.” First books –first BFFs — we can never forget those. And Joyce’s first book deserves to be read!

      Comment by Katia Raina | May 23, 2011 | Reply

  4. This book sounds fabulous; I would love to win a signed copy. Partly because I know the author from back in her husbands career as Pastor and partly because I would consider her to be the kind of person I would easily be able to catch up with and enjoy a friendship with. Friendship is a wonderful experience. It brings warmth, heartfelt love, a chance to build new hopes and find new dreams, growth, a richness to your life and qualities that make each friend unique and magical. To all friends: Celebrate the wonderful gift you have in each other!

    Comment by Janet Stoltzfus | May 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Janet! I would love for you to reconnect with Joyce through this book — and my friendship giveaway!! She is such a generous person — I think it was very fitting that her first published book was about a friendship, don’t you? 🙂
      Also, I love your point about growth — yes, good friendships bring you that.

      Comment by Katia Raina | May 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. I tweeted this and I’ll visit the link.

    I love the idea of BFFs, but I must admit I’ve lost touch with a few of mine. I do cherish the friendships I began as an adult, though.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | May 23, 2011 | Reply

    • That’s what happens, I guess. When you first become friends you need each other, you feed off each other. And then you learn everything you need to. You grow. You move on. I’ve noticed it tends to happen more with kids and teenagers. Thanks for helping to spread the word!!

      Comment by Katia Raina | May 24, 2011 | Reply

  6. Hi Clara, Janet, and Medeia – thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts on friendship!

    Comment by Joyce Hostetter | May 24, 2011 | Reply

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