"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault

"THAT THERE ARE NO RANDOM ACTS. THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. THAT YOU CAN NO MORE SEPARATE ONE LIFE FROM ANOTHER THAN YOU CAN SEPARATE A BREEZE FROM THE WIND." - Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

* WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS *

Tonight I'm feeling silly, probably due to the fact that I'm really tired. Got a variety of things accomplished on this beautiful, sunshiny day! More unpacking and finding the right place for things, shopping which included groceries, a stop at Petsmart for Vern food, and another stop at Kohls for a special sale on men's jeans, and visited my friend, Sherry, who just had knee surgery. A very good day!

So, tonight I'm feeling exhausted and goofier than ever and as I was internet searching, I came across some of my favorite quotes/jokes from the old game show, Hollywood Squares. All those who remember this show, raise your hand! It was on during the day and I loved watching it when I was "sick" and stayed home from school or work!

Below are just a few of those crazy questions and answers:


Q - According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?  
A - Paul Lynde: Point and laugh. 

 
Q - Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?  
A - George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.


Q - If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?  
A - Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.


Q - According to The People's Handbook of Medical Care, it's the single-most important factor in letting you know that something is wrong with you. What is it?
A- George Gobel: It's when people pass you on the street, and go "YECCH!"  

Q - What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?  
A - George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment. 
~ ~ ~
 
 
I wish all of you a beautiful, blissful week. Remember to breathe deeply, laugh often, and be good to everyone.




 
 
 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

* A CONDO, A LAKE, AND WRITING OPPORTUNITIES *

Over the past few months, I've been on a blog dry spell, in fact it's been so dry, it's been more like a desert, or White Sands, New Mexico!

I haven't been posting, replying to comments, or commenting on other blogs the way I used to, while feeling terribly guilty at the same time. I kept telling myself that I didn't have the time, didn't have the energy, etc. But I've come to realize those were not the problems. I just didn't feel motivated.

This evening, though, I have the desire to share some writing information, plus some photos. I took the four pictures below just the other day and wrote about them on Facebook. If we're "Friends" on Facebook, I'm sure you can read it there, too, if you'd like.

Custom clay chimes made about 40 years ago
 by my deceased sister, Jo Ann.
 

 
Vern checking out the scenery!
 

 
Vern and I walking on the boardwalk next to the lake.
 

 
I love this photo! We were walking and I called his name so that he might stop and look at me.....which he obviously did! J

 
 
This is where we've moved! It's a beautiful area not far from our previous house, and we just can't get over the fact that we LIVE here! We still feel as if we've been on a working vacation....helping friends move into this condo, and then we remember...WE LIVE HERE! J

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Hey, all you writers out there! Here are some great Calls for Submissions and other info.
 
Monkey Star Press http://monkeystarpressbooks.com/call-for-submissions/ is looking for stories for two upcoming "Mom" anthologies. I don't know anything about this press, but I think it looks like a good place to submit your stories.
 
Chicken Soup for the Soul http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics is also looking for stories for eight upcoming anthologies. We all know that Chicken Soup for the Soul has a fantastic reputation. Give it a try! What's holding you back?
 
Are you aware of the site Winning Writershttps://winningwriters.com/ It is one of THE best sources for just about everything concerning writing: Good, reliable contests to enter, contests and services to avoid, tons of resources to help you find what you're looking for, etc.etc. I just love this site. Every year they host the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest with a deadline date of April 1st.....which I totally forgot about this year. Hmm, guess I had too much to remember, therefore lots of things were forgotten! J
 
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Oh, how true!!
 
 
 
Hmm, if I read this one paragraph one more time
I think I'll scream!
 
 
Isn't it funny that I've mentioned Chicken Soup for the Soul books in my past few posts?? Even if you've NEVER submitted anything before, give it a try! Leave a comment about it, too, please! 




Thursday, April 9, 2015

* CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL *

 
Chicken Soup for the Soul is now offering these "Contributor Badges" for anyone who has had a story published in one of their many anthologies. They begin at 1+ and go all the way to 20+ (as in how many books your stories are in!) So, since I have stories in four books, I was able to choose the 3+ badge.
 
I only know a handful of writers who can proudly display the 20+ badge, and I'm happy to say that one of them is my friend, Linda O'Connell. AND Linda and I became friends because of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Linda and I both had stories in the 2007, Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul. When she read the authors' bios in the back of the book, she saw my name and that I too lived in the St. Louis area. She e-mailed me and a wonderful friendship began.....Linda was also my first writing mentor and I know with all certainty that I would not be the writer I am today if Linda had not reached out to me. She introduced me to other writers at St. Louis Writers Guild functions...and the rest is history!


 
Regrettably, I forgot to thank Linda in my memoir's Acknowledgements. Acckkkk! (As you can see, this has obviously bothered me for quite some time!) Linda, please remind me when I begin talking about publishing my next book, ok??


One more thing...if you've ever thought about writing and sending your story to Chicken Soup for the Soul, what is stopping you? Go ahead! Write it. Submit it. They're looking for quite a few stories right now, too. Go here to see the upcoming books.



"When nothing is sure, everything is possible." - Margaret Drabble

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

* 28 YEARS AGO TODAY AND..... LAUGH WEEK *

Twenty eight years ago on this date, I called all my relatives (no internet then!) and began each conversation with these words: "This is NOT an April Fool's Joke....I am pregnant!"

I was 34 years old, had one son who was 14 years old, and I had not intended on having any more children. But, The Ronald and I received the greatest surprise gift, our son, Mark, in October 1987!

A story I wrote about that experience is in Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul (2007), and also included in my memoir (2013).

 
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According to http://www.123greetings.com all this week (4/1 - 4/7) is Laugh Week! So, here's one of the many Aunty Acid jokes that I like.
 


 
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

* FOLLOWING MY BLISS *

The past few days have been stressful and tiring, and yet also joyful and exhilarating. I guess that's "normal" when moving to a new home, especially when downsizing. 



How much can I throw away? What can be given to Goodwill? What do I absolutely have to take with me? Within a week, though, The Ronald and I (and Vern, of course!) will be living in our delightful, little condo, beginning a new adventure. Life never fails to surprise me.
~~~
 
As Vern and I strolled along during one of our walks yesterday, he with his nose down, sniffing and zig-zagging,
 
 
I thought about the direction my writing is headed. Although I'm definitely working on the sequel to my memoir, it's been slow going, and I'll be putting it on the back burner for a while. I want to focus on a different idea that keeps coming back to me:
 
 
a humorous and hopefully laugh-out-loud funny book about men: how they drive us crazy, the idiotic things they sometimes say and/or do, etc. The title will be Men Ought to Be a Four-Letter Word. (which is also one of the chapters in my memoir, inspired by The Ronald!)
 
I'm not sure where this particular road will take me, but my writing is about the journey, and I have to follow my bliss. (The following words are extremely meaningful to me. Thank you again, Robin Theiss.)
 
one of my favorite walking trails (2009)
 
"Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else." - Joseph Campbell
 
 
 
* I would love to know everyone's thoughts and/or advice. Please leave comments! *
 
 


Thursday, March 12, 2015

* POOR VERN IS LOOKING SAD & WORRIED *

HEY, MOM AND DAD - PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO TAKE ME, TOO, WHEN YOU MOVE INTO YOUR NEW CONDO!
 

Poor Vern! He knows something is going on, and in fact probably remembers the same kinds of things happening two years ago when we moved from our house into this townhouse. Now, we're packing and getting ready to move again, into a darling little condo with a lakeside view.... and I swear, we are NOT moving again!

(I swear I did NOT coax him to do this. He just crawled into the packing paper and stayed there for quite a long time. He looks just too pitiful, doesn't he? Don't worry, though, The Ronald and I have been giving him heaps of love and telling him that he's definitely coming with us!)

Note: I just realized that four years ago TODAY, March 12th, we adopted Vern!! I knew it was sometime in March, but I swear I did not know what day until just now when I looked it up! What a wonderful gift he's been to us; so lovable and sweet.

I'll post more info about our move as soon as I can.

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." -- Bonnie Wilcox 'Old Dogs, Old Friends'

"I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source." - Doris Day

Saturday, March 7, 2015

* KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE *

I really miss blogging but can't seem to get back into it yet. I have so much information that I'd like to share, too, but it will have to wait until I can actually sit at my laptop for more than five minutes.

Just one message I have for now: For all my women friends out there in Blogland who are moving in the near future....or EVER for that matter.....

Do NOT let your husband do any of the packing or throwing away of ANYTHING unless you are close enough to keep a watchful eye! LOL


Monday, February 23, 2015

* THE OSCARS - ALWAYS WORTH WATCHING! *

I always love watching The Academy Awards, even though for the past few/many years, I haven't seen any of the movies nominated! I'm just not a big movie-goer. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE movies. And I love being in a crowded theater where everyone in the audience experiences it with me. But the few movies I have seen in the past few years, there's only been a handful of other people there. I guess I need to save my money and attend the grown-up, later night shows, not the "cheaper" matinees. Anyway......I still love watching The Oscars. I've heard and read all the hype about who should win what category, etc. I've already seen The Golden Globes and other award shows, so I'm excited and ready to watch.

My favorite parts last night were those unexpected ones:

* John Travolta poking fun at himself for last year's major faux-pas in pronouncing Idina Menzel's name incorrectly.

* Pawel Pawlikowski talking through the music in his thank-you speech and receiving cheers from the audience.

* Lady Gaga's amazing "Sound of Music" tribute. (Who knew she could sing like that??) And then Julie Andrews coming onstage, almost in tears, hugging and congratulating her. Magical!  2/24 * I'm adding the best You tube link I could find of this. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqGGYJxVRFI 

There were others, but those are my top three. (Although I also loved the rendition of "Glory", and it was very powerful, it wasn't a huge surprise, so that's why it's not in my "favorite (unexpected) parts.")


How about you? Did any of you watch The Oscars? What were your favorite moments, if you had any? Did you see any of the nominated or winning films?



".....Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.....Silver white winters that melt into spring..."      COME ON SPRING!!

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