Happy Thanksgiving!

images (7)For all things, big and small,
For kindnesses, for smiles that are shared,
For memories and moments that
forever live on.

For sunny mornings and rainy nights,
For blessings, for unexpected joys,
For gifts and talents I can use
to make the world a better place.

For strength, for courage and wisdom,
For compassion, for hope,
For vision and faith when
I am lost along the way.

For those I love,  and for those I have lost,
For those I do not yet know,
For the light in my son’s eyes and his laughter
that make my life worthwhile.

For waking, for sleeping,
For work, for moments of sweet peace,
For all the things I have and the things long gone,
I offer humble thanks.

New Milestone! 1,001 views!

I1,001 views.

Well, more than that now, since you’re reading right now, so YAY you!

I’ve had kind of a rough weekend, so seeing this was a happy surprise on a Monday morning. I’m pretty excited that my little blog is creeping up there in views – I appreciate each and every person who visited, I really do.


Adventures In Juggling is a great blog and this topic hits home for anyone from the professional writer to the person that has first started keeping a journal. Read this!!

Adventures in Juggling

Working this week on me being the sole proprietor of my thoughts, my memories, my words, my opinions with my therapist has been hard. A lifetime of being told these are not mine, not real, not true, not worthy of being shared takes it toll. It’s one of the reason why I stopped writing decades ago, much to the disappointment of a high school writing teacher who just recently reconnected via Facebook upon discovering that after high school I stopped writing altogether. I did stop, until I started blogging more than ten years ago. First in secret. Then with a faceless audience who seemed to like the words and thoughts I put out there. Then it grew and grew as did the audience some who know me very well and some who like to imagine that they know me even better than I know me and now, well sometimes it’s…

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At What Price Peace? Thoughts on Serenity, Stability and the Cost of A Good Night’s Sleep

Some ‘life coach’/bot on Twitter recently asked me what I could be given that would make my life perfect RIGHT NOW.  I’ve been a little stressed (a lot) about everything, but to generalize mainly money (and the exponential increase of obstinate behavior from my son) and I fired off a reply over two direct messages that went something like this: Continue reading

You Brave, Hearty Souls, You Who Venture Where….Well, Hey I Have 50 People Following This Blog!!


Dear Fifty Faithful and Following Readers,

You guys rock. Thank you for deciding to spend some online time with me. 🙂 I’m thrilled that you all like my blog so much you’ve added it to your Reader page. 🙂 Hopefully I can come up with more posts that keep you all coming back.

I really do appreciate all of you!

Hugs, kisses and oh, sure…what the heck, another hug.


The Award For “Worst Parent Ever” Goes To….

Don't cry, Joan. You can win it back next year.

Don’t cry, Joan. You can win it back next year.

Me. *accepts Wire Hanger trophy and smiles pretty for the cameras.* “It’s a surprise winning over the people you see on the news every night that have whipped, tortured, drowned, beaten, abandoned, neglected and otherwise endangered their children. I’m sure there is a someone out there allowing their children to be molested by their stepfather who would completely embody everything this award is about.  I don’t deserve this, I really don’t….” Continue reading

Celebrating Milestones! An Excerpt from My Work In Progress: “The Mark”


This has been a big week for me on social media.  100 likes on my Facebook writer’s page, almost 230 followers on Twitter AND the highest amount of blog views here as well as hitting 45 followers on Word Press so far all happened this week. And, in order to celebrate, I’m sharing an excerpt from my novel in progress. It’s a first draft excerpt, so the final rewrite will be a little different. Please forgive any rough grammar or any other bumps. This is sort of like giving you guys the beaters from my mixer full of unbaked cookie dough.

Hope you all enjoy! I’m hoping to get this tied up very soon and all of you being so excited and encouraging means the world to me. 🙂

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Why Superheroes Matter

Superheroes have taken ahold of society because they hold a truly universal appeal. They appeal to the children they inspire, or the child inside us that thrills at their colorful adventures and hijinks. They appeal to adults, as their stories become a vehicle for the discussion of important social issues, problems and moral debates. Like the best escapism, superheroes don’t just take us away from our problems – they also bring us back, make us think, and inspire us to lead better lives.

via Why Superheroes Matter.


Please read, follow and love Nicholas Conley’s blog. You will not be disappointed!

A Late Entry Tribute To Our Strongest, Bravest and Most Selfless – Gavin DeGraw’s “Soldier”

There is a post about Heroes coming soon as a counterpoint to yesterday’s post about Villains coming, I promise. The subject is important, though and I don’t want to just throw something together. Instead, I offer this song by Gavin DeGraw. I have a lot of great respect for the men and women that have served and continue to serve our country, even if it means they put their own lives at risk.Thank you, each and every one of you for your sacrifices, big and small, during your service. To the veterans closest to my heart, I also thank you for coming home safely. Life would not be worth much without you and I love you very much. 🙂

I have also always found men in uniform (military, police or fire) extremely attractive. I could be coy and say I don’t know why that is, but I won’t. The truth is, I think that the uniform itself is an unspoken testament to the character of the man wearing it. They stand for something, they’re determined, strong, resilient, dedicated and committed. They are not afraid of anything, are honest and steadfast. Some of my most favorite people EVER have served in the military, so to me, all men in uniform possess the same qualities that I love and count on in those people.

I can’t help being a bit breathless as a result, I guess.