Saturday, December 13, 2008


True friends tell you when your writing stinks in a nice way! Thanks, to great feedback, I have rewritten the first chapter of "Unveiled" and I think it is MUCH better.

Check it our for yourself. The link is:

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Jack Klugman

I grew up with T.V. in the 70's. I loved and still love "The Odd Couple"! One of the satellite stations has put Felix and Oscar back to work as the lovable and hilarious "Odd Couple". If you haven't seen this show - you will want to catch it - sometime. You will LOL!

Watching the show, I knew Tony Randall had died, but it made me wonder about Jack Klugman. I thought he was probably in his 80's. Acording to Wikipedia he is 86. I hadn't realized though that his real life wife was Brett Somers who played his ex-wife Blanche on "The Odd Couple" They were married in 1953 until her death in 2007. Although, they were separated since 1974 - they were still married. WOW! After Brett died, he married Peggy Crosby in February of 2008 - who he has lived with since 1988.

Check out the Wikipedia page for more info on his career.
He is a GREAT actor in my book, I loved him in Quincy, Twilight Zone episodes, and he was great in "12 Angry Men".
Don't you just love the internet! If you ever think to yourself - I wonder what happened to ____? You're just a Google away! I do this often, so now I can share with my blog buddies - just in case you were wondering too!
Footnote: This pic (2005) and all the info was taken from Wikipedia.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Unveiling - My WEbook

I've finally committed to writing a book online. Check it out -and let me have it! Your critique that is....

Alzheimers, Dad & Me

Even though it is too late for my Dad, Al. I hope some husband, father, brother, son, will have a cure.

This is my Dad - Al. Handsome fellow still. Always the ladies man, with sparkling blue eyes and a light and fun personality - he is still a happy guy. He just doesn't know who the heck I am. His memories have disintegrated from this terrible disease. I still have mine though... I remember him and I will be seeing him this weekend. It is hard to see him but harder not to. I miss him.


Ok, I finally caved in! Anyone who knows me, knows I love to read and to write. I have been resisting the "Twilight" saga for quite some time because I thought the idea was a over done, but I have to say that I am now a FAN! Yes, I have read both the first and now finished the second book - "New Moon" and can't wait to borrow from my friend who has all 4 - instead I will run (well actually drive) to the store today, battle the mobs on "Black Friday" just to get my hands on "Eclipse". Yes, Edward has made it into my dreams! ARGHH! What power does Stephenie Meyer posess that can cause this OBSESSION! She has a really cool website by the way - Kudos Stephenie!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

David Conrad

Good news... I think. Check out this site
Hope is not lost!

New Pics

It is sooo cold here today! I think 17 degrees. BRRRR! Here are Lily and Lukei - two of my fur babies! These were taken a few days ago.
The thermosat is at 68 degrees and my fingers are almost too cold to type. I'm telling you it is COLD!
Ok, so I'm a creature of comfort....
Does anyone watch Ghost Whisperer? I am sooo upset. I knew, I just knew they were going to kill off Jim. I am sooo sad... and then they sorta reincarnated him? My guess is the actor who played Jim is leaving the they came up with this Original idea? I can't fathom this working. I hate it! Maybe next season she will wake up and this will all be a dream and Jim (with the original actor) will be back! I hope so.
I went on the GW website and everyone is pretty upset. Don't know if the show will survive this. We miss you Jim!
Tell me your ghost stories....I'll tell you mine. I have a real one do you?

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I have been a Weight Watchers leader for almost a year now and I will be attending my first Innovations Conference in Louisville. From what I have been told, it is a really fun and inspiring awards lunch and conference to discuss new products and new member materials for 2009.

I have a great team partner in my receptionist Linda and we are making the trip together. I think we will have a great time and I will be able to bring back some good information for my members. I have a small group on Tuesday's nights but I think they have inspired me more than I have inspired them, so I am looking forward to bringing something fresh back to them.

Since joining WW, I have found that there is much more to why we gain weight than what we eat. It is for the most part what is beneath the need to eat the wrong foods or too much of any food. Anyone who finds themselves indulging in these behaviours should seek some kind of help. I like Weight Watchers because it worked for me, it addressed the whole me and not just what I put in my mouth. These behaviours are a sympton of the real problem. What are you not dealing with in your life that is exhibiting itself in these destructive behaviours. Food for thought.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Abandoned but Found

Recently I found an abandoned black kitten on my Mom's doorstep, which is a common occurrence now-a-days. My Mom is now the Mother Theresa of all stray and feral cats in her neighborhood. He appeared to be about 2-3 weeks old to me, too young to survive on his own, death would be imminent without intervention. My motherly instincts kicked in, and I swooped him up, took him inside and ran back out to buy a kitten bottle and kitten milk. Not being able to have any human babies of my own, this will be my closest experience with motherhood. I have always admired Mom's, both stay at home and working outside the home Mom's. Now, I really ADMIRE them.

One couldn't imaging the upset, one tiny kitten, and 3am feedings could cause! Heating the milk while meows get louder and more demanding. Diarrhea, Dr. Appt's, kitten sitters, weaning, not to mention Introduction into the family which meant keeping my Min-pin Lily from stalking and eating him to not upsetting my senior Pug, Lukei with a small creature trying to attack his nose, again and again. It was a rough few weeks but we have survived. I am happy to say that Boo Boo aka Anakin (our last name is Walker so my husband named him Anakin Sky Walker- hoping one day he will grow up to be Darth Vader, I suppose) is sleeping through the night, eating kitten food, and is now best buddies with Lily. However, he and Lukei haven't quite found a re pore, I hope it will come in time.

Having only been in our community for 3 years, I have come to realize that the people here are somewhat backward when it comes to humane treatment of animals. There are no feral cat laws here, lack of facilities, and the only shelter we have does not have a spay/neuter policy.

I have recently been invited to a local Humane Society meeting and am looking forward to seeing how I can help educate and inform. I have also talked to my Vet who sees our local community problem as one of non-cooperation. Not only from the community but between the Humane Society and the Local Animal Shelter. I would love to be the bridge of communication and hope that I can be of help. If anyone has any ideas, please share.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Black Spot

Snuggled in bed this morning with my Min Pin, Lily and my Pug, Lukei, I thought about how much I enjoyed their presence and how much I loved their furry little faces. However, like an artist who paints a beautiful masterpiece only to have an ugly black spot suddenly appear and destroy it, so the recesses of my mind remind me that an ugly black spot has appeared on my beautiful life picture as well. The ugly black spot of death.

Some of you reading this may not have had this pervasive, life impeding, black spot appear yet, but for those of you who have, you know exactly what I mean. The knowledge that all life must die and not all deaths are peaceful, occurring during sleep, at the ripe old age of 100. That event or events which brings on an unsettled, uncomfortable feeling of gloom, depriving you of having a completely happy moment, because somewhere, sometime, the black spot in your life picture, will seep over the entire painting until only darkness remains.

For me the black spot appeared the day I found out my brother had committed suicide. Suicide, such a strange occurrence, the murder on ones self. Like my circumstance, you may also have experienced a sudden and tragic death of a loved one or it may have been long and drawn out, only to leave a black spot in your mind and heart forever. An ache that will remain with you for as long as you live, because you are now faced with the reality that death is not only real, but it affects and happens to you.

Growing up in the beginning of the slasher film era, I escaped to a place where I was faced with death but at the end, knew that no one really died, the actors just got up, walked away, and were paid a heck of a lot of money. In a way, I think it caused me to feel that death was not real. I believe it may be the same with today's video games, your buddy, brother, mother gets killed in a video game, you both just start a new game, there he or she is alive and well. Not true in real life, in this game of life, your buddy, brother, mother dies here and he or she is dead. You are separated and must continue life without them. So, you do, but you do - forever changed. The black spot has imprinted itself on you mind, heart, and soul, reaching it's darkness to stretch out so far as to even affect your body, making you physically ill.

For me, I will be forever haunted by the black spot of death. But, I remain hopeful, trying to live in the moment, because today, this moment, as I now gaze out from my second story bay window to the farm behind our house and see the cattle grazing on the spotty green and hay colored rolling hills, I think, in this moment they are living life, being cows, doing what cows do, enjoying themselves. In this moment they are satisfied. I look about the room, drawn by the comforting sound of Lukei's soft snoring and see that he is curled up in the Queen Anne chair, I know that he has a full tummy and by all accounts is completely happy. I then glance over to the couch, and there is my Princess Lily, all snuggled in her pink and brown, leopard patterned bed that is surrounded by her pink Princess blankie. The blankie, for which she has taken great care to scratch and scrunch, with teeth and paws to make it just the way she wants it. She lays there silently, in total bliss and I am pleased. But, as all hauntings do, when you least expect it, it returns. In my case the black spot reappears, reminding me that a moment in time is here and gone in an instant, and there will come another moment in time when the cows will be slaughtered and the dogs will die, and how I dread those days. The black spot takes away from my brief moment of happiness. So now and forever, I must live with the yin and yang of reality. My own, but not private haunting. The black spot in my beautiful life, death.

Are you haunted too?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Max the Dog finds his way home from 45 miles away

Check this out truly amazing!

How are animals able to do this? What do you think?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lessons Learned

This week I finally got it. A message God has been trying to teach me for a long time. Not just to slow down, but to cut out. Like most American women, I have tried to have it ALL and MORE. Now I need to re-acess what is important, necessary, and what I love to do and get rid of the rest. Can I do this? I have to. I can no longer let my emotions, fears, be in control. Think First! Write Second. Do Third. This is a more realistic effort than I have ever undertaken. For years I have been struggling, like Jacob with the Angel. Now, I will Surrender, but in triumph not defeat.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday, Monday

The lyrics escape me - maybe because it's MONDAY! New Job may even get newer... found out we may be moving offices, changes already? Well, there you have it - I mentioned it was Monday. Came home for lunch and thought I would clear my head a little. So much going on in there. Need to focus. 

Had to wake Lukei up, he can't hear me come home anymore. 14 is getting up there for a Pug. Lily woke right up and greeted me at the door. I sense they dig this coming home for lunch deal. It is so cool to work this close to home!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Life in the Fast Lane

Wow, it seems like I've been driving 90 miles an hour on the road to nowhere. I'm here but no clue why. Want to change bad to good but with no clear vision on how to do that. Hopefully, someone, somewhere has the answer.

I believe in God, Country, Myself and Spirits. Country is a little shaky right now. R we capitalist pigs? Seems like some of us r. Scary the mess we r in right now. Greed and More Greed. What is the answer? Compassion.

John Denver among others believed he was a citizen of the world. So do I, but I realize that before you can go large you have to go small. First, I am myself, then a member of my family, community, country - well you got the idea. I believe in the hand up not the trickle down theory.

We are all connected. Seriel killer and School Teacher alike. Not so warm and fuzzy when you put it that way.