Thursday, December 7, 2017

What would you do for a Klondike Bar? :-)

I think we could all use a laugh at least once a day, so here's your Thursday laugh:

Then ask yourself, what would YOU do for a Klondike Bar? :-D

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holidays for Everyone! :-)

Great news! You don't have to wait until December 23rd for "Festivus for the rest of us", you have plenty to celebrate right now. According to the website, there are tons of holidays in December. There are some fun ones and I think we all could use some fun right about now.  Here are some of my faves.

December 5 is The Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan. This unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai.
How to Celebrate?
§  Watch ninja movies or have a Teenage Mutant Ninja marathon.
§  Have a ninja themed party.
§  Go to work dressed as a ninja
Did You Know…
…that contrary to popular belief, ninjas were not all men? Women ninjas were known as Kunoichi.

December 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
How to Celebrate?
§  Watch your favorite time traveling movies and shows (Dr. Who, anyone?)
§  Host a blast from the past party. Choose an era and base the party around the clothing, food and language of that period.
§  Walk around dressed like someone from the past or the future. People will think you're cool, I swear!

December 12 is Gingerbread House Day This unofficial holiday celebrates the tradition of making houses and architectural models out of gingerbread cookies. The tradition can be traced back to the 1600s.

How to Celebrate?

§  Make your own gingerbread house. Maybe try and recreate a architectural landmark with gingerbread.
§  Hold a gingerbread house competition  

Did You Know…

….that according the Guinness Book of World Records, the World’s largest gingerbread house was made in 2013 by the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The house was 60 ft  long and 10.1 ft tall. My kind of house!

December 17 is Wright Brothers Day and recognizes the first time Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled aircraft in 1903.The day has been observed nationally since 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation declaring December 17 as Wright Brothers Day.

How to Celebrate?

§  Read more about the history of aviation
§  Visit your local aviation museum  
§  If you have always wanted to learn how to fly, why not start lessons on this day?
§  Catch a plane home for the holidays and marvel at the fact that you don't have to travel by steam locomotive or covered wagon.

December 30 is Bicarbonate of Soda Day. Used in baking, cleaning, polishing silver and treating heartburn, bicarbonate of soda was used by ancient Egyptians for painting. Its scientific name is sodium hydrogen carbonate but it is known by many other names around the world. Some of the common ones are baking soda, cooking soda and bread soda.
How to Celebrate?
§  Learn about the history of the manufacturing and use of baking soda.
§  Learn what other things you can use baking soda for.

§  Build a baking soda and vinegar volcano at home!

Happy December to all!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Too late for Halloween, but still creepy...

I was out of the country for Halloween. No cute trick-or-treaters, scary movies, or leftover candy for me--I missed it all. For someone who used to throw the most awesome Halloween parties in the neighborhood, it was tough. Even worse, by the time I came home, everyone was in full Thanksgiving mode. I felt cheated. My annual trip down spooky lane, a pillowcase filled with sticky candy, was just a fleeting memory. You may not know this, but every Halloween, three witches gather around their cauldron and mix a strange brew: Adrenalin to make our hearts race and endorphins to put a smile on our face. It gets us through the year

So here it is, a little late, a creepy video for Halloween: The Joker Journal. 

Don't watch it if you're all alone.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A great blog for Cozy Mystery lovers! :-)

If you're a cozy mystery lover, then have I got a blog for you! Not only is this blog a feast for the eyes with its gorgeous hues of purple and lilac, it is a cornucopia of cozy mystery reviews. The thoughtful well-written reviews are also organized into helpful sub-categories:

And I would be remiss if I didn't let you know that this blog reviews other books as well: horror, romance, thriller and non-fiction.

Thanks, Gin, for reviewing my cozy mystery, "Death by Didgeridoo", and for writing such a lovely blog for all of us to enjoy. :-)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Check out my "Recipe for Success" in In D'Tale Magazine!

I'm happy to report that my latest article, "Recipe for Success", appears in the October edition of "In D'tale Magazine", a wonderful online publication. Check it out here:

Monday, October 2, 2017

The 2017 Golden Doughnut Short Story Contest :-)

Have you ever tried writing a story in just 200 words? It's not easy, since you have to introduce at least one character, set the scene, and make something interesting happen. It's a great exercise and better than a crossword puzzle for sharpening your mind! 

"The Golden Doughnut" is a short story contest where each 200 word entry must be based on the photograph provided. This year's contest was judged by Craig Johnson, the bestselling author of the Longmire series and I'm excited to report that my story, "The Monster Within", made it to the top 12. Hooray! All 12 stories are worth the read and, as I said, they are very short. 

Just in time for Halloween, here are the 12 creepy stories:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Review of "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" :-)

Dear Senator Franken:    

Many people have read "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" but I bet I'm the only one who read it in a dark shuttered house with a tiny flashlight as Hurricane Irma raged on, pounding trees and battering utility poles until they were just poles. Luckily, I had saved your book for a rainy day (the rainiest), which was also the longest day of my life (excluding childbirth).     

Like millions of Americans, I've suffered anxiety, anguish, and angst since Election Day. Okay, I'm completely freaked out--and the bad news just keeps on coming. I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't thought about how government functioned since passing civics class in junior high so I had a lot of catching up to do. With the help of Wikipedia and other non-fake news, I got up to speed and then prayed our checks and balances would protect us from the ignorant, pernicious grifter whose favorite hobbies were bullying and sexual predation. And Tweeting.

Desperate to do something, anything, I joined an army of other middle-aged women who wanted to fight back. (Our motto: "We're not paid protesters, we're your mother.") After participating in the Women's March in Miami I joined the League of Women Voters, the ACLU, and Indivisible and then sent money everywhere--Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, NRDC, the ACLU again, and so on. I went to rallies, signed hundreds of petitions, joined activist FB groups, sent e-mails, made phone calls, mailed postcards, and registered people to vote. I spoke at a rally and even organized a protest! My husband of 30 years didn't bargain for a 56-year-old hippie activist with radical bumper stickers on her car, but for better or worse, right?

If there's any silver lining to all of this, it's that people are waking up and fighting back. Personally, I've gone out of my comfort zone so many times I couldn't find it with GPS. Still, it's daunting, depressing, and so, so difficult. Your book made me laugh and gave me hope. It inspired me to keep going. If you can do it, I can do it! If nothing else, the fact that I've gained fifty new Facebook friends since November tells me one thing. I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!