Friday, December 31, 2010

My Last Blog for 2010

It's article and blog update time. All of the titles are fairly self-explanatory. Help a fledgling writer (me) by reading my blogs and articles. Every time you read one of my articles, I make $.00155. Every time you read one of my blogs, I make $.00000.

OK, so I'm not going to get rich, but you will be helping! Just choose the ones you think you might enjoy. I don't expect you to read all of them, though my heart will be broken if you don't.

Just kidding.

Kind of.



A Halloween Paranormal Nightmare While Awake: Halloween Voices Won't Let You Sleep

I Wish Somebody Would Do Something About That! – That Somebody is YOU!

The Perfect Gift for People Who Have Everything: A Perfect Gift for Anyone Seeking Fun and Laughter

Sweet Meatballs Holiday Dish (a recipe): Quick and Easy Snack for the Holidays or Any Day

Mother-In-Law Stories

My Top 10 Funny New Year's Resolutions: With a Secret for a Way to Break Your New Year's Resolutions

Peanut Butter Banana Quick and Easy Snack: A Treat Elvis Presley Would Have Loved

Could Psychic Abilities Help Solve Crimes?

The Clone Blog
OK, this one needs an explanation. But I don't feel like explaining it. I explain it in the blog.

Another End of The World Dream

Driving the Right Way in a Dream

When Kids Blame Siblings

Single Parents Alone On The Holidays

Yooka Me & Other Toddler Speech

Imagine You Are Dead

Solving Crimes with Psychic Abilities

Seinfeld, Glee, Low-Talker Brittany, Taylor, and Misunderstandings

Zac's Mouth

Our Nontraditional Christmas 2010

The Sweetest Christmas Present Ever

These last two blogs are to help a fellow writer who has just (a couple of days ago) discovered she has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Help Rissa Watkins

Reading for Rissa

Hope you enjoy and have a blessed and Happy New Year!

Reading for Rissa

My fellow Associated Content writer friend, Rissa Watkins, has just been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Whenever we hear stories that touch our hearts, we find ourselves WANTING to help, but often being financially UNABLE to help.

HOWEVER, in Rissa's case, you can help without spending a penny. All you have to do is read her articles. Sounds simple, right? It is.

Just click THIS LINK and you will be taken to Rissa's contributor page where you can read her articles.

Rissa's personal web site is located HERE.

And if you can find it in your heart (and in your wallet) to donate to Rissa's fund to help her in her battle to defeat cancer, please click HERE.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Clone Blog

What do you do when, for TWO WHOLE MONTHS, you have to deal with a ton of personal issues, including a car in need of more than a thousand dollars worth of repair, a broken vacuum cleaner with a warranty (but the nearest fix-it place is 50 miles away), a broken refrigerator (cost me several hundred dollars), a broken computer (would cost the price of a new computer to fix), no Internet connection (so even with a working computer, what difference would it make), seven blogs that cry for your attention, a memory that fails every now and then to remind you to take your cancer drugs and your asthma medicine, AND you take care of children all day long?

Well, I can't answer for you, but for me, I've decided to clone my blogs – at least this once.

Yessiree. If you go to any of my blogs (all of which are listed at the end of this blog), you will find that on this day, December 6, 2010, every single one of my blogs will say exactly the same thing as does this blog – assuming I don't get interrupted while I'm posting everywhere, that is.

So, without further ado (I don't think I've ever used that word before), here are a couple of (shortened versions of) blogs I would have written if I could have found the time and a working Internet connection:

MY HAIR

When my hair began to grow after chemo destroyed it, I noticed about a thousand cowlicks EVERYWHERE. In other words, I continue to look as if I am permanently affixed to an invisible electrical socket.

My youngest daughter and I were sitting in the cafeteria at Barnes and Noble (one of my favorite places to visit) when I spotted two women, who at first appeared to be reflections of me in the windows and whose hair looked as ugly as mine did. Of course mine was hiding beneath Avon's Breast Cancer cap, so nobody could tell how truly ugly it was.

In complaining to my daughter about how horrible I felt, because every time I looked in the mirror I saw a frightening apparition, I decided to illustrate my sense of horror by pointing out the two women to her.

"See those two women sitting by the window with their short, ugly, no-style hair?" I asked my daughter. She discreetly turned around.

"That's how I feel," I continued.

"You feel gay?" she asked.

OK, before you get all uppity, know this: several people I know are gay, and one of my best friends is gay – I think HE would get a laugh out of my daughter's comment.

MY FASHION SENSE

Everybody knows I have none – fashion sense, that is. I even wrote about my lack of fashion sense in my Weekend of Fashion blog, which I invite you to read by clicking the link.

Never had my lack of fashion sense been more apparent, though, than the year Jim Riordan shot his movie, Maddance, and one of his actors needed an outfit for a character she considered to be "trailer trashy."

Oh, what to wear, what to wear? Her eyes settled on me. I was wearing a broom skirt with a button down sleeveless top and a pair of sandals.

"That outfit, the one you're wearing. That would be perfect."

The #@%$&! What irks me even more is that I actually GAVE her my outfit!

WHEN TEMPERS FLARE

Yes, I'll admit it. I have a temper. Some people might be surprised to learn that I do because I usually hide it, though not always very well. You can tell when I'm upset, though, because I sulk or become an absolute witch.

Seething with sarcasm, my eyes squint into slivers of hatred. I become a cartoon character of myself, and I really don't like ME when I act that way (though, believe me, I have plenty of reasons to be "witchy" sometimes). In spite of those reasons, I really TRY to be mature (at my age, you would think that would come naturally by now).

Sadly I can't always help myself, so I'd kind of like other people to step forward and slap my mind with things like, "Do you realize you're acting like a temper-tantrum-throwing child?" or  (sarcastically) "Yeah, it's all about you!" or (even more sarcastically) "Nobody else ever in the history of life itself has ever had as many problems as you do. You deserve the status of martyr. Give me the phone. I must call the Pope!"

When I act like the Wicked Witch of the West I don't understand why people don't just throw a house on me. Maybe my toes curling beneath the pressure of a house smashing me into the ground would be the catalyst for change and I would respond differently. I could smile and say chirpy little comments, like, "My car needs over a thousand dollars worth of repair – the Universe must be trying to tell me something." ("You're getting too old to drive, Nimwit!"), and, "My computer is so broken, it will cost me the price of a new computer to fix it, so the Universe must be trying to tell me something." ("You're the one who wanted to be a writer – maybe you should rethink you're 'ideal job'.")

Or, and this is just a thought, maybe people should start being more responsible for OTHER people, especially those – like me – who need…what? What do I need – a heavy dose of reality? No, thank you. I think I've had  plenty of that…a reminder that lots of people have it worse than I do? No, that won't work. Oh, how about ________ (fill in the blank – I'm trying out a new type of blog – interactive – how's that working for me)?

Oh, you know what? Just throw a house on me!

Hmm, you don't like my remedy for witchiness? Be gone! Before somebody throws a house on you!

COMCAST

Comcast is on my hits (rearrange the letters) list. For the past three years since I moved into my home I have had intermittent problems with my Internet connection, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I call them and they send a tech, without fail, the technician who arrives at my home to FIX (choke choke) the problem tells me that the guy who came before him didn't know what he was doing.

I repeat – EVERY SINGLE TIME.

So, does that mean that for the past 3 years, every technician Comcast has sent to my home has been incompetent, or does Comcast hire egocentric techs with superiority complexes who believe that nobody but them knows how to properly connect a computer to the Internet?

Whatever. My Internet connection is in Illinois while I am in Virginia enjoying, in addition to attending to the needs of my grandchildren, a reliable Internet connection. Could the fact that I'm in Quantico, hub of the FBI and other government agencies, have anything to do with that, I wonder?

Despite the vacuum cleaner/computer/Internet/car/refrigerator problems I have been deftly dealing with over the past several months, I have managed to get a couple of articles and blogs written, the most recent of which is Paranormal Gifts for Your Paranormal Loved One.

In my Help For Single Parents blog, my most recent postings are:
PREVENT BULLYING
Applauding Accomplishments
Single Parent Resources

The three recent posts that appear in my Paranormal Minds blog are:
Why Does the Tarot Scare People?
Interviewing the Dead
I Have a Confession to Make

My Heart Blogs To You includes the following recent posts:
What Happened This Halloween
T-Ball With Kaden
Why I Have No Time To Write
Jeremy – Another Writer In My Family

Your Weird Dreams could appear in this blog along with these dreams:
The Bobby and The Dead Guy In The Trunk
Violent Murder In A Dream
Dream of Former Workplace

Writer of Blogs includes only one recent post:
How Embarrassment Became a Kindle

Your Blog Connection is currently disconnected due to the fact that I have not interviewed anybody recently for that blog.
But just because I had no time to devote to this blog, doesn't mean you can't check it out ;) Also, if you want YOUR blog covered, let me know.

My Wordpress Blog
Nothing new here, either, but feel free to visit for links to my other blogs and articles that automatically post here.

My most recent Associated Content Articles include the following:
A Halloween Paranormal Nightmare While Awake
I Wish Somebody Would Do Something About That!
The Perfect Gift for People Who Have Everything

My most recent Xomba Articles include:
A Halloween Paranormal Nightmare While Awake: Halloween Voices Won't Let You Sleep
Interview With Dead Rock Star Jim Morrison of the Doors
Learning the Mysteries of The Tarot
Paranormal Gifts for Your Paranormal Loved One

Hopefully by 2011, everything will be less stressful and I'll be writing more. The only way I can see that happening, though, is to find my own planet. But then I'd have to consider the costs to get there and...

In the meantime, thank you for reading this blog and clicking on the links.

Friday, October 29, 2010

How Embarrassment Became a Kindle

I tend to embarrass people – a lot (mostly my children). One of those people I frequently embarrass is me. Yes, me.

Through my own physical actions (my mother always knew when I was home from school, because I was the only one who daily fell UP the steps on my way into the house) to my verbal actions (saying penguins when I meant to say peacocks*), I astound even myself sometimes with the amazing number of times I embarrass myself.

But never on purpose. Maybe subliminally I feel I should be rewarded for stupid behavior. After all, when you see all the attorneys on television begging you to spill hot coffee on your lap, so they can benefit  from your stupidity when you sue the company, how could you not think that when you do something incredibly stupid, somebody somewhere is going to reward you for it?

But if I'm being honest with myself I have to admit that if I sued every place in which I'd ever hurt myself, I could be typing this blog on my invisible screened-in porch that overlooked a lake or the ocean.

I wouldn't want to receive my income from silly lawsuits though. I'd rather get my money the honest way, through Publisher's Clearing House. (I would say the Lottery, but I never buy tickets.)

Admittedly, I do enter contests occasionally, hoping to win. I especially love to divulge secrets I probably shouldn't share, but the prize is so worth the embarrassment.

Once a radio station ran a contest for the most embarrassing moment. I knew I would win that one and I did – a dinner for two at an exquisitely fine restaurant.

And when Xomba recently ran a contest about the worst summer ever, I remembered my most embarrassing moment and told it again. And I won again – this time a Kindle! To read the winning Kindle entry, click Vacation Destroyed By Tube Top.

Apparently, my "rags to riches" story will require me to repeatedly embarrass myself and then write about it in contests that will reward me for those embarrassing moments. As I am never at a loss for those moments, I just have to wait for contests that reward me for entering them.

If you know of any writing contests that will reward me for submitting (and admitting) the stupid things I've done and said, please let me know. And if you want to read Stupid Things You (Unknowingly) Do to Yourself, I invite you to click the link.

*For examples on how I confuse penguins with peacocks, click these links:

Penguins and Peacocks and

We're Gonna See Penguins?

Until next blog, remember, "The world is moving to a magical place."

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Book, My Ghosts, My Pen Pal, My Posts


This past month has been nothing but vacation, vacation, vacation for me – maybe not YOUR idea of vacation – my mother, as a matter of fact, would call this type of vacation Hell. You see, most of my "vacation" has been taking care of some of my grandchildren. So – restful it is not, but fulfilling it is. I rarely get to see my son and his family, so this vacation has been a real treat for me (yes, I said treat – inside joke to my kids and some of their friends who know us).

As always, I am surprised that I get any writing done at all with so many interruptions, but apparently I have completed some articles and blogs over the past month, and here they area (read what appeals to you – comments are always welcome):

Little Sister Saves Big Brother From Scary Robber
This story, related to me by my daughter-in-law, Michelle, was so funny, I asked her permission to blog about it. If you have more than one child or if you are from a family with even one sibling, you will enjoy this blog.

Understanding 3 Year Olds

I pride myself on understanding my grandchildren and have been fairly successful at it – until the day this happened.

Goodbye
Apparently, I'm going to have to be VERY careful how I say goodbye to my grandchildren.

Children Can Be So Exasperating
They can also be humorously exasperating, as you will see in this blog.

Forces of Good and Evil
This battle took place in a dream. Read to find out who won and how.

Check Out This "Writing for AC" Blog
If you are a writer who writes for Associated Content, you'll want to read this blog.

Meeting Abby Greenhill, an Associated Content from Yahoo! Contributor

On one of my vacations (the one I took with my sister, Kathy), I got to meet Abby Greenhill, who writes for Associated Content. Read about our meeting in this article.

Pen Pals Meet for First Time After More Than 45 Years
On the same trip when I met Abby, I finally got to meet the pen pal I had been wanting to meet for over 45 years. We met in Orlando, Florida, where Chris and her family were vacationing.

What's Happening to Florida's Trees?
One of the things that surprised me about my trip to Florida was the Spanish Moss that hung from the trees starting in southern Georgia and all the way to Clearwater, Florida. They looked ugly from a distance, but when I downloaded the pictures, they looked almost pretty. Click the link for a slide show.

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer -- Part V

In all of my other breast cancer journals, I discuss the clinical aspects of my breast cancer journey. In this one, I discuss my feelings and emotions concerning a breast cancer diagnosis.

Snopes Verifies This is True: Common Sense is Dead
And I have proof! Read the article.

Take the Mr. Coffie Challenge Regarding High Page Views on Associated Content from Yahoo!
Not a typo – Mr. Coffie DID challenge Associated Content writers to post their page views. Some people have commented that by posting our best articles, we are opening ourselves up to plagiarism, but I'm keeping an eye on Google Alerts to see if any of the ones I've posted have been stolen. If you are a writer who wants to rise to this challenge, I suggest you do the same.

Spirits and Alcohol

Here is one possible explanation for why alcohol is sometimes referred to as spirits.

Touched By a Ghost
Though some of you may not believe this story, I swear it's a true story.

A Haunting in Beverly – I DO Believe In Ghosts – I DO, I DO!
Another true haunting you might find hard to believe.

Thank you for clicking on any or all of the above blogs and articles. See you next blog.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I Wrote a Book

Nine years have passed since I published the book, Mud Puzzles: Vengeance With a Fury. I never promoted it, because in these past nine years I have learned a lot about writing, and I was embarrassed to admit that I had written the book.

I started writing Mud Puzzles in the late 1970s. Though I changed it dramatically, the initial manuscript would have made even a forensic profiler cringe. The book was very graphic. Even in its current toned-down version, Mud Puzzles makes any man who reads it cringe and wonder if I'm psychotic. I'm not. I just despise people in positions of authority who manipulate, degrade, and humiliate others. I also despise people who molest and rape. So I wrote it because I wanted to answer the question, what if a woman who had been raped hunted down her rapist and went on the attack? That's when I came up with the idea for Mud Puzzles.

Here is the product description: What happens when the rapist becomes a victim, when morals and values become muddied, when vigilantism just might be the most exacting form of revenge?

When I wrote the book, I had been reading all of the writing magazines that talked about including "details," so I included extraneous material that I would probably take out today, like what the protagonist was wearing, but the essence of the book was about vengeance, and I didn't want to be responsible for enticing anybody to create the invention I designed in this book, so I never promoted it.

Since I wrote this book, I see a proliferation of rape and violent crimes and I grit my teeth and slam invisible daggers into the eyes of the perpetrators. I am not an advocate for vigilantism, but I think any woman who had been raped or molested might live vicariously through the protagonist in this book without actually committing any crimes. And so I have decided, after all this time, to mention it. I have posted a link to it in this blog.

A funny aside: Amazon attributes the "authors" of this book to me and to Kahlil Gibran. I quoted him in the book and now suddenly we're sharing authorship. I guess if I had to choose a partner, Kahlil Gibran would be a great choice.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Driven To Distraction and Updated Links

I am a writer who is constantly bombarded with images, thoughts, and ideas. But I am also easily distracted, so if I focus on one idea, another will butt its way forward vying for attention.

Sometimes I am distracted by my distractions so I found the perfect book for myself, Driven to Distraction. I started reading it. And then I forgot I had it. What kind of book is that for people like myself who are distracted so much they can't even finish a book that teaches them how to help themselves with distraction?

Whatever.

Here are my blog and article updates:

Dream Snippets – The End – Is It Coming After All?
We sometimes experience only portions of dreams, then awaken before the dream has ended. The word "ending" plays a significant role in this dream snippet.

I Crap Myself
Sometimes what kids say are NOT what they mean to say.

Ah! Finally! A Day For Myself!
Or so I thought.

How to Remove a Mouse From a Sticky Mouse Trap
If you've ever had a problem with mice, you'll want to read this very helpful (my nose just grew about four inches) blog about how to remove a mouse from a sticky mouse trap.

Love and a Marriage Proposal
I'm not even in a relationship and my 5-year-old granddaughter is getting marriage proposals!

Her First Kiss
And it starts like this.

Bored? Sad? Have I Got News For You!
Inspired by some Facebook comments made by a couple of my grandchildren, I found something I thought they might enjoy.

Our Relatives
You might be surprised to find out who my Uncle Jack said were our relatives.

Just Down The Road Right Around The Corner
Some of my family members have a problem understanding the difference between an inch and a mile.

We're Gonna See Penguins?
OK, doesn't everybody call peacocks penguins?

Every Day Crochet
I found a site to promote that is FILLED with creative crochet ideas.

Story of the Goldfish
I sometimes wonder how kids come up with some of the things they say. Here's something Lindsey said when she was younger (it later helped me through my divorce).

Sibling Rivalry: The Lion and The Elephant
It doesn't matter how far apart in age your children are. Sibling rivalry happens even when kids are a decade apart.

Transitions For Children Who Travel Between Two Homes
Divorced children suffer from the divorce and the aftermath of the divorce when they are shuffled between two homes. I link to an article her that helps parents smoothly transition their children from one home to the other.

OOPS! Almost forgot the articles:

Socializing, Peer Pressure, and Bullying: At Lunch, on the Bus, During Recess

Mystery of the Roadway

Best School Lunches and Snacks to Pack and Prepare
What's nice about two of those articles is that I got upfront payments for them (totaling less than $10, but still).

My One Year Anniversary With Xomba

Monsters in Modern Times

That's it. For now. See you next blog.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog And Article Update September 2010

Thank you for clicking the link in the email that brought you this far, or if you received no email and you just happened to find this blog, thank you too. You have no idea how grateful I am to you for reading this blog.

What's weird about the posts below is that when I look back at what I've written, I surprise myself by the number of entries I've posted. I always think I'm interrupting myself to write, or taking time away from my grandchildren when I sneak onto the computer to jot down a memory or a conversation or a thought to include in an upcoming blog or article, so I'm happy to see that since the last time I posted this blog, I've written as much as I have.

Take a break from your busy day and enjoy.

One more thing before I get into the blogs and articles – the day before yesterday I found out I have only one more chemo treatment to go, so if you missed my entry on facebook, now you know too. And for all of you who commented on that post and for all of the people who have been praying for me this past year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now for the posts (just click the links and return to this blog for the rest):

In one of my blogs, Your Blog Connection, I promote other blogs. Here are two blogs I recently wrote:

If you write and if you have a blog, you'll want to visit BlogTide to help you promote your own work and to help yourself to back links.
It's A Tidal Wave – I Mean a BlogTide

Most people are trying to save money these days. This blog will help you by providing coupons, budgeting tips, and lots more.
Your Home On A Budget

Too many children these days are living in single parent homes, and they miss their noncustodial parent. Here's one way to help those children.
Helping Children Deal With the Loss of a Parent

Have you ever had a lucid dream, a dream you had while sleeping but one in which you were fully aware that you were dreaming? Here's an example of one.
A Lucid Dream With Adam Goldberg or Greg Giraldo – I'm Not Sure

Another phenomenon of dreaming is recurring dreams. The situation may change, the people may change, but the essence of the dream remains the same and occurs at intervals throughout your life.
RECURRING DREAMS

Horror films, horror books, and anything "horror" appears on this site, and it happens to be an offshoot of a site in which I am already a member.
The Horror Channel @ Xomba

Here are some handy little tips for you (from a recent trip when I visited Keeley) when you want to know
Where to Take Grandma When She Visits

Getting kids to clean up is a challenging job.
Clean Up Time With Nolan is no different.

You find crayons on the wall, footprints in the pantry, and when you ask, "Who did this?" you're met with
Not ME!

I'll be the first to admit I have a problem with peacocks and penguins, so I can't help but ask the question,
Why Why WHY Do I Keep Saying This?

Can you cure nightmares with lucid dreaming? Some people think so.
Nightmares and Night Terrors Cured With Lucid Dreaming?

I referenced this one in a blog above, but it's such a worthy cause, it's worth reading this one too.
Hug a Hero Dolls for Kids Who Miss Mommy or Daddy

I suffer from this annoying malady, so one night during a bout of it, I wrote
Insomnia

The final article is self explanatory.
Stupid Things You (Unknowingly) Do to Yourself

Oops! One more was just posted today (I received an upfront payment for this one – YAY!)
Socializing, Peer Pressure, and Bullying: At Lunch, on the Bus, During Recess

That's it. For now. See you next blog.

Monday, August 30, 2010

I WON! I WON!

I did it! I entered a contest and I won!

Which contest, you ask? The most recent Xomba (site is no longer live) contest. Of the three prizes I could have one, I won the one I wanted to win (lots of wa wa wa sounds in that sentence).

First place was a Garmin GPS system (I already have one, so I didn't want first place).

Third place was an iPod (I've made it this far in my life without one – why start now).

But second place was a Kindle and I wanted to win the Kindle, so I did. YAY, ME!


I texted my kids and grandkids to tell them the exciting news. And do you know what most of them said? "What's a Kindle."

So this blog is for them. A Kindle is a wireless book reading device. It lights up so you can read at night. You can load it with books. You never have to turn any pages or lose your place, and it comes with many classic books already loaded.

I keep winning contests at Xomba and I LOVE IT!

If you would like to write for Xomba, click any of the Xomba links in this blog. And if you would like to read my winning entry, click

How My Most Embarrassing Moment Won Me a Prize

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Imagination, Creativity, Weirdest Dream EVER & More

Theresa was my mom's best friend. You can see what a good friend she was, because of my name. Theresa taught me that my birth mark was a grape stain. OK, not really, but read about what I'd like to do to the mark that has bothered me since I first discovered it.
Creative Tattoos Using a Birth Mark

Kaden  and Zac are siblings. Audrey and Nolan are siblings. Kaden and Audrey are both 5, while Nolan is 3 and Zac won't be 3 until November.  In this little video, where the kids were instructed to PLAY, Kaden decides he must protect his cousin, Audrey, from his ferocious brother, Zac.
What Happens When Cousins Protects Cousins From Little Brothers

I really wish I could tell you who this next blog is about, but I would be thrown down a mountain if I did.
Climbing Mt. Everest

This blog is a memory about my curious and industrious daughter, Keeley, when she was a little girl.
A Curious and Industrious Child

We've all had them, dreams about actors, or talk show hosts, or dead presidents. No? Maybe not, but dreaming about anybody and anything a little out of the ordinary qualifies as a weird dream.
Weird Dreams, Success, and Prophecy

When Dr. Phil talks about getting HIMSELF getting divorced, something really IS weird, especially when the dreamer, who doesn't know Dr. Phil, becomes so emotionally charged about the impending divorce.
Dr. Phil Dream of Divorce

This next weird dream says it all. I won't even explain further.
The Penis Nose – The Weirdest of ALL Weird Dreams (So Far)

I wonder if lots of people have had nightmares about Freddy Krueger.
Freddy Krueger Visits A Dreamer

In case you didn't get my urgent request to send your weird dreams to Your Weird Dreams, read this blog to find out how to send your weird dreams to Your Weird Dreams. (Did I say your weird dreams enough?)
NEEDED: Your Weird Dreams

Creativity is one of my favorite activities and words. Kids are naturally creative. Do we snuff it out or do we nurture it? Here's one way to nurture your child's creativity.
Nurturing Creativity in Children

I think we all strive to be a successful parent, but one mother-daughter team decided to pull all aspects of being successful into their new web site. Worth looking into if you're a parent who wants to be successful in raising successful children.
Are You A Successful Parent?

I also featured the mother-daughter duo in this blog:
Parent Successfully

If YOU blog, you'll want to read about this lady who, like the mother-daughter team above, is very helpful to anyone who writes.
IMPORTANT INFO FOR BLOGGERS From Marie Anne St. Jean

And, if you blog, you will want to check out this new online writing tool, especially if you don't have some of the higher-end word processing programs.
My Favorite NEW Online Writing Tool

You all know how much I love my grandchildren. Sometimes though, they do things I don't love, like trashing important notes in my iPhone that I can't retrieve. This blog talks about the frustration I experienced as I searched online to find a way to retrieve one important trashed note.
Run, Script, Run!

Oh, the controversy of it all, reincarnation in the Bible? It's OK at the movies, but really, this topic engenders lots of heated debate.
Reincarnation in the Bible and at the Movies

I don't know why I didn't hear about this one before: I believe in a LOT of weird, unexplainable happenings. But when I heard about THIS weird happening, I had to explore it and write about it.
Giovanna, an Italian Woman Impregnated by Aliens

This article recounts a day in my life when I saw from afar one hot August day in the 1960s my teenage loves, the Beatles – exhilarating! Oh, who am I kidding? I still love them.
Commemorating John Lennon's 70th Birthday, October 9, 2010 – The Day John Lennon Waved at Me

Imagination is one of my other favorite words and I use it always, especially when I play the imagination game with my grandchildren, or even alone, when I'm writing.
Imagination and Monsters: How to Teach Children the Wonders of Imagination – An Imagination Game

As back to school approaches, I couldn't help but remember my grammar school days and one nun in particular who haunted me throughout my years at that school.
Back to School WARNING -- Beware of Scary Nuns

For some reason (smile; wink) this next article gave me more page views in a day than some of my others have given me EVER –
How to Make LOTS of Money

Occasionally, Associated Content will email contributors to let them know about assignments they can take. In order to grab these assignments, you have to be sitting at your computer and watch them the moment they become available. Most of the time, by the time I try to "claim" these assignments, they have already been snatched up by other contributors. On one particular day, though, for the first time ever, I was able to grab FOUR in a row. Here they are:

Ingredients to Avoid for an Allergic Baby

How Often Should I Change My Newborn's Diaper?

5 Signs that Your Newborn Has Gas

Why Swaddle a Newborn Baby?

That's it. For now. See you next blog.

Friday, August 6, 2010

My Favorite NEW Online Writing Tool

Anything that makes my life easier is worth using. I especially love free online tools that help me write.

Just recently I discovered the Word Count Tool. Whether I'm writing assignments for Associated Content or articles for Xomba, I sometimes have to make sure the number of words I'm writing closely match the number of words I am supposed to be writing.

I honestly don't know why I bother, though, because I'm really anal about adhering to guidelines. I always write far more than I am supposed to write (I think my mother often referred to that problem as diarrhea of the mouth - hmm, anal and diarrhea - maybe there's a correlation), but I like to know how close I am to the actual word count just in case, in the off-chance I actually under-write, I meet the required number of words.

Yes, I have Microsoft Word, but I often use the TextEdit program that came with my Mac. TextEdit doesn't have a word count tool (that I know of – I have searched for it but have been unable to find it), so one quick search online brought me to the Word Count Tool.

All I have to do is copy my text from TextEdit, paste it into the Word Count Tool, click SUBMIT, and an automatic word count shows up. It's FREE, it's FAST, and I don't have to watch a bunch of ads or listen to audio ads or watch videos to use it.

Click any of the links and they will take you to a quick, easy tool that counts the words in your project.

ALSO – PLEASE NOTE: I am looking for YOUR WEIRD DREAMS for another blog I write, entitled quite aptly, YOUR WEIRD DREAMS. Click any of the dream links and they will take you to the blog. Please submit any weird dreams you have had (I don't care if they occurred when you were children – if you remember them and want to share them, I want to hear about YOUR WEIRD DREAMS) to weirddreams@mail.com (NOTE: mail.com – not gmail.com).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

IMPORTANT INFO FOR BLOGGERS From Marie Anne St. Jean

I have been blogging for way too long NOT to know what I just learned today. And thank God I learned it, though I must admit I haven't yet had time to apply what I've learned. As a matter of fact, knowing that it may be some time before I'm actually able to implement it, because I'm in charge of two of my grandchildren for the next several days while their parents vacation in Atlanta, Georgia, I am writing this blog for myself, so I will have all of the information in one place.

And I thought, why not share it with you?

And who did I learn this valuable information from? Marie Anne St. Jean. If you click the link, you will find her Associated Content articles. Her article, How to Use a Blogroll to Promote Your Blog is absolutely essential if you want to encourage more people to read your blog. You can also list all of your own blogs in the blogroll.

Whether you post on Blogger or Wordpress, you will find information that tells you exactly how to create a blogroll.

And if you don't already have a blog, but you'd like to write one, read Start Your Own Blog with Blogger Blogspot. Her comprehensive article will tell you everything you need to know to start your blog.

Marie Anne St. Jean is a former Marine (and, if you know me, I am partial to Marines, because my son is currently serving as a United States Marine). You can read more articles by Marie Anne St. Jean by clicking on her name.

(Not related, but of particular interest to me are her articles about crochet. If you love to crochet, you'll enjoy reading the many articles she has written about crocheting. She even has a blog devoted to crocheting – Every Day Crochet.)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Some Funny, Some Weird, Some Bizarre, and Some Sentimental

The following is a list of articles and blogs I've written over the past couple of weeks. Please click the links and enjoy!

How To Entertain our Family With Only A Can Of Bug Spray
This is how my family entertains the kids on a Saturday night.

Dream of Dead Grandpa Hanging In The Shower
From my new Your Weird Dreams blog.

Nightmare While Awake: A True Paranormal Experience
More from my new Your Weird Dreams blog.

It's Somebody Else
More funny stuff from the Audrey and Nolan files...

The New Grandson I Never Knew I Had
As if I don't have enough grandsons…

When Ya Gotta Go Ya Gotta Go
Fun trip across the country with 3 kids in the car.

Writer, WAKE UP!
What it's like for me when I'm trying to sleep.

Commemorating John Lennon's 70th Birthday, October 9, 2010: The Day John Lennon Waved at Me
It's been 45 years since I've seen the Beatles in concert. Here is one of my favorite memories from that day. Also includes a link to information about digitally remastered John Lennon music!

Reincarnation in the Bible and at the Movies
Controversial subject explored. Includes link to movies about reincarnation.

Vacation Destroyed By Tube Top
If you haven't heard about the trip my sister and I took many many years ago, here's your chance. PLEASE READ THIS ONE! I entered Xomba's Worst Summer Vacation contest, and I'd like to win a Kindle!

Effects of the Full Moon When Driving
My driving experiences preceding a FULL MOON!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A New Blog - And Article and Blog Updates

Some of you read every blog and article I write. Others catch one here or there through facebook or twitter links. To you I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU.

Others are busy (I completely understand) and catch only one or two articles or blogs (another HUGE THANK YOU).

Still others don't know about the other blogs and articles I've written, but are willing to read them now. And to all of you I say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Here is an update to those latest blogs and articles. I've included a little blurb or explanation about each blog or article to give you an idea of what they are about.

Article Writer For Hire – Lyn Lomasi & Jaipi Sixbear

Article Writer for Hire is one of the most helpful and user-friendly online web sites dedicated to helping fellow writers that I have found. If you've ever considered writing, you'll want to check them out.

The Symbol of a Grandma's Love

I came up with this particular symbol as a result of what happened to me the other night. Two of my grandchildren, my son's sons (Kaden and Zac), spent the night with me and slept with me in my bed. I'll give you a hint – it's not a heart.

Little Boys Love Their Penises

I will not embarrass any one of my grandsons in this blog (I can already hear the older ones sighing relief), nor will I embarrass my own son (HUGE sigh of relief), but I have to blog about this new situation. (The title says it all.)

How NOT to Get Out Stains & How TO Get Out Stains

Do you know what happens to cotton fabric when it's been left in a bowl of bleach overnight? I witnessed the (not so) surprising results.

Getting Your Kids To Eat Healthy Foods

Remember this commercial?
Brother One: Hey, let's get Mikey!
Brother Two: Yeah. He won't eat it – he hates everything.

Your Weird Dreams Inaugural Blog

Welcome to the first edition of Your Weird Dreams. I don't know why I didn't start this blog a long time ago. I have always been fascinated with dreams and curious about the role they play in our lives. In this inaugural edition, I relate a dream that disturbed me for years. More dreams from others will be included in future blogs.

Pharmacy and Doctor Office Fun

Unfortunately, though this exact problem doesn’t occur every time I try to refill a prescription that has expired during my doctor’s vacation time, something similar happens EVERY time he is either ON vacation or GOING on vacation.

God in the Star Spangled Banner Sung by a United States Marine

It's time to remind ourselves that God IS in our country, God IS in our schools, and God IS in our homes and in our government. We just need to acknowledge the presence of this Holy Spirit and act according to our hearts and our conscience.

A Purple Haiku Passion for Writing with YAC

A contest entry for a haiku written when Yahoo joined forces with Associated Content.

Does My Butt Look Too Big?

I'll let you in on a little secret here. I know the owner of the site I'm promoting. Do you? Ask me. I'll tell you!

How to Treat Jaundice in Newborns

Once a year I get a bunch of assignments all at once for Associated Content. Usually they come when I'm away from my computer and some other content producer has managed to snatch them up before I can even look at them. This assignment came into my email as I was watching my email, so I grabbed it immediately and got it! My FIRST!

Full Moon in the ER

You will hear a lot of controversy about an escalation of lunacy around the full moon. I can testify to the FACT that the level of weirdness increases during a full moon. Read about how I KNOW it to be true.

Are You Proud of Your Child – a Dog Helps You Answer that Question
Inspired by an amazing dog, this article explains my position on how to appreciate the differences in each of our children.


Kirlian Photography Shows Spirit Connections in Close Relationships

From the moment a loving mother first looks into her newborn's eyes, she connects in ways she has never before experienced. The mother/child bond, in most cases, is profoundly deep, and their mutually dependent energy unfolds within the miracle of birth.

Paranormal and Metaphysical: What's The Difference?

Because of the abstract nature of the words -- paranormal and metaphysical -- drawing a distinction between the two is difficult. The reason might be that the differences aren't so obvious. Read about how they are related and about how they overlap.




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There you have it – all the articles and blogs I've written since the last time I got down on my hands and knees and begged you to read them.



After my chemo treatment tomorrow, I'll be gone for the rest of July, visiting my son and his family (and hopefully visiting a relative I've never met – a cousin from my mom's side of the family). What that means is that I MIGHT not be bothering you with blog and article updates for a while (unless during my nights of incessant insomnia I find myself on my laptop while my son and his family sleep).

Enjoy the rest of July!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Want a Kindle? Buy a Kindle!

Now more than ever, It's easier to afford a Kindle than it has ever been (wonder if the iPad had anything to do with it). These Kindles used to cost $289, but now you can get them for $189 – sounds better, doesn't it?

Oh, look! It just went down to $169 as I was writing this blog!

I figure that if I were to purchase even 10 books at $24 each, I'm already ahead of the game, because books on a Kindle cost sometimes only $9.99 and many of them are free.

I would love to have a Kindle, just for the pure ease of using it. Before I fall asleep at night, I really enjoy reading. Over the years, I've accumulated a lot of books, many of which I haven't yet read due to incessant interruptions, but I hope one day to get to them all. Some of them are classics, like the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and the Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway.

I'm lucky that one of my daughters frequently gives me books she just completed reading, because books, to me, are one of the best gifts I can receive. When Belle walked into the library during the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, I was as awed by the sight as she was.

I LOVE books. I like browsing through them, shopping for them, purchasing them as gifts, and receiving them as gifts. If you know me, you know I hate shopping, but when it comes to books, I make an exception. They make great gifts for everybody, and everybody who loves me know that a gift card from Barnes and Noble, Borders, or Amazon.com is more than welcome – it is treasured – and used!

When my kids were younger, I rewarded them with a new book each semester. The book store I frequented back then offered a card that allowed for one free book with the purchase of ten books. I received many free books when the kids were young, mostly due to the fact that the Little Professor also stamped our cards when the kids brought in their report cards. Though they were allowed only 2 stamps each for their A's, we quickly gathered enough hole punches for LOTS of free books.

While part of my nightly ritual is reading, holding a book while reclining in bed is difficult, because the light doesn't always hit the book at the right angle. And sometimes books are so large, holding them is downright impossible.

Another problem with books I'm currently reading is that little grandchildren are – for some reason – fascinated by the protrusions they find in my books. I can't tell you how many times I've lost bookmarks because one of my grandkids pulled one out of one of my books.

Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to locate a spot in a book that isn't marked?

Kindles don't have that problem. With a Kindle, you can mark a book and never have to worry about losing your bookmark. The newest Kindle is only about 1/3 of an inch thin, weighs only 10.2 ounces, and comes with its own lighted background. Ahh, if only...

You can also access numerous FREE books in various formats with your Kindle. The free books change periodically. Currently available are Serial by Jack Kilborn, The Joy of Pregnancy: The Complete, Candid, Reassuring Companion for Parents-to-Be by Tori Kropp, and Economic Report of the President by Council of Economic Advisers by Harry S. Truman, and so many more. (Click the links if you are interested in any of the books.)

If you are as book-crazy as I am and you've considered purchasing a Kindle, I invite you to click any of the links in this blog under the word, Kindle, and get your own! I'll actually benefit financially if you decide to go through me to get your Kindle or any of the books that are linked in this blog (or even the Beauty and the Beast movie). What do you get in return? My undying appreciation. Sorry, wish I could offer more.

Monday, June 7, 2010

UPDATE on Recent Blog Posts and Articles

My writing has come almost to a complete standstill lately, but I have managed, since April 22nd to write some articles and blogs. What follows are links to the most recent articles and blog posts:

Want to know The REAL Difference Between Men and Women? Click the link to find out. It probably isn't what you think it is.

Or maybe it is. And guess what? Though I wrote the article with a comedic bent, I just discovered a book, entitled Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women (published in 1992 and written by Anne Moir and David Jessel). You can click that link as well if you want to purchase their book. My article is much funnier, I'm sure (smile–wink).

On a more serious note, you may want to read an article I end with a question mark, Noah's Ark Found on Mt. Ararat? The reason I question the find is because it's something that has been discovered before. Click the link and read the article to see if you want to read my thoughts on the subject. And if you're looking for a cute Noah's Ark present for a preschooler, click on Melissa & Doug Noah's Ark Shape Sorter.

My next very serious article has to do with the sun, sunscreen, and skin protection. I've learned a lot about radiation after having gone through 36 radiation treatments. Read How to Protect Your Skin with More Than Sunscreen by clicking on the link. You'll learn about which products are best for skin protection. Here's another link – to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF-85 – now THAT is protection.

Anybody going to the Chicago Bears Camp this summer? I polled some people from Bourbonnais to find out their favorite eateries and came up with a great list. Read Chicago Bears Camp Bourbonnais – Best Places to Eat to find out where to go. Leave a comment on the bottom of the article if you have other places you'd recommend. I tried writing the Bears fan club to see if they would place a link to the article on their web site, but, sadly, they are ignoring me.

If you've been following my breast cancer journey, please read Diagnoses: Breast Cancer – Part IV. Maybe you know somebody who has been diagnosed with breast cancer – the article (along with links to previous articles) may help somebody who has been dealing with breast cancer.

On a lighter note (be forewarned, the blog may disgust you), I invite you to read Cockroach Museum? And that's all I want to say on that subject. But really, you should read it – it's actually kind of funny.

And now, speaking of funny, it's time for Funny Comments Other People Post. I love it when people leave comments on my blogs or articles. This blog is about one of the funniest comments I've ever received.

 As most of you know, I grew up with a mother who was, oh, shall we say, um, no we shouldn't say anything. You might get a pretty good idea of what my mommy was like by reading The Day My Mom Made Cindy and Me Into Chia Pets. All I can say is that my mom was very, mmm, creative. Yes, I'll use that term.

Speaking of creative, here's some help for parents looking for 17 Inexpensive or Free Outdoor Activities with Links to EVEN MORE! Click the link if you are trying to prevent your child from becoming bored this summer. And here's a link to The Kids' Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences.

Ever wondered what a crapbox was? No? Neither had I until I had to ask my granddaughter, Audrey, What's a Crapbox? Click the link if you're curious.

Games, Quizzes, and Innovative Kids is pretty self-explanatory.

Inside Jokes is something we sometimes share with people who are close to us. Three of my kids have a fun (and funny) inside joke I'm sharing with you in this blog. Click the link to find out what it is.

My paranormal article this time around is actually more spiritual than it is paranormal. Spirit Connections in Close Relationships explores the potential for maintaining relationships even after the loved one is gone.

And last, but by no means least, is a blog about my grandson, Nolan who loves his poppochinos. Read Who Wants a Poppochino? to see if a poppochino is what YOU think it is.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lyn Lomasi, Marriage, Family, Bug Phobias, Games, And The Crapbox

We probably all have horror stories about bugs. I come from a family afflicted with bugphobia (a term I use to describe the outrageous hyperventilation and spastic actions taken by family members when they see a bug or even a phantom of a bug).

The phobia has been passed down from one generation to the next. Here is an example of how one of my grandchildren has been afflicted with the disease:

One day I set up a little picnic outside for my granddaughter, Audrey, and my grandson, Nolan.  After setting up their little table and chairs (Audrey is 5; Nolan is 2), and placing their meals upon their table, I went into the house to grab their drinks.

While I was in the house, I heard Audrey screaming, "I saw a shadow of a wasp on the garage," as she practically threw her back out in her race to get into the house. So I went outside to gather the food, the table, and the chairs so we could eat indoors.

"DON'T GO OUT THERE! THE WASP WILL STING YOU!"

Aww, Audrey was concerned for her grandma.

Believe me when I say I understand her fear of wasps. I had my own fearsome event when I was a young girl (you can read about it in a previous blog entitled, Road Trips In A Flintsontfossilmobile).

While having a bee (or wasp) crawl up my neck while my parents argued about what to do with the bee (or wasp) that I WAS HIGHLY ALLERGIC TO and that was GETTING CLOSER & CLOSER TO MY FACE was frightening, it didn't compare to the experience of panic I felt when I entered an apartment that doubled as a Cockroach Museum. Click on the link to read about that horrendous experience.

I felt as if my world were coming to an end. But it didn't. However, I thought that was a suitable segue as an introduction to one of my newest articles, The World is Coming to an End December 21, 2012. Click the link if you want to read MY interpretation of that fateful day.

And if you want to know The Truth: What You Must Know Before December 21, 2012, click that link, which will take you to a book written by Stephen Martin, not to be confused with Steve Martin who, I'm sure, has his own interpretation.

A t-shirt by somebody called Gildan with a humorous title you might want to check out is PARTY LIKE A MAYAN SOUTH AMERICAN DECEMBER 21 2012 CALENDAR T SHIRT (adult xl). I might get one and sleep in it the night of December 20, 2012.

And if you're interested in getting rid of wasps, try the Fatal Funnel - 6 Wasp & Hornet Traps (Mom & Cindy, I know you'll want to take advantage of them).

And, forgetting segues for a moment, if you want to know Why I Might Not Follow You On Twitter, click that link too.

These next two articles have to do with family matters. The first one, Why We Have Children, Get Married, or Have Pets was a question I had asked myself from time to time. When I came up with an answer, I decided to share it with others to see if they agreed with me.

The next article, The REAL Difference Between Men and Women, provides an answer that might surprise you. Or not. Decide for yourself.

In keeping with family issues, you might enjoy When Little Boys Want To Marry Their Mommies, which is fairly self-explanatory, or a question I'm sure you've NEVER asked yourself, What's A Crapbox? See if you can guess what it is before you get to the comment below the blog, because even as I wrote the blog, I had no idea what it was.

And last of all is a blog I wrote because I was so impressed with a fellow Associated Content writer's creativity that I had to include her in my Help For Single Parents blog. Click on the title to read, FUN, NEW, Learning Games – a Lyn Lomasi Inspired Blog.

By the way, the photo above is indicative of how my grandchildren clean the shelves at Barnes & Noble. Nolan is pictured in the photo taken with my iPhone. If you want to read how I got my iPhone, click How Sushi Became an iPhone.

Because these little critters bug me (ha ha, little pun there), and thankfully I don't have to worry about them, I would like to offer help to anybody interested in getting rid of cockroaches. Please click the link for Biocare Extra-large Professional Strength Cockroach Trap - 6 Long Lasting Traps - Non Toxic.

As always, thank you for reading. Please leave comments – they tell me I'm not writing this for only me. And yes, I know – sometimes Blogger won't let you leave a comment, but try if you can, OK? Thanks again.

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