The Running of the Grunion

Update: Grandma Chatterbox is still in the hospital after her surgery and will probably be released in a day or two. I’ve been busy trying to arrange home care for her and haven’t been able to write or respond to many of your posts. If you haven’t heard from me please know that I look forward to catching up with my reading as soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite posts from last year.... Christmas is ...

Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year!

“New Year’s Day – Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year! Start with a Thank You..! Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year! ♥Happy New Year! What will you remember most about 2011? Aside from the many earth-shifting international events, I will remember the goodwill of many people in the world; helping others, sharing ...

How to Make a Fresh Flower Lei

Having a beach or Hawaiian Luau themed party? You must make a lei! Nothing says “beach” quite like the lei. Leis are necklaces that can be make with just about any material that can be strung together, from candy to feathers. But of course, the most popular leis are made of flowers. Fresh flowers are the best, as they are the most fragrant and attractive, but artificial ones can also be used in a pinch. Just about any fresh flower can ...

Musings: We Are The 99 Percent…

“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”  Saul Alinsky Musings: We Are The 99 Percent... A protester holds up a 'We are the 99%' sign Musings: We Are The 99 Percent... Occupy Wall St camp at Zuccotti Park Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade or the Tournament of Roses Parade is an annual festival  where the main attraction is the parade of larger than life, intricate flower-covered floats! The event is held on New Year’s Day (or the day after if the holiday falls on a Sunday) in Pasadena, California. Along with the floats, the Rose Parade also features high energy marching bands, dancers and equestrian entertainment. Rules state that the entire float must be covered in fresh flowers, seeds, tree bark ...

Reflections: Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

“What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.” Eckhart Tolle I am a Peace Blogger just like the Lennon Wall Peace Image in Prague shows. Today I signed up for the WordPress  Zero to Hero daily challenge.  Our first assignment is to write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post. Who and Why? My initial reaction to the question was to wax ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

Trend Alert: Living Pictures with Succulents

Vertical gardening and living walls are still cool. One of the hottest trends right now in gardening/home decor is “living pictures,” where succulent cuttings are artfully woven into a frame to create a living, breathing piece of artwork that can be hung in any space! It is a fun and easy way to add some colour, texture and interest to your home. And the best part is that these living pictures are low-maintenance, which would be perfect for beginner gardeners! Succulents ...

Tricks & Props

Years ago I wrote an elaborate description of the perfect writing room. I decided that I needed an antique oak writing desk placed strategically in front of a large naked window with a scenic view. I also had to have an over-stuffed chair so I could relax while conjuring breathtaking prose. I envisioned rich mahogany bookshelves bulging with volumes from all of my favorite authors. And of course I could only use a state of the art laptop (with the ...

Book Marketing, Part 3 (and a Rant)

Over a July 4 holiday visit to the East Coast, my sister had the opportunity to visit the Strand Bookstore in New York City, about which she raved to me in a recent communique. Once I got over my intense jealousy that she (1) was in New York City and (2) discovered a great bookstore, I got online and checked it out. For some reason the “embed video” code isn’t working for this one, but here’s the link: http://youtu.be/-dWBuFFxTMw. Copy ...

Are Witchcraft and Karate Similar???

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to earn a black belt in some kind of martial art. I think it all stems back to the early 1970’s when Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee was still alive, and I saw a TV commercial for his movie titled “Enter the Dragon.” I remember being 4 or 5 years old begging my parents to take me to see the movie, which they refused to do. It wasn’t that they necessarily were opposed to ...

New Definition of a Scratch Pad

New Definition of a Scratch Pad

The other night, I was practicing shooting video with my new Kodak Zi8 HD pocket video camera. I just so happened to catch this video snippet of our cat digging through some toiletry supplies that had been moved during our recent remodel. Not really sure why this little video struck me as funny, but I thought I'd pass it along. Question: Are you a cat person, a dog person or "no-pets" person.

When the Chips Hit the Fan

Life is like a game of poker, random numbers and faces, shuffled together in fluky sequences, dealt daily by fate, who greets me at dawn and says, “Good morning Leah, here is your hand for the day, I have only one question to ask….do you feel lucky today?” I hold my hand close to my chest and slowly fan the cards out. Yikes! It looks dismal. But wait, is that an ace of hearts I see? I stare blankly forward, ...

Open Letter to the Apple iPhone5

Dear Apple iPhone5, A lot of people have been waiting for your arrival this week – which is fine but at the risk of upsetting the Applecart I have to ask….do we really need you Apple iPhone5? Supposedly, you’re the greatest thing since sliced Apple bread – but based on Apple’s tendency for overblown marketing hyperbole I suspect that you haven’t actually fallen that far from your most recent Appletree product the iPhone4S. Just so we’re clear “5″ (is it ok if I ...

Yikes – Two Months without Posting

Some artists, brave souls, create in full view of their audience. I would be ashamed of myself, except the main reason for my absence is that I was writing/revising/reading toward a better manuscript. No excuse, you say? You’re probably right. But I’m still on the blog-learning curve. I find that my more automatic go-to spot for communicating re book stuff is my Yours In Books Facebook page (click on the “Facebook” button in right margin). It’s quick, noninvasive, and ties directly/efficiently ...

7 Questions With an Author: Karen H. Sherman, PhD.

This is my weekly series titled 7 Questions With an Author... where I pose seven questions to an author and then share their unedited answers here. Today's author is Dr. Karen Sherman who is a licensed psychologist who focuses on relationships. In her own words here's part of her mission as a counselor: I work with people in a number of ways - in private practice, teaching college courses, and now more "public" education through my books and other products. I truly ...

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Five Things I Don’t Want To Be Doing During An Earthquake

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As a California resident I am reminded of the importance of earthquake preparedness on a daily basis. I know we are overdue and I do have certain items in place in case of emergency but the biggest danger is that you don’t know where you will be when it hits. It would be nice to have ample warning so you could get yourself to an open field because it isn’t the earthquake that injures people it’s …

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Good Morning Vietnam er… Iraq

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Good Morning Vietnam er Iraq! As President Obama readies to send some 300 troops to Iraq in an “Advisory Capacity” lest we who served in the Vietnam War era forget, there was a “group” of “Advisors” then too, called MACV. For those not familiar with the Vietnam (non – war, we couldn’t call it a war) I have …

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Where are the words?

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What am I scared of? There is an endless pool of words waiting to be written, but they refuse to take to the page. The only emotion that surfaces during the process is terror – why? It has been about four weeks since I worked on either of my books, and to say my posting on this blog has basically been non-existent is possibly an understatement. Initially I could blame being …

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Doubts

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Doubts. Doubts. Doubts. Doubts are everywhere. Doubts are surrounding me, engulfing me, consuming me. Doubts are eating at my soul, piece by piece, morsel by morsel. What am I doing? I’ll never be good enough. I am never good enough. Useless, hopeless, ridiculous. No one understands. No one knows the truth. What is the truth? What I know …

The Kid Got to Me

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When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. …

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Stuck In The Middle With You (Hundreds of Drivers)

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I used to have an art teacher that spoke of tilling the soil of your mind. She insisted that if you begin doing things differently like opening doors with the opposite hand you normally do, trying a new restaurant instead of that same old place or taking a different route to work, it tends to stir up the imagination and stimulates the mind to create. I can’t say I totally agree with that …

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Why Lie?

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Why lie? Dear Ms Bréagadóir, You stood there, looked me in the eye, showing concern, and that you cared. Surrounded, as we were, by hypocrites, I took your consideration at face value, because I had seen no involuntary withdrawal, nothing at all to indicate you were anything other than genuine. In the following weeks, I discovered you were, …

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