Friday Fictioneers – Shrouded

I reached the tree as the mist was crowding in. I found the slab and pulled it away, dragging the box out into the wet grass. I saw the lock was intact. I reached for the key under the leather tag round my ankle. Their thorough body search had failed to find it. The pouch was there, the stones still inside. I took them, pushing the box back into its hiding place. I heard them coming for me.  I slid over the ...

Moosh-vega

Do you have special words in your family that aren’t found in the dictionary, words only those who share DNA with you can understand? A few weeks ago CJ was visiting. Mrs. C. fried up some chicken. After eating his fill, our son pushed away his plate and announced he’d had enough. I wasn’t finished eating and without thinking exclaimed, “Moosh-vega!” “Are you having a stroke, Dad?” CJ asked. “What was that you said—moosh-vega?” “It’s a Portuguese word your grandmother taught me ...

Haiku: Last Words…

“We dipped our fingers in the wet cement, and we wrote the truest, simplest things we knew – our names, the date, and these words: We were here.”  Karen Thompson Walker Haiku: Last Words… REMEMBER … by elizabeth obih-frank ♥ Remember to always say I love you to your loved ones daily ♥ Remember to always say please and thank you ♥ Remember to follow the promptings of your heart ♥ Remember to honor & love yourself and others ♥ Remember to stop and enjoy the smell ...

Tips and Tricks for Planting Roses

I love roses! I would like to think that no garden is complete without a rose bush or two. Roses are undeniably beautiful and vibrant! The garden seems to come alive when there are roses around! And the best part is that there are thousands of different varieties to choose from, ranging in colour, fragrances, size and form! Moreover, rose breeders are constantly  creating new varieties that are long-lasting, hardy and disease-resistant. Roses are generally available year round at local garden ...

How to Divide Peonies in the Fall

Peonies are hardy, long lasting perennials that produce beautiful, aromatic flowers in the spring and summer. They can be left undisturbed for years, but over time they can stop flowering and get overcrowded. Subsequently, they need to be divided to regain their beauty and glory. September is the ideal time to divide your peonies, when the leaves have died back. Once the plants are dug up, they need to be transplanted immediately. Here are the steps on how to divide your peonies: Prepare ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast…

“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.” Herman Melville Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast... Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast... Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast... “The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.” Voltaire All of ...

Mistaken Identity

A little later than usual, here is my effort for Friday Fictioneers this week. A big thank you to the lovely Renee Heath for the photograph this week and to Rochelle for all the time and effort she devotes to FF - we are all truly grateful. Bow, curtsy… Genre: Memoir Word Count: 100 Mistaken Identity “Stop, stop. Stop!” My son tightens his grip, his little nails dig into my hand. “What’s the matter Sam, whatever’s wrong?” I pick him up. His face is ashen. Two perfectly shaped teardrops ...

Weekly photo challenge – Create – A Bird of Paradise

As soon as I read the topic for the challenge this week, I thought of my grandmother and a piece of work she created when she was 76, after signing up for a night school course to ‘learn something a bit different”. Her eyesight was getting worse and she was suffering with arthritis in her hands, but once she had started the embrodiery course she was determined to see it through. The result of her labours was framed and put on show in the town ...

A Major Mental Milestone Achieved!

Most people will tell you that there are several factors that drive success in life, regardless of the endeavor you seek to pursue.  Those factors typically include: perseverance, ambition, education, potential, desire, creativity, hard work, luck…etc.  However, one success factor that is very often overshadowed by the other factors is mental toughness. I personally, believe that mental toughness and the ability to rebound from adversity are two critically important factors toward successful weight loss.  I think anybody who’s struggled with their ...

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), bless them, has given their own version of a thumbs-up to my book The Cleveland Rutters. An organization of volunteers, established in 1976, MBR is among the very few established review sources to include self-published authors alongside books published by small presses and academic presses. The organization is “committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.” (Visit their website to get a feel for how MBR operates.) When I was a small press ...

Committed to Keeping My Kids Uncool

In elementary school, I had a pair of hand-me-down pants from one of my older sisters that I hated wearing. To be clear, this school-age cross-dressing was imposed by my parents as a cost saving measure since they had five kids to clothe and feed. Being that I had two older sisters, 50 percent of my “gender neutral” closet (i.e. pants, pull over sweaters, zipper hoodies…etc) was technically girls’ clothes. Hand-Me-Downs From My Sisters I’m not proud of that fact, but it was an ...

Don’t Cripple Your Message….

For the past 13 years I’ve worked in corporate Public Relations, which is sometimes called Public Affairs. So that means I spend a lot of time writing and editing a variety of speeches, news releases, talking points and presentations. From time-to-time I’ll attend workshops or conferences to sharpen my writing skills. It was at one such conference that I saw the most unfortunate typo ever. A professional was set to deliver a PowerPoint slide presentation to us in the audience. I’m not sure ...

What Are You Wearing?!

Photo by Fran Murphy I have confident friend with perceptive eyes and a welcoming smile. A woman who is lovely in both heart and flesh. She dresses in exotic fabrics perfumed with romantic scents that smell so delicious they may have been imported from heaven. Her movements are naturally rhythmic like window sheers dancing on a summer’s breeze. Whimsical, she loves wearing tinkling bangles, and luminous moonstone, always adding enchantment to the ordinary. She is a palpable palate of color captivating ...

5 Worst Christmas Songs

The logo for Sirius/XM Satellite Holiday Music Channel I’m a huge fan of Sirius/XM Satellite radio.  I especially love it this time of year when they activate their commercial-free, Holiday Traditions Channel [see photo insert] where Christmas music is played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the New Year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there’s something special about holiday music. You don’t have to be Christian to enjoy this time of year or its uplifting melodies. But let’s be ...

7 Possible Downton Abbey Spin-off Shows

According to recent media reports, the second season finale for the critically-acclaimed PBS series Downton Abbey commanded the largest television ratings for public broadcasting in years. For those of us with little reason to watch government-subsidized public broadcasting, Downton Abbey is akin to the soap opera Days of Our Lives only it airs once a week and is set in England during the early 1900′s. While I’ve never watched a single episode of the show, I do know success when I see ...

Book GiveAway: Complete Jon Acuff Library Each Day

If you've read this blog for the past few months, you've witnessed my metamorphosis into a full-fledged fan of best-selling author, blogger and speaker Jon Acuff. During the past three years, Acuff has published the following three books: his first was Stuff Christians Like; followed by Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt; with his most recent Wall Street Journal best-seller titled Quitter. I've read each of these titles within the past two months, and I ...

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Brahm - alfred lives here
November 11, 2012, 11:09 am

James Bond, Streisand, Obama: what a week….

Last week was a crazy one for so many of us, from our first major blast of winter here in the great white north (a crazy 25 cm of snow)… to the frenzy over the US election (to quote Beyonce, Take that, Mitches)… and yet there is always my escape to pop culture world…

Here are some my faves from last week:

I am always happy when there is a new Streisand album, and this one is really special because while the album is new the music is not; Release Me is a collection of unreleased tracks from 1967 to 2011 which perfectionist Streisand never let the public hear before now. The whole album shines, and my favourite is Being Good Isn’t Good Enough.

Saw this on Facebook and loved it… so true!

Best Bond ever? Holy crap, super hot and typically glum Daniel Craig was everywhere this week, and was actually smiling in some of the press he did for the new Bond flick…  Bond… James Bond… must see Skyfall….

I love someecards.com, as they are smart and snarky without crossing into nasty. Or not crossing into nasty too often. And this one made me laugh, because is funny and is true.

Go away redneck misogynist bigots, YAY Obama…

This book by Richard Cohen, author of the terrific Multiple Sclerosis memoir Blindsided, is fast, fun and kind of mean. Grinch-ish Cohen doesn’t like dogs, his wife TV journalist Meredith Viera keeps bringing them home and spoiling them. I love Viera, and Cohen comes across as curmudgeonly but fun. A fun read on a winter’s night with Alfie curled up beside me.

My lifelong Sherlock Holmes obsession continues with the fab new TV show Elementary, a good find in a season of truly crappy TV. Holmes is in modern day New York, fresh out of rehab, assigned a strong-willed female caregiver (and former doctor) who happens to be named Watson, and the duo helps the local police solve crimes. Love this show.

I discovered the Facebook “name that tune” game SongPop on election night and played for hours. And got my ass kicked… quite humbling to this self-proclaimed 80s aficionado actually. Total addiction by the end of the night.What pop culture faves are you loving these days?

Brahm - alfred lives here

Brahm - alfred lives here

I began this blog in fall 2009, after seeing Julie and Julia, a movie which inspired others to cook and had no such effect on me. I have always been a wannabe writer, and always had tons of opinions, so this was a natural fit. Random thoughts, big gay opinions, sarcastic observations, shared stories, political musings, quote collecting, and lots of love for Alfred the adorable Havanese.

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