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Somebody Appreciates Me

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. And for that, I am truly sorry for leaving you all in a lurch. To say I’ve been busy is quite an understatement.

 

Right now my sweeper sits in the middle of the floor. But Heloise says that is O.K. It can be a sign that I am in the midst of cleaning. I’ll buy that. And I was going to say I have some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you. But my geography is better than that.

 

This Februa...

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Miami Book Fair Experience

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I had a wonderful weekend. I was signing books. Something unusual happened.

 

I was signing Poodle Mistress when I glanced up and saw a group of school children around my table. I smiled at them and asked if they were skipping school. A little smile back and the shaking of a head. A couple of boys wore shirts from one school. Then a couple of boys wearing shirts from another school or their school mascot.

 

Then questions from the side of the table.

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Bunny Bob is My New Love

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 10:30 PM

What happens when you are getting ready for a big event? Surely something will go wrong. Bunny Bob agrees with you.

 

Bunny Bob is a little white rabbit that lives in the field across the fence from farmer Brown and his wife. Easter is a few days away and that means all the bunnies are busy preparing those baskets. Bunny Bob included.

 

He’s not your normal bunny, however. He wants to help but he makes mistakes. That’s why he’s called the Bu...

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Wichita, Kansas

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 3:10 PM

I spent much of last week (Sept. 8 to 11) at the NFPW annual conference in Wichita, Kansas. I had a great time – reconnecting with people I see once a year; seeing new sights, learning about communications, and what others are doing. Not to mention the good food.

 

I arrived in the Aviation Capital of the World around noon. The city got its name because of the construction of planes used in general aviation, like Beechcraft and Cessna. The conference was in the hotel ac...

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Pitching books to movie producers

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 10:25 PM

I had a couple of work friends always tell me some day I’d be rich and famous. I would laugh at them. Well, now it may not be as funny. I just completed pitching both my books to movie producers. Or since they all looked so young, maybe they were assistants. (Everyone looks young to people my age, but there were at least two people in this group of 100 or so who were in their 80s.)

 

This goes back to last Christmas when I had a surprise phone call from an iUniverse mar...

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Day 1 in Las Vegas

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 9:40 PM

I’m in Las Vegas for a few days. What an excursion so far.

 

I arrived around 9 a.m. local time. Heaven knows what time zone I’m in or how many I crossed. Or how long I’ve been up. But I’m having a good time, even though the temperature was 90 degrees when I arrived and soared to beyond the 100-degree mark by mid-afternoon when I could check in at my hotel room. And it is supposed to be hotter tomorrow. At least we don’t have the 95 percent hum...

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The LA Times Festival of Books,Day 2

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Sunday, Day Two of the LA Times Festival of Books dawned dry and sunny. No rain in the forecast. Thank heaven, because putting the plastic poncho on and taking it off again the day before split the right side seam a little more each time.

 

I got to the USC campus in good time to get to the Children’s Reading tent. Henry Winkler was speaking at 10 a.m. The program started with a young husband-and-wife team singing and dancing and entertaining preschool aged children. O...

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Many Pets Are Forgotten

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Sunday, March 13, 2016, was the 74th anniversary of the Army’s creating the K-9 Corps. Moments after I posted that little fact on my Facebook page, a friend asked if I wanted to go to a pet cemetery to pay tribute to some K-9 veterans.

 

Despite a cold drizzle on my end of town, I accepted the invitation. The pet cemetery is on the other side of town, across from the airport.

 

What sad shape the cemetery is in. Burials have been taking place since the ...

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Touring the Steele Mansion

Posted on March 4, 2016 at 11:20 PM

The last weekend in February I’ve been attending a women’s writer’s retreat. This year the retreat was in Painesville, a new location for us. I thought I’d share with you a story of that mansion.


One Sunday morning early in 2011, Carol Shamakian of Painesville, Ohio, sent her husband Arthur to the grocery store for a few items. More than an hour later when he hadn’t returned, she began to worry. Soon after, he came home.

“Here ar...

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Food for Freddie

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM

Poodle Mistress is the story of my husband and me raising nine toy poodles in the first 27 years of our marriage.

 

I didn’t start writing this until about eight years after we had lost the last dog. Perhaps I had started it 30 years before that when I had a creative writing class. The assignment was to write a character description. I described one of the dogs as a person.

 

The article got set aside and I lost contact with my Muse. She found her way b...

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