Misogyny and Politics are Strange Bedfellows

  Have you ever seen something that made you say, “Well, now I’ve seen it all.”? That phrase runs through my head every time I see women supporting Drumpf. Have that many women completely lost their self-esteem? Do they really believe we should be treated as second-class citizens? Isn’t it bad enough we still have to fight to get equal pay for equal work? It certainly won’t happen with a Drumpf for president, or any Republican, for that matter. Not even Kasich. When I see women at Drumpf rallies I often believe they are there because their ‘man’ made them.
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What Happens in Vegas? #BAM16!

  It is Friday, April 22nd and it has been a week! Let me explain. This time last week I was sitting in the Phoenix airport with my friend, Doreen McGettigan, (who was kind enough to let me stay with her Thursday night because she’s 10 min. from the airport as opposed to my 2 hrs.), wondering what the hell we were doing in Phoenix. Our flight on #americanairlines was supposed to be a direct flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, where we were heading for the #BAMC16 blog conference. The first we knew anything about going to Phoenix was
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Life, Family, Blogging and BAMC16

  It has been a month! My last post was March 31 but it seems it’s been ages. Since then we’ve buried my father-in-law’s ashes and he is now at rest with mom. It was quite an ordeal putting it all together. Dave was obsessed with making sure nothing was left to chance. The only thing he hadn’t counted on, and none of us had, was freezing rain and snow on April 9th! Despite Mother Nature, it was a beautiful service and a wonderful send off with family and friends. We spent the night in town, which was good because
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Grandpa Munster and an Orange Buffoon…a rant

  It’s been a while since I’ve ranted here and if I don’t let the rage out I will implode. I know many of you feel the same rage and angst I do in this insane political season. The logical side of my brain believes this insanity will end before we all go to the polls. We are all going to the polls, right? If you don’t vote the idiots win. Never forget that. And, this year there are the biggest and most dangerous idiots I’ve ever seen!       I want someone to create an app that will
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Funny ‘Dad’ Stories

  It’s been a long week. My father-in-law passed away last Saturday. He was 97 years old and in bad health, mentally and physically, for the past two years. First came relief. We’ve been praying for a peaceful end to his languishing. No one wants anyone they care about to suffer. I believe we, collectively as a family, suffered more than he did. He was mentally unable to grasp his condition.     He was being cremated so there was time to gather everyone together. But, since his ashes were delivered to our home, we felt a real need to
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Randomness

I realized this morning it has been over a week since my last post. I try to get at least one out every week but, sometimes life requires me to step away from the computer. When I wasn’t away from the computer this past week I was working on the memoir. Today it is gorgeous outside and heading toward 70 degrees so, this will be a short post because I have to get outside and take a long walk. It seems writing isn’t good for the size of your ass and, spring is springing up all over which means, well,
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The Academy Awards, My Review

  Tell me, were you as bored to death as I was watching the Academy Awards? What the hell were they thinking?     “Ok, I think it would be fun and entertaining to take the lowest category, say, stand-in for an animated character, and make that the first award then work our way up to best picture!” said no one ever! I wasn’t sure if it was just me, or not, because we had a busy day and by the time the show came on we were semi-comatose nibbling on cheese and drinking wine. We even watched the whole
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Memoir Can Be Painful

  I’m into the first edits of the memoir and I can’t lie, it’s difficult. I found this chapter from the very first time I attempted to write this book. It was NaNoWriMo of 2011, believe it or not. It was so difficult to relive these experiences I dropped out. But, this year I succeeded in getting through all 50k words and calling it a first draft. Some of the stories bring tears to my eyes to this day. My heart breaks for the little girl. Me. Trying to be a parent at twelve years of age because the real
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Warm and Fuzzy Faces

  I will end this Blogaversary-palooza with a little poem I wrote years ago and shared early on this blog. I’m no Elizabeth Barret Browning, I know, but sometimes things come to me in rhyme. And, if you can, I would love for you to share a photo of your pet, if you have one, in the comments.  These are all pet portraits I’ve painted, so if you’re interested in having a portrait of your fur kids, please let me know. I love doing them!       Benson   Cosmo   Duffy   Ode to Pets By B. Hammond
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There is Always a Silver Lining

As we continue the retrospective here during Blogaversary month I thought I would share this post which has links to some of the darker moments I’ve written about but, also explains, (as best I ever could), how a positive attitude can keep your spirit alive. There’s also a link to a guest post I wrote for Daisy HIckman’s Sunny Room Studio. If you’re not familiar with Daisy I hope you will take the opportunity to explore her blog and get to know this amazing woman. b The entire Worst Step-father EVER series, (links are on the about me page), was very
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