Guns and Insanity Are Not Compatible!

  Over a year ago I wrote a post about mental illness and the demise of mental health facilities. I spent a lot of time researching the timeline of how we got where we are today. Take a look if you’re curious about how we ended up here with no mental health facilities, to speak of, for people in need. I wrote about my grandparents and their time working in the state mental hospital in Toledo, Ohio when I was a child. The stories were sad, especially the children’s stories. It was the ‘50’s and many of the mental illnesses we
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Memories and Laughs, Thanks to Mashable

  It’s funny how the past can sneak up on you in the strangest ways. I worked for a modeling agency back in the ‘70’s, then opened my own agency in the ‘80’s because I like being the boss. Is that wrong?   The one in the middle is from the old modeling days. Because I’m short my runway gigs were limited. Bridal shows always had petite fashions to sell and that meant at least two shows a year. Photography wasn’t as limiting, but in today’s world I would have been too fat at 5’2” and 105lb. If you blog
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A Pet Portrait For a Grieving Family

  Here’s the update on the portrait of Skittles…It was a pleasure to complete this piece for this family. There is still hope he may turn up, but I painted an aura around him to relay how much he is loved and wanted.   I would also like to mention how surprised I was to discover so many of you read my blog but haven’t explored the full website, which includes much of my artwork. I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out and also visit my store at Fine Art America. ____________________________________________________________________   I’ve been asked to
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Our Election Process is Now a Buffoonapalooza!

  Several weeks ago I went on a rant about war, hate, and prejudice. I suggested we start a war on stupid. Little did I know Donald Trump was about to throw his wig in the ring and become a Republican candidate for President of the United States. The level of stupid went up so fast my head was spinning. It still is. At first I thought it would be a kind of comic relief amidst the craziness coming from all (too many) of the candidates. “He’ll never divulge his finances!” I heard. But, he did. At least as far
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Habitat for Humanity, Building Homes, Helping Families

I’m just getting into my new gig, writing for the local paper, and it’s harder than I thought it would be. I’m so used to writing here, where I can share my personal feelings, instead of keeping it to ‘Just the facts, ma’am’. So I thought I would share my article with you and add my personal perspective on this amazing group of people at Habitat for Humanity. Dave has wanted to participate in Habitat for Humanity since he first heard about it. Being overworked at his job made it impossible, but he has always hoped he’d be able to
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The Cycle of LIfe, Is Not Easy to Write About

  My last post was the first draft of the first chapter of the next edition of The Duffy Chronicles. I asked for critiques and I got GREAT critiques from many of you. I am so grateful for your generosity and support. I will take it all in and continue to make it a better story. However, in the process of thinking about your ideas and advice I thought about expounding on the brief paragraph about Benson’s passing. I know many pet lovers do not want to read about a dog or cat dying. None of us wants to experience
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Potty Talk

  Years ago, when our first son was a baby, we went to the Bronx Zoo. It was a hot August day in NY. This was before zoo animals had ‘habitats’. Back then they just had a little outside space and long narrow inside cages. We have come a long way, thankfully! Anyway… it was feeding time for the tigers and everyone was gathering inside the cage area to watch. They had opened the spaces between the cages and the big cats were pacing and waiting for their slab o meat. One tiger, in particular, seemed to be performing for
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Chapter 1 of ‘The Duffy Chronicles, Adventures with Cosmo’

  I’ve been working, off and on for eight years, on the 2nd installment of The Duffy Chronicles. It has had many incarnations in that time, but nothing ever felt right so I let it go. One of the stumbling blocks was Benson. You see, Benson passed on and I didn’t know how to write about it. I’ve heard it more than once or twice from adults… “Oh, no! If the dog dies I’m not reading the book!” So, I kept trying to find ways around it but you can’t. It’s a series that I hope continues because they are fun
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Turning 65 and Feeling 40

  This week I turn sixty-five. I find it hard to believe, but there it is staring at me on the calendar, July 8th. How did this happen? When did youth disappear? I keep shaking my head and finding no answers, except how lucky I am to be here facing a BIG birthday yet still feeling 40ish, most of the time.     Not much good happened before I got married at eighteen years old. I know it seems too young, but I was old at ten. I’m an old soul even though I don’t feel the need to really
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Conversations With Dad

  I had a visit with my father-in-law yesterday. He’s almost 97 years old and is now in assisted living. I wrote about his transition from his own apartment a few weeks ago. When I stepped off the elevator I saw the back of his little white head straight ahead of me in the dining room. He was surprised to see me, but he remembered who I was. Good start. I asked him why he was in the dining room at 3 pm. The cruise director overheard me and said they had a meeting in there at 2 pm and
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