Make Your Dreams Come True!

  It is blogaversary month and I’m sharing some of the early posts. I know many of you have been following this blog for all six years and I LOVE YOU ALL! But, for those who may be new to it, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane this month. I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for keeping me going all these years! b (I apologize for the formatting issues. The old posts have a mind of their own.)   After writing about following my dream and getting a beach house, it made
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In the Beginning…

  This blog will be SIX years old next week. When I started it I never thought it would keep on going but, thankfully, many people liked it and continue to support it and I am eternally grateful to you all. So, I’ve decided to choose some of my favorite posts through the years and share them again. Many of you haven’t been reading since the beginning, so they’ll be new to you. I’m going to cut and paste them in because with design changes over the years some are a little hinky and it’s easier to cut and paste
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Optimism, Robert Burns and Haggis?

  I’m an optimist by nature. It’s probably how I survived childhood and I’m grateful for it. But, the first few weeks of 2016 have tested a lot of optimists.   Let’s start with David Bowie, 69, and Glenn Frey, 67. Legends in music. Gone too soon. Alan Rickman, esteemed British actor, also gone at 69 years old. Is this the time in my life when people near my age start dropping off the planet? Should we take better care of ourselves? Is it too late? I started blogging to sort through ambivalent feelings about turning 60. Now, at 65,
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Nightmares of Abuse

  Sexual abuse. Simply typing it makes me uneasy. How could anyone experience it and question their memory? This has been on my mind a lot while working on the memoir. I’ve even had nightmares. I recently discovered an amazing writer, Rachel Thompson, whose survival story is epic, in my mind. The piece I read was on The Good Men project and began with, “I did my first blow job at six years old.” That will get your attention. I’ve since read a lot of her work and it has resonated with me in many ways. On her blog today
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New Year, New Goals

  The holidays are over and it’s time to get down to business for the new year. I’m excited about many of the opportunities ahead this year.     I’ve signed up with a company offering to pay for endorsements on the blog. Not sure what will be offered but you can be sure I won’t endorse anything I don’t like or believe in. After almost six years of blogging, I think it’s time to make a few bucks for my work. Speaking of my work, the artwork, in particular, it was a good year for reconnecting with my first
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Tech the Halls With Balls of Folly!

  I can’t believe it’s been almost three weeks since my last post. Three weeks of tech hell and the saga continues. So, where were we? Oh, right…I decided to take the new laptop to the geek squad to transfer data from my beloved Vicky Vaio, (yes I named her and I love her), onto my shiny new HP Envy. I haven’t a clue about the name because my experience to date hasn’t been the envy of a soul. The big box store with the geek squad is over forty minutes away on a good day, but this had to
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Tech Headaches Are THE Worst!

  I bought a new laptop because my Sony Vaio is seven years old and showing its age. Merry Christmas to me! I was worried about losing all those fifty thousand words I labored over in November, so I moved them onto my external hard drive. Now that’s full up and I have nothing else to rely on. Sony no longer makes computers, which breaks my heart. However, I am typing this post on my trusty Vaio because I can’t do a damn thing on the new HP Envy. I am frustrated to tears every time I try. Isn’t it
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You Gotta Have Friends to NaNoWriMo!

    I’ve made it through NaNoWriMo and now the real work begins. The word count, 50k, was met but over the course of writing all those words something completely different from my original intent evolved.     I readily admit much of the word count came from blog posts that date back to the beginning of this blog in 2010. Seems I was purging some inner angst, which is often helpful. Back then I thought no one was reading my words, except a few friends and maybe the occasional family member, so I held nothing back. In the winter
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Ramblings From a Sleep Deprived Writer

  I will begin with a disclaimer. I am sleep deprived today so beware. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sleepless night and I haven’t missed them at all. I know I dozed a bit because twice I realized the dogs had taken up even more real estate on my side of the bed. They know when to move in. They can’t be trusted. We have two skylights in our bedroom and I watched Orion’s belt drift from the window to the skylight and disappear. I don’t know how long that took, but I’m guessing most of
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