Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Beatles!

John, Paul, George and Ringo…




I don’t even need to give you their last names. Whenever we see or hear those four names together, our brains click immediately. Four individuals, one entity, The Beatles.

I was just a tiny tot when they came to America in the 1960s, but with a teenage sister in the house, I grew up listening to their music vibrating from my sister’s old phonograph. By the time I was a teenager, the “Fab Four” had decided to go their separate ways. I actually witnessed first-hand music by the solo artists -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The other night, as I was channel surfing, I came across the movie “A Hard Days Night.”  As I watched, I was reminded how spectacular and unique John, Paul, George and Ringo were when they became one band, The Beatles. Together, this group was magic.

The next morning, as I waited for the bus with neighbors, one gave us an enthusiastic critique of Paul McCartney's concerts earlier that week in Delaware and at Philly's Well Fargo Center. Another of my neighbors said he wouldn't want to see Sir Paul, who turned 73-years-old this month, in concert without the other three Beatles. We all agreed The Beatles was like no other band in rock music history. 




I thought about posting my favorite Beatles' tunes, but the list was getting too long (because nobody can have just one favorite Beatles' tune). Instead I've included this short sampling via YouTube link. How about you, readers? Do you have a favorite Beatles tune?

Enjoy and have a great week, Everyone!

Best Beatles Song per Album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmcDWddTS





(YouTube video c/o BeatlesList; photos c/o facebook.com/thebeatles)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!







Wishing my dad, and all the dads out there, a very happy Father's Day!






(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

How Do You Think?




Recently, I submitted a story to a publisher. After an initial read, the editor offered to take another look if an additional 2,000 words were added.

My initial reaction was “2,000 words? No sweat,” but I discovered adding those words was easier said than done. I stared at my computer screen. Nothing. 

I picked the awesome brains of several of my RWA buddies and after reworking two scenes, I was still 500 words short.





Philadelphia is a "walkable" city. After leaving my day job one beautiful Spring afternoon, I walked through Washington Square and towards Philadelphia’s Historical District. So many sights to see, so many visitors, I hadn’t realized that I had been walking, thinking, and learning. As I strolled along Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street, I overheard a guide tell his group that back in the time of our founding fathers, fire companies were for-profit institutions. If your house caught fire, and you hadn’t paid your dues, you were out of luck.




I browsed the gift shops at the International Visitors Bureau and the National Constitution Center than headed over to Franklin Square. By the time I returned to my bus stop, I had walked over three miles. Not only did I solve my problem with how to come up with the extra 500 words, but I got an idea for a future story, the blog post you're reading now, and an upcoming post.

Friends, when you need to think, or be inspired, what do you do?

Happy Flag Day and have a good week, Everyone!


(photos c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Crimson Romance!




Crimson Romance truly believes "it is better to give than to receive." In honor of the romance line's third birthday, Crimson is offering readers FREE books. Visit Crimson's website and submit your email each week during the month of June for a free download of a Crimson bestseller. Each Monday a new selection will be offered. 

To leave your email address, visit, http://www.crimsonromance.com/summer-2015-giveaway/#sthash.yhaPcgrb.dpuf



Have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Sizzles at The Romance Reviews!



Get ready for Summer fun with 
 The Romance Reviews!


The Summer season is here which means lots of time for pool and beach reading! I'm excited to be one of over 300 authors taking part in The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads!!

Beginning 12 a.m EST on June 1st until the 30th, check out TRR website (http://www.theromancereviews.com/) for lots of fun, games to play, and awesome giveaways including a print copy of Magic Moment along with a Starbucks Gift Card.There are over 350 prizes up for grabs with TRR's Sizzling Summer Reads Grand Prize of a $100 Gift Card.

For a list of participating authors and publishers, visit, http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php?prize=1

Enjoy the party, and have a great week, Everyone!



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Remembering our Heroes...





This Monday, May 25th, in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day. 

While we think of it as the "unofficial" beginning of the summer season, and enjoy picnics and parades with our families, we all should stop and reflect on the philosophy behind our day off from work. 


Memorial Day, set aside each year as the final Monday in May, is a day to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Let's take some time to remember and say a prayer for those who gave their lives for us to celebrate on this day.


Friends, have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.



(photo c/o pippalou at morgueFile.com)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Misunderstood Friend, the Wolf...





Yes, he's big, but no, not bad! I find that stereotype rather annoying. I refuse to read tales like Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs without offering a disclaimer first. 

Wolves are highly social (with each other), protective, loving creatures, and the image portrayed over the years is a gross misinterpretation. As I once said to my little four-year-old neighbor, "wolves are more afraid of you than you should be of them."

Last week I saw the obituary for Michael Blake, who passed away in Arizona at the age of 69. Blake, who was an outspoken advocate for numerous social issues, including literacy, is best know for writing the novel, "Dances With Wolves." Published in 1988, I read "Dances With Wolves" long before seeing Kevin Costner's movie because of my love for the wolf. The film went on to win multiple Academy Awards including a Best Screenplay for Blake and Best Director for Costner.





There are many organizations offering protection to wolves in their natural environment, and refuge to those with circumstances that prevent them from surviving in the wild. If you love, and respect, wolves as much as I do, here are a few organizations you might want to check out.


Wolf Sanctuary of PA

http://wolfsanctuarypa.org/

Wolf Haven International

http://www.wolfhaven.org/

Defenders of Wildlife

http://www.defenders.org/


Anyone who may be interested in reading the novel, Dances with Wolves, I've included the Amazon link for the 2002 reissue, http://www.amazon.com/Dances-Wolves-Michael-Blake/dp/0972475303/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y


Have a great week, Everyone!



(photos c/o facebook.com/WolfSanctuaryPA)