Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Make yourself comfortable and enjoy a round or two of Solitaire with a cup of tea or glass of wine or a mug of beer while I try and figure out what my next post will be! Good luck!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Into their town

he sang and danced;

Bohemian rhapsody,


He broke their rules

with his spirit of unrest.

They criticised yet

adored him with their confused,

bedazzled breast.

He knew.

This was his conundrum.

He remained,

and felt the squeeze;

so tight,

he could barely breathe --

until the light

could bear no more.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Emmy Nominations Are In

Pause playlist at bottom of page to hear video.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009


For peace,

should we,

the citizens of the world,

demand our Heads of State,


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Good Housekeeping Short Story Contest

A wonderful opportunity for writers! Good luck!

Enter your fictional story for a chance to win $3,000 and be published in the May 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping.

How it works: E-mail your story (no longer than 3,500 words) with "GH Short Story Contest" in the subject line to Your story should focus on the lives of women today. Your submission must be an original work of fiction, not previously published, or a finalist for any other prize or award.

Please include your full name, address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. Your story MUST be submitted as a .doc attachment or in the body of the email. Any other format will not be read.

Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone, age 21 or older, who is a legal resident of the United States or District of Columbia.

Deadlines: Manuscripts will be accepted beginning June 5, 2009. All entries must be received by September 15, 2009. Only one entry per person allowed. Submitted material cannot be returned or acknowledged. Winners will be notified in December 2009. Decisions of the judging panel are final.

Prizes: One grand-prize winner will receive $3,000 and possible publication of the winning story in the May 2010 issue. Two runners-up will each receive $750 and may have their stories published on

Guest judge: Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Handle with Care, and other best-sellers.

Read the official contest rules

Monday, July 13, 2009

Photos of Sarah and Jeremy's Wedding (6/26/09)

Collective photos of my nephew Jeremy's marriage to Sarah. It was absolutely beautiful!

To far left: Sarah walking down aisle with her dad. Top center: Carmel (SIL) and my niece, Jamie. Below center: Jeremy. Below bottom: Sarah and Jeremy. Top right: The gorgeous Bride and Groom. Below: My brother, Jerry, Jeremy's father. Second row from bottom: Jamie and Sarah's brother. Center: My brother, Jerry, and Jeremy. Bottom left: Jeremy, Sarah, Carmel (SIL), Jerry, and Jamie. Center: Sarah's brother and sister. Right: The beautiful Bride and Groom.


Blessings for a lifetime of happiness and prosperity, Sarah and Jeremy! You were made for each other!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

In Literature 100 years ago

Lyman Frank Baum was a United States author, poet, playwright, actor and independent filmmaker, best known today as the creator, along with illustrator of the Oz books, first described in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's literature novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. The road of yellow brick is an element in the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with additional such roads appearing in The Marvelous Land of Oz and The Patchwork Girl of Oz which starts in Munchkin Land. In the first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the walls are green, but the city itself is not. However, when they enter, everyone in the Emerald City (the fictional capital of the Land of Oz) is made to wear green-tinted eyeglasses; this is explained as an effort to protect their eyes from the "brightness and glory" of the city, but in effect makes everything appear green. This is yet another "humbug" created by The Wizard, a fictional character in the Land of Oz further popularized by the classic 1939 movie. In this book, the Wizard also describes the city as having been built for him within a few years after he arrived.

The Marvelous Land of Oz, commonly shortened to The Land of Oz, is the second of L. Frank Baum's books set in the Land of Oz, and the sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. However, the characters are required to wear the glasses at first, but half way through the book, no more eyeglasses appear, no more mention is made of the brilliance, but the city is still described as green. This is continued throughout the series. The only allusions to the earlier conception appeared in The Road to Oz.

The Road to Oz is the fifth of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz books. It was originally published on July 10, 1909 and documents Dorothy Gale's fourth visit to Oz...., where the Little Guardian of the Gates wears green spectacles, the only character to do so. Furthermore, although at one point, the character Tip describes it as being built by the Wizard, at another, the Scarecrow explains that the Wizard had usurped the crown of Pastoria, the former king of the city, and from the Wizard the crown had passed to him; the book, in fact, quickly concerns itself with finding the rightful heir to the crown of the city. Ozma remained the heir to the king, though both she and the original king were transformed to the ruler of all Oz. The story, however, reverted to the Wizard having built the city in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is the fourth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill. It reunites Dorothy with the humbug Wizard from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the usurpation of the king's power being done by the four witches before his arrival. The Oz books describe the Emerald City as being built of green glass; the buildings were decorated with gold as well.


Baum may have been partly inspired in his creation of the Emerald City by the White City of the World Columbian Exposition, which he visited frequently, having moved to Chicago in anticipation of the event.

W. W. Denslow, the illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was also familiar with the White City, as he had been hired to sketch and document the exposition for the Chicago Herald; Denslow's illustrations of the Emerald City incorporate elements that may have been inspired by the White City.

The quick building of the White City, in less than a year, may have been an element in the quick construction of the Emerald City in the first book.

It is also likely that Baum's favored haunt, the Hotel Del Coronado, a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, California, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California influenced its description in later books.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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