Now Everyone Can Sing Happy Birthday!

In 1893, Patty and Mildred Hill composed the Good Morning Song and sang it to Patty's kindergarten class. In 1922, the sisters published the Everyday Song Book containing the Good Morning and Birthday Song. The Summy Company bought the rights in 1935. For the next eighty years royalties have been collected for singing the popular tune. When Warner/Chappell bought... Continue Reading →

Getting My Creepy On!

Desiccated leaves, dismembered from branches, rot in the dying light and crunch like brittle bones under my boots. The wind whispers ghostly verses of songs sung long ago. Halloween is approaching. It’s time to get your creepy on. “How do I do that?” you may ask. Sometimes eating candy corn and slaying a few pumpkins... Continue Reading →

Waiting for You on Halloween Night

Why do I love Halloween? As an artist, this holiday serves as a canvas for my creative imagination. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage.” My stage is a little creepier than most. This year’s setting evokes a dark theme. With bold strokes, my home has transformed into a haunted castle where vampires lurk and... Continue Reading →

The Secret to a Long and Happy Life

This is a photograph of my parents at their breakfast table. After being married for 56 years and weathering all kinds of storms, they sit quietly and enjoy each other’s company. My father celebrated his 87th birthday two weeks ago and my mother will be 83 on Saturday. I took this photograph while back in... Continue Reading →

Random Acts of Chat

ACT I While my husband Danny drives us down the highway after our Valentine date, I wax philosophical. Philosophy is not one of Danny’s strong suits.   Me: I wish I could get over the whole, “I want everyone to like me,” thing. Danny: So do I. Me: I bet I’m not the only writer... Continue Reading →

The Visit – A Photo Essay

Hanging out with the California girls - Debra Kristi, Debra Eve, Lynn Kelley, August McLaughlin and me. We can't keep our hands off Thor. I found Debra Kristi's blog through her Immortal Mondays where she covers many different types of legends, myths and folklore. I met Debra in person while visiting California. She introduced me to... Continue Reading →

I Am a Virgin

I’ll admit it. I have never done it. It was way too risky for me. Lack of protection and the aftermath if compromised has kept me from the experience. But, I am finally ready. The idea of trying something new is pretty exciting. It will be my first time and then I’ll no longer be... Continue Reading →

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