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Friday Fragments… Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month I attend a Press Club Luncheon. I enjoy most of the guest speakers we have but this past week our speakers were interesting and actually fun. They brought puppets; they actually design/build and operate puppets. They were cute too, the guys and the puppets!

Monkey Boys Productions  is a unique multi-medium production company that creates puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects, and entertainment for film, television, and stage.

Co-founders Michael Latini and Marc Petrosino blend their experience in the entertainment field, their unique sense of fun, and their clients’ needs, along with old and new techniques, to create stunning work.

These guys built the props, including the moving podium for the Melissa McCarthy/ Sean Spicer skit on Saturday Night Live. Have you seen the skit?


How cool is that?

Could politics be more interesting? I know some are so upset but I am definitely not in the camp that thinks it’s the end of the world. I think it’s all so fascinating to watch and I’m confident when all the dust settles we will all be better off for it all. As far as the health care bill being trashed, I couldn’t be happier. This is exactly what I hoped would happen. That new health care bill was just a mirror image of Obama Care. They need to put together something that works for everyone and it needs to be 100 pages or less. Honestly I wish they would just repeal Obama Care and not replace it at all. When the Government gets involved it creates too much paperwork, too much bureaucracy and it always cost more! I would prefer they allow health insurance to be purchased over state lines and then let the markets scramble to pick up the pieces. The best companies will win the consumers and the prices will drop dramatically. For those low income seniors and families, Medicaid needs to cover them and it needs to be fixed so good doctors will accept it. For those that voted for President Trump, they are not upset with him at all. I think most if not all are disappointed, even furious with Paul Ryan for trying to sell BS.

Are you following the April the giraffe saga? I have said all along her name is April and that baby giraffe will be born in April. I’m hoping for April Fool’s Day. She has been pregnant for 18-months now and her baby will be six-feet-tall at birth.


Who is participating in the A-Z April Blogging Challenge? This is my 5th year. My theme this year is going to be writing, because I wrote a book on writing. News on and the cover reveal for Realize Your Writing Dreams is coming soon! For more information on the Challenge:


I am looking forward to a busy Spring season. For SCORE I’m presenting 4-seminars on marketing. The NJ SCBWI is the first week of June. Registration opens Sunday! / I’m presenting a workshop there on book marketing. The second week of June is The Philadelphia Writers Conference  and I am presenting a three day workshop on The Truth about Memoir. Registration opens April 1st!

The 3rd week of June is our family beach week and I cannot wait!

I haven’t had much TV time this past week. My DVR is pretty full. I did catch up with the drama on the Beverly Hills Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. Tom and Katie get married this Monday! I was sad to hear Nick and Sonja from Married at First Sight filed for divorce

I didn’t have a lot of time for cooking this week but I did put together something so good together in the slow cooker. I’m calling it Chicken Comfort. It was like thick and creamy chicken soup. Delicious!


4 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 onion

1 family size can of Cream of Chicken Soup

1 package of egg noodles

1 can of peas

2 tablespoons of 21 Seasoning Salute

2 teaspoons of sea salt

2 teaspoons of black pepper

1 tablespoon of basil

3 large boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

Turn slow cooker on high. Add cream of chicken soup and a full can of water. Stir.

In a large skillet melt the butter then add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes then add the chicken strips. Flip the chicken several times until it is browned (or whitend.) Sprinkle the chicken with the basil, salt, seasoning and pepper. Cook another 2 minutes and add to slow cooker and stir. Turn temperature down to low and cook for 4-hours.

Cook and drain noodles. Add to slow cooker. Stir in the peas. Heat for another half hour and serve.

What are your weekend plans? I will be doing some writing and revising; creating a slide show for Monday’s Resisting Happiness Series and attending a Neumann University Baseball Game with my granddaughter Allyson. Her boyfriend, Danny is playing.

Have a Blessed Weekend,


It’s #MusicMonday w/#LilEdd


I’d like to introduce you to a talented young Independent Rapper from North Carolina, Edd Rosa or ‘Lil Edd as he is known by his family and his fans.

After a failed relationship in middle school resulted in a broken heart, Edd began expressing his feelings by writing lyrics. He wrote verse after verse.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…


Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post in the comments…

We’ve been having the most unusually warm winter and deep in my gut I knew…it was coming.

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Music Monday Meet Erin McAndrew/Skeleton of Life


So many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through them, holding them together. Most of my saddest memories have music attached too. I married a DJ so he has a story for every song he hears too!

Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on Music Monday posts for the longest time.

My Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

This week I want to introduce you to another newcomer, Erin McAndrew. She has a beautiful voice, grew up a few towns over and with her college band she played CBGB’s, a place that held special memories of my brother for me. I was sad to see it go. David and his Plug Ugly band- mates played there shortly before he was murdered.

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Women Called the Other “C” Word…

I tried not to get sucked into the ever churning cesspool of endless social media tit -for- tat that goes on around election time. Over the last 8-years it seems to be constant. There doesn’t even seem to be a break long enough to celebrate our wins and grieve our losses.


Growing up in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, our house was the actual precinct polling place. A few days before the election our dining room furniture was moved out and the big gray voting machine was brought in. Folks started lining up an hour or so before the poles officially opened.

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Halt and Catch Fire

Binge watching TV series has become one of our favorite past-times. It’s not like we become obsessive and not get dressed, eating only delivered pizza and Chinese food all weekend but we have done that a few times.

One of our latest favorites just started its 3rd season. Halt and Catch Fire airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 EST on AMC.


The show is based on the pre-internet tech drama of the 1980’s. If you remember those days you will appreciate the fashion, music and culture in this series. If you don’t remember those days but want to know what it was like prior to cell phones and laptops this series will be a history lesson.

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Meet Baby Bailino…

I am so excited to introduce you to author, Dina Santorelli. I really enjoyed her first book Baby Grand and cannot wait to read the sequel, Baby Bailino!



Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Queens, New York, one of the five boroughs of New York City and about ten minutes from midtown Manhattan—two hours, if there’s traffic. J

Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading or writing?

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Poldark Returns On…

One of PBS’s first hit series, Poldark first ran almost 40-years ago. The timeless classic was brought back to the small screen last year thrilling old fans like my mother who loved the original series and me a new fan.

The new season starring the dreamy Aidan Turner and gorgeous Eleanor Tomlinson begins with a 2-hour special on September 25th. Fans will be thrilled to know that season 3 has been ordered and will begin filming in September.

Poldark Books 3

In season 2 the love triangle between Elizabeth, Demelza and Ross continues as Ross fights to stay out of prison and for his life while also trying to save his marriage. Demelza still struggling with the pain of losing their baby is terrified she will lose Ross too.

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