Comfort Food Foodie Friday Fragments…


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,


Imagine That…#MondayMotivation

Imagine That…

Imagine that we American women united so no person or organization could control us by dividing us. Imagine that we actually did something other than persist. Imagine us coming together to solve problems. Imagine we built a bridge on what we have in common and our differences washed away under that bridge. Imagine that…

Imagine that on the topic of:

Schools- We agree we want the very best educational system for our children. We agree that every child has the right to an education regardless of race, religion, sex or disabilities. Imagine that we got together in our small towns and our cities and created a plan, we could make our school boards, administrators and educators accountable for every cent

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Keep It Kind…

Keep It Kind

A couple of years ago around this time of year I challenged myself to make it through one week without thinking, saying or doing anything unkind. The challenge also included performing at least one random act of kindness per day.

The reason I entered that challenge was because I was full of anxiety and upset with people that were preaching and peddling kindness but only with those that agreed with and thought like them. Basically that meant only when it was easy for them to be kind.

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Guest Post/ The Trump I Knew…

Thank you to Debra Wallace for sharing her memories of President-Elect Donald Trump with us. I think with the sadness, disappointment and real fear that some are feeling its important for us to remember that our politicians do start out as real people with real families and friends. Like the rest of us, they all have a story. Now that the election is over I am hoping we can move forward and all start looking for the good, the positive and any shimmer of light we can find.

Debra Wallace is an award-winning internationally-syndicated journalist, author, blogger, social services reporter, and entertainment writer. To learn more about Debra and her work: Wallace Media Services.

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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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August is the Sunday of Summer and the Election…

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path from writing to publishing, marketing and publishing again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.


August is the Sunday of Summer and this Year it is also the Sunday of another Election Cycle

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Mind Your Social Media Manners…

On Wednesdays I like to share information on writing, publishing and marketing.

Writer Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

Mind Your Social Media Manners

What in the world did we do with our time before social media? I for one was definitely more productive writing wise and my house was much cleaner than it is now. I have a feeling that social media killed most of the daytime soap operas. Why watch scripted on T.V. when we can scroll through non-stop reality.

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Its Release Day for The Stranger In My Recliner!

Its release day for The Stranger In My Recliner! I am overwhelmed and filled with gratitude for all of the kind words about Sophie’s story. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

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Zee End

Today’s post is my final in the 2015 annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:


a-z 2015 Z

My theme this year was An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of, Sophie.  Sophie is the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The night that she walked through our front door changed me.

That book will be out later this year.

So; I decided this year’s challenge posts would be on programs that actually help the homeless and the mentally ill, programs that don’t, when did homelessness become a problem and what or who caused it, famous homeless people, famous people that help the homeless and the mentally ill, what you can do that will help in a real way and a whole alphabet more…

Zee End

I thank you so much for following along this month with Sophie’s story. I hope her story inspires you to do something to help the homeless and or mentally ill in your community by writing letters to your community leaders, politicians and churches insisting on homes not hospitals or jails for the homeless.

If you have any suggestions or want to share what you have done please post on twitter using #sophieschallenge.

Happy May and thank you again for following along,


I’m one of Lisa’s Live Wires! Lisa was a fabulous challenge co-host Lisa Buie-Collard

My fellow live wires:

Rhonda Albom – Bob R. MilneTamera NarayanStephanie FarisHeather McCubbin

*I am a day late because I was admitted to the hospital. I will be fine, cannot wait to get home!


Today’s post is part of the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Each day of April (except Sunday,) we write a post corresponding with that day’s letter of the alphabet. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:


a-z 2015 V

My theme for this years’ A-Z Challenge is An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which just happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of Sophie.  She was the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The book will be out this fall.


21-year-old, Daequon Norman is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He’s must use a wheelchair and has no verbal communication skills. Sometime during the first week of April Daequon’s mother, Nyia Parler walked him, in his wheel chair into the woods. She proceeded to dump him out of the wheel chair, cover him with a blanket and give him a bible. Then she turned her back and walked away. She went to Maryland to spend the week with her boyfriend.

Wheelchair in woods

On the night of April 10th, Fitzroy Anderson spotted two dear and followed them down a trail. He discovered Daequon and called 911.

Parler checked herself into the hospital in Maryland where she stayed for more than a week for an undisclosed …

Daequon remains in the hospital.

Parler was released from the hospital, arrested and extradited to Philadelphia where she was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a care-dependent person, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

She remains in jail unable to post 2.5 million dollars bail.

For a minute I felt sorry for the mother. Having a child with special needs is a 24/7 extremely difficult job with very little down time. The child does not ‘grow-up’ and go to college. There is no empty nest.

I have a grandson with special-needs. He is all I could think of when I read about what happened to Daequon. My daughter and son-in-law work very hard to keep a support system together and to keep their relationship strong. They amaze me.

Services and support were available to Nyia and her son. Actually receiving those services is a nightmare full of hoops to jump through. She made a choice not to do the jumping.

I don’t feel sorry for Nyia anymore. What do you think?

Thank you for reading,


I’m one of Lisa’s Live Wires! Lisa is a challenge co-host Lisa Buie-Collard

A-Z 2015 Minion Badge

My fellow live wires:

Rhonda Albom –   Bob R. Milne –   Tamera Narayan –  Stephanie Faris –   Heather McCubbin –   Randi Lee


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