Over at Java’s (where I was featured on Friday) we have Meet me on Monday :

The questions and my answers are:

1)  Favorite way to eat potatoes?   Baked with everything

2) Last package delivered to your house? Prescriptions/boring

3 ) What is your favorite scent that you love to smell?  Very tough one because I smell everything.  Right now I am loving the way Gain makes the house smell.

4) Do you smoke?  I quit on 8/28/2010 and it still makes me crazy at least 5 times every day but I am hanging tough!

5)  Are your parents married or divorced?  D-I-V-O-R-C-E; remember that song?  My mother played it for months when I was 11!


I am still trying to catch up on Friday’s Fun!


I am having a little contest on my quest to reach 500 followers before next Friday.  All you have to do is leave me a meaningful comment. (meaningful in a way that makes me teary or makes me really smile etc…) and I will send you something nice.  I chose my first winner last week and it was Unknown Mami : she left me such a nice comment (It really did make me teary) and she always either makes you laugh or cry; she is just amazing:)


We chose a venue for the (real) launch of my book and my head is spinning with emotion and anticipation.  There will be other events too.   There is so much to do and I am very fragmented.

Can you see the name?

So Pretty!

Beautiful at night!




Peyton Elizabeth is crawling. I cannot believe how big (really she is very small) she is already.


I am really looking forward to a road trip with my girls to visit with my friend Rebecca who will be launching her novel in April.  She is getting amazing reviews and I cannot wait to rub her hands for luck:)


Thank you all for hoping and praying for my other tiny grand daughter Adriana who had pneumonia last week.  It turns out she has asthma.  Her big sister had asthma when she was little and grew out of it by the time she went to school.  I hope Adriana grows out of it too because it is very scary.



Allyson and her baby sister Adriana.  This was actually taken on Halloween afterAdriana fell and got her first boo-boo’s:(





I have been trying for 2 weeks to finish 2 articles; one on post concussive syndrome and one on the awful doctor in Philadelphia that killed a woman and 7 babies.   Hopefully I can concentrate long enough to finish them this week.


My favorite quote this week comes via one of my first blog friends Beth.

I really needed to see this because I have trouble with attention.

“Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us;  it is in everyone.  As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”—-Marianne Williamson

How about you?  How do you manage to shine without feeling like you are boasting?


I met an amazing young woman via a news broadcast here in Philadelphia.  She was the victim of bullies most of her life.  She seriously wondered what she had to live for.  She is now an advocate for victims, a public speaker and she is working on her first book.  To see the video of  “Bullying: Melissa Ann Hopely’s Story “…



I really am fragmented this week.


As always I wish you all a blessed weekend and a positive and powerful week:)


38 Responses to “Monday:”

  • roz:

    Hi Doreen, Thanks for stopping by and commenting last week on my blog! Just read the little tid bits about you and congrats on quitting the cigarettes. I quit completely in 2006. Tough thing to do, but well worth it! Roz

  • Hi there Ms. Doreen, tnx for your lovely comment on my “meet me on monday” enrty. I am glad yo liked my answer and yah! I am a funny person. Just so you know I am your newest follower, hope you could visit again and follow mah blog, have a nice day…

  • glad to know you’ve quit smoking, tough job right, but i know you can make it! wow + you write too? how amazing can you get. i’ve always dreamed of becoming one + am nowhere near realizing it anytime soon, but i am not giving up. good luck on your book, hopefully we can read it here soon too….thanks for dropping by my site…am loving every second i spend here on yours..following you back..have a great one^^

  • I used to here that song alot, but not cause my parents are d i v o r c e d. My mom just loved country and western music (as it used to be called)
    too funny!!!!!!!!

  • Hi, well it certainly seems like you are busy these days 🙂 Congrats on being Friday’s featured blog, and getting your book published. I’m happy to hear that you quit smoking, too 🙂 Yay for you! You’ll be much better off in the end.

  • We never know when an experience that we have gone through can help another person…all things work for good for those who know the Lord….My Princess had Asthma when she was small, we had to do the breathing treatments twice a day…we’d sit her in the high chair and sing to her while we fed her Cherrios through the holes in the side of the mask to get her to keep it on…..I developed Asthma later in life…Congratulations on the publish of your book…I quit smoking in 1986…it will get easier, I promise.
    Have a great week,
    Mama Bear

  • My first visit to your blog! It’s good to find a fellow Tate author and come along on your journey!

  • Hi there, I am a new followers from I Love my Online Friends Monday, come by and check out my blog 🙂

  • Shoot 500? I’m hoping to creep my way up to 200 in my lifetime. I was glad to see you featured on Java’s you certainly deserve it.

  • Following you back. Hope you have a great Monday!

  • You must be really excited about the book launch. I was hoping for one myself but have since decided to self-publish. Still, I could go down that route too someday.

    CJ xx

  • Hope you got to catch your breath over the weekend! Crazy to think we are at the start of another week. Hoe you will be laughing your way through it together with me :0) From you “African” follower

  • Beki:

    Hi! New follower from “I love my online friends” You can visit me at

    Beki 🙂

  • mymy:

    my son also had asthma when he was young…really scary!

    hi! thanks for following; followed you right back! i hope you reach your 500 followers quest before next Friday. i’m no.467…you’re getting there! 🙂

  • Hi there! I’m following you from the ‘I Love My Online Friends’ blog hop! 🙂 Have a great week!!

  • Thanks for the follow, returning the favor.

  • Just popping by via ‘I Love My Online Friends’ blog hop to say hello and wish you a lovely week ahead.
    Helen x

  • I love Friday Fragments! What a great concept, this is the first I have seen of it. I am a new follower of your lovely blog!

  • Sounds like a busy week. Thanks for stopping by. I’m a new follower.

  • Hi. Im following you from Boost my Blog. I love your Blog and I’m very impress with you as a person.
    Looking forward to read more of your story..
    Take care,

  • Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Saturday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  • Wow! You really have a lot going on in that head of yours! Congrats on all the good stuff!

    I think people shine like a sunrise–sometimes, it a gorgeous, welcome sight and sometimes it’s something you tolerate because you’re not ready for it but you know it’s a good thing.

  • I always find it amazing when people can take their experiences and hardships and turn around to advocate for others. It’s so amazing!

  • Whew, that was a lot LOL Sounds like you are busy and enjoying most of it!
    I do shine without boasting. I help people who are going through the liver transplant process – both pre and post transplant. The times that I spend a few minutes just sitting and talking to someone is when I think I shine the brightest and I don’t even have to say a thing at times. Sometimes all I do is listen.

  • She is just adorable — wonderful photo!

    And congrats on being featured!!

    I’m a new follower 🙂

  • Congrats of being featured by Java!! You’re such a Great writer and friend to everyone!! Your grandaughters are both beautiful!! Praying the little one get ALL better very soon!!

    I ‘smile’ and hopefully brighten others or at least lightening there load with positive energy! I try anyway.. 🙂

    Have a Wonderful weekend, Doreen!!
    Coreen xoxoxo

  • GIna:

    You really do have so many wonderful things going on! Congratulations! And it’s a blessing that they were able to diagnose your sweet grandbaby and get to the bottom of her illness.

    I love your quote by Marianne Williamson. Everyone has a gift. Everyone has a talent. Sometimes it is hard for people to remember that someone else’s gift in no way demeans their own. What a boring world it would be if we were all the same! Keep on “shining!”

  • Beth:

    Great fragments! Hope the grandbaby continues to heal. Pneumonia is scary for anyone but doubly so for little ones! Thanks for the shout out! I love that quote!

  • Congrats on being featured.

    Lovely photo of her

    I hope you will have a relaxing weekend.

  • Hi, I just hopped over in the blog hop and I really like your site!! If you ever need a prayer warrior, count me in and let me know in my email! Congratulations on the book!! Come by my site sometime and say hello!!

  • Lisa:

    Awww my great niece is also named Peyton!!
    She is adorable.
    Woot woot to you for being featured over at Java’s…lucky you.
    happy Friday

  • Your granddaughter is absolutely adorable!! Congrats on being featured over at Java’s! If I could follow you more than once, I would… 😉

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

    Aloha: Germy Shopping Carts

  • Congrats on being the featured blogger for Follow Friday 40 and Over! I’m already a follower, so I can’t help you reach 500 – but I’m wishing you the best of luck! I love your Friday Fragments – reminds me of my mind by this time of the week! It’s always fun to get to know you and your beautiful family better. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  • Congratulations on being featured on Java’s “Follow Friday 40 and Over” blog. Also, congratulations on your book!! How totally exciting. Plus, thank you for stopping by my blog and following me. I am now following you, too. Wishing you a wonderful week – and good luck with all the zillion things you need to work on and finish. (Our “To Do Lists” sure keep growing – don’t they)

  • Appears your book launch will be a real party at a fancy place. All the best

  • Wait! I wasn’t done!

    Sorry about the asthma; that can be scary. I’m glad she’s getting taken care of.

    I try to shine without getting my light in people’s eyes, which everyone knows is very annoying 🙂

    Good luck with your articles!

  • I am so glad you got to unload all of this! You must feel ten pounds lighter!

    Bristol boyz Stomp!

  • A busy week and hopefully a relaxing weekend, your granddaughter is beautiful x

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