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How long have you been writing?

I started writing books at the age of six.  Make that writing ON books.  On matchbooks to be exact.  Trying to convince my father to give up cigarettes.  He would open up the cover, in preparation of lighting up and there would be a little poem from his daughter saying something like:

When you fill the house with smoke,
It makes me want to cough and choke.
Put down the matches and just think smart
Will you please stop breaking your little girl’s heart?
Thank You!

Did that work?

No.  He had a heart attack at age 39.

Where has writing led you today?

I have one novel “out there” currently titled, “Lullabies & Alibis” – –   the story of a woman who desperately wants a daughter but keeps birthing sons.  I was interviewed about my book and featured in Elle Magazine with a lengthy article filled with misquotes and ugliness. From there a famous So Cal radio station picked up on it and trashed Me and the subject some more.  I had to hire lawyers to deal with a Slander lawsuit.   Eventually I got a phone call from 20/20 television show saying that Barbara Walters was doing a special on the same topic and would I fly to NYC to be a guest on the show?  I declined.

You turned down Barbara Walters?

Yes. Sort of.

You don’t have a lot of sense, do you? Ok, which

five adjectives best describe your personality?

Intuitive, Original, Impatient, Impulsive, (Hey, they all start with vowels!  Let’s see if I can keep that up for the fifth) Outlandish.  Oh and Searching.

Searching is not an Adjective. And doesn’t start

with a vowel.

That’s right.

Why doesn’t this Blog always stay within the

theme of Aging like its title implies?

See all five Adjectives above.

Alrighty, I’m the one with the bigger font so you

should probably be a bit more respectful.

We’re one and the same person.

That would mean you are talking to yourself.

I’m actually writing to myself, not talking. There is a difference.

Will you please leave this page now? You’ve

become rather irritating.






Is that a “Yes?”



Are you gone yet?












I’m still here.  Made ya scroll!  But here’s your reward for being tenacious and observant:

The Truth:  I hesitated sooooooo long accepting Barbara Walter’s offer that a  20/20  Producer called me to announce, “We’ve decided to take the show in a different direction.”   Translation:  You’re finished!

That’s Show Biz!  It’s just as well.  They probably would’ve torn me apart in the editing room much worse than Elle magazine did.

44 thoughts on “FAQ ABOUT THIS BLOG

  1. I found your article about your teenage daughters phone tonight. It hit very close to home as I am currently embattled with my own daughter about very similar actions. It’s been a year of tears, stress and Internet blockades. What once was note or at worst a poleriod has become so much more for today’s youth, pushing them deeper and faster into life then we want them to venture. I dont consider myself a unrealistic parent, i know she will have sex someday, I know she will not always make good choices, but I wish i wasn’t so worried today, what will come when shes 16,17 or older. It’s good to read and hear I am not alone. Good Luck! And good job reaching out to the other parents.


    • Thank you so much for finding your way here to comment. I have been really beside myself feeling helpless and also getting a lot of flack for being so “lackadaisical” about her phone or what I call trusting, by Facebook parents who read the article and think it’s all my fault. What is your opinion of this?

      Starting a “Neighbor Watch Program” for Our Kid’s online?? It’s a very rough, preliminary idea I have. We have neighborhood watches for our homes…. Why not online too by banning together and reporting “suspicious” activity to any parent who is on an “I Want To Know!” List? It could be a Facebook page (classified by specific schools) with parents signing up with their child’s name (or who they go by online) and an email address to reach the parent to let them know if you’ve encountered their kid’s name involved in “online things” you’d want to be told about if it were your own child.

      Well at least I don’t feel as helpless if I Try and brainstorm ways to help this issue. And thanks to readers like you chiming in, I also don’t feel quite so alone. Really appreciate the comment!


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  4. You are so full of snark, wit, sarcasm – your blog is something special (and I don’t mean that in the short bus kind of way). Thank you for writing, for being you, and for the laughs. I certainly needed them today.



  5. You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I apologize if you’ve already been nominated, but then again…it could be a good thing if it brings us more followers! I was nominated and picked 10 blogs to nominate. Some are under 200 followers, some are not. These are blogs that really spoke to me and the timer cut me off from spending too much more time scrolling the blogo-sphere looking for new blogs!
    So just go here http://dawnengler.com/2015/03/20/liebster-award-nomination/ for all the pertinent info!


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    • Hi! Thank you and yeah, he did finally stop smoking. In ICU at the hospital. 😦
      I will never forget the films they would show us in the auditorium during 4th-6th grades, filled with horrific black lungs and people who had to talk with that scary box in their larynx from emphysema. They were designed to deter US kids from starting to smoke when we got older, but nobody realized the terror/panic those things instilled in my heart because I had a daddy (whose actions I had ZERO control over) to worry about at home. Anyhow, your blog is terrific and you are more than welcome to blog this, if WordPress lets you do that with About pages? Or just the poem part (with a link to me) if that’s the main thing you want. I think more smokers should be aware of the sleepless nights it causes their young children. And this was WELL before they knew about second-hand smoke. I would have really gone crazy back then because he drove with the windows closed, lighting up over and over. Ugh.
      So glad our paths crossed!


      • The pleasure is mine. Yes, I would like to post your poem with a link to your blog tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Today I already posted something about addiction (my 2 cents) and it took me forevery and who knows, somebody might actually read it lol.


  8. You definitely are a writer. Only a writer would count the number of adjectives that begin with a vowel, then give the line a little twist with a consonant. Too many vowels and you’ve got a gang. Pretty the consonants show up and you have West Side Story.

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  10. My reason for writing : Irene, a fellow-blogger, very kindly asked me to take part in a ‘Writing Process Blog Hop’ which I’ve never done before and knew absolutely nothing about!

    For my part I need to invite three other bloggers/writers whom I respect enormously and that’s why I’m inviting you all to take part! I really hope you are willing to join in as I think it will be a great way for you to promote your writing and gain readers.

    It works like this: First of all, I would like to ask each of you to write a brief bio and then send it to me together with a photo. I then prepare my post with Irene’s bio and photo at the top (as the blogger who invited me) and then write about my writing process by answering 4 questions.

    Then below that I post each of your bios and pics by way of introducing you. I hope you have the time to do this, it isn’t super urgent as I still have to fine tune some of my answers to the questions etc but I would like you to be part of it. You were one of my first readers and I have always loved the way you write.


  11. I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
    I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it! http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/

    With love,


    • What an absolutely lovely thing to do. Nobody has ever done that for me and I must say, you’re making me want to “Pay It Forward!” right this second. Thank you for such a sweet comment and an award I will cherish. Thank you Joe.


  12. Yes I do thank you. Firstly, thanks for popping over my place that was very nice, I like visitors. Secondly this is a brilliant intro. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that as I talk to myself all the time. You made me stop and think about what I say to myself and realised why I wouldn’t use it, cos all I say is blah blah blah…not interesting. I will leave the brilliance to, cheers randomrose.


    • How divine of you to come – – doesn’t it feel like we should serve each other tea on our respective blogs? lol. I think everyone can relate to that mind-chatter. If you liked this, You might like to read this other recent posting of mine (a bit more serious than what you found on this page, and actually a rarity for me on a humor blog — but I simply had to write it.) You’ll probably see why I said your daughter and I sound rather similar.
      Thank you so much for visiting, RandomRose!!


    • Maggie…. So good of you to step into my parlor. ;-). Teasing you, my friend–(my Iron Maiden!) I actually made this page very recently so you’re one of the first to happen upon it. And I am so glad you did. At 2 am I am downright giddy to find your comment here. 😉


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