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“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”-Maya Angelou

Do we need to create another movement with slogans like Women’s Lives Matter or Women Own Their Bodies. So keep your paws off! Does it ever end? The recent incident has caused a welling up of stories from women who had been silenced by shame, fear, and intimidation. There is a sickening and grief that is shared with all of my gender all the way back to Eve.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Prompt word is “well.” Featured Image via

Coping With The Darkness

“One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.”-Eric Fromm

So many tragedies have been occurring, one after the other. When I am presented with a major act of violence I find myself shutting it out. In defense, a wall rises to shut out the shock. It is too much to take in. All these tragedies, hurricanes, earthquakes, mass shootings. It has gotten to the point of seeming unreal. Shocked about the man made disasters more than the natural ones.

I could relate to this post on Introvert, Dear.  If you are sensitive and/or an empath you need to limit the amount of negative and disaster news you are exposed to. Do self care to manage the stress. It is ok to avoid the non-stop news. You can counter all this negativity by contributing your positive energy to the world in a way of your choosing.

Featured image of Leaves by Robert Pascal on

Baby Buddy

Volunteer Grandpa visits babies in NICU

I posted about this yesterday but I love this photo that AARP posted on Facebook. If you click into the article you can see the whole picture with the little premature baby that David came to visit. So sweet. My grandson had to spend quite a while in NICU. We had to travel to get to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles like many families do whose children are hospitalized in these great medical centers. Children are sent there from all over the surrounding area. We were lucky in that we could visit. My daughter in law was able to be there every day and our son came there every day after work. Some parents live further away or have to be at work. I can see that it would be a comfort to them to have their babies lovingly held.

Creating Characters

This is the first Wednesday of October and time for my post for the IWSG or Insecure Writers Support Group.

October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

My characters are completely imaginary but I like to be able to figure out what makes them tick. So when I am writing about them I will explore what is going on with them (at least in my head). I like to add background, a past, or what they are thinking. I really love it when other authors do this with their characters because I find it makes their books so interesting and gives them more depth.  I do not include personal information into my characters but I do not discount doing this if it would add to the story.


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Doodling Introvert

I really like the comics by Marzi the creator of Introvert Doodles. I follow her on Facebook and can really relate to her comic drawings about what it’s like to be an introvert. There are so many cute, and funny ones. I saved one recently that I will share. It is a bingo game and I could relate to most of these squares. Yes, I have been guilty of sniffing books. I like new ones with quality paper and binding. Heavy quality paper smells better than cheaper stuff. Take it from me, a paper connoisseur.

Let’s see what others on this bingo card I am guilty of doing:

  • Can name a book that changed my life..probably several
  • Know the head librarian of my local library by name ( Nina)
  • Read until the sun comes up ( and the morning dew)…many times with a good page turner
  • Wept over tragic plot twist..many times
  • Posted a review
  • Spent a lot on books ( Barnes and Noble, Amazon) trying to get them from library now.
  • Joined a book club
  • Used emergency book marks
  • Own signed copies
  • Tried to write a book ( just starting to try short story)
  • Recommend books
  • Secretly judged someone’s literary tastes ( sometimes)
  • Follow authors
  • Fell in love with a character ( Darcy)
  • The “book” was better ( many times)

Marzi also writes about mental health issues like anxiety. She always make me smile and laugh.

Marzi says on her website that I can post up to 10 of her cartoons on my blog but I need to link back to her website and mention her books that are on sale. So to give her her due, I have already pre-ordered, ( did you notice this is another square on the bingo card?) her latest book The Introvert Activity Book and hope to spend some quality time with it.

Do you relate to anything on the Bookworm Bingo card?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. This Saturday my friend Dan Antion of No Facilities is filling in as host. The prompt words for today are: Do/Dew/Due. To see the rules click on the link. Featured Image of Doodle by Amy M Lavine on wikimedia.

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Homeless in Pacific Palisades

A recent count revealed 58,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County. Of those there are 17,000 who are chronically homeless.

“The chronic homeless population — defined as those who have been on the streets at least a year or multiple times and suffering mental illness, addiction or physical disability — increased 20% to more than 17,000, despite increasing numbers placed into housing.”-LA Times

The problem of the homeless with severe mental illness seems almost insurmountable because this population often resists offers of assistance and current laws which prevent forced hospitalization state that a person must be a threat to themselves or others and unable to provide for their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

This is a positive story about the efforts of a small Southern California community, how they were able to bring a homeless woman, known as Pretty Blonde, to the mental health care she needed and reunite her with family. I read about her in the LA Times article by Steve Lopez, The Mystery Homeless Woman of Pacific Palisades and the village that helped her home.

LA Time video about this story.

Featured image ‘Almond Blossoms’ by Vincent Van Gogh via wikimedia.


We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB is a monthly blogging group, hosted by Damyanti Biswas, that have come together to post news stories “that show love, brotherhood and humanity.” You can click on the link above if you would like to join in. WATWB is co-hosted this month by Michelle Wallace , Shilpa GargAndrea MichaelsPeter NenaEmerald Barnes. 

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Something You Otter Know

Q: What do you call a group of resting otters?

A: A raft. To keep from drifting away from each other, sea otters will wrap themselves up in seaweed, forming something that resembles a raft.

Group or Raft of Sea Otters via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This is Sea Otter Awareness Week according to US Department of the Interior.  Click on the links and see more images and read 12 interesting things about our sea otters.


Featured image of Sea Otters in waters around Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska by Becky King of the National Park Service. Giff of Sea Otter from Monterey Bay Aquarium via

One Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda G Hill.