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Just a little about me. I've been married for 27 years and currently live in Southern California, but I grew up in New Hampshire.

I've got 2 kids, a 17 yrs old and a 12 yr old. Both are boys. Nuff said.

I work as a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. I enjoy my job a lot.

I love to write, but since I've been so involved with the Boy Scouts program since 2015 (now Scouts BSA since girls were invited to come on board) I haven't written much. I hope to get back to more writing soon, as I'm scaling back my BSA commitment.

I like to get out in nature, take walks around Castaic Lake, drink coffee and watch football.

Here's a little bi about my zodiac.

GEMINI: Gemini, the sign of the Twins, is dual-natured, elusive, complex and contradictory. On the one hand it produces the virtue of versatility, and on the other the vices of two-facedness and flightiness. The sign is linked with Mercury, the planet of childhood and youth, and its subjects tend to have the graces and faults of the young. When they are good, they are very attractive; when they are bad they are more the worse for being the charmers they are. Like children they are lively, and happy, if circumstances are right for them, or egocentric, imaginative and restless.

Their good qualities are attractive and come easily to them. They are affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, and thoughtful towards the poor and suffering - provided none of the activities resulting from expressing these traits interferes too greatly with their own lives and comforts.

Geminians can be successful in many walks of life though their general characteristics tend to make them unreliable. They are often skilled manipulators of language, in speech and writing, and may be: debaters, diplomats (though in politics they are more interested in theory than practice), orators, preachers (brilliant rather than profound), teachers, authors, poets, journalists, or lawyers.

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This is me. I am a Gemini. Pure, Raw, passionate.

The NEW focus of this blog is to share my adventures, scouting adventures, book reviews, thoughts, opinions, and writing adventures from actual writing, writing/editing tips, marketing, research. I'll get there.

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July 4, 2020 at 4:25pm
July 4, 2020 at 4:25pm
#987224
Passing along some happy 4th wishes:

4th of July 2020



From about 2000-2012 the family used to go to Catalina Island/Avalon for the 4th of July. The weather was beautiful, warm, but not too warm. The USC marching band played patriotic music. There was a golf cart parade, buffet at the casino, more marching band music, fireworks over the bay. And every year more and more in laws came, until it was a fiasco. The last 4th on Catalina was 2012. It was crazy. It was a long story, but we had at least 15 plus in laws, had to rent 2 condos, had a 200.00 cabana that we had to pay for and didn't want. Every meal was dictated by the evil in law nazi, Mr. Bee couldn't handle it, got drunk and Mr. Richard got yelled at for it.

After 2012, Mr. Bee said never again. So went camping. One year we went to the Redwoods. I think. One year we went to Cayous on the coast but the marine layer kinda put a damper on it. Two years we stayed home and I participated in the Cub Scout 4th of the July parade and went to Ventura for fireworks. One year Mr. Bee took Little Bee to the in laws for a pool party and I volunteered to stay home with the dog who didn't do well with fireworks. That year, I ordered Dominos and held my dog's paw while we watched storage wars. One year I took the little bees to Magic Mountain for fireworks but they were kinda a bust. One year we went to Pismo beach. That was fun. Last year we went to the Dodger Game. That was fun.

This year, COVID got us good. We're not going anywhere. So I baked a blueberry pie and I'm going to make it look like a flag. I got some red/white/blue/flowers. We'll BBQ trip-trip. Planning to watch Hamilton on Disney Plus.

On a more personal note, I always like to see the fireworks. Even since I was little bee growing up in New Hampshire. When I was in the military and overseas in Germany I don't recall any fireworks shows, but we had picnics that were fun and we always felt/had a patriotic vibes since we were serving our country.

Here's hoping your 4th of July is safe and fun filled. Maybe next year...

What are you doing for the 4th?
July 3, 2020 at 8:38pm
July 3, 2020 at 8:38pm
#987161
Bummed out

So, today we have taken the boat to Catalina Island. Instead, I did a 4 mile hike around the lake, got a manicure, pedicure, turned in the recycling and now I'm working on the Bard's Hall blogs. I got through 4 blogs, but I'm tired and I want to get in an entry so there. I think I'll pop in Catching Fire tonight and watch Katniss kick some butt. Wish I could be on Catalina Island though. (shakes fist at COVID 19)

Recycling

California makes it hard to do the next right thing. I recycling plastic & aluminum. I don't recycle glass because that's not worth it. I put the money toward the boy's BSA camping fund (but we haven't been camping since January so the stash is adding up quite nicely.) We used to have a company called RePlanet and they would be at the major grocery stores. I used to go to the one by the Ralphs near the house. All the RePlanet's couldn't afford to be in business in California due to increased business costs and falling prices of aluminum and PET plastic. California is a not a business friendly state. Now the good news is there is ONE mom & pop recycling center left STILL OPEN where I live called Sammy's. They are efficient and on the ball BUT everyone goes to them because they are the only game in business. It's a shame there aren't more places to recycle.

That said, sure, I could throw all that plastic/aluminum in my blue recycling bin the trash man picks up once a week, but I pay for that!! So if threw my money makers in there - plastic/aluminum than the state is making 2x the amount of money for me - 1x by charging me to recycling and 2x by recycling my plastic/aluminum. There I said my two bits. I truly do believe in recycling but the state shouldn't make it so hard. I'm sure Sammy's is alive because he's the only business in town.

Golden State Killer

I came back from my walk and started trolling my TV channels and found a special about the Golden State Killer. I missed a bunch though. It was a 2 hour special and I only saw the last 45 mins. Bummer. But it was interesting and it focused on how they linked the DNA evidence together regarding the East Area Rapist, Vanilla Ransaker, and the Original night stalker. Hoping I can catch the full show here soon.

Ordered Sushi for dinner.
I got the salmon skin roll and the poke hand roll. I wanted some crispy rice but it's a lot and Mr. Bee and Andy Bee didn't want it. Still, I'm happy. In the mood for fish. What type of sushi do you like?


July 1, 2020 at 6:59pm
July 1, 2020 at 6:59pm
#986967
Finally had a day off. I visited the wrist doctor who ordered some more physical therapy for me. Happy to have it. I had to do physical therapy on my knee and wrist as I fell down on them when I was a work. The knee is in rougher shape. The knee physical therapy made more of an impact. I **wish** I could go to a gym and target my PT exercises on the knee, (I need a stationary bike which I don't have at the house) but I don't think it's a smart idea during this COVID infested time. I've done some exercises at the house, but it's not quite the same. I'm missing the weight, the bikes... I am icing more which I think helps. No PT this week *Sad*

COSTCO
So after the doctor, I went and did my errands. One was to visit Costco. They have TP and paper towels now but still no lysol, wipes, or paper plates. I've been fortunate enough to visit the "hob" and visit "Greasy See" who will still me the stuff for a profit of course, but still, wish I didn't have to do that.

PLAYED MARIO KART 8
last night with the family. I suck at video games but I seem to be improving. Instead of dead last I'm now between 5-9th place. haha.

CATALINA
Well, about 10 days ago we booked a condo/boat ride to Catalina Island for the 4th of July. Sadly, we had to cancel because the COVID 19 crackdown in LA County. My younger son was pretty upset. Me, too, but if anything it's taught me that wishful thinking will get me in trouble. Just call 2020 a bust and pray 2021 is better.

I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
When the book came out it was around the same time that they found the Golden State Killer using DNA. Which the author, Michelle McNamara thought would have to happen to solve the crime. The book is a fascinating read into GSK's crimes and Michelle was such a good writer. I like to read True Crime but I am picky about what true crime authors I'll read, and I would definitely recommend Michelle McNamara. It's so sad she was able to see the GSK brought to justice, but it rewarding to her husband, Patton Oswalt was here for it. I just saw part 1 of the HBO series and it's a great opening episode. It gives a great overview of Michelle, her work on TrueCrimeDiary.com and her desire/obsession with the GSK's case.

Moving on...

Hummm... What crazy stuff will happen in July?
Earthquake?
Fires?
Aliens?
Meteor hitting the Earth?
Hurricane?
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June 30, 2020 at 2:01pm
June 30, 2020 at 2:01pm
#986855
June flew by! Seems like just yesterday it was my birthday and here I am at the end of month.

Quite honesty, I'm just trying to get by and do the "next right thing." (Frozen II reference) SIDE NOTE: I have to say there were parts about Frozen II that I loved and parts that I weren't too thrilled about. One of my favorite parts is when Anna is alone in the cave and Olaf has "fallen apart." She's cold, shivering, and realizes that her world, her family, the people she loves, are gone. It's a dark moment and she has to look it in the face and find a way to deal with it. And she does. The song "The Next Right Thing" comes on. It made so much sense to me. When the world is a hot mess, all you can do is the next right thing. For me, in context of the world around me, the next right thing is wearing a mask, social distancing, be smart about where I go in public, no bars, or gyms... (finding a smart way to exercise without going to a gym). In a way, for me, it's living day-by-day, smartly. I have kids to care for, even though they're older, I still have to help them grow into young men who are kind yet have a good work ethic, who are moral people. I have a job to go to that's important. (answering 911).So for me, the next right thing is living day by day smartly.

READ

I have a couple of books to recommend:

WHATEVER IT TOOK by Henry Langhere. Henry was a paratrooper in WWII. He's in his 90's now, but he writes about his experience as a paratrooper and what it was like to be a POV. The writing is easy to read, if anything there were parts I wished Henry would have wrote more about. I do appreciate him sharing his experiences and I think his story is one that will connect with readers.

COUNTDOWN 1945 by Chris Wallace. This is book focuses on the Manhattan Project and how Truman came to the decision to use the atomic bomb. It looks at Truman, Oppehemier, Graves, Tibbets, and other historical figures as well as some "minor" characters like Ruth and Hideko and how the bomb changed everyone's lives. It's written in a countdown manner and it's easy to read. It was hard for me to put down as I enjoy history and I finished it pretty quickly.

Both books I got at Costco.

CURRENTLY READING

The Great Influenza by John Barry. I find it fascinating as he looks at the roots/causes of the Spanish flu and the state of American medicine at the time of the outbreak. It's really a good read. Barry talks about how Welsh through his actions, helped American medicine take the next step in it's evolution. What the conditions were like when the Spanish flu started (most likely in Kansas on the farm and it was an animal to human transmission, similar in a way to COVID). It's slow reading for me because the author introduces the characters involved and paints detailed pictures of what practicing medicine was like, the birth of research hospitals, etc.. and I'm just to part where he's talking about the Army Surgeon General Gorgas and how he's preparing the troops for WWI. It's interesting enough that I'm going to finish it. I want to know what happens next, and I'm curious to find out how the world dealt with the pandemic at the time.

NO SUMMER VACATION

Thanks to COVID no summer vacation for me. I have no plans for 4th of July. We had plans to go to Catalina, but had to cancel due to LA County shutting down the beaches. Probably for the best, but of course, I'm naturally bummed as Catalina is one of my favorite places to relax. We'll see what July holds for us.

According to the latest meme on Facebook it's aliens from space. Wish us luck.
June 7, 2020 at 11:15am
June 7, 2020 at 11:15am
#985160
Well, it's been a while and I thought I'd pop in. So much has changed since I last blogged in January. Aside from everyday life, (I discovered Broadway in Hollywood and went to see Frozen the musical 3 times!! It was awesome!) COVID and Protests happened. I've been able to read, which I enjoy, and reading helps to de-stress me. I was able to write a story for the Writer's Digest Annual Contest called "We Forgot," and entered it in the mainstream/liteary category, but more on the "life" stuff later.

#1 COVID
When the "Safer at Home" order hit in mid March it was a shock to the system. What does Mary Shelley say? ""Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change." (Bard's Hall Prompt for the May Contest) Shutting down non essential businesses, social distancing, wearing face masks and santizing was quick, sudden, and shocking.

Our societal response ruined my son's senior year. He missed out on Prom, grad night, and graduation. Is he safe? Yes. I'm appreciative of that, but he can never get those experiences back and it breaks my heart.

As a 911 dispatcher, I still had a job to go to. I made sure I washed my hands, social distanced, wore my mask and had plenty of hand sanitizer available. I tried to keep myself healthy and my co-workers. It breaks my heart so many people were out of work. I donated to my church's food drive to help out. COVID is still a worry so I keep up my healthy habits. I'm glad that we've flatten the curve and it's hopeful to see society open up again. Yesterday I was able to dine in at a local restaurant for my birthday and I was very grateful to go out and #1 enjoy a meal and #2 support a local business.

To keep me sane, I did a lot of reading. I'm still reading which is good. I got The Great Influenza by John Barry to help educate myself about what it's like to live through a pandemic. I was able to get out and take a lot of walks at the local lake. We still have COVID worries, but I believe we'll get through it. COVID isn't pleasant and my heart breaks for those who have lost loved ones. To all - be safe.

#2 PROTESTS/LOOTING/RIOTING

Here in LA, the city has turned upside down with protests, looting and rioting. As I understand, the looting and rioting has tapered down, but there are protests. I fully support the right to protest and address the government with grievances. This is such a senstive topic, but #BlackLivesMatter. As a white woman, I will never understand depth of fear black people may have/feel when they step out of the house to go about their everyday lives. I had a very heartwarming discussion with a co-worker about fears, concerns, and worries. I grew up believing "all men (and women) are created equal" ALL and I've strived really hard to live by that. The color of one's skin has never mattered to me. We are equal. That's me on a personal level. On a societal level, we've failed and we need to do better. #BlackLivesMatter.

Here's a parable by Jesus:
He told them this parable. "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends, his family and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance."

— Luke 15:3-7


I'm hoping this is a message that connect with all about what the heart of the movement is about. Please, protest. Let's get the word out. Let's do better. Let's not loot or riot. You're harming the very community you want to educate and reform.

Thanks for letting me vent. This will probably be it from me. I try not to be political in my social media because in this day and age, sadly, it's divisive, and I really don't want to go there and sew those seeds. Divisiveness breeds negative energy and that's mentally draining. I want to be positive and hopeful.

I'll be back a bit later with some positivity that I've experienced over the past couple of months, like Frozen the Musical, The Last Dance, Some books I've read, my walking adventures, etc...

Thanks for letting me share. Be safe.
Steph



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January 13, 2020 at 3:55pm
January 13, 2020 at 3:55pm
#973314
I love how when January shows up we all re-evaluate our lives, make resolutions, get goals, and tell ourselves, "new year, new you." Then it all goes to shit come February if you even make it that far. That's what has happened to me the last 4 years. Right down the tubes come February. *Smile*


So, it's another January, and I'm trying again. Wish me luck.

In 2016, I increased my volunteer hours with the scouts. In order to "right the ship" in my son's cub scout pack, I stepped up to become Cubmaster. The amount of time needed to "do it right" basically took up the time I would have used to write. I did/do enjoy my time scouting. I gave up Cubmaster in June 2018 after 18 months, but transitioned to ASM in my son's boy scout troop, and I've basically as busy as I was when I was a cubmaster. Things have changed a bit. My oldest, Andrew made Eagle and will age out in March. I'm going to do a lot less due to parental dynamics.

In 2016 I still taught Religious ed. I haven't the past 2 years because it was too much. Right now I'm just a "volunteer" at his 8th grade facilitated meetings.

Every January I say i'm doing weight watchers but fall off the wagon in February because of demanding schedule as the boys' chauffeur. And again, I started the Weight Watchers. Wish me luck. It's only been a week, but I'm tracking and watching portion size.

Things must be getting better because last year was my first WDC "Dear Me" letter since 2015. It lasted until FEB but I tried. So I'm going to try to again. Time will tell.

One of my new goals is to read "Writer's Digest" every month. This month I read an article about branding yourself.

I listed these items as values:
humor
honesty
do the right thing
Proverbs 4:23 "Guard your heart"
Support Alzheimers
Support Charities close to my heart

Passions:
Writing
hiking/being outside
watching movies/tv with a historical slant or sci-fi slant
like going to amusement parks
Baseball
Football --Pro/College
Archery
Bowling
Reading (being better about updating Goodreads and Product Reviews on WDC)

So I've got the basics. I need to flesh out a plan and get out there more. One of my priorities will be to update my official website with a focus on "branding."

Let's not to forget to update my social media, Facebook, twitter, etc...

I feel like a jack of all trades? Have any of you made goals/resolutions and been successful?


January 5, 2020 at 3:55pm
January 5, 2020 at 3:55pm
#972731
I wanted to get back to this sooner, but this is first chance I've had to get back to it.

BTW -- Happy New Year!! 2020 is in the house!!

From my last BLOG:

WHAT HAPPENED NOW IN 2019?

Courtney Milan, a well known romance author of Chinese decent recently tweeted criticizing remarks about another romance author. The other author is Kathryn Lynn Davis who wrote "Somewhere Lies the Moon," in 1999. One of the characters in Davis' novel is of Chinese heritage. Milan called the book "a F*** racist mess."

WHY?

So who is Courtney Milan? Who is Kathryn Lynn Davis? What's the plot of "Somewhere Lies the Moon?" Why didn't Milan criticize Davis in 1999? Why do it now in 2019, 20 years later? And what did the RWA do about it? It is an organization that is about the writers, the romance writing process? What happened to start this and how can be resolved?


WHO IS COURTNEY MILAN
Courtney Milan is the pen name for Heidi Bond, an author who grew up in Southern California. She has degrees in math and chemistry. She attended and graduated law school at the Seattle University of Law. She's been a writer since she was ten. Her earliest book was published in 2009. Is a proud of supporter of diversity in the work place.

WHO IS KATHRYN LYNN DAVIS
She is an author who wrote "Somewhere Lies the Moon" in 1999. As mentioned above, Milan said one of the characters in the book is a racial ".... mess."

The RWA has over 10,000 members and over 150 chapters so it is very big. The mission is to advance the business interest of career focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.

Boy, does this get complicated! Here's a good blog post about what happened and when it happened.

https://www.claireryanauthor.com/blog/2019/12/27/the-implosion-of-the-rwa

In a "simpler" world -- Milan has spoken out supporting diversity in romance writing, HOWEVER, how she "attacks" peers regarding diversity is what generated her ethics complaints. (Name calling in tweets)

NOV 19 2019, the RWA ethics committee decided to recommend a punishment of suspension of membership for a year and a lifetime band against holding a leadership for Milan.

17 DEC 2019, the RWA accepts the ethics committee recommendation.
When Milan's "discipline" has been announced, romance writers go crazy. The RWA takes it on the chin as writers leave the organization and criticize how the RWA handled Milan's issues. RWA Leadership may resign -- judges for the RITA have pulled out. It's madness.

I don't know what will happen with the RWA, it's leadership, or the organization.

Here's a post by NBC that puts a lot of the controversy in perspective. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/romance-writers-america-racism-row-matters...

Milan has a right to criticize others -- not bully them. Diversity should be explored and in the romance genre. Readers are African-American, Asian, Hispanic and White and have the right to read romance with characters they identify with. So here's the food for thought:

Did Milan draw attention to racist writing in the romance genre or did she draw attention to poor writing? Can authors handle criticism of their writing? Will successful authors loose money because of Milan's criticism?


I am a writer. I've been writing since I was six. I've grown as a writer over the years. The challenge, I've found, when writing a historical or writing about different cultures is to pay history/different cultures respect. Write a quality product and people will read. Write about characters who are different and write about them with respect.

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Back to my personal prelude --- I'm a writer. I'm not a financially well off author, but I enjoy writing. I always aspired to be a member of the RWA when I was "younger" but honestly, I just want to be a part of a supportive network of writers who give constructive critiques, not criticism. I want to write a good story with interesting characters who are rich in diversity and culture. I want to have fun writing.

The drama is too much for me. I believe in treating all people with respect. I may be one person, but hopefully, a better way starts with one.

I'm very sad and disheartened to see this happening in the "bigger" writing community around me, and I ultimately, I just wanted to share and vent. Thanks for letting me.





December 28, 2019 at 2:05pm
December 28, 2019 at 2:05pm
#972146
Hi all -- I know it's been a while, but there's been drama over at the Romance Writer's of America and I was moved to discuss it. I was going to mention it in my upcoming Romance/Love Newsletter here on WDC, but decided against it, as I think a blog is probably more appropriate.

PRELUDE
I love writing. I have since I was a little kid.I prefer writing mainstream, romance, horror, some thriller and suspense. I have written children's books as well, which, honestly, I just kinda lucked into and I was glad I did.

One of the first 'novels' I wrote was "Destination: Berlin" which is geared to be a thriller/suspense with some romantic elements. I used IUniverse but eventually had to take it down. I believe you can find a rough draft in my portfolio if you look. My writing grew from there, I have several mainstream short stories that were acknowledged by Writer's Digest Annual Competition, "Spontaneous Decision" and "Made in America." I have a historical "what if" still with Lulu called "Across the Fickle Winds of History." In 2009, I was offered my first contract with Desert Breeze Publishing for a paranormal romance, called "The Hungarian." During the Teens, I published a lot of romance stories with Desert Breeze and Victory Tales Press. It was during this time, I explored becoming a member of Romance Writers of America.

What is RWA?

From Wikipedia: It is a national non-profit genre writers association. It provides networking and support to individuals seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction and supports top authors such as Nora Roberts and Judith McNaught.

That was me. It still is me. (though since 2016 I got so busy with real life my writing is sparse. I hope to look at my stuff which is out of publication and update it and finish a couple of writing projects I have started)

There's two programs in the RWA: PRO and PAN (Pro:wrote a novel and queried) PAN: (Published) . I would fit the PRO.

When I was a member, in the early teens, I had a general membership. Membership in RWA is open to those actively pursuing a career in romance fiction regardless of publishing status. A writer does not need to be published to join but must be working toward that goal. At the time, the fee was 80.00 to be a member, now it is 99.00.

I liked the goals of the organization: to support romance writers, especially since Romance isn't a genre that isn't taken as seriously as mainstream or thriller/suspense. Still, I found the whole experience, a kind of "strict" one, do this, do that, to get ahead, feedback was more critical than constructive, and with 2 young kids at the time, they required my attention more than my romance writing (hence, my writing drop off after 2016) and I let my membership lapse.


WHAT HAPPENED NOW IN 2019?

Courtney Milan, a well known romance author of Chinese decent recently tweeted criticizing remarks about another romance author. The other author is Kathryn Lynn Davis who wrote "Somewhere Lies the Moon," in 1999. One of the characters in Davis' novel is of Chinese heritage. Milan called the book "a F*** racist mess."

WHY?

So who is Courtney Milan? Who is Kathryn Lynn Davis? What's the plot of "Somewhere Lies the Moon?" Why didn't Milan criticize Davis in 1999? Why do it now in 2019, 20 years later? And what did the RWA do about it? It is an organization that is about the writers, the romance writing process? What happened to start this and how can be resolved?

I'll tackle some of those questions in Part 2, with my own unique spin on the drama.



July 22, 2019 at 7:33pm
July 22, 2019 at 7:33pm
#963018
I'm tired. Sometimes, it's all you can do but give into the tiredness and allow yourself to be tired. Here's my issue: I work from 2-1015 pm so I get home at 11 pm. Then I have to get up at 530 am to get my older son (who is 17) off to summer school. His class is from 7-930 am. It's tough. I'm like the walking dead at 530. We leave at 615 and usually get to school around 645 am. Today I went home and slept until 845 when I got up to get him. When we got home I just sat around like a lump on a log vegging on TV.

Not that I didn't mind. I found Guy's Grocery Games on the Food network and Iove watching it. So I vegged out that. I didn't really wake up until about 1215 pm when I had to hop in the shower and get ready for work. It sucks.

I finished reading Patton. I have a lot of respect for Patton. He was a fighter and he was the only one who really had the Soviets pegged about their plan of Europe. Him and Churchill. It is amazing to think how World War II has shaped the rest of the 20th century.

Does anyone else watch the Food network? Do you have a favorite show?
July 19, 2019 at 2:19pm
July 19, 2019 at 2:19pm
#962864
I try not to think to hard about the news I hear on TV. I mean, I'm interested, and I want to know, but a lot of reporters put a "spin" on what they report about and so it's a process to get to the facts. Not only that, politics is extremely divisive and I'm just not into that. Do I have political leanings? Sure, but today's politics are more theatre and drama than politics and I'm not into that either. -- I've become very discerning about my media exposure and I'll let it be at that.

Went back to work yesterday. I learned about paperwork. I think every job has paperwork and paperwork is a necessary evil. Today, I'll be working in a supervisory role. I like that job. It's hard when I get assigned the phones 911 and non emergency. Because it's mentally draining, dealing with people's problems. And a chunk of them are not really emergencies but more like civil disputes. And they heart goes out to the business owners who call for the umpteenth time to complain about the homeless urinating and dedicating in front of their business. Sadly, there's not much the police can do for them.

Almost done my book about Patton. He lead a very interesting life. He believed if you give the Soviets an inch, they'll take a mile. Unfortunately at the end of the war, we gave too much to the Soviets and that set us up for the Cold War. I find it an interesting read.

I've been trying some different ice cream flavors to help cool down. Working on Cookies & Cream. Do you have a flavor to recommend? I'll give it a try.


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