Sunday, September 19, 2010

And The Winner Is...

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Birthdays and Murder

I was driving home listening to MPR and they were talking about something you may have already heard about.
We all know about the violence in Mexico due to the drug cartels, but this particular story brought a lump to my throat.
Fifteen people were killed at a birthday party, four of them were on a high school American football team.
Their coach is very enthusiastic about American football. He feels it keeps the young men busy, teaches them responsibility and keeps them in school where they'll have a chance to get an education and better themselves. The team even does community service.
After the shooting the coach was afraid that no one would go out for football, but the young men turned out in record numbers.
The parents of the young players who were killed continued to come to the games to support the team. One of the father's, whose son was slain, now cheers even louder. And his reason for this.... 'So my son will hear me in heaven.'

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday's Quote

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

~Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday's Quote

Don't worry abou the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.

~Charles Schultz

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Advice I Remember Contest


We are endlessly given advice. Usually it’s in one ear and out the other. But once in awhile something sticks.

What stuck with me: I was walking down the sidewalk back when I was in college. Since I was tall I tended to slouch. A young black male passed me and without breaking stride said, “Walk proud tall girl.’ I’m not sure why that has stuck with me, but it has. I don’t always remember to follow his advice but I’ve never forgotten it.

For a chance to win a PDF copy of GROUNDED just leave a comment mentioning advice that stuck with you. The drawing will be next Sunday, September 19th.

Be careful what you wish for.
While I’m dropping pearls of wisdom let me add, read the fine print.
Why am I wasting my time offering warnings that no one is going to listen to? Because as humans we have this unconquerable urge to try to help others learn from our mistakes. Or in this case my great, great, great, great grandmother’s mistakes.
She came from a very poor background and consequently wanted it all, riches beyond measure, beauty. Need I say more?
Great-great-plus Grams stumbled onto a genie’s lamp and made her wish.
You don’t believe in genies?
Trust me. They’re real all right. Unfortunately, when my ancient relative made her wish she didn’t bother to listen to the genie’s warning of strings attached. This lack of foresight has a direct bearing on the first born daughter of each generation, i.e. me.
To put it mildly, my life is complicated. I am literally grounded forever.
I live on a lavish estate in the mountains of North Carolina. Between sunset and dawn, my life is my own. But during the day I’m grounded in several hundred pounds of marble. If you happen to wander by the Stone estate and peep through the fence, you’ll hear the rippling sounds of water from a lovely manmade pool surrounded by lush fragrant flowers. Beside it stands a life size statue of a young woman, with long flowing hair and classic bone structure, draped in a Greek toga a cat at her feet.
The young woman is me.
The cat is Merrick.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

For the Young at Heart...Again

Today, I'm at the Examiner with author and columnist Teri Thackston, if you have an opportunity, please drop by and say 'hey'.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Contest for the Young At Heart

For those of you who read paranormal romances I'm running a contest for a PDF of Black Opal, at
Have a safe and happy Labor Day.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Women are Angels

Women are angels.
When someone breaks our wings we're flexible.
We just continue to fly on a broomstick.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Catnip Contest Winner

I thought you might like to see the winner of the Catnip Contest. Binky's proud momma sent this in. Binky was a shelter cat who was lucky enough to get adopted.
Oh and by the way folks, Binky is the owner of author extraordinaire, Linda Rettstatt

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Someone dear to me had the most amazing experience. She is in the process of a separation. With little to no money she had to find a place to live in a relatively short amount of time. She is in a large city which means three months rent up front and credit checks. She had been looking all month with no success. A steadfast friend came in to help her find a place. It was a dark gloomy overcast day. Her spirits were low. They went from rental to rental, most in dangerous neighborhoods asking more than she could afford. Then they answered an ad in a very nice neighborhood. When the taxi pulled up in front of the house, the sun came out and shown fully down lighting the house. They got inside and everything fell into place. Nice place to live, reasonable rent and wonder of wonder, the other people that lived there are professionals in her field. Karma.