Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A closer look at Superman!!!

And boy do I mean CLOSER-- Holy Smokes!!!!!!

is an definate understatement
Look at those guns- (only slightly enhanced by fx of suit)

The set is really hot in good old Plano, Illinios

you are the bomb!

Rear view not so bad neither- Whew!!

pics courtesy of

Bye Summer- Hello Classic Lit.

September is upon us now and the Summer season comes to a close. The dark hours increase and air becomes crisp and clear. This is a time, after a day of raking leaves or biking in the woods, to grab a book and curl up with a hot beverage and travel to another time and place. I prefer the classics, they remind me of a simplier time and some, like Dickens, even help to put me in the holiday spirit as well. So to start off the season here is a poem by Emily Dickenson.

If you were coming in the fall,
I'd brush the summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As housewives do a fly.
If I could see you in a year,
I'd wind the months in balls,
And put them each in separate drawers,
Until their time befalls.
                                                        If only centuries delayed,
I'd count them on my hand,
Subtracting till my fingers dropped
Into Van Diemen's land.

If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I'd toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.

But now, all ignorant of the length
Of time's uncertain wing,
It goads me, like the goblin bee,
That will not state its sting.

by Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gibson Guitar gets the stick again, why?

I am  so "this" close to considering a move - out of this country!
For years the U.S. Government has, through severe budgets, been slowly eliminating creativity from the U.S. school systems. One by one schools have been forced to cut back or remove the arts programs from their curriculum and music, being one of the most expensive programs to run has been hit the hardest. Though to the credit of school music director’s  everywhere and the general public, many have fought for the funding or held fundraisers to save their programs. In light of this more and more music students have turned to private lessons. Now thanks to the apparent opinion that the U.S. Government needs no excuse to just walk in and do a search and seizure on anyone they please, that option has also been threatened, by the manufacturer’s ability to produce quality instruments for students to learn on, should they choose to play guitar, banjo or mandolin.

For yet a second time the federal agents have , without provocation or sustainable reason, virtually attacked one of the world’s most prominant producers of fretted instruments, Gibson Guitar. On Monday August 24, 2011 armed U.S. Marshals entered both the Nashville and Memphis, Tenn. facilities evacuating all buildings, closing down production, sending all employees home. They then proceed to confiscate rosewood and ebony that had been legally imported from India. The total seizure was valued at more than a million dollars.

There was no rhyme or reason to this act and when Gibson officials asked for an explanation the Agents flat out refused to give one. This act not only tarnishes Gibson’s high level reputation but makes it almost impossible, due to price increases that will result from this, ( as other less reputable companies with no doubt use this to their advantage), for the public to afford instruments but in addition, the Lacey Law of 2008 which has been used in the past to warrant raids on Gibson also sets up every individual owner of a Gibson instrument as a potential target. Anyone who owns, sells or resells a Gibson guitar could be deemed in violation of that law.

Gibson, in my opinion makes the finest guitars in the world and though I do not own one at this time I have in the past and will again in the future. Sure there are other manufacturers and some as good as Gibson but it's the name and the tradition that draws and keeps loyal customers. It’s the principle of the thing!!! This is supposed to be America people! Innocent until proven guilty, the right to due process and a fair trial? Am I going to be busted tomorrow for selling my Gibson to a kid thirty years ago or worse for buying the wrong brand of mac-n-cheese on the way home today? COME ON !

To learn more:

Learn more about the lacey act:

"This has been an official vent by an irrate amature musican" better now. =)
And Gibson you will always have my undying respect, thank you.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quote of The Week-- wk 6

Learn everything you possibly can, and you will discover later that none of it was superfluous-  Who said it?

 Drawing Sept. 14, 2011

Previous answers:
week 1- Winston Churchill
week 2- Ralph Waldo Emerson
week 3- Seneca
week 4- Lord Byron
week 5- 1. Shakespeare
              2. Moliere

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Stephen Fry

 August 24
Writer,        Actor,         Comedian, activist   and all around nice guy
Not to mention fellow Leo 

                just a big sweet KITTY  CAT                                                                     

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Quote of the Week - week 5

This week we have 2 short ones because i could not make up my mind which one to use both are playwrights one is simple the other may not be.

cover for upcoming book
                                         1. If all the year were playing...
to sport would be as tedious as to work.   
Who said it?

prequel to Forsaken Legacy

2. The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.
Who Said It?

Clock is ticking ya'll- Sept. 15 is coming

previous answers
week 1- Winston Churchill
week 2- Ralph Waldo Emerson
week 3- Seneca
week 4- Lord Byron 


Thursday, August 18, 2011


HANDSOME                                                    AUGUST 22
HUMBLE                                                                                                                                                          CHARISMATIC
And as a fellow Leo I offer you a snuggle - a purr-  a share in my scratching post
and  a reminder that on this day the LION has the right to be as ROYAL as he wants!!!  
INSPIRING                                                              40 is the new 30 Sweetcakes   

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Quote of the Week Contest
 week 4

He who loves not his country can love nothing.    

who said it?
previous answers:
Week 1- Winston Churchill
Week 2 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Week 3- Seneca
!!You gotta enter to win!!
Drawing Sept. 14, 2011- free copy of

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Quote of the Week -- WK 3

Okay while I am still realatively coherent for this weekend (birthday partying) I will post the
 Quote for WEEK 3

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

Remember  on Sept. 14,  I will draw a name for the lucky winner of a copy of FORSAKEN LEGACY  the second book in the Lady of Rose Cottage series: but you need to  answer to enter

Week 1- Winston Churchill
Week 2- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 5, 2011


 As we all know dear handsome Henry Cavill is set to be the next super hero out of the box- 
they have at last revealed the next Superman look-

but  being a writer of romantic stories I much prefer the old fashioned look:

  ** SIGH**

Monday, August 1, 2011


stonehenge: got this from Clive
 Today is August 1st and along with everything else that was happening in my hot and crazy world it is the day celebrate Lammas/Lughnasadh.          Lammas is the time to honor the spirit of the harvest,(unless you live below the equator, in which case yourharvest was in Feb.) summer is almost over and we can begin to reap what we have sown, however theoretical your harvst maybe.   
It is also the time to honor the god Lugh/Lleu,  the multi-skilled Celtic god who was endeared by all warriors because of his great skill at swordmaking as well as his ability to weild one. 

Lughnasadh represented the last period of rest before the major work of the agricultural year began. It was a time for trade between tribes, for sport and friendly competition, and for reciting songs of praise for the heroic deeds of the heroes and the fallen warriors of the tribes.
The warriors played a big part within the growing season as they were responsible for protecting the villages and the farms. So along with the celebration of sustainable crops the protectors were also honored.
The season from late summer to mid-fall is a season of heightened energy for those who identify with the warrior soul. On this day those with a warrior spirit or soul renew within themselves the code by which we live, yes I believe I have a warrior spirit.  A warrior soul rekindles his/her understanding of the forces of creations, reminding themselves that creation and destruction must remain in balance not only around them but within them. A warrior's strength is that he/she becomes aware of and appreciates the state/condition of his own heart and realizes his limits and goals. Most importantly a warrior sums up his/her past and learns from it without regret. Male and female alike can carry a warrior's soul. For some the spirit is clearly obvious,( a couple  handsome actors come immediately to mind,we know who I mean ladies) because they have the calling to warrior type professions police, firemen, soldiers, ect. But this type of person,someone who doesn't give up just because a task or goal became difficult or even seemingly impossible, someone  who takes a warrior's approache to life, a survivor, is someone who embodies the strength of personal empowerment no matter how much opposition they come up against, this is a warrior's soul. Take a few minutes and look inside, you might be surprised what you will find.

Prayer for the Warrior Soul
The warrior soul, fighting in spirit,
follows a code of honor and wisdom.
Strength is found not in the arms,
not in the knife, the gun or the sword but in the mind and soul.
 I call upon the warriors of the past,
those who would stand up and fight,
those who would do what is needed,
those who would make sacrifices on behalf of others
those who would die that others may live.
I call upon them this night,
to give me strength of heart, soul and spirit.