Sunday, May 22, 2016

E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial

As I browsed through a table of DVDs at a Flea Market, I found E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I held it up to my neighbor, both of us getting sentimental over the forlorn stranger from outer space.

The story by Steven Spielberg, script written by Melissa Mathison, and directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. is the tale of a sweet, gentle alien who becomes stranded on earth. He's found by a young boy, Elliott, who brings him to his suburban home. Elliott, his older brother, and little sister call the alien, E.T. and decide to hide him while E.T. tries to figure out how to return to his planet.

Dozens of articles have been printed since the movie's 1982 release regarding the film's meaning and theme. I've always felt the story was of two abandoned, lonely people in need of a true, understanding friend; Elliott, whose father had divorced Elliott's mother and deserted the family, and E.T. whose spaceship took off and left him behind on earth. Each emphasizes with the other's feelings, which I think, is where scenes such a Elliott being drunk as school while E.T. is drinking beer at home symbolizes.

One of the most touching, and beloved scenes, occurs at the end of the movie. Just in case there is a person out there who hasn't seen the movie, I won't spoil it for you. 

But, should you want to see the final movie scene, I found it on YouTube. Don't forget to grab your tissues before viewing.

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o; YouTube clip c/o Movieclips)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Do You Remember Disco?

One morning last week I woke up singing a song I hadn't heard in over 30 years. The song was Midnight Love Affair by Carol Douglas. Back in the late 70s, a friend of mine was a keyboard player in a band. A group of us from the neighborhood would follow the guys, showing up every weekend at whatever club the band appeared. Midnight Love Affair was a favorite tune of a club DJ who spun records while the band took a break from the stage.

Unable to get this tune out of my head on this particular morning, I hummed it while getting ready for my day job, while waiting for the bus, and strolling from the bus to the building. When I walked into our staff lounge, I said to one of my colleagues, "I keep hearing this song from my disco days."

After I recited a few lines (trust me, no one wants to hear me sing) my colleague, who is a few years older than I am, chuckled and replied, "Oh, I remember. That's a disco oldie but goodie."

Sitting at a table, scrolling through her phone, was one of our college interns. Not taking her eyes from her phone, the intern asked, "What's Disco?"

My colleague turned to me and whispered, "That's sad."

The conversation remained in my mind, giving me the idea for this post, and the opportunity to "google search" my favorite disco songs (with YouTube Links for your listening pleasure).

Do you remember the Disco era? If you do, feel free to share your favorite tune. 

Angela's picks --

Midnight Love Affair by Carol Douglas

That's Where The Happy People Go by The Trammps

Heaven Knows by Donna Summer

San Francisco (You've Got Me) by Village People

You Should Be Dancing by Bee Gees

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o RoganJosh @

(Midnight Love Affair c/o UnidiscMusic; That's Where The Happy People Go c/o AuntieSoul34; Heaven Knows c/o Dianeclarke18; San Francisco (You've Got Me) c/o #VillagePeople; You Should Be Dancing c/o Graffist)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Voice for Shelter Pets!

Visitors to my Facebook page will sometimes see a "share" from the comic strip, Mutts. With the premise of a couple of rescued pets, the comic strip is delivered to my inbox every morning c/o King Feature Syndicate and ArcaMax.

Mutts is written by one of my favorite people/authors, Patrick McDonnell. Not only did Mr. McDonnell create the adorable "Earl" and "Mooch," but he is also the author of several endearing, and much loved, children's books. 

A voice for pets in need of homes, Mr. McDonnell's visit to Animal Care Centers of New York (ACC) will be featured on the May episode of Shelter Me, the PBS series highlighting inspiring stories of shelter pets. Check your local listings for dates Shelter Me will be aired in your area.

With Mr. McDonnell's help, Mooch and Earl are championing a nationwide Mutts adoption event, May 7th through May 14th, sponsored by Petco Foundation. Local shelters and rescue organizations will bring animals in need of forever homes to Petco stores. These cuddly cuties will be available for adoption.

For information and locations in your area,

Thank you, Patrick McDonnell, for creating Mutts, entertaining children with your wonderful books, and for being a voice/advocate for pets in need of a home.

FMI on or

FMI on Patrick McDonnell's children's books,

FMI on Shelter Me, or

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photos c/o

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Philly's Hidden Treasures/Part Two

When planning a trip to Philadelphia and considering a museum, the most popular choices are Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Science, and of course, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Thank you, Rocky, for running up those steps).

The above mentioned are fabulous places to visit, but Philadelphia has several equally awesome venues that travelers should consider adding to their list. If you decide to visit, please check websites or call ahead as hours of operation may vary depending on the time of the year.

Fireman's Hall Museum of Philadelphia

Located in Philadelphia's Olde City, visit and learn the history of Philadelphia's Fire Department, originally a volunteer organization when founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1736. The musuem is proud to display fire-fighting equipment, antique uniforms, and photographs. There are also talks on fire safety. FMI,

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Tucked away on a small street in the Rittenhouse Square area, this museum holds thousands of pieces of rare literature and fine art. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, but am embarrassed to say I didn't visit the Rosenbach until recently to see "Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland." FMI,

Elfreth's Alley Museum

With 32 houses standing, Elfreth's Alley in the Olde City district, is our nation's oldest residential street. Built in the 1700s, most of the original residents were artists and craftsmen. These homes remain private residences with the museum house located midway on the block. A visit to the museum will give you a sampling of the early residents' daily lives. Two of my favorite annual social events are the Alley's "Fete Day" in June, and "Deck the Alley" in December. FMI,

Do you have any hidden treasures in the city where you live? Please share. 

Have a great week, Everyone!

(LOVE statue photo c/o; Fireman's Hall photo c/o; Rosenbach Museum photo c/o; Elfreth's Alley photo c/o

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Philly's Hidden Treasures/Part One

When travelers visit Philadelphia, their itinerary always includes the big stops like Independence Mall, The National Constitution Center, The Betsy Ross House, The Liberty Bell, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yes, these are the show stoppers and places to see.

But, Philadelphia has many tourists' gems that sometimes are not (and should be) on a sightseer's schedule. I thought I would use this week and next week's blog post to give these awesome sites a "shout-out!"

Reading Terminal Market

Located at 12th & Arch Street (across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center), Reading Terminal Market is the country's oldest farmer's market. A majority of the businesses are family own and range from eat-in and take-out restaurants to merchants selling flowers, bakery items, seafood, books, and produce. Reading Terminal Market conducts tours and hosts special events such as cooking classes, movie night, and book signings. For more information check out their website and calendar,

East Passyunk Avenue

One of the longest standing business routes in the city, East Passyunk Avenue is affectionately referred to as Philly's new "restaurant row" thanks to the slew of new dining spots that have opened in recent years. An oldie -- and goodie -- is Marra's Italian Restaurant. The business, operated for eighty years, is now owned and managed by the founders' grandchildren. Marra's makes a great pizza and a delicious Mediterranean Salad. Also on East Passyunk Avenue is FUEL who serves the best pumpkin cheesecake ever!

Gee, I didn't intend to give food recommendations, but I just couldn't help myself. Along with the restaurants, there are lots of  shops along "the Avenue" from clothing to jewelry to gift boutiques. Check out East Passyunk Avenue's website,

Head House Square 

Located on the 400 block of South Second Street in the city's Historic District. A college professor once told me that the dwelling was originally a fire house back in our founding fathers' time. The houses surrounding the square are from the 18th and 19th century and are a mixture of commercial businesses and private residences. Head House Square is popular during the Spring and Summer for holding a variety of Flea and Farmers Markets. FMI,

Next week, I'll give you the lowdown on museums. But, in the meantime, if I were to visit your city, is there a gem tourist attraction hidden away that you would recommend? Please share.

Have a good week, Everyone!

(xoxo photo c/o; Reading Terminal photo c/o terminal; East Passyunk Avenue photo c/o; Head House Square photo c/o

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Conference Update!

The Spring weather brings conference opportunities, feedback on our work, and networking with our peers. Take a peek at what events may be coming to your area.

2016 Spring Fling Writers Conference; Sponsored by Chicago North RWA; May 20th-21st; Hyatt Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL; FMI,

Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference; Sponsored by NEORWA; May 21st; Strongsville Holiday Inn, Strongsville, OH; FMI,

2016 Annual RWA National Conference; Sponsored by RWA; July 13th-16th; San Diego Marquis & Marina; San Diego, CA; FMI,

All Write Now! Writer's Conference; Sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University; July 16th; University Center; Cape Girardeau, MO; FMI,

NYC Writer's Digest Annual Conference; Sponsored by Writer's Digest Magazine; August 12th-14th; New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY; FMI,

Moonlight & Magnolias 2016 Writing Your Life Changing Novel; Sponsored by Georgia Romance Writers; September 29th-October 2nd; Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Peachtree Corners, GA: FMI,

(photo c/o