Sunday, November 19, 2017

Relationship Between Romance Novels and Sports Writing...

A popular attraction in romance writing is the use of sports as a background. One of my favorite series is Susan Elizabeth Phillips' reads revolving around a fictional football team, Chicago Stars.

Philadelphia Magazine columnist, Sandy Hingston, penned her November feature on the relationship between Romance Novels and Sports writing. 

For readers and writers of Romance Novels, check out Sandy's "must read" column.

Have a great week, Everyone!

(illustration c/o Kagan McLeod for "Philadelphia Magazine)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Honoring All of Our Veterans...

Although the official date for Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women who served in our U.S. military, is November 11th, we started early in Philadelphia by holding a Veterans Day Parade and Festival on Sunday, November 5th.

A good time was had by everyone who attended as we honored the men and women who have served and protected our country.

But, let's not forget our military veterans who were not able to celebrate with us. They're the veterans who are struggling with trauma, addiction, illness, and homelessness. Their service is honorable, and they deserve our assistance and support.

Please offer a helping hand to those veterans. I've posted several websites for information.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Disabled American Veterans

Wounded Warrior Project

Veterans Multi-Service Center

The Veterans Site

Thank you for visiting today. And, to all of our Veterans, thank you for your service.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

For Everyone with a "Green Thumb"... and Even Those Without...

While I’m not known for having a “green thumb,” I do appreciate events like The Philadelphia Flower show, spending a Saturday at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, and strolling through South Philadelphia’s retail landscaping establishment, Urban Jungle Philadelphia. 

Urban Jungle Philadelphia offers an amazing variety of flowers and tropical plants. The staff is happy to assist customers with everything from purchasing a floral centerpiece for a table to reshaping your property. 

I was “browsing” in Urban Jungle last week and got the idea to share the sights with you. If you love flowers and gardens, enjoy the awesome photos!

Have a good week, Everyone!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss!

As children, almost all of us, have read books written by Dr. Seuss. His wit, charm, zany and sensitive characters have captivated, educated, and entertained children for decades.

But, have you ever stopped to read a Dr. Seuss book as an adult? If not, you should. It's interesting, and thought-provoking, that many of his stories and quotes can inspire adults, too.

Listed below are "Five Life Lessons" from Dr. Seuss (c/o Take a moment to read them, and perhaps one or two (or more!) can apply to your "adulthood."

Have a great week, Everyone!

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 5 Lessons photo c/o

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Looking for a Writers Conference?

Writers Conferences are occasions to learn from fellow authors, network, and simply have a good time. Since a few events showed up in my email recently, I thought I'd take a minute and share them with you!

Michael Hauge Story Mastery
Sponsored by Saguaro Romance Writers; Saturday November 18, 2017; Viscount Suites Hotel, Tucson, AZ; Theme: How to Elicit Emotion Through Story Concept, Plot Structure, and Character Development.


Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference
Sponsored by Arizona State University; Thursday, February 22-Saturday, February 24, 2018; Historic Quarter Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Genres, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry.


2018 Spring Fling Writers Conference
Sponsored by Chicago North RWA; Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21, 2018; DoubleTree, Oak Brook, IL; Featured Authors: Beverly Jenkins, Meredith Duran, Damon Suede plus many more.


Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo c/o

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween Reads for Children!

Halloween, despite the scary movies, is one of my favorite times of the year. I say "times" because our neighborhood civic association sponsors events and activities for the children beginning the Saturday before and lasting until October 31st. Halloween is an occasion for the little ones to dress up and enjoy themselves.

There are many delightful books for children, although they don't seem to get as much attention as Christmas and Valentine's Day reads. While some stories have a teaching goal, most are aimed for children to simply laugh and have good time.

Here are some Halloween theme books that little ones will enjoy!

Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The witch and her cat are flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow and then her wand. Luckily three helpful animals find the missing items and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.

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The Night Before Halloween
by Natasha Wing and Cynthia Fisher

Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore's beloved poem.

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The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
by Steven Kroll and Jeni Bassett

Desmond and Clayton must work together to win the Biggest Pumpkin competition.

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Have a great week, Everyone!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Autumn in Philadelphia...

Autumn or "Fall" is my favorite time of year. The weather is generally cool and crisp and there are lots of outside activities to enjoy before Winter, and snow, creep in!

Here are a few events we look forward to in Philly!

Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

Saturday, October 7th - Sunday, November 19th; A beautiful variety of mums everywhere. A little bit of a drive from Philly, but if you love flowers and gardens, there's no better place than Longwood Gardens.


8th Annual Mums & Mutts Fall Festival

Saturday, October 14; Family Fun in the Park; Games, Contests and Prizes; Raffles, Eagles tickets, Hotel stays, and more! Doggie Costume Contest! Bouncey House, Face Painting, and Arts and Crafts!

Over 15 Local Shelter and Rescues with adoptable pets -- all breeds, ages, and sizes looking for forever homes!

The Bigger-Than-Ever Harry Potter Festival

Friday and Saturday, October 20th-21st; Fortune tellers, crafts, costume contest, live performance and more!


Saturday, October 28th-Tuesday, October 31st; Although the "official" date for Halloween is October 31st, in Philly the celebration begins early. On Saturday, the 28th, most of our neighborhood civic associations hold parades and parties for the children leading up to the "big trick-or-treat event" (on a Tuesday this year)!

Veterans Day Parade & Festival 

Sunday, November 5; Lots of food, fun, and a chance to honor the Veterans of  the United States Military, and give them our thanks.


Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 23rd; Even Mickey and Minnie love coming to Philadelphia to be part of our parade! Floats, marching bands, and fun for the family.


Wherever you are, enjoy Autumn!

(Peanuts photo c/o;
 chrysanthemum photo c/o Gardens;
 Mums/Mutts photo c/o;
 Harry Potter photo c/o;
 Veterans photo c/o;
 Parade photo c/o