What One Week Away From Facebook Taught Me

Last week, we went on vacation. Although it was shortened due to the unfortunate path of Hurricane Arthur, prior to leaving, I deactivated my Facebook account. I wanted to see what it felt like to be disconnected from that form of social media. I stayed on Instagram just to post pictures from vacation, but other…

Fictography #18: Eat More Bananas

/FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). With a two-week break from writing this segment because I’ve been up to my eyeballs editing and working on preparing my novel, I’m back today with a piece of fiction. The photo above was taken by my daughter on the…

Happy 3-Year Anniversary!

I just popped on to check my stats for the day, something we bloggers who take this seriously often do. (I’m nearing the 100,000 mark—a significant milestone to only one person—me). Anyway, when I logged on I had a little message from WordPress, my content management site, and it said, “Happy three-year anniversary!” I’ve been…

Pomp and Publicity

Lots of Happy News to Share Today… POMP I wanted to thank Deborah over at The Container Chronicles for nominating me for Blog of the Year 2013. It’s such an honor when a fellow blogger likes, recognizes, and nominates your work, especially when you have a great deal of appreciation for her work as well….

Inside the Actor’s Studio

On the show “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” the host, James Lipton, asks his guests the same 10 questions as he ends the show. Today’s daily prompt asks us bloggers to answer Lipton’s questions. This was one blog prompt I couldn’t resist. This will be fun, she thought. I am not an actor by trade, however,…

Curves

Two summers ago, thanks to my friend Ron, a group of us went to see The Black Eyed Peas. We were in the second row. Fergie was right in front of me. When I saw the word “curves” was the WordPress weekly challenge word, the first thing that came to mind was Fergie and her…

What The Sign Says

I know you find it hard to believe, but it’s happening here in Maryland. It’s called the RAIN TAX, and people are outraged and want to learn more about this latest tax to citizens. This sign made me laugh: even at the local Arnold Senior Center, there is talk about it. If you want to…

Where I Can Breathe

As my husband and I strolled around Annapolis on Sunday night–our first date night in many, many moons–we were stopping to take photographs. The city looked amazing; the sky was a blue that’s tough to forget, and there were few clouds on the picturesque canvas. There’s something about being near the water. Quite simply, I…

LL Cool J, Goals & Awards

I would by lying if I said I didn’t want to place in the National Indie Excellence Awards contest for authors. This morning’s butterflies told me so; I had received an email the day before letting me know the winners and finalists would be announced today. I have a bit of a competitive spirit about…

This Week’s Weekly Photo Challenge Word: ESCAPE

This week’s weekly photo challenge word from WordPress is ESCAPE. I typically think of escaping to a beach or relaxing somewhere near the water, but this photo is one of my recent favorites. I took it as we were heading back from Miami in November after I attended the Readers Favorite Awards Ceremony where I…

The Neighborhood Improvement Committee

A couple of years ago when I started blogging, it was recommended that I take a look at a blog called “The Meanest Mom.” I took the recommendation and followed it. And I loved it. It is unfortunate, however, for those of us who enjoy being active members of the blogosphere—both reading and writing in…

Patterns: Showcasing My Favorite Scenery Photo

I was glad to see today’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was entitled “patterns.” I’ve been wanting to showcase this particular photograph I took last year in Palm Beach. On a bike ride through neighborhoods, my husband and I happened upon this main entrance to a community. It’s absolutely stunning and probably my favorite scenery photo…