Teaching Old Dogs!

March 2018
        Okay!  You can teach an old dog new tricks.  I figured out how to get the photos upright!   I hear the eye rolls out there, but I did get it...eventually. And I did tell you I love flowers?  Right? My brother Al had a saying, "If some is good, and more is better, then too much is just about right." I think I am only at 'more'.  Never 'too much'!   Hello, SPRING! By the way, that is not the 'old dog' up there.  That is the teenager about to be legal drinking age dog, Apache, with her Easter bow tie, because every dog needs a bowtie.  Talking about eye rolls, I used to, eye roll that is, when I saw people walking dogs that were sporting cutesy…
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Birdland

March 2018
With a huge oak tree and a gum in the back yard and black gum, holly and dogwood trees in the front yard there is plenty of cover for birds.  It is not for nothing that Tulsa is called an urban forest. So this morning, the blackbirds were mobbing in the oak in the backyard.  I have a cat that does go out and she was out, but they weren't concerned about her.  They were up in the oak 'yelling' at something.  The squirrel up there was unconcerned.  Their attention was on a round blob of feathers up higher.  I waited to see if it would fly away given the persistence with which the birds were harassing it, calling in re-enforcements.  I even sat down as I tried to rest…
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Missed the First of Spring – Can I do an Eye Candy Friday?

March 2018
Here we go again...can't get the pictures upright!  But what you should be looking at are pictures of my convoluted/twisted Cherry tree.   I planted one like this outside the kitchen window of the townhouse I lived at in Wuerzburg, Germany.  Loved it and when we finally moved back to Tulsa, I knew I wanted one here too.  Thank goodness for Southwood Nursery for having one.  These are sorry pictures.  I'll get better, I promise. But the promise of spring is all around. Boy, I love spring.    Every morning walk through the yard/garden is a voyage of discovery.  What is up now?  Can I recognize it?  What is blooming? As usual the invigorating feel of things growing makes me a little crazy when it comes to buying plants.  And…
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Cinderella at the PAC Tulsa

March 2018
Another outstanding performance by the Tulsa Ballet and Orchestra!  They performed Prokofiev’s Cinderella and it was magical.  Minori Sakita danced Cinderella and Cavan Conley was her Prince.  Comic relief was provided by Dallas Blagg and Alfonso Martin who played the two step-sisters to slapstick perfection. Sometimes I wonder how a story as simple as Cinderella is going to be 'dragged out' to three acts, but all flowed and fitted together beautifully.  The orchestra makes you forget they are there as they support the dancing effortlessly. It was a full house last night.  I don't know if tickets are available for tonight or Sunday, but if you can go...go! And better buy your tickets for the next season now.
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Blog-Hop “Pick 4”

March 2018
Well posts two days in a row?   The idea is to pick 4 from the list and write about how they affect you as a writer. 1. What are you working on right now? 2. How does it differ from other works in its genre? 3. What experiences have influenced you? 4. Why do you write what you do? 5. How does your writing process work? 6. What is the hardest part about writing? 7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet? 8. Who are the authors you most admire? 9. What scares you 1.I am 'cleaning up'/editing/publishing manuscripts from all the different years I've been writing.  So there is no one book I'm looking at in particular.  With self-publishing through the internet…
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Happy 3.14 Day

March 2018
Today, March 14th, it is everyone's favorite number π.  Being a former math teacher today is up there with May 4th...you know StarWars fans, 'May the Fourth Be With You'.  If you remember your geometry, π starts 3.1416....and goes on to infinity with no repeats.  I'll be honest, I never remember the series beyond the five numbers I've listed, but I had a lot of students who could rattle off the series for ten plus numbers.  I suppose if you were aiming a rocket for Mars or another planet you might need a higher degree of precision, but for most of the Earth bound applications, 3.14 worked for me. Mostly it is a day for π/pie jokes.  So Happy day!  
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Paperback Writer….

March 2018
So now I apologize to the Beatles.  I hope I am a better writer than the one they sang about. Both 'Laurel' and 'Dream Warrior' have paperback copies available at Amazon.  There are still the ebook versions also. 'Laurel' is a light romance set in 1830, London.  Nothing too deep and a happy ending. 'Dream Warrior' is fantasy set on a planet that I will refer to as Tienna's World which future books will explain. I did tell you in an earlier post that "I've got a million of them."  Well not a million, but one book seemed to lead to another and some books seem to come earlier than the first books and some later.  Kind of like the real world, in Tienna's World events are not quite as…
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Well, it’s not time to break out the champagne yet.

March 2018
March 7 question - How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?  When I finish a story (after lots of edits) I think I want to 'tell' the world all about it.  I mentioned in an earlier post that my mother had a cartoon next to her computer showing two people and one of them is saying, "Enough about me.  Let's talk about my story!" If I'm feeling very satisfied with what I've written it becomes a part of my life and has a reality all of its own.  It seems to suffuse into what I'm doing and thinking so it becomes hard to separate that it is not part of my real world.  Bringing it to a conclusion is almost a relief.  I can…
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Apologies to Will Rogers this time

March 2018
It is SPRING!  And I have proof.Please tilt your head.  I'm still working on formatting, obviously.  They were 'upright' in the original file, so I don't know why the program wanted them on their sides.  Tete Tete daffodils,  Stella Magnolia and Cotton Candy Hellebore all signs of spring.  The hellebore is the most recent addition to the backyard.  The magnolia is now in its 3rd spring and pretty loaded with flowers for such a recent addition.I should have tried to get pictures of the robins also.  They are starting to mass for the journey north.  I have a holly outside the front door that is still loaded with berries, so maybe the robins aren't quite ready to move on.  Usually they denude the holly of its berries as they get…
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