Who Am I



I am a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother. I love to read, cook and play “World of Warcraft”.

I was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. We moved to Pennsylvania and I graduated Farrell High School in 1966.

I took Business Management at Kent State, Graphic Arts at Bellevue University, and I am studying, History, Classical Literature and Goverment at Hillsdale University. {

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“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” – Ernst Hemingway.


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My blogging ranges from current issues to the Book and Art World.
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The Revenge OF The Djinn

“Wiki describes Ifrit: Ifrit—also spelled, efreet, efrite, ifreet, afreet, afrite, and afrit (Arabic: ʻIfrīt: عفريت, pl ʻAfārīt: عفاريت)—are supernatural creatures in Arabic and Islamic folklore. They are in a class of infernal Jinn noted for their strength and cunning. An ifrit is an enormous winged creature of fire, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins. Ifrits live in a society structured along ancient Arab tribal lines, complete with kings, tribes, and clans. They generally marry one another, but they can also marry humans. While ordinary weapons and forces have no power over them, they are susceptible to magic, which humans can use to kill them or to capture and enslave them. As with the jinn, an ifrit may be either a believer or an unbeliever, good or evil, but he is most often depicted as a wicked and ruthless being.”

I had started to work on this story about two years ago, but it was put up because of me being very ill at that time.

This is a love story, between a Djinn and an extremely beautiful young girl. The Djinn never intended falling in love with any human. He had actually been planning on using her to enact revenge on her father. But even for a Djinn life never goes as you plan it. Before you ask there will be murder, paranormal sex, broken promises and of course revenge.


Image3I am doing this story as an in-between while I am working on my novella, “Jalenna”. I’ll keep my readers updated as to how the Jaleena” and ” The Revenge Of The Djinn” are coming along.

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What Am I Working Now

I am working on a Novella about one of my characters in The ” Twisted Myths & legends” Book.

The character’s name is “Jaleena” she is an Amazonian Huntress & Warrior. The story will be going into detail about her life. I had put a short synopsis of her life into ” Twisted Myths & Legends “,  and I will be going into more detail about her in this new book. This book will be Historical Fiction/Myth/Legend. I will try to be as close as possible to the Historical part of this story. Information on exactly how people lived before the 1st Century B.C. in the Greek/Roman era is not always quite clear. I am in the process of researching for the background of Jaleena’s life now.

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Twisted Myths & Legends

   My book ” Twisted Myths & Legends ”               is now for sale on Amazon.

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The theme of these stories is “strong women”. Some might be real others are the stuff of  ” Myths & Legends “. I also added The story ” The Falls Of Fate”.





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The Haters Club

I find that when a person tries’s to better themselves, the “Haters” try to bring you down. I have seen so much of this in the past 10 years. I feel that they probably can’t or won’t try for themselves, and jealousy runs rampant in their hearts. All I can do is pray for their soul. I hope everyone else prays in their own way for these people. This is why our world has so many problems. Try to love everyone as yourself and our world heal.1506900_10152414636617042_6975138420790843852_n

How “America First” Turns Into “America Last”


How “America First” Turns Into “America Last”

In an unprecedented challenge to the U.S., Germany’s foreign minister proposes “Europe first” and making nice with Putin’s Russia.

Published on: December 8, 2017

Josef Joffe is co-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit, member of TAI’s Executive Committee and a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

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Zara Clothes Come With Hidden Notes from Unpaid Workers

FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 file photo, people exit and a branch of fashion retailer Zara in an upscale Istanbul neighbourhood. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

The fast fashion retailer Zara has become a reliable mainstay in millennial closets thanks to its plethora of affordable, trendy clothes that can be purchased new each season without much thought.

But for shoppers who picked up some Zara items this fall, a surprise waiting inside the clothes may have forced them to pause and reconsider their purchases after all.

According to Newsweek, shoppers have found notes inside their Zara clothing this month from workers who claim they did not get paid for their work.

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“I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,” read the tags, which were found in items sold in Turkey, according to the Associated Press.

Zara’s clothes are made by outsourced manufacturing companies, and the notes reportedly came from workers at Bravo Texstil in Istanbul, which also produces clothing for Mango and Next. Workers say they are owed months’ worth of pay.

Global Citizen campaigns on the United Nations Global Goals, including Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth. You can join us and take action on these goals here.

A petition on change.org was launched two months ago by the workers, who say that 155 workers were left short-changed when their boss stopped paying them and then suddenly disappeared after creditors showed up at his factory.

More than 20,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Read More: British Retailers Exploit Child Syrian Refugees in Turkish Factories to Make UK Clothes: Report

“We made these brands’ products with our own hands, earning huge profits for them,” the petition says. “We demand now that these brands give us the basic respect to compensate us for our labour. We demand no more than our basic rights! We call on the international community to support our struggle, sign and share to support our campaign!”

Zara told Refinery29 in a statement that the company was creating a “hardship fund” for the workers to cover the unpaid wages and benefits, and that it was committed to finding a “swift solution” to the dispute.


10 Simple Ways to Make Writing Fun


10 Simple Ways to Make Writing Fun

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I’m not a good writer. This was made clear to me at an early age.

My high school English teachers took their job very seriously. They helped us understand that not just anyone can be a writer. They taught us that to be a writer, we needed to learn to write the proper way. And there’s no room in the craft for untalented clods who aren’t willing to follow the rules.

So I learned that I wasn’t a good writer. And I stopped writing. For 17 years.

Writing Is Hard. Writing Is Not Fun.

Most people don’t know the difference between a transitive or an intransitive verb. And most don’t see an issue with starting a sentence with a conjunction or ending it with a preposition.

I didn’t learn these rules in English class. What I learned can be summed up in two points:

  1. Writing was hard.
  2. Writing was not fun.

I know my story isn’t singular. I wasn’t the only kid in those classes. If this is what we’re taught, it’s not surprising that the majority of people never write for fun after leaving high school.

We’re simultaneously developing mediums that help people spread ideas like never before while discouraging people’s interest in using them.

For all of us looking to better connect, better communicate, and better spread our ideas, a disinterest in writing becomes a significant impediment.

If we expect to take advantage of these opportunities, we need to get past this mindset. We need to find a way to start writing again.

Can Writing Be Easy? Can It Be Fun?

When Tim Ferriss is faced with a difficult business or relationship decision, he’s been know to ask himself the simple question,

“What would this look like if it were easy?”

It’s a question that cuts through our misconceptions about worth. It’s a question that reminds us to look for the path of least resistance, not to seek unnecessary hardship. It’s also how he opens his new trove of incites in Tribe of Mentors.

As someone who’s natural inclination is to overcomplicate the simple, this question often keeps me grounded in the logical.

What would writing look like if it were easy?

What would writing look like if it were fun?

I tried to answer these questions.

I started writing again this year. With the goal of making it fun.

I don’t see a future where I quit my job to write full-time. So I can’t give any advice on developing blogs that will let you retire by the end of the year. Let’s remove that expectation right now.

But I can give advice that helped me transform writing from something I dreaded to something I enjoy. I can talk about some of the mindsets I adopted to turn writing from a chore into an interest.

Here’s my advice on making writing less difficult (it’s still not easy). More importantly, here’s the best ten ways I’ve found to make it fun.

1. Appreciate Bad Writing

Each morning I sit down and write. And the majority of thoughts that make it from my mind to the computer end up being useless.

I’m sure there are people out there who can just sit down and write flawlessly. I’ve heard Christopher Hitchens was one such talent.

I am not. I likely never will be. Which is fine by me.

I need that mess. I need that chaos. Just as every morning my son insists on spreading toys all over the living room floor before he can start playing, I need to see the full landscape of thoughts before I can see what I’d like to write.

Our minds (or at the very least mine) are not disciplined to sit and start writing well. We need to draft and re-draft before our ideas begin to coalesce into a sensible argument. It’s from this mess of bad writing that most of us are able to develop our final product.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. If this is what I publish, that first draft must be a real train wreck. And yes, it is.

Because it needs to be. We need to have first drafts that don’t make sense and tangents that never circle back to the original point. It’s a critical part of the process to develop any work. And we never know how each component fits within the whole until we’ve developed the entire framework.

Pulitzer-winning writer Jennifer Egan offers similar advice for aspiring writers,

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”

Celebrate that bad writing. Creativity is an iterative process. It’s much easier to fix a bad write-up than create one perfectly from scratch.

2. Notice Things

“A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer.” — Susan Sontag

Most people don’t notice things. They’re caught in their own world or busy looking at their phones for distraction updates.

Most people don’t listen. They’re thinking about what they want to say next and waiting for that pause so they can interrupt.

Most people don’t explore both sides of an issue. They’re quick to find articles that reinforce their own ideas and push them further to the edge.

But when you’re trying to write, you start noticing. Noticing leads to ideas and ideas are necessary.

When you start noticing, you take the time to listen to other people’s thoughts. Each thought is a potential idea.

When you start noticing, you study other people’s behaviors. Each example brings more understanding. More understanding is better writing.

When you start noticing, you watch for motivations. Each motivation includes a backstory. Each backstory gives you balanced perspectives.

In a truly inspiring book on writing, Anne Lamott shows us the benefit of better observing life as it progresses around us,

“One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”

When you start noticing, you realize that life is much more interesting. And interesting writers live interesting lives.

3. Write Something Meaningful to You

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Ask someone about their passion and their eyes usually light up. Their body language and tone change almost immediately. They’re excited and engaged and those feelings are contagious.

It’s the same communication with writing. When we’re reading something that an author believes is truly meaningful, it comes through in the writing. The emotion is held in each word, emphasizing the author’s convictions.

Conversely, it’s a miserable experience to read something that lacks feeling. There’s no depth. It’s obvious the author is disinterested in the topic.

Like a salesperson who doesn’t believe in the product, an author who doesn’t believe in her ideas will always struggle to connect. If our sole motivation is money or clicks, it’s difficult to tell a story that excites and inspires.

Kurt Vonnegut, master storyteller, recognized this importance. In his 1985 essay, How to Write with Style, he emphasizes the criticality of focusing on the meaningful,

“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not. Don’t you yourself like or dislike writers mainly for what they choose to show or make you think about? Did you ever admire an empty-headed writer for his or her mastery of the language? No.”

People read to gain new ideas. People read to provoke their thoughts. People read to be entertained and educated and inspired. None of these are possible with a topic the writer finds disinteresting.

Focus on what you consider meaningful. There will be others who share your interests. And you’re doing them a justice by writing on the topic.

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4. Write Every Day.

“If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.” — Kenneth Goldsmith

Writers write. Every day.

Whether identity drives behaviors or behaviors drive identity (I think the case can be made for both directions), neither is sustainable without consistent practice.

We improve by doing. By figuring out what works well and trying new things. We can’t do that from the sidelines.

Get in the game and start writing. And if you’re worried about quality, take solace in the fact that no one will read you for a while. When I started writing, it was depressing to think that few would ever read my initial posts. Now I consider that a blessing. It helped me refine my craft and improve. So when people did start reading, I had a product that was (slightly) more impressive.

Start a daily writing habit. Figure out what works for you, but commit to making it a priority. With practice comes improvement and writing is a lot more fun when you can notice the improvement.

Writer, author, and professional bar-setter Susan Sontag included the following reflection in a 1972 journal entry,

“A writer, like an athlete, must ‘train’ every day.

What did I do today to keep in ‘form’?”

What did you do today to keep in form?

5. Research. Read. Experience.

I’ve found there to be no better cure for writer’s block than research. Whenever I’m not sure of a topic or am questioning a position, becoming smarter on the subject always helps.

Research isn’t limited to reading periodicals. It’s about gaining experiences. It’s about being curious. If I’m curious about it now, likely someone else already was and someone else will be again in the future.

Research is reading other authors that we respect. It helps us see what works and what doesn’t. It gives us tools to improve our writing.

Research is seeking new ideas and viewpoints that grab our interest. It’s about understanding what moves us and what doesn’t. And about understanding why.

In Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull emphasizes the importance of encouraging writers and designers to take research trips before developing Pixar’s movie scripts. He cites these trips as a critical element in maintaining the level of innovation that Pixar is continuously recognized,

“In any business, it’s important to do your homework, but the point I’m making goes beyond merely getting the facts straight. Research trips challenge our preconceived notions and keep clichés at bay. They fuel inspiration. They are, I believe, what keeps us creating rather than copying.”

Research helps us understand multiple perspectives. In today’s culture of immediate opinions, there’s no shortage of people willing to blindly defend their current views. The Internet is full of edge case opinions that aren’t interested in considering the other side. The alternative — telling the whole truth — is much more scarce. And hence, much more valuable.

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6. Don’t Worry About Being Original

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” — Salvador Dali

Echoing Dali’s perspective, Mark Twain famously wrote a letter to his friend Helen Keller, saying that “substantially all ideas are second hand.”

Steve Jobs recognized this as well. In a February 1996 issue of Wired, aptly titled as Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing, he gives his succinct view on the creative process,

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

Steve Jobs wasn’t a creative genius. He was someone who put systems in place to support creativity and demanded a level of quality that perfected his products to a level of genius.

Mike Posner’s YouTube video, I Took a Pill in Ibiza, has nearly one billion views. But it didn’t take off until another group remixed the song and put it out with their own spin. Mike, as someone who started out remixing others’ music, recognized this as a critical part of the creative process.

Worry about authenticity, not originality. Take ideas and connect them. Give credit where it’s due, but build off them. Use your experiences to put your own spin on things. You’re still adding value to everyone.

After all, Andy Warhol didn’t invent Campbell’s soup.

7. Tell Your Own Stories

“Good fiction is made of what is real, and reality is difficult to come by.” — Ralph Ellison

I’m as guilty as anyone of over-citing scientific studies. I read new studies and consider how the results would apply to my life. Never mind if the details have nothing to do with my situation.

It’s as though we’re all waiting for science to give us a solution that’s based on how forty undergraduates respond in a controlled environment.

Make no mistake, I love science. And the scientific process is critical to moving our understanding and theories forward.

But no experiment will ever perfectly represent our specific circumstances unless it happens in our own lives. So design your own experiments. Put yourself into interesting situations. Use that story to help the rest of us understand your ideas.

We often hear the advice to “find your own voice.” As if the vocal sound we’ve been using since birth is now lost to us. More apt advice would be to “not lose your voice.” Write as you talk. Don’t create an impostor voice for the purpose of trying to please others. Tell your stories as they’re meant to be told.

I’d much rather hear about them than read a twenty page journal article that culminates with a recommendation for further research.

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8. Become Part of the Community

One of the greatest aspects of writing is to become a part of the community. Whether it’s Medium or Quora or a broader community of writers, it creates a sense of involvement that I’ve found incredibly rewarding.

When we write, we become part of a growing community. We build connections with other writers. We’re able to leverage their strengths and find ways to help others.

Not ready to start writing yet? Read, appreciate, comment, congratulate, and suggest improvements. Just take steps to contribute. Make connections. Become part of the community.

Each subsequent step becomes a little easier.

9. Revel in the Negative

“Having your work hated by certain people is a badge of honor.“ — Austin Kleon, Show Your Work

There’s no sense telling you that negative criticism is a great tool. You’ve heard it before.

Deep down, you know it’s true. But it doesn’t take the sting out of negative feedback.

What does? More negative feedback.

When you put your work online, it will undoubtedly be subjected to the thoughts and opinions of those who disagree. Negative comments will come streaming in, complete with ridiculous suggestions and unhelpful advice.

It’s this freight train of criticism that helps toughen us against negative feedback. It conditions us to focus on the important and brush off the negative.

One of histories most celebrated poets, W. H. Auden, captures this perfectly with the following thought,

“Every writer would rather be rich than poor, but no genuine writer cares about popularity as such. He needs approval of his work by others in order to be reassured that the vision of life he believes he has had is a true vision and not a self-delusion, but he can only be reassured by those whose judgment he respects. It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men.”

As you slowly become a collector of negative feedback, you clearly see which judgments deserve respect. And you realize that universal popularity is not something to be admired.

10. Publish

The only purpose of starting is to finish, and while the projects we do are never really finished, they must ship.” — Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

When I first started drafting posts this year, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to perfect the first one. I made minor tweaks and edits, punctuated by full rewrites, trying to get it just perfect.

Looking back on that first article, I’m embarrassed of the quality. Despite many edits and hours invested, I cringe at the writing.

This is unavoidable. I couldn’t have written a better article then since I didn’t have the experience of publishing, gaining feedback, and trying to improve with each step.

Hopefully, six months from now, I’ll be embarrassed by this article and everything that’s come before it. The alternative is to not improve, stuck in a state of perpetual stasis.

When we publish our work, we give our work to the world. We open ourselves to both congratulation and criticism and practice the ever-difficult feeling of vulnerability. But more importantly, it forces us to move on.

When we publish, we’re able to move on to the next work. We move from trying to perfect one piece to building a portfolio. As bestselling author Ryan Holiday recently wrote,

“Each time you do this, it not only increases your mastery in your chosen craft, but as a result it also increases your odds of creating something brilliant and lasting. It also grows your back catalog and your platform. The key, though, is that you must do it — you must create, create, create.”

Get creating.

Have Fun.

Write. Have fun. Write some more. Keep improving. Make an impact. Enjoy it.

If you’re having fun, the quality will take care of itself. You’ll care enough to ensure it.

As literary genius and one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, wisely put it,

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”

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Every Entrepreneur Should Make The Time To Read These 5 Classics  

Every Entrepreneur Should Make The Time To Read These 5 Classics

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There are a few books out there that have stood the test of time in the business world.

They helped shape the industry years ago, and they continue to remain true to this day.

If you have high aspirations for yourself and haven’t read these five books, you are doing yourself a disservice.

They are well worth the time.

1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

This is, undoubtedly, the single greatest book about business ever written.

There is a reason why it is one of the best-selling books of all time.

It is a culmination of lessons learned from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and innovators, and Hill breaks down the lessons in easily digestible chapters that focus on so much more than just “motivational language.”

He gives clear and concise instructions for how you can begin implementing what he’s saying, right now.

The best part is, although this book was written in 1937, its lessons are as true today as they were back then. It is the quintessential example of what it takes to become truly successful.

As Hill says, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

2. “How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

When it comes to personal development, nobody quite succeeds as eloquently as Dale Carnegie.

This book breaks down the game of life in astounding detail, admitting the simple truths many of us don’t want to acknowledge — for example, “People do business with their friends.”

He instructs in careful detail how to become more likable, how to create report, and the value of prioritizing the interpersonal element of business.

This reason this book has remained relevant for so long and cemented itself as a classic is because it relates to so much more than just business. This book will make you a better person.

3. “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

If you’re new to the self development game then this is a great place to start.

Covey does an amazing job at breaking down the pillars of industry leaders and explaining the importance of practice.

He focuses far less on theory and far more on daily discipline and accountability.

For Covey, effectiveness is not a talent or a trait, it is a practice — and this book explains how you can implement that sort of daily discipline into your life.

4. “Leadership and Self Deception” by The Arbinger Institute

This isn’t one of the more well-known books out there, but it is a gem to those that discover it.

This book is a narrative that teaches some of the toughest lessons in business by showing a relationship between a boss and an up-and-coming manager.

One of the themes in this book is the idea of not being “in the box” — in other words, maintaining a level of self awareness that allows you to see the bigger picture of what’s happening in any given moment.

This is a fast and enjoyable read, and not quite as heady as some of the other business books out there. It’s also a fantastic book to help you come to terms with whether you are working with or for a true leader, or a dictator.

5. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

And finally, a classic when it comes to personal finance, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” will change the way you approach money forever.

It takes what many people consider to be a confusing topic and makes it so painfully simple that you’ll wonder how you didn’t understand it sooner.

When it comes to business of any kind, finance is a pillar that requires the utmost attention and mastery. According to Kiyosaki, it all starts with your habits and the way you treat money. In order to be successful, you need to have a positive relationship with your finances, and that means acting out of discipline instead of impulse.

All five of these books need to be on your bookshelf.

Even if you aren’t a big reader (which you should be), they will serve as reminders to their enclosed principles — and sometimes, a reminder is all you need to stay on track.

This article originally appeared in Inc Magazine.

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Currently reading “7 habits” and loving how you can apply the lessons at the end of every chapter!

Hey Cole, the title reads “Every Entrepreneur Should The Make Time To Read These 5 Classics”

Did you mean to do that or is it a typo?