Want to know how to carve a pumpkin? I found a really good how-to-carve-tutorial on the web. Just click here.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Want to know how to carve a pumpkin? I found a really good how-to-carve-tutorial on the web. Just click here.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Some of you may remember me talking about how last summer (2007), I stayed up until 3 a.m. one night to watch a plant bloom. I had just planted some night-blooming cereus, and one of them had a bloom--and I was determined to see the flower. The NBC, you see, blooms at night and then fades away by sunrise--so if you don't see the flower at night, you don't see the flower.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The other day hubby looked at me and said, "Why are you on this politics kick all of a sudden?" I looked at him as if he'd lost his marbles, then I tried to explain: "It's . . . it's like every four years, America stands up and takes a look at her values, and then looks at her candidates, and tries to match them up. And every four years I'm amazed at how far values are slipping."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Now that the days are growing cooler and shorter, I've felt this urge to pull out the knitting needles and crochet hooks. The other night I crocheted a scarf in the time it took to watch a movie, and though the scarf is a little non-rectangular, it'll do. (Took me a while to find my rhythm again).
Monday, October 27, 2008
. . . so said Alec Baldwin. :-) And he was right. I snapped dozens of pictures at the McCain-Palin rally on Sunday, and I don't think I snapped a bad one of Sarah. (You can click on these to enlarge them.)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
HALLMARK CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS "TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE," SEQUEL TO 2007 ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIE, "THE NOTE"
Genie Francis and Ted McGinley Reprise Their Roles
Hallmark Channel has greenlit production of the original movie "Taking a Chance on Love," the sequel to the network's highly rated 2007 original holiday movie, "The Note," to begin in November in Toronto and to air on the network in January 2009. Genie Francis ("General Hospital") and Ted McGinley ("Hope & Faith") are attached to reprise their roles.
In "The Note," newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder (Francis) took viewers on a journey of hope and inspiration as she traveled the country to find the intended recipient of an anonymous note found at the site of an airplane crash. As the story unfolds, Peyton finds moral support from her longtime colleague, King Danville (McGinley), with whom she shared a flirtatious-but-professional relationship. In "Taking a Chance on Love" Peyton investigates a reader's letter which unfolds into a story of lost love and gives her insight into her own life and the risk one must take to fall in love again.
"Taking a Chance on Love" is a Hallmark Channel presentation in association with Lightworks Pictures (an Odyssey Networks company) and Muse Entertainment. The movie is executive produced by Joel S. Rice ("Shredderman Rules") and William Spencer Reilly ("The Note") and produced by Steve Solomos ("Nature of the Beast"). Maura Dunbar is executive in charge of production. Douglas Barr ("To Be Fat Like Me") will direct from a script he wrote.
"The Note" was Hallmark Channel's highest-rated original movie premiere in 2007 and continues to rank as the network's fourth-highest-rated original movie premiere ever. The movie premiered on December 8, 2007 to a 3.4 HH rating and delivered over 2.8 million homes and over 5.2 million total viewers. The original movie became the highest-rated ad-supported cable telecast of the day, the second-highest-rated ad-supported cable movie of the week and won the Saturday, 9-11 p.m. time period. (Source: Nielsen Media Research, 11/24-12/9/07).
To support the premiere of "The Note," Hallmark Channel launched www.WhatWouldYouWrite.com, an outlet for viewers to submit their own personalized notes to family and friends. The movie was also supported by an extensive media campaign and online presence.
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 85 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel which plays the greatest family movies of all time, Hallmark Movie Channel, and launched Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April, 2008.
Now, just to be clear--I have read the script to this movie and I like it, but I had nothing to do with the story and will have nothing to do with the film. Just so you'll know. But I did like the script. :-) And I hear the movie is supposed to air on January 29, 2009.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Okay, I can't keep quiet. This issue is simply too important. I'd like you to spend the time you would spend reading my bits of nonsense reading Randy Alcorn's blog instead. Time well spent.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
You've heard me talk about Orson Scott Card, the Mormon novelist who wrote the wonderful book, "Ender's Game." Not too long ago I posted a link to one of his columns . . . and today I'm posting another one. He talks about the current financial crisis, journalism, and the upcoming election--and I agree with every point.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
1. Add the logo of the award to your blog. (just right-click and copy or save.)
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
Because I live in mortal fear of forgetting someone I should have nominated, let me just nominate all the blogs in my blogroll to the right . . . these are the blogs I visit often, so these are the blogs I love. :-) Check them out at your leisure.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
My book club's book-of-the-month is DEWEY, the Small Town Library Cat, etc. . . . and last night I began to read it. Now, it may have been that I was tired, or that I was simultaneously watching ANIMAL COPS, where this pitiful puppy with Parvo had a miraculous recovery and finally made her way to a happy family, but I read three chapters of DEWEY and sobbed through every one. Actually had to put the book down, wipe the tears, blow my nose, and wait for the sinuses to dry up before I could continue to read. No, it's not a sad story. Probably no one else would cry like that. But I sure did.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I know how divisive talk of politics can be, so I am going to try to make this my last post on the subject. After all, I've already voted, and I doubt anything I can say is going to change anyone's mind.
In March 1857, in the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford, the United States Supreme Court ruled that all blacks—slaves as well as free--were not and could never be citizens of the United States. As to the Constitution, which declares that all men are created equal, Justice Taney wrote that “it is too clear for dispute, that the enslaved African race were not intended to be included, and formed no part of the people who framed and adopted this declaration . . . .”
The members of the court who ruled against the African-American Dred Scott apparently bought into Hamlet’s argument that “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Hamlet would have no problem justifying the disintegration of people to property.
But Hamlet’s argument is false. Some acts violate moral decency and divine laws. But in 1857 it was more "politically correct" to buy into the Supreme Court's argument that blacks were not human and could be bought and sold. In Hitler's Germany, it was more expedient to accept the idea that the Jews were not human and could be worked to death or exterminated. And today, millions of people have bought the argument that unborn babies are not human so they can be eliminated whenever "inconvenient."I find it supremely ironic that Obama, a man of color, is supporting another Supreme Court decision--Roe v. Wade--that proclaims that an entire category of human beings is not deserving of protection under the U.S. Constitution. Obama voted against an Illinois bill that would provide medical care for aborted babies born alive. (These babies were taken to closets and left to die). Not even the National Abortion Rights League went so far as to oppose that bill. He also refused to support a ban on partial-birth abortion, when a living baby is almost completely removed from the womb (all but the infant's head), and then brutally killed.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This is a cute video about how the mobile phone has taken over our lives. Love the sound track!
Friday, October 17, 2008
A couple of times over the last several months I've directed you to Nate Lawrenson's blog, Confessions of a CF Husband. You may recall his story--he and his wife, Tricia, who has cystic fibrosis, were on a lung transplant list when Tricia became pregnant. Rather than abort the baby, which they were told had less than a 50 percent chance of surviving, they postponed the transplant. Gwyneth Rose was born at 24 weeks gestation, and Tricia had her transplant.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I tend to look at reports of global warming and climate change with a skeptical eye . . . because I don't think the long term data supports the claim that man has changed the climate. After all, while the northern polar cap is melting right now, the southern polar cap is larger than it's ever been (in recorded history).
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
No, not the "living doll" types, but those burly prop-up men designed to ride in cars with women in order to scare off carjackers.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Last year about this time I had the pleasure of reading Sandra Byrd's book, LET THEM EAT CAKE. I'm happy to report that Sandra's back with a sequel--BON APPETIT. And this book looks absolutely scrumptious!
By Sandra Byrd
In this sequel to Let Them Eat Cake, Byrd again entertains with descriptions of delectable food and, this time, with exquisite details of
Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in
P.S. Happy birthday to my sweet hubby!
Monday, October 13, 2008
My friend Deanna just told me about http://www.openlibrary.org. This is a website that aims to have information on every book ever published--and every author. It's pretty amazing, as it culls information from Amazon.com, the Library of Congress database, etc.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The other day I was reading a great book called "How Not to Look Old." At the outset, the author gives the reader a test to decide if she's high-maintenance, middle-maintenance, or low-maintenance. I took the test, and I'm definitely in the middle. I like to paint the barn if I'm going out in public, but at home, the dog drool factor keeps me definitely on the simple side.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
A year or so ago I wrote a post about Chinese translations and now I see that it's time for another. But this time, a sign is worth a thousand words. :-)
Friday, October 10, 2008
I love to laugh--who doesn't? And lately, when it seems there's little to laugh about, laughter is even more appreciated.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
The other day I was invited to be on the Dr. Pat show, a radio program out of Seattle. We were discussing "The Note," and you can listen to the interview here. Dr. Pat was bright and vivacious--I admire people who can be bright around the clock! I tend to slip into dullsville after lunch time.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Photo: Lois and an unidentified friend.
Lois Gladys LeppardGreenville, South Carolina
Lois Gladys Leppard, 84, of 309 Cary St, Greenville, died Sunday, October 5, 2008, at Laurel Baye Healthcare of Greenville. Born May 9, 1924, in Spartanburg, Ms. Leppard was the daughter of the late James William and Bessie (Wilson) Leppard. Lois was the author of the Mandie Books series. She was a member of Fairview Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville. She is survived by her son, Donn Leppard and his wife Shannon of Cornelius, N.C.; two granddaughters; and her sister, Belle Langford of Cleveland, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. The family will be at their respective homes. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com Thomas Mcafee Funeral Home, Downtown. Published in The Greenville News: 10-06-2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
A couple of links for you today--
Friday, October 03, 2008
Heading out to Jackson, Mississippi today . . . and thinking that the next time I pack my suitcase, it'll be for my VACATION! YIPPEE! (We're cruising again--going to Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, I think. I only hope the Gulf remains calm.)
Thursday, October 02, 2008
This one comes from Kelli Standish, webmaster extraordinaire. She sent me to a 911 for blocked writers--though at the moment, I'm not blocked, I'm just unassigned. :-)
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Have you seen those new commercials for Microsoft? First there were the nonsensical commercials with Seinfeld and Bill Gates--in a shoe store (huh?) and trying to live with a normal family. Those were so strange/ineffective that Microsoft pulled them before the third segment even aired.