Thursday, November 27, 2008

NaNoWriMo winner me- and about 1200 others!




This was won for "Are You Gonna Eat That Banana" which will be available in January, 2009. Yes, it will be on Amazon!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Careful of Bananas!

Coming Soon:

"Are You Gonna Eat that Banana?"

Careful, or you'll end up in my newest novel!

National Novel Writing Month

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sad Announcement


Sad Announcement!!!!
Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Or- as a friend said to me "Unless of course the Light at the End of the Tunnel is the oncoming train."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Trust Nothing and No one

I got this in an email from a dear friend-- suits me perfectly:

Blessed are the Cracked, for they are the ones who let in the light"




















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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Rest well sweet friend



We recently had a dear friend and longtime neighbor leave us behind for a better place. I feel so lucky that I got to visit with her one last time this spring. I can still hear her saying "Yum Yum" at the chocolates a friend brought for her.
She let me take this picture, somewhat relucantly. I had told her that I promised I wouldn't put it all over the internet. To which she replied "Not until I'm dead, anyway".

So here you go my friend! I hope that you can look down and smile at this!

We've missed you all the long months since you left our neighborhood, and now you've left our world.

Louise was 96 in July. She drove right up until she took a fall last December. Always smart as a whip, well read, and mentally never faltered for a minute. She was quick with a hug, quick with a quip, and a very brave lady who loved her home and her car and her church always.

Rest well sweet friend. We love you.

Laura and Mike

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Crab spider



I've seen a little critter in our living room a few times. Tiny as a speck of dust!
It just dropped down from our ceiling and landed on me twice. I thought I was seeing things-- I thought it was an Albino spider! Doing a bit of "web" work, I learned that it is a Crab Spider, and is a beneficial insent who sometimes wanders indoors. It does not spin a web, but is an active hunter. Hmmmm...perhaps that is what happened to the fly that was driving me crazy for a week. These tiny spiders do like flies I understand. They are also amazing in that some of them can change color to include bright yellow or bright pink to match a flower that they might land on. They are not harmful to humans, but they do bite, although it just causes a minor irritation.

The things I will do to avoid actually Working On My Book! I spend a half hour researching spiders!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hot Under The Collar


Yowza-- what a game between the Red Sox and the Yankees last night. It was a real pitchers match, a poorly Umpired game, and the Sox got hot under the collar and so did I! I've heard it said that Kevin Youkilis tends to "wet his pants" over things, but man, how he held it together when fast balls were flying in the vicinity of his head AGAIN! I was waiting for a Bench Clearing Brawl, but the Sox rose above that.
Mike Lowell really had a wobbly when he was called out on strikes and the final strike was clearly a BALL!!!!! I was almost as mad as he was. As for Manny-- hmmm...he's out because he knee hurts. Then it is both knees hurt. Yet the MRI showing nothing wrong? He really should have been in the game for Big Papi's return. This Manny being Manny stuff is wearing thin. Perhaps if his knees are that bad he'd better go on the disabled list and get some acupunture or even counseling on Adult Professional Behavior. I've always enjoyed Manny, he's a great player and funny as can be. To a Point. Hmmm... perhaps Tito could just bench him and not LET him have the honor of playing. Would that be cutting off the teams nose to spite their face? I think not. Time for Manny to have a time out.

Ok-- today, the Red Sox are going to be out for blood. There is a blood lust at the ready, and the fur will be flying.

I can't wait. Go RED SOX!!!

oh- and I just returned 2 library books and came home with 8 new ones....it is possible to watch baseball and read three books at once. I should know!

Laura
the more books the better

Friday, July 25, 2008

Rest In Peace




May your soul continue it's wonderful journey now that you have left your poor broken body behind. Many happy returns when you are ready.

Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture passed away on July 24, 2008.

A Few of My Favorite Things

On the heels of learning recently that Rush would be getting their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009, two good friends of mine had the chance to see a show in this leg of the Snakes and Arrows tour! One went to NH to see them, and the other saw them in NC. While I'm a wee bit envious, I'm also very happy for them both! The first friend saw them for about the 30th, and likely the last time, while my newer friend finally went to her first show after waiting 28 years! Then, while perusing YouTube, I found this gem!





So that's all fun and games, and then I found my favorite Laugh A Minute duo cracking up as they tried to announce a Red Sox game while hearing "Mooo Mooo" in their headsets after photos of Vermont Cows were shown during Vermont Day at Fenway Park. If you want a good laugh, view this clip. You won't be able to help youself, the laughter is contagious!




Enjoy!
Laura
The More Books the Better
reading:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Atmospheric Disturbances

Well this book disturbed me allright! Yet it was compelling, interesting and something I had to pry myself away from....one has to wonder if this actually happened to someone in the author's life.
Here's a trailer, and don't forget you can use any of my Amazon.com links to buy the book!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The weak of the pea/pee, hehe, pee-pee

Ingo Rademacher of General Hospital has a new son-- named Peanut Kai. Kai means water in Hawaiian. Some clever person posted online that they could call him Pea Water. Made me laugh!
Then, this morning, I got this story from Coast to Coast online:

Leak at Nasa

A Nasa plea for urine donations has been leaked, leading to a flood of offers.

The US space programme is seeking urine from workers at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, so it can create the perfect space lavatory.

It's for the new Orion space capsule which will eventually take astronauts to the moon, reports the Daily Telegraph.

John Lewis, Nasa's head of life support systems for Orion, said the Orion will be in space for up to six months while astronauts work on the moon, so getting rid of urine is a pressing issue.

To design, build and test the systems, Nasa needs nearly eight gallons of urine every day - about the total daily output of 30 people.

Nasa has a long-standing tradition of collecting samples from its workers to help design better space toilets because "you can't make fake urine," Mr Lewis said.

The memo seeking daily contributions from July 21 to July 31, contains detailed instructions for participants, but was not meant to go public.

It requests donors do not drink too much to encourage urination, warning that "you are not encouraged to over-hydrate as this could dilute the urine we collect".

"Unlike in the doctor's office, you do not need to worry about starting collection midstream," the memo states. "Our testing will be much more accurate if you collect as much of the entire urination as possible including the beginning."

It also calls for urine to be fresh, no more than an hour old. "We suggest that morning urine be collected at home, but not night-time urine," the memo states.

Monday, July 14, 2008

General Snoozepital

Ok, big whoop- Genie Francis is back for a short stint. Mostly in Lulu's mind. Yawn.
More Mob stuff coming from Russia this time. Yawn.
People paying tons of money to go to the Fan Club Weekend. People who don't know how they will heat their homes this winter, don't have money to pay their credit card debt, complain about how broke they are-- they still come up with cash for a soap opera fan club event-- for which the actors get PAID to be there. How stupid is that??

I think I'm having our Tv totally disconnected after the Red Sox win the World Series in October.

Laura
The More BOOKS the Better

George Noory- Coast to Coast


For the Full Story, visit The Washington Times website--
No sleep for the curious
Night listener discusses aliens, Bigfoot, angels and presidential hopes
Jennifer Harper THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The talk is good tonight. Angels, mystery fireballs in space, rustlings in the attic, memories of grandma, a cure-all from the ancients, some scrappy politics. Someone gets choked up. A truck driver shouts over the roar of his diesel. A woman offers the details of a particularly close encounter of the alien sort with complete conviction.

There were weird lights, she says. And wires.

Ah, yes. Settle back, folks. Plump up the pillows. This is “Coast to Coast AM,” the all-night talk radio phenomenon heard from 1 to 5 a.m. on 500 stations, seven nights a week, by three million very devoted, very earnest listeners around the globe.

Five of those nights belong to host George Noory, whose mellifluous voice and empathetic bearing provide the ultimate foil to those who want to talk of Bigfoot, political assassinations, Armageddon and the time they awoke to find a dim figure, gazing at them from the end of the bed with luminous eyes.

Mr. Noory is the very model of civility through it all, that honey-smooth voice - familiar and authoritative both - steering the conversation to its conclusion in a very satisfying minute or two. Sometimes he takes 50 calls a night.

”George? Is this me?” listeners often ask.

“Yes, St. Louis. This is you,” he replies.

It could be Toronto. Or New Orleans or Anchorage. Or nowhere. The “you” - hailing from some distant dell in Vermont, an urban condo or perhaps a cell phone on a stretch of highway - get their moment.

“Americans are in a huge pressure cooker right now. They've got to be allowed to vent their feelings. Through talk radio specifically, they have a feeling there's someone to listen to them. It has had an effect, and that is to keep them calm,” Mr. Noory said recently.

At 57, he's got more than three decades in the broadcast business as newsman and a host of the old-school sort. He doesn't argue, he doesn't run roughshod over his listeners or the three special guests who make up the programming every night. Among his fans: C-SPAN's venerable founder Brian Lamb.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Summertime and the living is hot!

Heatwaves, floods, missle testing in Iran. Fire's in CA. Gasoline sky high.
The living is easy. NOT!

Last night the flax seed hot pack I use to help with leg pain decided to catch fire in the microwave. All is well, no one hurt and I didn't burn the house down. Handled the whole thing calmly and by myself which is a surprise given my fear of fire.

This morning, Ollie brought us a very dead red squirrel. Very dead. For the rest of the week, Ollie will be known as Squirrel Boy.

Still working on the book and reading tons. Thinking about unravelling the mystery of some neighbors who up and disappeared. Of course, I didn't even notice this, but another neighbor pointed out that all the cars were gone and the house is vacant.

That's it folks--
Laura
The More Books the Better

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sorry for not blogging

Hi all,
I've been quite busy with writing and also reading a lot! I apologize for not blogging. I also have nothing to say, really, so for today, I'm sharing an interesting story that I heard about on Coast to Coast at 1 am!
Laura
The More books the Better

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Monday, June 30, 2008
Ancient crashed UFO claimed to be from dinosaur age, 150 million years ago

(This article also appears on AmericanChronicle.com.)

By Steve Hammons

News released today about a secret U.S. Government project to analyze an allegedly extraterrestrial craft has a unique twist.

This craft did not crash in 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico.

According to the anonymous sources, it crashed approximately 150 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs.

This information has been posted on the SERPO.org Web site, home to other reports about extraterrestrial visitation reportedly provided by current and former officials of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

The conduit for the information is Victor Martinez, the moderator of an e-mail “stream” information service that focuses on topics related to anomalous phenomena. Martinez has reportedly worked for several U.S. Government agencies.

In late 2005, Martinez wrote that these DIA sources had reached out to him to reveal information about “Project SERPO,” a later code name for a secret “exchange program” in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s between a small team of American military personnel and extraterrestrial visitors who had established contact with the U.S. Government.

Other information reportedly provided by these sources noted that the U.S. Government maintains records collected by both U.S. officials and a race of extraterrestrials that notes visitation to Earth in ancient times.

The most recent information report from the anonymous sources via Martinez makes the claim that “A highly classified, sensitive operation with far-reaching national security implications that took place in 1968.”

ET VISITATION IN DINOSAUR AGE

“A [redacted] archaeological team uncovered a large metallic object in a remote area of southern [redacted] which is a close NATO ally of ours,” according to Martinez’ anonymous sources.

The sources also reportedly told Martinez, “The object was believed to be an alien spacecraft that had crashed approximately 200 million years ago according to the archaeological team. The site subsequently was examined by a USAF recovery team, which then put the age of the alien craft at approximately 150 million years ago.”

As fantastic as this sounds, it is not inconsistent with other speculation that if extraterrestrial visitors have been coming to Earth in recent decades, it is possible they visited in previous centuries and in the far-distant past.

Martinez reports that his sources stated, “Our scientists used the absolute dating method employing decaying radioactive isotopes. Sedimentary rock formations and the fact that the object was embedded into the rock were used to estimate the age of the alien craft.”

“The alien craft itself was 45 feet in diameter,” the sources continued. “The craft was transported to the State of [redacted] and then to the giant [redacted] lab complex in [redacted] and opened.”

“The alien craft contained two highly decomposed alien bodies and decayed animals, which were apparently abducted by these alien beings. The animals were small dinosaurs on board the alien craft.”

ANALYZING THE CRAFT

Martinez states that his sources provided the following information: “The craft was stored at [redacted] and years of intense research were conducted. The last time I checked, the research team ruled out the craft being of Eben origin.”

“Eben” is a name allegedly given to an ET culture who have visited Earth from the Zeta Reticuli star system, were the group who crashed in Roswell and the beings with whom the U.S. shared the exchange program.

The anonymous sources allegedly added, “However, no one could tell where it came from. The alien bodies were far too decomposed to be thoroughly examined. They were about 5 feet tall and had very large, bulbous heads.”

“To the best of my knowledge, 'Operation [redacted]' is still an ongoing project. I personally worked on the operation in the early '70s.”

“The instruments from the craft were interesting because they were made of small crystal-like devices, wired together with a form of very fine wire.”

“The alien propulsion system contained a large chamber with what we called ‘rocks’ (obviously some form of energy) in the chamber. Large vents placed around the chamber vented some sort of power, radiation or some form of tremendous energy generated through the vents and into the propulsion chamber which enabled interstellar space travel.”

The anonymous sources claimed, “Examination of the rocks found zinc, and several unknown materials and alloys which we still cannot identify to this day. The ‘rocks’ obviously lost all of their energy over the years. They were not radioactive nor did they contain any special properties. We could never power up the alien craft in the nearly 40 years we've had possession of it.”

“We could not locate the actual power system and therefore could never operate any of the equipment contained within the craft. However, we did find a 'star chart.' The chart was created from outside of the Earth on the alien home world.”

“To this day, we have been unable to read and decipher the alien star chart. The star chart was of a deep area of space, but our scientists haven't been able to find that specific area of space.”

“ … the amazing … alien technology on this craft has similarly stumped us; while some progress has been made on it since 1968, it's been minimal (partially due to the poor, degraded condition of the alien craft).”

BOGGLES THE MIND

In the posting on SERPO.org and in his e-mail stream, Martinez and his anonymous sources reflect on the implications of what a discovery of this nature means.

“Anonymous” writes, “… the existence of alien civilizations who had already achieved space traveling capabilities zipping around the Milky Way Galaxy (and perhaps others) truly boggles the mind.”

“The Ebens were perhaps still in their ‘galactic diapers’ when these alien beings were already visiting other worlds –150-200 MYA [million years ago] and Homo sapiens did not even exist!”

“One can only wonder and speculate where a civilization – that had already achieved interstellar space travel – would be at today technologically from 150-200 MYA!"

Anonymous and Martinez continued their speculation with Anonymous allegedly stating: “How many star systems have they visited by now? How many other alien civilizations have they made successful contact and interacted with, and perhaps carry on some sort of trade with? How many solar systems have they visited and mapped out in our Milky Way Galaxy and perhaps those of other galaxies?”

“One also has to consider the possibility that rather than this crash having occurred in our timeline of 150-200 MYA, these alien beings traveled to Earth from the future to our distant past – when dinosaurs ruled – as part of a research mission ... that also boggles the mind!” Anonymous said, according to Martinez.

As with all of the Project SERPO information, this latest chapter will surely provoke discussion, doubts about its truthfulness and trigger the imaginations of many readers.

Is it true? Is it some kind of disinformation or phony claim? Is there some truth hidden within inaccurate information?

Is it part of an “acclimation” program to prepare Americans and the human race for the awareness of very interesting and surprising information?

At present, it is not possible for most readers to confirm the truthfulness of the statements Anonymous is reportedly making to Martinez and Martinez is passing on to the public.

What may be helpful for our perspectives, however, is considering that if extraterrestrial visitation to Earth is a reality, then it could have been occurring in time frames beyond what we might have previously thought.

Friday, June 20, 2008

TGIF

It's been an interesting week. I've done something or other to my right knee so that it cracks when I walk and hurts like heck when I first sit down.
Using the RICE method for now. It was on the mend until Sophie decided to play hide and go seek the other day and I couldn't find her for 6 hours, so I searched high and low and crawled around on my knees.

Ok- I've been using most of the time for reading and writing, so that's not unusual, except I did get the courage to send the first part of my book to both a dear old friend and to my sister in law for review. I've only heard from my sister in law so far, but let me tell you, she hit it right on the head. The things she expressed are exactly what I knew in my head and heart were wrong. So, I'm going to continue with forward momentum on the book, but know what I have to focus on for rewrites. Maybe I can even just sit with good old fashioned paper and pen and scribble notes in the margins now and then as things occur to me. Small bites, baby steps.

While I've read several books lately, my favorite is Ann Leary's. We have always enjoyed her husband Denis Leary and to find that his wife is such a talent in her own right is a bonus. I highly recommend her newest book, and in fact, I'm awaiting arrival for her earlier work "An Innocent, a Broad". Here's an Amazon link for "Out takes from a Marriage". You'll love it.


Laura
The More Books the Better

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Curious Bob


Found this on the Coast to Coast site and it's so cute I had to share!
My husband took this picture last year in September 2007. I was reminded of the picture while listening to a caller's story about a praying mantis and George Noory's related tale about his pet mantis that he used to walk on a leash and then accidentally stepped on. Well, this is a picture of our recently adopted three-legged cat named Bob. He came across a praying mantis in our house. I just love the look on both of their faces! Bob is quite curious and the mantis is posing for the camera. I hope you all enjoy it.

--Lisa Gorog & Darin Boen

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Frustration

AGGGHHHHH>....... RUSH is performing in MA this coming weekend and I can not only not afford tickets, but if I could afford tickets I cannot afford gasoline to get there. I am ripping my hair out strand by strand.

Who can afford anything anymore? There is no more middle class, just poor and rich. Ok- Rich people, pony up and help the rest.
Saudi Arabira, send free oil to the USA. Mexico and all the oil they sit on and they send us their poor so we can take care of them. Again ripping out hair.

Put Michael Savage in charge of this country for 3 months and he'd straighten things out.
Borders, Language and Culture. So easy to understand.
Global warming. Duh.
Health care crisis. Duh.

I JUST WANT TO SEE RUSH ONE MORE TIME.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday Fun



Cute ad above! Although I don't drink milk, I love the ads! Becky Herbst is sooo thin and pretty! We use Soy Milk-- preferably Silk.

Quote of the day: Coco Crisp after the Bench Clearing Brawl last night: They were pulling my hair like little girls!

I wondered what he was laughing at after the fight! I called that BCB way before it happened. I told Mike it was coming. He said "You've been wanting one for a month".
True enough! The funniest thing ever was Remdawg and Don pretend fighting in the announcers booth after Manny went off and hit Youk. Now what was THAT about? Manny is usually the coolest cat who never gets really upset....

I have been trying to replace the inkjet cartridges in my printer. Mike refills them to save $$. I own 4 currently--3 black, one color. All four are low so I cannot print. I would attempt to refill them myself, but just getting them out of the printer I somehow managed to get ink not only on my white shirt and peach slacks, but on my inner arm, all the way to my armpit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF???

Happy Friday

Laura
The More Books the Better

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I have to admit it

I loved the last few minutes of GH today! I even turned the sound on for the Claudia/Lulu confrontation, which was made even better when Carly got in the middle! Old Carly vs New Carly up close and personal! In "real" life, I have never seen anyone get right up in someone else's face like that-- well, except for Umpire's faces during MLB games!

Here's are links to my new favorite commercials:






Water on Wednesday



Yay! It's raining this morning! I don't have to fight with the hose to water the veggie garden! Clearing this afternoon should make for a "just right" day, but with lots of heat and humidity descending upon us this weekend.

Primaries are over, Hillary won't give up. Positioning herself to try and get the VP nod, or hanging in to say "I told you so" in 2012 if Obama wins and doesn't do well? Who really knows what goes on behind the scenes. Not me-- no scoops there!

Karen has a ton of new GH scoops on WUBS with more on the way.

There will be an update on Mars press briefing this morning:

Update on Mars Phoenix Lander Scheduled for June 4
06.03.08 -- PASADENA, Calif. - NASA and the University of Arizona, Tucson, will hold a televised news briefing on Wednesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), to present the latest news from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission, which touched down on the Red Planet on May 25.

The briefing will take place at the University of Arizona, and will be carried live on NASA TV's Media Channel only, and will also be Webcast. The Media Channel is available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal via satellite on AMC 6, Transponder 17C in continental North America. In Alaska and Hawaii, it is available on AMC 7, Transponder 18C. To view the Webcast, go to www.nasa.gov/ntv and click on Media Channel.

Briefing participants will include Peter Smith, Phoenix principal investigator from the University of Arizona, and other team members.

Enjoy the day!
Laura
The More Books the Better

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits





Pictures above: Our Plumeria is in beautiful and fragrant bloom. This plant blooms every seven years or so and it's always a special time. Below is one of our Wisteria "trees" from last month. Abundant flowers this year!

Yesterday, Mike and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary with dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Our first visit there and we really enjoyed it. The portions are huge, so we brought enough food home for each of us to have another meal.. in fact, we were so full we didn't even try any cheesecake!

General Hospital remains unwatchable. I still find some scoops etc for Karen, but I find them hard to even read. Things like Nik might marry Claudia. Or Jason might marry Claudia. Nikolas is really an old school mobster. Sonny is bored. Jason won't return the business to him. Kate dresses awfully for a fashionista. Carly is a shrew. Jax should just leave and go find Brenda. Send Lulu far far away to college. Ditto Maxie. All girls school for Maxie. Enough already. Guza go home!

Reading The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro. Really funny!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Bee and The Bee Whisperer


We've apparantly got Bumble Bees finding a way into our living room. Also one Yellow Jacket in the bedrom yesterday. I'm becoming quite proficient as a Bee Whisperer as I can open the front door several feet away and say "Here Bee, Come Here Bee" and they come and go out. Since I never see more than one Bumbler, I wonder if it could be the same one who wants my attention for something? I decided to Blog about this. As I was trying to upload a graphic of a pretty Bee and some pretty flowers, the computer locked up. Deciding to leave it alone for a few minutes, I headed back to the living room and there was a Bee! It is now outside, having heeded my call to go back to the great outdoors.

Just finished a great book today. It is the 2nd book by one of my new favorite authors. Please feel free to purchase it from Amazon via this link!

TV for the most part remains unwatchable. Daytime, primetime, anytime. AWFUL. Almost the only things I watch are the Boston Fox Morning News which is very entertaining for a news show, and the Red Sox (when they aren't on until 1 am or later). So, it's "More Books the Better" for me!

Laura

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Week Later

I can't believe it's been a week since I blogged. Where does the time go? Does time seem speeded up to you, too? It's almost Memorial Day already!

My favorite stories of this week:

1) David Cook wins American Idol! Yay! I just love this guy and have been rooting for him for weeks and weeks. He definitely has Rock Star quality and also has a big heart. It was so week how he kept putting his arm around Archie's shoulders like a big brother. How about Simon apologizing to him for what he said the night before the finale? I don't care how much they protest, Simon knew who was going to win and wanted to save face. I think most of us on the net knew who the winner was from the polls. Twelve million votes is quite a margin.

My second favorite story is from Japan. I first saw it on the Drudge report, then heard it on Coast to Coast, and then it was on Fox news this morning. Here is the text from Drudge:

TOKYO - When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.
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Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.
He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.
"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.
"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.
The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.
But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.
"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.

3) Here in Massachusetts the news of Ted Kennedy's illness really struck home. He's been a Senator from our state for over 40 years. While many of us do not agree with his politics, face it, he does keep getting re-elected, and I think most all of us can put politics aside to wish him well. We know he's getting the best care in the world. The most touching scene for me was when his dogs were at the hospital to greet him as he exited. He looked so pleased to see them. He was walking at least one of them when he had the seizure, and I bet the dog was scared silly--the tails were wagging when they saw him walking out, that's for sure!

Stay well! Be kind to each other!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Horrible People


As part of my ongoing effort to find another mindless way to pass a few minutes here and there, I found an online soap spoof. Each episode runs about 6 minutes or less. It is for the "over 18" only group due to language content. It's so bad it is amusing!

Here's the link: Horrible People

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sleepless Child


"Doctors said Rhett Lamb of St. Petersburg apparently has a condition called chiari malformation that puts pressure on his brain."

Wow, this might be my problem! I've never slept well-- although at least I sleep some! My Mom used to say I never slept because I didn't want to miss anything.

These poor parents! The poor kid!!! He is three years old and has never fallen asleep.

Well in other news, the planet sure seems to be striking back at man. Between the Cyclone in Burma (I can never spell the name they use now), and the huge Earthquake in China, to the Tornados in the USA....and Volcanos erupting after years..it seems like Mother Nature is thinning the herd of mankind. Very scary. I feel so badly for everyone who has lost family or friends and for those who are suffering and homeless.

It's time to stop taking life for granted and realize that anyday, anything could happen to any of us.

Peace and Light for all

Laura
The More Books the Better

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Eyes Only

"There are things that the public is better served not knowing."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Another Sunny Day


Is this really Pee Wee? Or is this a GH spoof from way back time? HAHAHA!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Suicide or Murder?



Did "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey really commit suicide yesterday, or was it murder? Conspiracy theorists are cautioning the press to be careful not to just take the word of the police involved.

I'm usually one of the first in line to be cynical and suspect the worst. This time, though, I do believe she hung herself. Although I do find it very cruel that she did it in a place where she likely knew her mother would be the one to find her.
I guess one could theorize that if she WAS murdered, perhaps it took place in her mother's shed to send a message-- someone may think the mother knows more than she has said about the clients of Palfrey's Escort Service.

I think she hung herself because she didn't want to face prison time, and perhaps she was selfish enough to want her mother to find her. If she was murdered, it was a very professional job and will likely never be proven to be anything but suicide.

ON to GH--- a much "lighter" more fun topic. HA! Things just go from bad to worse, darker and darker, families plotting against each other, a boy still in a coma, Luke back in trouble with the mob. You would think that man might know better by now!
Then, of course, Bob Guza, headwriter is talking to the magazines again-- stories initially written by the "scabs" during the writer's strike are just being ignored.
Kate's heart problem, Kate's mysterious "Olivia", Jason's injured hands, and I'm sure there are others. I keep finding scoops and sharing them with Karen, but honestly, I don't even read most of them. The words just appear to me as "blah blah blah and more danger, death, guns and neurosis".

Happy Friday- go read a book!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Warning- spoiler alert


"Emily" will finally leave Nik/GH on May 1st. Nik and Em have made another mag cover!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

This speaks for itself!



Ok- a couple of things to add from today's GH: My new bifocal eyeglasses must be affecting my hearing as well as my vision. I could swear Nik told Nadine that she rode well without a "face"...hmmm. Also that Nadine told Nik he was a hopeless thumb? Carly also sounds like she is saying "MikeO" instead of Michael...

Reality or just not real?

I couldn't believe my eyes when I got to a certain part of the Dorothy Cannell book! It is such a fun book, as the whole series is, and I can incorporate a book review both here(when I finish the book) and in the novel I am writing! Gotta love Dorothy!



Then, when I logged on to write this, imagine my HORROR to discover that OJ Simpson wants to be on Donald Trumps' "The Apprentice", and that TMZ (I'm addicted to TMZ to watch celeb train wrecks) reports that he is under serious consideration! Well, on the other hand, it might be fun to watch The Donald ridicule him and make him lunge for The Donald on TV and get OJ put away for good! A bonus could be that if he earns any money for appearing it would go right to The Goldmans!

Laura
The More Books the Better

I'm back with news of the weird!


Space.comVisit Space.com for the story on Strange Things Happen at Full Moon.

There were more strange lights spotted over the skies of Phoenix on Monday night. One witness quipped that "maybe it is aliens coming to save us from ourselves".
Find links to pictures and video of the event at Coast to Coast


To view the video of a man trapped inside an elevator for 41 hours, please visit
Fox25News

Remember the two men in NY accused of wheeling their pals dead body down a street and trying to cash his check? Well the charges have been dropped. It seems two autopsies couldn't prove the time of death and the friends claim they didn't know he was dead-- they thought he was just in a coma!

Do geese see god?

More later-- time for a library run before it gets too hot out!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Earthrise



"Earthrise" as seen by a Japanese orbitor. Read the article and watch the image at space.com

Monday, April 14, 2008

Who put the SPAM in your Lucky Charms this morning?

I don't get a lot of SPAM these days, thank goodness. AOL has a separate mail folder for anything that might be SPAM, and I check it when I think of it. Not often.

This weekend, I learned the origin of the term SPAM as used to describe junk email that is sent to the masses randomly. I never would have guessed that it originated with the Monty Python SPAM skit. The explanation is that in the skit the word SPAM is an annoying and constant interruption in the normal flow of things. Someone coined the phrase for email in a Usenet group several years ago and now it is a word that anyone with email access will understand immediately.

Ah, it is knowing these little important details in life that count. Isn't it?

I read a really good book this weekend, by author Karen Joy Fowler. The book is "Wit's End" and is a story within a story within the past and present. Quirky, funny, sad...it was the kind of book which made me not only laugh, but tear up and also make sure I had my dictionary handy to look up the most unusual words and phrases I've read in awhile. If you've got a block of time to devote to a book, this is one for you, since you will absolutely not want to put it down.


General Hospital is getting way too dark again. I am so not paying attention (even though the TV is on), that I sent Karen some scoops that had ALREADY HAPPENED on air and I didn't even notice! How bad is that? Especially since part of my job is to gather news and scoops for the site! I'm very sad to see that Dylan Cash is leaving since it has been fun watching him grow up on the show. On the other hand, maybe he'll have some time to just be a kid now, while he still can, and be away from stories involving mobsters and guns. I'm also starting to think that if most households now have Soapnet (I wonder what the numbers are on that), it might be time to move GH to strictly a Soapnet show. Maybe for all the ABC soaps. Then create some whole new genre for daytime tv. No, I don't have any brilliant ideas on that...actually, I'd prefer to just keep the Idiot Box off and read and listen to talk radio.

Desperate Housewives was back last night. My favorite part? Susan's cousin-- what a hot young guy. Wow~ My least favorite part? The church angle because it is all of a sudden so forefront, and it was so lame that the Priest would come to marry Carlos and Gaby without even a marriage license, blood tests, or WITNESSES!!! I think DH may have Jumped the Shark with this episode. Or, it could be that I just no longer care after the Writer's Strike and such a long break. I will give House another chance, and probably Grey's Anatomy, but they sure don't hold the interest that they used to.

Laura
The More Books the Better


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

News of the Weird

I've been listening to late night talk radio again. Big surprise, eh? A most interesting story was about children who remember their past lives. Kids are so much more open to the paranormal and I found it fascinating to listen to the story of a little boy who remembered being a pilot and crashing in WWII.

Today's news of the weird is that a pack of black squirrels attacked and killed a stray dog in a park in Russia. There were evidently no pine cones on the trees at all this year, causing starvation and agitation and the squirrels just banded together and attacked the dog for food. Previous reports include chipmunks attacking cats. Sophie is shaking her head at that one, but even though we aren't in Russia, I'm glad she is an indoor Mackeral Tabby.

General Hospital-- misery, murder, death and shooting of a boy. Carly's son who Sonny keeps calling his son. Well maybe in theory, but he isn't his biological dad, yet Carly is the bio mom and she should have had some say in where the kid went with Sonny. Nikolas is crazed with his brain tumor. No sign of Bobbie or Mike....Ick, my eyes this show hurts!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Gh Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Maxie always is so well dressed and groomed. I just about cracked a rib laughing when I saw part of her hair falling over her forehead just like Spinelli's when she was talking to him! How cute was that? It's all in the little things, because you cannot count on GH for the big things!

Like Shenanigans on South Park. I don't watch South Park but I casually introduced the word in conversation with hubby and he said "That's a South Park Episode"!!! You may be one or two up on me you know who friend, but I have sources! LOL!

And the Weak Shall Inherit the Mirth!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Not April Fools Tricks

Do you have a cat or a dog? Or perhaps you would like to do something nice for your local animal shelter. If so, please go to this Purina One link, fill out a very short survey and get a coupon for free dog or cat food. Use it for your own fur people or donate it to a shelter. Pay it foward! Purina One



Man orders coffee at drive-through while naked

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- A state employee was arrested Sunday night after he went to a Dunkin' Donuts drive-through window while naked, said police. Visit WHDHTV in Boston's website for the full story.
WHDHTV Full Story



Dunkley takes a dip: Firefighters, tow truck rescue cow from swimming pool

By Patrick Anderson
Staff writer


ESSEX — A team of firefighters, with the help of a tow truck, pulled a cow out of an Eastern Avenue swimming pool Saturday morning after the animal escaped from its pen and plunged into the icy water while trying to cross the pool's winter cover.

Around a dozen firefighters responded to a farm at 64 Eastern Ave. after receiving a call for help at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. They found the cow with its head above the water, resting against the side of the pool, and its legs submerged, sticking through the pool cover, Essex Deputy Chief Paul Doucette said yesterday.

Doucette said his men tried unsuccessfully to drag the cow, which was shaking because of the cold, out of the pool by its hindquarters before the tow truck, from Ernie's Service Station, arrived.

Firefighters slid a set of straps underneath the cow and the truck hoisted it out of the water and dropped it back on dry land about 30 minutes after the call was made, Doucette said. After the cow was out of the pool, the men covered it with blankets to try to warm it up while a veterinarian was called in to make sure the animal was alright.

The cow, named Dunkley, was walking around and doing fine yesterday, said Chris Fogarty, who was working on the farm.

Fogarty said someone must have left one of the gates to the pen open, allowing some of the cows to get out and begin roaming around. The pool is located close to a house on the rear of the property, away from the street and the cow pasture.

Manchester firefighter Warren Grant, a former Essex firefighter who was called in because of his familiarity with livestock, said he didn't know why the cow tried to cross the pool, but may have mistaken the green cover over it for grass.

Grant, who worked on a farm for 20 years before becoming a firefighter, said the only similar incident he had been involved in was when a horse escaped from its stable a few winters ago, ran out onto the frozen salt marsh and eventually fell through the ice.

Grant estimated Dunkley weighed more than 1,000 pounds and said cows are not known for their ability in the water.

"They can do a doggy paddle for a little while, but are not really built for swimming," Grant said. "She was pretty worn out by the time we got to her."

Essex Fire Lt. Joe Lafata said the incident was unusual, but turned out well.

"I have never been on a call like that before," Lafata said. "It was a strange call with a happy ending."

The above story also aired on WHDH TV, but this report is from Gloucester Times

April Fools

All Wired WIRED MAGAZINE: 16.04

Culture : Lifestyle
10 Best: April Fools' Gags (the Web Is Closing for Spring Cleaning!)
Asami Novak 03.24.08 | 6:00 PM


1976 At precisely 9:47 am on April 1, Pluto will pass behind Jupiter, causing a brief reduction in Earth's gravitational pull. Astronomer Patrick Moore urges his BBC Radio audience to jump into the air at that exact moment to experience a floating sensation. At 9:48, dozens of light-headed listeners begin calling the station to report their success.

1984 Never mind the Cold War; the Soviets want to initiate unfettered discussions with Americans via Usenet newsgroups. This according to a message from what appears to be a Kremlin server (kremvax.UUCP). Thus the Internet hoax is born. When Moscow's first real Usenet site appears years later, it's named kremvax.

1994 A proposed law will ban online sex chat and inebriated Web surfing. "Congress apparently thinks being drunk on a highway is bad no matter what kind of highway it is," editorializes PC Computing. The bill's supposed sponsor, Senator Ted Kennedy, is not in on the joke. After an onslaught of complaints from drunken perverts, he issues a formal denial.



1996 The hotheaded naked ice borer, a sort of mole with a searing, bony forehead, lurks under Antarctica, melting the ice beneath the butts of hapless penguins and eating them as they sink. When Discover magazine publishes its retraction, penguins everywhere breathe a collective sigh of relief.

1997 Between March 31 and April 2, the World Wide Web will be closed for cleaning. Five Japanese-built, multilingual Internet-crawling robots will remove "electronic flotsam and jetsam." But don't believe everything you read in an email.

1998 In accordance with a biblical passage describing the circumference-to-diameter ratio of a bowl in the Temple of Solomon (1 Kings 7:23), the Alabama legislature has voted to round the value of pi to 3.0. Well, that was the claim made by the New Mexicans for Science and Reason in their newsletter ... or rather, circular.



1998 Disney has bought MIT for $6.9 billion. The School of Engineering will be renamed the School of Imagineering and the campus will move to Orlando, according to hackers who altered the MIT homepage. Hey, anything's better than trying to work in an Athena cluster.

1999 To fund the US government's $4 billion next-gen Internet project, millions of Internet nodes are available for an initial price of $100 each at Webnode.com. The Business Wire press release induces nearly 2,000 would-be investors to try to buy in. Another name for this April foolery was "the tech boom."

2003 Bill Gates is dead, shot by a lone gunman at a charity event in Los Angeles. After three South Korean networks broadcast the story on local TV, ensuing panic triggers a 1.5 percent drop in the Seoul stock exchange — a value loss of $3 billion. Just another Windows-related crash.

Book Alert! GH Line of the Day for Mon 3/31

It's a great week for reading! I've just finished the 2nd book in one of my all time favorite series (anticipating many more books from this author!)
I can't say enough about the wacky, funny, daring antics of Izzie Spellman and family. Links below- buy from Amazon using them! I've now made a grand total of $6.77 cents in a year. At least I think that is what it is. I won't even get paid until I make $10 and then I get the best thing in the world-- an Amazon gift certificate! WOW...I wonder what I'll have to pay in taxes on all this income! LOL!



I started a new book at midnight last night. It's a wonder I managed to put it down and get some sleep. Part One of the book is entitled "Hindsight"--my nickname! It is set in North Carolina and is about a special family with unusual powers and edible flowers and a magic apple tree! Link below-- again with the Amazon thingy..



The General Hospital line of the day for Monday the 31st goes to Claudia-- "Kate Howard is a stick with a head on it. Skeeeennny"

Laura
The More Books the Better

Monday, March 31, 2008

Super Glue


Happy Monday! I had another of my infamous glue-accidents this weekend. I am not good with glue. This time, I had a broken item (keeping this mysterious on purpose) and decided to use Super Glue again, since I actually had some success earlier in the week when I broke a plate. Uh-oh-- the Super Glue cap had glued itself to the tube.
Naturally, I opened my blabber mouth and told my husband. He, of course, shook his head in dismay and informed me that I am now BANNED from using glue. Glue of any type. Glue is not my friend. Etc etc etc.

So, this morning, I sat down and Googled super glue and found that it was easy enough to just soak the tube in warm soapy water for a little while and the cap came off! Now I can't wait for Mike to get home and use the glue on the item in question so I don't mess things up again. I am never to use glue again without Adult Supervision. Mike has nightmares about me gluing all my fingers together and not being able to dial for help. Or type and therefore work!

GH-- well twice in two different real life people's lives (what a whacked sentence), GH has been interuppted by a President getting shot. JFK and Ronald Reagan. Just saying---weird. Should be another fun week what with Michael getting shot, and whatever the heck else is going to happen. Spoilers are drying up faster than super glue these days. Maybe Sonny has a hit out on people who leak storylines?

Hillary Clinton--- so far in debt to so many people. She is just stiffing people for money she owes them left and right as far as I can tell from the news. Hey, that's a great way to build confidence in voters. Just saying.....not so smart.

Shout out to my new bud Gail! I needed a new happy funny read to join my regular crowd and expand my horizons with your wit and our amazing coincidences in our lives!
Azanna Azanna Azanna....go ahead Gail-- through it out there into as many sentences as you can! Azanna loves it!

Oh and the bestest most happy news-- Kathy Lee Gifford is joining The Today show for their 4th hour. Good thing I can pick from The View or Will and Grace at that time--or just plunk my butt down here at the computer and do some work. I am again, very studiously avoiding work. It might have something to do with the Death Pool on 3 different people we know as to who goes first, and then there is the whole can I wear the same outfit to all 3 funerals? Why do people have to go and get sick and die anyway? It doesn't seem fair.....

Stay well, will you? ALL of you!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Friday, March 28, 2008

Rainy Friday


The above is just one picture taken by Elevision! Visit this link for the story, and watch for the show to appear, I believe on Animal Planet. Elevision Story
Hey, better rain than snow!!! A good day to catch up on emails, work on the book, work on next weeks newspaper article, and delay all of the above by blogging!

I had a wonderful visit with my sister in law and niece yesterday. It was my first time seeing them in about 12 years or more. Our niece is now 26! She was just a teen when I last spent time with her. She's grown into a lovely young woman who is extra bright, funny, and loving. It was a weird day because they were here to make final arrangements for our nieces dad, who is the ex-husband of my husband's sister. He's in Hospice care now and they had to have a whole series of discussions with him and then go to the local funeral home.....but it all seems to have gone smoothly and now it's just a waiting game. We talked about it quite a bit, but we also had many other things to share. Kate shares my love of music, she remembers watching Dark Shadows on the Sci-Fi channel with me, she believes in fairies and elves, and adores cats! She also rescued an abused dog and she and her boyfriend spoil him silly. My SIL looks great too---amazing after the accident last year when a horse kicked her in the face. All in all, and despite the sad circumstances it really was a wonderful day and I was glad to give them some love and attention. I only wish they lived closer.

Oh--and I'll be up late tonight/tomorrow morning! My favorite Theoretical Physicist, Dr Michiu Kaku is on Coast to Coast with Art Bell filling in as host tonight! Check your local radio station listings. Dr Kaku will be discussing his new book.

You can buy the book by clicking on the picture above. I always love to listen to Dr Kaku since he is one of the smartest and most articulate people on the planet today. He makes the most complicated phsyics seem easy and even perfectly reasonable enough to wrap your brain around!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Monday, March 24, 2008

Funny Monday


Guess what the above is????
Are you ready kids? Fun stuff today!

Breaking news: "The ship leaves at noon and the salmon better be on it". Inside joke sort of-- I woke myself up the other morning saying the above and I have NO IDEA what it means or why I said it! I've shared it with others and now I have friends and family walking around saying it at random times and laughing because it's just so silly!

I'm reading a really funny book and have the sequel at hand also.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hoppy Easter



Marlea is now eight months old but we first noticed that there were three distinct numbers in the iris of her eyes at about two months old. There is a 2 and 3 in the right eye and a 9 in the left. We have searched to find anyone else who has the same patterns or even something similar with no luck, even the pediatrician says they have never seen anything like it. We think it is pretty cool and thought the Coast audience might too.

--Marlea's Mom
marleacooleyes@gmail.com


Hoppy, Happy Easter to all! I found the above photos and story at Coast to Coast
How bizarre is that? It doesn't look photoshopped to me--who would ever even think to dream something like that up?

Speaking of dreams, I am on a roll for weird dreams again. Crazy dreams about waking up to find dozens of strangers in my house who have moved in with all sorts of exotic animals and huge animals in the back yard. Then yesterday, I woke up talking in my sleep and said "The ship leaves at noon and the salmon better be on it". HUH???

I may have another interesting blog later with photos of the back of my own eyes from my recent eye exam! It depends how creepy they really look....

Laura
The More Books the Better and the Salmon better be on that noon ship! LOL!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wednesday Woes & GH Scoops


It seems that almost everyone I know has some sort of major problem or problems today. Hence the title Wednesday Woes. It is most unusual, but for me things have finally settled into a fairly good place. So, of course, me being me, I'm waiting for the proverbial piano to fall from the sky and I end up splattered in some horribly embarrasing place. We must find some fun in this day!

The above picture is a now famous cornflake. Story is from annanova.com

The £100,000 cornflake

Bidding for a cornflake resembling the US state of Illinois has reached more than £100,000 on eBay.



Two sisters listed 'The Great Illinois Corn Flake' on the auction site, promising it had undergone no cosmetic alterations.

Emily McIntire, a 15-year-old in high school from Chesapeake, Virginia, said she was grabbing fistfuls of cereal on her way to class when she found the flake.

"It was almost to my mouth, it didn't look like Illinois at first because it was held the wrong way," she said.

But then she noticed the resemblance and said: "Oh my goodness, it's Illinois."

Her 23-year-old sister, Melissa, said their parents suggested selling it for fun. They're offering free shipping, providing the buyer is in Illinois.

"At the moment it's residing in a fine jewellery box with a lot of cotton wrapped around it to keep it safe," said Melissa.

The McIntire sisters say they've decided to use the proceeds from the eBay sale to buy more boxes of Frosted Flakes.

"We've got to replace the one we've already sold," Melissa said. "We like cereal."

Now wasn't that fun? More fun than General Hospital for sure. Let's see-- scoops are saying Carly loses the baby. Sonny has to tell Kate that his kid shot her. We've had another explosion. Nikolas is taking illegal drugs from an evil doctor.
Monica is going to finally get busted for her drinking problem.
Here's the rest from Linda Hirsch;
GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ric and Marianna fear the worst when Randy's body is discovered. Trevor blackmails Ric, claiming he has the murder weapon used against Randy with Marianna's fingerprints on it. Ric gives into Trevor's blackmail in order to protect Marianna and signs over the deed to the waterfront property. Jason has it out with Monica, who continues to drink. Monica tells Jason she loves him and that he will always be her son. Nikolas tells Ian he won't give him any money until he knows Ian can give him an unlimited supply of the drug that allows him to keep seeing Emily. Claudia reveals she knew exactly whom Sonny was when she slept with him. Ric confronts Marianna about being in cahoots with Trevor. Marianna admits her wrongdoings but claims her feelings for Ric are genuine. Ric wants to team up with Sonny to destroy Trevor. Spinelli turns to Jason for advice about how to seduce a woman. Kate balks at Jax taking an active role in their new publishing venture, but they're soon working as a team. Maxie throws her new job as Kate's assistant in Lulu's face.

All I can say is you can tell Guza is back in town. Explosions, mob stuff and babies dead before they are born. Worse yet, Spinelli might actually lose his virginity. Ow, my eyes-- get the needles out!

Cheers!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Two for Tuesday

Just two quick topics today: enough with the politics, the name calling and business as usual during a presidential campaign. No more for me. I'll vote how I plan to and not watch another minute of the talking heads.

Second-- here it is almost spring and going to snow again tonight. Or turn to rain. Or melt. Whatever--I can feel it in my bones and don't need to watch the news. I have overdue library books, so I'm going to sit and read. I got up at 4:30 this morning and have done a full days writing and housework. Now if I can keep my eyes open for GH at three, maybe it will annoy me enough to wake me up!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Not So Deep Thoughts



The above is all over the net, but I got it from the CoasttoCoast AM site, along with this description:
The 'Creepy Gnome'
People in an Argentinean town are said to be frightened by a "creepy gnome" who stalks the streets at night. The short person or midget wears a pointy hat and has an unusual sideways walk.

It was also on the Fox25 Morning News in Boston. I love that show. They play a lot of cool music, have a lot of laughs, poke fun at politicians and the elections, yet still manage to get the serious news, weather and traffic done efficiently.

The Creepy Gnome needs to be the next GH serial killer!!!! Or one of Sonny's bodyguards! Or Carly and Jax's BABY!!!! LOL!!!

After a phase of not being able to write, now I can't stop! I got a whole bunch of great new ideas to flesh out my book since I found myself utterly bored by it yesterday after re-reading it for about the 50th time. I have about 8 ideas for my newspaper column, AND I have about 30 library books to read still.

My favorite of the month so far remains the latest by the wonderful Candace Havens


Of course I think you should buy the whole series as they are great to read in order-- even though you don't have to since each book is a fun read on its own!


Miaou for now!
Laura
The More Books the Better

Monday, March 10, 2008

Water Supply

Today's news about traces of prescription drugs being found in public water supplies around the country reminds me of a bad soap opera plot. Yet, unfortunately it is true. I wonder if there will be a complete investigation as to how this is happening and if we will get honest answers from our Government. I just heard on the news now that they say it is because we don't metabolize all of the medication and it is excreted from our bodies and flushed. They also claim it won't harm humans or that "there is no evidence that it will harm humans". Then they show male fish with female reproductive organs...ewww....and people eat fish as well as drink water. Then, of course, there is mad cow disease, sick cows killed and the meat out there for sale! Being of the vegetarian persuasion those things won't affect me personally. Pesticides and genetically engineered fruits and vegetables will. No wonder so many people are sick!

I have written to the head of the Water Division in my city to ask if new tests will be done and if a statement will be issued soon. I also suggested that since this is a nationwide problem that the town might ask for Federal funding to do the testing.

Maybe some of my readers might do the same, or even call their local water department and see what you get for an answer. I'd love to hear what you get for a response.

Just one more thing to worry about, eh?

Laura
The More Books the Better

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Writer's Block

So the TV and Movie writers are back to work. I now have writer's block!!!!! I realized I hadn't blogged in almost a whole week, had a hard time writing anything worthwhile for the news paper and have managed 2 whole paragraphs on my book. This is not a good thing!

I've also not been paying attention to TV at all. I've read Karen's GH schoops and all I think is doom and gloom and how redundant it seems. I gave up on Big Brother almost from the start, and I could not possibly care and less about American Idol this season.

Maybe it's the weather, tons of rain and wind and the thought that spring might be coming soon, it's just not fast enough to suit me. It's been a long winter for most parts of the country.

Today I've found myself doing three loads of laundry, loading and unloading the dishwasher, reading and doing anything I can to avoid writing. Some of my author friends tell me this happens to everyone and I'll just have to snap out of it.

I'm going back to finish my book now--the one I'm reading that is!!!!!

Laura
The More Books the Better

Monday, March 3, 2008

Cats perform Gh

Morgan's first murder



Molly fights off her bodyguard


Sonny scolds Jason


Make up your own caption and make it funny!


Lulu scares off Claudia


Max has had ENOUGH of Sonny and Jason


Lulu and Johnny


Sam to Lucky


It used to be called Daytime Dramas. Drama Queen? Maxie?


Claudia to anyone...she's tough!


Michael to Morgan


Luke to Johnny, Logan, Spinelli etc etc

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Alibi in High Heels is available now


From Gemma Halliday

Alibi in High Heels is now out!

Baguettes, bodies, and haute couture galore! Shoe designer turned amateur sleuth, Maddie Springer, is at it again, this time in fabulously fashionable Paris. When Europe’s designer de jour, Jean Luc LeCroix, invites Maddie to show her creations at Paris Fashion Week, Maddie’s sure she’s died and gone to heaven. That is until Jean Luc’s top model is found dead on the runway, stabbed with a familiar stiletto heel. Sure someone is trying to frame her, Maddie enlists the help of her friends, including the sexy Detective Jack Ramirez, to uncover a daring jewel heist, a devious blackmailer, and even a few skeletons lurking in the closets of those closest to her. But as the evidence mounts, Maddie becomes the prime suspect and Ramirez is stuck between a badge and a cute blonde with a tendency for trouble. Will he stand by her as she attempts to track down an international killer, or will this be the case that finally comes between them? One thing’s for sure, if Maddie doesn’t uncover the real killer soon, she may be saying her final adieu.

Watch a video book trailer for Alibi In High Heels here to get a sneak peak of the action.

Order your copy now at Amazon.com.




Currently I had two vices: Mexican food and Mexican men. Thanks to an early morning shooting on Olympic that had my boyfriend, Detective Jack Ramirez, crawling out of bed at the crack of dawn, I couldn’t indulge in the latter. Which left me with the former, in the form of a grande nachos supremo at The Whole Enchilada in Beverly Hills. And I had to admit the gooey cheddar and salsa induced semi-orgasm I was experiencing was almost as good as what I'd had planned for Ramirez this morning.

Almost.

"Tell me again about the sex?" my best friend, Dana, asked, leaning both of her elbows on the table across from me.

I grinned. I couldn't help it. After spending the night with Ramirez, there was nothing I could do to wipe that sucker off. "It was hot."

Dana licked her lips. "How hot?"

I picked up a stray jalapeño from my plate and held it up. "Ten of these and you still wouldn’t even be close."

Dana sighed. Then started fanning herself with a napkin imprinted with a dancing cactus. "You know, it's been so long, I can hardly even remember what a one jalapeño night would be like."

Dana's current boyfriend de jour was Ricky Montgomery, who played the hunky gardener on the hit TV show Magnolia Lane. Amazingly, my fated-to-short-term-romance friend had actually taken a vow of monogamy with Ricky, which, thus far, had lasted a record nine months. I was actually pretty proud of Dana. Especially considering that as soon as shooting had ended for the Magnolia Lane season, Ricky had flown off to Croatia to do a film with Natalie Portman. Ricky said the script was amazing and had Oscar written all over it. Dana said she was investing in a battery powered rabbit and praying they wrapped quickly.

"So, when is Ricky coming back?" I asked around a bite of cool sour cream and hot salsa. I'm telling you, pure heaven.

"Three more weeks. I'm just not sure I can make it, Maddie. This is the longest I've ever gone without sex."

I raised an eyebrow. "Ever?"

Dana nodded vigorously. "Since ninth grade."

Wow. I think in ninth grade I was still negotiating with Bobby Preston over second base.

"So, why don't you just go visit him?"

She shook her head. "Can't. The set's in a military zone. They needed all sorts of permits and things just to be there. Booty call isn't exactly on the list of approved reasons."

"Sorry."

"Thanks." Dana sipped at her iced tea, giving my jalapeño a longing look.

"If it makes you feel any better, last night was the only action I've gotten in weeks, too." Not to mention that I was currently substituting a morning of naked sheet wrestling with rice and beans.

Dana sighed again, the kind that only blonde haired, blue eyed wanna-be actresses can conjure up without sounding fake. "Not really, but thanks for trying."

"Hey, how about we go for pedis? A fresh coat of toenail polish always makes me feel better. I've got an appointment at Fernando's in twenty minutes. Wanna join me?"

Dana shook her head, her pony-tail whipping her cheeks. "Sorry, no can do. I've got an audition at one. I'm reading for the part of a street walker on that new David E. Kelly show. I can so nail this one."

I looked her up and down, taking in her denim micro-mini, three-inch heels, and pink crop top. I hated to admit it, but she so could.



After I'd fully consumed my nacho supremeo, stopping just short of actually licking the plate, Dana and I walked down Santa Monica, making a right on Beverly where my little red Jeep was parked at the end of the busy street in front of Fernando's salon. Normally actually walking two blocks in L.A. was an unheard of phenomenon, but this was prime Beverly Hills shopping territory. The boutiques lining the street held windows full of designer purses, thousand dollar tank tops, and Italian leather shoes with stitching so small, you'd swear it was the work of Leprechauns.

Dana paused in front of the Bellissimo Boutique. "Ohmigod, Mads! Are those yours?" She pointed to a pair of red, patent leather Mary Janes with a black kitten heel.

I grinned so wide I felt my cheeks crack. (And this time it had nothing to do with Ramirez or gooey cheddar-laden chips.)

Last year I had a moment of minor internet fame, which prompted a trendy local boutique to ask me to design a line of shoes for them, called High Heels Seduction. Not surprisingly, I squealed, squeaked and generally jumped around like a six year old minus her Ritalin. And then things got even better when, two months later, the first pair of Maddie Springer originals was sold to an up-and-coming young actress who just happened to be wearing them when she got arrested outside the Twilight Club on Sunset Boulevard for drug possession. Suddenly my shoes were all over Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and even CNN. I got calls from the hippest shops in L.A. and Orange County, all clamoring to stock my High Heels Seduction.

Including, the Bellissimo Boutique.

"Yep," I said, beaming with a pride usually reserved for mothers sporting "student of the month" bumper stickers. "Those are my latest. You like?"

"I love! Oh, I so want a pair. Hey, you think you could do something for me to wear to the premier of Ricky's movie when you get back from Paris?"

Oh, did I forget to mention the best part of being a real fashion designer?

Once my shoes hit CNN, I got a call from Jean Luc Le Croix, the hottest new European fashion designer, asking me, little ‘ol me, to come show my shoes in his fall runway collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Paris!

I had truly died and gone to heaven. Not surprisingly, I'd first had a mild heart attack, then did a repeat of the six-year-old-Ritalin-addict thing. I was set to fly out next week and still hadn't come down off the high.

"Oui, oui, mademoiselle. What would you like?" I asked.

"Oh, I totally know what I want! I saw the cutest pair of wedge heeled sandals on J. Lo at the MTV awards. They were, like, black with this little trail of sequins going down the…" But Dana trailed off, her eyes fixing on a point just over my shoulder. Then suddenly going big and round.

"What?"

I spun around and stood rooted to the spot. A little yellow sports car was careening down Beverly at Daytona 500 speeds. It sideswiped a Hummer, narrowly missing a woman carrying a Dolce shopping bag, then bounced back into traffic, tires squealing.

"Ohmigod, Maddie," Dana said, her voice going high and wild. "Look out!"

I watched in horror as the little car cut across two lanes, jumping the curb and accelerating.

Straight toward me.


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I hope you love Alibi in High Heels, as I'm hard at work on Maddie's next adventure, Mayhem in High Heels, coming in 2009!

~Gemma