I Voted!

Today, I did something that I hope all Americans of voting age did–I voted in the Presidential Election.

I don’t discuss politics. I don’t figure I’m going to change anyone’s mind about what they believe regarding the candidates and the issues. But I do take the right and privilege to vote as a very important aspect of my responsibility as an American. Especially as I get older.

I waited until about 11:00 AM to vote because I hoped the lines would be shorter. After all, many people vote early before going to work, so the lines seem to be longer then.

I was right–the line was much shorter. In fact, I hit the polling place at a very good time. There was no line at all! I walked right in, sat right down, and completed the ballot. It reminded me of a song from the old days.

(Ooops! Song interlude. . .)

“Walk Right In” by the Rooftop Singers

I love voting, and I love music! And when it works out that I can combine them–I love it even more! 🙂

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Live Today and FREE Tomorrow on Amazon! I Peed My Pants for My Mom: Aging Semi-Gracefully?

My new eBook I Peed My Pants for My Mom: Aging Semi-Gracefully? is now Live on Amazon!

And it’s FREE for 5 days starting Tomorrow! (Due to some technical issues with Kindle and/or Amazon, the FREE promotion couldn’t start today.)

I Peed My Pants for My Mom: Aging Semi-Gracefully - Cover

I need your help!

I’m asking you to do just 3 easy things to help me begin promotion of this new book.

  1. Download a FREE copy of the eBook (starting tomorrow 11/5). If you don’t have a Kindle, you can quickly download a Free Kindle for your PC, or you can download a Free Kindle app for your iPad, iPhone, or Android.
  2. Read the book. The book is short and an easy read. I think you’ll really enjoy the humorous stories. Interject some good, healthy laughter into your day!
  3. Write a review on the book page at amazon.com. This is a Crucial Step! There are millions of books on amazon.com. My research about getting a book noticed by consumers on amazon.com shows that having a large number of reviews really makes a difference.

The review doesn’t need to be long or involved. Just write what you would tell a friend if you were recommending the book. Hopefully—you’ll be recommending it! 🙂

I know you’re busy with your own lives and pursuits. I know I’m asking you to take time away from those things.

In return for your help—you get a FREE BOOK, some fun, healthy LAUGHTER, and the knowledge that you HELPED a struggling artist who’s trying everything she can to survive!

Oh! And you get one more thing—my undying gratitude!! 🙂

Please—give me a few moments of your time and enjoy yourself, too!

Time for some R&R: Read & Review.

Thank you!


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eBook Release Getting Closer! This Weekend?

If everything goes according to plan, my new eBook will go Live on amazon.com this weekend! Hurray!

I Peed My Pants for My Mom: Aging Semi-Gracefully - Cover

Until the full book is available, here is a short Preview that you can check out. The Preview has an older version of the cover.


After you check out the Preview, leave a comment here and let me know what you think.


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New eBook Almost Ready for Release!

It’s almost ready!

I Peed My Pants for My Mom: Aging Semi-Gracefully? – Humor in life and aging.

After much work, discussion, work – final (maybe?) cover:

I Peed My Pants for My Mom: Aging Semi-Gracefully - Cover

I’ll be releasing the book soon as a Kindle eBook on Amazon.com.

Here is the book trailer. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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Help Me Choose a Book Cover for Adult eBook

Okay–I’ve been writing and publishing children’s books about Benjamin Boo. I love it! It is so much fun to write, photograph, and produce the children’s picture books. And I will definitely be continuing this part of my journey.

But now, dear readers, I am also going to publish an eBook for adults. Don’t be alarmed! It’s not an “adult” book. It just fits in the genre of adult fiction. Hopefully, adult humorous fiction. It will be a book of stories about growing older.

I’ve decided on the image and title for the cover. I would like your help making a decision on the final cover.

Here are the choices. I am showing them in thumbnail size because that’s the size that shows online, and the cover needs to look good in the smaller size.





The book cover needs to get attention, intrigue, and encourage someone to read the book. Please let me know in the comments which book cover you like the best.

Or–if you have suggestions that you think would help make a better book cover, let me know those.

Thank you for sharing my journey. Please help me out with this. I’m excited to read your comments!

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Benjamin Boo Books Update

I have been crazy busy working on my children’s books! I have been so involved with writing, publishing, and promoting them that I haven’t had time to even update the Benjamin Boo page on this blog. I actually haven’t had much time to spend writing in this blog. I need to fix that.

So, I’m going to write a post about the books (also see http://benjaminboobooks.wordpresscom). After all, the books are a major part of my life.

I have now written, photographed, produced, and published three children’s books about a little character named Benjamin Boo. And I am working on the fourth book which I hope to have ready for release in mid-November.

1st book

2nd book

3rd book

Book trailers so far:

A lot going on! Many hours spent! Loving it!!


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Fun Fact Friday: Crocodile Tears

Have you ever seen someone crying but you thought they were just pretending to be sad? Well, fake tears are many times referred to as “crocodile tears.”

Check out this website to get more information about crocodile tears:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071003151131.htm

Do you know any fun facts about crocodiles or tears? Share in the comments.

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Let’s Try Walking

2nd Daughter and I decided to try walking in the mornings. Not that we don’t already know how to walk. It’s just that walking very far on a consistent basis is, basically, a foreign concept in our lives.

We thought this would be a good time to start because, for one thing, any time to start getting some exercise is a good time. And the weather has been rather nice the last few days – not too hot, not too cold. Until this morning.

Yesterday, it was in the low 60’s early in the morning. This morning, it was about 45 degrees. Ya gotta love Oklahoma weather! So we bundled up a little more and set out.

We walked for about 30 minutes–nothing too vigorous. Just letting our bodies and our legs get used to the idea of moving. It was a little chilly at first, but very soon we felt comfortable with the temperature. All except the face.

As we walked, I could feel my nose and cheeks and jaw tingling with the chill. Hey! If I keep doing this, maybe the cold will freeze and shrink that extra saggy skin that has developed around my jaw and neck. Is that possible? One can dream. . .

Now to get on with the rest of the day. I feel pretty good! Maybe this walking thing isn’t so bad after all.

Where’s my coffee?

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Things I Hate About Getting Older: The Hop-Skip-Topple

Getting older has its perks:  senior discounts, more life experience, senior discounts, wisdom—sometimes, senior discounts, the opportunity to show my eccentricities—sometimes, senior discounts. . .

But the body getting older can be a real pain!

The other day I started to put on my slacks the way I had always put them on—one leg at a time. It didn’t work.

Here’s the thing—I usually lift one leg and slide one pant leg on, then lift the other leg and slide the other pant leg on—while standing. This time, when I tried that, I lost my balance and ended up doing a little hop-skip-topple. I could no longer stand on one leg while manipulating a pants leg over the other foot and leg.

What’s with that?!? When did my center of gravity get skewed?

It’s not like I’m completely out-of-shape. Hey, I can still bend over and touch the floor with my hands. Okay—so my legs aren’t ram-rod straight now. And it’s my fingers that touch the floor, not the palms of my hands. But those are just minor technicalities. I should still be able to put on my pants one leg at a time while standing up!

Instead, I had to sit on the side of the bed to put on my slacks. Now, for me, it is a real problem to actually sit on the side of the bed because I’m so short. So, technically, it was more of a leaning against the bed kind of thing.

And then, of course, I have to remember to ‘lean’ against the bed every time I dress. Otherwise, I end up doing the hop-skip-topple thing all over again. That brings up another thing I hate about getting older—trying to break old habits. It’s a vicious cycle. Sigh. . .

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I Hate the Cold!

In my head, I know the cold season is important – let’s things ‘rest,’ kills the bugs, etc. But my body does not like it one little bit!

I guess it’s time to put up my trusty door hangar.

Do you like the cold?

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