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Friday Frolic: M*A*S*H!

Did you see THAT?!

It’s time for Friday Frolic, our weekly visit to Youtube, to see what wonders we can find to kick the weekend off right….let’s see….yup!

This week, I offer you….


My husband and I have been watching M*A*S*H together since our dating days, sixteen years ago. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve gone through those eleven seasons of shows – on TV, on homemade, videotape, on retail video, on DVD..Both of our children knew the theme song before they could talk, although, thus far, they’re not especially interested in watching.

We have our favorite lines, our favorite scenes, our favorite shows. And we have traditions. We brace ourselves for the final scene in Abyssinia, Henry. We do not watch that one without having the time to also watch “Welcome to Korea and Change of Command…it’s too sad, otherwise. The same is true for Goodbye, Radar – we need to see “Period of Adjustment” immediately after….

And “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”? We sometimes need a week or three to be ready for that one. After, we need some good ol’ Henry Blake, so we start over again…and again…and again.

May you, too, enjoy the laughter, the tears, the insanity and humanity of life at the 4077th.

And, now, let the Friday Frolic fun begin!

1970 M*A*S*H Movie Opening Theme, “Suicide is Painless”, with Lyrics



The Best of Klinger, Pt. 1


M*A*S*H Bloopers (Language Alert!)


Dr. Sidney Freedman


Harry Morgan as General Steele


M*A*S*H Then and Now


STAY TUNED: “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”


Want more M*A*S*H? Something completely different in mind? Let me know!

Drop your comments into the IN box below, and maybe we’ll be delighting in YOUR favorite videos, soon!

Wishing everyone a delightful Friday, and a glorious weekend! =)

Posted in Friday Frolicks, Life Writing

Friday Frolic:Water Play

Did you see THAT?!

It’s time for Friday Frolic, our weekly visit to Youtube, to see what wonders we can find to kick the weekend off right….let’s see….yup!

This week, I offer you….


Normally, mid-June finds us indulging in wet fun…this season, though, has been rainy and chill far more often than hot and dry.  Our lawn is lush and shaggy (we mow; it rains. We mow; it rains)…but we miss the other forms of water…sprinklers and fountains and lakes and pools.

Maybe this post will give the weather a little nudge…

2 Babies playing in the water

Funny cats in water, EPIC

Funny puppy walks on water

Dog Dives to Bottom of Pool, the Deep End

Cute children playing in water fountains at Hanbat Arboretum

Water fountain  show at Lotte Department Store in Busan, South Korea

Want more water fun? Less? Something completely different?

Drop your comments into the receptacle below, and maybe we’ll be delighting in YOUR favorite videos, soon!

Wishing everyone a delightful Friday, and a glorious weekend! =)

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NASA Johnson Style!

Last Friday, I posted my Top Five Gangnam Style videos on Friday Frolic.  In response, my Facebook friend Maria sent my this too-good-not-to-share NASA parody!

Dancing, space, gadgets, and astronauts….how can this NOT be a hoot?!

Saturday’s Share….

Have something to say about this picture?

I took this photo in my front yard, on Friday, March 8, and edited it in Pic Monkey. I am sure there is a story, but I don’t know what it is.  So, I will be using my imagination…

 I would love to hear your ideas!

I will share mine in next Saturday’s post.

I thank Lynn Kelley, who  suggested I do something more with this photo!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2013, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Challenges and Contests, Guest Posts - Your Soapbox Awaits, Life Writing, Round I 2013

Trust Settles – ROW80 Update, March 13, 2013


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The tumult of the last session has eased into a calmer, happier space. There is a new, fresher breath in the air, and we’ve begun moving more, which seems to have cleared out some of those dusty winter cobwebs. We’ve had reminders of winter, and harbingers of spring, and we seem mostly content.

I am still reading, and writing, and learning; still in the slack tide that comes before the surge, the place of neutral buoyancy. The foundations are being made strong, and inspiration is starting to waft in through the sometimes -open windows. It smells rich, like newly softening earth, and is laden with birdsong.

Life is sweetly flowing, and I pause, for a time, to stretch slowly and with presence, like a cat…the flash of sinuous motion is yet to come, and this is the time to prepare body, mind, and soul…

How about you? As we near the end of the round, are you feeling strong and certain, muddled and unsure, or something else? I love when you leave comments, and love it more when that sparks conversation….

Snowy boy fun!

ROW80 Progress:

WANA113 :

New Targets:

  • Read and comment on five word clouds.
  • Answer my word cloud comments.
  • Complete Grokking #4
  • Write a discussion for Grokkings #3 and #4.
  • Upload pics to Flickr.
  • Experiment with adding photos to WANA Commons.
  • Learn where to find missed webinar.

Previous Targets:

Read and comment on three word clouds.

  • Reading these is feeding me on a soul-deep level. So intimate and honest! So endlessly fascinating!
  • Target attained.

Answer any comments on my word cloud.

  • I have received kind and insightful comments, and it’s been a pleasure to reply to them.
  • Target attained.

Complete Grokking #3 and report.

  • I have begun my Youtube link list, and have topics and links set up for this Friday and next. Although not written, I have brainstormed new topics, and new ideas are flowing. =)
  • I did not report….yet. I’m feeling a little shy about speaking up.

Play with Picmonkey for this week’s Wordless Wednesday photos.

  • I had lots of fun playing here, and will probably upgrade. The results are here.
  • Target attained.

Watch missed class webinar.

  • I’m not quite sure where to find this, so no, not yet.
The view from our back yard, March 8, 2013.

WANA Writing Moms (and Dads,too):

New Targets:

  • Continue keeping Lesson 1 log.
  • Complete Lessons Two and Three.
  • Comment on these lessons.
  • Read new lessons as I find them.

Previous Targets:

Read and apply Lesson One -get three subject notebook.

  • I have been logging my activities. I adapted the log a little, to more adequately reflect my needs.
  • I have purchased a three-subject notebook, and began using it for the logging on March 13.
  • Target attained.

Read Lessons Two and Three.

  • Target attained.

ROW80 Sponsoring:

New Targets:

  • Freewrite on sponsor post topic at least once.
  • Continue on-time sponsor visits.

Previous Targets:

Complete one freewriting session, exploring possible sponsor post topics/ ideas.

  • Brainstormed ideas, came up with a list of fourteen topics.
  • I have chosen my topic, and have a blogpost and link to use as the framework.
  • Target attained.

Continue on-time sponsor visits.

Delightment in girl form!


New Targets:

  • Continue reading with kids, as desired.
  • Resume reading and exercises for Steering the Craft.
  • Begin reading articles and posts saved to Pocket.

Previous Targets:

Complete APE and Wild Mind.

  • Target attained.

Continue reading Carnival at Candlelight aloud with children, as they wish.


New Targets:

  • Continue preparing themed posts, and scheduling.
  • On time posts on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday,
  • Post scheduled for Monday.
  • Complete A to Z Challenge page and post.
  • Answer comments.
  • Blogging action plans for shanjeniah and Trueborn Jottings.
  • Continue brainstorming for themed posts.
Jim,creating a banked and birmed snow run.

Previous Targets:

Schedule Monday and Wednesday themed posts.

Continue working on Friday and Sunday themes.

  • I have the links, and most of the in-line text set up for Friday Frolic.
  • I am gathering links for the inaugural Sunday Sampler.
  • Target attained.

Answer comments.

  • All comments answered.
  • Target attained.

Create A to Z Challenge page.

Sibling Silliness!
  • Page is pending and in my Drafts folder.

Blogging action plan next steps for shanjeniah and Trueborn Jottings.

  • Nothing, as yet.

Brainstorm lists for Monday and Friday queues. Write it out!

  • I have a list of fourteen written topics brainstormed for my sponsor post, which will become Monday posts.
  • I have two posts in progress for Friday posts. Nothing from my brainstorming has been written, thus far.


Previous Targets:

Submit “A Splash of Red” (guest post).

  • Not yet. Soon, though.

Write A to Z rough drafts L-N.

  • Target attained.

Rough list of April Camp NaNo projects and next steps.

  • I have a rough plan for the rest of the year. Lots of writing, and lots of excitement that I have a cohesive thread to weave.
  • Target attained.

Continue 750 words, daily.

  • Target attained.

My most current evaluation can be found here.

Inspirations….Leonard Nimoy and Paul Simon.

It’s a BLOG HOP!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days -2012, Challenges and Contests, ROWnd #4

Joyous Busyness – Thankvember NaNoROW, 11/28/12


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It’s been a productive few days, here, on many levels. Jim spent most of his Monday and Tuesday taking care of seasonal errands. The children both fell in love with my new Kindle Fire HD, and decided that they would like their own as Christmas gifts this year. Jim and I worked the budget, and realized that we could manage it. So we ordered them with the understanding that this was our Christmas budget, so there will be stockings and no big presents on Christmas Day – Jeremiah has asked for a big bag of barbecue chips (his favorite), and five dollars. Annalise has mentioned Littlest Pet Shops and Zhu Zhu Pets – and there will of course be treats of assorted varieties!

I have been writing – mostly the reports, which are due this weekend. I’ve been sneaking in bits and pieces of my NaNo WIP , and a little of my Thankvember Blog Hop posting. That will become a higher priority during the current session, since the blog hop ends on Friday, and I am currently three days behind.

In other news, Achoo the kitten is getting big and strong. Her tiny baby mew is maturing into an actual meow, and she is very interested in connecting with Srindi and Squeak.

Speaking of the bigger girls, they are adjusting. A little more than a week after their arrival, both are easing into the flow of life at our house.

Srindi, Miah’s kitten, seems to like smaller, enclosed spaces, and observing the sights and sounds around her. She has staked a claim to my office, and is gradually exploring it. During the day, she tends to stay behind or under something at the edges of the room, but, once things quiet, she moves out into the open. Yesterday, for the first time, we spotted her on the table where Achoo eats, and also lying, alert yet relaxed, on my office chair. She has let Jeremiah touch her a few times, and likes to be talked softly to. She’s a bit uncertain about Achoo, but is getting used to her.

Squeak, Annalise’s kitten, is more of an adventurer. She likes larger areas to hide beneath, and moves more frequently – first, under our bed; then under the family room couch; and, the last day or two, under the kitchen counters. She and Achoo have struck up a close friendship, but she hasn’t yet allowed any of us to touch her. She seems to have recovered fully from her spaying, and has explored the kitchen, family room, and bedrooms, thus far.

Both of the bigger girls use litter boxes, and Achoo had chosen a cleaning rag forgotten in a corner. She’s now getting the hang of the box.

I’m not sure that Srindi and Squeak know yet that their sister is here, as they have been mostly in separate rooms. We are all looking forward to their eventual and hopefully happy reunion.

All signs say that we will eventually have three cats who get along well with each other, and are at ease living with us. =D


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First, a few New Things, as the November Challenges wind down…

I’ve attained one of my Big Five for November. Two more are well underway. The last two are ongoing, and I am current with them.

That means a little room is clearing up in my mind and my writing flow, and so, I am adding a few small secondary projects to the list, to fill in the gaps that will be appearing as other things are finished or humming along nicely.

Resume using Twitter for reading, commenting, posting, and connecting.

  • Twitter is becoming more naturally a part of my life. I am especially enjoying reading articles, and connecting in a more concise way.
  • I’ve gone through my “Who to Follow” list, where I found some friends, and let intuition and curiosity lead me to new following adventures.

Catch up with comments on shanjeniah.

  • I have answered all current questions, and have attained this goal.
  • I’ve resumed my pattern of answering comments on Mondays and Thursdays.

 Modified #ROW80 / #NaNoWriMo Projects November 1-30, 2012

 I have completed theNaNoWriMo Challenge . I’m focusing on the homeschool reports, and interspersing smaller projects – “hometending” in my writing spaces, both physical and virtual, so that I can ring in 2013 fresh and ready for new and continuing writing adventures.

I am serving as a  ROW80 sponsor for this round.

  • I visited on my established Monday/Thursday schedule.


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I will be participating in NaNoWriMo throughout November, writing at least 50,000 words of another novel in my TruebornWeft series, Sima Garo Provides.

  • I tend to get quite solitary when I am noveling. I intend, this time, to visit my buddies at least a few times each during the round, and to visit the NaNoWriMo 2012 Facebook Page at least once a day, as well as the #NaNoWriMo folks over atTwitter.
  • I’ve checked in at the Facebook page, offering congratulations, support, and cheering.
  • I’ve visited with folks over at #nanowrimo for cheering, kudos and community.
  • I am beginning to read the other interviews at My Write Spot (mine went up on the 16th).
  • This goal is being set aside until December, or until I clear the November projects.
  • I will be posting updates here, and likely also on my shanjeniah’s Trueborn blog.
  • I didn’t get that much writing done on this project this session, as I have been focused on the quarterly reports for the children.
  • This session’s excerpt:
  • A very short excerpt, this time…
  • Sima Garo Provides – Chapter Ten, Scene 3 (in progress)
  • And, of course, I will be writing a novel this month…or 50,000 words of one, anyway! =)
  • My current word count is: 55,361. My goal is to finish the month with 56,000 words or more. Getting closer! =D


Yum! Public domain image. Click for source.

Fitness Goals – I will focus on eating before I am hungry (and getting protein and magnesium into every other time I eat). I will be active enough that I can always feel my body and muscles. I will add more fruits and vegetables to my diet, and be more attentive to how much water I am drinking.

  • I will be recording my progress here, along with my energy levels for that Sunday – Tuesday or Wednesday – Saturday period.
  • Sunday- Monday are still at Slack Tide, with hints of an approaching High Tide.
  • I continued with moderate to mellow hometending, and a bit of organization.
  • I’ve done a bit of abs work, and a little dancing.
  • I have been following a more intuitive and natural approach to eating and drinking, and allowing myself to feel my body’s wishes.
  • Continuing with conscious eating, and doing a little better with attending to my water intake.
  • We are continuing, as a family, to add more whole ingredients to our shopping lists.
  • I am eating more foods in a state closer to their natural one, and that feels good!


Annalise’s independent magnetic pattern block art – 2010, at age 6.

Moving ahead with the Reporting Pages projects for both children..

  • These are non-negotiable and due on December 1, 2012.
  • I actually have a little extra time with these….they are due on Saturday, but there will be no one in the office to accept them until Monday morning, so, if needed, I will use that little bit of time as an unofficial “grace period”.
  • I will be making these a primary focus in this and coming sessions, until complete, edited, linked, submitted, and posted. I would like to clear this obligation from my mental clutter list – and the sooner, the better!! =D
  • I am moving forward into the endgame of this project.
  • I will report my progress here with each update.
  • I completed Annalise’s Visual Arts and Music sections, and am currently writing her Foreign Language Arts section.
  • I completedJeremiah’s United States History andPatriotism and Citizenship sections, and am currently writing hisGeography section.


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I am participating in the Thankvember Blog Hop.

I will be scheduling them ahead where and when I can. When I can’t, I will do them at some point throughout the day.

  • I’ve been focused on the quarterly reports, and completed only one post for this session:
  • Laughter – Thankvember Twenty- Fifth
  • Posts for Thankvember Twenty-Sixth and -Seventh are in varying stages of creation, and I have tentative ideas to carry me through the rest o the month.
  • I am still hoping to complete all these posts before midnight on the 30th, so they will be my secondary focus between now and then – just behind the reports.

My overarching goal for this round remains: To Honor Myself– my rhythms, energy, needs, truth, dreams, desires, and emotions.

After I post this report, it’s back to some fairly intensive writing for me, as I wrap up my November goals.

At the next update, I will have a few new goals, as I transition back to my pre-November projects until completed, or the end of the round arrives.

I also have an idea for December, but I will keep that to myself, just for now….

May your days be bright and busy with joyous creation!

Me, on the Atlantic Coast in York, Maine, September, 2007. Photo by Eden Mabee.

It’s a BLOG HOP!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days -2012, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Marketing my Writing, My Poetry, ROWnd #2, Writing in Freedom

ROWing Toward My Dreams… Row Update #11

It’s been a jumbly, tumbly kind of few days, here.  The weather has been unsettled, and I am, too…..

For good reason….

On Saturday, my first poem was published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.

On Tuesday, my post appeared  on Tiny Buddha.

I have plans in the work for guest bloggers, and guest posts.

Things are moving, on many fronts, and I am…..


Yes, I am.

Round 2 Goals:


  • Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • I have read Wind and Rain, an article about the out-of-doors, rainy-day fun families can have together.
  • I read a second article there, but it was not very useful, and particularly poorly edited, so I will not recommend it  (or out it) here.
  • I also read  A New Approach, an article by a mother trying out some “free-range” ideas in her family.  This article made me sad, because it seems she’s missed the point of allowing children the freedom of many choices – she seems to be only allowing the freedom as a way of getting more cooperation from her children, and she finishes by limiting electronics (which will likely have led, by now, to electronics being used for all allotted time, and perhaps begged for, or contended over, otherwise…).  There are no further posts on the blog, so I suspect she may have aborted her “experiment” before it had time to prove its merit….
  • I have attained this goal for this week.
  • Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
  • I have read When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line?  This is a pretty serious consideration for me in my Star Trek-related fanfic, which is an integral part of the universe I have created, and I really don’t have any answers.  All I know is, I can’t seem to let go of my Spock-passions, and I don’t want to, either! =D  I commented with words to that effect, more or less.
  • I have read 1 of 5 blogposts for this week.


  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • I have written three more stories about Tisira , the main character from Chameleon’s Dish.  
  • I  have posted  “The Huntress in Moonlight” to my Story a Day  blog,
  • I will be adding the next two segments to the blog within the next few days.
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send.
  • I have given this more thought, and have been constructing portions of it in my head.  I almost have a version cohesive enough to attempt another freewriting, but  not quite.

  • Complete Cooperative Catalyst post and relative links (interviews with both children, and their “day in the life” posts from last year) ; submit to editor.
  • I have heard back from the editor; I will be looking at the article again, to see if there are naturally separating themes or portions.
  • He has also read one of my blogposts, I’m THAT Mom…Naturally!, and thought that, with adaptations, it might make a good post, as well.
  • He has also suggested another writer whose posts I might like to read, and a category or two to explore and comment on, to “introduce” myself to what is an organic community.
  • It is quite possible that I will find a home of sorts there. =)


  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • As noted above, I have joined two challenges.
  • At the moment, I feel these are all I can handle, for now.
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I am doing fairly well on sharing my blogs. through several means –  challenges, posting comments,  submissions, and sharing via several forms of social media.
  • For the moment, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the increased attention, and will be just focusing on adjusting, before I diversify further.
  • My essay, Sometimes There Is No Right Way , posted to Tiny Buddha on Tuesday.  It has received nearly two dozen comments and an email, at this point, and I am feeling some pretty major overwhelm.  It’s a big step from where I was, visibility-wise, two weeks ago to where I am now, and I am feeling a considerable degree of disequilibrium at the sudden change after a lifetime of dreaming…
  • As a dear friend and I have been discussing, learning curves are messy.  I will adjust, with time and a lot of deep breathing….and eventually I will get to over 30 comments waiting for me in various places….really!


  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • As mentioned above, editing and research are being considered prior to formally submitting a piece, but the lines of communication has been opened.
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
  • As noted above, I have participated/am participating in two challenges thus far, for May.
  • This leaves one challenge left to enter, prior to  this month’s end.


  • Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
  • I decided I am satisfied with the batch watermarking, and this will make it possible to quickly mark all of my pictures within the next weeks, as opportunity presents itself.


  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • During dinner with Eden Mabee, she answered one of my questions –  about how to replace the standard header text.
  • I have successfully changed my header text.  It may or may not be permanent, but now I know I can do it, so it will be a simpler matter to change it if I decide  to, at some later point.


  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday: I allowed myself a mellow day of puttering, both in my writing projects and in my hometending. A simple day spent with my beloveds.
  • Tuesday: Joy Abounding! I slept in, and, although I woke with a headache at the time t’ai chi was starting, and although it was a damp and somewhat dreary day outside, I was basking in the company of my Syster, Eden Mabee.  When you’ve been friends since you were four and share writing dreams and motherhood and a lifetime of shared memories and interwoven stories, hours can slip by….and then, I was greeted in the driveway, a little after 2am, by my family.  Chatted with the children until 5:30am. Sweet day!
  • Wednesday:  Another mellow, wet, restful day of puttering….I feel my energy slowly returning.  I’ve had some bug writing developments over the last several days, and I am feeling a need to lay a bit low and absorb them.  Why is success scarier for me than failure?
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday: Puttering around the house and yard.  Moving furniture and bicycles.
  • Tuesday: Moving from building to car, and car to building, and grocery shopping…..not a big moving day…..sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.
  • Wednesday: Puttering with hometending; moving more bicycles –  yes, there DO seem to be an inordinate number of them here –  and I still haven’t moved my own!
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Monday: Reading and writing, puttering with storyworlds and blogging.
  • Tuesday: A rare, lovely day with a dear friend.  Utterly rejuvenating.  I wrote my story, but, beyond that, I simply enjoyed the company and the unrolling of the moments.
  • Wednesday: Reading, writing, lolling with the kids, absorbing the nearing of a lifetime of dreaming, and puttering.  A hot shower awaits me, after I post here.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jeremiah: Finding his bigger bike, saying yes to lots of cooking.  Conversation and cuddles, and patience when he needed it.
  • Jim:  A harmonious home, companionship, and consideration.  Laughter.
  • Annalise: Finding her bigger bike, serious and mature conversation, help when a fall spoiled her baby mosquito study, patience when she needed it, imagination and laughter.
 It seems to be one of those periods where I am doing things, but there is really relatively little concrete to report.
Much is happening beneath the surface, and there is no telling, really, what will evolve from here.
I know, though, that it will involve love, and writing.
And I know that I will keep on ROWing, with trepidation and daring, and remain present not only to the misty path ahead, but also to the rocky, swift, twisty places I am traversing right now…..
Until next time, I leave you with 5 more followers to get to know….

And the ROW Linky, for keeping up with all the other ROWers….