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Posted by on in Married in the Nick of Nine
    According to media reports, those were the four words actor Michael Jace told an operator when he called 911 to report that he had shot his wife, April. Prior to the story breaking, I had never heard of Michael Jace. I watch very little episodic television, so I was unaware of his numerous television roles.  What gave me pause was the charge that he had allegedly shot his wife. In fact, anytime I hear of stories about domestic abuse, it gets my attention. The last thing you expect to hear from a husband is that he shot his wife. “I love my wife.” “My wife is pretty.” “My wife is everything.” Those are the kind of words you’d expect to hear from a husband--not, “I shot my wife.” Apparently, Michael had been experiencing financial woes and many speculate that the later was an impetus for his meltdown. Recently, reports of alleged prior acts of violence against his ex-wife have surfaced. What would cause a man to shoot his wife multiple times? Domestic violence is as old as time immemorial, and the devastating ripple effect it has on soci...
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Posted by on in General Events & News
  While surfing the Internet last week I came across the TMZ story about Donald Sterling’s leaked conversation wherein he and his girlfriend are having a heated conversation about her posting photos of herself with Black people on Instagram.  I can’t say that I was shocked, because this isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last time some well-known person’s racist views are made public. It was just a day or so before Donald was outed, that Clive Bundy, the Nevada rancher, was headline news due to his racist rant. And then there was Paula Dean and the list goes on. But what puts Donald in a class of his own is the paradoxical nature of the situation at hand. Either he is schizophrenic or he has a serious case of cognitive dissonance.   1)      Donald’s girlfriend is Hispanic and Black. 2)      Donald is the owner of the Clippers, a Los Angeles basketball team that’s made up of predominately Black players. 3)      The coach of the Clippers is Black. 4) &...
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Posted by on in Married in the Nick of Nine
As some of you may know who follow my blog, this past January I landed a four-book deal with Soul  Mate Publishing for my Cass & Nick series. The first book in the series, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” will be released in early July. But before that happens, there’s work to be done. The first item on the to-do list is editing. Yes, Deborah Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing was impressed with my writing and my story, but in the publishing world, a good editor will work with you to take your book to the next level. Sometimes this can entail some serious heavy lifting. It’s so heavy that the process is referred to as rounds. Round, 1, 2, 3, etc. When I received the redlined copy of my manuscript a couple of weeks ago, the subject line of the email said Round 1. That phrase conjured up images of a boxing match. Would the process involve my editor and me duking it out over manuscript changes? Did that mean that if I didn’t agree with a comment or change, I’d have to fight to get what I wanted? Leave it to the lush imagination of a writer. No, none of t...
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Posted by on in General Events & News
(The above is not our actual sofa) Eleven days ago Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and has not been seen or heard of since, in spite of worldwide search efforts. Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Crimea joining the Russian Federation —an act the West has called a violation of international law. Yes, there’s much afoot in the world, so when I sat down at my computer this morning to write a blog about the painstaking process of buying a sofa, I felt my topic was insipid at best and, at worst, would receive a thousand thumb- downs. But in spite of my reluctance, I felt compelled to vent about my search for the ever- elusive sofa. The sofa we have now is over twenty years old. In fact, I bought it before I knew my husband even existed. Actually it’s not a sofa, it’s a loveseat.  We threw the sofa out going on a year ago. It was beyond worn-out and we had to make room for my husband’s baby grand piano. Now the loveseat is on its last leg and needs replacing. Every time I go to sit on it, I get a sinking feeling in my sto...
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Posted by on in General Events & News
Anytime I hear “The Plane” uttered, I can’t help but think about the 70’s television series, “Fantasy Island.” The character Tattoo would shout, “The Plane” at the beginning of each episode to announce the arrival of a new set of guests. But today “The Plane” has taken on a whole new meaning—an ominous, mysterious meaning. The plane I speak of today is the one that’s being talked about around the world. Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? As I’m sure you know by now, it disappeared five days ago and despite countless search efforts with state of the art technology, we are still clueless as to the whereabouts of it and the 239 people who are on board. Like me and the talking heads in the media, you probably have your own theories. I’ve bounced around a few ideas, and they’re all bone-chilling. Was the plane hijacked? Perhaps the hijackers have rerouted the plan to a deserted land mass and in a few days the authorities will be contacted and demands will be made. I’m not sure how the families would react to such news. However, knowing their love ones could p...
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