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Advertising Ideas--A Memoir


I remember stepping foot into his office. I’ll call him Jay. He was the first client who yelled at me. Later, much, much later, he warmed up, becoming cordial, but, that first meeting, when I was twenty-three, went something like this: “Hello, I’m from the newspaper.”“Yeah, so?”I wore a dress I had sewn on my mom’s Singer; Kelly green with small white dots over a white, puffy sleeved blouse. In hindsight, I looked like Snow White’s sister.“Thought I’d come by to talk to you about advertising.”At first, he said nothing. Then Jay’s eyes sort of bulged out of his head and he turned red. “What in heaven’s name do you know about advertising? I have owned this dealership for fifty years and you th...
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My Favorite Romantic Movies


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought you might want some suggestions for a romantic movie. You may have seen all, or most of these, but if not, you can’t go wrong with  some of my favorites. Here's a short list of the best!                                                         💖 So, pick a movie and cuddle up with either your pups, kittens and/or the romantic other, then dive into some kettle corn or chocolate bonbons for an entertaining evening! Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired. (Inspired to love, perhaps to write about it?)😊Original link
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New Year Image Blog


The sky above our home seems to be sending a variety of New Year messages, indicating what looks like, happiness, inspiration and peace. Maybe these glorified tweets or heavenly missives are meant to be shared?DRAMATICRADIANCECALMSPIRITUALMELLOWHave you looked up lately? Original link
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Do It in 2020!

Happy New Year to everyone!The idea of an entire year filled with unlimited possibilities stirs the creativity in my heart. There’s so much to do for those who want to do it. Time is in the hands of those who want to help, create and serve. The other humans must wait. They feel time is sluggish. My old boss called them clock-watchers. At five o'clock they'd dash for the door, racing out of the parking lot as if something exciting waited at home. (Though the mannerisms looked exhilarating, these fast-moving coworkers were going home simply to feed their children and pets.)Hopefully, though these type of folks feel the day is taking forever, they are filled with gratitude. Perhaps these indivi...
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Holiday Greetings from Pinky Claus


Mommy told me to say ho, ho, ho instead of ruff, ruff and ruff. And since the mailman isn’t here yet, I’ll be quiet. Ruff or not, this has been a rough year. Get it? Anyway, she made this silly hat, and thought I should model it for all the world to see. Isn’t that hilarious? I can count her blog followers on one paw. It’s not like she’s some sort of 'influencer'. Do you think I listen to her? Hardly, ever. But it’s the holidays and the area around my heart is filled with gas and something called unconditional love. So, here I am in the hat. (Small shout out to my online friends Agatha and Winston who are probably dying of laughter. Wish we could sniff each other. If you want to meet them cl...
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My Intangible Slant on The Twelve Days of Christmas


The original Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular carol written in 1909, by an English composer named Frederic Austin. The song refers to some strange, expensive gifts. I mean why would anyone want seven Lord's a leaping for a Christmas gift, unless they're putting on a show, and need a group of guys to dance in front of the chorus? (Believe it or not, I've been there.) Truthfully, I think it's a unique, annoying song that permeates the holiday season with repetitive lyrics we've heard a gazillion times. So, I changed it up a bit in order to reflect true, intangible love, which is not supposed to be based on high-priced gifts or partridges in a pear tree. (This doesn't mean we don't like gi...
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Thank you Bees


The month of November reminds us to be grateful for the little things. Can you imagine Thanksgiving dinner without vegetables, salad, green beans, potatoes, pies or even the centerpiece of flowers? Without bees there wouldn't be honey-roasted carrots, or honey-mustard dressings, all-important herbs such as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The delicious and festive holiday would be bland and rather boring. Of course, the bee is not responsible for our cooking or dull and dreary relatives. ? Here’s a little poem I wrote about bees.Every year,they forget.Arms flailing,they live in fear.Our hive abuzz with laughter.But not for long.Little guy in our garden next to a small twig.Joyfully busy,we...
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A Post of Memes


Thought I'd write a few inspirational memes. I took the photos too, and don't mind if you share these.Hope you liked this post. I'd love to see your comments. Thank you!Original link
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Tricks or Treats?


Halloween is a fun time to celebrate life. Death should wait somewhere far away, out of town, on a hill, under a tree, behind a gate, in a cemetery. Sadly, not everyone agrees. Even walking by a few homes here in my neighborhood gives me the creeps.This is an old, actual, cemetery in Julian, California There are homes around here that could compete with this view.Needless to say, that doesn’t mean we don't honor and remember those who have gone before us. Though our loved ones remain in our hearts and walk with God, it's a special blessing to have days on the calendar set aside for spiritual reflection.  I'm sure you probably know that faith-filled memorials follow all the trick-or-treat hoo...
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Retrograde Heart


There’s a character in my novel, Penniless Hearts who reads her horoscope each morning, to find out whether she’s going to have a good day. Though my characters are all fictional, I knew someone who did the same thing every day. If her horoscope sounded undesirable, this colleague would throw the newspaper to the side, in a quest for something better, and march off to find the competing newspapers. The rest of us would snicker in our cubicle waiting for her to return. We waited, hoping the stars aligned, and she’d be placated by finding something positive in her search for another horoscope. When things went well there’d be stealth thumbs up signs, notifying the oblivious or busier employees...
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Transitioning into Fall


“And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.”From: Ode to Autumn by John KeatsMany friends look forward to the end of summer and the cooler temperatures. Fall is a warning that it’s going to be cold. Winter is on the way. It’s like a yellow light telling us to prepare to stop. Or shop…for Christmas, before the bad weather and crowds make it difficult. A time when I’m not sure I’ll need a sweater, but should take one anyway. The leaves change and most of them are blown down the street. Frightening Halloween decorations fill store shelves and spiced pumpkin lattes are the rage at the coffee house. Restaurant menus reflect the harvest with less salad and more soup.It’s a time to let go of open...
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Fiona Memoriam


Heal the intangible heart? Real tears,virtual tears, streams of salt water--flow over your soul. You gasp for airwatching gold flythrough the air.Small hairsland softly. Once a reason to grab a vacuumnow a twinkling memory. Hide her toys,wash away her delightful smell?Stop looking at photos.Talk about the weather?She is there--forever in your heart.She licks from the inside.Kissing and playing—Jumping, running and wagging her tail.Again, you gasp.She will never leave.You might as well vacuum.Original link
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Intangible Grace


There are times the universe will ask you do something in return. Perhaps as payment for the sunny days, the healthy days, the perfect days. Your resolve doesn’t waver during these times. You focus and follow through and accomplish what is needed with a flourish and a smile. Later, as all of it comes together and rises to fruition, you wonder how the heck it happened. What made you do it? How in the world was all of it possible?Your eyes pop open in the middle of the night and you realize this is beyond your doing. You are merely a stronger tool displaying as much grace as possible. A cog in a mighty wheel. A note in a song. A drop of rain in a bucket. This Saturday, The Legends of Wildomar-...
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Pinky and Fiona Update


I don’t have much to say except they are confused about outside and inside. No matter what happens it is either too cold or too hot outside for them. Inside is much nicer. In their eyes, it’s luxurious.  We can leave them outside for an hour and they will either head for the emergency puppy pads in the bathroom or, if they don’t feel like climbing stairs, they might leave little puddles near the door. On the unlikely chance that they make it to the pad, they put their front paws on the pad while their backside is hanging off anyway. I guess they get points for trying, but it’s not that cute. Or fun to clean up. Still, they are loved. Bunches. Anyway, the weather will change but it won’t make...
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Summer Collaborations


The following poem is written by a famous poet who inspired me many years ago. To me, his poems are like snapshots. This one, a type of summer photo. While folks are at the beach, or visiting iconic landmarks, I am enjoying a seasonal harvest of fruitfulness. This Is Just To SayBY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMSI have eatenThe plums in the photo came from my neighbor's yard. They reminded me of this short, succinct poem by William Carlos Williams. the plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so coldA week before, my generous neighbor gave us apricots, which I made into jars of delicious, jam. The plums were made into jam too, ev...
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Impatient Characters


Sometimes, the story is carried by dialogue, and at other times the story is breezing through required narrative. Then something happens. You are thinking about a certain way to phrase something and can’t come up with the exact way to describe it. What shade of blue? There are hundreds to choose from. Cobalt? Turquoise? Cornflower?  Are the trees the color of junipers or multi-colored like jasper? Is it a golden or yellow sunset?  Pink or peach flowers? Lavender or Lilac?Sometimes, the details can be left to the reader’s imagination. Everyone knows that roses are red. But not your roses. These are special roses and you have to figure out how to describe each petal. The way they might glisten...
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The Wise Grasshopper


Grasshopper, this bundled month, I made homemade apricot jam ratherthan spend time on edits.Editing my book is like a patriotic parade,with funereal slowness. A sad march.Characters are intimate friends. I’m sensitive to their needs.They want me to linger.But I’m going swimming.Plug in the fan,turn on the air.I’m crocheting a blanket.Reading a book with dreary characters.Local play rehearsals are my new diversion.Town had a historic bell-ringing celebration. Glad I could make it.There’s the woman’s group,the city meeting at Elks,and of course,church.Jittery dogs need a walk.Reruns on television.It doesn’t seem fair to repeat quiz shows, though my answers sound impressive.I’d rather be an ear...
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Springing Into Summer Reading


Do you know you can read books on your Smart Phone? All you have to do is download the Amazon Kindle App(pictured above), and a world of books will be at your fingertips! Believe it or not, I've known this for a long time, but even with my new super-strong reading glasses, I prefer my eReader. Imagine my consternation when my eReader decided to freeze like a Popsicle during a heatwave? We tried everything. It went kaput. On the blink. Dead as a door nail. We tried pushing the on/off button for several seconds. Turning it back on, etc. Nothing but a dark sky. No stars.The charger didn't work either. Everything was stuck, like that kid who licks the icy pole in A Christmas Story.  I searched t...
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Photo Blog of Santa Rosas


 I wrote about hiking in the Santa Rosa mountains five years ago, during a drought. Here's the link to that post: https://evegaal.blogspot.com/2014/11/hiking-preserving-good-ideas-praying.htmlImagine how lovely everything is after the recent rains. Here's our April hike. Snow in the distanceCalifornia poppiesCrazy wild cactiThe adobesPoppiesThe road less traveled.Original link
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Connecting With a Brilliant Author!


Connections. Isn’t that the entire reason for the Internet and all the various, social media sites? Here's a bizarre tale of a tale:The other day, we had a new LED bulb that went dark in the kitchen. I got on a chair with a wooden spoon and pushed the bulb, gently towards the ceiling, a tiny bit. It had lost its connection. When we flipped the switch on the wall, the bulb lit up like magic. Oddly, this was a precursor to a special connection I was about to make that very same day!You see, I have read a few books by my friend author Barbara Roman, but never thought I'd be lucky enough to meet her in person. I love reading many different types of books, but somehow, I’m especially drawn to fan...
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