They say every face in a crowd has a story to tell, this is my story..

The news shows and newspapers all called it 'Road Rage'. To me that sounded like a disease, an affliction that can make you kill. A sorry excuse to take the claw end of a hammer and slam it repeatedly into the skull of a human being. In April of 1999 my little brother passed away. Doesn't passed away sound so gentle, even normal? David's death was neither. It was murder. He was found lying in a strangers driveway in a pool of blood. He had been punched, stomped and beaten over his entire body. I still have so many questions. I wrote this book at first for therapy and then for answers. I have found a few. I mainly realized l lost a brother tragically and senselessly. Like every other face in the crowd I have a story..and I want to share my story with you! PUBLICATION DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another Award:)

Thank you so much to Ciss B. from journaling my life away; this is very much appreciated. Now I must share 7 things about myself..that you may not here I go:
1) I smoke and I hate it; I want to quit so badly. I do not smoke a lot, a couple a day and I hate that the stupid dirty things have control over me.
2) I believe in miracles. I have witnessed 14 babies being born and there is no one that can see the wonder of new life and not believe.
3) My husband has 6 older sisters. This can be good and it can be very, very bad!
4) I admittedly have bathroom phobia. I will hold it for hours before I will use a public restroom or pee outside.
5) I have 2 dogs. Lance and Louie; they are silky terriers and 2 little terrorists!
6) I have an 83 year old homeless woman living in my house. My husband found her on the sidewalk on a cold and rainy night 18 months ago.
7) I love blog awards. Seems silly.. I know, but I put my heart and soul into the books I have written and I try very hard to be a good blog friend, so I get all emotional when someone notices.
Now I must bestow this honor onto 15 newly discovered blogs and they must share 7 things about them selves and pass it on. So because I think you are quite versatile I pass this award onto:
1) Plain Upon Tablets (Just because I LOVE her!!)
2) A few Clowns short..Uplifting for sure..
3) Beginning a life at 50 (what could be more versatile than that)?
4) Eternal Lizdom..very smart..
5) Happily Blended..because I too am happily blended..
6) Unknown Mami..just because I LOVE her!
7) Wanna buy a about versatile..
8) Velvet over Steel..because Coreen is versatile and so smart!
9) Dropped Stitches 72..because her comment made me teary..
10) Li-Bear-y Corner..because her comments made me smile..
11)Traci @ 38 and growing..very versatile..
12) Kathy from Edshunnybunny..because she could use a smile..
13) Kate@ Some things I think..The queen of versatile..and oh so funny!
14) Vivianne's Vista..because her comment made me smile..
15) Deanna @ Almost Perfect Woman
If you have not been to visit these folks; please do; you will not be disappointed!
Their links can be found on 'My complete profile page'
Now I must go visit all of the above..


  1. Thanks for visiting my site, leaving a comment and following. I am returning the favor...I am now your latest follower.


  2. You are so wonderful with words. I love your blog. I've been a follower for a while now and I promise to be more attentive. Congratulations on the award. I'd say you're very deserving.

  3. All of those things are interesting but I relate most to #1. I smoked for 22 years. Hated it always. One of my friends once described me as a non-smoker trapped in a smoker's body! When I finally had had enough I followed the advice of a business associate and had a private one-hour hypnosis session with a highly-regarded therapist in Portland, OR. That was over 17 years ago now and I have never had another cigarette, not one puff. Two years ago in my annual physical x-rays showed very mild emphysema and I was so depressed I was in a slump for weeks. But my doctor said it would be over a decade before I'd notice anything, and I'm willing this gunk to stay in the minor leagues. Still, if I hadn't quit smoking when I did emphysema would probably have had me down for the count by now with 17 years head-start...
    So, if you have not already get a baseline chest x-ray (my doctor insists on doing them once a year now because my mother died of lung cancer) and why not try hypnosis?! I believe it would work for you since you are a non-smoker trapped in a smoker's body.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Almost Perfect Women.... I love when you leave comments and thanks for the award...... That is so sweet about the homeless woman... I couldn't imagine.... She must have a history to tell...

  5. Doreen,

    I am excited and humbled. I love your blog. I am waiting to learn when your book will be released. I can't wait to read it.

    I know how hard it is to write about personal pain. My hat is off to you. I am off to read some of the other blogs you suggested.

  6. oh my gosh I cannot imagine being 83 and homeless...but bless your hearts for taking her in...
    I too am a smoker and really getting to the point where I wish I could just quit and never look at them again..wish I could get my husband to feel the same way too!

  7. Thank you for the award/shout out. I have done award/games in the past but to be honest they come with too many strings attached. You can find things about me on my blog 'A Few Clowns Short' by clicking on some of my favorite posts in the sidebar. Not many people click on those.
    Smoking - a bad habit that I started too young. The best thing I can say about it - I quit. My wife is the reason. Does your husband smoke? It's easier to quit in a non-smoking house.

  8. Loved reading a bit about you! SITS Friend!

  9. Doreen,
    It is not a bad thing yo love these awards! It means people like what they read, and I certainly DO like what you write.

    I like this because I get to know people a bit better and enjoyed your responses to the questions. But one of the the good parts of the awards is getting to check out new sites and enjoy discovering new writers!

    Blessings to you and your family!

  10. Thank you so much for the award! I do truly appreciate it. I will pray for your son.

    xo Erin

  11. Thank you, thoughtful.

    I'm wondering about the 83 year old living with you.

  12. Hi I am a fellow smoker also, but I smoke outside. Anyhow thanks for the follow and am following you back ! Congrats on the award!!

  13. Hi Doreen,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind words! I am stopping by to say "hi" as well and to be one of your new followers.

    I understand how difficult it can be to smoke. I smoked in my early 20s and it was not the easiest thing to quit. I chewed many pencils, hard candy and used those chime meditation balls to keep my hands busy while I tried to quit. I just ended up quitting cold turkey, gained a few pounds and then starting running like fury to lose the weight. It can be a battle but I know you can do. :)

    - Shelli @

  14. Thank you, sweet lady. I have been on vacation -- even from blogging. I will be posting my thanks to you ASAP!