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 :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Friday Fragments....

Happy Friday Everyone!

I am feeling almost normal again after my gall bladder removal..10 days today!

I have been on some serious drugs so if I have visited your blog or your face book page and sounded really stupid and couldn't spell; I is embarrassing!

Thank you to our amazing host for Friday Fragments, Mrs. 4444 over at Half Past Kissin Time.  You can find her 

Also the gorgeous Java over at Never Growing Old, if you are an over 40 blogger you will find many friends

So it is starting to get down right chilly in the Philly burbs...I do not like the cold..however did any of you catch our Eagles um I guess beat down the Redskins?
Only in Philadelphia can we take a convicted dog killer and make him a star.  We are all saying things like he did his time; he's changed; he deserves another chance...okay I'm buying into it..the guy is a damn good football player...bring on the Giants!!
And while we are on sports..congrats to our very own Doc Halladay!!!

My husband surprised me today by getting my new office painted while I was at work today..I love that man..he just gets me and he knows how badly I need this new creative space..I am only obligated to finish 2 more books in 2 months.  No problem seriously they are just about done I just must love to pile pressure on myself!  (hopefully by next week I will have before and after photo's :)

I have 3 prizes from my contest in my car; they are coming I gut hurts too bad to stand in line at the post office...maybe I should send my amazing husband. .to the post office...I will!  Only 20 more to reach my goal..for every 10 new followers I will randomly pick a winner from all followers...just for following...Thank you; all of you xxxooo

I am about to bust with amazing book news and you all here on this blog will be the first to know; before anyone...I am a bit overwhelmed with so much happening at once...I need to just breathe..and realize..I did it..finally..almost!

I am making reservations to take Morgan who will be 8 and Julia who is turning 11 to American Girl for their birthdays...I am so excited!

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving- We will be spending the day with most of the kids and grand kids; I miss them so much :(

 If you remember this past summer my step son Michael was in a terrible motorcycle crash.  It was touch and go for a long time.  If you are the praying type please send a few his way, he is not doing well and we are really worried...

I am so thankful for each and everyone of you.  I can always count on reading just the right comment I need to hear at the right time.  A big virtual hug for all of you (((HUGS)))!!

Brotherly Love..Lance and Louie
My favorite quote today: "When you ask for miracles, you get folks" Christopher Gallenberg


  1. Thanks for the recommendation for the over 40 blog. I'm going to check it out.

    My husband had his gallbladder removed over a year ago. It's hard at first, but it's been so much better. Be prepared to be by a bathroom every time you eat for about 6 months. ha.

    My daughter has been to the American Girl store a couple of times (the one in Dallas) and loves it.

    I'm sorry to hear about your stepson. I truly hate motorcycles. My stepbrother was in a horrible accident four years ago and he is still suffering from it.
    My sister-in-law, in a seperate accident almost lost her leg. She ended up with a broken back and was in the hospital for three months.
    I just don't see why anyone would want to ride one now. It's just too dangerous out there.

    I hope you have a nice weekend. =)

  2. Funny, I talked about gallbladders on my FF post today -- oh that's right, I saw your comment LOL I have a very short memory. Congrats on the successful removal.

    Can't wait to hear about the book news!

    Kristin _ The Goat

  3. I had my removed in 2007. I had an attack at the same time of having kidney stones attack. Oh that was horrible! Anyway, hope you are feeling much better.

    I am looking forward to your news and boy, it is nice to have great hubbies!

    Thanks for coming by and reading my blog.

    ~Naila Moon

  4. Doreen - You're an amazing woman and so inspirational! I so love to read about people who are following their dream. And the part about the homeless woman sure warmed my heart.
    I'm following you now from India.
    Hope you recover from your surgery soon.

  5. That's nice you give stuff for every 10 new followers. I don't put that much emphasis on followers because I know I don't regularly have time to read all the blogs I follow. It's nice to have followers, don't get me wrong, but I know not all my followers actually read my blog every day. I tend to put more emphasis on the blogrolls. I go through my blog roll practically every day.

  6. Love those helpful husbands! Painting a room is a real labor of love! Bless his heart.

    I hope you are recovering quickly. I feel like I'm wayyyyyy behind, now that all the Christmas advertising is on Tv. And I don't really hanker to walk around in stores, either. Thanks for the internet and catalog shopping!

  7. Hope you are feeling better soon. I can hardly wait to find out what your book news is. And I will say a prayer for Michael. Sorry to hear he is not doing well.

  8. I bounced over from the over 40 friday hop and was blown away by your blog. You are incredible. I wish you every speedy recovery.

  9. Small world, Doreen! I grew up in Clifton Heights and now live in Pottstown! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm now your newest follower and will definitely purchase your book when it's published.

  10. Good morning... That's my blog buddy Joannie up above me... I met her in person when she stopped in Walgreens to see me! Back to my regularly scheduled comment!
    Glad you are feeling better after your surgery.
    It is chilly in the burbs. I have to remember to grab my jacket when I let the dog out in the morning!
    That was some AwESOME beat down. I really think Vick has turned himself around. What he was involved in was deplorable, but I really think he has turned himself around and is growing as a person. I was glad to see the NFL commissioner acknowledge his changes and growth. I hated to see McNabb go.... but maybe in the end, it will be the best thing for all! Sending prayers your way for you and Michael.

  11. I'm glad you're recovering from your surgery. I hope it continues to go well!
    Go Eagles! I like Andy Reid. I'm not a fan of Mr. Dog Abuser but he is a very good player and I think he is remorseful and sorry for what he did.
    I look forward to hearing your book news.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  12. Love the pups! So cute. And you DO have a special husband! That is so cool about your office!

    Been there with the gallbladder! Hang in there, it will pass and you'll be totally yourself again soon.

  13. Your husband is a gem! How sweet of him to paint!

    Im sorry that your step son is not doing well. I hope he recovers soon!

    Good luck on all of your projects.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Happy recovery time. Good luck with your soon to be published book.

  15. Your husband sounds like a wonderful person, which means you are too because I am absolutely sure that you deserve him.

  16. Gallbladder surgery {or any surgery for that matter} is no fun to recover from! What would we do without our sweet hubbies??? I'm definitely praying for your son!

    Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog today!! :)

  17. Hi,
    I have found you while hopping around, you have a lovely and interesting blog. Please feel free to pop by and see me if you have time

  18. Hi Doreen,
    I have just got my button working, if you are still having trouble let me know and I will send you the code I used (

  19. Hi Doreen- Your stories are inspirational, and I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving. Thanks for posting on my blog. Did you find me through SheWrites? What a cool organization. Just joined. BTW, I wrote one of the new American Girl Books for the Innerstar U series that came out in September! The one I wrote is called A Girl's Best Friend (the orange cover). My name is on the inside cover. I hope you guys have big fun at American Girl Place! Cheers, Catherine Stine

  20. Hi Doreen,
    Thanks for following and I am following back. Hope you recover from your surgery soon. It is was good to hear you have a wonderful husband who supports you (even surprises you with a new paint job) He sounds like a keeper:). Looking forward to getting to know your blog better in the future:) If you have any questions on homeschooling just ask. I have een doing it for 2 years and really enjoy it (most days:))

  21. Glad you're feeling better! How nice that your husband painted your office!