A Caring Christmas ~ Help a Hungry Neighbor

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!

I don’t participate in Black Friday or any of these buying sprees but God gave me a way to challenge this mindset and help my neighbors at the same time. This morning as I was doing my laundry I was very upset to hear that the Police had to get involved because yet another customer was nearly trampled and beaten at Walmart in New Jersey over a Flat Screen TV!! Outrageous!! Also Walmart workers barely earn a living wage while the Founders live the lives of Kings, Queens, Princes & Emperors.

Earlier this Saturday I was shopping at one of my local grocery stores. As I got on the line  there was an elderly woman in front of me carefully counting out her few dollars and change trying to pay for her groceries. She did not have enough money. Right then and there I decided to pay the difference. The clerk and the woman were in shock. My contribution was only $2 bucks but hopefully I made a positive difference in this senior’s life. She was grateful. As I turned to give her some extra change, she had disappeared. My heart is filled with joy being able to help a senior citizen in need. If you follow the news you know the budget for SNAP aka Food Stamps has been cut. This means the poor, disabled and elderly are getting less food stamps and going hungry. This should not be! I live in one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York, Brownsville/Bed-Stuy.


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

In the spirit of spreading Love, Joy and Understanding I want to Nominate a Woman who embodies Faith, Love, Caring and Compassion, Ms. Catherine Townsend-Lyon for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award.

Please read Catherine’s highly relevant post on the evils and greed of Black Friday.  http://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/black-friday-brings-out-the-evil-in-others-so-why-bother/



Holy Trinity vs. the Trifecta of Terror?

Holy Trinity vs. the Trifecta of Terror?

Horror is a literary and film genre I’ve always loved from a child. Give me a good Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr. or Boris Karloff film above the over sanitized song & dance Busby Berkley movies any time, any place or anywhere. Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy drove me nuts with their bursting into song at the most inopportune moment during the story.  I’ve never had any external or internal conflict concerning my Christian faith with my fondness for Vampires, Werewolves or zombies. Why? Because I know that they are not real.  Just scary entertainment and nothing more.

Albeit back in my college days there was a Goth girl in my school who drank human blood. Believe me I gave the Goths a wide berth but then again since I was an older (36 year old) night time student we never crossed paths so she and her minions never had the opportunity to access the quality of my veins and arteries.

Like many women I’ve dated a guy with a hairy back. Poor fellow had more hair on his back than on his head but at no time during the months that we were together did he become a snarling libidinous ravenous Wolf Being after Midnight. If he had made some sort of hirsute transformation in the midst of our eating dinner or watching a play then I would have become Cat Woman.

Cat People 1942 Film
Cat People 1942 Film


No, not the Cat Woman most of us are familiar with from television and movies but the old school Cat Woman in the film, 1942 flick “Cat People” where the woman upon sexual arousal turns into a real cat! A Panther!  Yes I know there was a 1982 remake of Cat People but I did not like that one.  The original 1942 version was much better.  Did you get that visual of the Cat People Woman and the Werewolf changing during their most erotic moments?  

The Trifecta of Terror: Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies all came from the overly active imaginations of writers mixed with folklore from various parts of the world.  Bram Stoker created Dracula based on myths and legends from Eastern Europe coupled with a healthy dose of hidden references to repressed sexuality. Mary Shelley gave birth to Frankenstein or as was in the original title The Modern Prometheus which may have been a possible response to the debate on evolution and of course the forbidden realm of the occult.

1942 Cat People
1942 Cat People

As for Zombies, I’m not really too keen on them but I see Zombies aka The Walking Dead in my daily dealings with the general public who display a shocking lack of basic historical knowledge, good manners, common sense and a lack of respect for the rest of the visitors or for my hardworking fellow co-workers.  The Walking Dead is also an accurate description of our government, i.e, the Congress and Senate as well as an apathetic public that believes the hype and drinks the Kool-Aid.  Unfortunately with the advent of modern media such as personal computers, tablets, the Internet, the Web, Smartphones, Laptops, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media perhaps the true horror and terror of the movie, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” has come to pass.  Many have been sucked into the mindlessness of Reality TV resulting in assimilation into the Borg Hive.

My favorite Horror sub-genre is psychological horror. It’s that seemingly, quiet, peaceful mundane happenings in small towns and pastoral villages across the globe, that have a hidden under current of evil. Stephen King and Anne Rice are Horror Masters. You know those small towns that exude normalcy but are really the Belly of the Beast. The late great Rod Serling hit the name on the head with the unexpected with the classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone.”  A television favorite of many viewers’ decades after his death.  I’ll leave you with two links to Two of my favorite disturbing Tales of Understated Terror.

A great literary example is the Shirley Jackson short story, “The Lottery.”   http://sites.middlebury.edu/individualandthesociety/files/2010/09/jackson_lottery.pdf


A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/wf_rose.html


*Celebrating My B-Day a Wee Bit Early ~~ With A Friends Awesome Reblogg Post!

*Celebrating My B-Day a Wee Bit Early ~~ With A Friends Awesome Reblogg Post!.

My friend Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon is truly Awesome and Amazing!!   Cat! Thanks for the Vote of Confidence! Thank you for having faith in me! I’m touched that you chose to re-post my humble blogs. My major goal in life has been to touch other women’s lives. To encourage and support Women. To uplift All My Sisters Worldwide No Matter what race, religion, faith, ethnic group, or country. I’m so very honored that you decided to share my writing!! God Bless you My Beloved SisterFriend!! Much Love to You!!


* HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY ~~ A Photo HONOR To Our Military & Vets As They INSPIRE US!! *

The pictures say it All! Happy Veterans Day! Sp4 DeBorah Ann Palmer, U.S. Army, 569th PSC & 101st Airborne Division, 1977-1981.

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As we CELEBRATE and HONOR all our Veterans, those lost, and all those who serve and have served our country, I want to say THANK YOU for your Brave and Passionate service in giving us ALL THE FREEDOMS all AMERICANS enjoy today.
God Bless you ALL………Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

*Photos that will inspire you to thank military families today*

Five-month-old Ayanna waits to meet her Marine father for the first time on Sept. 14, 2012 - © Marine Corps Base Hawaii via Facebook

Sailor Richard Gonzales gets a welcome home kiss from his dog, Glitch, on Aug. 31, 2007 (© Larry Steagall/The Kitsap Sun/AP)

And this little doggie reminds us that our PETS, family members MISS their Heroes too!

Family greeting a returning soldier with a sign playing off 'Call Me Maybe' - MilitaryAvenue.com via Pinterest

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills navigates a ramp with wife Kelsey on Oct. 4, 2012 (© Carlos Osorio/AP)

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills plays with his daughter Chloe on Oct. 4, 2012 (© Carlos Osorio/AP)

 ..A Daughter who, who clearly adores her father!

1st Lt. Keith Wolowodiuk greets his 5-month-old baby girl Kaitlyn with wife Adrienne on March 6, 2008 (© David McNew/Getty Images)

 This little guy wants to be JUST LIKE DADDY!….

Katherine Cathey is guarded next to the casket of her husband's remains the day before he was laid to rest (© Todd Heisler/Rocky Mountain News/AP)

 Bless this wife’s heart, she spent the night by her husband’s casket the day before he was buried….

Army Staff Sgt. Brian Eisch hugs his sons before returning to duty in Afghanistan in 2010 (© Marcus Yam/The New York Times)

 These kids saying Goodbye……

Dalan Wells kisses his partner Sgt. Brandon Morgan on Feb. 22, 2012 (© David Lewis/AP)

 And this wonderful couple saying HELLO,…….

Janet Allegra hugs her son Spc. John Allegra IV in Windsor Locks, Conn., on Aug. 25, 2010 (© Jessica Hill/AP)

 A Mother Welcoming her son home….

Camo quilts made by the Camo Quilt Project - Courtesy of Bristol-Warren.Patch.com

 And this mom (not pictured) who sent 52 camo quilts to her son’s deployment group.

Girl holding a sign for her returning father - © Lauren Nygard Photography via A Military Story

 This little girl who couldn’t smile bigger if she tried.

Brian & Nicole embracing at Camp Pendleton - © Adele Moore/Adelezcoeur Imagery via A Military Story


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