Pipe Shows & the Ladies Who Attend Them

The Pipe Divas gathering at the 2019 Chicago Pipe Show was certainly a lot of fun. Front row from left to right: Manduela Riger-Kusk & Page Marie Henderson. Second row: Lennea Wolfe, Trease Carpenter, Maria Athanasselis & Sally Marie Marlo. Third row: Rie Jakobsen, Pipe Diva I am not acquainted with, Silver Gray, Scottie Piersel & Sally Gottliebson. Photo taken by one of the guys who crashed the Pipe Divas party. ...

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William Gillette’s Castle is a Fortress and Not a Castle

William Gillette's New England Crafted Castle/Fortress When is a Castle not a castle? William Gillette's Castle is actually a built replica of a Norman fortress. William was a famous actor who also played Sherlock Holmes. This “castle” design is actually the Norman fortress, Robert The Devil, part of a movie William Gillette starred in.After purchasing 115 acres, first seen by William Gillette from the Connecticut River, ...

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The House Mark Twain Built… So We’re Not in Tennessee

Mark Twain's House is a Rare Gem Filled With Stories The house Mark Twain built is a one-of-a-kind rare gem and the Clemens family considered their home as a member of the family. Mark built the home with unique orange sherbet-colored bricks and chocolate trim. It was definitely the pride and joy of Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. The house also was in Nook Farm, the literary neighborhood located in Hartford, ...

Cootie Browns is one of the funkiest restaurants in "The Tri", here in Bristol, Tennessee. The funkiness and fun go beyond the beachy look... it also includes the variety of food on their menu.

Cootie Browns Funky Beach Vibe & Menu Variety

This is an evening view of the Cootie Browns restaurant in Bristol, Tennessee. There is another one in Johnson City, Tennessee. From the outside the beach vibe the restaurant created is clearly apparent. Cootie Browns is a totally unique and locally owned restaurant chain. First, they have locations at 118 Volunteer Parkway Bristol, Tennessee & 2715 N Roan Street Johnson City, Tennessee. Ad ...

Red Dog on Main Taproom & Eatery is the new cool restaurant situated on Main St in downtown Rogersville, Tennessee. Their food is tasty and the menu lists a wide variety of entrees.

Red Dog on Main Eatery in Rogersville, Tennessee

The Red Dog on Main Taproom & Eatery opened in May 2019 in downtown Rogersville, Tennessee and is owned by Ben McGrew, Stephanie and Randy Lord. Randy and Stephanie also own the Coffee in the Kyle, which is located nearby the Red Dog. Dad and I decided to check the eatery out the evening on 1-12-2020. We parked out back near the old courthouse and walked through the alley to the front of the eatery. There are two iron gates on each end of the ...

Momma in one of her good moments on Christmas Day in 2013. She had Alzheimer's disease at the time.

Am I Momma?? Am I Momma Still??

Am I Momma?? Am I Momma still??I sit in the dark, blank; just an empty slate with nothing on it.Here I am, waiting patiently for somebody to come downstairs and turn on the light,And to turn on the switch inside my head.Will anyone please see me?? I am here... please somebody, please see me!I lost the ability and know-how to flip my switch to on awhile ago... this switch to turn myself on,So, the lights inside my head will shine so others can see ...

The Last Supper in Sand art

Letting Go & Letting God Take Care of Business

Letting go & letting God handle what comes our way in life is perhaps the most difficult thing of all. We either hang on for dear life, refusing to let go, or we end up taking it back and working on the problem all by ourselves.  Take-backs inevitably fail. We need help and guidance that actually works. It's hard when a loved one is on the line, or the perceived looming loss is extremely great. Letting go & letting God take care of busine ...

Turning-the-Page

Turning the Page… But Not Moving On

Turing the page is easy and so is moving forward. But just because you move forward doesn't mean giving up on your dream and moving on. Turning the page is possible without moving on. Just because you stay put pursuing your dream doesn't mean you quit moving forward. When I last blogged about being here to help and feeling down about my lack of writing and photography, I felt discouraged. I als ...

When help is on the way and you know it, it feels good... like standing out with light snow falling down upon you and all around you.

I’m Here to Help… and No I’m Not the Government

Writing can be a funny thing and so can life. I'm passionate about both, but sometimes the powers that be conspire against me and wreak havoc with my writing, blogging and yes, with my life. Frankly, I often don't know where to turn for help or a decent solution. That's when my writing & blogging life, along with my regular life, bites. I flounder at so much that it often hurts.There is so much to say and give, but I can't find a niche for a ...