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Lights, Camera, Action!

Welcome to week 23. This weeks’ topic: My most memorable experience

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 My most memorable experience happened in first year French in high school.

The principal of the high school I attended notified my teacher that our first-year class had been invited to perform on public television. The class was over the moon because we were going to be on TV.

It was to be a thirty-minute program but filming took much longer. The teacher, Mrs. Meadows, selected two groups of four students each to perform a skit of fractured French and an action scene of the French Revolution. I remembered one line from the fractured skit, “Mercy bucket, monster.” The correct line is “Merci beaucoup, Monsieur.”

Two of us, me and another student recited poems. My poem was Le Corbeau et Le Renard (The Crow and The Fox). I was pretty stoked to stand in front of those hot lights and camera, and I was nervous at the same time so I giggled a lot.

There were plenty of “retakes” because we would burst into laughter when someone flubbed their lines. And when Mrs. Meadows snapped her baton in two, we knew to stop our antics and get serious so we could wrap it up and go back to school.

The last act was singing the French National Anthem which we sang without a hitch. I enjoyed that outing. Our class was never offered that opportunity again. Maybe other schools had to have a turn.  Our next adventure, the next year was a trip to France, but I didn’t get the chance to go. Money was tight at home in my sophomore year.

Don’t forget to visit other authors in this blog hop to read about their most memorable experiences.


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What IF I Couldn’t Be A Writer?

Here we are in week 4 of the MFRW blog hop. All authors with blogs are welcome to participate. Each week, authors use MFRW’s writing prompt to create a meaningful blog post. Authors will post every Friday or as often as possible. Click here to check out other posts for this week.

The topic today is ‘What I Would Do If I Couldn’t Be A Writer.’  Well, I wouldn’t want to go back to my previous job with the federal government. My career with them was informative, competitive and stressful. While I loved it, me and that kind of stress are no longer friends. There are lots of other things I figure I can do. I’ve always loved working with my hands so I could operate a craft making/supply business selling my products in a brick and mortar shop or on Etsy or whichever is most cost-effective. On my Twitter bio, I mention I’m a voracious reader so maybe working in a library would be a contender. I’ve always loved being surrounded by books.

Research scribbr-tag-cloud-internationalBut I think the work I’d most enjoy would be that of a researcher. ‘Cause is there really any such thing as too much research? Okay, maybe there is but only by a little bit, *pinching fingers together to show minuscule amount.* I’d love to work as a historical researcher delving into the what, when, where, why or how of past events.  Or, since I’m always exploring all sides of my family’s past, I think being a genealogist researcher for or would be cool.

What would you do if you couldn’t be a writer?


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My Biggest Accomplishment

Wow. This year is flying by. This is week 50 of the MFRW Blog Hop and today’s topic: My biggest Accomplishments.

I’ll start with the most important accomplishment — my son. He has grown into a wonderful man, a great father to my five beautiful grandchildren, a diligent provider, and a hard worker. I could say I raised him all by myself without any help, but I wouldn’t be truthful. You’ve heard the slogan, ‘It takes a village…’ Well, it does. Without help from my parents, aunts, and uncles the end result, I’m sure, would have been different.

Work-and-Retirement-Street-SignNext is my job. Wonderful company. Great benefits. Super retirement plan, but oh so very stressful. I completed thirty years with my company. I dragged that ball and chain across the finish line with my sanity intact. That is a fantastic feat.


Next up is writing. While I have not published a book yet, I have a couple of first drafts completed ready to be revised and a few stories percolating in OneNote. I have a website up and running, social media, and this blog.screen shot of wordpress site.

I didn’t think about it until today, but technically I have published something–this blog. Writing, revising and pressing ‘publish’. For me that’s huge and for someone besides me to actually read it and leave a comment…I’m humbled.

This is blog hop. Click here to read about other authors’ accomplishments.