Spotlight-Now That’s What I Call Service!

“I guess there are never enough books” -John Steinbeck

DSCN1923A visit to a local bookstore, Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino, CA was well worth the trip. I had no idea when I walked through the door of this neighborhood shop, that my day and life would be the better for it. In the quest to find two books, that I could not remember the titles to, the bookstore keepers made great attempts to find them. Terry Young searched through book listings in a reference magazine and partial word search in the computer while Mary Muto scoured the shelves after I gave slight descriptions. Unfortunately, like a detective on a cold case, we had to call it quits.

The best part about Terry and Mary is that while helping me they still maintained the crowd of people who floated in and out of their store. All this with genuine smiles and laughter. And Zoe, thank you for greeting me in a prompt and welcoming manner. So here’s a big high-five to Gallery Bookshop for showing me that customer service is not a word but a sign of genuine action. Oh, the name of those books? Paris He Said by Christine Sneed and My Paris Dream by Kate Betts. (


A Cup of Awesome – by Jonzy Kub

Great story.

Kindness Blog


It’s 12:37 A.M.

I decide I need cigarettes. It’s been that kind of week. And I’m feeling really low. Again.

I walk down to the 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner.

On my way, I walk past a homeless man.

It’s cold outside. It’s wet. It’s been raining. It sucks outside. I don’t want to even be walking; and this man is trying to live in these conditions.

“Excuse me, can you help me out with a cup of coffee,” he asked.

“Sorry man, I don’t have any cash on me,” I responded.

And that was the truth. I didn’t.

I’ve been dealing with a world of problems, mostly, because my mind won’t shut up long enough for me to make sense of what’s really going on. I’ve managed to shut my friends out, and alienate myself from anything resembling love; only adding to my list of issues.

I get…

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Spotlight-Local Buzz

“The cars we drive say a lot about us.”-Alexandra Paul

Purple Beauty

Purple Beauty

I want to apologize for the lack of Spotlight stories for the last two Fridays in a row. The explorer in me has roamed around the country in search of the fun and unusual. So here is the first in several interesting happenings along the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest.FSCN1858

On May 9th, in Oroville, California, a vintage car show lit up the downtown area. The Oro Dam Cruisers, a Oroville vintage car club, sponsored the Gold Rush Car Show. A step back in time to poodle skirts, rock and roll music brought on the party to show off these and many more vintage cars. A heartfelt thanks to the owners of these beauties that allowed me to snap these photos. (Photos are those of the writer and may not be reproduced.)

Spotlight-When ‘Thanks’ Is Not Enough

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’-William Arthur Ward



Sometimes we have to take a second out of our busy lives to focus on someone other than ourselves. For a moment we need to show or tell that special someone who we appreciate, what they do for us.

It’s a simple act that only takes two words and less than one minute to say. It’s a show of gratitude and appreciation toward that person for making our lives better in so many ways because of their talent, research or ability to take whatever we need to the next level.

So I’m taking this time to thank the staff at Acclaim Graphics, 908 N. Garvin Street, Evansville, IN 47711 for their great service. From the first day I met them, almost four years ago, they have demonstrated nothing but the utmost respect and concern for my needs. It all started with a business card idea that I presented to them. For an hour and half, they allowed me to camp out in their conference room as I poured over many graphic art books until I found what would be the logo for my new business venture, Writer On the Roadway. I also learned that to make a good impression you need the right tools and so we worked on lettering, card stock and layout of this one small item.

Fast forward to the present. We have built a sense of trust and dare I say, friendship? Joe Birkhead, President, Kelly Birkhead, Vice President and Jeff Wheeler, graphic designer, have partnered and created the next level of my business as an author. The Fat Girls Club logo has become a reality with bookmarks, T-shirts, ink pens, collapsible water bottles, screen wipes and my favorite, the hand gels. It’s fun to see the response from people when I give away these items. It makes my being a writer more credible as they hold something related to the books in their hands.

So today’s Spotlight story is my way to tell the world about the incredible group at Acclaim Graphics and what a joy it is to have them in my life.

Spotlight-I Thought Spring Had Arrived

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”- Proverb

Tree blossoms

Tree blossoms

I just completed another trek across America, west bound to California. Along the way I welcomed the signs of spring as I traveled I-70 until it turned into I-80, one of the longest highways in America. Imagine my surprise when I came across snow-capped mountains and long patches of snow throughout the landscape.

Oh no! Snow!

Oh no! Snow!

When an opportunity presented, I snapped away at any and every sign that spring had arrived. These snapshots of beauty allowed my mind and body to celebrate the joy of things to come. (Photos are those of the author and may not be reproduced without permission.)

Life emerging

Life emerging