Hey there bloggers! It seems that I’ve been a blogfest-aholic lately. I can’t seem to get enough. When I saw the badge: Blood, Boobs & Carnage Blogfest, I knew I had to join. It’s the brainchild of Heather Gardner and Alex J. Cavanaugh.


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I was never into movies that included massive amounts of blood, boobs, or carnage. When Hostel came out, everyone I knew kept saying it was so gross, but realistic gross, that I had to see it.

I don’t know what I was thinking… Oh yeah, I do. I was a few years into my EMS career already and figured I could ‘analyze’ the film and put myself into a few ‘what if’ scenarios. Uh, not so much.


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I thought I’d seen it all during my career: shootings, stabbings, evisceration, and severed limbs. I remember watching helplessly as a young man burned alive in his vehicle while police officers futilely tried to gain access until the fire department arrived. This happened only a few months after 9/11, so there was a brief investigation involved until the cause was finally determined. Sad, really.

Anyway, this movie made most of my bad calls look like a walk in the park. I watched most of it through my fingers; I’m not even kidding. I was so horrified by what I saw, it almost made me sick. But I liked the movie overall. Go figure. It must’ve been because one of the victims got ‘justice’ in the end.

I’m sure there were boobages galore, but the gore is all too vivid for me to remember those parts.

Have you seen any of the Hostel movies? Do you believe these ‘Elite Hunters’ exist in life? I’m curious to know your opinion.

That’s my submission for the BB and C blogfest. Until my next adventure…










Express Yourself – ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Hello bloggers! It’s time for Express Yourself, the weekly blog hop that posts different topics and updates monthly. I’ve been out of the loop for a bit, plus the meme was on brief hiatus in April for the A-Z Challenge (whew!).


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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people with weekly topics that change every month.

They also have a site they co-author together called  Cover Girls.

What the girls would like to know for  the week of May 11-14 is: Now that we’re 1/3 of the way through 2015, what’ve I accomplished so far?

Actually, I’ve accomplished a lot. :)


  1. I participated and completed my very first A-Z Challenge this year.
  2. I entered a piece in this year’s WRiTE CLUB competition for the second year in a row.
  3. I’ve managed to keep up about 98% of the goals I’ve set for myself since the beginning of the year. Whatever I couldn’t accomplish or fell behind on was mostly due to illness or exhaustion.
  4. Been working on getting My Miracle Life blog to where I want it to be. It should be done by summer’s end.
  5. I completed this year’s round of physical therapy with flying colors!
  6. I’m becoming more socially involved and ‘getting out there’ so I’m not stuck home alone with Sophie all day.
  7. I’m working on a story that continues my WC piece.

What have you accomplished since the New Year began?






Hello writers! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – Twitter Hashtag: #IWSG.

My hero, mentor, and adopted virtual brother, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this amazing group and it has become a safe haven for any insecure writer, blogger, or artistically inclined creative.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of this phenomenal group. You won’t regret it.

Purpose:To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.


I will be co-hosting the May 6 IWSG with the wonderful  Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp!

April was one heck of a month for me. I participated and completed my first ever A-Z Challenge. Go me.

I entered this years WRiTE CLUB for the second year in a row. I didn’t make the cut last year; maybe I’ll get lucky this time around.

For the first time EVER, I let others online critique my work, and took it like a champ. ( Of course, while I was waiting for them to come in, I thought I was DYING inside!) Some were gentle; one, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, the critiques were constructive and fair, and the best part is that I learned from them. Most of the critiques came from published authors, no less.

The piece I was working on kept going, so I’m continuing to write it so I can see where it takes me.

Did you take part in any special event in April, like the A-Z or Camp NaNoWriMo? Did anyone else throw their anonymous hat in for the WRiTE CLUB this year?



A-Z Challenge -Z is for ZOO!


The Bronx Zoo

I’m doing my final post for the A-Z Challenge about the Bronx Zoo. I’m sure a few of you already guessed that one. :) I’ve been to the zoo a few times in my life. My parents took me when I was young, I’d go on occasion when cutting class with friends senior year of high school. Both the Gardens and the Zoo were walking distance from Dodge. How could we not? Phfft.

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Jump Around and Make Friends!

I know, I know.  On a rare occasion, especially in the spring, we’d splurge and pay for the Zoo. Like the idiots we were, we loved mimicking the gorillas (or was it orangutans?), making all sorts of faces, and truthfully, I think they were more mature than we were. They just looked at us half the time, heads cocked. Ah, well.

My favorite has always been and will probably always be, the big kitties. I love them all. There’s something so regal and elegant about them.

Once I had Mandy, I took her there a couple of times with various friends and their children. One thing Mandy and I both share is our problem with creepy crawlers. I always stayed away from was anything that had to do with bugs. She did too. Like mother, like daughter.



Did you know that the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Zito, Chuck – Actor
  2. Zeoli, Nicole – Actress
  3. Zimet, Julian – Writer, Screenwriter

How do you feel now that the challenge is over? Are you going to embark on a road trip to visit this year’s participants?





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Go Yankees!

Two letters left in the A-Z Challenge. I’m sure you figured out my Y would stand for Yankee Stadium by now. Right? I would hope so, considering I’m from the Bronx and  happen to be a New York Yankees fan! :) I believe I’ve posted that before.

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My dad used to take me to Yankee Stadium pretty often, not to see the Yankees though. He wasn’t a baseball fan. Papi was a European football fan, or soccer, as we call it here in the states.


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Back in the day when we were still living on Jerome Avenue, he’d take me to see the New York Cosmos, who played out of Yankee Stadium  during their 1976 season. Pelé was their star player and me and Papi were huge fans.

We used to go to the park across the street and practice our soccer moves while Mami used to sit on a blanket under a tree and watch. Not many of my friends were into soccer much, so it was only me and Papi for a while until we made some new friends at that very same park. That’s a story for another day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I didn’t see my Yanks, I did… Just not with Papi. Every so often during baseball season, I’d be offered an extra ticket in the bleachers if Mami gave the okay. It was pretty sweet living walking distance to the stadium.

Did you know that the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Yannetti, Robert – Actor, Assistant Director, Director (1953-2011)
  2. Yellen, Sherman – Playwriter, Screenwriter

Are you a fan of baseball or soccer? Who’s your team? Do you, or did you ever play at all?