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It was February 7, 2013 and I sat down to write my more or less daily post.  My laptop and I exchanged blank stares at each other – it waiting for me to do something that would stimulate it into activity.  But as I sat there, all that went through my head was “white noise” – a tabula rasa where something clever should have been.  So I said to myself, “Self – you’ve written a lot and you’re entitled to a day off.”  So I took one.

I was no more stimulated the following day or the next.  I mean, with the failure of the Mayan Apocalypse to materialize, the world was as brain dead as ever and I guessed that I had joined the ranks of the Great Unthinking.

No matter how much I contorted myself, I just couldn’t squeeze out anything that I thought would be of interest to anyone – myself included.  So I decided to take a week off from blogging.  And I did.  If this was an example of writer’s block, I was the ultimate blockhead.

Armed with a week’s rest I was certain that my remaining 27 brain cells would have had sufficient time to recharge and get me going again.  However, I was feeling no more inspired than a week before and I thought that I should just go on a somewhat indefinite leave.  But I didn’t want any of those who were following this blog to worry about my physical well-being (I know some of you have concern for the state of my mental health), so I wrote up a nice post and scheduled it to be published a week later – thinking that just in case the Muse came to pay a call on me I could cancel it.

The Muse must have been on vacation because I wasn’t feeling any more insightful that week than the previous one – so I thought, I’ll get back to blogging when I’m feeling inspired again.  (And I’d covered my bases with the pre-scheduled explanation).

The only thing that went wrong with this plan – (I had never used Scheduler before) was that I forgot to push the button – which I only just discovered this afternoon.  OOPS!!!

My apologies to all those who have expressed concern.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your checking on me.  But I am alive and well and ready to spring back into action.  (That is in earnest after I cull through the 12,000 emails that have accumulated in my absence).

I hope all of you are well and I look forward to visiting with all of you very soon.


Those of us who maintain our blogs on WordPress are fortunate.  We are provided with a spam protection device known as Akismet.  This program reviews the comments we receive and helps reduce the amount of spam in our comment notifications.

Although I receive a lot of comments, my spam comments which Akismet has caught are starting to rev up in number and are getting close to totaling as many as the legitimate comments I receive from my readers.  About 80% of them have one thing in common.

They are designed to get us to click on them so that they can show us the product they have for sale.  And what is that product?  Prescription pharmaceuticals.

Today alone I received eight solicitations.  None originated within the United States but came from  locations in Mexico, Spain, Ireland and Italy.  The drugs they had to offer included Viagra, Cialis, doxycycline and clomid, so we have two drugs for erectile dysfunction, one that treats Lyme disease and one to increase female fertility.  Now I’m beginning to question my own orientation and I’m definitely going to cut down on my walks through the woods where tics might be present.

In April last year, the Department of Justice cracked down on several large sites that were located overseas which offered people the opportunity to play poker on-line.   Apparently, these sites will soon be able to offer their services again to American players of the game.  (I guess they’ve figured out a way to tax any profits Americans might make).

The settlement calls for the three on-line companies to pay $731 Million, a portion of which is to be reimbursed to U. S. players whose funds were used to pay the board members and owners of one of the sites, instead of being held in segregated accounts as they claimed.  I’m glad these players will get their money back – or at least most of it.

But let’s put the vigor which the government put into its effort with on-line poker into perspective.  $731 Million is a lot of money in anyone’s book.  Heck, I would accept less and still have a fun weekend at Disneyland.  But when we compare that to the total of worldwide sales of pharmaceuticals for last year it pales by comparison.

The pharmaceutical industry last year had sales of $880 BILLION globally.

So I’d like to make this an open appeal to the FDA with a little help from their buddies in the Department of Justice.  Why don’t you look into these overseas providers who solicit Americans to buy their prescription drugs from them?

After all, the FDA doesn’t regulate the standards of manufacture of these drugs and who knows if any agency in the country of origin does either.  For that matter, who knows if they actually are real drugs or placebos?  Now there’s something into which the government could really sink its teeth.

And from a strictly selfish standpoint, I’d like to cut down on the spam in my in box.

For all of those who love and care about animals this is a must read reblog from

Sylver Blaque

This kid is amazing.


He’s a Canadian teenager who’s created a blog dedicated entirely to providing interesting and life-saving info about a myriad of animal species around the globe.

I’m so impressed by his passionate effort to save animals by getting the word out about the goings-on in the animal world.

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When I first started on my blogging career (if you can call four months and two days long enough to be considered a career), I knew nothing about this amazing universe.  One of my neighbors mentioned that she had a blog – but I hoped it could be treated effectively with antibiotics and it would not have to be excised through surgery.  Such was my familiarity with this new world.

Well, I’ve made some progress.  From time to time I can get a photo stuck in one of my posts, although I only seem to be able to do that through Windows Live Writer and not directly in Word Press.  Yes, I admit to being technologically-challenged and am not so proud that when I realize I’m in over my head the common sense thing is to ask for help.


One of the other things that I didn’t know was the world of blogging had awards.  I learned this when a very kind gentleman, Eric Alagan (Written Words Never Die) nominated me for the 7 x 7 award.  This was so early on that I had not even compiled a list of other blogs that I wanted to follow – at least not seven of them.  So I put this aside until I could develop a list of fellow-bloggers whose work I wanted to share with all of you out there.

Well, I had my list of seven people finally but then I was trying to figure out how to “paste” the award in my blog – and where exactly I was supposed to place it.  I tried everything I could think of – even going to the extent of printing the page which carried the award, cutting the award into an appropriate size and pasting it on my laptop’s monitor.  I then pulled out the magic wand that I had purchased years ago from a sideshow wizard, waved it as I had been instructed and pronounced the magic formula which he had taught me.  Nothing happened.  But in all honesty, I’ve had problems with that wand ever since I got it.  I think it’s defective.

Compounding my problem I was nominated for yet a second award, this one called the Liebster Award.  This time it was “allaboutlemon” (a/k/a/ adollyciousirony) who did the nominating.  Again more efforts at pasting – but alas the same result as before.  In addition, one of the conditions of the award is to “link back” to allaboutlemon’s blog.  Oh, if I only knew how to do that.  My experience with linkage is limited to metal chains and breakfast sausage.

In the interim of receiving these awards I have attempted to get help from the friendly customer service people at Word Press.  There has been a problem with that as they assume that if you’re smart enough to have a blog you probably have an IQ that exceeds that of a kumquat.  (Sigh).  I’m sure that any fourth grader could answer my questions, but most of the kids in the neighborhood are further along than that and I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of them.  They think that I’m “cool” – and it would be wrong to dispel such childhood notions – even if they are based on sheer fantasy.

So if any of you knows how to and where to paste these awards and “link” to another blog, I would be greatly appreciative if you would let me know.  And I apologize to my two nominators for my delay in responding.  Now you know why.  If you do respond, please remember to use baby talk and speak slowly!

That’s the end of Help – Part I

Here’s Help – Part II

Every so often I get an idea.  Less frequently one of them is good.  But I have one that I’ve been incubating for awhile.  It’s an idea for a book – about cats.

I will admit that I am more prone to have canine companionship – but I have had several of the furry felines in my life.  They were very civilized and thought that they were dogs.

But back to the book.  I had been looking for a cartoonist with a whimsical artistic sense who could draw the two very special cats that I had created (mentally).  Sadly, none of the artists who submitted their work did much to impress me.  (And I impress fairly easily as anyone who can daub a canvass with splotches qualifies as an artist in my mind.  Can you say Jackson Pollock?)  So I tabled the idea for a few years and just decided to dust it off.

I was going to place an ad on Craig’s List when it hit me.  I had entered the world of blogging where there are some of the most creative, artistic and talented people I have ever met.  Why not throw this up to the blogging community to see who out there might have the ability, time and the interest.

I mean this could be big.  This could make that Pokémon thing look like last week’s corned beef hash.  I’ve already posted signs so that Disney can find the house and turn this into a blockbuster movie.  And all this in time for the Christmas season.  (Hopefully, the Mayans were wrong and there will be a Christmas season again this year). 

So if anyone out there is interested in collaborating on this project or at the least learning more about it, you have the email address.  I’d love to hear from you.

And thanks in advance for all the help I am sure I will receive from all you wonderful bloggers out there.

GOING DARK will go dark for twelve hours on January 18, 2012 to support the defeat of the bills making their way through Congress that would essentially deprive us of our constitutionally-guaranteed rights of Freedom of Speech on the internet.  The blackout will begin at 5:00 a.m. PST.

The Constitution of this country has been abused, ignored and violated by those we elect to public office. This outrage is merely the latest example of our legislators’ and our President’s disregard for the fundamental document that established our republic.

I urge you to join this protest. Together we can make a difference.

Peace and joy to all of you.

Juwanna Doright

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