Posted in Blogs, Books, Uncategorized

I’m Hooked on a Feeling can’t fight this feeling, deep inside of me, I’m hooked on a feeling…blogging, you don’t know what you do to me.

I’m not entirely sure how many posts about blogging advice I’ve read in the past couple of years. Some posts were extremely helpful, others decidedly unhelpful, many didn’t pertain to me, and others gibberish. So here’s my best blogging advice that will most certainly change the way you blog forever!

1. Have a blog.

2. Write posts that are 300 words to whatever-your-readers-think-isn’t-too-long. Think of each post as a summer hat, you want it to cover your face and neck, but you don’t want to be the one with that Royal Wedding hat.
3. Add pictures and images to your posts. There are many ways to do this – take photos, make memes, scan, find, paint, draw…and please credit them, if possible.

4. Publish the post – this part is way more important than it seems.

5. Read. Not just books, but other people’s posts as well. If you don’t have time to read, how do you have time to write?

6. Before writing or posting, don’t think about if people will: Like it, share it, reblog it, tweet it, agree, disagree, unfollow, hate you, become your worst nightmare troll, make voodoo dolls of you, or nominate you for awards. Don’t think about becoming rich and famous. Just write. Write, because if you don’t the words will burst out of you like an alien bursting out of your chest! I can’t guarantee they’ll show up at your blogdoor with flowers and candy for each post you write, but it’s worth a try.

7. Think of the internet as a massive, sprawling, loud house party. Sometimes it takes time, effort, and quite a few trips to the ‘refreshment area’ to find people and have them find you.

8. Engage with your readers and other bloggers, be generous, share the works of others, but don’t always expect reciprocation in kind. Think of the blogging community more like a big chain link fence – the links don’t all connect, but altogether they make something strong.

9. Don’t worry about who’s reading or not reading your blog and what they might think, although, you might want to worry if you worry about that too much.

10. Share your work. Be a shameless self-promoting bloghussy – like me! Be as overexposed as Miley Cyrus, wait, even as I type that, it sounds like bad advice. A little mystery goes a long way. The important thing is to be out there, getting experience and learning. Most of all, enjoy the process. Never in the field of human communication has so much been written by so many to so few. It’s a massive virtual haystack (yes, sadly, you’re the needle in this analogy), so just sit back, type on, press publish, and enjoy the ride.

12. Ignore all the aforementioned advice. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy. Get whatever you need from the moment.

What about you, dear readers, what would be your best blogging advice, besides Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga?

Posted in Books, Cats, Family, Movies, Parenting, Uncategorized

Books – Like TV In Your Head

 Reading books as an adult can certainly impact and change you, but in a different way than as a child. As a child you haven’t got a filter yet. You’re becoming who you will be.
For children that are lucky enough to have the time, the resources, and the lifestyle that allows them to read, books are a transport to multiple worlds, times, to anywhere the pages can take them.


Reading through A Puffin Book: Stories That Last A Lifetime (Puffin Books), I was transported back to my childhood.
Full of excer1books12pts, facts, and cool activities to do with children, I thought, what an appealing and fun way to introduce children to some of these classic books, and remind us children-at-heart of some treasures from our youth.

I totally recall why I’d fallen head over heels in love with Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little by E.B. White. The messages of friendship and overcoming hardships while being a good person, or pig, or mouse, or swan still ring true.

As a teen reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, I began to think more about people, especially children, trapped in wars and conflicts.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (also loved the movie, The Secret of NIMH) helped me understand it’s important to do the right thing, even if it’s the hard thing.

I so wanted to have Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams living with me…maybe still do.

Watership Down by Richard Adams made me think about truth and who knows what truth is the truth, or if it’s just your or my truth. Or maybe sometimes a rabbit is just a rabbit.


The Neverending Story by Michael Ende while a lovely story, is not 100% accurate, it ended.


I can’t fully describe how much I loved The Borrowers series by Mary Norton. It endlessly entertained, and helped clarify what I was learning about differences and tolerance.

Anne of Green Gables,
James and the Giant Peach,
Annie, A Dog So Small,
The Worst Witch,
Stig of the Dump,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Island of the Blue Dolphins,
Robin Hood, Treasure Island, A Wrinkle in Time,
Percy Jackson, Pippi Longstocking,
Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty,
The Cay, Little Women, Meg & Mog,
Wizard of Oz
Little House on the Prairie,
Chronicles of Narnia, Matilda,
Ballet Shoes, Sherlock Holmes,
Dracula, Dr. Dolittle, The First Year,
Mary Poppins
Alice in Wonderland,
The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl,
ok, just realized I’m including titles not even in this book.
I guess I just never realized how many Puffin books I’ve read in my lifetime, and how lucky to be able to share them with my son.
Wait, I can’t forget The Velveteen Rabbit – loving makes everything real.


I hope these stories that made me laugh, cry, took me away, flew so high, made me think, want, wonder, worry, dream, hope, and care, are still being read by children of all ages.

I had two childhoods, the one I lived in the pages of books, and the other with my family and friends when I would crawl out of my books.

Any favourite books, from childhood or beyond?

Posted in Books, Uncategorized

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

golden4When I first read this title I was transported back to my childhood.

I loved all the Little Golden Books.

Books you read as a child made it seem like anything was possible and since I already believed that, well, I didn’t even consider them fictional.

Diane Muldrow, an experienced editor of the Little Golden Books classic series offers this shamelessly promotional yet strangely endearing memory feast for anyone of any age.

golden3This has helpful tips, reminders of what’s really important, and just a general nudge toward the simpler things in life from a time when life at least seemed simpler. It’s all pretty much summed up within these pages.


Posted in Awards, Holidays, Movies, Televison, Uncategorized



I have been awarded The Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

I can’t tell you how wonderful this feels, Dawn who blogs at: Writer and Yoga enthusiast living with a chronic illness and others who nominated me and all the other bloggers, readers, etc. who have made me feel at home in this strange new world of blogging.

Check out Dawn’s blog and if you’re not following already, you don’t know what you’re missing. You get: Fibro musings; inspiration; Haiku poems that really make you think and make me wish to try to write them and then after yet another jumbled attempt I give up and think, that’s a lot harder that it looks; moments of passion (she’s working on a novel, there’s quite a few of us who can’t wait); and you always get amazing insights and sense from this Fibro Fighting Warrior Goddess. I always look forward to her posts.

The philosophy of the award is: “The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly”.

There are some rules that one must follow in order to fully accept the award and they are as follows:

1. Firstly, display the Award on your site (see Award page or sidebar!) You earned it and you deserve it!

2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;

3. Nominate 15 well-deserving bloggers for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site;

4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself

7 Possibly Interesting Facts About Me, but at least if not, they’re true

I used to be a Goth Punk Girl, black lipstick, skeletons dangling from various places…some days I miss it.  I’m a political junkie. I once swallowed a wasp and felt bad for him. longbourn7I love movies and TV, Jane Austen for the escape, horror for the thrill, comedy for the laughs, romance for sighs, mystery for the mystery, Christmas for the schmaltz and so on, I have eclectic tastes. I’m a chocoholic. I don’t like the sun, it’s hot. I love reading, one might say I’m addicted, books make me happy.  🙂christmas46

This was difficult cause a few of my top commenters are already up for this award on Dawn’s amazing blog so I’m including them anyway because they’ve been so supportive…and to some of my stalwart readers.

Thank you for reading my Vague Meanderings. Believe it or not, I do edit, a lot, but more keeps pouring out.

I enjoy their blogs as well so good to pass the loyalty on. Here are the nominees for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award:

Rose Pigott, not a blogger but reads and comments, thanks!

fg12Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. I’ve actually gotten so much more out of this than I realized. I’m endlessly entertained by all kind of wonderful, smart, witty and insightful people. I’ve awed and amazed at the strength of people. And the kindness. The generosity.  The acceptance. The laughter and the tears. And most of all, the hope. Thank you all. If anyone doesn’t wish to accept the award, not a problem, just know that I appreciate you.

I have also been nominated for this award by the lovely, loyalty and hilarious ex-pat Canadian Cher who lives in Chicago, but also keeps us up-to-date on her adventures. You should find and follow her blog at

Thank you. Sorry, but the awards as lovely as they are just take up so much time.