Saturday, April 9, 2011


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

After posting “Maryland Tale of Terror

I received a great number of messages saying how scared people were after reading the story. Dawn and Barbara were even blaming me for not being able to sleep that night! It made me start to think about just what it is that makes us afraid.

I remember studying about the “Fight or Flight” response of the brain in situations of danger. I had a wonderful Professor of Neuroscience in graduate school named Dr. Tootle.  He was a true genius but was able to communicate complex theories and studies in simple terms. He told us that fear is first perceived in a part of the brain called the amygdale which sends a signal to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus then stimulates the sympathetic nervous system to release hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol, endorphins and insulin.  This is what causes our classic symptoms of increased heart rate, sweaty palms, heavy breathing, tensing of muscles and increased strength and energy. This is our brains way of preparing us to run or fight if necessary. Other responses may include:Paling or flushing, tightening of the sphincters of the body, constriction of blood vessels in many parts of the body, dilation of pupils, relaxation of bladder or bowels, tunnel vision, shaking and loss of hearing.

It’s important to recognize that when we are frightened, we can’t think clearly, we can’t make good judgments and, as a teacher can assure you, we can’t learn! While it’s fun to be scared in a good movie or read a creepy tale, facing fear in real life situations is something quite different. We need to make every effort to slow our reaction down, regulate our breathing and consciously reduce our heart rate and racing thoughts. When our brain tries to revert to its primitive “Fight or Flight Response”, we need to do what police officers, firefighters, soldiers and rescue workers are all trained to do. Stop –Breathe, - Assess - Think – then Act. Practice scenarios with your children, like stop, drop and roll, or crawling close to the floor in a fire. This helps condition the response and eliminate the paralyzing fear.

I’m not a Neuroscientist, Psychologist of Psychiatrist, but I’m a mom and a teacher. I’ve been responsible for others in times of great danger and stressful situations. It was only by reasoning and conquering my primitive brain that I was able to overcome my own fears and react calmly and rationally, in the best interest of myself and others.

So the next time you are faced with a truly frightening situation, grab yourself by the amygdale, and give your hypothalamus a piece of your mind! Breathe, Assess, Think and only then, Act.


Tony Walker

April 9, 2011 is a big day for Drop Dead Comedy. We're a traveling group.... we've been all over NJ, parts of upstate NY, parts of Conn, of course all over Long Island, etc.  But on April 9, 2011 Drop Dead Comedy is going on our first road trip where we have to stay the night & come back the next morning!  

This may sound like no big deal to some, but if you are a small business owner you know what a plateau this is to reach. We've been busting our butts for almost 10 years in an attempt to make this business a success. By having to travel to a place so far that we have to stay the night we feel like a hit a new level.

Whenever we're asked how far we'll travel we always say, "As long as they'll pay we'll go." Well an organization in New Hampshire is paying so we're going.

So the day has come & we are psyched. Should be a great time.

Meanwhile, an air force base in Delaware may have us entertain the Troops during the Holiday season. Another road trip in the midst! How cool would it be to put on a comedy show for some Troops?? We're like Bob Hope!!! 

Drop Dead Comedy is on our way to being an international force!!! Look out world, here we come!!!  Should make for good blogging next week...  Wish us luck!



Patty B

"God gave angels wings, he gave humans chocolate."

"A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands."

"Chocolate milk: the poor man’s champagne."

"Life without chocolate is like a beach without water."








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One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife,

"Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in Slim Fast. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!!"

His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unnoticed.

The next morning the husband took a pair of his underwear out of his drawer.

"What the heck is this??" he said to himself as a little "dust" cloud appeared when he shook them out. "Nancy!," he hollered into the bathroom, "Why did you put baby powder in my underwear?"

She replied with a giggle..."It's not baby powder...... It's 'Miracle Grow'!"


Barbara Ward-Finneran

Relay for Life is in full swing this time of year with events going on at high schools and locations across the nation.  The events feature all kinds of great activities.  The survivor walks and testimonials, and luminary lined fields and stadiums are some of the most emotional and compelling.  Hope overflows and courage & strength are contagious as those who lost their battles are remembered.

Entertainment of all sorts goes on throughout the day and into the evening.  Games, food, and booths of fun galore abound around the grounds for spectators to visit and support with purchases and donations while dedicated teams walk the relay long into the darkness of the night. (I'll be with my team later today and into the night.)

All the events have a common cause to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  They create family fun with a purpose.  Find one near you.  Get involved.  Volunteer.  Join a team or just visit the event and enjoy the festivities.  You'll be glad you did!!! A good time will be had by all!!!


Little Ladies Dance

Dawn Boyle

Last night our elementary school had it's Little Ladies Dance. I was on the committee and had the luxury of being there. The fly on the wall to see what goes down when "Daddy" is out with the kids.

I have to be honest with you. The only reason why I joined this committee a few years ago was because I didn't think my husband would be able to handle it. A million thoughts rushed through my head. What would happen if she had to go to the bathroom. What if he lost her. What if she decided to eat a hot dog and he didn't cut it into little circles and then into smaller quarters. My own unwillingness to "let go" drove me to be one of a handful of "helper moms" that were not out doing a Moms Night Out while their husbands were with the kids at the dance.

Well I am hear to report back to all the mothers that feel the same way as I do....THEY CAN DO IT!


Breaking news... 

The Pity Train has just derailed at the intersection of Suck It Up and Move On, and crashed into; We All Have Problems, before coming to a complete stop at Get the Hell Over It. 

Any complaints about how we operate, can be forwarded to 1-800-Waa-aaah with Dr. Snival. 

Reporting LIVE from Quitchur Bitchin'


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

I recently posted “I am Wonder Woman, I wonder where my keys are, I wonder how I gained weight, I sometimes wonder why I wonder” on my Facebook page. I received a few “me too’s” from friends of mine. It made me start to think about it little differently.
Wonder Woman was born in 1941 during the era of male superheroes. Originally she fought the Axis Powers of WW II and later evolved into the crime fighter she was most famous for being. She was the first woman superhero to be admitted into the League of Justice, and showed that a woman could not only aspire to be the equal of a man, but in many cases she could be superior. She attributed her success to the ability to utilize her brain power. (Of course her super strength, lasso of truth, and ability to run at 80 mph didn’t hurt either!)

Friday, April 8, 2011


A man calls home to his wife and says, Honey I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We're leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! please pack my new blue silk pajamas. The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but she does exactly what her husband asked.

The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish? He says,Yes! lots of Walleye, some Bluegill, and a few Pike. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do? The wife replies; I did, they were in your tacklebox.

Bad Boys

Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Why is it women are attracted to the “bad boys”?  From Marlon Brando and James Dean to Russell Crowe and Sean Penn, women throughout the ages seem to go for the “outlaw” type.

Many people believe it’s a basic instinct for women to seek out strong, tough men because of their survival of the fittest gene. Others believe that women have a basic need to be dominated. Before you jump down my throat, Jillian, I don’t believe this for a minute!) Still others feel that women are attracted to these men for the excitement and unpredictability they bring to a relationship, but when it comes time to choose a husband, they look for someone who will love and cherish them and be sensitive to their needs.


Dawn Boyle

It started when I was little. I would wake up in the middle of the night and hear the silverware drawer slam shut, repeatedly. I always swore someone was in my room or my closet, although I couldn't see them. I knew they were there.

I grew up having vivid nightmares and would never sleep in my room, I would end up either on the floor of my parents room or on the couch. Then things changed, it wasn't just in my sleep that things were happening.

My episodes were now being experienced by other people. The first was when I was about 14 years old. My parents were out with my brothers and I was staying with a friend on the block. It was Christmas time and my family always had the biggest tree. A bunch of friends and I were out Christmas Caroling in the neighborhood and some girls in the group asked to see the tree. We went into my house, I walked to the back room and turned on the tree lights. All the girls stood in the doorway, we all heard something, it sounded like footsteps upstairs on the wood floor in the hallway. We all scurried to the foyer. At that time we had a dog named Sam, she was an outside dog. Sam would run inside the house given the chance. Not that night, Sam stayed whimpering at the door to the kitchen, frozen.


Dawn Boyle

According to a California demographer over 9,000,000 Americans are either homosexual or bi-sexual, which would be about equal to the population of New Jersey.

The long standing argument questions if people are born homosexual or is it a life choice?

Let me know your thoughts and experiences.

Jillian B. Hart

In the forty-something (and above) world the term "COUGAR" does not conjure images of a wild, dangerous, predatory animal of the jungle.  Rather it stirs thoughts of smart, beautiful, confident , independent, women who prefer the company of younger men, their cubs.   Cougars know what they want and are not afraid to admit it out loud.  They are "stereotypically" considered to be a bit wild and definitely sexy. Think Madonna, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone and Kim Cattrall.  "Mature" attractive women who have their life totally put together and wrapped with a bow of self assurance and excitement.

Who wouldn't want to be labeled a Cougar? Much like "complementary"MILF term relates to the mommy-ing (and usually married) counter parts of the female gender. Men think they are HOT!  Although some may not admit it, most would love to be, long to be, classified as such.  Would you dare to be one?  Entertain it even if only for an evening or "one night stand"? Long term? Would you purr in that jungle if opportunity knocked?

Thursday, April 7, 2011



That's right THEY ARE BACK!!!! Tonight is the season premiere of The Real Housewives of New York! Tune into Bravo tonight to see the "chaos, cat fights and shallow/psychotic behavior" of the socialites of Manhattan.

The ladies are sure to entertain and it will be interesting to see the dynamics with Bethany out and some random in!!!



Dawn Boyle

There is nothing as terrifying as what is going on right now on Long Island. Over the past few months there have been bodies or shall I say remains of women discarded along the roads of our beaches.

Just about a year ago a young woman who was contacted via Craigslist to come to a party in Oak Beach went missing. She was last seen running away from the home where the party was being held screaming "he is going to kill me". Late last year while searching the area 4 bodies were found wrapped in burlap approximatey 20' from the edge of Ocean Parkway.  None of which was the girl that was missing. The police have cleared the man that contacted her and threw the party.

Weeks had passed and an off duty police officer who was driving down Ocean Parkway noticed something odd, last week another body was found and this week three more, bringing a grand total of 8.

They are extending the search next week, west along the ocean and bay sides of Ocean Parkway.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the women that have fallen victim to this horrific nightmare of a person, with hopes that the Nassau and Suffolk County Police find him soon and that he be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

It is strange to think of how many times we have ran threw the brush around the is hitting very close to home in and around my neighborhood.

When the safe and trusting feeling of a place you always visit is taken away, you never look at it through the same eyes....

EATERY IS OPEN - Nana's Cooking

Marion Pellicano Ambrose

I received a lovely comment from someone named “Georgia Peach” asking for a recipe that would rival her grandma’s old recipe for Butter Pecan Cake. Here is a recipe that my Nana used to make. She wasn’t from Georgia, but she was Pennsylvania Dutch and believe me, no one could bake cakes like she could!

Nana’s Butter Pecan Cake


2 2/3 c finely chopped pecans
1 ¼ c butter, softened and separated
2c sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1c milk
¼ c sour cream

Prepare 3 9inch cake pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix pecans with ¼ c butter in baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl. Cream remaining butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing as you go. Fold in flour, baking powder, salt, milk and sour cream. Beat until smooth. Fold in remaining pecans.
Pour into 3 prepared 9inch cake pans and bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool before frosting.

1 c butter, softened
8 ½ c confectioners sugar
1 can evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add all other ingredients and beat well. Frost between layers, sides and top of cake. Garnish with some chopped or whole pecans if desired.

(Now in the interest of all women who are super busy these days, you can make a Betty Crocker brand  butter pecan cake mix  but add 1 pkg instant butterscotch pudding, ¼ c sour cream, reduce water to 1 cup and 1 c finely chopped pecans. Pour into 2 prepared 9 inch pans and bake according to package directions. Frost with 1can cream cheese frosting mixed with 1tsp maple or rum extract. Not as rich, but great in a pinch!)

I hope this does the trick for Y’all!  Enjoy!


Tony Walker

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife with whom to share his fortune.

One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

"I may look like just an ordinary guy," he said to her, "but in just a few years, my father will die and I will inherit $200 million."

Impressed, the woman asked for his business card.
Three days later, she became his stepmother.
Women are so much better at financial planning than men!




Patty B