Saturday, August 6, 2011


1940 - Columbia Records cut the price of its 12-inch classical records. The records were priced $1.00. RCA Victor followed two weeks later.
1960 - Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" on American TV for the first time on "American Bandstand."
1964 - Rod Stewart made his television debut on the British show "The Beat Room."
1970 - An anti-war rock festival was held at Shea Stadium in New York. Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf and Johnny Winters were the acts.
1971 - Procul Harum recorded a concert with the Edmonton Symphony in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Portions would later be released as the album "Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra."
1973 - Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident. He permanently lost his sense of smell. He was in a coma for four days.
1981 - Stevie Nicks’ first solo album, "Bella Donna," was released.
1982 - Pink Floyd's "The Wall" had its U.S. premiere in New York City. 
1987 - The Beastie Boys sued the city of Jacksonville, FL for including the phrase "mature audience" on their concert tickets and ads.
1987 - Madonna's movie "Who's That Girl" premiered in New York.
1989 - Adam Clayton (U2) was arrested at his home in Dublin, Ireland for marijuana possession.
1995 - The first "Soul Train: Lady of Soul Awards" took place.
1996 - Vince Neil attempted to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ended after only three songs. Neil claimed that he wasn't feeling well, and that the audience of "rednecks" didn't appreciate his talent.
1996 - Eddie Vedder videotaped the Ramones placing their hands in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk prior to a Ramones show at The Palace. The Ramones claimed that it was their last show ever.
1998 - The last new episode of Magic Johnson's talk show, "The Magic Hour," aired. The musical guests on the show were Boys II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige and Hanson.
2000 - It was announced that Ice-T would play a detective on the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
This bill will permanently end incasive research on chimpanzees and other great apes and retire them to sanctuaries where they can live out their lives in safe and enriching environments.

To find your representatives visit:

Friday, August 5, 2011


Look out, President Obama: Comedian Roseanne Barr is gunning for your job!
Dawn Boyle

Last night on The Tonight Show, the domestic goddess herself made a stunning announcement. Roseanne Barr is running for President of the United States.

She explained to Jay Leno that she will not be running as a Democrat or Republican, because they both suck and are criminals. (She may have something there) In addition, she plans of edging out Sarah Palin, not sure if Palin has plans of running for election.

She claims to be serious. She also says that us the "TAX PAYERS" will be her vice president. Not sure how far this will get her, but it will be pretty interesting to see what she has in store for us. Might be a reality show...ON THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH ROSEANNE...RO vs' DADE COUNTY...there are endless ideas there!

Good Luck Roseanne! If you can lower my well over $10,000 a year property taxes, you got my vote!


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

This week is National Parks Week. We celebrate the gifts of nature in their full grandeur all over the 50 United States. It’s important to preserve these monuments to our past and hope for our future. Check out Our Amazing Planet’s choices for 8 must see National Parks. I think ANY National Park that you can possibly visit is a MUST SEE! Enjoy!
                       Sandstone Arches - Arches National Park, Utah

            Moonbow at Yosemite Falls - Yosemite National Park, California
Old Faithful Geyser - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Grand Canyon - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Crater Lake - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
Glaciers - Glacier National Park, Montana
Redwood Trees - Redwood National Park, California
All photos courtesy of National Parks Service.
Here is a sample of some of the National Parks in several states. To find the parks in your state go to:
National Parks in Florida
11 park sites were found in Florida.
National Parks in Maine
4 park sites were found in Maine.
National Parks in New York
26 park sites were found in New York.
National Parks in California
27 park sites were found in California.
National Parks in Illinois
6 park sites were found in Illinois.
National Parks in Texas
13 park sites were found in Texas.
National Parks in Tennessee
12 park sites were found in Tennessee.


Dawn Boyle

If you grew up in the 80's you will certainly remember the latest fad about to hit elementary schools near you...Friendship Pins.

About a week ago my older daughter was begging me to take her to Michaels (local craft store) to use a gift card she received for her birthday. She was in search of beads and safety pins. I chuckled thinking how these kids find this so original. I told her about growing up and having them all over the laces of my shoes, on the pockets of my jeans jacket and of course on my backpack. For that fleeting moment in time I think she actually thought I was passed as soon as I told her I was not springing for the deluxe bead kit for $39.00. We opted for a scaled down version and grabbed a box of multi sized safety pins.

I went on to explain to them if you were a proud recipient of a coveted friendship pin, you proudly displayed it, but there were always those girls that didn’t have close enough friends to be given friendship pins. . .sad, but when that happened, they just made some for their own shoes so that they didn’t get left out. I made this a little learning experience for them and explained that Friendship Pins didn't have to be only for "BEST FRIENDS", they are to be shared with all the girls you know.

Since we bought the kits, my kids have spent hours together (not fighting) making pins so they are ready to share them with their buddies when school begins.

It's nice to see them reliving something I used to thing they will be asking for is Swatch Watches for Christmas! I just googled them and they are MUCH MORE then the $30 each in the 80's! Start Stocking Up NOW!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Dawn Boyle

What is the story with people and their fascination with Pythons?
A few months ago, Marion wrote a story called Pet Python. It got hits the day it ran, but nothing earth shattering. Since the original post date Pet Python has been in the top ten of the highest traffic source. Marion wrote again about the horrible story of a young child being killed by the snake and the parents going to jail...again - BAM! People are all over Delayed Reaction Lounge in search of information and/or stories about Pythons.
What gives? What is the draw? Tell us you python lovers out there....we will be more than happy to give you more snake stories if that is your desire.
I hope while you are reading Marion's Python tales you poke around...we have something for EVERYONE here at DRL....don't miss our very own Buxom Blogging Temptress Jillian. Grab a laugh with Tony. Marion's other stories of ghostly happenings and her love for nature and it's creatures, or check out what Barbara and I have to say in our posts. Rumor has it Jenn Copp will be back soon as well!
Thanks for stopping by the Lounge, grab a drink and hang for a while...we LOVE the company!

Below are some interesting facts about pythons...and also links to our writers and their favorite stories!
Pythons are a group of large non-venomous snakes that belong to the family Pythonidae. They are found in the continents of Asia, Africa and Australia. About 26 species of Pythons exist in the world. Pythons are ambush predators. They attack their prey all of a sudden even before their presence is witnessed. A typical python kills its prey by a process called constriction. Python grasps its prey and wraps its body around it. Without any hesitation, it increases the number of turns around its prey. As a result, the pressure on the prey increases and the prey is forced to stop inhaling. This eventually kills the prey or makes it unconscious. The python then easily swallows the unconscious prey. It may take several days for the prey to be completely digested.
Dawn Boyle - SOCIOPATH....

Barbara Ward
Jillian B. Hart
Tony Walker

Marion Ambrose
Jenn Copp

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
                                                                               Photo by TMz

The judge who ordered Casey Anthony back to Florida to serve probation for check fraud stepped down from that case today. Jose Baez , attorney for Casey Anthony, warned she would be in danger if she has to return from an undisclosed location.
Circuit Judge Stan Strickland recused himself from the case two days after signing an order that Anthony had to report for a one-year-probation term. Strickland did not say why he was removing himself, but Anthony's defense lawyers had accused him of prejudice after he gave television interviews about Anthony's acquittal last month in her trial on charges of murdering her child.
Anthony has until 10 a.m. Thursday to report to the Orlando probation office.Unless a judge changes the probation order, Casey Anthony must report to the Orlando intake office. Once she is in the system, her address and income information could become a public record unless an exception is made because of safety concerns.
Casey’s probation terms would include having to report monthly to a probation officer, avoid drugs and excessive alcohol, get a job, and no firearms or association with know criminals.
Anthony  disappeared from public view right after her acquittal by a jury in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She was convicted of lying to detectives but released from jail because of time served. Baez said bringing Anthony back to Orlando would only add to what he called the "circus-like atmosphere" around her case. News of a possible sighting of Anthony has been hitting the news with photos, causing quite a stir. (Anthony had relatives living in Ohio.)
"This thing is over and done. And for some reason things seem to keep coming up again for no apparent reason, for absolutely no apparent reason, other than let's just keep this thing going, let's just keep this madness going and engage in the circus-like atmosphere that is called the Casey Anthony case," Baez said.
Baez reported that there were threats against Anthony because of her acquittal. He expects Orange County would have to provide security if she was forced to return.  Anthony's attorneys included a flyer in their motion that showed a doctored photo of Anthony with a bullet mark on her forehead. Text underneath the photo reads in part, "With a forehead that big, the headshot will be easier."


Study the photo, read the prose and visualize!

Photo by Cheryl Lamotte

When I stand beside the ocean and the waves come crashing in;
the brilliant blue expanse of sky stretched out to meet the sea,
I feel the pull upon my soul and long to join the dance;
To know the timelessness and joy, that sets my spirit free.

Wet grey sand with diamond crystals washed with white capped rolling waves;
Sound of freedom, scent of memories, thoughts of what could be.
I close my eyes and feel it as it imprints on my soul.
The strength of water, wind and time becomes the strength in me.


Patty B

Whenever possible , leave the car at home and walk. You'll most certainly cut back on your errands.

Make a deal with your spouse. He doesn't comment on your waist line. You don't comment on his hairline.

Exercise... the poor person's plastic surgery.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Smudging is a practice that has been in existence since the time of the ancient Babylonians; however we tend to trace our use of smudging back to the powerful cleansing ceremonies of Native American Cultures. Smudging has long been a ritual used to rid a person, home, work space or other environment of negative, unhappy emotions and vibrations. Smudging is also said to be very effective when you've been feeling depressed, angry, resentful or unwell or after you have had an argument with someone.  
Herbs used for Smudging
There are many ways to smudge and a variety of different herbs may be used. When the herbs used for smudging are tied into a bundle and allowed to dry they are called a "smudge stick". In traditional societies the herbs used for smudging are considered sacred and the smudge stick is treated with great respect. The most common cleansing smudging herb is Sage.
How to Smudge

Any action, undertaken with intention and belief can become a potent ritual. A candle flame is recommended to light the smudge stick as it may take a little time to get the stick smoking. Once there's a flame blow it out so that the smudge stick is smoldering, not burning. Blow or wave the flame with your hand to put out the fire. Allow the smudge stick to smolder, freeing the smoke to circle in the air.

Smudging yourself
Fan the swirls of smoke around your body from head to toe. You may want to especially focus on areas where you feel there are blockages or where there has been or is physical, emotional, or psychic pain. Imagine the smoke lifting away all the negative thoughts, emotions and energies that have attached themselves to you. If you are feeling depressed for instance you could visualize the smoke carrying away all your feelings of depression.
Smudging another 
Smudge as if you were smudging yourself, fanning the smoke all over their body. You may want to speak an intention or a suggestion for the smudging as you do it. For instance "Allow the sacred smoke to cleanse your body and spirit and bring you present and available into this moment"
Smudging a room or space
Light the smudge stick and walk about the perimeter, giving special attention to the corners and the places behind doors. You can also fan the smoke throughout the room with a large feather.
Extinguishing the smudge stick
You will need a fireproof glass, ceramic dish or shell with some sand in it to put the smudge stick in when you're finished. Damp the stick out in sand to extinguish. Always make sure that a smudge stick is out before leaving the room where you keep it.

Smudging sticks are available at most New Age stores or on line.


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Master Chef Amy
 She can whip up three square meals, a snack and enrichment food for over 40 hungry residents each day. The food is fresh, tasty, nutritious, and fun to eat. She delivers and loves to prepare her fans’ favorite recipes! That’s why Amy is DRL’s nominee for the Silver Spoon Award, and Chef of the Century!

Each bucket contains special ingredients for each ape's diet
 Amy is the master chef at the Center for Great Apes in Wachula, Florida. The fans she feeds – Orangutans and Chimpanzees of all sizes and ages. Each one has a special formula for what nutrition is needed. A mixture of fruits, veggies, special biscuits, proteins (such as peanut butter) and special treats like pickles, frozen lemonade pops, bamboo filled with frozen juice, and much more are concocted each and every day.            

Want some of my pumpkin?

Frozen lemonade treats
  From the moment Amy arrives in the morning until she leaves in the evening, she chops, peels, dices, slices and prepares. In between, she cleans like a white tornado. Every time a delivery of Ape Chow arrives, she completely empties the pantry, sweeps and scrubs and puts the new chow bags on the bottom and the older chow on top. The cabinets too are emptied and scrubbed regularly. All the perishable ape food is stored in one of three giant refrigerators or freezers(no people food allowed!). The large walk-in holds huge bags of onions, broccoli, mangos (I know because I peeled 4 cases of them today!), and other assorted veggies. The large freezer was filled with the several large cases of individually frozen lemonade cups that will help the apes keep cool and enjoy a frosty treat tomorrow. The large slider refrigerator was where I found the giant jars of pickles the apes love so much. I made 50 treat boxes which consisted of putting some crinkled brown paper in an empty box (pasta, cereal etc.) or empty paper towel rolls, then adding a handful of sliced pickles, then adding more crinkled paper. Other treats might include nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits.The apes love to discover the treat hidden in the wrapping. They also enjoy tearing up the crinkled paper. Grub, the chimpanzee loves to use the paper to make masks! 
Amy makes sure each ape gets exactly what he or she needs to be healthy and happy at the Center for Great Apes. She’s even written a cookbook filled with the favorite recipes of all the apes. Most of the meals and treats they enjoy are good for people too!  You can try Tango's Cucumber Melon Salad, Pongo's Vegetable Burgers,  Angel's Sweet Potato Fries or Roger's Roasted Vegetable Hummus, These recipes and more can be found in The Center For Great Apes Recipe  Book by Amy Knighton. Have trouble getting your kids to eat healthy food? Try Oopsies' Citrus Smiling Faces or Ripley's Mango Smoothie! Each recipe has a picture of the food with the Chimpanzee or Orangutan that loves it best!  I'm making Geri's Lemon-Elderberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake this week!

Frozen Bamboo Pops are a favorite!
 Whenever I work in the Feed Room (what most people would consider the ape kitchen!), I have a blast making all the specialties Amy teaches me to concoct. Today, while I made the treat boxes outside the back door, Bam Bam sat right behind me watching and making "raspberries" to get my attention. I think he wanted to help. Either that or he couldn’t wait to have one of the special hidden enrichment treats! Check out the You Tube video below. It shows a Valentine's Day Enrichment treat.!/CenterForGreatApes?sk=app_3801015922
 Later I moved into the feed room to peel the mangos. Bam Bam moved to where he could peer in the window and watch while he cooled off in the shade with a large fan blowing his beautiful red hair around. He was one happy camper! I was too because he was great company.

Watermelon, Mango, Lychee Cake
The Center receives huge fresh produce deliveries twice a week so all the fruit and veggies are super fresh. Everything is prepared in immaculate conditions under Amy’s watchful eye.  From HUGE Christopher to little Stryker and special little guy, Knuckles, Amy gives them what they love and what they need for optimum health. But the reason we nominate her for the silver spoon is because, in addition to all this, it’s so obvious that she truly loves these special creatures, and they love her. So, here’s to you Amy, our choice for the Silver Spoon and Chef of the Century, for your love, compassion, kindness and expertise in service to the Center for Great Apes.
Halloween Enrichment Treats
For information about The Center For Great Apes Recipe Book by Amy Knighton, contact:!/CenterForGreatApes?sk=app_3801015922