Saturday, September 24, 2011


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1 c. water
1 pkg butterscotch instant pudding mix
1 c.  canned pumpkin
½ cup sour cream
2 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp ginger
1/2 can Cream Cheese icing and a little sugar and cinnamon.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. In large bowl blend all ingredients except powdered sugar. Beat 4 minutes at medium speed.
Pour batter into pan. Bake 40-50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. When cooled, heat  icing until it is a thick syrup and drizzle over cake. Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over icing. Decorate with silk leaves or fall leaves cut from fall colored sugar sheets.


Music Notes Photography
1940 - "Flinging a Wing-Ding" was recorded by Bob Chester.

1942 - Glenn Miller ended his broadcasts for Chesterfield Cigarettes so he could go to World War II.

1955 - Judy Garland made her TV debut on the "Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS.

1957 - "Mister Rock and Roll" debuted at the Paramount in New York City, NY.

1968 - The Vogues receive a gold record for "Turn Around Look at Me."

1977 - "The Love Boat" debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.

1977 - The first Elvis Presley convention took place in Memphis, TN.

1977 - "Come Sail Away" was released by Styx.

1982 - Prince's "1999" single was released.

1984 - Paul McCartney released "No More Lonely Nights."

1988 - Graham Parker opened a solo acoustic tour.

1988 - James Brown was arrested in Georgia after a two state car chase.

1989 - Prince made an appearance on the 15-year anniversary of Saturday Night Live.

1991 - Nirvana's album "Nevermind" was released.

1991 - The album "The Low End Theory" was released by A Tribe Called Quest.

1993 - Guns N' Roses reached a settlement with their former drummer Steven Adler. Adler had been kicked out of the band for not kicking his heroin habit.

1994 - Eric Clapton performed on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live."

1998 - Steven Adler was sentenced to 150 days in jail for two counts of battery and probation violation (from a 1997 conviction).

1998 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1998 - Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) threw out the first pitch at the Expos-Cardinal game in St. Louis, MO.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Let your tears fall to the ocean and they take on the strength of the waves.

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!

Photo Courtesy of Barbara Ward-Finneran and Drawn 2 Design, LLC
©  All Rights Reserved


Tony Walker

A guy meets a girl out at a nightclub and she invites him back to her place for the night, her parents are out of town and this is the perfect opportunity. They get back to her house and they go into her bedroom, and when the guy walks in the door he notices all these fluffy toys. There's hundreds of them, fluffy toys on top of the wardrobe, fluffy toys on the bookshelf and window sill, there's more on the floor, and of course fluffy toys all over the bed. Later, after they've had sex, he turns to her and asks,

''So, how was I?''

She says, ''Well, you can take anything from the bottom shelf.''


can post banana nut bread!

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup mashed banana
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter, eggs, banana, and vanilla, mixing just until combined. Stir in the nuts, if desired.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Enjoy!


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do people will listen to me?"

Once again, bullying takes a life! 14 year old Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide on September 18th. Jamey had been bullied for years because of his sexuality, but family and friends felt he was handling it extremely well. Jamey had posted his own “It Gets Better” video on YouTube quoting Lady Gaga and trying to encourage other bullied kids that they can get past the cruelty of others. Jamey started high school three weeks ago in Williamsville, NY, and apparently the bullying grew to the point where even this positive, forward looking teen could no longer stand the cruelty and indifference to his suffering. Look at just one of the many posts this young man was subjected to every day:
"JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY. HE MUST DIE!" one post said, according to local reports. Another read, "I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!"
Jamey, who was an avid Lady Gaga fan, had a collage of himself at different ages with Lady Gaga in the background. He quoted her on his “It Gets Better” video and even wrote the lyrics to one of her songs on his Facebook page the weekend he committed suicide. “Don’t forget me when I come crying to heaven’s door”.

Lady Gaga posted on Twitter and called for everyone to rally and bring an end to bullying . She wrote:

“The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger, It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime."

Lady Gaga announced that she will be meeting with President Obama to discuss the problem stating that she will not stop fighting and that this generation has the power to end bullying. Lady Gaga herself had been a victim of bullying as a child and has been a strong advocate for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community.
"It didn't sink in with me how bullying affected me until later in my life. I knew that it affected me deeply but it wasn't until a little bit later that I realized how much it affect me and how much it was still very present," she said.

According to Tracy Rodemeyer, Jamey’s mom, Jamey will be buried Saturday in a Lady Gaga t-shirt which says: “Born This Way”.

Oddly enough, Jamey’s death coincides with a national summit this week sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., an effort to stem the toll of bullying school children. Let’s hope and pray that the politicians, teachers, psychologists, and families present will work to end this practice and MAKE BULLYING A CRIME!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Q. Why did the clock in the cafeteria always run slow?
A. Every lunch it went back four seconds!

Q. What do get when you cross one principal with another principal?
A. I wouldn't do it, principals don't like to be crossed!

Q. Why was the music teacher not able to open his class room?
A. Because his keys were on the piano.

Q. What do you do if a teacher rolls her eyes at you?
A. Pick them up and roll them back to her!

Q. Why are school cafeteria workers cruel?
A. Because they batter fish, beat eggs, and whip cream.

Q. What flies around the kindergarten room at night?
A. The alpha-BAT.

Q. What did the ghost teacher say to his class?
A. "Look at the board and I'll go through it again!"

Q. Why did the students study in the aeroplane?
A. Because they wanted higher grades.

Q. Why doesn't the sun go to college?
A. Because it has a million degrees!

Q. Why did the student bring scissors to class?
A. He wanted to cut class!

Q. Why is it dangerous to do math in the jungle?
A. Because when you add four and four you get ate (eight).

Q. Why did the jellybean go to school?
A. To become a smartie!

Q. What is a math teacher's favourite dessert?
A. Pi!

Q. What object is king of the classroom?
A. The ruler!

Q. What do you call a boy with a dictionary in his pocket?
A. Smartie Pants!

Q. Why did the teacher draw on the window?
A. Because he wanted his lesson to be very clear!

Q. Why did 6 hate 7?
A. 7 8 9.

Q. Why did Daniel go to the top of the school?
A. Because he wanted to go to high school.

Q. Why is 2+2=5 like your left foot?
A. It's not right.


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Those desires that weigh upon your heart that seem always out of reach will remain there unless you take action. Dare to convince yourself that the reality of your dreams is attainable. Dream! Push! Do! For there is nothing to lose - but an enormity to gain!

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!

Photo Courtesy of Barbara Ward-Finneran and Drawn 2 Design, LLC
©  All Rights Reserved


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
I just got back from a wonderful week in Chattanooga.  I was able to relax, swim, and enjoy the beautiful scenery , the great food and the company of good friends. I took a vacation. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for death.
Since I developed my disease(MCTD) and became disabled a few years ago, I’ve tried to find things to do to be useful.  Thanks to my good friend, John Pasko of the Melbourne PD and The American Police Hall of Fame, I began writing the Line of Duty Death reports for the APHF web page.  Having lost my first husband in the line of duty, I find it a rewarding job. I make sure each officer that gives his life in the line of duty is remembered and honored by what I write.
The thing is, while I was away on vacation, the deaths just kept happening. I somehow didn’t expect to be so devastated and upset when I returned and saw that almost every single day that I was away, a police officer made the ultimate sacrifice - Died in the Line of Duty!
I don’t know why I was surprised, I’ve been doing this for months now and I know that in the United States  127 police officers were killed this year so far. That number is up 14% from last year, and last year it was up 37% from the year before!  Texas leads the country in Line of Duty Deaths for 2011. So far 13 officers have died. New York comes in second with 11 and Florida is third with 10 Line of Duty Deaths. This has become an epidemic! It's outrageous and totally unacceptable, but what can be done?
The Officers' Down Memorial Page is dedicated to honoring and remembering Police Officers from around the country who die in the line of duty. No Parole for Cop Killers is an ODMP initiative to ensure all cop killers serve their full sentences. They believe that the best way to deter criminals from killing police officers is to be sure they know they will receive NO PAROLE.  You can visit their page to see information on Line of Duty Deaths, statistics, information about resources, scholarships and more.
What else can be done? Appreciate and validate the police officers in your area. Wave, give a friendly salute, recognize them as fellow human beings doing a dangerous and highly skilled job in protecting you and your loved ones. Remember that when you get pulled over for speeding or running a light. Act with respect and show that you asknowledge that they are putting their lives on the line each day for you and for me. Help when you can. Report suspicious behaviors, crimes and illegal activities you might see. Teach your children not to be afraid of a police officer. NEVER threaten a child with "The police will come and lock you up". Teach them to go to an officer if they are ever in trouble or need help.
Finally, support legislation that helps the police capture, prosecute and put criminals away. Support funding for more officers and better equipment. I'd even like to start a campaign to raise money for my police department to purchase bullet proof vests for the canines!
If we are to stop these line of duty deaths, cut down on crime and make our streets safer, we must act by using our voices and our votes to support our Police Departments!
"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer, it's an entire nation."                   
                                                                    -Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Tony Walker

A wife arrived home after a long shopping trip, and was horrified to find her husband in bed with a young, lovely thing. Just as she was about to storm out of the house, her husband stopped her with these words: "Before you leave, I want you to hear how this all came about. Driving home, I saw this young girl, looking poor and tired, I offered her a ride. She was hungry, so I brought her home and fed her some of the roast you had forgotten about in the refrigerator. Her shoes were worn out so I gave her a pair of your shoes you didn't wear because they were out of style. She was cold so I gave her that new birthday sweater you never wore even once because the color didn't suit you. Her slacks were worn out so I gave her a pair of yours that you don't fit into anymore. Then as she was about to leave the house, she paused and asked, 'Is there anything else that your wife doesn't use anymore?' "And so, here we are!"


French Dip Recipe


2 tablespoons of butter

1 tablespoonall-purpose flour


2 cansbeef consomme; found on broth and soups aisle or beef broth

1 1/2 poundsdeli sliced roast beef

Grill seasoning blend; such as Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend, or, coarse salt and pep

4 bullet sandwich rolls; split
6 slices of mozzarella cheese


In a large, shallow skillet over moderate heat, melt butter. Add flour to butter and cook a minute longer. Whisk in consomme in a slow stream. Bring sauce to a bubble and allow to simmer over low heat until ready to serve sandwiches.
Pile meat loosely across your cutting board or a large work surface. Season meat with grill seasoning or salt and black pepper. Set small soup cups for dipping sauce, 4 dinner plates and 4 split bullet rolls. To assemble, using a pair of kitchen tongs, dip meat into loose au jus sauce and pile into rolls then top with cheese. Set cups with extra dipping sauce along side the sandwiches.


Dawn Boyle

As per urban dictionary: W
oman's Intuition

When someone of the female gender is clued in on something that either is happening or hasn't happened yet. Not to be confused with mother's intuition, which only applies to mothers. 

Something that every woman has where you just know. Whether it's that your lover is cheating on you or you get uneasy vibes from a co-worker, it's that gut feeling telling you that something is wrong. It may come in the form of a dream, deja vu, a funny feeling, all three, or something else. Never doubt this feeling. Ever.

To me, a woman’s intuition is that sense of something about to happen – despite there being no logical reason to think it is, or even to be thinking about it at all. It’s involuntary, and of course, only actualised with hindsight. This of course means that there may be loads of times I have that sense, then nothing happens, and I forget all about it – so my women’s intuition may be screwy. However, there are so many occasions where I have experienced it, I do believe in it.

Examples are hard to give, as they’re often small things – but it’s things like “knowing” something you have mailed to someone is going to end up getting lost in the system, despite having addressed it clearly and paid the correct postage.

Just this week I spent time on the phone with two friends about another that is falling for the wrong guy. I keep feeling something bad is going to far so good, but I can't shake this feeling!!

Does this ever happen to you? Care to share your own experiences?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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One liners from Sheen's Roast....
"I have to say, Charlie, you are an incredible medical specimen," said Kate Walsh. "I guess that's one of the benefits of waking up every morning at the crack of crack."
80-year-old William Shatner asked Charlie, 46, "How come we look like we went to high school together?".
"Charlie don't you want to live to see [your kids'] first 12 steps," said Jeffrey Ross.
"It was international news when he ruined the lives of those two girls living with [him] ... you know, [his] daughters," joked Amy Schumer.

She Said...

Dawn Boyle
I lost about 2 hours of my life last night as I sat through the Roast for Charlie Sheen. He was bombarded with zingers and one liners.

He arrived with Slash playing behind him in true rock star fashion. The grand wizard master seems to have pulled back on the reigns. At the Emmy's he gave heartfelt well wishes to his former cast members and bosses at Two and a Half Men. He took it like a trooper from the oddly formed dais of personalities, like Kate Walsh mentioning his children being taken away.

I am not going to give all the details about the roast for those of you who DVR'd it, but lets just say there was a definite idiot standout on stage at the roast, but it wasn't Mr. Sheen, anyone who runs into Mike Tyson's fist head first needs to have his head examined....literally and figuratively.

So in closing, it seems like the Vatican Assassin has made a turn around. I guess doing the ultimate f-you to your boss can cause you to have a major breakdown. It looks like Two and a Half Men not only almost ended his life, but seems to be what may have saved it as well.

Good Luck Mr. Sheen, my wish is that you can fix yourself and family. Make a comeback, like the tiger blood running through you, you will always be bad ass but probably should walk around with a penicillin drip.


Tony Walker
Meeting your wife "for the first time" at a bar. Watching her get hit on by a bunch of men. She gets free drinks & you get to take her home & reap the benefits.

Playing "dress up" where she wears the french maid outfit.

Living out a fantasy where you act out some scene from a movie or some other scenario.

Watching porn.

These are just a few of many ways of foreplay. I am a big foreplay guy. I love playing before the actual deed. But I find most women I have been with don't..... most likely they just don't like it with ME!
A few women I've been with liked it. I took one to a porn movie theatre once. I am aging myself on that one. Another went with me to a strip club. But most women don't like foreplay.

It must be me right?
Where else would the old french maid idea even come from if women didn't like foreplay?

Tell us what you think. Is foreplay weird? Is it fun? What are some things you like to do?

Monday, September 19, 2011


1. Money cannot buy happiness but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.

2. Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard's name.

3. Help someone when they are in trouble, and they will remember you when they're in trouble again.

4. Many people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them.

5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk. hahaha! cruel world


The Good Girl
I am the mother of a seven-year old girl. As a typical mom, I think she is just a bundle of amazing. She's beautiful, smart, funny, imaginative, loving, sweet and playful. And what is really great, what warms my heart, is that she thinks so too. She believes it with every fiber of her being. She wakes up every morning feeling that she is just as special as I think she is. Even with her hair all out of place, missing teeth and a chocolate milk mustache, she thinks she is beautiful and the cutest thing in the whole wide world.

When she dances across the floor, she does it like a prima ballerina. When she sings, she does it with the confidence that she has a terrific voice. There is no doubt, no hesitancy on her part. She loves herself. She is strong. She is talented. She can do anything.

Unfortunately, I can't help but dread the day when she will lose some of that. Hasn't it happened to all of us at some point? Someone or something came along and started to wear away at that amazing creature we knew were. We started to doubt how amazing we were. We stopped dancing because we were unsure of what we looked like. We stopped singing because our voice isn't really that good. We stopped looking into the mirror and loving the image that reflected back to us. We started to feel not smart enough, pretty enough, not thin enough. We started to only see the flaws, where we didn't measure up to some ideal that someone else presented to us.

And why in the hell would we do that?

Why would we let ourselves lose the fact that we are amazing? Why would we let someone take that away?

I think that's what really upset me when I came across the story of two recent clothing items, produced by and for major retailers. The shirts aimed at young girls, girls of my daughters age and older, that had blatantly sexist remarks. First, JC Penny came out with a girls' shirt that said "I'm Too Pretty for Homework." It was quickly followed by another shirt with the phrase "Allergic to Algebra" from Forever 21. Are you kidding me? How does something like this even get made? Explain to me how a buyer sees this stuff and thinks, yeah, this is just so cute because, you know, girls like to be pretty and hate numbers.

Both were eventually pulled from the stores after an outcry from parents. What I find troubling is that the retailers seemed oblivious to the message they were sending with these shirts. If you're pretty enough, you don't have to work hard. Things will come easy to you based on your looks. It's beauty over brains, because that's what society views as important and a measure of your true worth. You're too pretty to put in effort. That's for ugly girls. (If you're not pretty, well then you better be smart and be prepared to work hard.) What kind of message is that for young girls? I find it disheartening and shameful.

"Allergic to Algebra" just reinforces the stereotype that girls are bad at math, even though there is nothing that supports line of thinking. Girls should never feel that boys have an inborn advantage in math and science due to the fact they are males. The message is a harmful stereotype that can be incredibly detrimental to a child’s personal achievement.

We should not let a slogan on a cheap shirt demean our daughters.

It's time that we told those people they are full of it. It's time we take back what they took from us. It's time that we make sure our daughters never lose sight of the fact that they are and always will be amazing.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Did you know...
Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.

"Video Killed the Radio Star" was the very first video ever played on MTV.

The average age of an Italian barista is 48 years old. A barista is a respected job title in Italy.

Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. He set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons.

Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been over mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo.

More money is printed daily for the Monopoly game than by the U.S. Treasury.

Anteaters prefer termites to ants.

Cheryl Ladd (of Charlie's Angels fame) played the voice, both talking and singing, of Josie in the 70s Saturday morning cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats.

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

There are only three cities that are named exactly after the state they are located in: Maine, ME; New York, NY; and Wyoming, WY.

The first time the word "hell" was spoken on TV was in an original "STAR TREK" episode entitled "City on the Edge of Forever". The exact quote was "...let's get the hell out of here...", spoken by William Shatner.

Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.


Tony Walker

This is the post that is going to get me in trouble.
In an attempt to save myself I am going to start off by saying that I ALWAYS tell my wife how smoking hot, gorgeous, sexy, beautiful, etc. she is. Honest to God she would agree with this. I tell her all the time.

If your man tells you how great you look, then what is the big deal if we look at another woman as they pass by?

This is something I have never understood. It's not like the guy has suddenly forgotten about you. It's the same as admiring a painting, a landscape, etc.  My wife would also tell you that she honestly doesn't care that I stare & flirt with others. She knows who is NUMBER ONE.

So what is the big deal?


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Well, here I am in Chattanooga, Tennessee! My husband is driving his 1961 MG midget in the Coker Challenge this week so I get to come along and see the sights! We arrived Tuesday afternoon and had to go directly to Hooters for dinner. My husband helps one of our local Hooter’s girls to collect Hooters shirts from all over. She gives him a Melbourne one and he trades it where ever he goes. We went back to the hotel and got a good night’s sleep. Wednesday we rode on the Incline Railway. We’re talking STRAIGHT up the side of Lookout Mountain!
 What a view! We got to visit the National Park which showed all about the Battle Above the Clouds of the Civil War. We also got to see amazing views of the Tennessee River. From there we went to have lunch aboard the Southern Belle as we toured the Tennessee River. It was beautiful and we had the good fortune of meeting an older gentleman who knew all about the area and its history. After that, we rode up the mountain to Rock City. Thy have a lookout spot where you can actually see 7 states! There’s also a “lovers leap” and beautiful rock formations with waterfalls.

As if that wasn’t enough for one day, we went back to the hotel, met our friends from Virginia, and went to the Chattanooga Choo Choo. We celebrated our friend’s anniversary at the Station House Restaurant where the waiters and waitresses sing. The food, the atmosphere and the entertainment were all top notch.
Tomorrow the boys have inspection for the car bit afterwards we plan to visit the Aquarium or a local brewery. Once the rally starts, the guys will be busy so we girls plan to hit the quilt shop and the other sites in the area! There’s still Ruby Falls, The Tennessee Valley Railroad, Raccoon Mountain,  museums, shops and so much more!
All in all I have to say, Chattanooga is a fun filled destination!  Oh, and I won’t forget to go on a ghost tour so I can write the tales up for Paranormal Pub!


1947 - Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY. It was the first country show at the venue.
1957 - "The Big Record" premiered on CBS-TV. The show only lasted one season.
1969 - Tiny Tim announced on "The Tonight Show" to Johnny Carson his engagement to Miss Vicki Budinger. Carson asked the two to be married on the show. They made TV history with the wedding on December 17, 1969.
1970 - James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix died in his London apartment at the age of 27. The death was from an overdose of sleeping pills.
1971 - Pink Floyd performed "Atom Heart Mother" at the Classical Music Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland.
1972 - The Who headlined the Rock At The Oval festival in London.
1976 - The second annual Rock Music Awards ran on CBS.
1976 - "More Than A Feeling" by Boston was released.
1978 - The members of KISS all released solo albums. The members at the time were Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Peter Criss.
1983 - The album "Lick It Up" was released by KISS.
1983 - The members of Kiss appeared on MTV without makeup.
1987 - KISS released the album "Crazy Nights."
1998 - Reba McEntire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 - Bon Jovi performed at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. More than 375,000 people viewed the live Web cast of the show.
2004 - Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were married. The legal documents were not filed until early October.