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Friday, June 6, 2014

Freak Flag Friday Featuring LaDonna Cole Today!

Photo Credit: Red Vines & Red Wine

It's Freak Flag Friday at The Realm!

Welcome to the Freak Show!

Today, we get our freak on with a truly witty monkey, who also happens to be the super-talented author of the  
The Torn, Holding Kate Series, Book 1.
 Welcome back to The Realm LaDonna Cole!
Let your freak flag fly high!

This Old Crone

 By LaDonna Cole

Lose some weight
Trim the fat
Fix my gait
Learn to chat
Bat my eyes
Bend and snap
Sea weed wrap
All these steps
Aren’t the list
They’re just preps
For the tryst
This old crone
So bedecks
B‘fore she’s gone
She wants sex.

And that my dears, is how you fly a freak flag, loud and proud!  Whoo!

 What a great way to kick off The Realm's Freak Flag Fridays!
That was too much fun, wasn't it? 

Thank you LaDonna for sharing this hilarious poem!

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Comment below, visit her links, and most of all buy her books!
Love, Romance, Science Fiction, Adventure,
The Torn, Holding Kate Series Book I will take you there.

Get Your Copy Today At Amazon!

Read more about The Torn in The Realm Bookstore.
Read D.M. Kilgore's 5-Star review of The Torn.

LaDonna Cole is featured in The Realm's Writers Connection.
 Her Short Story Final Act was previously featured at The Realm
You can find it here:

Final Act


LaDonna Cole
LaDonna Cole is a Texas girl who thrives in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. 
Playing Ukulele, singing, writing fantasy/fiction, and traveling as much as possible, a Psychiatric Nurse and incurable optimist, she draws on her zest for adventure, passion for family, and journey through faith to release the soul of each new story. Published works include. Drummer Boy, and The Torn Book One Holding Kate Series, Heartwork Village Grief Recovery Curriculum, and A Ready Word.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Musing Mondays- Age Is Just A Number, Baby!

Musing Monday
June 2, 2014

It's June already?  How did that happen?  Is it just me, or does time speed up the older you get?

Speaking of getting older, I have a birthday this week.  I'll be forty-two on Thursday.  Wowza.  I'm not sure if I should be shocked I'm this "old" already, or proud that I managed to survive this long!

Age is just a number, baby.

Yeah, yeah Jacob Black (does he own a shirt?),  I know I'm only as old as I feel.  The problem is, I feel kind of old lately.  I ache in new and mysterious places.  Parts of me have migrated to regions I never thought they'd occupy.  Where there was once a spring in my step there is now a pronounced limp.  I hear they are calling gray hair "wisdom highlights" now.  Judging by my roots, I'm pretty darn wise.

I always treat myself on my birthday.  I'm not talking a trip to Paris or anything extravagant, just a little reward for managing to stay alive and out of jail (haha) for another year.  I usually just buy myself a new book, or a DVD. Sometimes, I splurge a little and get a cute new hair cut.

Guess what I bought myself this year?  Go on guess!

*drum roll please*

Two Plantar Fasciitis night supports.

They aren't pretty, but they seem to really help.

I strap myself into these at night and in the morning I can walk with relatively no pain at all.  So, ugly though they may be, I'll be sleeping in them every night for as long as I need to.  They're really not uncomfortable, though I feared they would be.  I got used to them within an hour of putting them on the first night. 

One jar of Australian Dream Arthritis Cream.

I've tried all that OTC pain relief gel/rub/cream.  I've even tried the prescription stuff.  I was skeptical that this little jar of cream would work at all. Boy was I wrong.  It's amazing.  I plan to roll around in it morning, noon, and night.  It doesn't stink.  It doesn't burn.  It's just a miracle in a jar!  I cannot believe how well (and how fast) this stuff works on even the most stubborn pains.  This stuff works!

And a pair of orthopedic sandals. 
No more flip flops the doctor said. Ha! I guess I showed her.

Of course, all this made me feel a wee bit depressed about this whole aging-process.  I mean, it's not exactly cute heels and new perfume, ya know?  True, my feet feel much better, but my young-at-heart soul?  Not so much.

What's a girl to do?  

Well, this "girl" is going to go have her hair colored in a funky-licious way that practically screams, "I do what I like!"

I found this on Pinterest and really loved it.  

D.M. Kilgore's Pinterest

True, it's something you'd expect to see on a 20-something and not a 40-something, but that's my point.  Age is just a number, baby.  My body might be telling me I'm over 40, but my spirit is yelling, "Shut up, stupid!" every chance it gets.  As long as I'm young-at-heart, I'm going to enjoy it... whatever my "age".  I'll treat the aches and pains, I'll give in to eating better and working out more, I'll even admit that it might be time to buy shoes based on comfort and not style... but I'll never stop living life to its fullest and enjoying every moment for all its worth.  Growing older is a privilege denied to some.  Life is a gift.  Even when it comes wrapped in a package labeled Ace Foot Supports.

Yep, this 'do will look amazing with my new orthopedic sandals, don't you think?


So, tell me:

Last time you treated yourself, what did you buy?