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Daily Grind

9 Jun

Daily wake up call - my first cup of coffee!

Daily Grind by Kathleen Coleman

Cold water flows into the plastic lord of the counter

Filter receives granular morsels of morning

I push the magic button and I’m seconds away …

The glorious smell of medium roast

Hot steaming liquid of morning

Renew my soul, bring me to life


Jane Eyre vs. Jane Slayre

9 Jun

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Jane Slayre - Sherri Browning-Erwin & Charlotte Bronte

I picked up a paperback of “Jane Slayre”, the re-imagined Novel by Sherri Browning Erwin of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel “Jane Eyre”.  I had always wanted to read the classic novel but just never got around to it.  I don’t know about you but I always chuckle a little in the local bookstore when I see the covers of these re-imagined classic novels.  What’s not to love about a stake welding vampire killer?

So I dove into Jane Slayre without having read the original novel and I quite enjoyed it.  In fact when I saw the recently released Jane Eyre movie this Spring I was shocked that each scene was exactly as I had read in the Jane Slayre novel minus the vampires and zombies.   All the same characters Mrs. Reed, Mr. Rochester and even the mysterious Thornfield Hall are all present.

You’ll follow this heroic orphan as she learns to slay zombies, vampires and finally deal with werewolves.  If you enjoy the supernatural and loved the original novel you will love this book!

Inspiration Doesn’t Have a Watch!

6 Apr

You never know what will inspire you or at what time it will happen.  A TV show, a conversation, an article in a magazine, or a random email.  I was inspired last night to write a poem.

I imagined what it might be like to have lived a long life and for a moment remember the dreams of youth.  Let me know what you think. 😀


Nightly Escape

Crinkled weathered eyes, foggy with age, gaze out the window.

Who is this person staring in the reflection?

I don’t recognize the face, the troubled brow twisted with regret and worry.

Just as I turn away..


a glimmer of the girl I used to be.

I imagine I’m still that quirky girl of 20,

I pause,

Close my eyes and there before me all the possibilities that were.

Then, just as quickly, I open my eyes and the reflection is but a shadow of that 20-year-old, possibilities running down life’s driveway, streaming into the drainage system.

I will sleep now and forget for a time of my circumstances.

I shall escape, un-tether and float freely in a place of my choosing.

Good-night old girl, see you on the flip side.

I Need a News Channel Holiday!

31 Mar

CNN’s ‘anniversary’

There are so many ways one can acquire news these days. I view news stories online and will tune into various cable news channels as well as watching the local news before going to bed. Lately though I feel like a news addict and find it hard to turn it off.

Every time a major world incident happens I become completely engrossed in the news coverage of it. After 911 happened I would spend every waking moment watching the news coverage. I found myself unable to pull myself away and actually do those things in my life that mattered at the time. I have found lately I've been spending way too much time watching news channel coverage of the Japan Crisis and I have to step back.

I've decided that I need a news channel holiday to reestablish a life/news balance. Who's with me? I declare that today I will refrain from watching all news channels and will instead read a book, go for a walk, and do some much needed spring cleaning!

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Lessons Learned Early

28 Mar

James Foree my Dad

One of the most important and influential people in my life has been my father. He’s been in the spirit realm watching over me for nearly twenty years now and the lessons I learned from him still linger today.

I can still hear him saying to me, “Kathy if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” He was a person that took pride in his work doing each aspect of a project with purpose. My father born in 1928 only made it through the 6th grade. He was the coolest person I’ve ever met and was an amazing storyteller. Having the gift of gab he never met a stranger and never let his lack of education stop him from success.

I attribute my solid work ethic to this one statement. This one sentence set me on the path I’m on today.

Thanks Dad

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My Most Quotable Movies

18 Mar

My Boomstick

I'd have to say that I love watching movies and have so many favorite movie quotes. Some of my most favorite ones are:

Star Wars Quotes ~

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

“The Force is strong with this one.”

"That's no moon. It's a space station."

"I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

Other Movies ~

"She is startin' to damage my calm." Serenity – Jayne

"First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow." – Army of Darkness

"Good…Bad…I'm the guy with the gun." – Army of Darkness

"You ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and Sh*t. And Jack just left town." – Army Of Darkness

Yo, she-bitch! Let's go! – Army of Darkness

Gimme some sugar, baby. – Army of Darkness

Hail to the king, baby. – Army of Darkness

Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my boomstick! – Army of Darkness

"I know what you're thinking, "Did he fire six shots, or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question, "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya punk?" – Dirty Harry

"Yippy-ki-yay mother-f*cka." – Die Hard

"We came. We saw. We kicked its *ss!" – Ghostbusters

Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"! – Ghostbusters

"I don't want to talk to you, no more, you empty-headed animal, food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Turn it off, man! Turn it off! It's sucking my will to live!" – Wayne's World

"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick *ss…and I'm all out of bubble gum." – They Live

Wait Master, it might be dangerous… you go first. – Young Frankenstein

I love movies with witty banter and quick quips and I have so many more favorites than above but this is a great start!

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2011

17 Mar

Guinness con su trébol y todo

I'll have a pint of Guinness and Saturday I'll be taking the Boston Irish Heritage Trolley tour. And of course I'm wearing my green!

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

16 Mar

Butterflies and Children constantly changing...

Recently I re-posted a quote as my Facebook status and was dumbfounded as to the reaction I received from some of my friends.  Here’s the quote:

Change is always for the better. You needn’t resist; you only need change your mind, and you will capture your life flow like a tamed river. – Doreen Virtue

I’ve always had to live with change in my life and so I’ve always been accustomed to it.  Over the past 20 years every company I’ve worked for has gone through some major reorganization or has changed it’s processes in a major way.  My last position at the Girl Scouts experienced many changes and it’s interesting how different generations of people deal with the process of change.  I really do believe that change is always for the better but I don’t believe in change for changes sake.

The way I see it there are three types of people when it comes to change.  The first type of person I’ll call “Negative Nelly”.   Nelly refuses to change even when it might be to her benefit.  She fears change because she doesn’t understand it and sabotages the efforts of those who would implement it.  She makes statements like, “I’ve always done it this way” or “I refuse to change my process, it works for me”.

The second type of person I’ll call “Gun-ho Gail”.  Gail is so excited about the change and can’t wait for it to happen.  She talks about it all the time and looks for ways to implement it quicker without consideration of the overall efforts on everyone.  She makes statements like, “I just thought of this great new process so let’s start doing it today!” or “Why do I need to tell anyone that I changed my process if it works for me?”.

The third type of person I’ll call “Level-headed Lindsey”.  Lindsey can see from all sides of the imminent change and instead of fighting it like Nelly, or pushing it like Gail, she becomes one with it.  A synchronized harmony that flows along to allow the changes that need to occur as well as creating a “best practices” standard so the landscape doesn’t completely change.

The main point of Doreen Virtues’ comment was to flow with the changes in your life.  Open your mind to new ways of thinking about the changes in your life then they won’t seem so bad or abrupt.  We always have free will to do whatever we want to do, however, we don’t have control over anything except how we react or how we process the change.  Change will happen whether we want it to or not.  And maybe some change isn’t always good or “for the better” but if we never changed then we wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate those changes in our life that are great!

Like the butterfly I had to go through many changes good and bad to become the person I am today.  And I suspect I have many more changes ahead but with change comes possibility and I know I will be the better for it!

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