Do Doggies Go to Heaven?

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Do doggies go to heaven?
That’s what I’d like to know.
When grandpa visits in my dreams,
I’ll ask if I can go

I’ll go with him to heaven
so I can look and see
if my furry friend named Sparky
is waiting there for me

I’ll jump on grandpa’s back
we’ll fly up in the air.
We’ll zip right through a puffy cloud
we’ll come out with fluffy hair.

We may decide to hitch a ride
upon a rocket ship.
I know my gramps will hold on tight
he’s got a real good grip.

I’ll catch a star while passing Mars
on our way through outer space.
If a UFO comes flying by
we may just have to race.

Oh my word! Look at the time
the small hand’s right at seven
Gotta get my jammies on
to make that trip to heaven.

WRONG way on Black Friday!!

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Ok so I just HAD to post about my personal and eventful black friday experience!! We began our adventure at Walmart at 8:50 pm Thursday night with all the other shopping nuts. Of course, by this time there were no parking spots at all. We finally managed to find a spot that was just far enough away to cause blisters to form just from the hike to the store alone! Luckily, I was well prepared from people watching last year and I knew to wear my best running shoes. One of my friends that came with me …. not so lucky. I am certain that running shoes should be #1 on your list of items to have with you on your Black Friday excursion, not only to avoid blisters but just in case getting the BARGAIN meant racing the girl with high heeled boots next to you. Tennis shoes win out every time unless of course she decides to use the boot as a weapon to take you down. In that case, you may just spend Friday Blacked out!

To make a LONG story short, we were able to make it out of walmart with only a bruised shin (myself), a knot on the head (my mom was just grazed with a toy guitar) and a whelp on the lip (my sister in law still has no clue on how that happened but it happened in walmart) After saving a total of maybe $20.00 we took off toward Gainesville with our three man army: myself, my mom and my sister in-law. (At only one man down, we were doing pretty good – due to her uncomfortable shoes I’m sure, one of my friends only lasted 30 minutes or so before turning in but unfortunately she took my jacket AND all my sale papers with her by accident so there went our game plan!)

Little did we know, we drove all the way to Gainesville and came back with one thing and one thing only …. COFFEE! After finding out the Toys ‘r’ Us checkout line was a four hour line, we decided to abandon our full buggy to go to the mall in search of a Starbucks that was smart enough to open on the busiest shopping day of the year. Well, we found it and waited and hour and a half for coffee so of course I had a LARGE! I used what little part of my brain that was still functioning and grabbed a stray stool and sat on it right in the middle of the line. It was an absolute lifesaver and I only had to get up every 10 minutes to drag my stool another two steps. In case you wondered, I DID return the stool to it’s rightful place before heading out to the parking lot in search of our lost car.

After finally making it home around 5:30 in the morning, I was able to get 3 hours sleep. My cousin, who had been out all night shopping too had planned on coming by the house to visit. She was supposed to be there at 2:30pm and at around 2:35, she drove up and she was laughing like a hyena as she pulled into my driveway. When I asked what could possibly be so funny and wondering where her sudden burst of energy had come from she began to tell me what she had mistakenly done! Being that I only see her once a year or every two years, she had driven up to the WRONG house and had barged in only to find a man she didn’t know sitting in his recliner! Not sure if he was in shock or what but she said he never even moved from his chair! She stopped when she saw him and said, “OMG I think I have the wrong house.” He only responded with an “Uh, huh” so she turned to leave but then at one last attempt to prove she wasn’t crazy she said, “This isn’t Mandi’s house is it?” He only said one word, “no” so she turned and high tailed it out of there!!

It is now 6 hours later and I am still laughing about it! In fact, I could barely eat my dinner and I think I have managed to laugh so hard, I may be forming some defined abs…

Interview with Author & Award Winning Filmmaker Magda Olchawska

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Introducing Author/Filmmaker Magda Olchawska

When and why did you begin writing?

I always loved stories & as a kid I even wrote a lot of poetry. I really got into writing more seriously when I attended a film school. Then I started writing scripts.
I needed to write a script for my school project & after that it just felt natural to keep writing scripts.
Few years ago, having nothing better to do, I started writing short stories & a novel trilogy, which hasn’t been finished yet.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My son. ;)) He inspired me to write my first whole book,  from the beginning to end. After that I was just hooked. Honestly I can spend hour after hour just writing

You are also an award winning filmmaker I see? Congratulations! Please elaborate. :o) Tell us a bit about that as well.

Thank you. I only got my first award this year after 10 years of making films but it’s still very nice J and extremely exciting.
Filmmaking is a long & exhausting process. So many people on so many different levels are involved in making films.
Often, a film takes so much life energy out of a filmmaker that it is good to have something else beside filmmaking.

For me something else is writing.

I love making films though & collaborating with other arts & artists on creating one final “product”. I guess I will always be a filmmaker. I just love being on a set.

When you write, do you work with an outline or just write?

I just write & see where it’s taking me. Then I do a lot, but I mean A LOT of re-writing.
I tried to work with an outline but it just wasn’t for me. I like my writing to be free-spirited, if you know what I mean.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found work best in your genre?

I’m just starting to market my book. The first one “Mikolay & Julia Meet The Fairies” was always free of charge so I didn’t do that much marketing.

But this is what I do & have been doing lately:
– I tweet a lot
– I use goodreads.com for both, my books & reviewing other authors’ books.
– I ask people/authors if they would like to review my book. However, I do have established relationship with everyone before.
– I’m trying to organize blog tour but don’t know how well that will go yet J
– I’m going to have a banner advert on a children book site.

I think this is it for now. But if I come across anything else, I will let you know.

What book are you working on now?
I’m working on:
–    “My Mom Is A Superhero” which is going to be a series of 2 – 4 short stories about how different family members are seen by other family members.
–    “Pooh Gets Beating” is an illustrated book based on my son’s naughty behavior towards his best friend – Pooh.
–    “Maggie Lee” more grown-up short novel about a 30’s single mom who is a super warrior from a super secret society.
Describe your book in just a few sentences.
While searching the attic for a wand for Julia, Mikolay notices a Shadow moving around the boxes. Shadow magically disappears through the wall.
The little wizards follow the Shadow cautiously through the wall and discover hidden cages full of starving children and animals. Mikolay & Julia decide to rescue everyone.

Now for the fun part…

What’s your favorite food? Indian food & anything my hubby cooks.

What’s your favorite color? Purple & red

Coke or Pepsi? Definitely coke. I try to do diet but sometimes hard J

If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? I think Winnie the Pooh or Wall-e. Pooh ‘cos everything in his world is very simple & he doesn’t have to grow up at all. Wall-e ‘cos he is determined, romantic, caring & trying to do best what he must do.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would like to go to Rwanda, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand & would like to spend a bit more time in California.

What is your favorite book or who is your favorite author? (This can’t be your book)
I have too many favorite books for the moment J
My favorite authors: Kafka, Dostoevsky, J.K. Rowling.

What book are you reading now? I’m reading a bunch of books: “The Tiger Princess” by Sarah Renee, “Rascals Sing at the Opera House” by Patricia Puddle, “The Nameless World” by Heather Payer-Smith & “Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul” by Jon Reiss & Sheri Candler

Links to find out more about me & my work go to www.magdaolchawska.com

To find some fun interactive games for kids & get to know Mikolay & Julia better go to www.mikolayandjulia.com

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This is such an exciting time of the year!! I always enjoy the holidays and spending time with family. I was browsing the internet looking for fun Thanksgiving inspired ideas to do with the kiddos and I stumbled upon this blog post and wanted to share it. This is a fun and healthy way to serve a turkey sandwich – the kids are sure to love it too! Here is where I found it, check it out.   http://meetthedubiens.blogspot.com/2011/10/fun-food-friday-tommy-turkey.html

This was absolutely PRICELESS!!

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On occasion, I will go lay down with one of my kids before they go to sleep and I would make sure they knew how special they are to me. I would say to them, “I just love everything about you” and then I go on to say, “I love your little nose, your little toes, your little eyes, your little cheeks, your little smile, and so on and so on.”
Well, one night, I was laying with Evan and I begin to do the same with him and he got the biggest smile on his face, he was so proud and it was just the sweetest thing. He then reached out and put his little hands and put them up to my face smiling and said, “Aww, mommy, I love everything about you too! I love your BIG eyes, your BIG nose, your BIG head …” Well, by that time I couldn’t hold it in and I just burst out laughing!!! He wasn’t expecting that at all because he was completely serious! :o) Once he saw me rolling around laughing though, it only took seconds before he was cracking up too. It was definitely priceless and one to remember!

The Poem I Wrote To Encourage My Son To Wear His Glasses.

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My 2nd book was just released today on the kindle!! :o) I posted one of the poems in the book to share. You can click on it and it’ll take you to the book on amazon. It is a funny collection of poems that are questions asked by Mortimer himself. It also has a where’s Waldo appeal as Mortimer is hidden on every page. Can you find him?
The Poem I posted, What if you have to get glasses, I wrote for my 5 year old son that recently had to get glasses and you guessed it, they are Blue!! It really did help with getting him to wear them. Some of the kids in his class decided they wanted glasses after I read it to them. Lol.

A Dose of Good News …

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I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that I would really love to turn on the television and hear some good news for a change … This is the reason I, for the most part, choose either not to watch TV (other than my favorite shows I DVR of course ) or to watch cartoons with the kids vs turning on the news. Through this blog, I’d like to be able to post a dose of good news every so often so if anyone feels compelled to share something great, please do it here.  I feel that when you are surrounded by so much negativity it really seems to have a lasting effect on your everyday life and those around you. What if … every morning when turned on the television we saw something great happening in the world? (There are great things happening everyday, we just don’t hear about it as often as we do the bad) Our whole outlook on life would begin to change. Instead of waiting on the next BAD thing to happen, we would be looking forward to the GOOD things God has in store for us. I’ll end this post with the corny but true saying “Don’t worry, be happy now!”

Here is a copy of an article I found on the Los Angeles Times website by Eryn Brown. I’ve listed the link below.  It is about a cancer breakthrough which is wonderful news.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/11/health/la-he-0811-cancer-therapy-20110811

‘Huge’ results raise hope for cancer breakthrough

In early results from a clinical trial, genetically engineered T cells eradicate leukemia cells and thrive. Two of three patients studied have been cancer-free for more than a year.

A microscopic image shows two T cells binding to beads, depicted in yellow,… (Dr. Carl June / Penn Medicine)
August 11, 2011|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

In a potential breakthrough in cancer research, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have genetically engineered patients’ T cells — a type of white blood cell — to attack cancer cells in advanced cases of a common type of leukemia.

Two of the three patients who received doses of the designer T cells in a clinical trial have remained cancer-free for more than a year, the researchers said.

Experts not connected with the trial said the feat was important because it suggested that T cells could be tweaked to kill a range of cancers, including ones of the blood, breast and colon.

“This is a huge accomplishment — huge,” said Dr. Lee M. Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at Harvard Medical School, who discovered the molecule on cancer cells that the Pennsylvania team’s engineered T cells target.

(the rest of the story to be found at the link above)

The reason I decided to pursue writing for children …

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I have always had an extensive imagination. At a young age, I was able to convince my classmates that I had traveled to Earth by way of an enormous bubblegum slide from an undiscovered candy-coated planet. I am now 34 years old and my imagination is far from tame! After going through what I did with my Evan, I was forced to quit working as a realtor and I began to pursue my passions in life, those being photography and writing/illustrating children’s books. I just recently independently published my first book which is available on amazon, barnes and noble, & smashwords. My book, Mortimer’s Sweet Retreat, is doing great thus far on amazon and locally. My second book is also just about ready to be submitted as well. I feel that God gave me this talent for a reason and I woke up one day knowing why this happened with Evan. I feel that God wants me to share his story with the world. Here is the poem I wrote which will be included on my author page of my next book in hopes of spreading my story to a larger group of people.

My answer as to why?
by: Mandi Tillotson Williams
I woke up this morning with a really clear view.
My answer as to “Why?” I hope you see it too.
Several years ago, I had a two pound baby boy
12 weeks premature… I felt anything but joy.
He wasn’t doing well, his life was hanging by a thread
Not knowing why this happened, my heart was filled with dread.
The doctors said he may not walk, his brain was full of blood
He wouldn’t learn, he may not talk, none of this was good.
I sat and wrote that very day, an email to my friends
Asking all of them to pray and then to please hit send.
Within a week, to my surprise, I had an inbox full of letters
Strangers sending hope our way, praying he’d get better.
They sent him home after 73 days but again, with not much hope
We had no clue of what may happen on this scary uphill slope.
On this day, he’s five years old and no one would never know.
He’s doing great, he’s really smart. He’s anything but slow.
As I said before, I woke today with an answer as to “why?”
I came to my desk to try and type and then began to cry.
My child was saved so I’d spread the word of what Jesus did for me.
I feel that’s why I rhyme so well. I want all the world to see.
Something big will come of this, I can feel it in my heart.
For now I’ll spread to my home town, but I know it’s just a start.