Friday, August 31, 2012

And the Women Came Marching In.

Former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice
 I am so enamored at the abilities of the woman in public office today. They are amazing. We have come a long way, baby!

Ann Romney
 Wow, awesome job, Condoleeza Rice. What a speech she gave at the convention! I heard her speak one other time, and I was so impressed that I hoped she would run for president four years ago. So intelligent, concise, personable, and knowledgeable.

Ann Romney was right on target and what a role model for girls. She has MS, fought cancer, and raised five boys. She came from a very poor immigrant family, which must have given her the strength she needed to get up and deliver such a heartwarming speech.

We now have several woman in the governor's position, just as Sarah Palin was when she was chosen for vice president. Governorship is an excellent requisite for president, yet, she was labelled as "Inexperienced," even though the running contender for president, a man,  had less experience than she and no experience running a government. She was governor of the largest state in the United States.

These are some sharp, experienced women, and I am proud of them and have always been proud of my country, the United States of America. They have come and they give great balance to the men in Romney's campaign. Together we can!
Senator Kelly Ayotte

Govrenor Nikki Haley

Governor Susana Martinez

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Here I am in Lake Placid, NY with Bernard. We are signing books in front of the Bookstore Plus right on the main street in this beautiful exciting ski resort town. It is a busy place and I have met so many nice authors, store owners, and buyers of my book.

I remember a long time ago when I lived in Saranac Lake and came here often with my friend, Vicky, who is from Lake Placid. My youngest son, Monti, was born here, and I have fond memories of watching the bobsledders come zooming down the track and around Shady, the most dangerous curve of all. I stood on the bridge above that corner and held my breath as those men flew high up on the wall, magically (skillfully) missed the rim, then angled out straight and headed down toward two smaller curves and then on the finish line.

I finished the book signing and then wandered around the store for a bit. What a neat book store! Every nook and cranny is filled with books or gifts or staples such as markers, etc. It is pleasingly bright and pleasantly decorated. Thank you Bookstore Plus for allowing me to parade my book in front of your window. Ahh, life is good and it just keeps getting better!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hello, in my ongoing research for my next book, I hightailed it down to the Hamilton County records building where I was greeted and helped so graciously by everyone there. I was a realtor for many years and the job included going to the court house to look up deeds, maps, etc.,but it had been several hundred moons since I had done that. It was not long, with the employees help and one wonderful woman doing her own research, before I was remembering, looking, and living in the 1830s and 40s, ohhing and awing about the land prices back then.

Since I wanted to use every minute I had there, I needed to eat lunch somewhere close. They told me to go back to Speculator. I did and stopped at the first place I came to. I walked in and immediately felt at home being surrounded by knotty pine walls. Wow, Adirondacky, I thought. I already liked the atmosphere. Within minutes I was taken to my table. Being without a cup of coffee for at least three hours, I desperately ordered a cup before my meal. She brought it to me within five minutes and it was awesome coffee. Being a coffee connoisseur, I know good coffee and will go out of my way to find it.

I ordered the taco salad, and when it came out, my blue eyes popped wide open because it was big. When I order food, I am a hungry American Adirondack woman, and I want the plate full rim to rim. It was a huge tortilla shell filled, and I mean filled, with chili, cheese, the salad stuff, along with cups of guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. No extra charge; no going back for anything. It was all placed before me and I hungrily ate it all. One more refill of coffee and I was out of there thanking my waitress and the owner for the wonderful service, food and atmosphere of the The Inn at Speculator. I can't wait for next research day, so I can go back!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Friend, Randy, with book titled, The Untold Story of Helen Ellett

Having a blast at book signing in Inlet, NY
I met this man at the book signing in Inlet. Of course, as always, my camera's batteries were dead, so he took the pictures for me. I am meeting so many wonderful people at these book events. Traveling and doing these signings is somewhat stressful, mostly in keeping up with the times and days of the events but so fun.

The other night I read a portion of Blunt Force Winds and then a piece from my upcoming book, Long Lake, the Pioneers. It was called an Open Mic and there were musicians and writers. It was held at the Long Lake Library and what fun we all had.

This Saturday I will be at Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3:00PM-5:00PM. If you are in the area, stop by. I would love to chat with you.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Long Lake 1915 and the Barbershop

Main Street, 1915
On a sunny day in 1915 in Long Lake the men hang out at Dolphus  LeBlanc's barbershop. Next came the store and then Haverous Cafe and store, then on up the dirt road to the church. 

Today the men still have their morning coffee places. It's just not at the barbershop now. Some things never change and that can be a good thing.

Friday, August 3, 2012

St Regis Fire detailed in book, Blunt Force Winds

The St Regis Hotel Fire in Saranac Lake, NY on a bitter cold Tuesday morning January 14, 1964. My children's father was in that fire and had to jump from the window. He said he was the last person out of the building.The fire broke out around 8:30 in the morning so some people were still sleeping. He and another man were injured when they jumped into the tarp. The newspaper said it was because it was too close to the ground, but he told me that it was because there were not enough available men to hold the tarp securely. He went to the room next door, retrieved a man and woman and led them to his windowed room. They had to push the frightened woman out the window. She was followed by the man and then him. I met him about six months after the fire.