Never Forget

Today we commemorate another Memorial Day, and although this is the unofficial beginning of summer, this post will not be for that reason.  It is to honor the men and women across this country, living or gone on who have served in the military or is serving today.  Is there someone in your life who wears this honor?  We must never forget them, because each one made or is making a sacrifice to fight for this country’s freedom – it could have been the giving of their time or the ultimate surrender.  Regardless, we must always remember, and show our appreciation.  Thinking back to the early days of our country is cause for even more celebration, because without what those men gave would put us at war among ourselves – a country divided.  But, nevertheless, I’m certain somewhere along the way we would have gotten on course.  However, lives would still have been lost to accomplish the goal.

Unlike third world countries or communistic governments, we here in America are blessed with many freedoms, and it’s because of each man, and woman who unselfishly gave of themselves that helped to keep those liberties in place.  Living in the area I do, makes me even more aware of those forfeitures, because if you listen very carefully when driving along the streets and highways, you can here the foot soldiers making their way through the woods on the way to their nearby camps in Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg.  Or at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, a Fort identified as a strategic defensive location, and used present day as a training facility, up until 2011 when it closed.  Therefore, from the Revolutionary War to Korea to Viet Nam to the Gulf to the Iraqi War, thank you all for your noble service, either for someone else’s independence or our own.  I will never forget.

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One Year Later

One year ago this week, we were all joining in the celebration of the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  At that same time, I busied myself preparing to go live with my website.  Where did that year go?  I could not lend this week to some other post – I had to, myself, take some time to celebrate this anniversary.  As I look back over the year, I have learned quite a bit about this on-line venture.  I have found there really is internet etiquette; dos and don’ts if you will, and some of the lessons, believe me, came about the hard way.  But, it has all put me in a position to keep my head down, and add another rung on the ladder to achieving my goal of becoming a published author.  It has taken me twelve months to find structure for this page, and after some thought I realized it would be very difficult to restrict myself to only one topic.  Therefore, I think the format has come down to writing, recipes, news, and a sprinkle here and there of travel; not necessarily in that order.   One of my writing peers, at the outset of this attempt advised me that my readers would let me know what they wanted, and that has definitely happened.

The minute I went live, I also took on the enterprise of Twitter and built myself a Facebook page; two actually, one personal, and a Fan Page.  All of this, mind you, just to get my name out there and shout, “Hello world, I’m joining the ranks.”  Now, I must say, if you Google – Veronica L. Singleton (you must add the L.) – you’ll probably get five pages of just me.  I guess that means, I’ve been a busy bee building my hive.  Which reminds me, even if you’re not on FB, I certainly would appreciate your clicking on the “Like” button to the right of this post.  That would increase my numbers for my Fan Page.  I think after a few weeks of posting this blog I began asking, but for whatever reason it has been extremely difficult to grow those figures.

If you’ve noticed, I have guest bloggers on my site occasionally – I will make a concerted effort to increase this over the coming year, I pray.  What else have I discovered?  You must be alert at all times; always keeping an eye open for new avenues.  Also, there has been a lot of talk about befriending people, and not actually meeting them, which is basically what happens on Twitter and through your blog.  I mention that, and recall a car commercial where the parents are out tooling around the countryside while the daughter is home reading her FB page.  The parents have about 19 friends, and their girl has over 600 (I’ve still not been able to figure that out).  Anyway, I have a very sarcastic nature – usually, leaning toward the funny side, but sometimes not.  With that being said, it is very difficult to remember these new acquaintances don’t know me.  Therefore, I always need to go with a nice approach first because otherwise it comes off as just rude.  But, of all the things, while just as in real life edification goes a very long way when talking to people on the internet.  Which confirms that we do, indeed, live in a different age.

My whole point is that if you want to be a writer, you must keep plowing ahead.  I’ve had people leave comments, asking how to begin a blog.  There is only one answer – just do it.  I remain attached to my writing group from New Jersey and whatever they are doing new, I’m always following right behind – I simply shout, “Wait for me,” then I jump right on the wagon.  I want to thank each and every one of you who follow along each week, and those who have been here since the beginning.  I appreciate your loyalty, and I hope you’ll hang in there with me another year.  Together we’ll watch the horizon, and keep an eye on where this journey leads.

Okay, keeping this simple, Facebook will not allow a person to become a friend if they do not themselves have an account.  However, if you do, and wish to become friends, I am at Veronica Truesdale.  Even if you are not on FB, you can “like” my page, so please come on over to Veronica L. Singleton, and do so.  Also, as I said earlier you can simply click on the “like,” to the right of this post.  And one last thing – I am guest blogging again today at a friend’s site, Nathan Rudy.  Why not pay a visit, take a peek and leave a comment, won’t you?  Thanks again.

Horror Films

Halloween is a big day of treats for the little ones, and sometimes not so small. This post is not in observance of that day, but I’d like to reminisce a bit on the great horror films that have come and gone, and have not been forgotten – this week and next is a prime time to catch all of the ones you’ve missed.  Also, as some of you may have noticed, I have cut my post back to once a week – that day being Wednesday.  Why you ask?  I have jumped, head first into my writing again, finally.  I’m trusting you all to take a deep breath and reign in your frustrations (Ha-Ha).

My husband found a movie called “Terror In The Isles” the other day.  I don’t remember this one, but it featured clips from a variety of pictures, and Nancy Allen did the narration.  It reminded me of the early days when my husband occupied one end of the sectional, and my daughter and I, curled up on the other. A simple Saturday night with the old man (well, young man then, and our teenager as we huddled to comfort each other, watching the weekend feature.  I mean who doesn’t love a big bowl of popcorn with your best buddies and a great horror flick.  I went on-line and did a bit of searching, and through the years there have, in deed, been more scary stories dotting the silver screen than one can list.  But, let me name a few of our favorites:

My Horror Movie List

Psycho – 1960 **
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane – 1962
The Birds – 1963 **
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte – 1964
Rosemary’s Baby – 1968 **
Night Of The Living Dead – 1968
Tales From The Crypt – 1972 **
The Exorcist – 1973  **
Race With The Devil – 1975 *
Burnt Offering – 1976 *
The Omen – 1976 *
Halloween – 1978 **
Amityville Horror – 1979 *
When A Stranger Calls 1979 **
Dressed To Kill – 1980 **
Friday The 13th – 1980 **
The Hearse – 1980 *
The Shining – 1980 **
Friday The 13th/Part 2 – 1981 **
Ghost Story – 1981 *
The Entity – 1981 *
Poltergeist – 1983 **
Cujo – 1983 **

How many of these do you remember?  I must admit, a few have become more Hollywood entertainment than horror.  On the other hand, there are some on the list for me that I still haven’t grown enough to watch again.  But, if you love this genre, your time of year has definitely arrived – time to indulge.  Now, go fire up the old DVD, throw a big bag of popcorn in the microwave, and curl up with you favorite movie buddy.  However, before you do that, let me know your favorite horror film.  If you have any questions with regard to any of the movies listed, just follow this link to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

* To scary to watch again
** Watched again in reruns when daughter got older

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