Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has dropped by this blog this year and to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Music Monday - Maddy Prior

A favorite voice of mine just so happens to belong to Steeleye Span songstress, Maddy Prior. So... Please to enjoy this Maddy Prior playlist:


Have a meditative evening...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Picture By Joe Parks from Berkeley, CA (Christmas in Paradise) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I hope your Christmas has been truly merry and bright!

I'm looking forward to the New Year with plans to publish. What are you looking forward to in the New Year?

Now I'll leave you to enjoy the rest of your Christmas night with this Beach flavored Christmas song sung by the Beach Boys:


Just remember, Christmas Day may only come but once a year, but the Spirit of Christmas can stay in your heart all the year through if you leave your heart open to the one whose birth we celebrate this day, our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. - John 14:27

Monday, December 23, 2013

Music Monday - Wintersong

Tonight, grab a snugly blanket and light those fires because I'm about to bring on the ice cold chill of winter with the songs I've chosen for tonight's Music Monday.

Tchaikovsky : Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op.13 " Winter Dreams "

And a different kind of winter dreams --

Accept - Winter Dreams

Madonna - Frozen

Steeleye Span - Cold, haily, windy night

Kate Bush - Deep Winter Suite - Snowflake, Lake Tahoe, Misty

Tangerine Dream -  Coldwater Canyon

Pink Floyd - Terminal Frost

Moody Blues - December Snow

Styx - Snowblind (Live)

Enya - Amid The Falling Snow

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - Winter Song

Have a meditative evening.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Music Monday - Joyeux Noël!

An FB friend shared a wonderful rendition of The Night Before Christmas by Jules d'Hemecourt and it gave me the idea to find some Cajun inspired Christmas music.


Jules d'Hemecourt - Cajun Night Before Christmas

Vin Bruce - Christmas On the Bayou

Aaron Neville - Louisiana Christmas Day

Willie Robertson - Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas

A Cajun Christmas

Vince Vance - All I Want for Christmas is You

BEAUSOLEIL - Christmas Bayou

Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds - St. Nicholas (Cajun Usa)

Beausoleil - Papa St. Nick

Jules Hemecourt - Cajun 12 Days of Christmas

Cajun Christmas 2008

CAJUN GOLD - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Joyeux Noël, y'all! Don't let dem halamagators worry you none, mon cher! I guarantee day mo'scared of you, den you scared of dem. ;-)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Music Monday - Christmas Music

As promised lots of beautiful and silly Christmas music to help get you into the holiday spirit!

Moody Blues - Don't Need a Reindeer

Silent Monks - Hallelujah Chorus

The 12 Gays of Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas Dance

Jeff Foxworthy - 12 Redneck Days of Christmas

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Canon

The Piano Guys - O Come, Emmanuel

Vienna Boys' Choir - O Tannenbaum/Beauty Surrounds Us - Lorraine Kuehnel

The Gothard Sisters - What Child Is This

And the Following carol gives proof that wherever you may find yourself this Christmas, you can still make it a Merry one.

Lindsey Stirling - Celtic Carol

And to top it all off, a lovely burning fireplace with over an hour's worth of beautiful and traditional Christmas Music.

Fireplace Christmas Music

I hope your Christmas Season is both Merry and Bright.

Have a meditative evening.

Barkticles - Thank Your Cat!

Hi! Sweetlips K. Beagle here. I have a link to share that may make a lot of Dog lovers into cat lovers!

Now, this particular link I'm sharing with you doesn't have anything to do with Lee Lane's upcoming novel, Cherish, but it's such wonderful news that I wanted to make sure that I got the word out to those of you who read or stumble upon her blogs. Yes, I'll be sharing this on Lee's other Blog, No Stranger Here, as well.

What's this all about? Well, click the link below and find out. It's very good news for those with HIV and proof that even Fluffy has more to offer than merely (ahem!) performing the call of nature in a box.


So barks I, pawed --

Monday, December 2, 2013

Music Monday - The Earwig Mix

Wanna know what the Earwig Mix is? Well, take a listen and you'll find out (or not). ^_~

Trio Mediaeval - Dou Way Robyn, Sancta Mater

Corvus Corax - Chou Chou Sheng

Blackmore's Night - Once In A Million Years

Little River Band - Reminiscing (or an eternal one)

Little River Band - Lady

Styx - Lady

[Traditional] Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate

Steeleye Span - Wintersmith

Foreigner - Feels Like the First Time

Rammstein feat. Sharleen Spiteri - Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)

Ein Prosit

Eiszeitklub - Novemberregen

Medieval Music

Sacred Instrumental Music from Germany

Silly Sisters - Geordie

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! 1864 Civil War Song

Wy Hearre By Elkoar - (We Are Meant To Be Together sung in Frisian)

Chuck Theme Song

Mark Mancina - Twister Soundtrack Suite

Mark Knopfler - Storybook Love (The Princess Bride Theme)

Bryan Ferry - Is Your Love Strong Enough

Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah

Strange Advance - Till the Stars Fall

The Spoons - Greatest Hits (Get it? LOL)

Beethoven - 5th Symphony

Stevie Nicks - White Winged Dove Concert 1982

XanaDu (Full Album Soundtrack)

Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You

Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Stefanie Hertel - Ich Wünsch Mir Einen Kleinen Teddybär

Have a very Frohe Abend...

Monday, November 25, 2013

Music Monday - The Legendary Bob Marley!

I don't stand for the black man's side, I don't stand for the white man's side. I stand for God's side. - Bob Marley

Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers

Have a meditative evening.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Music Monday - Hall and Oates

A playlist of some of Hall and Oates hits. Sadly, one of the songs in the playlist has been blocked. I've posted a separate link for it from another uploader.



Have a meditative evening.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Music Monday - Janice Kapp Perry

Janice Kapp Perry is a prolific songwriter of Gospel centered music. Many of her songs have been included in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Hymnal.

I love the story of how she came to be a songwriter. It's very uplifting to think that from a time of not knowing what she would do came such an incredible gift that has no doubt blessed her life but also the lives of so many other people. She is truly a gem!

You can read her story at the following link:


Her website:

And now for the really good part -- some of the music of Janice Kapp Perry!


Love you Sister Perry!

Have a meditative evening, everyone.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cherish Wonderful!

Artwork by Leon Wyczółkowski [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Text by Lee Lane
This morning as I exercised I passed by a nice woman who was out walking her dog. Nothing unusual, right? Well, actually, I feel it was. And this is  why --

I felt I wanted to go in one direction, so I did. But I veered off at one point because I wanted to avoid the sprinklers that always water the sidewalks. I got to the end of the road, turned towards the opposite direction in which I had originally intended to go. I realized that wasn't the direction I wanted to go in, so I turned around and headed down towards a nearby park. As I headed down the hill next to the park I passed this lady. She wished me a cheery, "Good morning!" and I did the same in return. I didn't think anything of it because most everyone is friendly like that around here.

Well, I got to the bottom of the hill and decided that I didn't want to continue any further down the road, so I turned around passing the same woman again. I figured she would either think I was following her (it was still dark out) or she would simply ignore me since we had already exchanged pleasantries. Nope. And this is where it gets really good or wonderful, actually.

She said to me, "You have a great day! It's going to be a WONDERFUL day!"

I cannot begin to tell you how much I needed to hear that just then, so I'm paying it forward to whoever else may need it today, tomorrow -- a week from tomorrow -- whenever!

It's going to be a WONDERFUL day!

Believe it!

With love,

Monday, November 4, 2013

Music Monday - Alex Boyé!

One of my favorite artists is Alex Boyé. I love his voice, his intensity, and his stage presence. He really has a great dramatic flair.


I Will Rise (Emi Yo Leke) ft. LDC

Oshé (Thank You)

Adele - Africanized Symphonic Cover - Set Fire to the Rain ft. Alex Boyé

I Can Only Imagine

Lincoln - The Civil Wars (Africanized) ft. Alex Boyé

Be Still My Soul

Grenade - Lindsey Stirling, Alex Boyé & The Salt Lake Pops

Coldplay - Paradise (Peponi) African Style ft. Alex Boyé - The Piano Guys

Have a meditative evening...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Music Monday - The Smashing Smashing Pumpkins!

Yay! It's Pumpkin time again!

As you know, I love The Smashing Pumpkins. So tonight I've got a nice playlist full of all sorts of pumpkiny good ear candy for you.


Have a meditative evening...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cherish the Handsome Cabin Boy

Just a little sea shanty a la Kate Bush:

While this song doesn't have anything to do with the story I'm writing, it does suit the passion of the protagonist's love of all things seaworthy.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Music Monday - Danny Elfman

Ever since his days with Oingo Boingo, or should I say The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo? Danny Elfman has proven himself to be one of the most recognizable musical talents out there.

This playlist devoted Danny Elfman covers a very large range of his body of work. But then we're talking Danny Elfman, so there's a whole lot more out there besides.


Have a meditative evening.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cherish Inspiration

Photo By Korall (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Text by Lee Lane 

 I see this question from time to time when it comes to where and how writers, artisans, singers, songwriters etc. get their inspiration?

I've seen it answered in many different and wonderful ways. The following is my take on where and how inspiration comes:

Here goes--

Eating at Restaurants:

Have you ever been seated in a restaurant waiting for your order when all of a sudden something someone says in the next booth or table near you pops into your ear. No, I don't mean eavesdropping. I simply mean that something about what someone says or even the way that they say it stands out.

This happens when I go to church or other places, too. Wherever there are people having conversations or giving talks, something someone says will generally stand out in a way that I feel inspired.

A good example of this would be the time I heard two girls talking about something.

"Today! Today I saw her!."


"Yes! She was so beautiful -- "

Well, instantly my mind went into high gear creating a scene that's in the second book of this series.

Web Wandering:

Might start out as -- Ooh! I wonder how much a migrating swallow actually can carry? But then as I'm researching that little germ of an idea something that pertains to what I'm writing or what I might like to write pops out at me all come hither like. So I grab hold of that with a C and a P into a Wordpad Document and, 1. file it away or, 2. use it right then and there.

And sometimes it's a song that captures a mood, a feeling, the emotion of an interaction enabling me to distill it into my own words and scenes.

So, I think the answer to the question that started this blog entry is simply this: inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere -- so get ready, set -- GO!

Get out there and tell your own story, paint your own painting, sing your own song, start your own business or whatever else your heart is telling you to do.

Have a beautiful rest of your Sunday, my friends!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Music Monday - Fantasy Film Soundtracks

This first playlist contains:
1.Avatar - James Horner
2.Chronicles of Narnia 1 - Harry Gregson-Williams
3.Edward Sccisorhands - Danny Elfman
4.Casper - James Horner

52 songs at the following from Oz, Legend, Neverending Story and more:

Have a meditative evening.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Prayer, Faith, Writing

Things went from bad to worse the other day and I really didn't know what I would do, but I did get on my knees and pray like a failing student before Final Exams. (I can honestly say that I was a failing student who prayed before Final Exams and received a rather miraculous B. My Math Teacher was flabbergasted. I HAD to get at least a B to pass. But I digress.)

I find it difficult to stay on point with my writing when bad things are happening around or to me, though I have had some surprising bursts of creativity while ill. I'm sure I'm not the only writer out there who feels a halt in the flow of their creative juices when troubles arise. However, how many of the great writers out there sat in icy garrets with only a candle to warm them and a dry crust of bread for a meal and yet managed to scribble away on the next great novel with a driven madness? Probably more of them than is known.

Was it that sense of "got nothing else to lose" that got them through those tough times or was it the creative fire inside of them that kept them going?

I like to think that it was God, even if they didn't know it at the time.

Have a pleasant Sunday evening, my friends.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Music Monday - Kings of Leon

I discovered these guys, gosh, it's been a while back and I've been enjoying them ever since. If you haven't heard them before, you're in for a treat.


Have a meditative evening.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Music Monday - Isn't That Scary?

This week's Music Monday is meant to be a scary one, so get ready to cower beneath your blankies because it's gettin' scary up in here!

Scary Music Box (Slender Man)
Yeah, it's those slender, faceless strangers that'll get you every time! Muah-ha-ha!

Horror Piano Theme
Don't get too scared when your piano starts to play this song all by itself, it just wants a little attention is all. You should go check on it. Really. Heh, heh, heh...

The following are two of the most easily recognizable musical masterpieces by Mussorgsky that embody both the eerie and the haunting. Oh, and it's okay to be scared, but just don't let your chattering teeth drown out all of the incredible music.

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Night on Bald Mountain

A very dark and moody piece by Schubert set to Heinrich Heine's words and majestically performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore (I believe) on piano. Ah, yes. Did you catch a glimpse of him, your double, just now out of the corner of your eye? Tch! Oh, I'm so sorry. It's been nice knowing you. HEE, hee, hee, hee!

Der Doppelgänger

Did that dark and moody piece scare you? Well, you ain't heard nothin' yet! Wait until you get an earload of Rachmaninoff' Prelude in C-sharp minor and G-sharp minor. Tch! Tch! Tch! And you thought you were going to sleep well tonight, didn't you? Heh.


Another Mussorgsky Masterpiece

What I like most about that piece is, yeah, what it did to you just then when you clicked on the link and it started playing. Gets 'em every time!

Silent Hill - Music Box [Extended Version]
What did you expect me to end it on, a tromBONE? Get it? TromBONE. Oh, never mind.

A hauntingly good evening to you, and you, und Du...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

B. Author and the Power of Parentheses

Hi! B. Author, here. Okay. It's Lee Lane, but Lee, Author, doesn't have quite the same impact that B. Author has, in my opinion. Of course, you would have to have been around in the 70s to understand the joke. If you weren't, you can probably Google it.

Anyway, so I'm sitting here this afternoon just thinking about this story of mine. (It was raining earlier, thus the rain and writing message.) I wrote some of this stuff a long time ago, bits and pieces. I was going to have them as memories at one time set somewhere within the novel series. I thought of using them as part of a prologue, but found the prologue was getting rather, well, lengthy. So I tossed them over into the "I don't know what I'm going to do with this stuff..." pile.

Yeah, writers have piles like that. They have "This is wack!" piles too.

Then one day I was sitting here at my desk thinking about how, in some ways, I wish I could begin all over again with my series of novels already in progress. That's when I decided to just start writing the series as something new and fresh and, well, Cherish was born, and I found a place for that stuff I didn't know what I was going to do with.

I have to say that I certainly didn't expect this story to become what it has become. There are twists and turns in it that I didn't even anticipate taking -- and I'm the writer! But I've found that writing is like that sometimes, a lot of the time -- it surprises you.

I hope when it's published that it will surprise you too. (In a good way.)

(Parentheses. They're a good thing.)

(If you're a Neil Gaiman fan, then you'll understand why I just said that -- and why I'm using them, except for me it was Tolkien. But C.S. and J.R.R. were buds, mostly, so it's cool.)

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Monday - The Good Water

A band I just heard about, The Good Water, I think has a really great rockin' sound. I just had to share them. I definitely think a lot of the characters in my novel would enjoy this band's sound.

Warning: Listening to this song could cause instantaneous eruptions of increased energy and a need to get up and move.


Hey, don't say I didn't warn ya! ;-)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Well, one of the most delightful days of the year has almost drawn to its close in these waters and I would be remiss if I didn't honor it right and proper by posting a link to my favorite pirate of all time and the very site that celebrates this day.

So, without any further arrrrrdieu, I give you my most favorite pirate of them all, Westley, otherwise known as, The Dread Pirate Roberts!


And... The International Talk Like a Pirate website:


And what do Pirates have to do with my novel, Cherish? I'm glad you asked!

Pirates are a big part of Florida myth and lore and the history of the surrounding islands and Caribbean, and Cherish is rooted in all things Florida! So when you read the book you'll get a chance to read about a Pirate and a Mermaid via the storytelling of the main character's grandfather, a regular old Pirate at heart himself.

Arrrr! Ye Scallywags! May yer sails alway billow with a fair wind, aye!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Story Research Question

I have a question.

In my book there is a Swim Meet scene. If you were to read a book with light emphasis on a character's involvement in the swim team, how important would technical information about swim meets be to you? Would you want to know what type of meet it is? Would you want to know what swim strokes were being performed?

Okay. That's three questions, but you get where I'm coming from. I don't want to bog down readers with too much information but I don't want to leave out anything that might be pertinent either.

Thanks in advance!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Music Monday - Guitar Greats

 There are so many guitar greats to choose from -- John Sykes, Michael Shenker, Dave Meniketti. However, I only have room for a few. So sit back and enjoy the blazing fingers of the guitar heroes I've chosen to showcase tonight.

Neal Schon - The Calling

Dave Mustaine - Peace Sells

Ted Nugent - Stranglehold

Rick Renstrom

Yngwie Malmsteen - Red House

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Crossfire

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) - La Grange

Joe Satriani - Flying In A Blue Dream

Rik Emmett - Midsummer's Daydream

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing

Prince on Guitar with Cee lo Green - Crazy

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) - Mayonnaise

Lindsey Buckingham - I'm So Afraid

Lita Ford - Falling In and Out of Love

Joan Jett - You Drive Me Wild/The French Song

Ritchie Blackmore - Black Masquerade

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) - The Pretender

Matthew Bellamy (Muse) - Resistance

Have a meditative evening.

Cherish the Benefits of Swimming

Janis Rozentāls [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Some of the characters in my novel, Cherish, are swimmers. The following are some of the benefits that swimmers enjoy:
  • Can improve, even eliminate Asthma
  • Improves flexibility
  • Release of endorphins
  • Lowers stress
  • Good for the heart
  • A good way to increase muscle tone and strength without straining joints
  • Lowers risk of Diabetes

So the next time you find yourself near a pool or some other body of water, jump in and enjoy the many benefits of swimming.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11 One Man's Story

This is the link to the post on my No Stranger Here blog about Victor Guzman and how he learned to cope with the tragedy of 9/11.


May God be with all those affected by the events of 9/11.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Great Tips for Kindle Self-Publishers

For anyone interested in Kindle self-publishing, the following articles really break everything down very nicely. I'll definitely be using their Kindle publishing tips when the time comes.

Hint: I used to build web pages in HTML, so this might prove to be fun.

Self-Publish Your Books to Kindle in 7 Steps

My Kindle Experiment: How Easy Is Amazon's Self-Publishing Platform?

Let's do this thing! ;-)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Music Monday - The Piano Guys

From such humble beginnings as a piano shop in St. George, Utah, The Piano Guys share their love of music with a world audience thanks to several very professional-looking videos on YouTube.

Sit back and feast your ears!

The Piano Guys Playlist

Be sure to check out their tour schedule at the following link. Some places are already sold out!


Have a meditative evening.

Cherish Poetry - The Sailor's Statue

Just another snippet from the main character's book of poetry. For those who may find it difficult to read, the poem goes as follows:

The Sailor's Statue

I know you were here, coz I felt you.
I know you stopped by the Sailor's Statue, coz I felt you.
I went there the other day and the feelings were so strong --
How your voice followed me along.
But we did not meet and that's how it goes
when matters of the heart draw to an
untimely close.

Drop by later when I share music from The Piano Guys for Music Monday.
See ya then!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Cherish Update - Sailing Right Along

So I'm looking through my posts here on my Cherish Blog and what do I see? I've only been doing Music Monday posts for the last several postings. How boring is that? Don't answer that. Well, you can if ya want to.

I hope the music has been interesting to all of you, at least.

This made me realize that I best get on the ball here and do something about it. I promised updates on my novel's progress and so forth when I first started this blog and I want to keep my promise.

Progress has been good. I'm very pleased with the results thus far. I have the course laid and the ship that is my novel, Cherish, is sailing right along.

I wanted to publish within this year, but I don't think that's possible at this point. I could have it done by February or March in 2014, mostly due to copyrighting it. That takes six months, and that wasn't something that I figured into my original resolution to publish within 2013. That's something I only found out a couple of months ago.

I would lament that but for the fact that certain aspects of the storyline have been "delivered" to me when they could not have come at any other time. In other words, this book has been revealing itself to me at its own pace. I would be researching something completely unrelated to my novel when all of a sudden there would be a piece of the Cherish puzzle I didn't even realize existed right there before my eyes.

I want to do a launch for the novel in June 2014. There's a reason for that, but you'll have to read the story to find out what it is. ;-)

Well, until next time, which I promise won't be so long in coming --

Monday, July 29, 2013

Music Monday - Romantic Love Songs

A two and a half hour playlist of romantic 80s and 90s love songs.


1. MLTR- [25 Minutes]
2. Kelly Clarkson -- [Because of You]
3. Monica -- [It's Angel Of Mine]
4. REO Speedwagon -- [Can't Fight This Feeling]
5. Mark Sherman -- [Changes In My Life]
6. Basil Valdez -- [You]
7. Whitney Houston -- [Where Do Broken Hearts Go]
8. Katy Perry -- [Thinking Of You]
9. Celine Dion -- [That's The Way It Is]
10. Bryan White -- [God Gave Me You]
11. Celine Dion -- [My Heart Will Go On]
12. Aerosmith -- [I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing]
13. Avril Lavigne -- [Wish You Were Here]
14. Gino Padilla -- [Closer You and I]
15. Selena -- [Dreaming of You]
16. Indecent Obsession -- [Fixing a Broken Heart]
17. Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez - [Forever]
18. Bobby Caldwell -- [Heart Of Mine]
19. Mariah Carey -- [Hero]
20. Peabo Bryson -- [If Ever You're In My Arms Again]
21. Celine Dion -- [Immortality]
22. Mariah Carey ft Whitney Houston -- [When You Believe]
23. Natalie Cole -- [Miss You Like Crazy]
24. Bon Jovi -- [Thank You For Loving Me]
25. MLTR -- [Breaking My Heart]
26. Rockstar -- [Parting Time]
27. George Benson -- [Nothing's Gonna Change]
28. Christian Bautista and Sarah Geronimo -- [Please be Careful with My Heart]
29. Richard Marx -- [Right Here Waiting]
30. Roxette -- [Spending My Time]
31. Savage Garden -- [I Knew I Loved You]
32. The Corrs -- [All The Love In The World]
33. Roxette -- [Listen To Your Heart]
34. Donna Cruz and Jason Everly -- [Wish]
35. Michael Jackson -- [You Are Not Alone]
36. Original Version -- [Pusong Bato]

Have a romantic evening...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Music Monday - Ambeint Trance

This is definitely a type of music that I love to listen to while I'm writing, though it does depend on what I'm trying to do with my story at the time. Sometimes I listen to other types of music while writing. But this type of music with its dreamy quality helps get me in the zone.

Here's a full hour and nineteen minutes worth of ambient trance. May it help you get into your creative zone as well.


Have a meditative evening...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

20 More Things to Cherish

1. Grandpa

2. Boyfriends

3. Beach Weddings

4. Romantic Dinners

5. Firelight

6. Sand Between Your Toes

7. Birthdays

8. Trails

9. Blue Jays

10. Kestrels

11. Wrens

12. Cardinals

13. Woodpeckers

14. Florida

15. Gators

16. Conch

17. Africa

18. Sea Biscuits

19. Police

20. Detectives

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cherish - Eating Healthy - Carrot Burgers!

In my book, Cherish, the protagonist's mother loves to cook healthy food for her family.

The following original recipe by me would fit into any Ovo Lacto Vegetarian diet, as it does require the use of eggs. But feel free to substitute anything that you might use in place of eggs for binding.

Also, keep in mind that it is always preferable to use organic carrots and free-range chicken eggs when possible.


7 - 8 large - medium carrots (Shredded)
2 whole eggs
1/2 - 3/4 c. flour (Any type that you prefer. I use organic whole wheat flour.)
2 - 3 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)
Pinch of Salt (Optional)

Optional Ingredients:
Brown and wild rice (cooked), chopped raw spinach, black beans, or oatmeal. Any of these or even a combination of these can be added into the batter to "beef" up the patties. I have even added alfalfa sprouts (that I home sprout) and wild greens that I have gathered. Delicious!

Other Flavors:
Adding sage, black or white pepper, and marjoram gives a more chicken-y flavor to the patty and adding rosemary, thyme, and sage can make the patty taste more like sausage.

2 pats of butter melted in the pan

Preparation & Cooking:

Cook carrots until they are still moist, but tender. About 3 - 5 minutes in a microwave should do. Mix in the rest of your ingredients until you get a thick, easily portioned batter. You can add more flour to thicken the batter, if necessary. Likewise you can add a little water if the batter is too thick.

Melt butter in a frying pan or wok over low to medium heat. Don't let your pan get too hot so as not to burn the patties. Spoon carrot mixture into patty shapes into pan. Allow to brown on one side, flip, brown other side, then remove from pan and allow to drain excess butter onto a paper towel laid in a plate or platter.

Once you have all of your patties (this recipe should yield 7 - 8 large patties) you can then put them on any bread that you prefer using the same condiments that you use whenever you have hamburgers. You can also eat these alone or paired with a side salad or cut into strips and placed on a hotdog bun with cole slaw. The possibilities are endless for what you can use this recipe for, even meatloaf. Just mix in what you normally put into your meatloaf, such as bell peppers, onions, or tomatoes, etc. Bake and enjoy!

I have even used these to make spaghetti and meatballs by forming the mixture into balls and partially cooking them before adding them to the sauce.

You can bake the patties in an oven as well, but since I don't have an oven I'm not sure how long they would need to bake to cook thoroughly and you want to be sure that the eggs in the mixture are completely cooked.

Personally, I just microwave 7 - 8 on a plate on high for 9 minutes. But with the way cooking times vary depending on microwave brand and the possibility that you might under cook the eggs in the mixture, I can't really advise others to prepare them this way.  After all, I live in a part of Florida that is right about at sea level and that will definitely affect cooking times in a microwave or even a regular oven.

However you choose to cook them I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They are a very nutritious addition to your mealtime repertoire. 


Monday, July 15, 2013

Music Monday - Dubstep

Yes. Yes, I do. I wub the bass, the wobbles, and all the rest!


Raise Your Weapon - Deadmau5

Pumped Up Kicks Remix (Butch Clancy) - Foster the People

Set Fire To The Rain (Ember Waves Dubstep Remix) - Adele

Louder (Doctor P and Flux Pavilion Remix) - DJ Fresh

First of the Year (Equinox) - Skrillex

What Am I Doing Here - Chicane

Electric Daisy Violin - Lindsey Stirling (Original Song)

DubstEpic - Robot Boys

Bring Me the Horizon - Shadow Moses (Dubstep Remix)

Just wanted to share --
Some Awesome Middle School Talents Dancing to Louder

And just for fun--

Have a meditative evening...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Music Monday - Polynesian

When I was in 5th Grade a woman came around to our school to teach us about Polynesian music and culture. I was already into all things Polynesian, because of some of the old albums my parents had, so this was absolutely exciting to me. She even taught us some Hula moves and how every movement and gesture told the story of the music. It was wonderful! Well, I still have a love for all things Polynesian, so this week I'd like to share some of my favorite Polynesian music with you.

Some of the Music from My Parents' Albums that Kicked Off My Interest: 

My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii

Hawaiian Sunset

Under Hawaiian Skies

Tradewinds Over Mamala Bay

The More Modern Polynesian-Style Sounds I Love Today:

Kua Iti Te Marama


Te Moana

Panini Pua Kea

Samoa e, Maopoopo Mai

Lei Hali'a

Every Road Leads Back to You


Have a meditative evening...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cherish - Independence Day!

I cherish the Independence and Freedom of this country, the United States of America, and I wish to all of my fellow Americans a very safe and happy Fourth of July!


God Bless You, Oh, Sweet United States of America! How I Love You!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Music - Sweet, Sweet Bubblegum!

There is literally a ton of sugary sweet, bubblegummy, diabetes inducing music out there from both yesteryear and, well, this year. I loved it when I was a little girl and I still enjoy the nostalgia of listening to it from time to time. Not all of these acts went on to greatness, but some of them did. However, I appreciate them all for their sweet, fun, and sometimes double meaning (and not so double meaning) lyrics.

The following sweet ear candy could cause decay, so be sure to brush after consuming!

Lemon Pipers best known for their song Green Tamborine:
Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)

1910 Fruitgum Company best known for their song Simon Says:
Goody Goody Gum Drop

Ohio Express best known for their song Yummy Yummy Yummy:
Chewy Chewy

The Smoke best known for the following song:
My Friend Jack (Eats Sugar Lumps)

The Monkees best known for their song Daydream Believer:
Tapioca Tundra

Leslie Gore made this Marvin Hamlisch song very popular:
Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows

The Archies were made famous by this song (Ron Dante is the vocalist):
Sugar Sugar

The DeFranco Family best known for their song Abracadabra:
Sweet Sweet Loretta

The Osmonds best known for their song Puppy Love and the following song:
One Bad Apple

The Jackson 5ive best known for their song ABC (and a whole slew of other songs!):
Honey Love

The Bay City Rollers best known for their song Saturday Night:
Money Honey

Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs best known for, well, the following song:
Sugar Shack

Have a sweet evening...

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cherish - Did You Know?

Did you know that Cherish, the novel by Lee Lane, is --

Of course, you'll have to read it to find out why. ;-)

Please drop back by, tomorrow, for Music Monday when I'm going to share something very sweet with you!

Until then, have a restful day.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Music Monday - Slim Whitman

I was very saddened to hear of Ottis Dewey "Slim" Whitman, Jr.'s death on the 19th of this month of June 2013. However, it was good to know that he lived such a long, full life reaching the age of 90. I always enjoyed Slim's singing, because I like yodeling, and he was great at it. Also, most of Slim's songs just sound so haunting to me and I love that!

They may have been poking fun at Slim when they used this first song to rupture the heads of invading Martians, but I really loved that a good ol' Florida boy, like Slim, could save the day just by doing what came natural like.

Indian Love Call

Paloma Blanca

Rose Marie

I Remember You

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Cool Water

Cattle Call

Mockingbird Hill

That's How the Yodel Was Born

I'll Hold You In My Heart

Til I Waltz Again With You

The Wayward Wind

It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

Silver Haired Daddy of Mine

Red River Valley and Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Beautiful Dreamer

When I Grow Too Old to Dream

How Great Thou Art

God bless you and rest in peace, Slim! You will be missed!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cherish Puzzles - Dolphin Ring

Carrie, the protagonist of my novel, Cherish, her family, and her friends enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles. Carrie loves any puzzle that is sea-related, like this sweet dolphin puzzle that I'm sharing from The Jigzone. I like the name of the site, but I can't help but have a little laugh to myself, because it makes me think of dancing a Jig. But it could also be seen as a fishing lure, which Carrie would like very much as well. ;-)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Music Monday - Gilbert and Sullivan

A friend of mine just went to see a performance of The Gondoliers and it got me thinking about some of the amazing music of librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. Here are two beloved Gilbert and Sullivan favorites, but do check into some of the other Gilbert and Sullivan pieces that you can find on YouTube.

The Gondoliers

The Pirates of Penzance

Have a meditative evening.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cherish Your Dad

In my novel, Cherish, the protagonist, Carrie, has two strong male role models in her life, her father and her maternal grandfather. Their wisdom, their time, and their love for her help to provide a stable foundation in her life when certain things go horribly wrong.

In honor of all of the great dads out there who help to bear up their sons and daughters during various crises and are just there for their children whatever the situation may entail, Happy Father's Day, gentlemen!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cherish Humor - Carrie's Silly Jokes

Let's eat grandma!
Let's eat, grandma!
Saves Lives!

There's a part in my novel, Cherish, where Carrie, the protagonist, and her family gather together for an impromptu reunion. They retell family stories, sing (and play) favorite songs, and Carrie tells them some silly jokes she has developed around common, day-to-day things.

Carrie's Silly Jokes:

Garage Sales and Yard Sales confuse me because I've been to them and never once have I been able to purchase a yard or even the garage to put on one! And don't get me started about Rummage Sales! What the heck is a 'rummage' anyway? It sounds like something a pirate would drink. Yo! Ho! Ho! And a bottle of Rummage!

You know all of this talk about opening up the Borders? I sure wish they would! That was one of my favorite stores!

I thought about going to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, but I had second thoughts. I'm not ready to go to the Great Beyond just yet. But it's mighty nice that people have a place where they can get a little rest and grab a shower before their journey to the Other Side.

 Wanted to work on the yard, but my budget's a bit tight right now, so I headed over to Dollar Tree. You know they got mad at me when I threw the cashier a dollar and started to drive off with one of the trees they had on display out in the parking lot -- and after I did all the work to dig it up, too!

I went to Walmart. Now they had quite a few walls, but when I brought the crane up to take one of those bad boys home, they called security!

Well, I'll tell ya. I went to Stein Mart, too, and I couldn't find even one stein! All they had there was a bunch of useless clothes and accessories! Pfft! Go figure!

[Author's Disclaimer:
Some (or none) of these silly jokes may be used in the story, since I'm still in the writing process. ;-) ]

Go out and have some silly weekend fun!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Music Monday - Jeri Southern

Tonight let's give a listen to the lovely and talented Jazz Pianist/Torch Singer, Jeri Southern. She quit the music business in the 1960s to teach and wrote Interpreting Popular Music At the Keyboard in her later years. She definitely wasn't just another pretty face.

That Old Devil Called Love

When I Fall In Love

I Thought of You Last Night

Just Got To Have Him Around

Someone To Watch Over Me

What's My Name?

I Hadn't Anyone Till You

Have a meditative evening...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cherish Oxygen

Sweet - Love is Like Oxygen

This song has a little of what Cherish is all about -- not that it's all love and romance, mind you! No, there's some exciting and scary bits in there too!

By the way, the setting for the story is modern. Just in case you were wondering. ;-)


Monday, June 3, 2013

Music Monday - Theme Song Covers

I love a good cover version of a song. Sometimes that's hard to find, but not in this case. In fact, I had a hard time choosing which version of a theme cover to choose. So much awesome talent out there!

A rather incredible A Cappella cover of the Star Wars theme:

COOP3RDRUMM3R Walking Dead Theme Drum Cover
(I sense a little Ginger Baker channeling, whether this young guy knows it or not. Impresssive!)

Sundance Kid Mission Impossible Theme Cover

ortoPilot Bad Things - True Blood Theme Cover

Super Mario Brothers Theme Cover by JustinRyan2008

James Bond 007 Theme Cover by Tate Richardson

Fringe Theme Cover by John Kramer

Mushi-Shi Theme "Sore Feet" Cover by David Crandall

Skyrim: The Dragonborn Comes Cover by Malukah

Lindsey Stirling - Peter Hollens Game of Thrones

Have a meditative evening (sounds like something Dr. Bishop would say)...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Music Monday - Alternative 90s Playlist

As promised, music hits, of an alternative nature, of the 1990s. This playlist has a few deleted videos, due to copyright etc. But it still gives a good idea of what was some of the tops songs during the late, great 90s.

90s Alternative Songs - Top 100 (sans a few deleted videos)

Have a meditative evening.

Cherish Our Troops - Memorial Day 2013

Enjoy this day and give thanks for those who gave their lives for our sake.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Music Monday - Al Bowlly Over!

I love to time trip with music. Recently, I discovered a gentleman named Al Bowlly, and I thought, now that's a fun name. So I gave his music a listen and just had a good listening party for one. Well, I thought to myself, I thought, parties are a lot more fun when there's more than one. So, that's what we're going to do tonight, have a good old-fashioned early 20th Century high time!

Midnight, the Stars and You! by Ray Noble and Al Bowlly

Al Bowlly sings "The Very Thought of You" (1934)

Al Bowlly - Guilty 1931 Ray Noble

My Woman - Al Bowlly (1932)

Ray Noble And His Orchestra - It's All Forgotten Now

Al Bowlly - Blue Moon 1935

Al Bowlly & Ray Noble Orchestra: Love is the Sweetest Thing

Al Bowlly - Close Your Eyes

Ray Noble & Al Bowlly - Goodnight Sweetheart, 1931

Al Bowlly - Whispering

Al Bowlly and Monia Liter - "My Melancholy Baby" 1933

Have a meditative evening... Oh, and, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. ;-)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I Built a Boat!

Okay. I didn't really build a boat -- I'd like to, again, and I have done (way back in the day), but I did have fun with some projects that I will probably put up in my new shop once I get everything ready to get it started. As you might guess, it's going to have a nautical theme. I already lean that way as it is, nauti that is, I might as well go all the way and be absolutely nautical!

Anyway, here are the things that I've been playing around with lately. The first two are simply origami, with my own personal touch of hand coloring and naming the little boats with silly, and/or witty (I think) names and the final three are all freehand cutout pictures, with the middlemost of the last three also containing two different origami boats using two-tone paper.



I hope you're having a lovely evening, or whatever time of the day it may be where you are. I think I'm going to work on some more nauti things. ;-)