Hell on Wheels and Angels in Pockets …


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One of the writing groups I am in meets at a Panera once a week. It seems lately this Panera cannot do anything right. The food has been awful, well it was always awful but we tolerated it because the location was good and they have a large enough back room to accommodate our group. Anyway the other night the WIFI wasn’t working. The manager said it was because too many people were trying to log in. I laughed because there were not that many people in there. Unfortunately one of the few people in there at that time was a pick –pocket and someone from our group was a victim. It is all just so disgusting. Our facilitator is looking for a new location.
I want July back. August is so final. I’m not ready. There are just so many more summer things I want to do. Starting today I am going to try to do at least one thing, outside. Today that will involve taming the jungle in my yard and I am going to enjoy it, in February.

Last month I commented on a blog post at http://www.booksiswonderful.com  and won a book! (Love that Blog!). Thank you so much Helene! The book is The Angel In My Pocket written by Sukey Forbes. It is about the loss of her little girl which had me terrified to read and then I thought if she was brave enough to tell her story the least I could do was to read her story. I am half way through the book. I know you are never supposed to say, “I know how she feels,” but number one her writing style is similar to mine and I can’t explain it but it feels kind of good to know I am not the only one that feels the way I do. It is a story of great loss but it is also about love, family and life after death. I am going to buy a copy and when I do my review I will give that copy away.

Author Sukey Forbes Cover Angel in my Pocket
AMC has a marathon of Hell on Wheels episodes today and tonight just in time to prepare us for the new season’s first episode Saturday night. I am really looking forward to it. The new season of Turn follows. I love learning the history in Turn but that history is the only reason I am watching that series. It is hard to follow. The main characters are written well but the others are confusing. I hope that gets better. Hell on Wheels is just the opposite. The history is rich and the writing is compelling. And then there is the acting and the actors…


My office seriously looks like this but its a good thing. The editing on The Stranger In My Recliner is so close to done. I am having anxiety about asking for blurbs and forewords and all of that ‘ Its almost a real book kind of stuff.’ Why does that stuff make me so nervous?


Writing is hard
I have been reading a lot of posts from teachers who are already preparing for back to school and the sale ads have started to run but here in the Philadelphia suburbs our kids do not go back to school until after Labor Day. Today, I couldn’t be happier about that.

Peyton in the pool 7 22 14

What fun summer things do you have left on your to do list?

Also I am just curious, what is the closest tourist attraction to your home and when was the last time you visited that attraction?
Have a blessed weekend,

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20 Responses to “Hell on Wheels and Angels in Pockets …”

  • Dawn:

    The Mall of America is a big tourist attraction. We go more in the winter because it’s something fun to do inside when it’s cold outside. Our schools don’t begin until after Labor Day. This summer has flown by much too fast. How exciting about your book! Best wishes with the last of the work.

  • Well, my office really looks like the one in the picture. I often need to step over projects to find projects. I blame in on a rogue gene.

  • I am not use to such early school starts as we have in MO. I think the closest tourist attraction might be all the tribal Casinos we have in this corner of MO.

  • Hmmmm, I live in a pretty small town (Davis, CA) and I guess our biggest tourist attraction is our famous farmers market. It’s on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and we went there for dinner on Wed. and will take out of town guests there tomorrow. And I am good with August, I’d just like it to be two months long.

  • I think the most popular tourist attraction would be Multnomah Falls in the Gorge. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Portland but totally worth the trip.

  • Love these Friday Fragments………………I shall add to my list!

  • The closest tourist attraction is the Winchester Mystery House and I have neer been because I think it is ungodly expensive for a tour! However, there are so MANY tourist attractions in the Bay area I don’t feel like I’ve lost out. Also I’m shocked at your Panera, I’ve always thought their quality control was top notch.

    • I hate when they charge so much for history. Philadelphia is outrageous with the cost for the Liberty Bell and Constitution Center. It makes me so angry.
      This particular Panera is just awful. It is a nice area too so I don’t get it. Bad management.

  • Love reading your Friday Fragments! Too funny because I was just thinking about going to Panera for lunch and will now be going somewhere else instead!

  • I love the “Friday Fragments” idea (and alliteration!). You’ve inspired me to check out the Hell on Wheels marathon. My husband and I started watching that a while ago yet others (Orange is the New Black, Rectify) intrigued us, stole our time away. Need to catch up on HOW.

    Nearest attraction? Sheesh… My neighborhood includes Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy and more. Where to begin! I would definitely love to go up the peak again soon. Perhaps when the aspens change and the mountainsides are blindingly brilliant.

    • You should link up, Friday Fragmenters are a supportive fun bunch:)
      We are getting ready to watch the last couple of episodes of Hell on Wheels. Looking foreword to tomorrow night.
      Your neighborhood sounds spectacular. My cousin went to the Academy and loved it there.

  • Helene Cohen Bludman:

    Oh Doreen, I am so glad you are enjoying the book. You’ll have to update me when you’ve finished it. I love your office photo, btw!

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