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New Book Release! I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO … How almost losing my life inspired me to start living it!

When the author was diagnosed with uterine cancer in December of 2015, she saw her life flash before her. So many things left unsaid, undone, and incomplete.

There was still so much this 51-year-old wanted to do but she had been putting them off until “someday” then she realized someday may never come, and the time to start living is now.

Disliking the term “bucket list” she began to write down what “I Have Always Wanted To … “ things she wanted to do with her life, places she wanted to see, people she wanted to meet, and she started doing them.

She also created a Facebook page with the same name to encourage others to do the same.

In this humorous and moving book, you will be inspired to live in the moment and begin to truly experience the life of your dreams!

Note: Lisa is now cancer free and is grateful to God every day.

RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Available now for Pre-Order on Amazon!



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Honoring the woman behind the bestselling memoir-WEEDMONKEY on her St. Patrick’s Day birthday

Today, March 17, was my beloved mom Victoria‘s birthday.

Here are some things I want you to know about my Mom:

She was a strong and loving woman who grew up in the coal mining camps of Kentucky and West Virginia and suffered through a very difficult childhood during the Depression. She could have grown up angry and bitter however she chose to spend her life looking out for children and making their lives better than the one she had.

She loved antiques, pink roses, purple irises, wisteria, and poppies.

She loved Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Wesley Snipes, Snoop Dog, and James Garner. She esp loved Rod Stewart and Freddie Mercury.

She thought Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow should be together and it would have broken her heart if Tim and Faith ever broke up.

She loved Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, and it would have broken my heart to tell her he had died. I was grateful she had passed before he did.

She thought a woman should be President saying that a woman would not be so quick to send our boys and men into war.

She would cry and get angry when another soldier fell on the battlefield during the Gulf War.

She loved history and doing research on our area.


My grandfather Jesse, grandmother Maude, my uncle Gerald, and my mom.

She loved to cook and bake, and our kitchen was always full of cakes, cookies and cupcakes, and she would always put cake mix in a coffee cup and hand me and Gary a spoon.

She was a writer who wrote short stories and published a small book called, “Almanac for a Bored Housewife” and asked me and Daddy to draw and design the cover. I was 15.

She loved ghost stories.

When I was a little girl, she, Gary and I went to a gas station one night in Frederick. The girl came out to pump our gas and it was freezing. My mother asked her where her gloves where and the girl said she had forgotten them. My mother took off her gloves and gave them to her. I remember sitting in the back seat thinking, I want to be like that one day.

Her favorite television show was “The Twilight Zone” and her favorite movie was “Random Harvest.”

She loved the Springtime and all the flowers and lush greenery that it would bring.


The original photo I used as the cover of Weedmonkey. My uncle Gerald and my mom Victoria.

She loved watching country music videos.

She was terrified of the movie, “The Shining.”

She was scared to death of snakes.

She loved anything Victorian.

She thought commercials were ridiculous.

Her favorite color was Blue.

Her favorite trees were Mimosa, Holly, Magnolia, and Willow.

She loved Butterfingers and Werthers Caramels.

She got me hooked on “Sex and the City.”

I got her hooked on “Days Of Our Lives”.

She taught herself how to use Web-TV in her 60’s so she could check out the internet.

She was a big seller on eBay and had the ID name Vic10 because none of the other Vics were available.

She was born dead in 1929 and her Cherokee grandmother saved her life by removing the “veil” she had been born with saying, “The white doctors don’t know anything about birthin’ a Cherokee baby!”


My Cherokee great grandmother Dicie, who brought my mother back to life as a baby.

As a child, she fell into the hole in an outhouse, landing in the “basement” and her father and some men had to tip it over in order to save her as she was drowning in the debris.

She and my Dad were the 4-H leaders for Pleasant Valley and she was the PTA President for Pleasant Valley Elementary School and made many changes to the area.

She volunteered countless hours at the school helping children learn how to read and write. Every life she ever touched can remember “Miss Proulx.”

She is responsible for the flashing light at the end of Valley Road.

She idolized her grandchildren Shelley and Mandy and said both of them would do great things one day. She was so proud of them.

When spelling our last name, she would always say, “P as in Paul, R-O-U-L-X.”

She could not tell a joke to save her soul, yet she was hilarious, would come out with the craziest things, and when we laughed at her she always said, “I’m glad I am a source of amusement!”

When I would climb too high in a tree and couldn’t get down, she would climb up there and get me.

She couldn’t stand anything around her neck and would never wear turtlenecks.

She loved my cooking and always told me I should cook for a restaurant.

After she passed, I baked some homemade yeast rolls and left her one on the counter with a note.

At her memorial service, I played all of her favorite songs including, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and “Memories” from the musical Cats.

When we were little, she would sing, “Summertime” to me and Gary as we went to sleep.

She let us roller skate in the house.

She loved Butter Pecan ice cream.

She was a 3rd generation psychic/medium who grew up in an era where people didn’t talk about such things.


Her other grandmother Mallie Victoria whom I am named after.

A chicken once attacked her when she was trying to save a baby chick, the hen jumped on her head, and my dad shot it off at about 50 feet away.

She had the patience of a saint.

She owned her own antique shop on our farm back in the 1970’s called “Vicki’s Antiques” and she was the first person on Valley Road to have a yard sale. She went on to co-own “Boonsboro Antiques and Flea Market” and ran it for 12 years. Then she owned “Victoria’s” in Hagerstown for several more.

She had a life worth remembering and today is not a sad day. It is a day we remember a beautiful woman who was a wonderful mother, wife and friend. A quiet, graceful Cherokee who could see beyond people’s faults and mistakes, someone who saw the good in everyone and made each of them her friend.

I was proud to call her Ma.

She had a good life … and she had a good death … surrounded by love. She is loved and fondly remembered today and every day.

Happy Birthday Ma! I love you and miss you so much! ♥♥♥

WEEDMONKEY available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook:



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DAYS OF OUR LIVES…better than crack…just as addictive…

Okay, who can and will admit that they are hooked on a soap opera? I can and will admit that I am hooked on one and only one…DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

It was the summer of 1974 and I was about 10 years old and on summer break from elementary school. I was a bored little blonde and as I turned on the TV a weird show caught my big green eyes.

It was about a little town called SALEM and it was based around the church and its families yet there was a presence of evil about it…hmm…this might be interesting.

I thought it was about the witches of old Salem so I said what the heck and began to watch…and watch…and watch…and after 38 years, I’m still watching the darn thing!

It’s like a drug, it’s like herion, it’s like crack…I can’t get enough of that funky stuff!

I get excited at the weddings, cry at the funerals, want to kill the bad guys (and girls) and I cheer for the underdog.

As a kid, when I was forced to go to school (ugh!) my sweet,  loving and wonderful mom Victoria would tape the shows for me…but wait! We didn’t have VCRs back then…so how did she tape the shows for me every day? She would actually tape record them for me with an actual tape recorder! What a saint she was!!!

Then she began writing down each episode and would relay the excitement to me every afternoon when I got home. The heck with The Mickey Mouse Club, this was good stuff!

What a great mom she was to keep her daughter hooked on the addiction of her soap! 🙂


Through the years I have liked, loved and hated almost everyone on the show. At first I liked MARLENA, then MAGGIE then RENEE then HOPE became a long time favorite.

When BO came along, that was it for me! I was in love with this dark haired rebel and he too has remained a fav.

I also loved Josh Taylor as CHRIS!!! I loved how he lived out in the woods in a log cabin! He drove a Jeep and he was a real ladies man! At least then poor Josh Taylor was getting some action! Roman needs a love interest!

Now that I am a bit more mature 🙂 my tastes run a little deeper.

I love DANIEL, EJ, JENNIFER and KATE and of course the hunky hero RAFE!


Daniel and Jennifer

EJ and Nicole

Abe and Kayla

Stefano and Kate

Rafe and Sami


Brady and Jennifer

Nicole and Eric (he’s returning as a priest?!?!) like that ever stopped Nicole!



Oh brother! Does Marlena have her hands full with this one! Kristin is one evil and ruthless bitch! Is John stupid, naive or just wants to play the hero all the time? He has got to see through her thin veil of disguise.

My prediction: After Marlena catches them in the cabin sleeping on the couch, the shrink will become unshrunk and blow a gasket. She may even throw a few pieces of the cherished Horton china!


Daniel will eventually come around and forgive Nicole. He has to, this guy is a saint on a surfboard! Sexy yes, smart, no.

He loves Jennifer, she loves him (but feels it’s too soon after losing Jack to admit it) and they belong together.

My prediction: Nicole will get off scot free and look for another hapless man to get involved with, pretend to fall in love (in her mind) use him and ruin his life too.


I don’t like Sami! It’s part her fault and part not her fault. She reminds of a woman I cannot stand so that’s some of it, the other half is I just can’t stand her. She is another one that I used to love and then I saw how she is and how she treats others so no thanks.

On the other hand, I love Rafe. What a sweet and sexy hero! However, he is not as dumb as some of the other men on the show (he’s a detective don’t ya know) but he still finds himself getting into some jams.

I personally think that James Scott (EJ) is the best actor on the show! His facial expressions alone should win him a Daytime Emmy!

My prediction: Sami and Rafe will get back together. EJ is focused on the death of his son right now and whom he can blame then his attention will turn back to Sami once she and Rafe reunite.


Who doesn’t love him!

The Phoenix always rises from the ashes! I wish though he would give Kate another chance! Who is he to cast blame on anyone! Watching them at the DiMera mansion is like watching a horror movie! I love it and their scenes together have always been a favorite of mine!


DUSTIN’S DAYS PAGE (the only one I read)





Vivian Alamain: I’m soon going to be Mrs. Forty-Nine Percent of Titan!

[Sami Brady is dressed as Marilyn Monroe]

Lucas Roberts: There she is, the star of “How to Blackmail a Millionaire” and “The Seven-Year Bitch”

[to Kate Roberts in University Hospital]

Nancy Wesley: I guess even whores get demoted.

Tony Dimera: I would invite you back but I’m afraid you’ll say yes.

Julie Williams: Wait. Should we call the police?
Bo Brady: I am the police. I got to check this out.

Doug Williams: [talking to Hope] Yeah. The old days, you were a teenager, and you were chasing after a bad boy named Bo Brady.
Bo Brady: And I was smart not to let you catch me.

Sami Brady: You are insane.
EJ Wells: No, my dear. I’m a DiMera.

[opening sequence: Salem police officer guarding Steve in hospital, doing crossword puzzle]
Policeman: What’s a five-letter word for “enigma?”
Steven ‘Patch’ Johnson: What do I look like, Webster’s Unabridged?
Bo Brady: [walking in] Try “Steve.”

Nicole: [to Sami] You always lose, but you never accept it.

Billie Reed #3: [to Kate] For once in your life, just be quiet, and mind your own damn business.

To see more…http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058796/quotes

I would love to hear your thoughts on DAYS!




WHAT ABOUT GABI AND NICK? Good choice or disaster waiting to happen?


Until next time…see you in SALEM!


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“Like sands through the hourglass…so are the Days of Our Lives.” Dr. Thomas “Tom” Horton Sr

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