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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! ♥♥♥
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When I was a little girl … I was obsessed with I Dream of Jeannie.
When I saw this beautiful woman with long blonde hair shimmy her way into a magic bottle, I knew then I wanted to be a belly dancer.
However … it was not until I was 43 years old that I embraced the chance to learn how to dance and within a few short months, my instructor asked me to dance in her troupe and I belly danced for several years.
When I was a little girl … my father tried to teach me to speak French, his native language.
However … he said I was hopeless. He said, “I don’t understand you Lisa, you are a French kid but you are speaking French like an Italian kid. Nowhere on either side of your family are you Italian. I am French Canadian, your mother is French and Cherokee Indian, so why are you speaking Italian?”
I had no idea. It just came out that way.
Although frustrated and insulted, he taught me a valuable lesson that day … be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that you can.
If someone offers you a free class-take it.
If someone knows something you don’t-embrace and learn from that person.
If someone has valuable information that may help you in your career, your relationships, your life-listen to them.
Over the years, I’ve regretted not knowing another language, I’ve regretted not being able to speak my father’s native tongue, and I’ve regretted not learning enough from my father while he was here to teach me.
So … at 49 years old, I decided to learn another language. I was going to show my father, who passed away in 1986, that I can do this. I can learn a new language, master it, and show him I can do this.
And now … well now I can speak Italian.
A little – un po!
But the point is, I’m learning and I didn’t think I was too old or too stupid to figure it out, I just wanted to learn something new and I didn’t let anything stand in my way.
Scientists have proven that our brains are a muscle and like our biceps, the more you use them, the stronger they get.
There are many benefits of learning a new language. Studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several benefits.
- You become smarter
Speaking a foreign language improves your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems.
- Your decision-making skills improve
According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.
- You improve your English
Learning a foreign language teaches you the mechanics of language: like grammar and sentence structure. You become more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated.
Knowing these skills can make you a more effective communicator, a sharper editor, and a stronger writer. Language speakers also develop a better ear for listening, since they’re skilled at distinguishing meaning from discreet sounds.
Guess what? These things are good! 🙂
So think about it, when was the last time you learned something new? Just for the fun of it or for the passion of enriching your personal growth.
Let me leave you with a quote from Matthew Lesko:
“It’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to make your life more worthwhile. By the time you reach 50 or 60, you have a good chance of making it to 80 or even 90 years of age. And you might as well be doing what you really want to be doing in the next 40 years of your life, if you didn’t have the chance to do it in the first part.”
Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your summer! It’s been a real scorcher here in Maryland and although I like the heat, it’s been a little too hot for me! Today we are on day 8 of a 12 day heat wave.
It is so hot here, I feel like I am wearing black during August in Rome (my Italian friends will get that).
I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by. Before ya know it, we’ll be hearing Jingles Bells playing at the local Walmart.
I love this time of year and when I think of summer, I think of fireflies, porch swings, and food.
I also think about good friends and neat places to eat and that’s why I am excited to introduce you to someone special today.
He’s not only a cool cat, a happenin’ dude and an all around good guy, he’s one of my closest friends … please meet Steve DiSchiavi, co-host of The Dead Files.
Steve was kind enough to sit down with me recently and asked me to share some awesome news with you and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
He’s doing a side gig that is funny, cool and so amazing! I am so proud of him and so happy for him too!
If you love food, love to laugh and you love Steve, you are gonna fall in love with “Blue Plate” …
A Real Blue Plate Special
It’s been said truckers know the best places to eat but that may not always be true. Truck drivers will eat where there is enough space to park their big rigs, it doesn’t necessarily mean the food is any good.
So when you’re hungry, whom can you trust to point you in the right direction?
Well, here’s what you don’t want: You don’t want to eat in a seedy part of town while you watch one of the oddball locals looking into your car. You don’t want to pay high ball prices for a sub-standard meal and service and you don’t want to eat something that looked good on the menu but ended tasting like … well the menu.
What you want is somewhere safe, you want to be served by friendly, law-abiding citizens and you may not always want a gourmet meal every time you go out. Sometimes you just gotta have a steak and a baked potato.
It’s no secret police officers know the communities they patrol. They know the streets, the people and no they don’t just eat donuts. They eat real food just like the rest of us and who better to give you a recommendation on the best local eateries than a local cop.
That’s the premise of the new online show “Blue Plate” which is hosted by the handsome and charismatic Steve DiSchiavi. Many of you may know Steve as co-host of The Dead Files on The Travel Channel and he took this side project to show his fans a funnier, lighter side to his personality. Most people don’t get to see another side to Steve but in this new online series, you do!
“Most people think I’m this very serious guy who never laughs or cracks a smile,” says Steve, “and when I’m working, I have to be that way. I take my job very seriously. However my friends know there is another side to me and I wanted the fans to see that side too. Plus it involves one of my favorite pastimes, eating!”
The show follows Steve and his production crew of hungry men, to various cities in the United States, approaching the local boys in blue and getting the best recommendations on where to eat.
Steve, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, spent 22 years as a Homicide Detective for the New York City Police Department. He is also a Marine.
As co-host of The Dead Files, he travels all over the country investigating homes and families that are plagued by terrifying paranormal circumstances. It’s in his nature to help, to rescue, to keep others safe and to be empathic toward another person. It’s a natural fit.
It’s also in his nature to be open, friendly and downright approachable with everyone he meets and the idea for “Blue Plate” is another natural fit. It suits him! Good food, good company and good times. What more could a man want?
With his sociable demeanor, he found approaching the local police quite easy. “Most of them didn’t know who I was but they were interested in helping a former police officer. They were all more than happy to get involved.”
Steve on the lookout for the best homemade food in Galveston, Texas
The idea for the show, which is currently being shown on The Travel Channel website, came to Steve about two years ago. Traveling with the show gives him the opportunity to meet some of the coolest people and eat at some of the most amazing places. Often the production crew members turn to food apps on their phone to seek out the best food.
However Steve thought, why not ask the local police in the towns where they’re shooting for advice about the best places to eat. “Every week I’m somewhere on the road in America.”
Since he cares so deeply about his fans, he wanted to take them with him in a sense, give them an up close and personal view of the life of a retired cop, and he came up with the idea for a new show.
The name “Blue Plate” was the brainstorm of a good friend and with Steve’s idea, the show was born.
However, with all the food shows out there, what makes “Blue Plate” different? Steve explains, “It’s different because it’s not a food show about food, it’s a show about eating it! I’m not eating crazy things, I’m not preparing a gourmet meal, and I’m not a food critic. I’m just a regular Joe who enjoys a good meal. You don’t have to have deep pockets to eat decent food. Yeah, there are a million food shows out there but ‘Blue Plate’ is unique in its approach.”
Plus it’s not just a show to watch cops eat. Although I must admit, there is something kinda hot about a man in uniform eating a meal called “The Big Nasty!” 🙂
Steve finds the best seafood restaurants in Texas by land and by sea
You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the food is prepared, you’ll meet the people behind the aprons and hear local stories about these quaint out of the way places, that in some cases, you wouldn’t know was there and you would drive right by them.
Currently, only two episodes of “Blue Plate” are available for viewing and Steve hopes that will change. He also hopes the show will make it to television. “I am encouraging the fans to check them out and by gauging their responses it will give the network a good indication of its success. The more fans like it, the greater chance it has of being picked up.”
The shows are good family fun, full of “cop humor” and as Steve says, “Great for everyone to watch.” His goal is to give his fans a good laugh while exploring some of the local cop’s favorite eateries and introducing fans to some amazing dishes.
Yes, they are a hoot to watch! Trust me, you haven’t lived until you see a New York City boy eat a Cow’s Cheek Sandwich and suck the juice from the head of a crawfish deep in the heart of Texas.
In one episode, Steve is served a very large plate of delectable Cajun goodness, and is amazed at the amount of food set before him. Steve laughs and says, “I’m eating like I’m going to the chair!”
Well Steve … everything is bigger in Texas!
Steve is very grateful to his fans and is humbled by the outpouring of love he gets from them. “I appreciate all the support I get from the fans of The Dead Files and now hopefully fans of Blue Plate as well. Please let me know if you like the show and share it if you do. Thanks.”
For more information check out The Travel Channel and search “Blue Plate” http://www.travelchannel.com/
Thanks for stopping by! See ya on the flip side! Enjoy! ♥♥♥
Lisa V. Proulx is a bestselling author of ten books, is ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs 2014 and 2015, is a Certified Life and Grief Coach and is an Inspirational Speaker.
Hi everyone! I want to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. Her name is Amy Doyle and she lives in Arklow, Ireland. Not only is she a wonderful and loving person, she is a very talented makeup artist!
Amy Doyle, Professional Makeup Artist from Ireland with AmyLouiseMakeup
I met Amy while we were both on vacation in Florida and we became instant friends.
Recently I got a chance to sit down and talk to Amy about her new business AmyLouiseMakeup.
So Amy, thanks for joining me today! I’m sure my readers would love to know more about you.
Where are you from?
“I am from an area in Ireland, called Arklow which is a town in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. A little known fact is that it was founded by the Vikings in the ninth century and was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the 1798 rebellion. It is a beautiful area!”
Sounds exciting! How long have you been interested in makeup?
“Well I’ve loved it from a very young age and have always been interested in makeup. I think it makes ya feel good when you are wearing it. I really started getting interested in makeup in my young teens and I have always worn makeup.”
Tell us about your new business, AmyLouiseMakeup.
“My AmyLouise Makeup is something I recently started. I do makeup for all occasions. Weddings, Debs, Parties, Balls, Christenings! I also do free makeup competitions to get in practice for myself. I do anything for any occasion from bridal to 1950s!”
Do you have a favorite makeup style?
“My favorite makeup would have to be the dark smoky eyes. I just love them with a set of long lashes and a pure flawless foundation.”
Do you apply makeup to men as well?
“No, just women.”
What is your dream job?
“My dream job would be to work at a makeup station or become famous and work for a superstar and on television shows!”
How can someone get in touch with you?
“My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/AmyLouise-MakeUp/1547626405486854 or they can call me in Ireland at 0871133763.”
Thank you for joining me Amy! I wish you the best!
“Thanks Lee! I had a lot of fun and I look forward to hearing from your readers!”
Some lovely examples of Amy’s talent!
Dramatic winged eye liner and a golden brown smoky eye
Soft and Natural
Amy and her baby
For more info on Amy and AmyLouiseMakeup, please check out and Like her Facebook page! ♥
Well, it’s that time of year again where we take a look back at our lives during the last twelve months.
A year is a long time however as I get older it seems to go by quicker. My mom was right.
This has been my year in review: 2014
In 2013, I left my job after eight years to pursue my dream of becoming a bestselling, full-time writer. I was scared but had been saying every year that “this was the year” and I had never done it. Year after year I watched as my dream kept getting farther and farther away from me.
Yes, I was afraid to leave my job, but I was more afraid of never seeing my dream come true.
So in December 2013, I did it.
In January, I was dedicated to becoming an author.
- WEEDMONKEY became a bestseller on Amazon, stayed on that list for almost a year and is still selling.
- I was ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs
- My short story GUARDIAN ANGEL appeared in Woman’s World Magazine.
- Had my second book signing at Turn The Page bookstore in Boonsboro.
- Two articles about me and WEEDMONKEY appeared in The Frederick News Post and The Herald Mail.
- Book DOWN CAME NOVEMBER was released
- I started writing a new column for the newspaper called PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING.
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- April we lost Jade
- July we lost Harley
- October my cousin Leslie passed away after a long battle with Lupus
I unplugged from five people this year and have not looked back. Although at one time, these people meant something to me and their contributions to my life are not overlooked, I simply outgrew them for one reason or another.
- One was a woman I had known for about 15 years. Too much negativity and drama.
- Another was a woman I was becoming friends with through Toastmasters but in fact, she was only using me to further her own career. User, false friend
- Another was a woman who has been a part of my life since I was 14 years old. She was like a mother to me however instead of being happy for my success in life, she was bitter and jealous. Negativity, envy, drama
- Another was a young man who had also been a part of my life for many years, since he was nine years old. I loved him like a son but could no longer tolerate his drama and chaotic life. I was no longer a part of that world yet I was still trying to help him. Drama, negativity, ungrateful
- Another was an author and although I didn’t know him well, made a major mistake in our friendship when he insulted me after I had done everything to help him. Ungrateful
Once I pull the plug, that friendship dies and like any other death, I accept it and move on.
- Two orphaned baby raccoons came into our life in 2014. We bottle fed them and gave them grapes and cat food. Oh how we loved them! They were sweet, gentle and so loving and I would hold them in my arms like a baby. They would even sit on the woodpile and when I walked by and held out my hands, they would jump into my arms and kiss me. Sadly though, as quickly as they came into our lives, they left. We have no idea what happened to them or why they disappeared but I pray for their safety and return.
- This summer we found a stray cat in the woods, took him in and named him Scottie. We never knew his story but he became a sweet and gentle housecat whom we love very much.
- I met my editor Susan Hughes who edited WEEDMONKEY for me. What a kind, loving and generous woman! I am so glad that we have become friends!
- We also became good friends with Amy and Chris from Ireland whom we met in Florida! While there we also become friends with another couple from Wales, Mill and Asha!
- Steve and I really began to work on the renovations of house and got down to the meat and bones of the structure. The house, my childhood home, was built in 1800 and man, does it need work.
- However I am grateful for the work that is being done, the new ideas being put into play and the love that Steve has given to this house that means so much to me.
- October … Steve and I went to Florida and visited Universal Studios, Hollywood Studios, Disney World, Animal Kingdom, Harry Potter World and had a blast! It was the best vacation ever!
- December … We went to New York City and made a dream come true for me! I got to eat pizza in Brooklyn and man oh man was it good! What a blast we had that day!
Although I hate that term, it seems to fit when someone wants to do something in their life before they “kick they bucket” as they say.
- Went to go to Hogwarts
- Went to go to New York City, ate pizza in Brooklyn and went to a corner bakery in Brooklyn
We have more adventures planned for 2015 so stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone for their continued friendship and support! It means so much to me! ♥♥♥
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!