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Change is Hard but Sometimes it’s a Good Thing

Change is hard. It sucks. I have never been good with change and I fight it all the way. I don’t know why I fight it because sometimes change is a good thing. I mean, it’s important to change your clothes, change your underwear, and change your makeup every day. Sometimes you need to change jobs, change addresses, and sometimes you need to change your partner. So, change can be good.

However, I am faced with a changing moment in my life and it is breaking my heart. I need to let go of my car, my precious purple PT Cruiser Limited. Did I mention it was precious-and purple? I love that car!!!

I bought it back in 2009 and I was the second owner. This was a proud moment for me since I was used to driving junk yard specials and cars with grass growing under the brake pedal. I think one or two had mice living in them.

My mom had just died three years before and I needed an upgrade-badly. I could drive on Route 67 (a road near my home) and mark every place my old car had broken down.  So, when the Cruiser came into my life, I had just sold some property and paid off the mortgage to my childhood home. Now a homeowner, I needed a new ride so I bought the Cruiser. I even paid cash for it. That meant a lot to me. Did I mention it was precious-and purple?

Well, after almost nine years, it’s getting old and racking up some miles-130,000 is not too bad but it’s starting to have some issues that to repair, will cost more than the car is worth.  So, I went car shopping and I was like a kid in a candy store. I wanted a new Camaro and the new Jeep Wrangler Sport-okay slow down-I am a writer which means, I am usually starving and buying my clothes at Goodwill.

So, after coming down from the clouds, I decided to look for another Cruiser. Oh, they were everywhere! Cheap too! However, since they stopped making them in 2010, the only ones I could find had a zillion miles on them.  So, I kept looking. “What do you want?” Steve asked me. “What are you looking for?”

Well, I love the retro look, the look of the old cars of the 1930’s. I wanted a vehicle that looked like a PT Cruiser and a Jeep had a baby. 🙂

I absolutely LOVE this retro look of the 1930s!

I saw a lot of Jeeps but nothing jumped out at me, until one day…

My niece and I were driving down the road and in my rearview mirror I saw it. I saw the vehicle I wanted. I had to have. I needed.

“What is that?” I shouted, “Look, behind us, coming up next to me, what is that?”

We didn’t know so I said, “Follow that car!”

Followed it, I did-For a few miles until it turned into the local Walmart and parked in the Garden Department. Pulling up next to it, a man and a woman got out and looked at me as I slowed down.

“Hi,” I said, “I have been following you.”

Looking at each other, the woman said, “Oh really?”

I laughed and explained I was looking for another car and fell in love with theirs-from afar. Now up close.  It was a Dodge Nitro and I think right then and there I wanted to marry it.

After much car shopping, I went back to the dealer where I purchased the Cruiser. I gave the salesman my wish list and within a few weeks, a Dodge Nitro rolled onto their lot. It was loaded and came with my major requirement-a moon roof.

Only problem was-it was White and I had said no Red or White vehicles.  “Just come look at it,” he said. Oh boy, I know what that means.

Well, I loved it and after test driving it downtown, I bought it that day.  Now I am being teased with everyone calling it “Gangsta” …whatever!  I snap back and say, “Yeah, well Bonnie and Clyde were gangsters too and that was the era I was looking for-the style-everything!”  Plus, as an added bonus, when you unlock the car, it sounds like a machine gun-just like Bonnie and Clyde.

That is being fixed and no big deal but wait, what about my Cruiser. My precious and purple PT Cruiser Limited.

I pulled the Nitro into my driveway and there she was, my Cruiser. The guilt overcame me and I began to cry. I felt as though I was abandoning an old dog who needed surgery and I couldn’t afford it.

Like a friend who had been good to me all those year was now going away and the choice to leave was mine, not hers. I was making her leave, casting her out, letting her go…

Silly, I know, but that is how I felt. I still feel that way. She is still in the driveway.  I need to sell her and let her go.

                                          My PT Cruiser Limited and my Dodge Nitro in my driveway.

Why do we hold on to such things? A car has no soul (expect a KIA-get it, KIA Soul) yet it still haunts me that I need to sell her. I attach such sentiment onto items that have no heart, no feeling, no emotions, it’s a machine that gets me from Point A to Point B. But I love that car!

I am the same way with everything. I struggle with letting go of clothes I no longer wear, papers that have no value or use, and stuff that means nothing to me.

I am one step away from an episode of Hoarders. Well, I’m not that bad-yet.

If you want to get philosophical, we are just here, in our lives, on a temporary basis. This life is not permanent so we shouldn’t attach ourselves to things because this is not our permanent home. Deep huh? That is truly how I feel so why is it so hard to let go?

I know in time I will love my Nitro just the same or maybe even more. See, I even feel guilty saying that out loud. The Cruiser represents my free spirt, my Bohemian heart, and my gypsy style, yet at one time, it felt unique and now I see them everywhere. But I am still a free spirit, I still have a Bohemian heart, and a gypsy style…another car isn’t going to change that about me. It’s an upgrade-I have evolved-and it’s a new chapter in a new beginning in my life.

(Sigh) I know this week, she will be put on the hill and priced to sell. I will be honest about any repairs or issues I know she is suffering with and once she is gone, I will cry. Did I mention I will cry? ♥

http://www.lisavproulx.com

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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!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DQ9CX1?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

 

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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.

MA, GERALD, JESSE AND MAUD

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.

MA AND UNCLE GERALD PHOTO

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!”

DICIE, PETER AND FAMILY

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.

MALLIE VICTORIA AND TWO CHILDREN

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:

http://ow.ly/Av4Oe

 

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Being an Empath-I can smell a phony a mile away

My mother Victoria was a third generation psychic medium. She knew things, she saw things, but she never told anyone. Well, sometimes she did but she grew up in an age where if people heard or saw things that weren’t really there, they were locked away in a rubber room. So she kept quiet.

I grew up with more mediumship abilities than psychic and I am a natural born empath. What is an Empath? An Empath is a person who can psychically tune into the emotional experience of a person, place, or animal.

At one time, it scared me to be so sensitive to sounds, energy, and vibrations but now I embrace it.

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Sometimes people don’t get me, and that’s okay. I can smell a phony a mile away and I have no problem cutting people out of my day, my conversations, my time, or out of my life. Once I do, it’s over, and I never look back. 
I shut down, go quiet, and need to regroup sometimes to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
 
I cannot handle other people’s drama or negativity for too long without feeling uneasy. Oftentimes people try and take advantage of my time and energy and sometimes I let them just to see how far they will go. When they go too far, I unplug from them and the holes in the outlet close.
 
I have a very small circle of people in my life who understand this. If you are one of them, I cherish you.

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Help for Indie Authors! Introducing “Indie Author Promotions”

Are you an Indie Author struggling to get your name out there? Are you lost in the whacky world of writing? Overwhelmed by Twitter, Facebook and CreateSpace?

If so, this new service for Indies is just for you!

Bestselling Author Lisa V. Proulx has created Indie Author Promotions with the desire to help struggling authors by “Giving Indie Authors Roots So Their Dreams Can Grow.”

A published author since 2004, Lisa wants to share her experience with authors who need help when it comes to promoting. With services such as: Book Promotion, Proofreading, Copy Editing, Featured Author Interviews, Tweets Only, and help with Facebook, Twitter, and Createspace, Lisa has created a “one stop shop” to benefit authors with her experience.

She will also be adding Book Cover Designs soon!

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How it all got started

Two years ago, Lisa met an out of work Irishman, Chris Rush, who was visiting the United States. He wanted to be a screenwriter, and after talking to him and hearing his passion for writing, she decided to take him under her wing. She convinced him to go back to work and write a book instead of a screenplay.

She worked with him for two years, giving him names of editors, graphic artists, and even became a second set of eyes for his work by proofreading every word he wrote. Finally, his first book, a horror novel, “Folklore” was born and Lisa even set up his first book signing in his native Ireland in June 2016. He invited Lisa to be his special guest author at a signing in Dublin. This was his first book signing ever and Lisa’s first European one.

Since then, Chris’ career has taken off! His books are now sold all over Ireland and he has been interviewed multiple times by newspapers, on radio, and on television. He was even invited to join the Paranormal Research team of Ireland (PRI) where he gets to live out his dreams of being a ghost hunter.

I got to sit down with Lisa who was eager to talk about her new venture.

                                                                                                So Lisa, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I am the bestselling author of 10 books, I’ve been ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and I have been a newspaper feature writer and columnist for 16 years.

What is Indie Author Promotions and how did it come about?

I wrote my first book in 2004, Puncture, and it went nowhere. I continued to write a few short books that did the same thing, they just sat there. It took me years of learning, reading, studying, and just plain hard work, to figure out what I was doing wrong and what I needed to get the ball rolling with my books. Indie Author Promotions came about when I decided that so many Indie Authors needed help and I wanted to show them the ropes to help get them started.

 

What were you doing wrong?

I didn’t know how to promote or how to engage with my audience. I was just trying to sell a book instead of what I should have been doing and that was to become a friendly face and become someone my readers could get to know and hopefully like.

 

Do you see a lot of authors making the same mistake?

Oh absolutely! I see it all the time. Some new authors get on Twitter and do nothing but say, “Buy my book!” No one wants to hear that or buy a book by someone they are not connected with. Sometimes you might see a book that looks interesting and you buy it but people want to engage and know there is a human behind their posts and their tweets.

 

How can Indie Author Promotions help a new author or one who is struggling?

I can help them because I was them. I offer affordable pre-packaged social media programs designed to engage their audience. To me, I would rather work with a fellow Indie Author instead of a large corporation who will charge you a lot of money and not take a personal interest. I am very hands on and don’t let you fly alone until you are ready.

For example, when Chris’ book came out in March of this year, I didn’t just forget about him. I promoted him all over social media. I helped him with flyers, letters, book signings, and even booked him for his first American signing which he had in October of this year. Although he is now flying on his own, he still comes to me for advice and I am so proud of him! I see his Facebook posts and his Twitter tweets, he listened to me and is doing a great job of promoting himself. He travels all over the place doing book signings, interviews, and he is living his dreams as a paranormal investigator.

Two years ago, he was a struggling out of work wanna be screenwriter who had no clue how to get started. Now, he is living his dream!

 

Hearing a story like the one with your Irish friend is very impressive. What made it work for Chris?

He listened to me. He did everything I told him to do and he didn’t do anything I told him not to do. He was passionate about being a writer and he listened, plain and simple.

 

So dreams really can come true?

Absolutely! I am a firm believer if you can see it, you can achieve it.

 

Tell me about the service to be a Featured Author on a bestselling author’s blog.

This is a really neat service! I interview you, gather photos, links, and feature you on my Author Blog.

One author interview on my Author Blog will include: Interview with you, photos of you and your book (s), and links to all outlets that sell your book. I then promote you for one week on the blog that will go out to thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter plus be retweeted by my followers, and their followers, and so on.

I also promote you on the Indie Author Promotions Facebook page. On the day of the interview, I will send you the link so you can promote it too! It’s a pretty cool deal! I make you the star and feature you for one entire seven days!

All for $50 for one week!

You also offer proofreading and copy editing?

 

Yes, I am a certified Proofreader and Copy Editor and I do all the work myself at reasonable rates.

 

Did I hear correctly, you will soon be offering Book Cover Designs?

Yes! As an Indie Author I either pay for my book covers to be designed or I create them myself. Both ways have been great and both had caused me grief. I am not just an author, I am also an artist. It all comes down to being someone an author can trust to take care of their baby (their book) and you can trust me.

 

This all sounds so exciting and I can’t wait for Indie Author Promotions to take off! Where can an Indie Author contact you?

Thanks so much! They can email me at IndieAuthorPromotions@peoplepc.com or check out my website and contact me through the site www.indieauthorpromotions.com

 

Testimonials

(There are many more on the site, however they were not clients of Lisa’s at the time)

“Lisa really could not do enough for me. She made the process seem so easy and pain free, something I will always be thankful for. Being a person who will always look for a second set of eyes to look over my work, I would have no issue recommending her. Lisa’s promoting and support has helped me gain so many new contacts and followers, she really knows how to get your name out there.” Bestselling Irish Author Chris Rush, author of “Folklore” and the soon to be released, “All Shall Suffer” coming Friday, January 13, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

lisa-hippy-picmonkeyLisa V. Proulx

http://www.lisavproulx.com

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The Benefits of Learning a New Language

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.

  1. You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.”

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Meet The Dead Files Steve DiSchiavi and hear about his new project “Blue Plate”

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.

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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!

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“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 BLUE PLATE 2“Bronco Burritos”

Steve on the lookout for the best homemade food in Galveston, Texas
http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/tx/video/blue-plate-bronco-burritos

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 BLUE PLATE 1“Louis & Pook’s”

Steve finds the best seafood restaurants in Texas by land and by sea

http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/tx/video/blue-plate-louis-pook-s

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! ♥♥♥

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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.

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♥ Meet Amy Doyle ~ Irish Make-Up Artist! AmyLouiseMakeup ♥

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!

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!

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Classic 1950’s

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Amy and her baby

For more info on Amy and AmyLouiseMakeup, please check out and Like her Facebook page! ♥

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A deathbed promise fulfilled-Why I Wrote WEEDMONKEY (photos!)

When I was a little girl, my mom wanted to be a writer. She wrote short stories in the vein of her favorite television show, The Twilight Zone, and she did research on areas of historic interest in our hometown.

I would see her typing away on her old typewriter and watch in awe as she created piles and piles of papers, all part of a manuscript, being thrown into a box.

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My beautiful mother Victoria

What she was working on was her life story which she called WEEDMONKEY.

Weedmonkey is a Southern term for the word whore and this ugly word was being used to describe her mother, my grandmother, Maud.

My mother grew up during the Depression and was forced to live in coal mining camps throughout Appalachia. As a child, she was subjected to child molestation, the KKK, murder, homelessness, starvation and ridicule for being the daughter of the town whore.

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She grew up hating her mother who was taken away when she was nine years old and while she was gone, she and her brother were put into foster care, starved and abused.

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My uncle Gerald and my mother Victoria (Ruby)

When her mother returned, she did not know her husband or her children and my mother could not understand why she had changed.

At 16, my mother made the decision to leave Kentucky and the only life she had ever known after discovering her prostitute mother was having an affair with the young boy my mother loved.

She grew up with hatred, resentment and shame for the woman she called Mom and it was not until her mother’s funeral, did she learn the horrible truth, the reason for her change and the reason why she became the town whore, a weedmonkey.

I knew this book meant a great deal to my mother. I also knew that she was afraid to do anything about it out of fear of being scorned by her family, most of whom were still living.

She put the book away many times only to talk it about again and I grew up feeling that Virgie, the name my mother gave the main character in the book, was my friend even though she was my own mother.

In 2005, my mother said she wanted to work on the book again and asked if I interview her once a day for at least an hour. This way her thoughts could be contained and she would have clear notes to look back on. I agreed and so it began.

Oftentimes, she would stop, cry and say no more. “I can’t do this, it’s too painful.”

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Red Creek, Kentucky after a flood

I gave her the time to reflect but urged her to continue. I stressed the importance of this book being brought to life although I could see the old wounds were still fresh and very raw.

Although a kind, loving and gentle woman, my mother carried a lot of pain in her heart.

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My great grandmother Dicie, a full blooded Cherokee who brought my mother back to life when she was born dead in 1929. She was mother’s mentor. Her husband Peter and their children. My grandfather Jesse is the little one.

In 2006, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live. She was 77. We talked often about Weedmonkey in those last few months and I knew how much it meant to her to have it completed. Sadly, it was not meant to be.

As she lay dying, she asked me for a small favor. Would I please finish the book and write it for her. Although I was at a lost for words, I said yes.

She only asked that I do a few things: the book must be called Weedmonkey, the main character must be named Virgie Hopkins, and the cover must say Mama, Mother, Whore.

After her death, it took me a few years to even look at her pages. I was grief stricken beyond words and mourned not only the loss of my mother but also the death of her dream.

I finally decided it was time to do something with the book so I searched for her notes and her interview. However, in the confusion of her death, they had been misplaced.

I went to bed one night and asked for my mother’s heavenly guidance. Where are your notes? Your interview? If you want me to work on this book, I have to know where everything is!

That night I had a dream. I was standing in my mother’s kitchen, opening up the cupboard over her desk and the dream ended.

The next day I went to the cupboard over her desk and was met with two large pills of papers. I took them all out and went through them one by one and there at the very bottom of the pile was Weedmonkey.

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My great grandmother Mallie Victoria and two of her children. I was given her name Victoria as my middle name. She and her husband were very wealthy and owned Ward’s Emporium in North Carolina.

However, this was not a book in completed form. It was typewritten pages, all with carbon paper, there were multiple versions of chapters, duplicates of the same pages, scribbled handwritten notes, papers that were torn and words scratched out. How in the world was I ever going to make any sense of this mess?

It took several months to sort it all out but I kept thinking how important it was for her to have her story told and I did it.

I got the book published and within a year, it was on the Amazon Bestseller list and went to #1. It ranked me into the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs and was being sold in local bookstores such as Turn The Page owned by famed romance novelist Nora Roberts. I have even had two book signings there!

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So, you see, this is what this books means to me. I kept my promise to my mother as she lay dying and I hope I have made her proud.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! My 2014 in Review!

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.

Proud Moments:

  • 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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Loss:

  • April we lost Jade
  • July we lost Harley
  • October my cousin Leslie passed away after a long battle with Lupus

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Friendships:

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.

New Friendships:

  • 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!

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Change:

  • 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.

Adventure:

  • 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!

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Bucket List:

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

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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!!!

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