Friday, January 14, 2011

Monsterpiece Theatre

In 1985 to 1986, WLEX-TV (Channel 18) began hosting horror movies after Saturday Night Live with a local horror show host, Millicent B. Ghastly. I was only able to capture a few episodes, but the character and her crew had a loyal following. I believe she was portrayed by then-local-actress Barbara Ends, who co-wrote the show with her husband, Stephen Schwartz (who played the Little Blue Guy who had no legs). I'm sure there are others who remember this show... I've just putting what I have up on my channel so that they can relive fond memories of staying up way too late to see if Millie read their letter.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Way Back Wednesday - Dr. Snuggles

Dr. Snuggles

Doctor Snuggles is an animated series about a friendly and optimistic inventor named Doctor Snuggles who has unusual adventures with his friends in a slightly psychedelic world. The show featured fantastical scenarios which usually involved Doctor Snuggles inventing something outlandish such as a robot helper or diamond-making machine, and had a variety of supporting characters who were mostly anthropomorphic animals.

Doctor Snuggles is a cuddly little man, an incurable optimist who longs to make the world a better place. He lives in his quaint house at the edge of the wood. It could be anywhere in the whole wide world. Doctor Snuggles is an inventor. He invents a variety of wondrous contraptions in his shed at the bottom of the garden. Each invention is specially designed to help children, animals and all living things everywhere. His aims and dreams lead him in and out of many delightful adventures. Mostly things do not transpire exactly the way Doctor Snuggles has planned, but along the way he gets caught up in a world of new friends and happy happenings; brimful of magic, laughter and fantasy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm so excited ....

... here is the cover proof of the book "Images of America: Harrodsburg" which Anna Armstrong and I are writing ....

What do you think! Personally, I LOVE it, but I'm a little prejudice.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Christmas - With A Smaller Waistline!

“People accumulate a large proportion of their yearly weight gain over the winter holiday season”

– Susan Z. Yanovski, M.D., Executive Director of National Task Force on the Treatment and Prevention of Obesity.
This is a class a good friend of mine is having and I thought some of you might be interested in it.

The Good News: According to a National Institute of Health study, the average American who begins the season at a healthy weight, gains just over one pound during the holiday season.

The Bad News: There is no bad news - if we move in a healthy direction.

The Best News: The choice is yours, and personalized help stands ready.

Let's get started: Saturday's, October 2nd through November 20th

Jackson Park in Danville, KY - 9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.

Anderson Dean Park in Harrodsburg, KY - 10:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.

Each Saturday we will begin with 15 minutes of insightful tips on:
Self Talk/Self Image

Goal Setting

What is a Healthy Diet?

Understanding Food Labels/Healthy Shopping


Stress Reduction

Wellness Assessment

Keeping the Weight Off
We'll finish up with a Walk (up to 45 minutes, by individual ability)

Space is Limited; Registration is Required

Introductory price: Suggested donation $5.00/session

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Bonus: Those with perfect attendance will receive a gift certificate from Peace & Well-Being for a private Wellness Coaching session. ($25.00 value)

Taught by Harrodsburg resident, Ms. Pat Osborn

(Qualifications: Bachelor of Integrated Studies; Member National Weight Control Registry)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sugarcult ...

... one of my favorite "newer" bands, has released a song with my daughter's name - sweet!


What's wrong?
I feel so alone again.
The look in your eyes sometimes...
pretending that it's all right.
Make up and move on,
our ways never change
and I can get anyone that I want -
you'll see christine.
And I would do anything if you could believe in me,
but girl-you play those tricks
and make a fool out of me.
That's the way it goes here. can't stand loving you anymore.
I try my best, but I'm back for more.
My heart beat stops every time you leave me.
Hanging on lately...
last night,
she came back into my life.
To play with my head this time.
She's hanging me out for dead
I take it and move on,
our ways will never change
and I can get anyone that I want -
you'll see Christine.
And I would do anything if you could believe in me.
But girl, you play those tricks
and make a fool out of me.
That's the way it goes here.
I can't stand loving you anymore.
I try my best, but i'm back for more.
My heart beat stops every time you leave me.
Hanging on lately...
Take her away, take her away, take her away from this place.
Take her away, take her away, take her away from this place.
What's wrong?
I feel so alone again.
I flunked out a thousand times,
it's making me realize,
that i'm back and better for us.
Our ways will never change
and I can get anyone that I want -
you'll see Christine.
and I would do anything if you could believe in me.
But girl, you play those tricks
and make a fool out of me.
you'll see, Christine.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"WEEDS" is back ......

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..... I know I shouldn't like this show because Nancy is such a lousy mom, but I just can't help it. I missed watching it Monday night when it premiered, so we finally got to watch it last night - WOW!!

Weeds Season 6 Episode 1: "A “Thwack”


When we last left Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and the gang, Nancy and Shane (Alexander Gould) were standing by the pool watching a dead Pilar (Kate del Castillo floating in the water. It seems that our mild-manner Shane has learned some new tricks from all the violence in his life. He hit Pilar in the head with a croquet mallet (think "The Shining" by Stephen King - the book, not the first movie).

If last night's premier of Season 6 is any indication, WEEDS is off to a rip-roaring start. Nancy looks dazed and confused, but Shane seems unaffected, even though he does have that crazed look in his eye.

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In Shane’s eyes, this death “Thwack” to Pilar was necessary on order to protect his family. He overheard Pilar threatening both he and Silas. Pilar told Nancy that the baby was all they needed to "complete a happy family." She threatened Silas and Shane with a car wreck or a plane crash.

So, in typical Nancy fashion, the family is fleeing from another town. They pick up Silas (Hunter Parrish) who is totally unaware of what Shane did. When they get back to Estaban's house, Nancy tells the housekeeper Lupita (Renee Victor) to get everything packed and grab the baby because they are leaving for good.

While Nancy gathers her things, Shane tries to engage Silas in a game of air hockey. When Silas asks Shane what really happened at the house, calmly Shane replies: “I killed Pilar, with a croquet mallet by the pool. She was gonna kill us so I popped the bitch, right in the melon. THWACK! SPLASH! DEAD!” I have never felt more sorry for Silas in all the series - he has always been the "bad" boy, but now he looks in shock as he finds out what his younger brother is capable of.

Lupita, Shane, Silas, Nancy and the baby have all their stuff packed into Nancy's little Prius and they are stuffed in like sardines. This is when Nancy says, "We're goin' need a bigger boat." (Who didn't see that line coming?) Nancy directs Silas - who is driving because Nancy is too drunk - to drive them to Andy's (Justin Kirk), so they can "borrow" his new minivan to make it easier to flee.

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Of course, Andy is having troubles of his own because his fiancĂ© Audra (Alanis Morissette), is still being held hostage by a deranged catholic, anti-abortion freak. Nancy, being the bad ass she is, busts in the room and demands the keys to the van. Needless to say, the kidnapper ends up tied to a chair. Nancy now has the keys to Andy’s van and tells Andy that he can come along if he wants to. Poor Andy, he could have had a good life with Audra, but he failed the test (Audra said she'd never take him back and he didn't fight for her). So, Andy goes on the little road trip with the family.

As I said earlier, WEEDS is off to a rip-roaring start ....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Zombies crawl for backpack program

I am a HUGE supporter of the "Backpack Program" that most schools in Kentucky participate in. In case you don't know what this program is, it basically is a way to make sure underprivileged children/students have food to eat on the weekends when they are home. The children can depend on breakfast and lunch at school, but many children go without food on the weekends. Easy to prepare foods a child is able to fix in the microwave are the what most school are looking for. They fill up backpacks and the children taken them home on Friday and return the backpacks on Monday.

This past weekend, Harrodsburg held its 1st Annual Zombie Crawl to support the Backpack Program. Food items and monetary support came from all over our community. This was sponsored by The Arts Council of Mercer County and Goldie Goldsmith of Studio G. Below are a few of the fun photos from the event.

The 1st Annual "Zombie Crawl" in downtown Harrodsburg on August 13, 2010 was a huge success. Below are some photos from the event:

Tim White - Head Zombie

Tim White, Candace Thomas, and Jennifer Fister

Brody Pitman

Kelly Simpson and Madison Phillips

Kelly Simpson

"Thriller" courtesy of Goldie Goldsmith and Studio G

Kelly Simpson

"It's just a Thriller, Thriller night ..."

"Let's do the Time Warp again ... it's just a step to the left and a jump to the right ..."

Time Warp

Zombie Dog

One of the drummers

The entire cast of Zombies

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Care and Feeding of Nightmares

For anyone who would like to purchase my 2nd chapbook of poetry, "Care and Feeding of Nightmares" - you can email me at:

with your snail-mail address. The books are $5 each plus $2 for shipping and handling. I hope to have PayPal set up on my blog in a few weeks for payments, but currently I can only accept checks or money orders. I will mail out the book on the day I receive your order. You can also buy the books at J. Sampson Antiques on Main Street in Harrodsburg. Thanks to everyone who buys a book!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Votes for Women Celebration...

...90 Years and Counting!

A great deal of sacrifice was endured by the brave women working for women suffrage. The passage of the 19th amendment was a hard fought battle waged mostly by women … women of various political beliefs, backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities. They worked together, marched together, were jailed and beaten together. More importantly, they won together!

Each of us honors their sacrifice by voting knowledgeably in every election. However, this year we have an opportunity to show visibly the pride and unity of women and the power of our vote!

The 90th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote in America is August 26, 2010, and we must not let this date pass without fanfare, celebration, and meaning. The Kentucky Commission on Women invites you to join in the VOTES for WOMEN Celebration … 90 YEARS and COUNTING! This event will be held on Thursday, August 26th, 2010 at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky beginning at 10:30 a.m. On this day, let’s demonstrate the pride we take in honoring our foremothers for fighting for the right to have our voices heard through the power of the vote.

Please review the program schedule of events and plan now to bring a carload! Encourage your organization or club members to attend and become a financial co-sponsor!

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent or, if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you will want to attend this event held at the Frankfort State Capitol to pay tribute to those women who risk their lives so Kentucky women could have a voice. We owe the brave women (and men) who stood up, spoke up and protested the inequality of the silencing of women’s voices. This day is too important to let go by without showing appreciation for what they endured and accomplished.

Please contact our office for questions at 502-564-2611 (ask for Commission on Women).

Hope to see you there… wearing your grandmother’s suffrage hat!

Event Honorary Co-Chairs

Marie Humphries, 1968-1970, Governor Louie Nunn

Marie Abrams, 1971-1974, Governor Wendell Ford

Helen Howard Hughes, 1974-1979, Governor Julian Carroll

Jessica Loving, 1979-1983, Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.

Robin Crigler, 1983-1987, Governor Martha Layne Collins

Phyllis Alexander, 1987-1991, Governor Wallace Wilkinson

Marsha Weinstein, 1992-1996, Governor Brereton Jones

Virginia Woodward, 1996-1998, Governor Paul Patton

Eugenia Potter, 1998-2000, Governor Paul Patton

BetsyNowland-Curry, 2000-2004, Governor Paul Patton

Glenda Woods, 2004-2007, Governor Ernie Fletcher
(Former Executive Directors of the Kentucky Commission on Women)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Loch Ness is Yummy

As many of you know, my youngest daughter, Christine, turned 18 this week. Even though she is legally an adult know, here is a picture of the special request birthday cake "Sharon's Cakes" made for her:

Of course, one of the first things my brand-new 18 year old did was go to the Mercer Public Library and have her status changed so she could check out VHS tapes and DVDs. What did she come home with? Winnie the Pooh videos ...

Maybe she's not growing as fast as I thought she was. If only I could keep her like this forever ...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Have a Confession ...

... this summer I have found a guilty pleasure that is quickly becoming addictive - "Pretty Little Liars." Believe it or not, this scrumptious show started out as a book series I had never heard of (imagine that!). "Pretty Little Liars" is a series of YA books by Sara Shepard. The series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their leader, Alison. Three years later, they begin receiving text messages from someone using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.

The series debuted on the ABC Family Channel in June and is quickly turning into a must-see, who-done-it type soap opera. It has been called the "Desperate Housewives" for the younger demographic.

Here is a YouTube video of the opening theme - and it's actually a theme song and not just a little jingle like most new shows.

You can believe, I will be finding these books and adding them to my "To Be Read" pile!

HEART is headed back to the top of the charts ...

... with Red Velvet Car by legendary female rock band, HEART, will be released on Sony Legacy on August 31st in the USA in digital and CD versions. Produced by Ben Mink the 10 song tracklist is: There You Go, WTF, Red Velvet Car, Queen City, Hey You, Wheels, Safronia´s Mark, Death Valley, Sunflower and Sand.

Here's the link for "Red Velvet Car" - I LOVE this song!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

1st Trip to Elliott County

I have permission to post this commentary from a day in the life of a TV news reporter and videographer - courtesy of Kristen Pflum (reporting) and featuring my hubby (videographer). Hilarious!! WLEX is definitely "coverage you can count on!"

1st Trip To Elliott County, Definitely A Memorable One - July 22, 2010

There aren't too many counties in central or eastern Kentucky that I have not visited in my five years at WLEX. They're serious when they say "Coverage You Can Count On," even if it's on the boundaries of our viewing area. We go EVERYWHERE.

Obviously, the big news this week has been the constant rain and the havoc it's wreaking on flood prone areas of eastern Kentucky. Monday and Tuesday it was Pikeville, overnight the northeastern part of the state took a pretty good hit, thus my trip today to Elliott County. I always thought that county looked tiny on a map. I found today, winding down miles and miles of rural roads in a 1-ton satellite truck, it's bigger than it seems.

My photographer Keith and I were trying to work quickly so that we could meet our other crew who was covering a missing woman in neighboring Carter County. Long story short, we drove several miles looking for damage visual enough to show in our 5:30 newscast and in the process of searching came across some interesting things. While I was shooting an "as-live" (as we call it) Keith and I heard something in the water. Sounded like a paddle boat swishing around, but then I heard the "mooooo!." It was a poor cow who had become stranded in the flood waters. He was coming to check out what we were doing...and scared the bageezus out of the reporter in the pink boots (me) in the process!

The stylin' pink rain boots

We were then told to keep going down the water covered road to find the bridge that was washed out over Little Brushy Creek. That's when we were told, "just turn at the big, huge red barn." If you saw the picture I posted, the barn didn't match that description AT ALL, but we found what we were looking for so no biggie...

The RED barn that was actually BLACK

When we were finished, we hit the road again that would take us to Carter County and while on our way, we saw one of the cruelest things I've ever witnessed. We were rounding a corner on one very rural road and came up on a woman who was stopped on the side of the road. As we passed (in a rolling billboard of LEX 18 I might add) the woman opened the back door and shooed a small dog out of the car, slammed the door and peeled off. The dog was so confused that he just sort of did a few circles in the middle of the road and took off into the woods. It might have been one of the more heartbreaking things I've ever witnessed. No doubt I've heard about that, but to see it actually happen was very sad. Needless to say it was a looooong day. I didn't pull into my driveway til around 8:15.

My hubby didn't get home until after 9pm because he had to drive home from Lexington.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Freedom Comes with Age

I received this email from a friend and it is so perfect, I had to pass it on. The comments in ( ) are my own personal observations.

Freedom Comes With Age
Author Unknown

I have seen too many dear friends and family leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer (or read or write) until 4 AM and sleep until noon (doesn't happen in my world)? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70s (mostly 80s), and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think (isn't that the truth!). I don't question myself anymore (at least not as much).

I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I'm (learning to) like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become and I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).