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The winners of ‘Name the Alien’ competition

Posted in Award, Books, Children, Fiction, Fun and Entertainment, Guest Post, Life on September 20, 2014 by Morguie

We just HAD to BRAG! CJ and Morguie entered this cute contest being held for an upcoming book by our friend and fellow blogger, Martina Zeitler, who creates “Just Outside The Box”…. our entry “Quarkle” is going to be the name of her really cute yellow alien. We are so thrilled!

Just Outside the Box Cartoon

Meet my new alien mascots

blue alien blankWARP

Moon alien 2QUARKLE

pink alien blankFANG

Congratulations to our winners, Teresa, Colleen from MorgueMouse and Shirley

But here are some of the other fantastic entries – all really clever and funny. A big thank you to all who entered!

  • Sky Moos, Lunar Rover, Iron Chicken (Simon)
  • Big Blue, Screaming Pink, Old Gold (Harold)
  • Quasar, Pulsar, Lidar Farkle, Quarkle, Sparkle (Colleen, from http://www.morguemouse.com)
  • Hix, Isboor, Strognor, Galagat, Zobrat, Ecotylyn, Silaspran, Dugae, Ots, Crawog, Teopee, Olaf, Selcuk, Oreo, Erfu, Afana, Layorra, Largik (Ruqhia from http://beadingtutorialsforu.wordpress.com/)
  • Nanu Nanu (Seeker from http://3psbyseeker.com)
  • Tendercles, kudzlefly and Hesnaw (Lovehappynotes from from http://lovehappynotes.com)
  • Scary, Mary, Marti – I suggest your extraterrestrial trio are the Moonbeam sisters. But which one’s which?
I think Marti is the one in the middle (Grumpy old git from http://alanfrancis.wordpress.com)
  • Tiny (blue), Gumball (yellow), Fang (pink) (Shirley)
  • Warp,
 Piranha, Sunshine (Teresa)
  • Ecks, Wye, Zed – or X, Y…

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A Problem Child

Posted in Award, Death, Divorce, Funeral, Funeral home, Funeral Service Professional, Future, Gratitude, Inspiration, Life, Musing, Philosophy, Prison Inmates, Relationships, Thought For Today, Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by Morguie

Here’s a problem a lot of parents might only pray for! Their child has big, big trouble! Trouble deciding WHICH college he is going to pick!  KUDOS to this kid and the great family he was raised in!! This is beautiful! This is a great story I hope you will share with others — especially those others who have school-aged kids wanting to go to ivy-league schools someday.  This is a real “problem child!” 🙂   By the way….HE CHOSE YALE.

http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/04/02/student-eight-ivy-league-acceptance-long-island.cnnmoney/index.html?iid=B_Taboola

We know that here in America, EVERY person can have a dream, and go for it! Not every person who has a dream will reach that goal. Some will dream and just stop there. That’s not really ‘dreaming’ —that’s just making noise and idle chit-chat. If you want to be serious you have to show up with a plan and a  game face.  Gum-flapping precedes whining and excuse-making. I firmly believe anyone can manage the resources, connections, things, money… and stuff will come. BUT, there are at least four components that must be in place, IF you are going to be able to attain all that you need to get from Point A and see it to its completion:

  • DREAM: have a goal — be realistic.
  • DESIRE: you must want this dream more than all other things.
  • DETERMINATION: it’s the vehicle that will carry you.
  • DRIVE:  fuel for your vehicle – push and pull.                                                                                                                                    coffeecat

 

CJ Freefallin'

CJ Freefallin’

 

 

 

 

KIDS: Apply yourself, take advantage of the free education and stop goofing off when you could be getting somewhere meaningful with your life. Acting a fool and running with knuckleheads…is what it is. Being a thug will never get you any respect. Gangsta life won’t lead to the privileged life uptown. It will lead you to an early grave ( I buried LOTS, ask me…average life span of Los Angeles gangbanger is probably 25) or a life behind bars though. There’s a world of opportunities for the taking, so why are kids dropping out? Ignorance is not bliss in this case. Taking lives and people’s property is just so ridiculous and the parents of tomorrow’s thugs are very responsible for enabling such thuggery. Just my humble opinion. It never has to be that way when you plan responsibly for yourself.     Those who expect stuff just to materialize without putting ANY effort out at all, or just the minimum required, well…those are often the folks who tend to whine loudly about  inequality or injustice or unlevel playing fields. Those people are quite often never made to really work and sweat and sacrifice until it hurts to get to the goal. Sacrifices that hurt like leaving your little kids behind are no easy fete. Not when you’ve NEVER been apart. And, having to figure out how to sleep between two full days of school and work that managed to run into each other is awful hard. During your commute isn’t the time to nap. I know. Not while you’re the driver. Too sick to work or attend class? Tough. Got to make it to both anyway. Pray for Death, maybe he’ll help you out; not likely. SUCK IT UP. You CAN do it.  There is something to be said of achievement that comes as a result of struggle, hard work, and personal commitment. It feels so DESERVED. Cannot say this when it is ‘given’ to you. Nope. Even if NOBODY seems to support your dream or effort, it need not hinder you. You’ll be able to show the naysayers that you did it all anyway! There’s no time for those folks when you have work this important to do, anyhow.

For now, better remind yourself on a constant basis:

I AM THE ONLY ONE RESPONSIBLE TO SEE THIS TO COMPLETION.

 

Your new mantra: I WILL see this thing through, I will make this effort and sacrifice and plan of mine pay off. I WILL have what I desire. I WILL reach my dream. I cannot quit. If I quit I  have decided I am defeated and no longer determined. Defeat is not an option I desire. Dreams worth reaching, require an investment from YOU. A commitment.  “Winners never quit…quitters never win…”

One has to have a burning DESIRE— those dreams are reachable if one has the DETERMINATION to see it through. And DRIVE to push himself, especially when it feels like its just too much work, taking too long, too hard to reach, or too big after all. Some people really break their tails to make it… and then, something tragic happens along the way that cuts them short of reaching their intended goal. THAT’S TRAGIC and HEARTBREAKING. Or, maybe you’ll get to the goal, and beyond your own control, stuff tragically happens that takes you out of the picture or cuts the goal away from your ability to enjoy your success of it.

For these truly disappointing circumstances: You’ll get my full sympathy every time. That’s because I can relate to that sort of tragedy, personally.   READ MY SUCCESS STORY >  http://wp.me/P3m3ZG-1rV

It takes courage to take risks…but if you never try…you’ll never know what you could have done.

 

Now get out there and get going!  Hugs, CJ and Morguie

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

 

 

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dreams and wishes. 62/365

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Liebster Award

Posted in Award, Celebrities, Cemetery, Divorce, FOOD, Funeral Service Professional, Gratitude, High profile criminal cases, Humor, Inspiration, Life, Pets, Relationships with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Morguie
Photo of Bette Midler backstage at the Grammy ...

Photo of Bette Midler backstage at the Grammy Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Douglas Fairbanks' grave at Hollywood Forever ...

liebsterI want to thank Lord David Prosser  http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/ for his thoughtful consideration of my blog to pass this award to me. I am brand-new at this blogging effort and I sure hope I can address the requirements of this award with the grace and style expected of me.

Forgive me  PLEASE…this isn’t done correctly…I am quite new to the whole blogging universe and cannot master the controls very well. I didn’t want to leave this thing unacknowledged, but knew if I finally posted my answers, that I would be doing so without an ability or the technical know-how to ‘pass it on’ as it was intended for me to do

BUT, I certainly am honored to be a recipient of this award and pleased to present my answers to the following:

11 Random Facts About Myself:

  1. I once had dinner at Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s crypt, located inside the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park. It was an elegant affair, if not just a bit unorthodox. 
  2. I embarked on my quest to become a funeral director and embalmer at age 32. It was the most difficult, albeit most personally rewarding work I’ve done.
  3. I adopted a California Desert Tortoise in 2012. His name is Sheldon.
  4. I made a parachute jump from 12,500 feet at age 35.
Me

Me

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  1. I graduated from Mortuary Science college with Dean’s List and President’s Honor Roll distinctions in 1999. I was a better student in my 30s than I’d been in high school.
  2. I am fascinated by rattlesnakes; terrified to death of spiders.
  3. I accepted a ride from a guy who worked at the same agency as me…he turned out to be a prolific serial rapistmurderer! AKA “The Westside Rapist”.**SEE LINK BELOW (He’d been linked to as many as 33 murders when they arrested him).
  4. I have been to Queensland, Australia—the furthest I have ever traveled from home.The best vacation I ever took. 
  5. I have a secret desire to be a stand-up comedian.
  6. I was left standing at the altar on my wedding day. Yep.
  7. I am ½ Bohemian Czech, ¼ Irish, ¼ German. (and ¼ c. moisturizing cream)

 

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My Sheldon!

 

1. What’s your most embarrassing moment? I nearly took the wrong body from a hospital—both patients in the room were dead, but the nurses only knew about one. I was called later to pick the other one up, anyway.


2. When’s the last time you sent or received flowers?  
My birthday, May 2013.

3. Have you ever sought revenge?  Oh yes. I was 18. I tried to run her over with my car. She jumped out of the way. Damn! Lol! Hey, I was 18, what can I say? I didn’t appreciate her putting the move on my boyfriend- – I decided he wasn’t worth it, she ended up married to him later. And divorced.

4. What’s your greatest personal strength?   My determination to overcome obstacles. I am a Gemini—that makes me a “chameleon” of sorts, I guess, too. If I were a cat I’d be on my 10th life, especially where ‘reinventing’ myself (i.e. careers) is concerned. I land on my feet.

5. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done (must be different from #1)?  I married the same guy from Random Fact , about a year after he stood me up at the altar.  Huge, HUGE mistake.

Playing with a rattlesnake would have been a smarter thing to do. And safer. And less emotionally traumatic.

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6. Who’s the most famous person you’ve met? There have been quite a few…however, I will go with a presently popular celebrity…Beyonce. She was still part of Destiny’s Child – 

 

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The “New” Doors- from left:
Ray Manzarek, My Man, Robby Krieger,Me –and the 2 new members.
The lead singer replacing Jim Morrison (far right) must have been his clone- he was THAT good.  2009

DESTINY'S CHILD---backstage-Holly front, red pants, was THRILLED for the chance to meet Beyonce and the group

DESTINY’S CHILD—backstage-Holly front, red pants, was THRILLED for the chance to meet Beyonce and the group


8. What do you collect?
  Coins and bottles. Dust.

9. Favourite all time song? “The Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. It makes me think of how lucky I was to have my parents’ support, especially when I needed it most. They rescued me and my girls from a monster who very nearly killed me. 

 

10. Favourite ice cream flavour? “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough”

 

11. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Fettuccine Alfredo.

**http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/john-floyd-thomas  ** http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/westside-rapist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Burials_at_Hollywood_Forever_Cemetery

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