About Lorna

I’m like everyone you’ve ever met; and I’m like no one you’ll ever meet.

What makes me so ordinary? I’m human.  What makes me unique? I’ve managed my humanity in a way that only I could have done. Like a fingerprint or snowflake, no two people are the same, but they share so much in common. I find this paradox–and all of life’s ironies–endlessly fascinating. I always have.

This blog is about giving a public voice to my thoughts about certain aspects of this daring journey most people just call “life.” I know I’m not going to get out of this adventure alive, so I want to get the most enjoyment I can out of the journey. The only way I know how to do that is to find humor in the stressful, wacky, unpleasant stuff that is, invariably, life–at least my life. And the only way I know how to find humor, is to take myself and the situations in which I find myself as light-heartedly as I can.

So, I’m going to blog about various topics that capture my curiosity and inspire my wittier self. I’ll share with you personal stories. You will come to know me and how I go to be who I am. I started writing funny stories about my past when my present and future looked rather grim due to a chronic illness. I turned those stories into a book that I self-published in 2012 entitled How Was I supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost. I also write posts about writing since I’m an author now.  Since I’m an avid observer of life, some posts will be about my unique perspective on what I see (or don’t see) happening in the world around me. I like to highlight other authors, too, by interviewing in my zany way.

Whatever I do here, you can be sure that it comes with a heaping dollop of squeaky clean humor and even a little educational valuable thrown in there just to make you feel like you spent your time wisely with me.

I’m a sociologist by training, so writing briefly is a challenge, but one that I’m ready to face. I intend to keep all of my posts under 1,000 words. May “The Force” be with me on that one!

I love getting comments and do my very best to acknowledge every comment with something that expresses my gratitude and (hopefully) my wit. I believe in reciprocity!

NOTE: Most of the images I have in my posts are from my dear friend and constant companion, Google Images. Rather than giving them a nod each time I use them, I thought I’d do a general THANK YOU VERY MUCH for letting me scrounge around your endless image collection to find the perfect picture to save 1,000 words!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you often. 🙂

 


172 Responses to “About Lorna”

  1. Hi Lorna,
    Just wanted to make sure your were notified that I nominated you for the DARTS Award. You can check out my post at http://susansdevotionaljournal.com/2016/01/14/an-award-susans-devotional-journal/ where it will explain if you didn’t receive the pingback.

    Thanks, Susan…

  2. […] Jessie from Reflections Of Life’s Journey 2) Phylor from Phylor’s Blog 3) Lorna from Lorna’s Voice 4) Ameena from Randoms by a Random  5) Joycelin from […]

  3. What can I say? Cool blog!

  4. hi Lorna I’m a brand new blogger living in mostly stuck-in-the-past Italy, feeling my way around and giving myself a couple of months to figure how to focus. Whole new world. Been looking for interesting blogs to follow and bingo… yours seems to fit the bill so I’ll be checking back

    • Hi Bea! I’m so glad you found me…or I found you, or whatever! Blogging is quite an adventure. Join as many blogs as you con (but only the ones that interest you) and be active. You’ll get a following. Don’t get discouraged if things take a while to get going. That’s life in this world with so many bloggers. Joining challenges with a built-in community is a GREAT way to begin. I never figured that one out until much later, so you’re way ahead of me! 🙂

  5. Hi Lorna. I can relate to so much of your bio. That’s my mantra, always try and look on the bright side and try and take something funny out of crappy stuff that comes our way. Nice to connect. 🙂

  6. Hi there! I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award because 1) you’re very inspiring and 2) I’m paying forward an award that has been bestowed unto me. If you’d like to pass on the award please feel free, but I give it to you expecting nothing on your part. Put it on your sidebar if you’d like, and shine on. You’ve inspired me.

  7. […] Lorna from Lorna’s Voice! […]

  8. I am pleased to inform you that I have nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award, find the details here: http://4yearoldadult.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/real-neat-blog-award/
    Looking forward to your response 🙂

  9. Great news!!! I posted a new blog on my web page in which I was nominated for the “Harmony and Peace Award.” The best news is that I have also nominated YOU and your blog to receive this this award as well. I really do appreciate and enjoy your blog, so keep up the fantastic work. I hope you not only enjoy this award, but you will use it to encourage others!! https://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/the-harmony-and-peace-award-2/

  10. I posted my new Thanksgiving video on my blog. I mentioned the name of your blog, it’s link, and the words that you shared. I hope you enjoy it. Have an AWESOME Thanksgiving! Here’s the link https://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/thanksgiving-memories/

  11. i love your blog and am so happy to have found it. thanks for reading and following mine as well – best, beth

  12. So wonderful to find you and your blog. My blog roughwighting is about ‘flashes of life, ‘ and much as you do, I try to find a bit of humor in the flash. I’m following you – love your voice!

    • Wonderful! I’ll check you out after I’m finished typing this. We can’t have enough humor in this life. I was stuck in too many airports over the weekend, inundated with news (a.k.a. bad news). I felt like I needed to take a shower to wash all the negativity off me!

  13. I found you because I cam to read your interview with Paulette and stayed to have a look around and enjoyed it – so I’ll be back (that isn’t supposed to sound like a threat)!

  14. So nice to find your blog. I heard of you yesterday through bulldog, but he wasn’t very specific about who you were, but I could be wrong as I read it very late last night. At any rate, I can’t wait to read Never Turn Back.

  15. Well done … and I also write like Dan Brown.

  16. Very nice to meet you Lorna. Take care and God bless.

  17. Hi Lorna: I stopped by to check your site out because you were so gracious to leave a comment on one of my posts. Thank you–I really appreciate it. Your writing is delightful and I enjoyed taking a reading journey through your posts. All the best!

  18. Hi Lorna — I just found your blog today, and am enjoying your cheerful humor and optimism! I’ve added it to a list of positive blogs I keep on my own site. 🙂

  19. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Lorna! *Hugs*

  20. Hello there my friend! I hope that all has been well with you and your family. I would like to let you know that I have nominated you for the Loyal Reader Award. I really appreciate the fact that you visit my page as much as you do and I would like to honor YOU with this award.
    Please visit my page to see the award requirements and other information…along with the name of your blog page! Check it out on “Good Time Stories”.
    Once again, congratulations on your award nomination. I am very proud of you and wish you all the best. Here’s to many, many more of your stories and articles on the future!

  21. Hey there my friend!! I have good news for you….I have nominated you for the “Best Moment Award.” The reason I nominated you for the award is because I think that your blog is worthy enough to receive the award and that other people should have the opportunity to enjoy your blog. Congratulations! I hope that this award will help brighten your day in some way! You can visit my site and check it out! “Good Time Stories” http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/

  22. Shy? No, well,… maybe…sometimes! But you? You are a very intriguing person. J’aime intriguing! 🙂 Looking forward to it all !

    • I am a very different person in writing than I am in person. I wonder how true that is for writers? Anyway, my inner imp comes out when I put my fingers to the keyboard. Where she goes when I’m in a crowd, I have no clue! 😉 Thanks for coming on over and dropping me a line. I truly appreciate it! 🙂

  23. Thanks for visit my site. Nice site you have. Cheers!
    FON Team (http://freeonlinenews.org)

  24. Hi Lorna, it’s Lorna (always, always funny.) Just wanted to let you know I nominated you and your lovely blog for the Liebster Award. I expect you already have a cupboard full of them, but I nominated you anyway. I like making people rearrange their furniture.

    http://lornadounaeva.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/ive-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award-2013/

    • Oh you. Just like a Lorna to do that to another Lorna! Yes, I have more of those awards than I have ideas for blogs (and I have a lot of ideas, let me tell you). Thanks!

      Hope the book sales are going well!

  25. Lorna,
    Congratulations, this is Tom Mandeville writing. Could you please email me as I have a request.

    Thanks,

    Tom

  26. Hi Lorna,
    I just tagged you in the next big thing blog hop. Check out my latest blog post for details.

    L

  27. Beautiful cockatoo you have! I have three cockatiels – miniature versions of yours, but I love them dearly! They’ll be 18 years old this summer!

    • Oh, lucky you. My sweet Reggie is no longer with me. He died at the very premature age of 4 from a disease having to do with the nerves in his throat. I’ve never mourned the death of a pet so much. I still miss him and it was about 5 year ago… Keep your little beauties healthy! 🙂

  28. Hi! I nominated you for an award … http://lifeonwry.com/2012/12/31/wrapping-up-2012-with-some-random-facts/

  29. Hey, I’ve nominated you for two blog awards, and you can check those out here:http://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/my-other-blog-awards/

  30. Okay don’t know why I’ve never been to look at your About page… just started following you after having someone point you out… I’m astounded at the top photo to see you actually do have a mouth… I must say I’m glad I follow your blog I enjoy all the shenanigans that go on around here… but I must ask.? have you looked at my blog..?? http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/ I was just wondering…

  31. Hi Lorna! If you heck out my blog today you’ll see a new challenge. Tag, you’re it! Ha Ha ha ha….
    I haven’t forgotten–I’ll be tackling The Booker Award next week.

  32. I wanted to let you know that I haven’t found anyone familiar with picasso, picassa?…….I do know how to make a watermark with photoshop…I taught myself and it does work..but there are probably better ways…I would be happy to send you step by step instructions…I use the photoshop CS3 system……There are some good tutorials for photoshop CS5 on YouTube by a JenSwedhin………but they don’t work for my program……the thing that I like about them is that you create a watermark and can store it for future use….I haven’t figured that out yet for my program, but I’m going to call my son tomorrow and see if I can figure it out….If you’d like me to walk you through it, just let me know…..

  33. Hi Lorna,

    Interesting blog. Not sure about using Google images though. You might get away with claiming fair use, but you could be in breach of copyright. I like photography and so mostly use my own or those I know are free from copyright.

    • I know. I figure since I’m not profiting from this blog in any way, I feel fairly safe. But, as a photographer, you must feel quite differently–it could be your work that people like me are nabbing and using. I never claim these pics as my own, but I am skating on thin ice. I know the most legal and ethical thing is to only use my own photos (but I’m not a photographer and silly shots don’t come my way very often). Do you have any suggestions?

      • I don’t suppose anyone could tell me where the source of the old woman pic is (from this article)? The only other one I could find through Google Images was someone who had a version of the same pic that was flipped horizontally (doing this does not fool tineye.com, LOL), and that person also doesn’t have a source. I’m not looking to ruffle any feathers or anything – just really would LOVE to use that pic but want to do so legitimately. I’m just trying to find the source. Thanks!

  34. You’ve been added! This is the post I did An addition to the “Blogs I recommend” page. Tell me what you think 🙂

  35. I’ve stopped by to thank you for the like on my “story in photography” challenge, and after I had read your gravatar introduction I clicked the follow button without further thinking 🙂 I am glad I have discovered your page… am a bit busy now, but I will be following you Lorna. A beautiful name by the way. My best wishes to you, Paula

    • Thanks, Paula! I look forward to seeing you around here when your schedule lightens up. My memoir has a section that explains why my mom named me Lorna. I have a post about it, too. I used to hate my name, but now I rather like it. 🙂

  36. http://breakitdownpete.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/horrific-abuse/ ***Please repost, facebook, Tweet, email, talk about it, comment, whatever! it just needs to be exposed!!!!

  37. OMG love your Too….I have a 13 year old male Umbrella Too…aren’t they the best?

    • He was the best. I loved him like a child. He was a child. I grieved HARD when he died at only 4 years old from a nerve damage disease affecting his swallow response. But the short time I had Reggie, he was a hoot and a half! 🙂

  38. Hi Lorna! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Here’s the link:
    http://shalvikap.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  39. Hi Lorna! I got to your blog through Kate’s. Congratulations on the win!! 🙂 I really like what you write and I’m gonna follow you. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you like what you see. Welcome aboard. These stories for Kate’s contest are VERY different that the stuff I normally write. I’m really pretty zany. If you poke around some of my other posts, you’ll see what I mean.

      Right now, I’m not posting much at all because I’m finalizing the first draft of my memoir that I’ve been half-writing for 11 years. This year I got serious. I’m almost done and will be back on the blog in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait. I miss blogging but I am loving the fact that this book is finally being born. 🙂

  40. Hey there! I’m writing from The Dark Globe, it’s Followers Appreciation Month in our parts so I’d like to thank you for being there 🙂 By the way I think you’re just hilarious! Once I read the first post I had to go on to the next! So that’s another thanks coming your way for the laugh 😀

    ~ Devina

    • Thanks so much, Devina! I’m sorry you caught me when I’ve backed off from blogging to work full time on my memoir. If you want to get a read feel for my style, filter my posts by “serial stories” and read starting from the beginning. You’ll learn that my life has been quite a roller coaster and I had to learn to laugh at myself and this zany world I occupy.

      I’m amazed that even though I’m absent from my blog (well, I pop in every once in a while), I still get great people like you to laugh at my writing antics. I’m looking forward to the days when my manuscript is done and I can get back to posting several times a week and interacting with my blogging buddies daily. 🙂

  41. you’re inspiring, spiritual, a survivor and amazing… so blessed to know you!

  42. I would like to send your Mother my book, “My Mother Can Do Anything”.
    Your post today was beautiful and the book talks about a mother who does all that she can for her children. If you feel comfortable with this, please send me a line at …zannyro@yahoo.com

  43. I just nominated you for the Beautiful Lipstick Award.. Congrats… Check here for more details… http://writewronginbetween.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/thankful/

  44. I’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award! Congratulations! http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/

    • Oh, thanks so much! I have received this award about 10 times and feel it should go to other bloggers who are newer to the game than I am. I’ll figure out what to do with this one. You are a sweetheart for thnking of me! 🙂

  45. When I read, “I Could Get A P.H.D But Couldn’t Find Restroom”, I was hooked. Then I discovered you keep a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. That was just too serendipitous to ignore.

    • Poor Reggie. He died prematurely, but I loved that bird like my own child. I never even held a bird up to the time we got him (he was supposed to be my ex-husband’s bird–he was the one who always wanted a cockatoo). We bonded, that silly guy and me (the cockatoo, not my ex, so much), so when he died, I grieved for months. He had some genetic disorder that made the nerves in his throat stop functioning so he couldn’t swallow. Where I live, we have very few tropical bird experts, but the bird doc we took him to called it a “wasting disease.” Poor guy couldn’t even keep water down at the end. He was only a little over 4 years old. 😦

  46. Thank you much for the Rudolf Award … It looks like I am behind in my appreciation thank you’s and in following the rules of the award. I will catch up to that I’m sure. I am especially grateful for this one because it came form you. Hugs for that ….!!!! I haven’t put it on my blog because it will not post. Do you have an url for it??? ~~~~ : – O
    I’m glad that I get to read your blog and have a chuckle or a smile come on my face. The sad ones just go along with the Ying and Yang of life.
    Keep this up dear sista … you rock.
    Gracias …
    Izzy xoxox

  47. Happy New Year Lorna! Although I don’t comment on your blog very often, it is not for lack of appreciation of your wit and candor! I’m just not all that good at repeating the same accolades that you have already received for each post.
    Keep up the good work!

  48. […] but not least there’s Lorna a blogger extraordinaire Who weaves her tales with wisdom and a very special flair This is the […]

  49. Hey! I really love reading your posts, so I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can read more about it here: http://thecuriouscollegestudent.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/the-liebster-blog-award/

  50. Hi Lorna. I would like to follow you on The Twitter. What is your ID?

    Terri
    Mine is @tsonoda

  51. […] neither did I really know any other bloggers come to think of it.  Well it just so happened that Lorna stumbled across my blog. Not only did she subscribe but she continues to be a loyal follower of my […]

  52. I am just calling by with a little pressie, hey for Christmas I meant 🙂 Okay here it is and I hope that you like it 🙂

    Have a really nice Christmas Lorna 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  53. Hi Lorna,

    I am just calling by to wish you a wonderful day and evening; hey I hope that you are being good especially as Santa Clause is getting all your pressies together? 🙂 Well he knows who all the naughty girls are so be careful or you won’t get any, and you won’t be getting any pressies either 😉 lol Just kidding, nooooo about the rubbish joke I mean…

    I have just gone back to ‘Private’ until after Christmas as my working schedule just cannot be achieved with so many visitors to my Space, being that I always reply on mine and then do a return visit, nooooo not complaining but I find that almost impossible to maintain…

    I will keep popping by now that I have scythed through the amount of peeps that are allowed to visit, hey I know that you are not on my friends list as such but I always like to call in and see what you are getting up to and I know that you are like me in respect of answering to everyone that calls into your Space, well almost always 🙂 But anyway I just wanted to call by and let you know that after Christmas I should be able to return to an open Internet Space 🙂 Okay I am going next but as the Terminator always says –

    “I’ll Be Back” 🙂

    Have a lovely rest of day, evening and week and remember, don’t be too naughty because Santa is watching 🙂 lol

    Androgoth XXx

    • Thanks for letting me know what you won’t be up to, Andogoth! I’ll look forward to seeing more of you in the New Year. 🙂

      • Yes well I will be calling by here as often as I can, and adding my thoughts to your lovely postings… Just make sure that you are being good or else? 🙂 😉 lol

        Have a nice rest of evening and a superb Friday with lashings of delightful moments 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

  54. Hello Lorna! So nice to meet you. I have ya bookmarked and subscribed and will pop back often. I totally love your outlook on dealing with life through humor. I think a sense of humor has been the only thing that has gotten me through many rough and difficult periods, with humor being better than any medicine out there. You have a great day! 🙂

  55. Nice bird. The parakeet aint too bad either! *cough*

    (I’ll get my coat).

    • Well thank you! But Reggie (the bird) would fluff his feathers, shake his head and say in his garbled voice, “Hey, I’m no parakeet! I’m a regal Triton cockatoo and don’t you forget it!” Reggie had a very high opinion of himself. He’s no longer with me (died at the very premature age of 4). He was one crazy bird!

  56. […] isn’t my genre, as you can tell if you scan my About page, but darkness allures me. Darkness is so often associated with evil and menace. I, however, […]

  57. Hi, I have nominated you for ‘The versatile blogger’ – http://findin42.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/yeah-baby-ill-show-u-versatile-part-ii/

  58. […] else. Before Freshly Pressed or even my friends and acquaintances started reading the blog, Lorna was a regular visitor. Though there was no bogging down SlavesInc, Lorna’s comments greatly […]

  59. HI Lorna, did you get the comment i left for you on , a lighter shade of grey, Harry

  60. Hi, Lorna. Your blog is a breath of fresh air (pardon the cliche) but there are reasons for cliches, I guess. You are the 7000th comment on my blog and I like to interview each 1000th “comment-er.” Does this sound like something you would like to/be willing to do? Victoria

  61. Hi Lorna, Tina shared your blog site and I look forward to checking it out… we left the Lake this morning wishing we could have seen you there, too. Love you!

    • Hi Ruth! Sorry to have missed you, but glad you found me here. I hope you enjoy what you read. Everything on my blog is true, so I you will learn probably way more than you ever wanted to about my wonky life and times. Feel free to share the link to any of the family who you think would like to read what I’m doing.

      And be sure to comment when you visit so I know you’ve been here. I’d love to know what you think about what you’re reading. Love, Lorna

  62. Hello from another Lorna reading your wonderful words!

    L(orna)

    • I don’t get to say this very often. Hi Lorna! I’m so glad you dropped in, read about my wonky life and took the time to comment! I hope you keep visiting!

      Bye, Lorna! That’s so fun to say!

  63. ‘…this daring journey most people just call “life.” I know I’m not going to get out of this adventure alive…’ O God Lord. I never though of it that way! I’m not going to make it out either!
    I have been reading your posts and enjoying your writing style but thought I would comment here first because that line threw me. Talk about re-framing. I feel like I’m in the movie ‘The Towering Inferno’ and I have just realized my options on the dying front are quite limited.

    Now obviously I’ve cottoned on to the fact that I won’t live forever but your phrasing of it jolted me…I’m off for a cup of tea and a lie down to ponder what, if anything, that makes me do differently.

    • Oh dear, didn’t mean to scare you. I really meant to say that I make an effort to be fully present so that I can account for the moments of my life. I don’t want to hear myself saying “Where did the time go?” I want to know exactly where it went because I was paying close attention. At least that’s what I strive for.

      Although when I get involved in creating one of my blog posts, the time slips by at an alarming rate. I know what I’m doing and loving it, but the laundry piles up it has a mind of its own!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, read about my wonky adventures and, now to comment. I appreciate knowing what others think.

  64. […] The whole reason why we blog can be summed up in this lovely phrase I got from Lorna’s Voice About Me column that caught my eye and has not left me since. We are all here saying the same […]

  65. Normally I don’t spend a lot of time on the Freshly Pressed page, but a while back I’m awfully glad I clicked on your blog. I’ve since subscribed and have been entertained quite frequently – I love your attitude and it comes through loud and funny. I should link this blog in my blogroll, and I hope the added traffic of one or two clicks a day doesn’t cause your blog to melt down…

    Thanks for writing.

  66. Really glad I found this Blog. I’ve added you to my Blogroll. If they follow the link they will get a treat in my opinion

  67. Hi Lorna… love your writing style…casual and conversationalist but at the same time full of life and style.I loved the first sentence in this post (I’m like everyone you’ve ever met and like no one you’ll ever meet….how true ! It reminded me of Marty(of the animated movie Madagascar )who is identical to any other Zebra and yet who is different from everyone there….;)

  68. Hello! Just found you through the Crazy Chicks Club, and so far I really like your blog! I graduated a sociologist, too… too bad I never actually worked in that field! :S Anyhow, I just started to blog too, so I’m trying to find my way… I think us Crazy Chicks have to stick together, so I just subscribed to your blog! Best of luck to you ~Pam

    • Hi Rose and thanks for subscribing. I’ll check out your blog as soon as I’m finished with this response. We Crazy Chicks and sociologists simply must stick together–how many of us could there be???;)

  69. Would you ever consider having a “guest poster” on your blog? If you would, I’m extremely interested.

    • I never thought about it. My blogging “career” is less than one month old! How does it work and what makes you ask? I’m so new to this that I just don’t know what role guest play. Fill me in…

  70. “I am a big, fat, balding guy with a stubby cigar in his mouth and his pants half-zipped and this time I am being honest wit chew when I say that we are interrupting records on radio like we do movies on television with our wonderful products.” – http://johnnyb-lateforthesky.blogspot.com/2007/12/this-is-end.html

    My favourite comedian.

    My story about a stroke and dealing with aphasia can be read on my blog http://redoable.wordpress.com

    I voted Hell no…

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