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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 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 18:03:04

    Hey, thanks, Susan. I wasn’t aware, so thanks for telling me. I’ll hop on over and check it out! 🙂

  2. Susan
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 17:40:38

    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…

  3. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 20:04:45

    Thanks so much!

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    Jun 13, 2015 @ 13:18:16

  5. Lorna's Voice
    May 19, 2015 @ 19:07:16

    I might just do that…thanks!

  6. Catherine Hamrick
    May 18, 2015 @ 13:11:20

    BTW You have some great sentences. Jump in! http://randomstoryteller.com/sentence-challenge-dream-or-nightmare/

  7. Lorna's Voice
    May 18, 2015 @ 13:01:48

    That’s a great thing to say! Thanks! 🙂

  8. Catherine Hamrick
    May 18, 2015 @ 07:13:04

    What can I say? Cool blog!

  9. Lorna's Voice
    May 17, 2015 @ 18:49:05

    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! 🙂

  10. Bea dM
    May 17, 2015 @ 13:29:02

    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

  11. D.G.Kaye
    Apr 28, 2015 @ 09:09:00

    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. 🙂

  12. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 10:06:00

    You are so sweet, Sara. Congrats to you on the award. You SO deserve it!

  13. Sara
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 22:06:27

    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.

  14. Lorna's Voice
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 11:10:35

    YIPPEE! …I think…

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    Mar 24, 2015 @ 07:01:17

  16. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 15, 2015 @ 19:35:07

    Thanks so much. I’ll check it out.

  17. 4 year old adult
    Jan 10, 2015 @ 08:04:33

    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 🙂

  18. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 07, 2014 @ 20:03:30

    I saw! Thanks so much and I will use it to encourage others.

  19. Coach Muller
    Dec 06, 2014 @ 22:34:48

    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/

  20. Lorna's Voice
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 17:42:05

    Yes, I just saw it left a little comment. Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  21. Coach Muller
    Nov 26, 2014 @ 16:53:49

    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/

  22. Lorna's Voice
    Nov 19, 2014 @ 15:44:15

    Thanks so much and happy to find a new blogger buddy!

  23. ksbeth
    Nov 18, 2014 @ 09:03:07

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

  24. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 21, 2014 @ 13:06:05

    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!

  25. roughwighting
    Oct 17, 2014 @ 07:41:28

    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!

  26. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 09:29:22

    I’m so glad–and it didn’t sound like a threat at all! 🙂

  27. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 09:26:43

    Thanks so stopping in and I hope to see you around her on a regular basis! We have lots of fun! 🙂

  28. Clowie
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 01:45:42

    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)!

  29. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 16:37:33

    Thanks so much to Rob and you! I hope you enjoy the book. Remember, it’s based on real events and people. Try to tell which is fact and which is fiction!

  30. Angeline M
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 12:01:05

    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.

  31. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 21:06:44

    🙂

  32. aFrankAngle
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 20:08:00

    Agree

  33. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 20, 2014 @ 16:39:45

    Isn’t that a neat web site?

  34. aFrankAngle
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 15:36:55

    Well done … and I also write like Dan Brown.

  35. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:07:12

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  36. saminaiqbal27
    Sep 16, 2014 @ 21:46:50

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

  37. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 16:40:39

    Thanks so much! I hope keep coming back to my zany little blog. 🙂

  38. etomczyk
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 16:20:28

    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!

  39. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 11:02:55

    Wonderful, Meg! Welcome Aboard! Thanks and so glad you enjoy my zany little blog. 🙂

  40. Meg Evans
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 17:33:46

    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. 🙂

  41. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 12:36:52

    I nab all my pics from Google images. Sorry. 😐

  42. ostinatofreak
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 13:37:57

    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!

  43. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 11:30:32

    Thanks–Happy New Year, dahling!

  44. Devina a Lemon flavoured Jellybean
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 13:09:39

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

  45. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 10:14:40

    Thanks so much, Coach! I’m honored. 🙂

  46. Coach Muller
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 23:13:04

    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!

  47. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 10:44:26

    Thank you so much! I will check out your blog for some good time stories! 🙂

  48. Coach Muller
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 23:11:21

    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/

  49. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 10, 2013 @ 16:32:02

    How true. We find our voice one way or another, don’t we?

  50. peacewisdomprosperity
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 20:33:51

    I am not surprised, I think it is a common inherited characteristic for most artists anyway 🙂 well, even if that is not true, I can definitely relate! Writing usually sets free the “one” who otherwise would remained in the darkness 😉

  51. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 06, 2013 @ 13:44:07

    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! 🙂

  52. peacewisdomprosperity
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 20:27:07

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

  53. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 17:07:03

    Thanks so much. 🙂 (We may now in an office “thank you battle!”) 😉

  54. FON (Free Online News)
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 12:20:47

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

  55. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:25:53

    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!

  56. Lorna Dounaeva
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 16:19:26

    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/

  57. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 07:41:17

    Sure! Thanks for visiting, Tom!

  58. Tom Mandeville
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 13:02:35

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

    Thanks,

    Tom

  59. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 15:10:35

    Hi Lorna (always seems odd to say that, eh?)! I saw that. Thanks! When I’m up and about I’ll respond in my typical wonky Lorna’s Voice way. 🙂

  60. Lorna Dounaeva
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 02:26:07

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

    L

  61. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 05:37:38

    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! 🙂

  62. Sentientmouse
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 11:19:28

    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!

  63. lifeonwry.com
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 22:26:11

  64. Lorna's Voice
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 13:06:59

    Oh my! Thanks so much! I’ll have to pop on over and see what kind of trouble you’ve gotten me into… 😉

  65. artreviewed
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 20:36:28

    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/

  66. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 17:10:50

    🙂

  67. bulldogsturf
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:55:50

    I get a big enough laugh from you blog… but thanks for following me and commenting…

  68. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:49:09

    Maybe I know why you’re confused. I don’t tend to make humorous comments. That must be the trouble. I’ll try to be more creative next time! 😉

  69. bulldogsturf
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:44:04

    Well I am blessed .. I went back over the comments.. I must be thinking of someone else… I see you there… now my problem is to find the other person I expect humourous comments from.. who doesn’t appear to be commenting on my blog… sorry about that all I can do is blame old age… I do wonder what my own name is some mornings when I look in the mirror…

  70. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:28:11

    Yes, of course. I’m a follower and I make comments regularly. Don’t you get them?

  71. bulldogsturf
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 07:25:19

    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…

  72. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 16:50:17

    Okay. You’ve got my attention…

  73. Diana Douglas
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 13:17:21

    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.

  74. zannyro
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 09:20:53

    That’s what I did with photoshop…as long as it does the job, I’m happy 🙂

  75. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 09:12:42

    Thanks so much for trying. I spent some time with Picasa and figured it out. It’s not fancy, but it works.

  76. zannyro
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 22:43:58

    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…..

  77. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 09:54:10

    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?

  78. Mike10613
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 13:49:45

    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.

  79. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:21:26

    You’re a sweetheart! I added you to my blogroll, too! Thanks so much! 🙂 🙂

  80. Devina a Lemon flavoured Jellybean
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 19:37:20

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

  81. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 16:42:48

    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. 🙂

  82. Paula
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 15:13:11

    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

  83. breakitdownpete
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 10:54:36

    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!!!!

  84. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 17:53:16

    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! 🙂

  85. dockfam
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 15:37:17

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

  86. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 13:57:41

    Thanks so much. So glad you received this award!

  87. Shalvika P
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 07:07:07

    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/

  88. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 12:21:24

    Thanks!

  89. Shalvika P
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 13:34:09

    Oh! that’s so amazing, Lorna! God luck with it 🙂
    And yeah, you can always come back to blogging, everyone’s gonna be around here 😀

  90. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 11:07:25

    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. 🙂

  91. Shalvika P
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 02:13:04

    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 🙂

  92. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 12:14:54

    Gottcha! 🙂

  93. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 12:14:33

    I don’t know how “cool” a 54- year old woman with chronic fatigue syndrome can be, but I admit my inner “zany” comes out when I blog! Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  94. Devina
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 22:44:15

    I mean the blogosphere can be rather small sometimes, I missed that

  95. Devina
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 22:43:25

    I’ll surely check out you writing. Life is a lesson itself, not only you have to live it you have to learn as you go.

    It goes to show how small the blogosphere can be (sort of) I believe your readers recommend your blog because hey you’re cool 🙂 Ooh, a memoir! All the best with that 🙂

  96. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 08:30:24

    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. 🙂

  97. Devina
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 19:55:09

    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

  98. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 07:31:20

    And I can say the same for you, Sam!

  99. samantha
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 18:43:57

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

  100. Lorna's Voice
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:51:57

    No problem. At the risk of repeating myself…thanks again, again!

  101. zannyro
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:11:01

    Whoops, should have read this before I answered your email…I’ll send it directly to her 🙂

  102. Lorna's Voice
    May 10, 2012 @ 09:51:44

    Suzzanne, you are too sweet. I’ll send you her address. She’ll wonder where it came from, but it’ll be fun explaining it to her!

  103. zannyro
    May 10, 2012 @ 08:38:56

    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

  104. Lorna's Voice
    May 02, 2012 @ 07:45:11

    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! 🙂

  105. Lorna's Voice
    May 02, 2012 @ 07:39:00

    Well that’s a new one. I’ll have to go check it out… Thanks so much!

  106. Write, Wrong, and InBetween Reviews
    May 01, 2012 @ 22:11:11

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

  107. Write, Wrong, and InBetween Reviews
    May 01, 2012 @ 21:59:31

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

  108. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 16:20:33

    Of course. My bad for not following. I used to be better at reading minds… 😉

  109. Androgoth
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 16:18:55

    Your profile picture of course 🙂
    In other words I was talking to
    myself, saying… Ahaaa I was
    correct 🙂 lol

    Androgoth XXx

  110. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 14:30:13

    Changed what?

  111. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 14:29:38

    Okay.

  112. Androgoth
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:51:09

    I thought that you
    had changed it 🙂 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  113. Androgoth
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:50:22

    You will need to knock on the gates for access 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  114. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:47:21

    Yes, fairly new. About one month old. Thanks for noticing and liking it. 🙂

  115. Lorna's Voice
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:46:20

    I’ll hop on over, my friend…

  116. Androgoth
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 19:02:35

    Hey I thought that you might like this one…

    I just hope that it lets you look, being
    that my Space is set to Private 🙂 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  117. Androgoth
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 19:00:11

    By the way is this
    a new profile picture? 🙂
    Well if it isn’t, well I
    rather like it…

    Well I only said 🙂

    Have a fine day Lorna…

    Androgoth XXx

  118. Lorna's Voice
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 04:24:03

    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. 😦

  119. George Weaver
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 16:38:04

    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.

  120. Inside the Mind of Isadora
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 21:47:36

    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

  121. Lorna's Voice
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 15:07:37

    Thanks, Margie. It’s good to know you still follow my antics!

  122. Margie
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 15:05:19

    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!

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    Jan 18, 2012 @ 10:11:07

  124. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 16:53:12

    Thanks so much, Katie!

  125. Katie
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 14:33:56

    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/

  126. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 14:37:05

    You seriously overestimate my social networking acumen, Terri. I don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account. Sorry. 😦

  127. Terri Sonoda
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 13:27:39

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

    Terri
    Mine is @tsonoda

  128. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:28:45

    Jacqueline, thank you so very much! You went WAY above and beyond what Scrappy expected!! 🙂

  129. Calling all bloggers « maturestudenthanginginthere
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 10:39:39

  130. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 09:31:51

    That squirrel is too funny! I may have to go fill up my bird feeder and give the squirrels in my “hood” some snacks!

  131. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 09:16:04

    I’ll pop over and check it out, Androgoth! Thanks and have a delicious holiday! 🙂

  132. Androgoth
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 08:15:49

    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

  133. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 13:50:51

    Don’t worry, Androgoth, I’m VERY good (or so I’m told)! 😉

  134. Androgoth
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 20:13:48

    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

  135. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 09:07:54

    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. 🙂

  136. Androgoth
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 18:07:23

    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

  137. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 15:05:10

    Wonderful and welcome aboard! 🙂

  138. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 10:53:09

    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! 🙂

  139. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 06:26:10

    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!

  140. Michael Cargill
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 03:25:25

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

    (I’ll get my coat).

  141. Child of the Moon « Lorna's Voice
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 15:48:21

  142. Lorna's Voice
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 08:45:40

    Thanks so much!

  143. sayali611
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 07:09:17

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

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    Sep 25, 2011 @ 09:43:09

  145. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 10:16:26

    Done!

  146. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 09:53:22

    United States–and thanks!

  147. dribblingpensioner
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 05:22:58

    Hi Lorna, thats you added to the blogroll but i need to know which country you are from, your about doe’s not say

  148. dribblingpensioner
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 16:23:27

    Lorna, i made a post you may not have got it reading your comment.

    Follow the second part and re-check it now and again, and it will fix your problem.

    If you know anyone else with the problem send them the link please.

    I’m going to add you to my blogroll if you would do the same, Harry

    http://dribblingpensioner.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/wordpress-subscription-button/

  149. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 08:34:46

    No, Harry, I didn’t because my email doesn’t send me alerts when people who I follow make new posts or comment on things I comment on. Very frustrating. If you know a fix for this, I’m all ears! I’ll go check it out…

  150. dribblingpensioner
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 16:36:37

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

  151. Lorna's Voice
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 13:20:28

    Absolutely! And wow–7,000! Congratulations!

  152. liv2write2day
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:49:26

    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

  153. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 13:33:56

    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

  154. Ruth Ann Moore
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 22:18:50

    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!

  155. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:03:59

    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!

  156. LKD
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 09:01:45

    Hello from another Lorna reading your wonderful words!

    L(orna)

  157. Lorna's Voice
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 16:48:40

    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.

  158. pea
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 16:36:28

    ‘…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.

  159. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 07:45:22

    I already left a comment on the post, but thanks again for acknowleding my writing!

  160. Nugget # 16 Life Lessons from Blogging « sparkylaurie
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 07:06:13

  161. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 15:01:36

    Thanks so much Phil! I’m sincerely flattered and welcome a possible melt down. Wait, that didn’t come out like I intended it…

  162. Phil
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 13:18:31

    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.

  163. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 13:47:15

    Thanks so much. I appreciate the vote of confidence. I feel the same way about your blog and I shall return the favor.

  164. countingducks
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 10:52:31

    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

  165. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 08:03:47

    Thanks so much. That CCClub does work–we are a bunch of kindred spirits with our own styles! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog.

  166. sparkylaurie
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 03:19:18

    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….;)

  167. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 09, 2011 @ 17:09:32

    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???;)

  168. Rose Ribbon
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 18:52:16

    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

  169. Lorna's Voice
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 08:14:49

    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…

  170. karibug
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 22:04:50

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

  171. Lorna's Voice
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 13:11:42

    Tanks, fer bein’ honest wit me. I’ll check out your blog, and tanks fer votin’.

  172. L De La Foret
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 13:01:49

    “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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