Jane Goodall, She’s In My Blood

JaneGoodallOct10I recently read a lovely and whimsical book about a young girl who loved animals and grew up to become one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century. Best of all, it’s a true story. I wish I could have been her best friend. I wish I lived in that time, went to Africa with her, and helped further her studies. But, I’m obliged to live some things vicariously, and thus I read “Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters”, by Jane Goodall and edited by Dale Peterson. Continue reading


Iris In The Wild

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Let’s Cook: Ginger Carrot Soup

This week we’re going to mix things up a bit. We’re going to do some cooking! The reason for this? Because I LOVE food. Really, really love good food. We try to cook everything as close to scratch as we can at my house, taking into account the illnesses that affect our energy levels. It’s a combination of wanting to know what’s in the food we eat, using more fresh ingredients, and trying to live and eat healthier. However, we do give in to using some products that make things easier, such as packaged chicken broth.

So, today I’m inviting you to make Ginger Carrot Soup with me and my son, Joe, whose hands you’ll see doing the work while I take photos! Technically, this qualifies as a cream soup. Let’s get started.

Ginger Carrot Soup

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Guest Blogger: What Do FBI Agents Really Do? Peter Klismet Gives Us The Scoop.

I am very pleased, once again, to introduce you to Peter Klismet, Jr. After two tours in Vietnam, Pete went on to spend the next 30 years of his life in Law Enforcement; 10 with the Ventura, CA Police Department and 20 with the FBI. In the FBI, he received additional specialized training in hostage negotiation and in criminal profiling. He was part of the very first group of field profilers. After retiring from the FBI in 1999, and receiving an award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Pete turned to teaching. No surprise there, he holds two Masters Degrees and is very adept at sharing his knowledge. He was a Professor at two different colleges before recently retiring. He now runs a consulting business with his wife, Nancy. They provide criminal profiling and cold case services, as well as seminars and training classes. Pete is the author of “FBI DIary: Profiles of Evil.” Thank you, Pete, for joining us today.

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One question I’ve been asked by more people than I can count is, “What do FBI Agents do?”  Another frequent one has been, “What is (or was) it like to be a FBI agent?” Continue reading

30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness

butterfly visibleHi there! I didn’t realize this was Invisible Illness Awareness Week. I hate to totally miss the opportunity to share something with you folks, since I suffer from several “Invisible Illnesses” myself. So, at this late date and time, I present to you a post from a blog I follow: My Journey Thru M.E. I hope you find it enlightening.

Take care,

Linda Williams Stirlingbigger

my journey thru M.E.

Invisible Illness Week starts on 9th September 2013.

To raise awareness of invisible illnesses everywhere, chronically ill bloggers are completing this meme designed by Lisa Copen founder of Rest Ministries and National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week: 30 things you may not know about their invisible illness.

(As an aside, is it just me who didn’t know what a meme was?! We’ll blame brain fog for that one…For anyone else out there like me who isn’t already in the know (!) a meme is: an idea that is passed from person to person within a culture (thank you Wikipedia for clearing that up for me!)

Here’s my answers to the meme: 30 things you may not know about my invisible illness.

1. The illness I live with is: ME/CFS, POTS and IBS.

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: ME/CFS 2011, POTS 2013 and IBS 2005

3. But…

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Kilroy’s Still Here

“Kilroy was here”. Such graffitis were left by a mysterious GI during the Battle of Normandy. Thousands of “Kilroy was here” drawings were made in the most risky places. After the war, it could be found on many us army battle fields and in many other places in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all, I want to acknowledge what a terrible and special day today is. America will never forget 9/11. My heart still goes out to all those who lost their lives, to their families and friends, to all the people who rushed to help. I wish we could live in a better world. That can only happen if all of us work together to make it so.

On a lighter note, we’re going to look at a special meme today. A familiar one to all ages, I think. So, hello, Joe, whada ya know? I know of a meme created way before the concept of memes was presented in the 1970‘s. We discussed the origin of the word “meme” in last Wednesday’s post. Today, I want to highlight for you a favorite meme of mine (say that 10 times fast) that came into existence much earlier. In this case, sometime in the 1930‘s or 40‘s.

My dad, a Korean War Vet, introduced me to this funny bald fellow when I was just a little girl. Throughout my life he drew it on papers, trees at Boy Scout camp, the drywall of our house as he was building it, etc.  Wherever I went, I laughed to find that “Kilroy was here” first. As a Master Carpenter, he was often requested to work on peoples houses, churches, historic structures, and community buildings. I’m sure Dad left his beloved friend hidden everywhere. Continue reading

Peter Klismet Returns: Let’s Talk FBI Profiler!


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I’m very excited to have Retired FBI profiler, Pete Klismet with us again today. Poor, Pete. Once I got my claws in him, he’s found it very difficult to extricate himself! For those of you tuning in for the first time, Peter Klismet, Jr. is retired after 20 years as a FBI Special Agent and profiler. He was one of the original profilers from 1985. Please take a look at last week’s post “Special Guest: Retired FBI Profiler, Peter Klismet, Jr” for more detailed information on Pete.

Thanks for coming back, Pete. I’m sure there are plenty of misconceptions out there concerning FBI profilers. Can you tell us some of the most common ones?

One of the most frequent questions I’ve fielded over the years, both from the media and the general public, has been, “Aren’t all FBI agents trained to be ‘profilers?’” Continue reading