Archive | December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

It’s been a great year for Kim and myself.  We want to thank you all for being a part of it!!  We wish you a blessed 2015!!

On a side note, Kim and I are working like mad to get book three finished.  🙂

K.R. and T.L.


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John F Kennedy Pens Letter to Comfort an 8 Year Old About Santa

JFK Christmas

Hi everyone!

We hope your plans for the holidays are going great.  We found this info today and wanted to share it with you!!

John F Kennedy kept the cold war out of the North Pole. 

That’s at least what he told Michelle, an 8-year-old girl who wrote to the him about being worried over Santa Claus being threatened by nuclear bombs from the Soviet Union.

The JFK Library Foundation in Boston released a video Friday displaying the text of the letter that Kennedy signed and sent to Michelle in 1961.

‘Dear Michelle,’ the letter reads, ‘I was glad to get your letter about trying to stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole and risking the life of Santa Claus.’ 

‘I share your concern about the atmospheric testing of the Soviet Union, not only for the North Pole but for countries throughout the world; not only for Santa Claus but for people throughout the world.’

‘However, you must not worry about Santa Claus. I talked with him yesterday and he is fine. He will be making his rounds again this Christmas.’

It’s funny though, that two days after the letter was postmarked to Michelle, Russia tested the Tsar Bomba, at 50 megatons the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

The bomb exploded over Novaya Zemlya, a Russian archipelago located in the Arctic Ocean, just over a thousand miles from the North Pole.

Just goes to show the human compassion the president had.  Even in times of great stress and turmoil, he took the time to calm a young girl.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! 


K.R. and T.L.


Marilyn Monroe Christmas

MM giving Christmas

Hi all!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Or, so the song goes.  For most, it is a wonderful time, but for some, it’s a very hard time.  Hard emotionally, financially and physically.  We understand how hard the holidays can be on a person.  You could be grieving a loved one, struggling financially, have physical ailments, or just be emotionally bankrupt.  It can be all a person can do just to get up in the morning and face the day, much less add the burden of cooking, shopping, decorating, etc.

So, on that note, we wanted to bring you something that would not add to your burden, but hopefully lighten it.  Marilyn Monroe was no stranger to struggle. Her childhood was anything but good.  Even as an adult, the weight of being a sex symbol, a super star if you will, was overwhelming and lonely. She often talked of being so alone even though there were hundreds of people around her every day.

However, she managed to smile through the tears. To rise above, and even give joy to others.  She was always giving y helping the underdog, attending benefits, and just giving of herself.  She was a big part of the USO tours. She attended many charity functions for children, several she supported up until her death.  She would always take time to listen to others, giving them not only empathy, but a helping hand where she could.

This is what we want to give to you!  The freedom to just be there for someone else.  Don’t just dwell on your struggles, problems, and hurdles. Reach out!  Give to others.  It doesn’t have to be money or gifts either.  Your time, your listening ear, your smile are what really matter to a hurting world.  There is no downside to giving.  As you pour yourself out to anther, you will find yourself filled with hope and healing.


K.R. and T.L.

P.S. Our books are on sale for the holidays!  Only .99 cents. Marilyn’s unlived story.