Thursday, May 16, 2024

The White Glove Consortium is now public knowledge!

What would you do if you found out there was a secret society that treats the rich and powerful like pawns—and they have their eye on you?

Lady’s maid Emmeline Spencer is about to face that very question when the Nob Hill mansion where she works in 1881 San Francisco loses its head servant and the household is thrown into chaos.  

In a world that is upstairs-downstairs-upside-down, it’s hard to know who are your allies or enemies; and not everything is at is seems.  

The 62,000-word story is set at the estate of Charles Crocker, one of the Big Four robber barons who created America's railways and were the 'royalty' of their era. Little did they know they were just tiny pieces in a global game. 

Did you know there is a secret society going back nearly two millennia that is alive and active in the mainstream world today?

I didn’t—at least not until I started doing some innocuous research for a historical novel. What I found both shocked and fascinated me. I began asking friends and acquaintances if they knew of the existence of this group. No one did.

I decided to change that. 

My first scant findings are contained herein. I plan to do a lot more digging and hope the publication of this short exposé will inspire and embolden others to come forward with their knowledge of this insidious organization.

Until that time, if someone greets you with the phrase “Ad serviendum nobilissima vocatio,” do yourself a favor and run the other way.

$14 for the 1881-based novel only
$8 for the modern esposé only
$20 for both the novel & the exposé (you save $2)

Thursday, October 6, 2022

🧹A Broom with a View — just in time for Pumpkin Season! 🎃

At long last, the latest rhyming book in the witch-based Bobbiez Bakery series is ready for reading, listening, and even playing!

Things are humming along smoothly at the Bobbiez Bakery, that is until little witch Gretchen gets her first broom and decides to right a wrong she observes on her travels.

The elder witches want nothing to do with Gretchen’s crusade, but she feels she has no choice in this 4th story from the Bobbiez series where good deeds are served up fresh from the coven.

This is a color-your-own story and activity book awaiting your artistic flair, brain power, and imagination. The back of the book contains a QR code to the complimentary narrated video.

Here's the link to the paperback

Here's the link to the narrated video

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Waxing omniosophical

 Mixed-media artist Sanndi Thompson give her take on the Ocademy

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

343◻︎' day 012 - I attempted to make a grown-up dinner

The story: I finally used my cute little retro air fryer for something other than toast. The salmon came out perfectly (I was amazed) and was a lovely follow-up to a glorious spinach, bleu cheese, pecan, and pear salad

The truth: I only took this photo to capture the fun of using a fish-shaped plate to serve fish. The little fryer did a terrif job, but the "thick" part of the salmon could have used a minute or two longer. I ate "the other" piece of fish while waiting for the rice to cook. I have yet to go through my spice cupboard and have no idea where I put the tarragon so I tossed on some unnecessary lemon pepper just for looks. The leaves pulled off my tree are there merely to distract from the fact the lemon was pre-squeezed (used for cooking). As for the spinach salad, the only greens I had today were the lettuce shreds on a half a taco leftover from yesterday! The salad in question is pre-made and will be consumed manana ... IF I remember and don't go for more tacos instead!

Oh and the red fabric? Yeah, that's a dish towel 

Friday, May 27, 2022

343◻︎' day 001 - adventures in tiny living on the urban edge

This was the day my sleeper/sofa (ordered late February) arrived. A week prior, I'd been told it had been delivered to the local furniture store ... only they had no record of it. Mind you, these folks are on the ball and not the least bit flakey.

Since I'd been paying rent for 3 months for a place I did not yet live in (tried a foldout sleeper chair and it was a bust), I was not keen to go another 12 weeks. But miracle of miracles, the fine furniture folks pulled strings, called in favors, and had a new sofa made. That's the one I received.

It's got brass studs and was selected to sync with my living area theme of "a retired pirate captain from the Golden Age who went through a wormhole, ended up in modern day Naples LBC, and decided to downsize." ... Yep

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Happy UnAnniversary!

It was 2 years ago the Ocademy's grand launch was waylaid by the world health crisis. Here's where we've been and where were' going


Monday, March 14, 2022

It's time for some Whimsy

Our Whimsicalitea Board is finally on board! And we've got some fun tricks up our sleeve for 2022


Saturday, December 25, 2021

A Prayer to Deora

Hallowed Deora,

Cherished mother and guardian of all,

Thank you for your constant care.

You guide our thoughts, protect our hearts, and nurture our spirits. 

Your grace satiates our soul.

You banish prideful doubt and fear through your all-powerful, all-encompassing love. 

When shadows fall, your infinite patience and gentle compassion prevail.

Open our eyes to each moment's unfathomable gifts, opportunities, comfort, and peace.

Show us how precious we are, how to share your loving-kindness and bountiful goodness more fully, how to give without expectation.

Teach us to forgive.

We turn to you with every need. Our lives attest your glory and dominion.

We trust your unwavering truth

and always will.