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Hello, I'm Rebecca Buckley, and I write books! Welcome to my blog. Here I'll talk about almost anything. Depends on the mood of the day. I'll also talk about publishing, writing techniques, and editing ... subjects close to my heart. So today, anytime you feel like it, feel free to jump in ... click on the COMMENTS link at the end of a post and give your opinion. If you sign in "anonymous" to comment, it's easier, just be sure you say who you are in the content of your comment.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Is it me getting older, or is it the political parties' noise, or the colorful political candidates that have captured my attention this time around?  Am I now at the age of watching the news most of my TV viewing moments, like my father, uncles, and grandfathers used to do?  The women weren't all that interested, as I recall.  They were busy with the kids or households or neighbors or whatever.  I don't recall the women showing much interest in politics or sports as I was growing up.  And since it wasn't smeared all over the TV, well, it was just different then. However, late in life, my mother became very interested. She and daddy both liked Obama, even though they were Republican they voted for him first time around. So is it my time now to be more into it?  Have I reached that age?  So it seems.  Although, I'm not as interested in sports as mother became.

So ... I watched every minute of the 2016 Republican National Convention, but I find it a struggle to watch every minute of the DNC.  I am listening to the individual speeches, I am.  After the fact.  I don't watch the stuff between them, like I did with the RNC though. It isn't a secret that I'm for Trump, and I'm sure that has something to do with the lack of interest in the DNC. But I made a promise to myself to listen to what they have to say, no commenting or criticism, unless there's something worthy of reiteration.

As a Republican, I did vote for Bill when he was a candidate and Obama later on.  So you might say, I vote for the person, not the party. In listening to Bill Clinton's speech this time around, it was a bit on the light side, quickly delivered, a chronological rendering of Hilary's life with him, but done with humor in his beloved style. I wonder how he really feels ...  Was he caught up with all the indiscretions later on just because he was a man in a powerful position and had to have a few women on the side, as some men do?  Was he really in love with her, or did he see a political partner in her from the onstart?  All the while he was talking I was wondering about that.  How much of it was genuine.

Michele Obama's speech was the usual that she gives ... Beginning sentences with "see ..." So it appears she's speaking directly not reading ... Saying things that play on sympathies and pull the heartstrings.  She's pretty good at that. She knows how to speak. Both she and Obama are orators, and they'll make a mint on the speakers' circuit after they're out of office, just like the Clintons do now.  I wonder what is in the future for Michele, I sort of feel her political days aren't over.  I mean, they are staying in Washington, they aren't leaving. Gonna live in the East.  Hummmmm.

Again, I can't get as excited about the DNC offerings as much as I feel for the RNC.  Just isn't the same or better for me. Guess it's because I'm definitely on the Trump Train, still.  Tired of the same ol' same ol'.  It just might be better with Trump leading us.  We won't know till we try him out, and there are enough safe-guards if you're worried about some of the stuff the opposition seems to be afraid of.  I believe he'll do what has to be done to fix our economy and infrastructure, to prevent illegals crossing our borders, to eradicate ISIS, and to fix our trade agreements in our favor.  PLUS, the biggies ... Rebuild our military and our country's law enforcement.  Jobs and healthcare are on his agenda too, you can bet on that one.  

Talk to you later ....

Rebecca B.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Why do I feel Trump is the better choice?

To begin with ... I have read his books which cover his business acumen and value system pretty well. In addition I've done extensive reading and research about the man since he announced he was running for President, and have been a fan and follower of his for a long time - even before his television series hit the airwaves (loved the show, by the way ... revealed a lot about him. Those of you who watched it religiously know what I mean).  The man is an exceptional person and so is his family.

Sure he has his faults, he's human, but they are minuscule compared to faults of others. And he's "smart and rich" as he will be the first to say.  lol lol  I love his attitude and his humor.  Most don't get either, which is sad.  He really loves people and I believe all will see it one day, same as the rest of us who are voting for him.

I do want to get into more detail here, state specific points ... and will later.  I'll be back.  Suddenly I am feeling very sleepy, and no wonder ... it's Midnight.  Been a long day.  So, I'll finish this tomorrow.

Nite all ...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


HERE WE ARE ... the group I was with most of the time on the walking tours through Christmas Markets in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland.  It was quite an adventure for all.  

A Rhine Riverboat Xmas Market Cruise ... we lived on the riverboat for twelve days, then disembarked for the last leg of the trip in Basel, Switzerland where we stayed in a very modern hotel - quite a contrast to all the lovely European historic sites we visited. 

This trip was a Godsend to me, gave me time and space to gather my thoughts and plans for the future after such a trying, eventful, two years past.  It was a jumping off space, actually, for me.  Leaving everything behind - sadness, stress, worry.  It felt like an opening up of a new life. Now that I'm home again, I feel completely refreshed and sorted out. 

Terrific trip!  I suggest everyone do it at least once in your lifetime.  Grand Circle Travel was my host. 

Happy Holidays to you all!  

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Yes, my most-times charming husband has passed on to another life ... and in doing so has forced my life to change and pass into another era. Jim and I married in 2001 right after 9-11.  In fact we were staying in Santa Monica for my birthday week when the Twin Towers fell that day in September. It seemed to speed up our decision to marry, realizing how precious and short life can be.  We had headed to the altar a couple times before, each time outside interference got in the way.  But that time, after 9-11, we pushed headlong into it, went to Vegas and married on September 26.  Now he is gone! Passed on September 23. Just fifteen years later. Sad times.

And now my life has taken an unexpected turn.  I had sold my home in Arizona to be with Jim full time a few months after his son and then my son had fatal heart attacks four weeks apart.  I joined him in 2014, after living apart for a few years.  We were still married, hadn't divorced, just weren't living together for some very good reasons. Then Jim's health took a turn for the worse mid 2015, and I was so grateful I was able to take care of him with the help of Hospice and part-time caregivers. I was happy to be there for him. Took over the business and house projects.

It was our wish that the beautiful Buckley home would continue to be my place of residence, that I would be able to assume the reverse mortgage that he had taken when his investments went sour in 2006 or 7.  The investment company went belly up and took Jim's money with it, as well as a multitude of other investors' funds.  So he mortgaged his home that was free and clear to be able to survive.  His other income producing property didn't produce enough to cover his huge expenses.  Well, long story short, because the reverse mortgage isn't a HUD insured reverse mortgage, the 'non-borrowing-spouse' cannot assume the loan. I either have to pay it off, sell the house before foreclosure, or just hand it over to the reverse mortgage company.  I'm selling it.  Fingers crossed it will sell quickly. 

So now I have to move again.  

There is more to this story, but I am tired at the moment and don't want to dwell on it anymore today.  So, I'll pick up where I am leaving off in a couple days.