Friday Fun Facts- John F. Kennedy

October 21, 2016

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the presidency of the United States. Call me crazy, I just can’t get it off my mind. (Note the heavy sarcasm)

I don’t want to talk about modern politics, but it sent me searching about Lincoln last week and Kennedy this week. Check out what I discovered.images-1

  1. John F. Kennedy was obsessed with his weight and traveled with a bathroom scale everywhere he went. Seriously?
  2. This is a shout-out to the author, Will Graham who is a Bond aficionado and faithful MuseTracks follower! President Kennedy was a Bond fanatic and To Russia With Love was his all-time favorite book! He even tried writing his own Bond like book about a coup d’etat headed by Lyndon Johnson!!
  3. He was the first president to dance with black women at the Inauguration Ball.
  4. His last year in office is when his son, Patrick, died.
  5. A month before his death, he created a “James Bond” movie about his own assassination! The grieving widow was played by Jackie and frazzled Secret Service agents were, indeed, played by his very reluctant Secret Service agents. Now that is creepy.
  6. He spent time in the company of his mistresses, but after Patrick’s death, he never had sex with any of them. He drew much closer to Jackie and was determined to “keep the White House, white”.
  7. On Nov. 11, 1963, he laid a wreath on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington. He would be buried at that cemetery two weeks later.
  8. The open top limo that he rode in on that fateful day was flown in from Washington. .00010469
  9. Lyndon B. Johnson became president 99 minutes after the shooting.
  10. Jackie removed her wedding ring and put it on his finger to be buried with him.
  11. One of his legs was shorter than the other which caused life-long back pain.
  12. Kennedy desperately wanted to learn to speak French. Jackie was fluent and he often turned to her and their daughter Caroline for help. It was…a struggle never mastered.
  13. President Kennedy bought 1200 Cuban cigars the day before he set a ban on them. Hmmmm…….president-kennedy-smokes-a-cigarrillo-outside-photographer-howell-conants-nyc-studio
  14. Taken from ABC’s article on President Kennedy: “Kennedy had been the target of at least four assassination attempts before Dallas, one barely a month after he was elected president, when a retired postal worker, his car loaded with dynamite, followed the president-elect from Hyannis Port to Georgetown to Palm Beach. “Brother, they could have gotten me in Palm Beach. There is no way to keep anyone from killing me,” Kennedy told a Secret Service agent shortly after the suspect was apprehended, recounted Thurston Clarke in “JFK’s Last Hundred Days.” Two more assassination plots — one in Chicago, one in Tampa, Fla. — were uncovered in the weeks before Nov. 22, 1963.”
  15. President Kennedy gave his entire $100,000 salary to charity every year.why_we_do_we_admire_a_president_who_did_so_little




Hump Day Kick Start – Death’s Shadow Edition

October 19, 2016

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.



Still October, still spooky prompts. A step over to the freaky side.

What’s the story? Is the setting modern day or from a time long past? Is the shadow real or could a ghost playing a trick or issuing a warning? Who was she? Witch? Victim of the voices in her head or something or someone more nefarious? Was this intentional or a murder? No matter the answer, the next question would be why. This could be a real horror story. *shivers*

What’s your take?

Link Of The Week-Throw Downs!

October 18, 2016

There was no one quite like the Bard himself to throw down the best insults ever. No matter what you write, this is a great place to get unique ideas about insulting someone.

“Thou puking pottle-deep coxcomb!”

“If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt.”


Friday Fun Facts-Do You Know Abraham Lincoln?

October 14, 2016

This president is on our penny. We read about him all through grade school. We think we know all about him…but do we?

  1. Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.pitch_dark-cocktail-20_zpsc29eb665
  2. Lincoln’s assassin was a famous actor of the time and the President was a big fan of his.
  3. Here’s a weird one- Abraham’s son was saved from a train accident by John Wilkes Booth’s brother. There’s some kind of karma going on there!
  4. He was the first major leader of the U.S. that felt women should have the right to vote. Go Abe!!
  5. Abe Lincoln is enshrined in The Wrestling Hall of Fame having only lost once in 300 matches!!maxresdefault
  6. His dog was also assassinated.😦
  7. Abraham Lincoln did NOT have a college degree.
  8. He dreamt of his assassination before it happened.
  9. In 1876, a gang tried to steal his body and hold it for a $200,000 ransom.
  10. Abe Lincoln had a secret message engraved into his pocket watch. It was not discovered until 2009.abraham-lincoln-watch-hidden-message-631-jpg__800x600_q85_crop
  12. Did you know that President Lincoln created the Balloon Corps to help fight in the Civil War? Hot Air Balloons!int-inflate-balloon1

Hump Day Kick Start – Broken Edition

October 12, 2016

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.


In keeping with the October theme, I give you today’s prompt.

Who are they? What is going on? Is he pleading for his life? For forgiveness? Could this be a controlling father breaking his son? Death come to collect on a debt? Maybe the suit has promised there is no way out of the nightmare the bloody man created. What if a vampire has come to dinner?

What’s your take. Tell me a tale or caption the pic.


Link of the Week – History Undressed – Ghost Ship Mary Celeste

October 11, 2016

cc-1024px-mary_celeste_as_amazon_in_1861I love October. Not just for the mild weather (though I am a summer girl through and through), the colors, the seasonal foods, and the Christmas decorations, but for Halloween and all associated with the holiday. Black cats, costumes, haunted houses, and bad horror movies. I love a good ghost story, too.

This week’s link is to History Undressed where I blog every second Tuesday of the month about pirates. But today, I’m talking about the mysterious ghost ship, Mary Celeste. In 1872, Mary Celeste set sail across the moody Atlantic bound for Italy. One month later, the ship, in relatively good condition, was found drifting. There was not a soul on board. Nothing to suggest what happened. Ten people just…vanished.

Read more at History Undressed.

Massive Giveaway-Small Town Romances

October 10, 2016

Hi Musetrackers!

I am participating in a fantastic giveaway timed just right for fall weather! I know you love to read and here’s your chance to win over 60 books and a Kindle Fire. My Book, Echoes of the Heart, will be there as will novels by authors such as Jean Brashear, Ciara Knight, and Cait London!

What could be better? This will only be open for a few days and then it will go “poof” into the night.

Echoes of the Heart