Friday, January 26, 2007

999 Multiple Personalities
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

There are 998,895 people in the U.S. with the first name Betty.
Statistically the 37th most popular first name.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Betty are female.

There are 299,969 people in the U.S. with the last name Sanders.
Statistically the 75th most popular last name.

There are 999 people in the U.S. named Betty Sanders.

I did the same search with my maiden name, Becquart, and found that there are no other people in the United States with that name. (I'm not surprised. Becquarts are a small group.) I'm thinking that is perfect for a pen name and not easily confused with someone else.

That's if I ever write again. It has been years and years since I have felt this kind of depression. It began around the first of the year and intensified during the time of the "Winter Blast of 2007." At least that's what the media called it. Cabin fever was pretty bad at the time. Ironicallly, the family had the best Christmas Holiday that we've ever had, and at the moment there is absolutely no logical reason for me to be depressed, but there you have it. If this damned cold weather would let up, maybe I could get out walking and generate some endorphins.

When the dark gray grumblies strike, how do each of you fight it off?

Saturday, January 06, 2007

OMG !! I'm on eBay !!!

Periodically I do a search for "Becquart" because we have some family members in Europe who are fairly famous. (race car driver, chess champion, chemist, inventor of a world renown carrousel) This time when I entered it, my book, "Shadow Garden" popped up. It was unexpected. I haven't thought of myself as Becquart in so many years that the shock was like being struck by lightening.

I was young at the time. Just out of college. I read the poems now, and it is like they were written by someone else. Amazing!

This book actually won the OWFI Pegasus award that year, and in 1976 was presented to a Convention of Poets Laureate from all over the world who met in Washington DC during the US Bicentennial. A number of Poets Laureate around the world own my book. Don's art work is outstanding. He has since become legally blind. I think his artwork had as much or more to do with the success of the book than anything.

LOL. I can't believe it's on eBay!

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Adventure Begins - 2007

My brother has lost 7 pounds on SouthBeach!!!

Can you hear the envy in that statement? I had an apple for breakfast, asparagus and cottage cheese for lunch, and I'm seriously looking at the exercise bike that is sitting in the corner of the bedroom. I've got to get really serious about my diet. I rejoined WeightWatchers with a friend, and I'm visualizing my head on slim, svelt, sexy bodies. Watch for miracles to occur in the near future. I am sooooo determined.

Christmas was fantastic! After killing off Christmas, remember the post, we all got together, relaxed and had a wonderful holiday. After the maddness of the post Christmas sales had slowed down a bit, I scheduled an appointment at a local photo studio and we had a group picture taken of the entire extended family. (That sounds awesome, but we really aren't that big.) We proofed and picked them on the spot and I'm picking up our photos on the 12th. We've all decided this is a great new tradition. There has been some talk of doing the photo earlier next year and using it for Christmas Cards. Life is Good!

It is so peaceful now that the New Year is begun that it almost feels eerie. This is the first year in ages that I haven't started it off exhausted. I may actually get to attend the next writer's meeting on the 20th. I can't believe I missed the Christmas Party this year. I haven't seen everyone in so long I am having withdrawal symptoms. Donnell has an online writing class going, which should be exciting. I've done some drumming and folk dancing lately. And I'm "finally" going to the doctor about my stupid sore ankle and foot next week. (Remember the cane I've been using on and off?) It really makes the dancing thing very difficult.

Goals for the year? Have you got any? What are they?

It's 2007.
The Adventure has Begun!