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The Long Struggle For Women's Rights in America

 Women haven't just started marching in
 protest for their rights. 
"We march peacefully to send a message loud and clear – that women’s rights are human rights and that defending the most marginalized among us means defending all of us."

The Women’s March on Washington January 21, 2017 is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of women and allies to DC on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Marches are also scheduled for almost every state capitol as well. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time.

Along with echoing the 1963 civil rights demonstration where Martin Luther King Jr. first declared, “I have a dream,” the Women’s March on Washington has historical ties to the early suffrage movement. More than a century ago, thousands of suffragists gathered in DC on the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration demanding the right to vote.
Organized by the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade saw more than 5,000 marchers from around the country to “march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded,” according to the parade’s program. It was one of the first national efforts in the name of women’s suffrage, and it would take seven more years for women to secure the right to vote through the 19th Amendment.



POISONED PALETTE is Jill Paterson's sixth  book in her fascinating Fitzjohn Mystery series. 

"An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Lyrebird Lodge in the Blue Mountains on that crisp autumn morning, all anxious to acquire one of Florence Fontaine’s much sought after paintings. However, the only art on one visitor’s mind is the art of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn, unwittingly drawn into the case, launches his investigation that reveals a web of past and present jealousy, deceit and revenge, at a time when his own life is unravelling before his eyes.

Meanwhile, Claire Reynolds, Florence’s business manager and organiser of the event, finds herself entangled in the police inquiry as evidence of her involvement is established. Traumatised, Claire is blind to the peril that surrounds her."

Jill Paterson is best known for her popular Fitzjohn mysteries. The first book in the series, The Celtic Dagger, was published in 2010 by New Holland Publishers after Jill entered the 2008 New Holland Publishers & NSW Writers Centre Genre Fiction Award. Since that time, through Amazon, she has independently published its second edition along with four further books in the series.

Jill has also authored two non-fiction books entitled Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.

Jill lives in Australia with her musician husband and bossy cat, Fergus. Her favourite pastimes when not writing are painting and photography. 

If you would like to know when Jill's next book comes out, please visit her blog, The Perfect Plot, at, where you can sign up to receive an email about new releases. Information on the Fitzjohn Mystery Series can also be found at


The Unbelievable Chalk Man!

This man is artistically talented beyond the 
visual boundaries of sight...and he does it all
on sidewalks with colored chalk!!

The depth perception he gets on a flat surface boggles the mind...a fantastic artist!


My Deck Garden 2016

In an earlier blog I posted the damage a severe hailstorm did to our home and my deck garden. I replanted and replaced all the shattered pots and it has responded. I have been taking photos of it and the birds and squirrels that visit.

We have had an unusual wet Spring with a number of severe thunderstorms with hail around the area on several occasions and I'm hoping I luck out and don't have to deal with that damage again...but am very happy we are finally out of our drought and our aquifer is 10 foot above average for the first time since 2010. Yea!


Derby Day At Retama

Kentucky Derby Day At 
Retama Park 
In San Antonio

My son, daughter-in-law and Several friends and I have been going to
 Retama Park Raceway every year on Derby Day the last few years and that's usually the
only time I go. I most often come home with less
money than I took but I consider it worth the fun we always have every year.

Today it reminded me of a fiesta. There was a big carnival for the kids and lots of 
food and craft booths scattered outside and inside.

Everyone has their favorite tracks to bet on simulcast tracks all across the country so we need  lots of programs. Mine are usually the tracks running I'm closest to the monitor to...
easier to see my money run down the drain.

I have no idea what started the big fancy hat tradition on Derby Day but it's alive and well. This year most of the hats appeared to be homemade and they were usually very large  and creative. The blue one had twinkling lights. All the ladies I asked for a photo
were very sweet and accommodating when I told them I might do a  Derby Hat Day blog.

This sweet young teenager eating lunch with her Mom was very proud to show off the one she totally made from scratch with paper, fresh flowers, and net. I thought the little racehorses surrounding the brim were so sweet and that fit her shy personality perfectly. 

Thanks Ladies for your kindness in happily
sharing your lovely creations with us.

The favorite Nyquist won the Derby.