Monday, May 30, 2011

We are the FREE because of the BRAVE!

During our holiday fun today, let us take time to remember why we are able to live as we do.  We are truly the home of the FREE because of the BRAVE!
God Bless all who have served and do serve our country!

Thanks to Betty for sharing this great video!

All Gave Some, Some Gave All...Remembering this Memorial Day!

In honor of all who have served and do serve this country!  God Bless America!

Special Note...

This documentary is due to be released in November of this year.
It is worth a couple of minutes to view this. I am looking forward to the program.

They are trying to get 50,000 views by Memorial Day. You need to view the whole thing to be counted. (Only 2 minutes.)

This is a trailer for a full-length feature documentary about a program to honor WWII vets.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


For two decades America's Most Wanted has helped to get scum off the streets and now FOX is planning to cancel the show.  To date 1153 criminals have been captured because of this show, please help to save it.  It's not just a TV show, but a service to the public! 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Emergency Room 101

Sitting in the emergency room the other night with my nose bleeding akin to something that resembled Niagra Falls (minus the beauty and all that),  Harper Lee's quote  "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing," popped in my head. No, I wasn't thinking about how much I loved to read right then; I was thinking about how much I love to breathe and how I do take that for granted.

My nose had been bleeding for an hour before we decided to seek medical attention.  My husband drove to the hospital while I tried not to mess up the car.  I was delighted that the ER waiting room was not crowded...just a couple of would be available soon!!!

I guess what constitutes an emergency depends on what side of the counter you are on.  I know I am not aware of what was going on behind closed doors and there may have very well been people in there in need of medical attention more than me, but I don't know how much blood one could lose before you get bumped up in the line.  It was two hours later, nose still bleeding like a sieve, resembling something in a horror movie,  that I finally got called into a room. 

The doctor had a great bedside manner.  As he looked at my gushing nose he calmly looked at me and said, "Oh, you have a bit of a nose bleed."  I would have laughed if I could have.  I guess it's better than if he walked in and screamed, "Aaggghhhh...that's a lot of blood!!!!"  He nicely plugged my nose with an item that resembled a feminine hygiene product and blew it up like a balloon.  The bleeding did stop and so did the rest of my breathing.  First I couldn't breathe because of the blood, now I couldn't breathe because I had a stopper in my nose. 

The good news is... now the worst is behind me and thankfully I'm beginning to breathe again. 

The bad news is...if what I got was quick rapid response care that took over 2 hours while I sat there bleeding and bleeding, I can only imagine what will happen if Obamacare actually goes into effect.  God help us all.

Bring Me Sunshine!

Feeling a little under the weather myself...this brought a smile to my face.   I hope this brightens your day too!   Enjoy!


Sung by The Jive Aces (a group that sounds very much like Louie Prima)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Do I Want This Book...What others are saying?

My Hero, My Ding Book Reviews!

My Hero, My Ding is such a sweet and amiable memoir of a girl and her grandfather, filled to the brim with silly, lovable and endearing stories. I highly recommend this heartwarming story to everyone who has ever had that special someone in their childhood.

Faith H. Tydings author of A Little Yellow Star


"My Hero, My Ding," by Lisa Tortorello, is a heartwarming story of the author's memories of her time spent with her grandfather. The love they shared can be seen on every page. Lisa captivates the reader from the very beginning of the book. You will find yourself sharing in the emotions with each of her experiences. There will be plenty of times you will find yourself smiling, especially upon finding out Lisa's unique Christmas gift to her beloved Ding. A welcomed surprise was all the memories that came flooding back about my own experiences with my family. Let this book help you rediscover some forgotten memories of your own.

Judy Chessir author of My Finny Fin Fin


What an endearing memoir! Tortorello shares her memories of her hero, her grandfather. If every child had a relationship as the one described between the pages of My Hero, My Ding, this world would be a much better place. Very enjoyable read!

Darlene Shortridge author of Until Forever






"My Hero, My Ding" by Lisa A. Tortorello, a memoir of a Girl and her Grandfather. In this heartwarming, endearing and life-touching story this Author shares her most treasured memories - times with her Grandfather. Although he became a jewelry maker and jewelry store owner, he gave her a rare gem, time and love, more precious than any of the jewels he had made. She found a rare treasure in their relationship - a treasure that would last a lifetime. These cherished memories etched a portrait in her life of not just a grandfather, but a hero. He left behind for her a treasure worth far more than gold. This book will touch your heart and reflect to other families to not let disagreements weigh you down, but perhaps be lifted by the spirit of love, that we can all possibly be the "hero" in the lives of those we love.

Ren Royal author of Lost Faith to the Living Faith


I just finished your book & Lisa I LOVED it.

It was endearing, heartwarming and beautifully written.

It left me with the feeling that Grandpa knew, that in you, he had a sparkling personality

as shiny as any precious stone in his store and that you at an early age realized that

He was the most precious and glorious jewel---& He was YOURS.

God Bless You Lisa, I hope every grandparent reads this. 

Marilyn Gio


Check out beautiful memories written from a heart of love

Lisa Tortorello has written her personal memories of a family member.   

This is not like the stories that we have read so many times of the horrific heartaches a child has endured because of a family member.

This wonderful story is about a grandfather, who lived and loved the way God intended grandpa’s to be; sensitive, loving, and with a wonderful sense of humor.

I truly enjoyed Lisa’s thoughtful and funny side as she shared with us, a time in her life that was filled with loving memories of a wonderful man that just happens to be her grandfather.

Donna Vinke, author of Heaven at Seven


Funny Title...Wonderful Stories

My Hero, My Ding by Lisa A. Tortorello…might be a funny name, but the story is a sweet, endearing walk down memory lane. This is a collection of stories about a girl and her grandfather and the fun and special bond they shared. Lisa brings her memories to life and lets you enjoy the love, camaraderie and zaniness she shared with her grandfather. The Dings share a special bond that made sense only to them, and that’s exactly how they liked it. I encourage anyone that had a special bond with a grandparent, aunt, uncle…to pick up a copy of My Hero, My Ding. Not only will you find Lisa’s story genuine but it just might bring back fond memories of your own life…Plus, you’ll get to find out what a Ding is…

Reviewed by: Ursula Gorman, author of Old Acquaintances


Heart-felt Read

My Hero, My Ding by Lisa Tortorello is a very heart warming, often funny, very encouraging story about a girl and her close bond with her grandfather. I felt I was right there with them on their adventures, and enjoyed it all.

Kelly Hagen author of Jake & Jesus


A Must Read for Everyone!

I really enjoyed My Hero, My Ding by Lisa Tortorello. This story about a grandfather and his granddaughter, is endearing and delightful and brings you into their lives, as if you were one of the family. It made me wish I was part of the Ding Dong Club. If only I could have had a relationship with one of my grandparents, like Lisa had with her grandpa (Ding). I highly recommend this story. It was very uplifting, inspirational and funny.

Karen Gammons author of Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man


This story paints a beautiful picture of a young girl and her grandfather. It is a moving tale of a deep friendship, love and faith. It reminds the reader that true love and family ties can never be broken even in death. My Hero, My Ding is moving, lovely and heartfelt.

Patti Leudeman Chiappa, author of Sara's Journey

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sometimes a Good Laugh is What the Doctor Ordered!

With all of the serious things going on every hour of every day, sometimes it's good just to sit back and laugh.  My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing comedian John Pinette perform in Indiana over the weekend.  It was one non-stop laugh from beginning to end.  If you ever get the opportunity to see him, I highly recommend it!  No recording was allowed last night, but here's a snippet I found on YouTube of his routines that he performed.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Connections!!!  You can't get better than

 this for 50 Cents!


Today is the 14th wedding anniversary of two of our dear friends and it made me a bit nostalgic.  While my friends Jane and Tom are married for 14 years and my husband and I will be married for 22 years in  a couple of weeks, Jane and I will celebrate 30 years of friendship this December.  This is such a momentous occasion because I "bought" Jane for 50 cents when I was in grade school.  No, it's not what you're thinking.  I had the opportunity to get a pen-pal.  Back then (in 1981), a domestic pen-pal cost 25 cents and an international one cost 50 cents.  Well, 50 cents not only got me a pen-pal but a friend for life.  Jane is from England and during grade school and high school we wrote back and forth with all the juicy details of teenage girls.  We learned about each other's families, friends, and customs, but the thought of ever meeting seemed an impossibility.


As adults that impossibility turned into a wonderful reality.  Jane and Tom came to visit my husband and I a couple of years after we were married.  It was their first trip to the United  States and the first time we ever set eyes on each other (except for pictures sent through the mail).  What an exciting experience that was and what a great bond we formed.  We promised Jane and Tom that when they got married we would take the trip "across the pond" and join them at their wedding.  Years passed by and when the time came for them to get married we couldn't get our passports fast enough, and  what an honor it was when Jane asked me to do a reading at church for them during their wedding ceremony.  We had a terrific time, met wonderful people, saw beautiful scenery and made memories to last a life time. 


Since then, the four of us made trips "across the pond" to visit each other once more, but that was over 10 years ago now.  But like any true friendship even though there are many, many miles between us, the heart of a friend is always close by. 


And as far as investments go that 50 cents has

yielded a priceless return!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Leave the Judging to God...

I started out today with a whole different topic to blog about and then I received this e-mail from a cousin of mine (Thanks Anne)!  I thought it was worth sharing...

Leave the Judging to God

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.

'And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber - give me a clue.'
'Hush, child,' He said,
'they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.'

Leave the judging to God...
Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There's Still Time...Win a FREE autographed copy of MY HERO, MY DING!

I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with to have a free book giveaway!

Contest Details...
  • Click on the link below or to the right on this page.
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  • Fill out the simple contest form and are entered in the contest!
  • TWO lucky winners will receive a FREE autographed copy of my book.
Perfect timing to try and win one for Father's Day! 

Sunday, May 8, 2011


"God couldn't be everywhere and therefore he made mothers!"   
Rudyard Kipling

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Not Just For The Boy Scouts - Always Be Prepared!

I was one that came kicking and screaming into the 20th Century when computers were becoming the "latest fad".  I told people that this type of technology would never catch on.  Who could learn all this mumbo jumbo?  I went from computer illiterate with thoughts like No one NEEDS a computer  to  Wow!  I can't live without this thing.  While most of us probably don't NEED a computer today, it  certainly makes life easier , at least most of the time.  When techo gadgets are working fine, life as we know it is great!  When something goes awry  that's another story all together.  How many times have you heard people say, "My computer crashed and my whole life is stored on it!"  Yikes!   

Just last summer as I was into my third month of book production my computer decided to have terminal mechanical problems that after many office visits, tests, and long-term care at the store even the best Geeks pronounced it DOA.  Now in the interim, when I would get the computer back in hopes that a cure was found I painstakingly moved all of my important data onto hard drives.  This was painful seeing as my computer would turn off at whim, but luckily I was able to get all my book files safely moved!  The result of all this turmoil was a brand new computer that purrs like a kitten.  Life was good!  I also invested in Carbonite hoping against all hope that if I ever was in a bad situation again, they would truly "back me up"!

Flash Forward 10 months...I was having trouble with some software and got specific instructions from the company on how to remove it fully from my computer before reinstalling it.  Well, I've come so far in my computer prowess that after reading  the directions I decided how hard can it be.  When I got to the step that said:


I thought... I've installed programs, installed new routers, reformatted computers, how hard can following directions really be?  I started by copying the registry on my desktop like was suggested.  Then I went to work.  As soon as I clicked the wrong link in the registry my heart sank.  I knew I was going to end up with "irreparable system damage"!  I shut down my computer, restarted it and the first screen, after the familiar Windows Icon, had "wingdings" across it instead of words.  That was it!  I screamed,cried, restarted the computer at least a dozen times and still.... nothing. 

I finally had to go see my favorite Geek  and explained my plight.  When I was reminding him of all my computer accomplishments thus far, he told me I reminded him of the person who successfully changes their own oil in a car and decides," Sure I can rebuild my turbo engine; how hard could it be?"  I laughed because I knew he was right, but it wasn't so funny when I had to reformat my whole computer.  Right then I thought, "I screwed up my computer and my whole life is stored on it."  YIKES!

This time I read and re-read the steps...I got my computer up and running, but my files were still out there in cyberspace and I hoped they knew how to come home.   I ever so carefully reinstalled Carbonite, followed the prompts and after waiting patiently for 2 days (yes, days...)I must say Carbonite really backed me up.  Every single file I had was restored and put back in its original place.  The computer was mine again and once more  LIFE WAS GOOD!

Lesson for the day:  Be prepared, expect the unexpected, and always have a back up!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How ironic life is...earlier tonight I watched a concert that I took part in where the second half was patriotic songs with one whole section dedicated to our men and women in the armed forces.  It brought back memories of an article I wrote shortly after 9/11.  I was deciding what would be a good day to post the article on my blog...Then this evening when I read the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead, I thought this is the perfect day.

The Bond That Keeps This Nation Together
I am an American!  I have always been proud to be an American, but on September 11, 2001 the idea of being an American changed for me.  Now, when I here patriotic songs, I stand a little taller (often with tears in my eyes).  When I say the Pledge of Allegiance I say it with more feeling and frequently think of those people who no longer have the opportunity to do so, not to mention those who have the opportunity to say our Pledge, but refuse to do it.  I no longer take my freedom or my security for granted.  What I do realize is the importance of remaining united as a country.  There is an old phrase that a chain is as strong as its weakest link.  The same can be said of a nation.  The strongest link that holds America together is its citizens and their ideals.
There are many times throughout our nation's history when our Americanism has been attacked.  There are people who would like nothing better than for America and its ideals to cease to exist.  We must ask ourselves why?  Why would anyone want a country whose ideals are founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to go away?  Why would anyone want a country who allows people the freedom to practice their own religion, choose their own job, and go about their daily lives basically without restraint to go away.  The answer lies in the idea of having freedom. There are so many countries throughout the world today that are not free.  Some people from these countries long to come to America to enjoy our freedoms, while others would rather mock us and try to eliminate us and our believes in the process.  We Americans must show unity in our conviction that having freedom in our way of life.  There are brave Americans, both home and abroad, that continuously fight for this right to be free and to protect us from the tyrannical forces around us.  If our freedom is taken away from us, we lose part of ourselves as a nation.
Countries that hold down their citizens through the power of their government, in essence, hold down their people.  America, on the other hand, helps its citizens to recognize their potential, not to hold them down.  The result is that America is a very prosperous nation.  We have the power and the opportunity to explore the limits  of our minds whether it be in technology, finance, science, or any other area where innovations are possible.  Literally, as American, the sky is the limit.  By individuals working  alone, as well as, by our citizens pulling together, America has become one of the most powerful and resourceful nations in the world.
In our short history, we have proven that as a determined people who are proud, united, courageous and free, we have achieved a multitude of successes.  Because of this, we have to be ever mindful that there are people who are ready and willing to try and change America as we know it.  We Americans must show our continued unity, loyalty, and love of country and be vigilant in creating the cohesive bond that makes our nation's chain one that cannot be broken.
Lisa Tortorello