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Touring New Orleans – Mardi Gras World

by L. Davis You are probably asking, what is Mardi Gras World?  It was definitely an exciting stop. Floats and float decorations are created and made in Mardi Gras World! First, a bit of background: Every parade must be sponsored by a “krewe” (social club/organizations). Each krewe selects the theme for their parade floats and […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 22, 2014 - 6:32 am

Very interesting tour. I wasn’t aware of that place. Does every float have real people as well as fabricated people on them?

Maxine Davis - August 22, 2014 - 8:39 am

Marilyn, Good question and I’m not sure of the answer. L. is gone right now, but I’ll check and see. Thank you for commenting.

To Write or Not To Write?

By Pam Asberry Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson My new teaching year started August fourth. I teach forty-one piano lessons Monday through Thursday, practice a minimum of two hours a day, and have ensemble rehearsals Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. My duo partner […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 21, 2014 - 5:41 am

Don’t you dare give up your writing. I remember the advice one GRW member gave me. She had been trying to publish for nine years before she got a Harlequin contract and now she’s mujltpublished with them. You are write, it’s all about perseverance. And the best advice is Keep writing. That’s from a number of famous authors I’ve interviewed. I finaled in the Maggie’s 10 years ago for a book that is just now getting published. And then I won a Maggie two years ago for a book that was published last year. So don’t give up.

Carol Burnside - August 21, 2014 - 5:54 am

Pam, you sound so much like a good friend of mine. She always thought she could do so much more than was humanly possible in a 24-hr day. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’re human and a day only has 24 hours. So…

Here’s an idea: You have a summer break from students, right? And we know you’re disciplined, so… What if you plotted and edited during your teaching months for an hour a day or once a week for 4-5 hrs on the weekend, then made writing a priority while you’re free of students? Treat it like a NaNoWriMo project and blaze through a new WIP. Then when classes begin again, edit what you wrote and plot for your next writing binge/marathon.

Do whatever works for you, of course, but keep writing. You can do it!

Maxine Davis - August 21, 2014 - 9:25 am

Pam, Carol took the words out of my typing hands, lol. There are only 24 hours in a day. You are doing a lot of things. Good things. I was out of high school when I started taking piano lessons and I was in awe of my piano teacher as I am sure your students are of you. Relax. Maybe a schedule will help. You may not be able to spend hours writing, but some timewould help. Good luck.

Piper Huguley - August 21, 2014 - 9:32 am


These women have given so much wisdom here. Still, don’t give up. It’s hard to final in the Maggies and you have done it. However you carve out a little space in the day for yourself, do it because you have a gift to share.

Sandy Elzie - August 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never Give Up!”

A know you can juggling more than one or two plates at a time and keep them spinning…after all, you’re a woman…and a mother.
Just don’t give up on the two things that you love to do…playing the piano and writing. Love you and hang in there!

Tamara LeBlanc - August 21, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Don’t give up. If it’s something you’re passionate about, don’t ever give up. Even if you can only find time to write once a week, for a single hour, don’t give up.
Look at all you’ve accomplished in your life! I can’t even play chopsticks and you’re teaching and performing…wow!
If you can do that, you can do anything!
Don’t give up :)

Pam Asberry - August 21, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support. How could I possibly stop writing now? :-)

Walt Mussell - August 21, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Pam, I go through bouts where i can’t write at all, and then I pick up and start writing again. Keep it up!!!!

Guest Chef – Piper Huguley- Cover Magic

By Piper Huguley   For years,  I was not very interested in covers.  As a reader, I’m all about the blurb, not the look of the book.  I read the back cover  make a decision about whether or not I should read further.  I was not interested in covers.  Ask my buddy Julie Hilton Steele. Or my […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 20, 2014 - 6:22 am

This is a great post. I’d never heard of I love that you got your dream cover from the other side of the world. I always specify to the cover artist not to use people on the cover because I can’t imagine getting a good likeness of my characters. The times I’ve used people I’ve wished I hadn’t.

sandra Elzie - August 20, 2014 - 6:53 am

Great article. Like Marilyn, I’ve never heard of, but I love what you ended up with. You have a knock-out cover. I love that HE intervened at the last minute to give you a cover worthy of your (and His) story. Can’t wait to read your other books.

Piper - August 20, 2014 - 8:03 am


I know what you are saying. You describe them one way and they show up on the cover another way. The reader reads it and is like: what? It has the tendency to take the reader out of the story–why risk it? I lucked out, but I think that may happen less and less since writers are given more choices now. Let’s hope so–for the ones of us who want people. Thank you for your comment!

Piper - August 20, 2014 - 8:05 am


Thank you for your kind words. And you are right–it’s great that it is a cover on a story meant to honor Him. I appreciate that you stopped by!

Wayne Jordan - August 20, 2014 - 8:26 am

For the day I saw your cover art I fell in love with your books. The artist is super talented and when I finally did read the books, I realized that the covers were perfect.

Of course, I love the books to.

Can’t wait to see the cover of THE MAYOR’S MISSION.

Julie - August 20, 2014 - 8:30 am

Love. Love. Love. That is all. :-)

Maxine Davis - August 20, 2014 - 8:37 am

Piper, I love the stories about your covers. So glad you found some you liked. Things were brought out by you and commenters that I had not thought of, and now Ihave lots of things to consider before I get a cover. Thank you for the lesson.

Monica - August 20, 2014 - 9:53 am

Cover art is important to me. That’s sort of the premise of my blog. I buy books because of the cover, at least most of the time. If a cover looks kind of “janky” to me, chances are what’s inside is probably just as bad. Yeah, it’s very judgementental, but sometimes you only have one chance to make a first impression. If I hadn’t known about this series prior to its release, I would have bought these books solely based on the cover art. Why? Because the covers are beautiful, they feature people of color, the time period is historical, and did I say that they’re beautiful?

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

Thank you for stopping by Wayne! I’m so glad you like the covers, and the books! You’ll see the cover of the next one soon!

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 10:01 am

Thank you for stopping by Monica! I liked your thought about first impressions. I guess when I see other covers, I do tend to come to certain conclusions about what’s inside. I appreciate your kind words and comments!

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 10:02 am

Thank you Julie! I appreciate the support!

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 10:03 am


So glad you enjoyed the stories. It’s wonderful you’ve gotten something out of this and I’m looking forward to seeing the results. Thank you for stopping by!

Asa Maria Bradley - August 20, 2014 - 10:31 am

Your covers are so beautiful and you nailed it with “beckoning me to come into their world.” That’s exactly how I feel when I look at them. Am excited to see what the third one looks like.

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 10:33 am

Thank you Asa! I’m glad that you agree! And soon enough…the third one will be revealed! Thank you for stopping by my fellow Dreamweaver!

Vanessa Riley - August 20, 2014 - 10:36 am

I am so happy for my friend Piper. Having a cover that expresses your heart and the beauty of the story written is a gift, one worth sharing with the world. I am so glad that people can see your vision.

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 10:37 am

Well it wouldn’t have happened without you Vanessa Riley! Thank you very much for stopping by!

Bonnie Staring - August 20, 2014 - 11:29 am

Oh my goodness, Piper! Your covers are so beautiful — I can’t imagine your books without them! Thanks for sharing your cover adventure so we can all learn from it. Congratulations on finding a true artist who understands what your books need.

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 11:30 am

No problem Bonnie! Glad to share! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 20, 2014 - 11:49 am

A beautiful story-behind-the stories! I absolutely believe God cares about your covers and every aspect of you career- mine too! You mentioned the way your characters look right at the “camera” so to speak– I never focused on that aspect of your covers before, but I really love that. It’s different, and they seem so real. Wonderful post!

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 11:56 am

Thank you Amy! I appreciate your kind words. I’ve heard–I couldn’t get any confirmation on this–that the hero on a cover should be looking at the heroine. Otherwise, people get the impression that he’s looking for his next woman….but we know that’s not true of Virgil and Lawrence! Thanks for stopping by!

Kiera J. Northington - August 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Piper, I am absolutely in love with your covers! They just seem to speak to me! They are so expressive, you can imagine a whole story before you even open up the book. A cover can truly make or break a first impression; thank you so much for sharing your post with us! :)

Piper Huguley - August 20, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Thank you Kiera! I appreciate your kind words and comments! Thank you for stopping by!

Sia Huff - August 20, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Piper, I’m so glad you found an artist who understands your vision. And all the way from Sri Lanka. Cover art is important to me. It’s that first glance that sparks my interest. I believe others feel the same way. Look forward to seeing your other covers.

Carol Burnside - August 20, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Piper, I’ve “fan-girled” over your covers before, so you know I love them. I enjoyed reading The Lawyer’s Luck and am looking forward to The Preacher’s Promise.

Piper - August 20, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Thank you Sia. It was a blessing for sure. As I said in the post, not everyone loves the covers, but for the most part they have been well received. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper - August 20, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Thank you for your fangirling, Carol! I appreciate your kind words about The Lawyer’s Luck and that you stopped by to comment. :)

Connie Gillam - August 20, 2014 - 5:42 pm

What a great story!
Piper, I too was afraid I’d never be able to have the cover I wanted with the couple looking the way I wanted them to look. So, I went with a landscape instead. I’ve been very happy with the cover for Lakota Dreaming, but you lucked out.

BTW, the cover is the first thing I look at when buying a book, then the blurb.

Piper - August 20, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Hey Connie,

It’s a hard call to say how people will look on a cover. However, I have hopes for that changing. The cover artist (unless he’s Divo) will make changes, almost immediately. It seems in a circumstance like Designcrowd, you can have people if you want, although your cover (and the story, too!) are great! Thanks for stopping by!

Walt Mussell - August 20, 2014 - 11:22 pm


It is a beautiful cover. God must have been giving it to you in His time.

Leslie Lynch - August 21, 2014 - 8:18 am

Piper, I have LOVED your covers from the get-go! I had no idea you had so much trouble finding them, but I’m glad you did! Thanks for sharing this part of your journey. I had never heard of Designcrowd, either. Might have to give ‘em a try! Best of luck with sales of your wonderful books!

Piper Huguley - August 21, 2014 - 9:29 am

Thank you so much Leslie! It was trouble, but it was worth it! I appreciate that you stopped by to comment!

Miranda Liasson - August 21, 2014 - 11:17 am

Piper, thanks for sharing this amazing story. Yes, I believe there is more than fate involved! When I was twelve, I devoured Phyllis A. Whitney’s adventure books for kids of that age–it was always a boy and a girl discovering a place, solving a mystery, etc. Well, they were paperbacks with the most amazing covers, usually of the boy and the girl doing something related to the adventure. I used to stare at them for hours. I feel the same way about your covers–the characters have true heart and soul, and it draws you in to want to get to know them! Congrats for a beautiful cover look!

Angelina (Barbin) Jameson - August 21, 2014 - 11:27 am

I’m so glad you finally got the cover you wanted. I often hear authors complain that their cover didn’t represent their story or their characters. On another note, parts of your blog post made me laugh a bit whether that was your intention or not. Your style is engaging and now I’m excited to read some of your work.

Jacqui Nelson - August 21, 2014 - 1:11 pm

I love your covers, Piper! And I loved hearing more about how they came to be. Thank you for sharing their creation with us!

Piper Huguley - August 21, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Hi Angelina! Thank you so much for commenting. I don’t mind laughter at all. Laughter is a part of life. Despite the sober looks of my characters on my covers, I always make sure there is something funny in my stories. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - August 21, 2014 - 2:09 pm


Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I really do believe with the rise of self-publishing that authors will get more of what they want in the way of covers. At least I hope so! I have to look up those Whitney books–they sound cool. I appreciate your kind words and I’m looking forward to yours!

Piper Huguley - August 21, 2014 - 2:11 pm

I’m glad that you like them Jacqui! You have great covers too–and they have a connected look, too! Thank you for stopping by!

Laurie Cooper - August 21, 2014 - 2:43 pm

I never realized how difficult choosing a cover was until I went through the process. It’s so hard to decide what element of your story to focus on. Thanks for sharing. Your cover is beautiful!!

Eight sentences for impact

by Carol Burnside Lately, I’ve been participating in the Facebook group,  Snippet Sunday. Every Sunday, participating writers share 8 to 10 sentences from a current WIP (work in progress) or past work on our blogs. We provide a link to our post in the comments of announcement on the group page. Then we go around […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 19, 2014 - 3:02 am

Thanks for the advice, I’m going to use your questions to analyze my latest WIP, which I’m just finalizing.

One thing that surprised me in my reading preferences is that I’ve discovered some amazing voices in Young Adult Books. Some examples are The Book Thief; The Fault in our Stars; and Golden Boy. I don’t think I could write YA but I do enjoy reading it.

sandra Elzie - August 19, 2014 - 6:22 am

I’ve read mysteries, but can’t seem to write one. (sigh)

I’ve found that if I have a page limit,..say, for a contest…I go through my words with a much finer filter and tighten things a LOT more than normal.

I’ve also found that taking a picture (any picture out of a magazine or ?????) and trying to write an opening line (limited to one line and no more than 25 or 30 words) as if that picture is representing a WIP, helps me think leaner and more creatively.

Kayelle Allen - August 19, 2014 - 6:52 am

Excellent advice. Flash fiction will make you narrow your focus too. Any time we limit ourselves to a small peek, it makes us stop and think — that’s a good thing. There is a great economy in using short excerpts.

Pam Asberry - August 19, 2014 - 8:57 am

Great post, Carol. Important things to think about while writing today!

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2014 - 11:48 am

Carol, Yes it is good information. I’m enjoying you post. Like Sandy, I really wish I could write great mysteries. Maybe one day …

Carol Burnside - August 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Marilyn, I started reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover because I’ve heard good things about it on Goodreads. It’s a departure from my norm. (YA and 1st person) Very high school teen mentality, which is okay, but so far the voice isn’t grabbing me. I do like to try new things because sometimes I find a gem.

Carol Burnside - August 19, 2014 - 2:32 pm

I’ve done the contest thing too, Sandy. Then it occurred to me that I should be writing like that all the time – and while revising, should be looking for ways to tighten and be economical with my words for more impact. It’s a good exercise. The picture sounds intriguing.

Carol Burnside - August 19, 2014 - 2:53 pm

And I do love writing short and flash fiction as well, Kayelle. Maybe that’s why the Snippet Sunday struck a chord.

Carol Burnside - August 19, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Thanks, Pam and Maxine.

I like mysteries too, but don’t wish to write them.

Piper - August 19, 2014 - 3:55 pm

It sounds to me like you exercise would be out of my comfort zone, so I admire that you participate in it. That’s awesome.

Sia Huff - August 19, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Great advice, Carol. I can see that picking 6-8 sentences would make you look at your words closer. Love your snippets – can’t wait for Sunday.

Carol Burnside - August 21, 2014 - 1:41 am

It’s been eye-opening and a bit uncomfortable at times, Piper.

Carol Burnside - August 21, 2014 - 1:49 am

Aw, thanks for checking out my lines, Sia. See ya Sunday.

My Writing Career-A Divergent Path? by Constance Gillam

    As most of you who follow the blog know, I’ve written a contemporary romantic mystery, Lakota Dreaming, set on an Indian Reservation. What some of you might not know is I’m in the middle of writing a prequel to this novel. A novella, this prequel doesn’t have a name. For now, I’m using the […]

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Carol Burnside - August 18, 2014 - 1:44 am

I just go with it. While I am a contemporary romance author, I’m open to writing in other sub-genres, where the story takes me. I didn’t really think about my Annie Rayburn stuff being SciFi or Paranormal or Alternate Reality (Fantasy) until after I’d written them and had to classify them.

Then along came Hallie in the late 1800′s. And several others are clamoring to follow her. How I’ll fit it all in, I don’t know.

One story at a time.

Marilyn Baron - August 18, 2014 - 7:13 am

I agree with Carol. Just go with it. Divergent is good, I followed your path. I wrote a historical set in WW II, which is really on the edge of the genre, and two thirds of the book was set in contemporary times. Then I wrote a prequel novella which is a true historical. Then the next three books released were women’s fiction and psychic suspense. I’ve enjoyed writing in a variety of genres. And I started out writing short stories. Don’t limit yourself in genre or length.

Pam Asberry - August 18, 2014 - 9:40 am

I’m definitely going with it. I’m simultaneously working on women’s fiction, young adult, and contemporary romance, trying to find my voice I guess. We’ll see where I eventually get published. Thinking positive here. ;-)

Tamara LeBlanc - August 18, 2014 - 9:59 am

I agree with the consensus, GO WITH IT! You write in so many different genres and you’re a successful story teller in each. I love how you break your mold time and again. To me, you’re courageous!
Can’t wait to read more of Julia’s story!!!

Piper - August 18, 2014 - 10:29 am

There is something to “branding,” but sometimes you have to go where the story takes you. Readers get intrigued with a certain character or event. Are you going to leave that potential income on the table or write it? That’s the question. Do what you have to do.

Go Connie!

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 11:22 am

Thanks, Carol. I’ll follow your advice and take one story at a time.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 11:24 am


I’ve admired your writing diversity. Thanks for the encouragement.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 11:25 am

Keep thinking positive, Pam. And keep writing. Your journey will surprise you.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 11:27 am

Tamara, I’ve never been called courageous before. If you only knew how many nights I’ve lain awake second guessing myself.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 11:29 am

Yeah, Piper, that’s the problem-branding. Is it time to go with a pen name?

Carol Burnside - August 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Branding isn’t necessarily related to genre. Branding can be as simple as “stories of strong women overcoming adversity” or “stories of heartfelt struggles and finding family.” Whatever the global thread is that runs through your stories is your brand. Think tagline. For instance, Susan’s is “Riveting Reads. Lasting Love.” and mine is “Sizzling romance with heart and humor.” Either of those could be used to describe a story in any realm or era.

Piper - August 18, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Duly noted Carol. I don’t even have a snazzy tagline as you listed and now feel compelled to get one….

And Connie, I have no knowledge of the pen name process at all. From what I understand, the aim is to be unique enough to appear first on page 1 of Google. Good luck!

Maxine Davis - August 18, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Connie, Congratulations for takeing a different path. I like to write something different once in a while. I, personally, think it opens your writing up to different people! Good luck.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Interesting analysis of brand, Carol. More like the universal theme of my books, which would be family. Now to figure out what aspect of family.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Like you,Piper, I have no tagline. I’ll have to think of one.

Constance Gillam - August 18, 2014 - 4:42 pm


Appealing to different people is good. I hope if one book strikes the fancy of a reader, they be more willing to pick up another book by that author even if it’s in a different genre.

sandra Elzie - August 18, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Oh yes…I think most writers have those moments when they feel they’re off track and have to regroup. Once you’re branded, it’s harder…but I now use Sandra McGregor so I can write Romantic Suspense since Sandra Elzie only wrote Family Friendly.

Walt Mussell - August 18, 2014 - 10:32 pm

I feel like I’m off track a lot. For me, going off track is changing location and time period.

Carol Burnside - August 19, 2014 - 12:52 am

Connie, talk to your critique partners or beta readers. Ask them if they’ve noticed a common thread in your writing, and/or how they would describe your writing. Jot down all their responses, then look and see if you discover commonality in their answers. Look at your reviews and see what readers are most often saying about your writing.

I didn’t really get my tagline right until I started reading what others saw in my writing.

Sia Huff - August 19, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Great question, Connie. I think if you’re following your heart, it’s good. You may find you enjoy writing about Native American’s so much you do a series. Good luck!

New Orleans: Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden

by L. Davis   Did I explain?  Hubby doesn’t like to be on social media, so I have put the New Orleans blogs by L. Davis   And on with the tour: Our second stop of the tour was at the New Orleans Art and Sculpture Gardens. We departed our bus at the gift shop […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 15, 2014 - 5:51 am

This is a strange, but interesting place. When I first saw what you said was a horse, it looked line a giant spider. I’m glad you had fun. I remember going to a park like that in Italy that had weird sculptures. I think it was called Parco di Mostro, which I think translates as Park of Monsters.

Maxine Davis - August 15, 2014 - 8:37 am

Hi Marilyn, O-o-oo, I’d love to go to that park in Italy! I wish there had been more pictures from here, but … Thanks for commenting.

Piper - August 15, 2014 - 10:41 am

Thank you for the deets on your trip to NOLA, Maxine. I would have had some of these experiences had not the monsoon come when I was there! One day….:)

Sia Huff - August 15, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Interesting sculptures. I’d like to go and get the full effect. Had no idea the garden was there, so thanks. And Café Du Monde, someday hope to get there. Thanks for sharing.

Maxine Davis - August 15, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Hi Piper, I am so sorry! i bet that put a stop in many activities. I do hope you get to go back soon. So much to see and do. Thankyou for commenting.

Maxine Davis - August 15, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Hi Sia, The pictures for this did not do it justice,a ccording to hubby. I think I would have enjoyed seeing it, especially the ladder to nowhere. It was a free-standing ladder and window. Next week is a great stop. Thank you for stopping.

Connie Gillam - August 15, 2014 - 4:52 pm


Interesting sites. Although I’ve been to N.O. many times, the next time I visit I’m going on a tour. I’m sure I’ll see things I’ve never seen before.

sandra Elzie - August 15, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Hi Maxine,
Love the pictures. I didn’t go to this museum when we were down that way. Looks interesting and fun. Thanks for sharing.

Maxine Davis - August 16, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Connie, The next time, I’m going on a tour too, lol – even if hubby went on it before. It sounded like so much fun, especially next week’s stop. Thank you for commenting.

Maxine Davis - August 16, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Sandra, I want to go to that museum next time we are in NOLA. He made it sound fun. Thanks for stopping by.

The Death of a Saturday Morning Institution

When did Saturday morning cartoons die? When I was a kid, I rose early every Saturday morning to watch cartoons. I started my mornings with Scooby Doo, a cartoon with a huge amount of staying power. I then spent the rest of the morning as an unmovable fixture in the den.     One of […]

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Piper - August 14, 2014 - 8:01 am

Hey Walt!

I like those two cartoons as well. And everyone had a band in the cartoons–The Chan Clan did! And one of them was Jodie Foster–how funny is that?

I liked Hong Kong Phooey and of course Fat Albert as well. Bill Cosby was a must in our house in any way he appeared on the television.

I must admit, I was not a Scooby Doo fan, but my son likes it. This just proves that your children have different tastes than you do…thanks for the retro look back!

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 9:09 am


“Hong Kong Phooey, #1 super guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye.” Yes, I remember it well. I also remember his faithful cat Spot and that the character was voiced by Scatman Crothers, an amazing talent.

Did not know that Jodie Foster was one of the voices for the Chan Clan.

Melissa - August 14, 2014 - 9:28 am

Garfield was my favorite, but even back then I was not a morning person so I often chose to sleep in, and whether I did or not was usually determined by how much I wanted to watch Garfield……..most of the time sleep won out, I would have loved DVR (I don’t have tv that’s the recording thing, right?)

Sandy Elzie - August 14, 2014 - 9:30 am

Oh my…my age is going to show here. I watched Road Runner, Yogi Bear and BooBoo (and their infamous Pic-a-nic baskets). I also watched Rin Tin Tin, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Sky King, Lassie, and if you want to go W-A-Y back to before my family even had a TV and all the kids in the neighborhood went to one house that actually had one, I watched Howdy Dooty Time. There was a “magic” film you could put on your TV screen and it made it different colors and kind of a 3-D type thing. (I was like 3 or 4 at Howdy Dooty Time)

I don’t think it ruined Saturdays since most of the shows at that time had life lessons and no one was killed. Then we had lunch and went outside. The afternoon shows included wrestling which my mother wouldn’t let my brother watch since he’d try some of that junk on me. (Thanks, Mom)

Katherine Bayliff - August 14, 2014 - 9:34 am

Great memories!

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 9:34 am

Melissa, thanks for dropping by. I do have TV, but I don’t have DVR. Yes, it’s the recording thing. Garfield was hilarious. Hard to eat lasagna sometimes without thinking of Garfield.

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 9:39 am

Sandy, the only time I’ve ever seen a reference to that “magic film” was on a Happy Days episode. The Cunninghams had to sit behind each other in order for it to work.

Don’t think you’re dating yourself. I loved Yogi and BooBoo. Another Hanna-Barbera favorite of mine is Huckleberry Hound.

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 9:41 am

Mom (aka Katherine Bayliff), I agree. They were great memories! Thanks for dropping in.

Marilyn Baron - August 14, 2014 - 10:28 am

I watched the same shows that Sandy did. I also remember Mighty Mouse. So yes, we watched cartoons on Saturday morning. I also remember my mother telling us to go out and play in the sun. And I remember Saturday mornings where we would go to the movies all morning for popcorn, movies, cartoons, etc. for something like a dime. That was fun.

DT Krippene - August 14, 2014 - 10:37 am

I’m old enough to remember Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roadrunner, and Rhode Island Red. Hanna Barbera characters were popular, but could never warm up to them. As you can imagine, it was a time (as one of seven kids) when we’d routinely get kicked out of the house and told not to show up until meal times. Great post, Walt; thanks for the memories.

Tina Radcliffe - August 14, 2014 - 11:22 am

Saturday morning cartoons over a bowl of cereal followed by the great outdoors. Going for miles and miles in suburbia on my bicycle and coming home tired and happy for dinner.

Those actually were the days.

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Marilyn, every time I think of Mighty Mouse, the first thing that comes to mind is Andy Kaufman. I realize that’s a Saturday Night Live reference, but it was funny. I think my mother did end up telling me to eventually go outside and play.

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Dan, after I wrote this, I was reminded of my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoon scene. Bugs was a chorus actor given his big break and he bombed, so he’s sitting on a park bench near several other “out-of-work actors.” Vaudeville star Elmer Fudd walks into the park, supposedly looking for a new partner. Three cartoon actors (Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, and Bing Crosby) jump up and begin “auditioning.” Fudd blows them off, walks up to Bugs Bunny and says, “What are you hanging out with these bums for? They’ll never amount to anything.”

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Tina, though the cartoons have been replaced by news channels for me, I still think of cereal (kid-type cereal) as comfort food.

Connie Gillam - August 14, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I must be the odd one here. I didn’t watch cartoons. My brothers did. While they were occupied with Road runner, Bugs Bunny and Mighty Mouse, I could read in peace.

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 1:38 pm

My memory from childhood was off. It was “guys,” not “bums.” I also forgot that there were four actors (Jack Benny). See below.

Walt Mussell - August 14, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Connie, absolutely nothing wrong with reading. It was a favorite pastime of mine when I was kid, too.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - August 15, 2014 - 2:42 pm

I didn’t have a TV until I was…11, if I remember correctly. So I remember some cartoons like Scooby Doo and Fat Albert, but didn’t watch much. I lived in Texas, so if you watched cartoons in the early mornings, you were losing prime playing time outside. Later in the day it was too hot.

As for ruining or not ruining Saturday mornings, I’m sure every generation thinks their way was best.

Walt Mussell - August 15, 2014 - 3:23 pm


Didn’t think of it that way. However, it does make sense that you would need to play early before it got too hot. I use the same logic for mowing my lawn. Granted, for the moment, I send my teenager outside to mow.

Mxine Davis - August 15, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Walt, No, I didn’t grow up with cartoons. The Howdy Dowdy Show was on in the afternoons or Saturday with Buffalo Bob and Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring. The TV had that cross thing with circles indicating there was no show on. And there were three channels. Didn’t have a TV until my grandaddy came to stay and wanted to see A. Stephenson and D. Eisenhower running for president. I was in 1st grade. Whew, that dated me!

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