Thursday, March 24, 2011

* Thursday's Tidbits *

Things I've forgotten to do or say:

  My friend who fell from his deck a couple of weeks ago is doing really well. He had/has a couple of broken cheek bones that will just heal on their own, very sore ribs (still), and the stitches he had on/around one of his ears have disintegrated. I saw him briefly Tuesday night and he was much more mobile and just looked better. No more black eyes, either! Thank goodness he didn't get hurt much worse. He's a heck of a nice guy. Addendum: He was in Vietnam, he's a retired policeman, and I think he must have an angel on his shoulder. 

  I'm finishing up my "Pay It Forward" gifts. It's taking me longer than I thought it would, but hopefully I'll still have the rest sent by March 31st.

  I haven't had a "Contest Give-Away" in awhile, and I think it's about time, don't you?! There is only One Rule to this one. Shipping only to Continental US residents. I'm sorry, but postage is so expensive overseas and in Canada.  Just leave a comment. No need to be a follower, or post it on your blog, etc. But, of course, the more, the merrier! Winner will be drawn by random at midnight Friday, April 1st. She/he will receive the following:

  This brand new, never been opened, still has the shrink-wrap on it 6-Disc Set of the First Season of "Joan of Arcadia"!  Somehow I had 2 sets of this. I remember buying it as a Christmas gift a few years ago, but I don't remember where this other set came from!

  This show began in the fall of 2003 and only lasted 2 Seasons. When I first saw it advertised, I thought How dumb. How corny. Yeah, they live in a town named Arcadia and her name is Joan and she sees and hears God. Silly & Gimmicky. But you know what? The first time I watched it, it grabbed me. One of the coolest twists in the writing is that each time God appears to Joan, he is someone different. I don't remember any particular character, but it was always someone common. The bus driver, the janitor, a young child, etc. Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, and other movies.) was the main attraction, for lack of a better word. Her portrayal of 16 year old Joan Girardi was simply beautiful to watch. If you want to know more about the series, check out Amazon. AND, you don't have to be a "religious" person to enjoy this show. Everything is not always easy for Joan, her family and friends. There are conflicts, stresses, real life issues.

  Trivia:  Amber is the daughter of actor Russ Tamblyn, best known for his role as Riff in West Side Story.    

Hello and Welcome to my two newest followers: Melissa Ann Goodwin & Kathi at like a box of chocolates! Thanks so much and I hope you always enjoy your visits!                                                                      

Below is a short piece of dialogue. This is typical of Joan's sarcasism, and God's humorous replies.
Joan: "Let's see a miracle."
God:  "How about that?"
Joan:  "It's a tree."
God:  "Let's see you make one."


  1. Oh, that reminds me, I need to finish those Pay it forward gifts myself...
    And I'm glad your friend is better!

    Happy Friday, honey!

  2. Thanks for the newsy updates, Becky! Loved the dialogue between Joan and God! Funny!

  3. Hi Estrella! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Friday to you, too!

    Hi Clara! Thank you, too! And yes, I love the dialogue, too. :)

  4. Sound like an interesting show! I've never seen it...


  5. I have never heard of that show. It sounds very interesting.

    How gracious and generous of you to offer it in a giveaway.

    Have a great day.


  6. Thank you for the invite - I'm excited. sandie

  7. glad to hear your friend is better, Becky. That had to be frightening. So is this snow!

  8. So glad your friend is better! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

  9. Thanks, Becky. Please put my name in the hat. So glad to hear your friend is recuperating nicely. Susan

  10. love that snippet of dialogue! I am so impressed when so much can be covenyed in just a few words. I need to practice that!

  11. Glad to hear your friend is doing better. This sound like a fun series. I've not heard of it before now. Hope you have a lovely weekend. :)

  12. I'm glad your friend is doing better too! And that series sounds rather interesting, so I'm game!

  13. Becky!!
    We truly must have been separated at birth! I LOVE Joan of Arcadia. The boy, Adam, was such a true portrayal of an outsider boy artist. I LOVE Amber Tamblyn in this and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She's a wonderful actress!

    Best wishes out to your poor friend. How high up was his deck???
    It sounds like he was really, really lucky!

  14. I've never seen that one either. I'll have to check it out!


    PS. On video, I guess, since it's no longer around...

  15. Hi, Becky,

    Please add me to your list! I loved that show! The Thrift Store Saints book I reviewed on my blog a few weeks ago reminded me so much that show!

    Been a frantic and not so good visitor lately. Must catch up. I'm glad your friend is improving.

  16. Joan of Arcadia sounds like a fun show. I know the winner will enjoy it.

  17. I would love to win this!! I watched this show and LOVED it! So clever and funny and so many good lessons to learn. So please throw my name into the hat! Glad things are going well for you! hugs, Linda

  18. Glad to hear about your friend, Becky. That was a great dialogue clip - too funny! And thanks for including my quote in your blog; I feel a bit out of place compared to the others you have listed, but I'm honored nevertheless!

  19. I would LOVE!!!!!!! to win this. I am always looking for things to watch while I am nursing! Thank you so much for telling me about this contest.


  20. Hi Becky,
    Joan of Arcadia was a great series.
    Glad to hear your friend is doing better.

  21. This show was the book I wish I'd written and one of my all-time favorites. I was devastated when they dropped it, because they just took it off the air with no announcement, no ending. No closure! I needed closure.

    So sorry about your friend, too, but glad to hear he's better. Was there a story that I missed?!

  22. Hi Dianna ~ Thanks for stopping. I know you would LOVE this show!

    Hi Patti ~ Thank you! Yep, you would love it, too!

    Hey Chatty ~ Thanks!

    Linda ~ Thanks, yes he was very lucky...and typical STL weather!

    Hi Karen ~ Thanks!

    Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Melissa! Thanks so much. I LOVE that dialogue, too, and there's lots like it in the series!

    Hey Daisy! Thanks very much. You'd like this series, too!

    Hey Lynn, I think you'd love it!

    Stephanie, you are right!! We've got to meet each other one of these days!! I loved everything about that show, too.

    Oh, Sue! I'm surprised you haven't seen it. I'm sure you'd love it!

    Hi Jeanie! I sure understand how busy you've been! So glad to hear you, too, loved this show!

    Hi Myrna! Thanks for stopping by. Does this mean you'd like to be in the contest, too? Hope so!

    Thank you, Linda! Ahhh, another friend who also loved it!

    Hey Paul Joseph! Thanks, and I really think you'd love this show, since you were a teacher! And you deserve to be among my quotes as much as anyone else!!...Heck, I even have my own quote on there!:D

    Hi Margo! Great! I'm glad you stopped by. I think, too, that you would love it!

    Hi Donna! Glad you liked the show, too!

    Hi Tammy! Oooh, I'm so glad you loved it, too!! I don't remember if we ever talked about it or not.
    I felt the same way....all of a sudden it was just gone! And oh, yes, I wrote about my friend falling from his deck about a week ago. Click on "deck accident" in my labels! Thanks!

    I have one more comment at the moment....After reading how many of you lovely bloggers never heard of Joan of's becoming quite obvious why it was cancelled!! It had passionate fans...but not enough of them!

  23. I forgot to answer Stephanie's question about how high the deck was.I'm not totally sure, but about 10 to 15 feet.

  24. I never watched that show, but it certainly does sound interesting!


  25. Hi Becky - I never watched the show, but I like Amber Tamblyn. She's on House this season, doing a great job. :)

    Glad your friend is feeling better. Please tell him I said, "Thank you for your service." God bless!

  26. I love Joan of Arcadia ;-) Thank you for your invite...perhaps I will win and can relive those 'Conversations with God'...Peace and blessings, and good luck with the book...

  27. Hi Pat! Yes, it's a wonderful show. I think you'd really like it.

    Hey Lisa! I'd forgotten that Amber was on House this season. I need to remember to watch it! And thanks for the comment about my friend, too.

    Hello Jeff! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in on the contest! I'm always so pleased when I hear of another person that loved the show. Thanks, too, for your well wishes on my book. I appreciate your kindness.

  28. Oh, I loved Joan of Arcadia...I think it opened with that song "What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us..."

    Such a great concept. *sigh* Now, I'm going to be missing that show all night. (But thanks for reminding me of a wonderful series. Oh, and thanks for the contest!)

  29. Hi Cathy! Yes, that was the song. It definitely went with the show! I'm glad to know you also knew Joan...but sorry to make you miss it. It just occurred to me...You'd think that one of the Christian TV stations would get it for their line up...Hmmmm, that sounds like a Cathy on a Stick job to me! :D

  30. My daughter loves Amber Tambyn so this should be a great fit for her.

    webbJM AT verizon DOT net

  31. Hi Jodi! Thanks for stopping by and joining in on the contest!

  32. Did someone say 6-Disc Set of the First Season of Joan of Arcadia Giveaway?! *gets down on knees and starts praying to God she’ll be the winner* Man, I want this more than Ralphie wanted that Red Ryder BB gun in Christmas Story!!!

    P.S. Thank you for this opportunity!

    *begins singing*
    If God had a name what would it be?
    And would you call it to His face?
    If you were faced with Him
    In all His glory
    What would you ask if you had just one question?

    *And yeah, yeah, God is great
    Yeah, yeah, God is good
    Yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

    What if God was one of us?
    Just a slob like one of us
    Just a stranger on the bus
    Trying to make His way home

    If God had a face what would it look like?
    And would you want to see
    If seeing meant that
    you would have to believe
    in things like Heaven and in Jesus and the saints
    and all the prophets (*)

    Trying to make His way home
    Back up to Heaven all alone
    Nobody calling on the phone
    'cept for the Pope maybe in Rome(*)

    Just trying to make His way home
    Like a holy rolling stone
    Back up to Heaven all alone
    Just trying to make His way home
    Nobody calling on the phone
    'cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

  33. Hey Sparkle, you are always so funny!! Thanks for providing the song lyrics, too. I'm singing them in my head!

  34. Great prize, great quotes. I live in the UK. :O)

  35. Hi Madeleine! Thanks so much for stopping and taking the time to comment. I'm sorry you aren't eligible for this contest, but I do have some that are available to everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!


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