Friday, February 17, 2006

HI WORLD, ITS ME... THIS WEEK'S GUEST EDITOR!

                   

Yep, AOL Journals has finally succumbed to my greatness and talent and selected me to be this week's Guest Editor.  Or maybe they just got tired of me whining and pestering them for the honorary title, but so what, who cares.... I'm it, its ME!  Woo hoo! 

I've been journaling with AOL for close to 2 years now.  I organized the Dust Bunny Club of North America back in March of 2004.  No, its not a real club, I just happen to have a lot of the little critters congregating in the various nooks and crannies throughout my house and who am I to disturb them.  Don't get me wrong, I am not a total slob, I do have my pride and will do a mad dash throughout the house moments before company arrives, but for the most part me and my dust bunnies live in peaceful harmony.

My life is a hodge podge of things, I'm a hunter and yet I love to observe animals during the off season armed with nothing more than a camera.  Photography is my most passionate hobby at the moment.   I have 5 children, or Evil Little Oompa Loompas as I call them.  Actually they are no longer 'little' and in fact only my youngest is shorter than I.  My oldest joined the Army in the fall of 2004 and is currently serving in Iraq.  The other 4 still live at home and drive me crazy (er) every chance they get.  My husband of 22 years is lovingly referred to in this journal as 'Dickidoo' (I'd explain it but I promised Joe the Editor that I would be good this week).  My blogging is for fun.  For a living I work part-time at a retail store for grocery $ to feed my litter of Oompas.  I'd be rich if they didn't need to be fed.

In keeping with my hodge podge lifestyle, I present a hodge podge collection of journals.  I was challenged to find 6 journals that had not been featured before.  A couple of my picks you may already be familiar with.  A couple I visited for the first time yesterday but was so impressed that I wanted to spot light them.  So here they are, in no particular order:

 A penny for my thoughts  (caution, explicit language)  I read cmbtvt's journal for the first time earlier this month after seeing his link on the Journals message board.  His entries are pro-military and pro-common sense.  As a rule I try to steer clear of political type journals, but I'm glad I checked his out. One may agree or disagree with him, but he always gets you to think.  Don't be scared away by my use of the 'p' word.... its not all politics.  He has a great sense of humor as well.

 Dock Lines...  I first became aware of gaboatman by the comments he would leave in other journals.  He had compassion and a sense of humor that I could appreciate.  I would peek into his journal from time to time over the months and have never been disappointed by his stories, whether they be about his family, his job, his online friends or life in general.  This is the journal of a big hearted man.

 Bee's Shutter  This is a journal that I discovered yesterday while going through the Favorites from another journal.  All I can say is.... how did I miss this one before?  The images are out of this world!  Definitely a must-see if you're into nature and photography. 

 Here, There, and Everywhere    I first noticed deslily a couple of months ago when her name appeared in my comments section.  I visited her journal and immediately felt at home.  She is very vivacious and is also a very talented artist.  I never know what I'm going to find when I pull up her page.  On today's menu, a luscious sketch of DeForest Kelly.  (Yes, she's a Trekkie.... Look at my Tribbles deslily!  )

 Lost in my own thoughts  Swmpgrly has been making me laugh for over a year now with her journal and the humorous comments that she leaves in mine and other journals throughout Jland.  She is also quick to lend a shoulder and encouraging word to others. She's had her share of hard knocks and is in fact having to cope with illness in the family as well as other issues and yet she still finds a way to smile.  That's my girl!

 We Support You is my only non-AOL blog pick.  I chose it because it addresses something that is very close to my heart... support for our service members deployed abroad.  This blog doesn't stop there though.  It encompasses ALL of the branches of service, in ALL active theaters, in ALL states and bases, where ever they are in the states or in the world, to include those from past conflicts.  There are letters and photos from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are letters from World War I and II.  There are articles from newspapers and stories from family members.  When I visit the blog, and I do so regularly, I always come away with a comfortable feeling in the knowledge that patriotism is alive and well in this great country of ours. 

I hope you will enjoy these journals as much as I do.  If I may also suggest,  check out the journals listed on other journals favorites column.  Mine lists a few of my other journals, please feel free to check them out.  Do a topic search in the journals search bar on the Main Journals page, and then click on a link to some of the journals pulled up.  Or check out this really cool, neat-o wow journal of past Editor's Picks Archives (thanks onestrangecat).  Just find a name you aren't familiar with and click it!  You may be pleasantly surprised.

Now, if you will excuse me for a little while, me and the dust bunnies are going to go to the den and do the happy dance!  Woo hoo!

( Holy mackerel!  I just did a spell check on this entry and dang!  I had so many typos that it looked like I had added a yellow background to this entry! )

58 comments:

buggieboo1 said...

WOW you are the third person I have on my alerts that have made guest editor this year so far! WTG!!!!!


Sharon

mutualaide said...

Congrats to you!  An observation here:  you may have been describing yourself as you described the others!  Looking forward to some great reading this week.

deslily said...

Congrats on the Guest Editor!!

There's no way i ever thought anyone would list a journal written by some old fart! (ummm that would be me)..  I'm just glad you enjoy it.  Now I am off to read the others that you listed that I don't already read lol... have a good day and enjoy your FAME! lol

my3gifts said...

Congrats on finally getting to be Guest Editor! I've read "A Penny" and of course Docklines, I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of them!

God Bless
Christy http://journals.aol.com/my3gifts/TalesfromtheFrontandtheonesleftB/

plittle said...

Oh!   My!   God!  

Dornbrau's the guest editor!!!!oneone!!1

Nobody ever believed this day would come. Quick, check the sky...nope, not falling. OK, then, break out the champagne, caviar, cigars, chocolates, anything you do to celebrate. (OK, maybe not anything. Some things are better left private) But still, congratulations to you, girl. You deserve the attention. Just one question: how are you going to make it all the way through a full week without making any fart jokes, or toilet paper references?
-Paul
http://journals.aol.ca/plittle/AuroraWalkingVacation/

sepintx said...

Congratulations!

yankeeatheart79 said...

IT'S ABOUT TIME YOUR BRILLIANCE WAS RECOGNIZED!!

CONGRATS DORN!!!!!

cmbtvet said...

Congo rats on being picked as the guest editor and thank you for choosing my journal as one of your picks of the week. When I have a little more time (most likely tomorrow) I am going to check out your other picks and the rest of your journal.

Again, congrats and thanks :)

swmpgrly said...

congrats!....ty too

sdoscher458 said...

Well congrats lady.....you finally made it.  I'm looking forward to checking out your picks they look really interesting...Sandi http://journals.aol.com/sdoscher458/LifeIsFullOfSurprises

sdoscher458 said...

Well congrats lady.....you finally made it.  I'm looking forward to checking out your picks they look really interesting...Sandi http://journals.aol.com/sdoscher458/LifeIsFullOfSurprises

demandnlilchit said...

I'm soooooooooooo happy dancing for ya!!!!!! Go Dorn! go Dorn! Go Dorn! lol

gdireneoe said...

Yay you!  I'm just tickled to death for you!  Your was the very first journal I commented in...been reading ever since.  Congrats! ;)  C.  http://journals.aol.com/gdireneoe/thedailies

beckieramos said...

Awesome! Congrats Dorn! Have agreat weekend! God bless, Beckie
http://journals.aol.com/beckieramos/BeckiesBlog

princesssaurora said...

Congratulations, my dear Jody!  You and all your dust bunnies, deserve this honor!  You are wonderful to read and I can't wait to check out your pics....especiallt the military support one!  Hoah!

Enjoy the spotlight.... it is very very nice!  

be well,
Dawn

jckfrstross said...

WooHooo Congratulations on being guest editor:)

Deb

am4039 said...

Hi I'm new to your journal and I can't wait to read more. I have 3 kids.  That's crazy enough.  Good luck on being guest editor.

robinngabster said...

Congrats!!!  I didn't evem know you were still bloggin on AOL...where have I been??

tc01hm said...

One (1), Two (2), Three (3)--------Goooooooooooo Dust Bunnies!
Congratulations and well deserved!
Tess
http://journals.aol.com/tc01hm/FirstDigitalPhotos

clean1096 said...

WTG  DORN !!!!  I still read you everyday, although I don't leave comment's ( I know bad me )  I just love to read your journal.  Congrats on being guest editor this week .....Hugs Diane

karensull12 said...

Congratulations.  Can't wait to check your picks out.

gaboatman said...

I want to thank you for including me in your picks this week.  I am honored to be included in this list.  Heck, to be truthful, I'm flattered beyond belief!  You have a couple of journals listed here that I have not read yet and I am dying to get over and give them look.  Thanks again!
Sam

kimbellina1956 said...

I am lmao at plittle's comment about the fart jokes and toilet paper! He took the words right outta my mouth! lol!
Jody, it's about danged time that aol realized what a great writer you are. Always , Always entertaining, real, and most of all, down to earth. Congratulations my friend, YOU DESERVE THIS !!! ENJOY!
I am off to check out your picks.
HUGS,
Kim. {Going Mach 2 with my hair on fire)

artloner said...

 Happy Editor's Day, Dahlin'!!  

xoxoxo,
andi

ps: I thought you were "gone" for some reason...sorry.  ;)

astaryth said...

Woot! Doing the Happy Dance with the Dust Bunnies! Congrats! Good Picks. I love Deslily's Journal. Don't even know how I found it, but it's a favorite, and of course Docklines Rocks. I'm going to go and take a peek at the others now. Enjoy your week...

Oh, and what Plittle said about farts and toilet paper... yeah, what ARE you going to write about?? ROFL!
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind
http://adventuresofaneclecticmind.blogspot.com/

topazscorpio26 said...

Congrats on being the guest editor. -Dawn-

purplectigger said...

Congrats , and good job on your picks. There great.
Hugs, R.C.

brandyp0509 said...

Congrats Dorn, I'm glad AOHELL finally succumbed to your greatness, lol.  Great picks BTW.  Hugs, Brandy

mariebm56 said...

Congrats dorn!

spurgins311 said...

CONGRATULATIONS DORN.....SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND IT IS ABOUT TIME THEY RECOGNIZED YOUR TALENT.  
:)

SHARON
http://journals.aol.com/spurgins311/SLS

stewartlvr2018 said...

Congratulations Dorn.  It is well deserved.  

redbaranjj said...

Wow....I am still speechless!  

Thank you so much for chosing my journal as one of your picks!!  I am very honored.  :)

Julie

cdittric77 said...

It's great to be back, Dorn, and congrats on being selected!

Charley
http://journals.aol.com/CDittric77/Courage

oneway37 said...

OMG.....you are a riot!!!  I've been reading for the past 4 1/2 hours. Your blog was so funny that I had to go back in the archives and start at the beginning. I'm only to the middle of January 2005! I'd still be reading, but I hear my bed calling to me......or was that my husband?  Ahhhhh, whatever. I'll be back soon to continue where I left off.

lurkynat said...

Dear Dorn,
good job!
Thanks for picking Sam he's great!
hugs,natalie

rjet33 said...

Hey Jody!

Congrats on getting picked as Guest Editor!  I believe in supporting our troops too!  They are putting themselves in danger for us, so we can live free and in peace.  I always put an emblem of some kind at the end of each journal entry that reminds everyone to support our troops!!!!  Just wanted to let you know I have not fallen off the face of the earth.  Started a new job 01/16/2006, plus I am still working parttime for the company I was already working for.  Both jobs keep me really busy.  I barely have time to write my own journal now, let alone visit anyone else.  Email me and let me know what is going on with Gabe.  Been keeping him in my prayers, as well as all of our troops!

Blessings!~
Susan

mastersblynn said...

Congradulations Jody!  Dome by for a visit sometime. Barbara

cneinhorn said...

love your picks Jody...and congrats on your feature this week! woohoo!  nettie

lauriew2005 said...

congrats just stopped by to say hi' i love your little bunny.

ally123130585918 said...

Hi Dorm this is my first visit to your Journal and going back a few have really enjoyed it...will be back....Glad you picked Sam - Big hearted man describes him perfectly...Ally

rap4143 said...

Well deserved!!!! Congratulations!!!
Betty

alphawoman1 said...

Congrats and some very good jnl picks!!

jtuwliens said...

Congratulations!
Judith
http://journals.aol.com/jtuwliens/MirrorMirrorontheWall

debbted said...

Dorn~I must chime in with the rest of your fan club and say--YAY, YOU! Great picks; I loved finding a new great photo journal (Bee's) Blessings to you & yours and esp. to your son in Iraq. To him I can only say: take the best of care & thank-you! ;-) Sassy

http://journals.aol.com/SassyDee50/SassysEYE

acyrlicstains said...

Congrats! Great enteries in your journal, as usual! Will be good entertainment for the week. :)
Renee' @

artloner said...

Congratulations ShugahPie!!!  (Turns out AOL DOES have good taste in guest eds!)
I miss you!
Love,
Andi

boiseladie said...

Congrats!  You deserve it!  
http://boiseladie.blogspot.com/

thelovetrain said...


I would write congratulations, dear, but in my opinion, being a part of anything to do with AOL, is much-more of a disgrace than an honor (I'm currently, quite disgracefully, still employing them as my ISP).

Nevertheless, I've most often enjoyed your contributions, and like you as a person, Jody. I hope that you derive from it, whatever it is that you're seeking.

~Brian @---->---

The Love Train <3 (Music & lyrics)
http://thelovetrain.blogspot.com/

The Love Train <3 ~ Personally (Poetry, quotes, writings)
http://thelovetrainpersonally.blogspot.com/

ikoiko33 said...

Congrats Dorn!!

(Or should I say Jody??)  LOL

It's about time!!

Kasey

lsk49rs said...

Not only do you write well, you also dance?  Congrats, Jody!

Leslie K.

glorhassett said...

Hi Jody:  I love your journal.  I am a part-time journal reader, because I am a totally commited "blogger."  Having raised six, and now have 10 grandchildren and expecting the 4th great-grandchild, I know how much you love your children.  What a beautiful marriage!  An example for everyone.  What a hopeful person! I applaud Hope!  Thank you for being part of our AOL family.  I personally think it is the very best, as you are.  Keep journaling.  God Bless. Gloria

delela1 said...

Congrats on being selected.  What fun...and hey, we all have dust bunnies; some people just won't admit to it, like you.  :)  I discovered your journal way back in Oct 2004 and I think this is the first time I've commented.  :o
Dona

maozmon said...

WHOO HOO!! FINALLY!!!  congratulations!!  mary anne

deveil said...

WOO HOO, WAY TO GO!  YOU ROCK D!

dEREK
http://throughvealeyes.blogspot.com/

njmom72 said...

Congrats on being picked as Guest Editor! You really deserve it, you have a great blog. :-)

~ Susan
http://journals.aol.com/njmom72/InMyLife

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absolutlysassy said...

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http:/journals.aol.absolutlysassy/absolutlysassy

ow517 said...

57 comments already one entry, wow!  I'm a new J-land entrant and I'm enjoying the travel especially across the pond. Now that I  know you are a gifted blogger I would  like to visit your site regularly for tips if that's OK. I'll follow up your recommended sites next. This writer lives in Wales and I like your international lthoughts. Remember if you hadn't gone to war in 1776 you'd be just like Canada in 2006 - Canada 's not all that bad, is it?