Unexpected Gifts…

April 20

For the last seven years I’ve asked people to do a random act of kindness and love on April 20th in honor of my baby. (Click here for blog post explaining). But this year for some reason the anniversary has hit me hard. I haven’t been able to talk about it with anyone. I just wanted to hide out until the day passed. But on a local garage sale site, a teacher posted he was looking for one of those plastic crates for his son to store his record albums. This was my son’s second grade teacher- which was the […]


Please Honor My Baby on April 20th

April 20

Monday is April 20th. This day marks the two-year anniversary of the death of my baby. Last year I posted on a few boards that I frequently asking people to do a good deed on April 20th to honor my baby. I was overwhelmed by the response. This year I decided to make it more formal. I am writing this article to plead for more help. I ask that everyone do something for someone else on this day. It can be as simple as helping someone pick up something they dropped or giving someone who needs it a hug. Any […]


Judge not lest I kick your butt…

April 12

Isn’t that in the Bible? It’s something like that, right? I may be paraphrasing a bit. I have come across a lot of judgmental people lately and it is getting on my nerves. I’ve seen several things online like someone posting a pic with a woman in a bikini with comments like “She does not have the body to be wearing that” or a pic of an older woman wearing tight jeans and heels with comments saying, “She should dress appropriately for her age.” Today I saw a pic of an older woman with her white hair dyed with streaks of anime blue […]


Gratuitous sex? I think not!

March 17

I know this discussion has already hit the interwebs so this is old news, but I just saw the movie Kingsmen this weekend. If you haven’t seen it, then you might not want to read this post because it is a bit spoilery. I thought the movie was good except for the stupid “up the butt” part. For those who haven’t seen the movie there is a part where a Princess is imprisoned and the main character asks if he gets a kiss if he saves her. Then he mentions having to save the world and she tells him he […]


I started writing this blog post and then the most amazing thing happened…

March 11

Made ya look! Made ya look! Anyone else sick of reading those headlines? Usually followed by some cutesy video or a story that makes you want to cry your eyes out. Can we just retire it now? I get wanting your headline to lead people to watch your video, or read your post – or even look at your cat picture. But enough already! Stop the madness. It is so annoying. Here is a better way to get people to click- use your words people! Take that extra step and craft a headline that intrigues people without resorting to gimmicks. […]


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Author Rissa Watkins was nicknamed “The Ninja” by her writing friends because of her habit of diving into the fray to squash online bullies. When she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, she transformed into a cancer-fighting ninja. She survived lethal doses of chemotherapy and radiation, a bone marrow transplant, going bald, and horrible hospital food to kick cancer’s butt.

These days, she has traded her throwing stars for a laptop, which she wields to write fiction. You can get a glimpse of her novel writing genius, or possibly nonsensical chemo-brain ramblings, by checking out her Novel Blurbs page.

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