Walking The Dirt Road










Maggie's House












Look Everybody ...Up in the sky!



It is Mickey Mouse's Hand!



Cooper come look at this



Here is another one






What is this?



more tracks






Fun Walk
Simple Things Are The Best!

   




And The Winner Is...

Winner Picked By Random.Org

Congratulations 
 Diane Kenyon
her blog: Lavender Dreams

I will be getting in contact with
David and he will get your book to you.
Book Giveaway Enter Today...Winner Announced July 30th
I am so happy for you Diane and
so glad you are a follower of 

A special thank you to David Morrell
Everyone David is an exceptional person, please check out his
He updates and responds to his followers.

It has been an honor to have you as our Hibiscus House Spotlight.
Dolly    



Spotlight David Morrell "The Father of Rambo"

It is such an honor To present
The Hibiscus House 
Spotlight of the Week

David Morrell


David has an M.A. and Ph.D. in American literature.  His Master's thesis was on Hemingway's style. His doctoral dissertation was on the works of John Barth.  At the University of Iowa, he taught courses about the American Novel Hawthorne, Melville, Mark Twain, Henry James, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton (one of his favorites), J.D. Salinger, Jack Jerouac, Joseph Heller.  He loves talking about American culture, which is what his Facebook page is all about.  David says, "My fascination with J.D. Salinger prompted me to write The Architecture of Snow, which is a mystery about a recluse author very much like Salinger." 

Facebook Page
Good entertaining and informative topics discussed daily on his page, check it out. 
Like his page and please tell him Dolly sent you.


The Master of high action thriller
David's Website is full of very entertaining information.
I love the magazine style of his web pages, 
and will definitely be reading more of his books.
Please check it out:
David Morrell 
 Website 
(click here )
His Bio (click here)



Inside David's Office



In 1972, I published my debut novel, First Blood, Called "The father of the modern action novel,"  It was widely and enthusiastically reviewed.  It was taught in high schools and colleges.  It became a 1982 film, starring Sylvester Stallone, and led to a series of films about Rambo, who joined the ranks of the top five internationally recognized thriller icons:  Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter.





David Morrell on Rambo read about it (click here)
David working with Sylvester Stallone









The mysterious Marfa lights have been appearing outside the west Texas town of Marfa since 1889 Cattlemen thought they were marauders from Mexico.  In WWI, local people feared that they were Germans on the border.  In the 1950s, the classic James Dean film Giant was made there.  Dean was fascinated by the light and dragged his co-stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor to see them, but of the three, only Dean could see the lights. Read more (click here)



David may write action thrillers, but he was a professor of American Literature and his specialty is American Studies.  He writes essays about fascination, American icons whose lives tell us a lot about our culture.  The Marilyn Monroe Essay is one of those.

Few movie stars had as large an impact as Marilyn Monroe.  Although she died in 1962, a half century later she remains vivid in popular culture, even to those who have never seen her films.  Two of the men she married~Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller ~themselves had a powerful cultural impact.  In this moving essay, David Morrell analyses Monroe's poignant life, which had more significance than any movie in which she appeared.  Even her most knowledgeable fans will find something new in this homage to a star whose luster outshone her films




Non-Fiction

a father's tale of love and loss
In the bestselling novels of suspense-master David Morrell, fear is the main subject.  But Morrell himself had never known genuine terror until he watched his 15-year-old son wage a heroic but doomed struggle with cancer. This is a father's powerful and unforgettable story of fierce love, impenetrable loss, and an unexpected, breathtaking encounter with the miraculous.  Ultimately, Fireflies is a tribute to the undying human spirit that has moved readers around the world. Read more here

     I have had some of the nicest conversations with David. I learned that he and his family had suffered great losses.  It saddened me to learn that his son Matthew died at the age of 15 from a rare bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma.  Only a few hundred people get it each year in the US.  It is not supposed to be inherited. There is more sad news he also lost a granddaughter Natalie, who died at the age of 14 from this very same disease.  
     The TCF which stands for The Compassionate Friends, the world's largest grief organization (for parents, siblings, and grandparents of dead children), helped. David said, "TCF helped my wife and me, and I give back by speaking at TCF Conferences and other grief groups.  For reasons I don't understand, my memoir FIREFLIES, about my son's death, has been helpful to people who lost children."
     This touched my heart and I am so sorry for his losses.  He is truly a strong man in many ways. If you would like to read more about Matthew (click here)

     I asked David what he was up too now and he said that his long essay FRANK SINATRA:  THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSIC will probably come out this fall as an e-publication.

      MURDER AS A FINE ART will be published next May from Little, Brown.  Set in 1854 London, it deals with a series of real-life mass murders that rivaled those of Jack the Ripper for spreading terror throughout London and all of England.

     He is also working on a screenplay...I wonder?     

     David Morrell is such a nice gentleman.  I have enjoyed every minute talking, researching his work, finding out about this person. Brilliant is the first word that comes to mind, he is the master of the thriller, but is not limited to just those works alone as you have seen in this post and will see if you read further on his website.  There are too many books for me to highlight.  The man himself is genuine, one of a kind, so talented in so many different areas. I am in awe of his abilities, yet he is approachable, very likable and down to earth.
     I asked him, "What is the most important thing that you have accomplished in your life."
He replied, "It is to demonstrate good-nature and compassion to others and to do my best to be useful."
I know that he does indeed demonstrate good-nature...he certainly has shown it to me.

Check out this new article
click link below

First Blood Turns Forty: Rambo’s Father Reflects on His Iconic Creation by Hank Wagner




Thank you David for sharing with us!
Everyone don't forget he is signing and sending to the winner a hardback copy of his book
"Creepers"
Book Giveaway Enter Today...Winner Announced July 30th
click here
for instructions as to how to enter and good luck!
I'll announce the winner
Monday 7/30

UPDATE
Winner of book announced
click here  to see who.

Dolly 




DoodleBug, DoodleBug.




We all love to gather at Mama's at any given time.  The family is so large and it is a little hard to get everyone together at the same time, but whenever we can we go and enjoy each other very much.


She has something special in her hand
Guess what it is?

Exciting Spotlight and Giveaway....

Hibiscus House  
is so pleased to have as our Spotlight Story
next week

David Morrell
The Master of High Action Thriller
NY Times Best Selling Author

"David Morrell is a master of suspense.
He wheels it like a stiletto
knows just where to stick it and how to turn it."
Michael Connelly

I am also very excited because one of my lucky followers is going to get the chance to win
a signed copy of his book
David has graciously offered to do this for us.
Please watch video bottom of post below as David describes this book.


Rules for this giveaway:

You must follow here @
Hibiscus House Blog
If you have a Facebook Account
 it will be easy enough for you to go to the left sidebar of this blog and
hit the follow button on


you may want to follow on
Google Friend Connect
That is pretty easy if you have a gmail account

or last but not least
 
You will gain extra entries if you like the following pages:
2 extra entries:  Hibiscus House Facebook Page click Here 
3 extra entries:    David Morrell Facebook Page click Here 

If you already follow or now are following in these ways
 above come back here and comment that you have done so for your chances to win
Thank you and Good Luck to you all!

Goodson's Old Ford Truck

   

 I saw a sight the other day that made me so happy. Granddaddy Goodson's old Ford Truck.

Spotlight Scott Harrell

Hibiscus House is Proud to Present
Scott Harrell
The Man Behind The Art

We recently showcased some paintings from
Scott Harrell
click below to see that post
Johnny Depp
We thoroughly enjoyed this


Now in his own words:

I would have to say first of all that my artistic talent is God given.  I started artwork by taking lessons at the age of 10, with my first love being faces.  I took lessons for 2 years, but did not become fully interested in artwork until the age of 16.

Most of my subject work at that time was mostly sports related.  Growing up in a sports oriented family gave me the desire to be the best at what I do.  Art was always just a hobby for me growing up, until 4 years ago when I decided to make it a full time profession.




My first memories of artwork, were sitting on my father's lap as a young child watching him doodle things like army men and cartoon characters.  My older sister and brother took lessons with me, and also share the same talent.

My desire to be the best at what I do led me to try various mediums and techniques.  It took a lot of research, trial and era to show me the different areas of work that I felt most comfortable with.  As I grow older I'm determined that art is a never ending lesson.  Never be afraid to try new things.  

In the last 4 years I decided to take the Sports Theme to a new level by trying a different canvas for my work.  My Sports Artwork is now being painted on jerseys, ball, helmets, and anything else that will accept paint.

Assorted Artworks Video Flipbook

video
Click to play so you can see other works of art.

Through that new canvas I have had the pleasure of working with several different professional athletes to help raise money for their charities.  I have fond memories of helping Troy Brown and Mike Bartrum.  I helped them raise thousands from 5 hand painted jerseys that were auctioned off at their charity event a few years back.

Mike Bartrum with Scott Harrell




Scott Harrell, Brown, Vrabel



Scott Harrell, Pennington




Milan Lucic Video Flipbook
video
Click to play

Hines Ward Video Flipbook
video
Click to play

Scott's intentions are to improve his artwork, share his God given talent all while trying to make a living for his son and himself.

Scott, thank you so very much for sharing your story and your wonderful art.
God has blessed you with a talent and I am glad you are not wasting it. I hope you all have enjoyed your tour of Scott Harrell Art as much as I have. Please stop by his facebook page and his website let him know how much you have enjoyed it.
Be sure to check out Scott's website:
Specializing in Sports Art

Don't forget to check out the artwork I have on the sidebar....


Dolly    


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