I spent most of my High School years wandering around with a steno pad in my hand. I was always writing stories – stories that were fictional in nature and starred the exploits of me and my friends. We’d share a table at lunchtime and read what each other had written. Those early efforts would likely be a great source of embarrassment if they were to be read today! My group of friends certainly had a lot of laughs over them at the time.

My writing career took a backseat to life for many years and didn’t resurface until a few years ago when a good friend suggested writing (or blogging) as something I might be good at and enjoy. My husband had changed careers and became a tractor trailer driver. My sons had grown into young men who no longer required quite so much of my time or attention. I needed something to fill my spare time. I began to write.

I enjoy writing, playing my bass guitar (my newest passion – I could play my bass for hours), reading, and spending time with my family. I live in Rochester, NY with my husband, two sons, and two cats.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy my blog. It’s a little bit of everything – here, there and everywhere.

Reach me at hte-wordpress@gmail.com.

66 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Gator Woman says:

    You simply must come to Florida, they are everywhere here.
    You would be delirious~

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    1. dflorack says:

      I try to find them here, but it’s hit or miss. I used to work south of the city where there are ponds and marshes, and I saw one nearly every day. I work downtown now, and I never see them. I would love to live where I could see herons all the time, but I don’t think I’d like the heat in Florida. I enjoy the change of seasons too much. I find snow beautiful.

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  2. Thanks for the follow πŸ™‚ The heron picture drew me in to yours. We have many blue herons here in the southern area of Canada that I live in. I would be happy to email you some pictures if you like.

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    1. dflorack says:

      I would LOVE that! Thank you.

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  3. Judy says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my photo journal and leading me here!! I see we both love the graceful, majestic herons which grace our planet!! I particularly like the heron on your banner as the colors and tones are just gorgeous. I guess that particular one must be a ‘gray heron’ ? It is lighter in color than the typical Great Blue Heron and looks like a color variant actually. Not a wurdemann’s though as that is a mix of a Great White morph and the Great Blue and has a white head including the crest plumes..and yours while very light has the black head plumes. Visit me anytime and I’ll enjoy visiting your lovely blog likewise!! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!!

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    1. dflorack says:

      Judy: It was an image I purchased online. I don’t remember now if it said what type of heron it was. I liked it because of the colors – it fit in well with the color scheme I had in mind. I guess he must be a gray heron – now that I look it up online and see the difference. I see they are native to Europe, Asia and Africa – that explains why I’ve never seen that color variation here. I love herons. I wish I could see more of them here. My dream is to one day have a really great camera and be able to photograph them more. I have always loved their uniqueness and their majestic bearing. I think they are so beautiful.

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  4. elizz says:

    i enjoy gardening too and i love animals, i also enjoy birdwatching in my garden.. thank you for following my blog, followed yours back because i love that we have common interests.. have a happy weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. dflorack says:

      I saw the similarities, too! I look forward to reading more.
      Donna

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  5. JackieP says:

    thanks for the follow. I like what I see here so I am following back. Here’s to new friendships! πŸ™‚

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    1. dflorack says:

      Hear, hear! πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi! Your cats are gorgeous – thanks for visiting Sammy at One Spoiled Cat……Herons are so majestic aren’t they?!

    Pam

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you. Yes, herons are pretty neat.
      Donna

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      1. They are…..as are storks!

        Pam

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  7. battymatilda says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and liking my post! Time for me to explore now cant wait to read the rest of your blog

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you! I am enjoying your blog as well.

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  8. gfandme says:

    Love your self introduction – especially the lines, “Why herons? Why not? I think they are awesome! They are majestic and graceful. They are solitary and strong.” We should all strive to be just that. I also quite like your gravatar image. They work well together. Thanks for the award nominations. They mean a lot.

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you! You are very kind.

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  9. Morgan says:

    Hello! I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for several Awards. Congratulations! If you are an Award Free Blog, please simply accept my appreciation of the inspiration you share and the support you have shown me. Should you choose to accept the awards, the criteria and acceptance info can be found here: http://booknvolume.com/2013/08/25/a-plethora-of-awards/

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you, Morgan. Of course, I accept! Thank you for thinking of me. I will share them with others shortly. πŸ™‚

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      1. Morgan says:

        You are most certainly welcome!

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  10. Danny James says:

    I like your writing style. I look forward to your future posts.

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you. I was just checking out the pictures on your blog. Very nice.

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      1. Danny James says:

        Thank You! I just started a new blog (http://raleighcatdaddy@wordpress.com) that is just for my photographs.

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  11. Thanks for becoming a Follower. Happy blogging.

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  12. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please see my blog for more details. Here is your list of questions:

    1) What do you enjoy reading?
    2) What is your favorite season?
    3) Who is the person who makes you laugh?
    4) Which do you prefer, mountains or ocean?
    5) Do you have any pets?
    6) What is your favorite meal of the day?
    7) Why do you blog?
    8) What is your favorite color?
    9) Do you prefer coffee or tea?
    10) What famous person, living or dead would you like to have lunch with?
    11) What is your favorite blog?

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you! I’ll reply with more later.

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    2. Hi Donna,
      I tried to read your post ‘Changes-It’s Broken’ but when I click on it your blog advises NOT FOUND. Just thought you would like to know. When you get it fixed please post again so I can read it. Thanks.

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      1. Thanks. I’ll look at that.

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      2. Patricia, I can’t find any post by that name. I looked through 873 posts and there’s nothing by that title. I searched for it every way I could think. How did you find it?

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  13. Thank you so much for joining us on wePoets, it’s much appreciated. πŸ™‚

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  14. Thankful for the follow! πŸ™‚ Great blog! Keep on sharing! πŸ™‚

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  15. neihtn2012 says:

    Thank you for following my blog! Yours is great, I like it very much!

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  16. Morgan says:

    Hello again πŸ™‚ I have nominated you for Blog of the Year 2013 Award. Please understand that acceptance is not requisite, but do know how much you have blessed me. Should you choose to receive this nomination, further info can be found on my post: http://booknvolume.com/2013/11/26/the-blushing-rose/

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  17. babsje says:

    Now it’s MY turn to bestow upon YOU!! I have granted you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope you enjoy it. I can totally understand if you do not wish to participate. I think your blog is wonderful and wanted you to know that.

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/very-inspiring-blogger-award-thanks-palm-rae-urban-potager/

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  18. Your blog is friendly and fun. πŸ™‚

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you. I was just looking at yours, too. Beautiful pictures.

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      1. I’m glad you like the pictures, I really enjoy taking them even though there’s room for improvement. I hope you’re having a good day.

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  19. Thanks for following my blog I hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

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  20. vakunzmann says:

    I nominated you for an award. To read about it, please follow the link.
    http://vakunzmann.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/procrastinator-thy-name-is-victoria/

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      1. vakunzmann says:

        You are most welcome.

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  21. You are the second blogger I have come across that works in IP, I do too when I’m not reading! πŸ™‚

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  22. Congratulations! I have nominated you for an award. If you do not accept awards – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration for your tireless work and sharing your wonderful posts with us all. ~ Amelia πŸ™‚ http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/2013/12/16/thanks-for-the-nominations/

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  23. So sorry – I have posted the wrong link above for the award – silly me 😦
    It should be http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/2014/02/03/thanks-for-the-nominations-part-two/ πŸ™‚

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  24. Thanks so much for the follow πŸ™‚ I read a couple of your posts and I really enjoyed reading your writing. I will definitely keep coming back for more…Hope you have a great weekend πŸ™‚ Here is to writing and reading many more thoughts and musings πŸ™‚

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thanks. I enjoyed your blog, too. πŸ™‚

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  25. Hi Donna. I’m Donna. I just found you at the pitch party. It seems we may have some similar interests. I look forward to reading more.

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    1. dflorack says:

      I will check out your blog, too!

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  26. C.C. says:

    Hi Donna! I’m visiting from the blog pitch party (what a great idea that was!). I have a son on the autism spectrum and so your pitch drew my attention because of that. Now that I’m here, I love your banner photo and blog name…so much fun πŸ™‚

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you. It’s nice to meet you. My oldest son has Aspergers, and my youngest is Autistic. Life has certainly been interesting. I blog for me. It’s one fun thing I do for myself. I will check out your blog, too. I loved the blog pitch party.

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  27. You have a great site and I will follow your journey. I love the banner!

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  28. Thank you for the follow Donna. I am going over to amazon to find “Annelise and Barney”. I will visit again and hope that you stop by my blog often. :o)

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    1. Thank you. I’ve already added your book to my Kindle.

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      1. Thank you kindly. I hope it makes you smile. β™₯

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  29. jenanita01 says:

    Thanks for the follow, and I can see I’m in good company here!

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  30. Ft yanks for dropping by, Donna. Hope you had a good Christmas!

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    1. It was nice and quiet, Wendy. Just how I wanted it. How was yours?

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      1. I was ‘on the road’ a lot. Partly with my husband in England (who has been in hospital for most of 2016) then to my sister and finally my daughter in Scotland. Then to Portugal for New year with my son and our little grandchildren. It was hectic but fun as my daily life is busy but very quiet until we get some firm diagnosis with hubby. Wishing you a great 2017 – that’s what I’m hoping for too!

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      2. Happy New Year, Wendy.

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  31. Thanks for the follow πŸ™‚

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  32. I couldn’t find a way of commenting on your recent blog post, but I wanted to just let you know how sorry I am for your recent loss. I recently lost my Poppy and it’s heartbreaking. Thinking of you x

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    1. Thank you, Suzie. My condolences on your loss, too. This has been such a sad year. Yes, I screwed up my blog, too. I changed the theme and didn’t realize I’d picked one with no comments. WTH? I changed it again so I think I fixed it. Thank you for your comment.

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