Sunday, June 29, 2008

London Beefeater Bear and Michael from Armenia

This will pretty much be my last pictures from London.

I just had to post this adorable picture or my bear friend. Also,my new adorable friend Michael from Armenia. I lost Michael's e-mail address so I'm hoping that  he'll see this and contact me. I met Michael at the airport while we were waiting to board our flight. He was so sweet and shared with me that he writes poetry.   

Tomorrow I'm off to Mexico on a cruise to promote my book. I'll report back, Adios!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


One of the nicest things about London are the wonderful charming men, especially those in uniforms. I've always been a big fan of military men having married both Navy and Army officers.    

The two gentlemen in the distinctive red uniforms had just come from the Queen's Trooping of The Guard at Whitehall. They are veterans of WWII and I was so honored to have my picture taken with these living legends. 

The younger chap was one of London's famous Bobbies on duty and taking a little break to read my book and recommend it to everyone in Leicester Square.  Lucky me with three of the cutest guys in London to say nothing of my handsome photographer. 


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Friday, June 27, 2008

London's Trafalgar Square with Fans and Calling Home

No trip to London would be complete without a stop at Trafalgar Square. It was a little overcast but not cold at all just windy. 

Then to my amazement, I noticed to teenage boys sitting on top of the Lion reading Thou Shalt Not Whine. I told them to look for their picture on my Blog and I'm hoping I'll hear from them.

I was so excited that i rushed over to the traditional English phone booth to call my publisher back in the states and let Beaufort Books know about my preview promo in London.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Typical Londoners in Leicester Square with January Jones and The Gypsy Family

This Gypsy family were the most colorful group that I met at the festival. Actually they were a brilliant puppeteer   ensemble.

They appeared to be a happy little trio and were very friendly. Their outfits were over the top as was the tall gentleman in the background.

I didn't get their names but they assured me that none of them were Whiners!! I even got to join up with them for a little bit when they plopped a pointed pink hat on my head. I think they thought that I would turn into some sort of wise Wizard from America.  No such luck!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Indian Jones and Danny from the Musical Grease at Leicester Square

I couldn't believe it when I ran into Danny Zucko and Indiana Jones at the Leicester Square Live festival. They both were so handsome, so friendly and so very, very tall. 

Danny was there with Sandy and the entire cast of Grease performing several numbers for the crowds. Can you believe his hair do? It sure brought back memories for me....all good ones!

As for Indiana Jones, he was very dashing but I got a little nervous when he put his whip around my neck. Actually he just wanted to get a better view of my book. Neither Danny nor Indy are Whiners because they are real live Winners!  

Right after, I chatted with the guys we ran into a group of gypsies and you'll get to meet them tomorrow. As you can see, there really are a lot of interesting people in London Town. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

London Barney & Showgirls Reading Thou Shalt Not Whine

I couldn't believe it but everyone in London seems to be enjoying my preview copy of Thou Shalt Not Whine.

As you can see one of the beautiful chorus girls at the Las Vegas Casino in Leicester Square even took a break to read up on my whining survey. She was definitely a Smiley and much too pretty to ever be a Whiner!

Also, Dinosaur Barney loved my book too. Barney wanted me to tell all my little fans to be sure that they are always Smileys and not Whineys. Barney is as nice in person as he is on television, even nicer!

Tomorrow you will meet some more interesting characters from Leicester Square Live.

Monday, June 23, 2008

London's Leicester Square Live with Paddington Bear & Batman

I went to London to visit the Queen but since she was at the Trooping of The Colors off I went to Leicester Square.

Little did I know that it was Leicester Square's Live Festival weekend. It is a two day party with performances in the square by all the musicals on the bills in the West End. 

It was fabulous sitting there with our fish and chips watching the performances from Mama Mia, Grease, Stomp, Sound of Music and so many more. It was a fantasy come true for true West End theater lovers such as Buckeye and I.  

I met some really interesting new friends and characters.  As you can see, Batman highly recommends Thou Shalt Not Whine. As for Paddinton Bear, he wasn't too sure about my Eleventh Commandment!  But he wanted to say a special "HI!" to all my grandchildren and their friends.  

Wait until tomorrow and see who I meet next!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Preview Books & Stephanie Miller & Ed Schultz & London Town

It was pretty exciting this week when I finally received a shipment of my preview books for Thou Shalt Not Whine. 
After so much work, I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to finally hold this book in hands.

So I've been busy sending out copies to all the media that requested copies from  the RTIR Publicity Summit in New York this year. I'm looking forward to hearing back and booking lots of interviews.

My book will be in bookstores and at by the end of the summer. I will be launching a best seller campaign for September 3rd in honor of Grandparents Day. 

My mantra will be:
What do you give to someone who has everything, needs nothing but expects something? Or as Irwin Zucker wrote, "The perfect gift for Jewish mother's everywhere!"  

It was so much fun watching Larry King last night with Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz as guests. They both were speakers at the Talkers Seminar and as funny on TV as they are in person. Stephanie is especially fun when taunting Sean Hannity.

I'm off tomorrow with Buckeye to visit London for some R&R in the West End. It's our favorite city in the world and this will be a working vacation since I will be checking on the international Whining taking place in England. I will report back on what the Brits are whining about. Tally Ho! 

Monday, June 16, 2008

Jim Bohannon the Winner of BEST Headress for a Talk Show Host

Isn't this the greatest picture ever of one of The 100 Most Influential Men in Radio?

When we were at The Talkers Magazines New Media Seminar in New York, Jim  Bohannon cracked everyone when up when he put on the Las Vegas red feathered spangled hat and helped me plug my new book, Thou Shalt Not Whine.   

He is such an adorable great big man with an even bigger sense of humor. I have previously been a guest on his talk radio show but had never met him in person. 

Jimbo is someone you really have to see to believe. I'm not just saying all these nice things to kiss up to him to get on his show. Although I would love to be on his show and I'm sure he knows quite a bit about celebrity whiners
who think they are winners.    

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Part I: Tim Russert & Thou Shalt Not Whine Part II: Random Kid & Anne Ginther Part III: Wizard of OZ

Part I: What a shock it was for the world to hear that Tim Russert of Meet The Press had passed away on Friday. He was someone so special! You just loved him by looking at him and having read "Big Russ" his tribute to fatherhood, today seemed even sadder.

I was especially touched when Tom Brokaw revealed this morning on the NBC tribute for Tim that the first thing anyone saw when they went into Tim's offfice was a sign that said, "Thou Shalt Not Whine." 

As soon as my book is published, I plan to send a copy to Tim's family, so they know that his message is one that I will certainly try to spread. The world needs more people who's robust enjoyment of life is something that they share with everyone they meet, just like Tim Russert. He truly was a "prince" among men.

Part II: My interview this week on for my radio show Thou Shalt Not Whine is with Anne Ginther who is the President of Random Kid. She is an amazing young lady and has quite a story to share with everyone. Random Kid is an organization that was the idea of one kid. It's concept is helping kid to kid one kid at a time. They raised over $10 million to help the children after Hurricane Katrina. I hope you enjoy the interview and to find out more just go to 

Part III: Speaking of kids, I want to brag about my goddaughter, Jennifer Bounce, who was the star at her school production of The Wizard of OZ. From the moment she stepped out on the stage alone to sing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," the audience was enchanted. I was so proud of her and all her classmates for creating such a fantastic production.  

That's what life is all about Kids, Special People and Not Whining!  

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Michael Harrison Talker's Magazine & Joe Madison & Sean Hannity

Michael Harrison who is the Editor and Publisher of Talker's Magazine was our host  for the New Media Seminar and a most delightful man. As you can see from the pictures, everyone wanted to chat with Michael to tell him how much we were enjoying his event. He was so sweet and genuinely surprised when I asked him to pose with me saying, "Who'd want to look at my picture?" 

The answer, everyone who is in Talk Radio! Another very low key celebrity was Joe Madison of WOL, Washington and XM Satellitte Radio who was the recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award. 

Joe shared with the audience the visit that he shared with other talk radio hosts and his lovely wife to the Sudan in order to raise consciousness about the genocide taking place in that part of the world.  Joe is the perfect example of a man who is not a WHINER but rather a big time WINNER!

Tomorrow I'll tell you about another very big man who is enormous externally and internally.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Mancow Morning Madness with January Jones in New York

I was so surprised to finally meet "Mancow" in person. We have previously done two radio shows together but this was the first time I got to meet him and what a delightful 
surprise.  His show is so over the top that I'm amazed that I ever survived doing it with him. He's so brilliant and quick and clever. He is so very, very "HIP" with a no-holds-barred approach. Everyone loves him in Chicago and now with affiliates all over the country he is becoming nationally known. 

What's not to love? He was a great big sweetheart with me and since he is brilliant and I try to keep up, we had a lot in common. Actually I'm sure he doesn't want me telling people how nice he is..... but he is what he is!! He claimed that I was the first ever female guest on his show who had anything nice to say about him.  That may be true but I doubt it. I'm sure his Mom says nice things about him. But then I wonder if she's ever been on his show?

In our picture as you can see, he's showing his name tag just in case you don't know who he is!!! Believe me, everyone there at the New Media Seminar definitely knew who he was!  

Mancow claimed to even remember me which might be true since who can forget a name like January Jones.  I plan to send him a preview copy of my book and try to get invited back on his show so we can discuss WHINING in the NOW Factor. 

There's no whining at Mancow's Madhouse just a lot of really over the top fun! 

Tomorrow, I'm going to tell you all about Michael Harrison the publisher of Talker's Magazine and Joe Madison who received the Freedom of Speech Award.   

Thursday, June 12, 2008

G. Gordon Liddy & Lighthouse International & Mancow Next

G. Gordon Liddy of Radio America was at the Talker's Magazine New Media Seminar giving the introduction for the annual presentation of the Young American Broadcasters Scholarships. 

Mr. Liddy is a very pleasant man with a low key demeanor. He doesn't say much but seems to be taking in everything and everyone surrounding him.  I think is operating on a different level than most people, especially me. 

I offered to give him one of my Smiley/Whiney Pins to wear but he politely declined. As you can see, he already wears a lot of other medals and awards. I think I'll send him one anyways. He certainly knows about smiling and not whining. 

The event was at Lighthouse International which is a wonderful organization that has been helping blind people for many years. Dr. Bruce Rosenthal, OD, FAAO Chief, Low Vision was kind enough to give all of us an eye exam in the lobby. He used a state of the art machine that did a quick x-ray of the entire eyeball and then it was right there on his computer screen. It was quite amazing. Turns out, I have something irregular on my right eye and will be going to have it checked out asap.   So this trip turned out to be medicinal as well as amazing, astonishing and very, very amusing.

Tomorrow I'll tell you about meeting up with "Mancow" again. He's the really crazy, out of control talk show host from Chicago. I've been on his show twice and he was an angel with me. I think I must remind him of his Granny.   

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sean Hannity Talker's Magazine Media Seminar 2008

As you can see, I'm really enjoying getting to meet and chat with Sean Hannity. He hosted a dessert evening for everyone and he truly was a delightful host.

I was expecting a sort of young, angrier than O'Reilly type and I was pleasantly surprised to meet one of the nicest people in Talk Radio. Even if he is #ONE, everyone likes him and I can understand why now that I'm in his fan club.

He is not only adorable, he is so friendly that he makes you feel like you've know him forever. Also, he is so respectful of older women.  As a Savvy Granny, I can tell you that his Mom would be very pleased with him.

Tomorrow I'll tell you all about meeting G. Gordon Libby too!

Monday, June 9, 2008

New York Talkers Sean Hannity and Mancow

I just got back from New York and I'm finally getting some time to tell you how much I LOVE New York. It is the greatest city in the world and has the best cheesecake ever.

The Talkers Magazine's 2008 New Media Seminar was fantastic and I can't begin to thank Irwin Zucker enough for inviting me to join him for a most amazing weekend. 

Yes, yes!    I did get to meet Sean Hannity and he was adorable and just about the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Everyone in Talk Radio loves him because he is so nice to everyone and whether you agree with him or not  he is just the best!

I met so many people and I will tell you more about them with more details as the week goes on. I met Mancow and he really is another great character. Also I met G. Gordon Liddy, Jim Bonaham, Michael Harrison our wonderful host and so many others from the Talk Radio world.  I'll post my pictures tomorrow and fill you on a fun weekend. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Here's Barbara Walters at BEA and Allen Klein, The Jollyologist

I forgot to post this picture of Barbara signing books at BEA.  As I wrote before, she is so, so very tiny but so, so very elegant. to bad she didn't date Ted Turner then we really would have heard some good dirt.

Be sure to listen to my radio show this week with Allen Klein, the Jollyologist who is one of my favorite humorists. Actually I met Allen on the AATH conference cruise to Mexico earlier this year. He is the one who gave me my red clown nose which I am proudly wearing on my YouTube introduction of Allen for this show.

I'm off tomorrow to New York to meet up with Irwin Zucker at the Talker's Magazine's New Media Seminar with over 65 speakers on talk radio and internet radio and podcasting.

I'm hoping to meet Sean Hannity and his cohorts! I will be gone for a few days and I'm not taking my computer so I can really have a holiday. I'll report back on Sunday and fill you in on the Big Apple.   

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

STAR WARS Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, John Hodgman & Star Wars

Book Exposition of America 
 Star Wars Experience

I forgot to tell you about how wonderful and amusing Alec Baldwin was as the moderator/speaker at the Saturday breakfast. Also I had the chance to get some fun pictures of my BEA adventure to share with you. 

Isn't John Hodgman adorable? Even if he is a compulsive whiner wanting a yellow pin instead of his red pin, I still loved meeting him.

Monday, June 2, 2008

John Hodgman BEA Magic Johnson and Tele-Babies

I am finally recovering from BEA. It was so much fun. I got to finally see my preview copy of TSNW and had my first signing session and it was the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on.

Also, I met John Hodgman from the Daily Show and he is such a character. I gave him one of my RED Smiley/Whiney pins and he wore it proudly. But then he started to whine about really wanting a YELLOW one. 

Poor man, I will have to try to help him get over his whining but it will be difficult considering where he works. The Daily Show is a cesspool of whining and especially John Stewart who was named one of the Top Ten Tele-Babies from the survey that my book is based on.

Tele-Babies are whiners on television who get paid tons of money to what we all do for free. Speaking as an expert Whine-ologist, this Comedy Central crew would be a challenging group even for January Jones, THE WHINE TESTER!

Also, I got to hear Magic Johnson speak on his urban renewal enterprises and what an amazing story. He is such a sweet, sincere man. Actually he was adorable which seems like an odd word to describe a man who is enormous. John was sweet too and even Call Me TED Turner was delightful. I liked him but he's not going to kiss and tell like Barbara Walters even if it would mean selling more books.   

After seeing Sex And The City, I was sort of hoping that Ted would tell some tales too.