Anytime you need a Friend


Written by one of the strongest women I am privileged to call, friend.

Originally posted on The Rivers True* Grue* Angel :


The briefest conversations can inspire me to create and thus my sisters, @Aicforever, @Karinm37, @Bubs_27, @LettesChat and to @RiversofGrue for giving me the courage to write again.

For you this is the sound of choice I pick for you.  

Mariah Carey - Anytime You Need A Friend


  Some will travel through life and say they walk the path or swim in a River, some wander aimlessly into the abyss but I, well I choose to take journeys, many of them.  Journeys take me to places I’ve never been before and show me things I not seen or that others have been through similar circumstances and felt what I have felt in one form or another.

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Throughout my life I’ve seen many things and been put to the test on more than a dozen occasions but here I stand before you naked and vulnerable in the…

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Imagine Dragons




When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold

When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

At the curtain’s call
It’s the last of all
When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl

So they dug your grave
And the masquerade
Will come calling out
At the mess you made

Don’t wanna let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t wanna hide the truth

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

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This blog was originally written by a dear friend whom I had no idea suffered from this awful disease. She’s a warrior.

Originally posted on Angel's Reverie #TrinityofSerpahs an RoG Sister Site:

Just over twenty years ago I was diagnosed with FIBROMYALGIA.

 Finally a name for what plagued me for most of the years of my life and is now permanent and will never ever go away.

For those of you who don’t know what FIBROMYALGIA is here is a description:

Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Still, it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue, as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression and social isolation.


A syndrome is a set of symptoms.

When they exist together, they imply the presence of a specific disease or a greater chance of developing the disease.

With fibromyalgia syndrome, the following symptoms commonly occur together:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Decreased pain threshold or tender points
  • Incapacitating fatigue
  • Widespread pain


Every Day I wake up stiff…

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Black Tie ~ Red Carpet Movie Screening

S & D Productions and the Old Town Theater

proudly present

The U.S. Premiere Screening of a

Paul Sampson Film

Night of the Templar

Seats are limited ~ Updated Packages

June 21st 

Activities start at 6pm


for more information



Purchase your tickets here

Kick off your summer in D.C. for this once-in-a-lifetime milestone event; opening reception, celebrity red carpet arrivals, post viewing Q&A, celebrity photo ops and a jamming after party!

Join us as we celebrate Paul Sampson and his independent film, Night of the Templar; starring

Norman Reedus of the Walking Dead Norman Reedus

Udo Kier of Blade, Armageddon


Billy Drago of The Untouchables

 Billy Drago

The legendary David Carradine in his last feature film


…and Paul Sampson, in a dual role, as Jake McCallister/Lord Gregoire

Paul Sampson

To view the trailer of Night of the Templar, visit the official website or to view the first two minutes of the film, go here.

See you in D.C. in June!

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Night of the Templar

Originally posted on horriblyhooched:

“Paybacks a bitch”

Check it out – Udo Kier, Norman Reedus, Billy Drago, David Carradine….

Add in a Knight who really knows how to hold a grudge, a few incredibly sexy chicks, sprinkle on some humor, and you’ve got once saucy dish. Enter “Night of the Templar”


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Awaken Your Spirit

Following is an article that my friend Linda Maria forwarded to me. It moved me because it was liberating. As a seeker of truth, a fighter for the underdog (including myself), an herbalist and one seeking to eliminate as much meat from my diet as possible, this article really hit home. For those of you who want to label me as going through a “mid-life crisis” or for attempting to be a control freak (usually

You can say its because of a global shift in consciousness, a destiny we have arrived at due to spiritual evolution, or the outcome of strange times, but, many people all across the globe are going through intense personal changes and sensing an expansion of consciousness. Personal changes of this magnitude can be difficult to recognize and to understand, but here are 21 traits of an awakening soul, a ‘sensitive’, or an ‘empath.’

1.  Being in public places is sometimes overwhelming. Since our walls between self and other are dissolving, we haven’t really learned to distinguish between someone else’s energy and our own. If the general mood of the crowd is herd-like or negative, we can feel this acutely, and may feel like retreating into our own private space. When we have recharged our batteries with meditation, spending time in nature, far away from other people, or just sitting in quiet contemplation, we are ready to be with the masses again. In personal relationships, we often will feel someone else’s emotions as our own. It is important to have this higher sense of empathy, but we must learn to allow another person’s emotions while observing them and keeping our empathy, but, realizing that not all emotions belong to usSocial influence can dampen our own innate wisdom.

2.  We know things without having to intellectually figure them out. Often called intuitive awareness, we have ‘a-ha’ moments and insights that can explain some of the most complex theories or phenomenon in the world. Some of the most brilliant minds of our time just ‘know.’ Adepts and sages often were given downloads of information from higher states of consciousness after meditating or being in the presence of a more conscious individual; this is happening for more people with more frequency. As we trust our intuition more often, it grows stronger.  This is a time of ‘thinking’ with our hearts more than our heads. Our guts will no longer be ignored. Our dreams are becoming precognitive and eventually our conscious thoughts will be as well.

3.  Watching television or most of main stream media, including newspapers and many Hollywood movies is very distasteful to us. The mindset that creates much, but not all, of the programming on television and in cinema is abhorrent. It commodifies people and promotes violence. It reduces our intelligence and numbs our natural empathetic response to someone in pain.

4.  Lying to us is nearly impossible. We may not know exactly what truth you are withholding, but we can also tell (with our developing intuition and ESP skills) that something isn’t right. We also know when you have other emotions, pain, love, etc. that you aren’t expressing. You’re an open book to us. We aren’t trained in counter-intelligence, we are just observant and knowing. While we may pick up on physical cues, we can look into your eyes and know what you are feeling.

5.  We may pick up symptoms of your cold, just like men who get morning sickness when their wives are pregnant. Sympathy pains, whether emotional or physical, are something we experience often. We tend to absorb emotion through the solar plexus, considered the place we ‘stomach emotion’ so as we learn to strengthen this chakra center, we may sometimes develop digestive issues. Grounding to the earth can help to re-establish our emotional center. Walking barefoot is a great way to re-ground.

6.  We tend to root for the underdog, those without voices, those who have been beaten down by the matrix, etc. We are very compassionate people, and these marginalized individuals often need more love. People can sense our loving hearts, so complete strangers will often tell us their life stories or approach us with their problems. While we don’t want to be a dumping ground for everyone’s issues, we are also a good ear for those working through their stuff.

7.  If we don’t learn how to set proper boundaries, we can get tired easily from taking on other people’s emotions. Energy Vampires are drawn to us like flies to paper, so we need to be extra vigilant in protecting ourselves at times.

8.  Unfortunately, sensitives or empaths often turn to drug abuse or alcohol to block some of their emotions and to ‘protect’ themselves from feeling the pain of others.

9.  We are all becoming healers. We naturally gravitate toward healing fields, acupuncture, reiki, Qi-Gong, yoga, massage, midwivery, etc. are fields we often find ourselves in. We know that the collective needs to be healed, and so we try our best to offer healing in whatever form we are most drawn to. We also turn away from the ‘traditional’ forms of healing ourselves. Preferring natural foods, herbs, and holistic medicine as ways to cure every ailment.

10.  We see the possibilities before others do. Just like when the church told Copernicus he was wrong, and he stood by his heliocentric theory, we know what the masses refuse to believe. Our minds are light-years ahead.

11.  We are creative. We sing, dance, paint, invent, or write. We have amazing imaginations.

12.  We require more solitude than the average person.

13.  We might get bored easily, but we are really good at entertaining ourselves.

14.  We have a difficult time doing things we don’t want to do or don’t really enjoy. We really do believe life was meant to be an expression of joy. Why waste it doing something you hate? We aren’t lazy, we are discerning.

15.  We are obsessed with bringing the truth to light. Like little children who say, “that’s not fair” we want to right the wrongs of the world, and we believe it often just takes education. We endeavor to explain the unexplainable and find answers to the deep questions of life. We are seekers, in the Campbellian paradigm. ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces.”

16.  We can’t keep track of time. Our imaginations often get away with us and a day can feel like a minute, a week, a day.

17.  We abhor routine.

18.  We often disagree with authority (for obvious reasons).

19.  We will often be kind, but if you are egotistical or rude, we won’t spend much time with you or find an excuse to not hang out with people who are obsessed with themselves. We don’t ‘get’ people who are insensitive to other people’s feelings or points of view.

20.  We may be vegan or vegetarian because we can sense a certain energy of the food we eat, like if an animal was slaughtered inhumanely. We don’t want to consume negative energy.

21.  We wear our own emotions on our sleeves and have a hard time ‘pretending’ to be happy if we aren’t. We avoid confrontation, But will quietly go about changing the world in ways you can’t even see.

These 21 traits of an awakening soul are a reminder of how important it is to maintain awareness, clarity and strength in these interesting times. If you are experiencing something that is not on this list, please add it to the comments section below.

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The Catfish Fights BACK!!! O Mon Dieu!!

Some of you steady followers may remember a show I did a while back entitled “We’re Reeling in the Catfish” in which a guest exposed a man she’d met on the Internet as being a complete and utter fraud. In case you’re wondering, “The popular website, which specializes in slang and evolving language, gives this definition: “A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.” (Southbend Tribune, online)

Every account was checked, rechecked and confirmed before I aired the show. Click here for original broadcast. 

A few months later, another woman who had heard the original show, contacted me and asked if I would please air her story about that same catfish. Initially I was skeptical but after some serious fact-checking (and pictures she supplied), I believed her story and agreed to have her and the first woman back onto the show. I also invited Lette’s Chat’s official law enforcement consultant, former detective and Stalking Expert, Mike Proctor to weigh in as well. Click here for the second show.

Seemingly, everyone had moved on with their lives, but never is the case with Catfish. They get hung up, confused, angry – and they create even MORE online personalities. Enter Parker Leigh, Esq.

Lady #1 contacted me last week and shared an INBOX message on … er, FACEBOOK (lmao) from an attorney who was threatening to sue her for defamation of her “client”. Here is the inbox message. It has NOT been edited in any way or altered from the original content other than hiding the identity of my guest and her identifying information. Those edits have been clearly marked.

“My name is Parker Leigh and I am an Attorney at Law. As of today, I have been retained by Mekael Shane, the person you and your friend Carlette Ritter Norwood created a slanderous and libelous blog about, which constitutes what’s known litigiously as, “Internet Defamation.” My client having submitted a written statement to me, has proven to me by way of having shared with me, copies of the emails you and he exchanged during your “friendship.” What those emails showed me, is that you had absolutely no reason whatsoever to attack him the way you did.

Also, per the emails exchanged between you two, I have drawn the conclusion that said blog post was created as a result of your desire to try to malign and hurt my client’s name and business, again, for no apparent reason at all. You having chose to partner with Carlette Ritter Norwood, for the purpose of creating this malicious attack, was needless, reckless, disrespectful and dishonorable. He didn’t hurt you in any way. He never disrespected or debased you in any way. Actually, from what I read, he tried to inspire you to go back to college and finish school so you could get your degree. He also tried to inspire you to get back into Martial Arts, and or to pursue other goals you wished to accomplish. I read nothing in your exchanges, wherein he asked you for anything, nor did he get you to commit to anything, which leaves me to surmise that you created that blog out of nothing, but the pure and true maliciousness seeded deep in your person. As a result of you having done so, my client decided to to fight for the very thing you and your friend wished to hurt, his good name.

A little about me; I attend and graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Law. Upon graduating, I went to work for leading internet defamation law firm, Traverse Legal PC. After a few years of ligating for Traverse, I decided to come to work for the Department of Homeland Security, though I still maintain a great working relationship with Traverse Legal.

Today, I have consulted with my client, and I informed him that there is only one thing that you, Ms. ….., need to do to repair your egregious and slanderous assault of his name, and that thing is to have the two items removed. I told him that I would contact you once and only once, to request that you remove the defamatory content you and your friend created, (the Blog-Talk Radio component and the written blog, that Mrs. Norwood created about him). Why are we holding you responsible for both? Because we believe that this all started as a result of you having told Mrs. Norwood that my client had shared with you, the fact that she asked him for the ISBNs which are affiliated with his books of poetry. I read the email exchange involving him and Carlette Ritter Norwood, confirming that she did ask him if she could use his ISBNs. Too, I believe that because he shared with you, in complete confidence, that she, Carlette Ritter Norwood, had said to him without question, that she didn’t like a shared associate/friend or two of yours, she, Carlette Ritter Norwood became angry and thus, you two co-conspired to maliciously attack my client. Therefore, this is your action to clean up, Ms. …. Again, let me reiterate that the purpose of me contacting you, is to allow you one chance and one chance only, to correct your misdeed. You have 24 hours to successfully have both items removed from the web. If you choose not to correct your action, the following will occur:

(1.) A Georgia Attorney who’s also contracted with Traverse Legal, will file a civil lawsuit on behalf of my client, against you, in the Houston County Clerk’s Office, pursuant to damages for your defamatory, slanderous and libelous act against my client. Internet Defamation is a serious crime, Ms. …. and since you currently have no criminal history, and you have never been sued civilly, this will become an ugly stain on your name and it will quite possibly mar and hurt your future. Further, you will receive correspondence at your home from the Houston County Clerk’s office pertaining to said lawsuit, which may cause you to have to answer to your mother, as to why you’re in receipt of said correspondence.

(2.) Cyber investigations agency we partner with, has already contacted (your former employer) today, and learned that you are no longer an employee with that company. The agency we partner with, Cyber Investigation Services LLC, are as thorough as you can get in that industry. Since you are neither employed, nor own any collateral or property, we will be pursuant to staking an imminent claim on any future property and or holdings, and, you need to be aware that this will also include the possibility of and for the garnishing of any future wages you may earn.

(3.) Upon the moment the lawsuit is filed, the above stated cyber investigations agency to conduct and gather character assessment information from your past employer(s), fellow church members at (church name omitted)  beginning with (pastor name omitted), past educators you had at H…. High School, and quite possibly, members of your family, to include your mother, M… M…. I have already contacted (former employer) and ascertained that you are no longer employed with that company. Know that once the lawsuit is filed, it becomes public record. What does this mean for you, Ms. ….? It means that whenever a potential employer’s Human Resources department Google’s you, they’ll see that there has been a civil lawsuit filed against you, and it, along with all the pertinent information regarding this incident, will be made known, as a result of having shown up in all search engine results, and that could be quite damaging to you, because as of now, there are only three things that shows up when your name is Googled, your ( Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace) accounts. It behooves you to do what’s right and have the defamatory and slanderous blog content you created, removed, Ms. …..

(4.) A request will be submitted to both Google and Blog-Talk Radio, letting them know that you are being sued for having created content of a malicious, slanderous and libelous nature, that is still active in cyberspace. You should know that Google, will also request a copy of the lawsuit for their records, again, confirming your name and this incident’s public record.

Let me reiterate, Ms. …., that you have until the close of business tomorrow to comply with our recommendation. Know, that if I you decide not to reply to this message, I will take that as you having decided against my recommendation, and we will proceed with filing the lawsuit this week. Should you listen to wisdom and choose to comply with my recommendation, the only future communication shared between us, is you replying to this message letting me know that you’ve successfully had both derogatory items removed.

Again, I will Google my client’s name tomorrow evening, and if those items are still present, we will proceed with this filing. 

When my guest attempted a “friend request” within the aforementioned 24 hours, she was promptly blocked. When we visited Parker Leigh’s Facebook page, none of the pictures posted on that site came up anywhere else that we could find. There is no such law firm in Washington, D.C. – I was going to show up there personally to interview Ms. Leigh herself to GET THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY – and also, there is no lawyer named Parker Leigh anywhere that we could find. Where is the certified mail? The law firm letterhead? Why so many typos? Why did she threaten to tell the client’s mother and pastor?

This blog serves to show the Catfish is still active and operating under countless other aliases. It also serves as further proof and tracking. We are only stating facts folks! Just the facts! They apparently didn’t teach Ms. Leigh that in law school. Obviously she doesn’t watch Judge Judy either.

Ms. Leigh has recently posted a comment on the original show page to which I have replied:

Dear *ahem* “Ms. Leigh”, I should inform you that all parties involved (legally) are in receipt of the inbox message you sent to one of the ladies on my program. Let me also inform you that we are well aware of 1. not only do YOU not exist but neither does the law firm you claim to work for in Washington, D.C. Threatening to tell someone’s mama and pastor about their behavior on a talk show does NOT constitute legal action therefore, once again, you are put on blast and are being publicly advised to stop harassing my guests. Every time you rear your ugly head, I will continue to assault you in the media by any means necessary.

Yeah…that about sums it up. Please tweet, repost, ping and do any and all things possible to keep exposing the catfish.

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