I consider myself a “photographer” – sorta, kinda – if taking a camera and shooting a picture counts.  Haha.  No training, no planning – just doing it A LOT.   With digital cameras and Google storage, I photograph everything.  If you and I were having a coffee, chances are I would have a picture of youContinue reading ““JUST WONDERING….””


Steve Orlandella loved to write. By July, 2016, he was on a roll – brimming with ideas for his blog “Stevespeak”, his next novel CASINO KILLER, A Vic Landell Mystery, and witty, satiric, sarcastic Facebook posts.  He had fun writing, then reading and re-reading what he had to say.  I think he had more funContinue reading “A PROJECT WORTH DOING”

SUPER LAWYER – January 2018

Forgive me, time out while I brag.  This January 2018, I was named in “The Annual List of Top Attorneys” in Southern California 2018 Super Lawyers, in the top 5% of lawyers, as voted by my peers. Every year, Super Lawyers evaluates lawyers across the country for its annual list of top attorneys. Each candidateContinue reading “SUPER LAWYER – January 2018”


LET’S DO IT! HERE’S TO 2018!!     New Year Resolutions!!   Best, Jay  


“Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2 was published this week. (amazon.com and smashwords.com)  These Journals, Volume 1 and Volume 2, are the realization of my lifelong dream to publish my journals. Both are intensely personal. I think of them in the following way:  Journal 1 is the hatching of a baby chicken – rough aroundContinue reading “#SmartAuthor “JOURNAL OF JANET TALLULAH, VOLUME 2””


This week, my son Craig (Craig MacIntosh), posted this on Facebook. Bingo! It spoke to me.  It applies to everything – life in Nice, remaining young in mind while growing old, practicing law, working as an actress, teaching, exercising, dieting, marriage, writing blogs, writing books, playing the piano, raising children, growing a garden….   Then, MarkContinue reading “#SmartAuthor – THE ART OF DELUSION”


“We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known; The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing; Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.” “Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine; So from the beginning the fightContinue reading “HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYBODY!”


#SmartAuthor   The Launch Team is at it again!!  As a dedicated member of the Team, I urge all you “writer-want-a-be’s” to investigate these sites and listen to these podcasts. I wish I had heard them in 2012. I am listening to them now, sometimes twice, and amazed at what Steve Orlandella (my deceased husband) andContinue reading “#SmartAuthor “A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE””


From one #SmartAuthor to others, I continue to be ‘berry beezy’ in France, figuring things out. It is not easy, being an expat. Each day is full of its own challenges in real life and online. Nothing is as it seems – like opening a door, flushing the john, turning on water, working an elevator,Continue reading “#SmartAuthor “FIGURING THINGS OUT””


#smartauthor  I started writing in 2012. Well, that is not really true. I started writing when I was a little girl.  The first “Diary” I have is dated 1949.  I wanted to record things – thoughts, secrets, events. I want to spend time with my best friend – ME.  During the day, I “behaved” –Continue reading “#SmartAuthor WRITE THAT BOOK!! JUST DO IT!!”

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