Shirley Anderson

Freelance Writer


Welcome to my blog.  It is a crazy compilation of whatever topics strike my fancy on a creative level.  It's part personal writing roots, part promotion of other wonderful writers and part personally practical. 

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by shirleyanderson on December 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season. May all your dreams come true in 2013.

This video shows Jose Feliciano sharing my sentiments of the season...

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Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) Got Me

Posted by shirleyanderson on December 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a long time since I've been on here. First I was busy writing for clients then I was struck by something I'd never heard of - Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS).


GBS is a very efficient three-in-one condition:

  • auto-immune
  • neurological
  • muscular

Very basically speaking, I got a cold that wouldn't go away, which set my immune system into overdrive. Crazed with the idea of zapping out all those nasty cold bugs, it saw my central nervous system as the enemy and attacked, stripping my nerves of their protective myelin coating.

Myelin not only protects nerves, it also facilitates communication between them and the brain. So, with communications cut, there was nobody to tell the muscles what to do. Apparently, they aren't good at figuring it out on their own.

All of this resulted in enormously painful hypersensitivity, paralysis and a lengthy recovery. Oh yes, and I lost a third of my body weight within two or three days, thanks to the loss of muscle mass. I weighed 68 pounds.

I was hospitalized from January 28, 2012 until June 12th. After getting home, I had six weeks of in-home therapy then elected for self care rather than going for yet more therapy. I'd learned a lot while in hospital, about how to progress on my own and I'm told by medical people that I'm doing a fantastic job.

It is now December of '12. I am walking pretty well again, my hands, face and eyes are coming along, the brain fog is clearing and the fatigue and pain has lessened.

This is the first writing that I've posted anywhere, as I am still not working. However, I am puttering (s-l-o-w-l-y) away at a project and I hope it won't be many more months before I'm back to normal.

I plan to write a hub or two to help others who find themselves suddenly immobile with this strange condition known as GBS. I'm also considering creating an app so friends and family can take the information in a hospital room for the patient. In all honesty, I don't want to.

I want to forget about GBS and never think of it again. That's the truth. Yet, I feel a strong need to share anything helpful that I learned, practical stuff that might make someone's recovery easier or more successful.

My hope is that once I've finished recovering and have gotten the information out of my head and down on paper (so to speak), I can let it go forever.

Fingers crossed!

So Much For the Saddle!

Posted by shirleyanderson on May 11, 2010 at 9:38 PM Comments comments (0)

So, my last post said something to the effect that I finally had the time to get back to daily blogging here.  You know when someone asks you at work if it's been busy and you say, "No, the phone hasn't rang all day" and then it starts ringing off the hook?  Well, that's pretty much what happened.

For online freelancers today, it isn't just a matter of writing for clients.  We also write for ourselves, keeping up our own monetized blogs and hubs or working on fiction and the like.  It's a great life but time can slip through your fingers before you know it.  Think I need a net.  :)

To try and make it up to you, here's a funny Classic Television video of Rodney Dangerfield's stand up routine.

Enjoy until next time!

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Back in the Blogging Saddle

Posted by shirleyanderson on August 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm baaaack!  As you may or may not have noticed, I haven't been blogging here for a year or so.  Why?  It's a long story that I won't bore you with but I'll get back to this blog to add a post or two every chance I get.

In addition to some new blog entries, you will likely see some more changes to my site.  I've neglected the poor thing shamefully and I owe it some attention.  At this point, the final product is still a vague concept but hopefully will be a thing of functional, informative beauty.  Oh yeah, entertaining as well.

While you're waiting to see what my site's going to look like, feel free to do some reading on my clips page to pass the time and get familiar with my work.  Not everything I've done is there, of course, but there's still tons to keep you busy and help pass the time.  Another option is to go back to the beginning of this blog and read your way to the latest entry.  I know, tsk-tsk, shameless self-promotion.  However, if you do start with the first posts, you will find out how Dick and Jane influenced my future as a writer.

It's great to be back in the blogging saddle again.  I'll bring you as many posts as I can, not only because I enjoy blogging but also because the comments are a fun way for us all to keep in touch with each other.

Until next time, have fun and happy reading.



Little Red Riding Hood Revisited

Posted by shirleyanderson on July 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM Comments comments (3)

Do you remember the story about Little Red Riding Hood?  In case you've forgotten, I'll refresh your memory.

A little girl in red skips through the forest with a get well care package for her grandma.  En route, she runs into a few scaredy-pigs who've had some run ins with a bully wolf.  After dealing with the swine (a woman's work is never done), Red finally gets to grandma's house, finds out she's been eaten by a wolf, and then a hero saves the day.

Okay, now that it's all coming back to you, read the new, amusing version of this favourite classic.  It's entitled, The Red Monologue, and it's written by an amazing playwrite who goes by the name of ProCW.

ProCW offers his talent to a variety of sites and venues, and allows educators to use his works in the classroom.  This is great news for the young students who get to learn in a way that is fun and memorable.

Give The Red Monologue a read, the satire will reward you with a chuckle.  While you're there, look for the passage where the author has immortalized my son and I.

"Next I saw Ms. Shirley and 'er son, even farther down the path."

If you enjoy ProCW's story, please leave him a comment and let him know.

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The Beatles Album Cuts - My Fab Four

Posted by shirleyanderson on June 26, 2008 at 9:13 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm excited because I just finished compiling an article on The Beatles' album cuts.  Not something I would normally do, but it was requested of me by a Hubber by the name of DJ Funktual

It was a bit nerve wracking to have someone with DJ's musical prowess to ask me to do some involving music, but I had an absolute blast doing it!  Listening to the tunes my Fab Four made (just for me, of course) was a wonderful blast to the past.

To be honest, I had a really hard time choosing songs.  I know pretty well all of them and don't have a clue which ones other people know or consider good.  As far as I'm concerned, if The Beatles made it, it's good.  Period.

Anyone who knows me won't be surprised at my writing on this subject matter.  The Beatles and I go back a long way, most of my life in fact.

I really miss them.

The Beatles Album Cuts

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For your listening pleasure - not a cut, just for fun.

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Mourning George Carlin

Posted by shirleyanderson on June 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM Comments comments (2)

We lost a comedic icon yesterday.  George Carlin succumbed to a long history of heart problems at the age of 71.

How is it possible that George was that old and frail?  I grew up listening to his naughty comedy, and I'm not old.  He, along with Cheech and Chong, would keep my friends and I howling throughout our teenage years.  There was something 'anti-establishment' about their records and radio broadcasts, which endeared them all the more to us.  It doesn't seem so long ago, certainly not long enough for any of them to be older and in poor health.

George Carlin was reknown for his irreverant and direct humour.  He never stopped entertaining.  George last performed a week before his death.

Thanks for bringing us the 'Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV', George.  We'll miss you.

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Stumble It!

Sexy Thong Disaster

Posted by shirleyanderson on June 20, 2008 at 11:29 PM Comments comments (8)

Did you happen to see the Yahoo! home page today?  If not, I recommend you check it out. It's a pretty interesting place to catch up on what's happening.  They have their Featured News section near the top, that's my favourite.  It has great photographs and eye-catching captions.  Click the photo that corresponds to the news that interests you, and a video or gallery pops up to fill you in on the daily topic you've chosen.  The Yahoo people do a really good job on their site.

The reason I asked if you've seen today's edition, is because there is a headline there that is so teasing and tempting that I couldn't help but click on the scantily-clad runway model to find out more.  The headline reads, A Sexy Thong Gone Wrong.  Seriously.

Seems that a lady in Los Angeles was involved in an unfortunate accident when her thong malfunctioned.  The panties didn't have a lot of material, but they did have a sparkly rhinestone attached to make them extra pretty.  The woman started to put on the pretty thong panties, then 'ping!'  The article didn't say which way the rhinestone flew, but the metal clip holding it in it's rightful place shot up into the eye of its owner. 

According to the news report, the LA victim screamed when it happened and had to have a steroid solution applied to her scratched cornea.  She's suing Victoria's Secret.

The woman's lawyer went on the Today Show to discuss the tragedy publicly. 

What a sad story.

I love the Yahoo! home page.

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Collectible Vinyl Records For Sale!

Posted by shirleyanderson on June 15, 2008 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison?  Ring any bells?  We would listen to them on the radio, our parent's hi-fi's, or if we were lucky, portable record players that we could snap the lid down on and carry to our rooms or our friend's houses. 

Those were great musical times.  Would you like to own a little piece of that music history?

There is a terrific Hubber by the name of DJ Funktual (a.k.a. James Freund).  Music is his life, hence the handle he chose.  DJ is offering up for sale his precious record collection.  Buy one, buy them all, it doesn't matter.  This darling of Disk Jockeys is willing to part with them (even his 10" records!) to finance his writing career.  Sad for DJ, lucky break for the rest of us.

Classic Rock 60's Records featuring The Beatles, The Doors, Chuck Berry, and The Rolling Stones.

DJ has more than oldies to offer, too.  He's selling his Classic '80's, and his Hip-Hop DJ's 45 Collection.

If you want a shot at these collectibles, click on DJ's Hubpage about the sale, and send him a message by clicking on the 'Contact DJ Funktual' section under his profile at the top of the page.

If you're looking for a professional and empassioned Disk Jockey for your next event, you can get in touch with him the same way.

Enjoy the music!

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I Know What Nation Has The .af Domain - Ain't I Smart!

Posted by shirleyanderson on June 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM Comments comments (2)

I tuned in to Jeopardy tonight.  I like watching that show occasionally because when I get an answer right (or is that question?), I feel smart.  Not being a natural brainiac, I get lots wrong, but I also learn a few things.  Like tonight, for example.  The final question (or is it answer?) was about the nation that has the .af domain.  If I had been one of the contestants, a great big ?Huh?? would?ve been printed on my card.  I didn't realize that it existed, let alone know who it belonged to. The only guess I could come up with was Africa.  Turns out the nation that has the .af domain is Afghanistan.  I feel good that I learned something, bad about being so clueless.


Maybe I?m just too old for today?s Jeopardy.  I?m not up on the latest gadgets or lingo, and I don?t understand a lot of what is talked about online today.  If any of you do, can someone please explain to me what an iphone is?  If you can, and I can understand what you?ve told me, maybe I?ll want one.  If you can?t, then I?ll continue to check in on Jeopardy.  Maybe iphones will be one of the categories. 


For today though, I?m happy that I learned what nation has the .af domain.  Just knowing that I could provide the answer if someone were to ask, in casual conversation, if I know what country has the .af domain, makes me feel very clever indeed.  

I?m on my way to getting current with the internet.  Hopefully, things will wait until I catch up before changing again.


Shirley Anderson, Happy Hubber


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