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Sunday, November 11, 2012

WRITTEN IN BLOOD...title poem from "WRITTEN IN BLOOD" (c) 2002

Written in Blood

Standing at the gates of death
Awaiting my turn for judgment
The book filled with thousands of pages
A few names engraved crimson red

I asked around and wondered why
Some names had no coloring
The gatekeeper pondered on how to answer
What you do is how you are engraved

Still in uniform with the lethal wound
Looking down on my friends and family
I snuck a peek and saw my name
Etched in red so everyone could read

Tears well up within my eyes
As the explanation began
You see you were killed in action
Your name is Written in Blood

You have a special place within the gates
A brotherhood of perfect strangers
Brought together in life and death
Welcome Home Solider you are loved


A Thank You Is Never Enough

For Standing proud day or night
For wearing the Uniform that some may hate
For sacrificing friends and family
A Thank You is Never Enough

For cold lonely nights in far away lands
For having MREs instead of a home cooked meal
For early morning PT in sub zero temperatures

A Thank You is Never Enough

For staring down the barrel of a gun
For facing your own mortality day after day
For countless nightmares that haunt
A Thank You is Never Enough

For coming home battered or bruised
For not coming home at all
For finding peace within the loud silence
A Thank You is Never Enough

For yearly holidays taken for granted
For parades and ceremonies and medals adorned
For being a SOLDIER
A Thank You is Never Enough

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012



Greetings my ghouls and goblins

Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without some excellent 'family' friendly spooky flicks to kick back and enjoy with a bag of popcorn. So, here are a few to check out and make a part of your holiday as well.

Monster Squad circa 1987. What do Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolf, and a group of dorky tweens have in common? They all found their way into this family friendly flick. Duncan Regehr, Stan Shaw, Tom Noonan and Jack Gwillim as the iconic Van Helsing. In their small tree fort, the "Monster Squad" spends their days flipping through horror comics and dreaming of protecting the earth from the creatures of the night. Their world turns upside down when a curse allows Dracula to roam the earth once more. Only a spell cast by a virgin will save the world and it is up to the Squad to protect the town. Thrills, chills and a 'Creepy old German Guy' make this movie a keeper!

Hocus Pocus circa 1993.  Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker star as the three Sanderson sisters. A brood of witches that run amok amok amok 300 years ago. Max and Dani Dennison are the new kids in Salem Massachusetts are thrust into the clutches of these evil witches. Disney does Horror like no body's business in this musical perfection. Sarah Jessica Parker's voice is pure and dare I say 'angellic' as Sarah the youngest of the sisters. It is crunch time for Max when Dani is kidnapped and her essence needed to keep the witches alive. Special effects, amazing cinematography and delightful scripting give Hocus Pocus the 'adorable' treat to viewers. 

Casper circa 1995. A very young Christina Ricci and Devon Sawa star in this blockbuster about a shy ghost who just wants to fit in. Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle bring their comedic brilliance to the big screen. Kat (Ricci) and her dad (Pullman) move into their new home. Problem is, it happens to be haunted by Casper and company. With voices by Brad Garrett, John Kassir and Joe Alaskey. The ghosts aren't moving and either are the living. Havoc, chaos, mayhem and laughter ensue. This is a tear-jerking, tissue grabbing, pillow squishing movie. 

stay tuned for more must see-must have movies for your Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oh Sweet Victim..excerpt from "Blood Stained Talons" (c) 2012


Oh sweet victim of mine,
 Come closer child and let me feed on thee.
For I am the seeker of the night,
The desolated ironclad heart.
I am the wanderer of the moon and I am eternal.

Tiny satiny red droplets of life-force
I suckle thee voraciously.
Slipping deeper into the chasm that is your fate.
No voice to call out
In the loud silence of night

I see the fear deep within your soul
It calls to me like a siren to the sea.
Heartless and emotionless I finish my feast
Your flesh my nourishment my joy.

I quench my bloodlust as your breath ceases.
Your body putrid and decaying.
No more will I dine on thee.
Oh sweet victim of mine.

Sher Boudreau...Sept 19, 2012 (c)

Part 2 Halloween 2012

Our ongoing series for Halloween 2012 continues with a few more movie selections for your grisly viewing.

     Creepshow circa 1982. From the demented minds of Stephen King and George A. Romero. It is brilliantly mastered with the perfect balance of blood, guts, gore and fright. Based on the graphic novel by Stephen King, it contains mini vingettes that distort the mind, play with the senses and scare the 'dickens' out of willing viewers. Don't let the humor fool you, this movie is all about the fear factor. 

    Village of the Damned circa 1960.  In the sleepy village of Midwich, a baby boom of a blond brood proves to be too much for their unsuspecting parents. Their mind-reading skills along with some paranormal deaths will send the viewer's mind reeling and clutching a pillow for dear life. Starring George Sanders, Barbara Shelley and a young Richard Warner. 

    The Island of Dr Moreau circa 1977.  A beautifully tranquil and remote island shelters the corrupted mind of Dr Moreau (Burt Lancaster). An unsuspecting Andrew Braddock (played superbly by Michael York) falls prey to the island's many inhabitants. Mutations created by the vile Dr in this incredible adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic.

    Dreamscape circa 1984. In your dreams you are a superstar, a professional athlete, a god, but what if you could control your dreams and the dreams of others? In this gripping thriller by Joseph Ruben, stars a young Dennis Quaid who has acquired the ability to manipulate his dreams and the dreams of others. Pitted against the equally talented but evil mind of David Patrick Kelly. This movie is a non-stop rollercoaster of thrills and chills. Don't go to sleep....

    The City of the Dead circa 1960. A young woman finds her research into witchcraft leads her to the quaint town of Whitewood and the cozy 'Ravens Inn'. Nan Barlow is exquisite against the darkness that is the Master of horror Christopher Lee. Things take a sharp turn into the clutches of the devil himself as the poor girl is 'marked' for sacrifice. Deep plot, outstanding writing and gruesome special effects make this a keeper for any Halloween Collection!

    As the droplets of blood fall onto the pristine white floor, so to does this continue onward......


    The Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects. A must have book for any ghoul's collection.

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    Raven's Horror Movie Suggestions

    It's that time again. To start contemplating your October movie viewing schedule. To help you out this year, I thought I would share some of my favorites. 

    I'm a die-hard 'B' movie cult classic buff and live for the days of horror movies done in B&W. 

    Ready to scream?  

    1. Satanic Rites of Dracula circa 1973 with two of the "Masters of Horror" Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. While campy with the cinematography, it is still a great movie to get fans into the horror genre gently. 
    2. Salem's Lot circa 1979. The original adaptation from one of my heroes 'Stephen King'. Starring a then hit lister David Soul and the ever stoic and creepy James Mason. Creepy, eerie and the start to a long gloriously gruesome marriage between fiction and film. 
    3. When A Stranger Calls circa 1979. Forget the wimpy remake and settle into this classic movie that makes any babysitter leery of a new job.  Starring Charles Durning and Carol Kane, the babysitter finds herself in deep trouble when she is asked 'Have you checked the children'
    4. Halloween 3 Season of The Witch circa 1982.  Forget Mike Myers, Dan O'Herlihy's portrayal of Conal Cochran will send anyone screaming from the room. This ghastly film incorporates the joy of halloween costumes with the grisly demonic overlord wanting to take over the world. John Carpenter is stellar in his direction of this classic.
    5. The Fog circa 1980. John Carpenter is again awesome in his direction of this spooky little movie. Starring Andrienne Barbeau (the mother of all horror actresses) and a little known star Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie is crisp, action packed and leaves your fingernails bleeding from gripping fear. 
    6. The Andromeda Strain circa 2008. While the original starring Dan Hill is phenomenal, the remake has the high tech special effects edge that makes it top notch. Starring the sexy Benjamin Bratt, Rick Schoeder and Eric McCormick.  An alien virus quickly starts to spread through rural middle America and it is up to the elite scientific team led by Bratt to find a cure to the mysterious deadly disease. Out of the brilliant mind of Michael Crichton, this is one movie (tv mini-series) not to pass up.
    **stay tuned more of my favorites to come**

    **All the above movies can be found on **

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    TEMPTED..excerpt from "Temptations of the Dragon" (c)2002

    Tempted by the fascination of the unknown
    Walking into the darkness searching for the light ahead
    Witnessing the changes in the world around
    Embracing the path laid forth and venturing in

    Tempted by fate but still not accepting its reality
    Seeking out the love predestined for life
    Engulfed in the seduction of its touch and feel

    Accepting the temptation of body and flesh
    Reaching into the depths of your soul
     Releasing the fire within
    Caressing and nurturing the new found sensations
    Reacting to its touch, fuelling the passions hidden from sight

    Tempted by the sweet emotions of love
    Desiring the full effect from its warmth
    Corrupted by the sheer primal instincts
    Engaging in the carnality of mutual satisfaction

    Tempted by the gratifications the flesh has to offer
    Seductions become the norm
    Crimes of passion take over
    From the dignity of honorable conduct
    Leaving a pile of mangled flesh writhing in satin sheets

    Tempted by the flesh, tempted by the savage within
    Distracted by the images playing inside the mind
    Sensuality becomes your entire persona
    Exotic and erotic as you seek more temptations

    Sacrificing purity for the demon that resides inside
    Welcoming the hedonism that quenches the thirst
    Relinquishing all inhibitions venturing into 
    the realm of ultimate pleasure
    As you become tempted

    Sher Boudreau…2002-11-11 (c)

    Haunted..excerpt from "Inside the Dragon's Heart" (c)2002

    Haunted from the darkness of the eyes

    Enchanted with a glistening smile
    Enthralled by contours and curves
    Obsessed with the untouchable

    Lusting for the unattainable
    Desiring the pleasure of the flesh
    Yearning for a glimmer of hope
    A chance to touch a dream

    Nights filled with mental imagery
    Experiencing that special moment
    Two bodies in gratifications
    Waking to a cold hard sweat

    An illusion that will not fade
    A mystery wanting to be unfolded
    Longing to feel an emotional connection
    A fantasy consuming life

    Through messages and pictures
    Imagination replaces reality
    Visions control every consciousness
    Haunted by a what if

     A brief encounter could fill the void
    Ease the suffering of the heart
    Feeding the craving cures the preoccupations
    Single embrace releases the ghosts

    Forever haunted with the impossible
    A remnant of sanity remains in tact
    Preventing the total destruction of the mind
    Yet still yearning for the affections of another

    Sher Boudreau…..2002-08-07 ©

    Affair of the Mind...excerpt from "Inside the Dragon's Heart" (c) 2002

    An Affair of the Mind

    She stared at him across the room

    Looking away not wanting to be caught
    Glancing down at the ring on her finger
    Taken but not fulfilled by love

    He was the picture of perfection
    Tall and rugged with a tender smile
    Silver hair glistened in the softly lit room
    His jeans fit him like a glove

    Casually talking to one another
    Careful not to create unwanted questions
    Whimsical flirting back and forth
    An alluring smile sets the stage

    Their age difference never discussed
    Maturity is equal to the moon’s full circle
    Tempted by lustful thoughts
    They yearned for each other’s touch

    Simple glances meaning so much more
    Playful laughter hiding the sexual tension
    Forbidden yet desired
    Complications and consequences

    The affair remains in dreamland
    Pleasures survive in fantasy
    No one to be the wiser
    Their paths will merge one day

    Sher Boudreau…..2002-10-15 (c)

    TRAPPED..excerpt from "Thoughts from the Talon" (c) 2006

    Into the night she seeks him out
    A victimized soul easy prey
    Whispering her yearnings to his mind
    He comes to her willingly

    Her wings engulf his firm body
    Deeper he falls into a trance
    Her eyes dark and seductive
    Hiding her ultimate goal

    Her lips red and dripping of blood
    She tastes him with hunger and lust
    To her he is more than nourishment
    He is her concubine of the night

    Trapped by her talons
    He gives himself to her fully
    Surrendering his life into her grasp
    A loyal consort of her flesh

    Waking to the insatiable bloodlust
    He takes direction like a learning child
    Taking flight and seeking his own prey
    No longer the victim

    As the dawn breaks
    They seek comfort and shelter
    Their bodies intertwined in darkness
    Waiting for the next moment to feast

    Sher boudreau 03-05-2006 (c)

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    A SOLEMN DAY...excerpt from 'WRITTEN IN BLOOD' (c) 2002

    A SOLEMN Day

    A mournful anniversary brings forth tears
    Precious lives lost in terrorism
    Soldiers holding fast with arms cocked
    Fighting an unending battle

    Flowers memorials speeches and tributes
    A bare comfort to those left behind
    Shattered pieces still unable to repair
    Life forever changed in a split second

    Light beacons as freedom rings
    Ribbons display our support
    A second day to live in infamy
    Battered bruised but surviving

    A nation’s resolve restructured
    Rallying around our brave military
    We are not afraid
    A solemn day made us stronger

    FREEDOM...excerpt from 'Written in Blood' (c) 2002


    A privilege held by fingertips
    Preserved in fragility
    Standing on a wall gazing at the enemies
    Guns held to the chest waiting to fire

    An eerie silence overwhelms
    Chills from the unknown embrace the skin
    Trained for the moment
    Yet unprepared for its eventuality

    Unsuspecting civilians sleep at night
    Unaware of the battles faced
    Blood shed, lives lost
    Medals awarded
    Celebratory parades
    Flags waving
    Joyful moments
    A soldier stands proud
    A scream in the night
    Waking from the images of death
    Remembering it’s all in the line of duty
    To keep the freedom alive

    Lisa Copen: 8 Ways to Annoy a Friend With a Chronic Illness

    Lisa Copen: 8 Ways to Annoy a Friend With a Chronic Illness

    Thursday, August 09, 2012

    Questions that always come up


    How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?  

    Once you're in heaven do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

    Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

    What disease did cured ham actually have?

    How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

    Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?

    Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

    Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

    Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway...

    Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?

    Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

    If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

    Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

    If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

    Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

    Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

    Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

    Why, do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are going  dead?

    Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?

    Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

    Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

    Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

    If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

    Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always

    Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

    Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

    Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

    Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

    How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

    Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

    In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

    How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

    The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012

    Get a Blogger Badge - Invisible Illness Awareness Week

    Get a Blogger Badge - Invisible Illness Awareness Week

    I Remember When

    There are days that go by that I can remember what life was like before Fibro, before osteoarthritis, before Meniere's Disease etc etc. Then there are the days that I can't remember anything but.
    Today is one of those days. It is a day where I can't recall the last time I didn't have to smile through the pain. That I didn't have to hide the excruciating throbbing in my lower back. I could go hours on end hearing every word being spoken and not smiling like an idiot because I couldn't hear the actual conversation.
    I can remember when Doctors actually cared more about their patients then they did the amount of patients they could see in a day. Or how many prescriptions they wrote compared to actual treatments.
    I don't remember the last time I could sit for more than 5 minutes without wondering if I was going to be able to get back up.
    Most of all, I can't remember when I didn't cry so much. I can't remember the last time I had a week with no tears at all.
    Pain is real, emotions are real, disease is real. Life..............
    Is Hell

    Mental Illness and Me

    I suffer from Mental Illness. Whew, I said it. The most difficult admission I'll ever have to do. Gone are the days of hiding behind closed doors and not admitting that I am a 'victim' of Mental Illness. I can remember growing up and visiting a 'Sanitarium' that was filled with people suffering from different mental diseases. Being frightened beyond measure and not wanting to ever grow up to be 'like that'.
    Surprise, surprise! Here I am almost 45 and have been dealing with Depression for most of my life. I can remember the first time I tried to take my own life. I was 14, almost through my first year of high school and had everything in front of me. Still, deep inside my soul there was a fear that I would never be 'good enough'. That I could never 'stand up' to the dreams people had put in place for me.
    I never had a lot of friends. Partly, because I would never let anyone get close enough to me and partly because I suffered from such paranoia and anxiety that I could never believe anyone truly wanted to be my friend.
    I stared down a bottle of vodka, then a second and chased that down with 20 'Tylenol' tablets. I thought that my death would end my troubles and that no one would ever miss me. Needless to say, that attempt failed.
    Through my teenage years, suicide attempts were as frequent as the seasons. From pills, to knives to alcohol. I tried it all. Never succeeding to take my own life. Something always barred my attempts. All the while, no one really knew what inner turmoil was inside me. A few feeble attempts at Psychotherapy, but I was unwilling to admit I had a problem.
    By the time I hit 20, my suicide attempts had totalled 12 and I was deep into a manic state. I would have days and weeks of euphoria and the energy of 100. Those would quickly be followed up by months of endless tears, fits of rage and disgust and falling deep into an abyss of ignorance and avoidance.
    My depression was likely the catalyst to two failed marriages, endless relationships and a habit of 'gypsy' like moving from one place to another. I moved to flee the problems that my depression was presenting. I thought that if I left, everything would be great. No one would know my past and my history of depression and I could be like everyone else in the world. Wow! Was I wrong.
    At almost 45, I've finally come to terms with my Mental Illness. I accept that I have manic periods of euphoria and depression. I accept that I have a temperament that isn't always conducive to friendships and relationships. I understand that I shouldn't be ashamed to admit I am one of millions who suffer daily from depression.
    I still struggle day-to-day with wanting to be part of the 'outside' world. There are days that I wish I was alone in my own little universe with no one around. I have to look in the mirror every day and reassure myself that I'm 'normal' and that I can make a difference in my community.
    Yes, I still periodically have moments of wanting to 'die'. Especially when my Fibromyalgia is flaring. The pain I suffer from every day, doesn't make coping with my depression any better. Those days are the worst for me. I will sit and cry for hours, wishing for death to come. Wanting nothing more than to escape the world of pain and anguish that I am in.
    Medications have improved greatly over the years and I think I've tried a large portion of them over the last 31 years. I am and likely always will be on medication to help control my Mental Illness. I also know that talking things out with a Therapist is of great benefit to me and my family.
    If you know someone who suffers from Mental Illness pass this on. Who knows maybe my story will help someone else get the help they need.