Guest Blog Post: “It’s Dorothy Parker’s Birthday,” in BCarter3’s exact words

Members and associates of the Algonquin Round Table: (standing, left to right) Art Samuels and Harpo Marx; (sitting) Charles MacArthur, Dorothy Parker, and Alexander Woollcott
Members and associates of the Algonquin Round Table: (standing, left to right) Art Samuels and Harpo Marx; (sitting) Charles MacArthur, Dorothy Parker, and Alexander Woollcott

Did you know that Dorothy Parker co-screenwrote “A Star is Born,” the incredible film that starred Judy Garland?

Because it’s the week for it, here’s another tribute to the short story, poet, screenplay writing queen Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967), this time from fellow blogger BCarter3 — and make sure to click her post to read the poem’s surprise ending …

More Songs about Buildings and Food

Dorothy Parker(22 August 1893 – 7 June 1967)

It’s been 124 years since the birth of Dorothy Parker. Poet, critic, short story writer, political activist, and one of the greatest wits of the 20th century.


I do not like my state of mind;
I’m bitter, querulous, unkind.
I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands.
I dread the dawn’s recurrent light;
I hate to go to bed at night.
I snoot at simple, earnest folk.
I cannot take the gentlest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type.
My world is but a lot of tripe.
I’m disillusioned, empty-breasted.
For what I think, I’d be arrested.
I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me any more.
I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse.
I ponder…

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Guest Blog Post: “What is Happiness?” in Catherine Townsend-Lyon’s exact words

Happiness is different for everyone. Blogger Catherine Townsend-Lyon tells us here at da-AL’s how she defines it…

Author/Columnist Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Author/Columnist Catherine Townsend-Lyon

A simple question?

What is Happiness?

What does it mean to you?

The meaning listed in the dictionary is – hap·pi·ness: noun, “the state of being happy.”  she struggled to find happiness in her life. “synonyms: pleasure,
contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment, gaiety, joy, joyfulness, joviality, jollity, glee, delight, good spirits, lightheartedness, well-being, enjoyment  .  .  .

Miss Princess one of my three cat’s.
Miss Princess is one of my three cats.

Everyone’s “Happiness” comes from many places and things. I know my new blog friend Daal receives much happiness from her doggies, just as I get much happiness from my three Cat’s named Simon Peter, Miss Prissy Princess, and Mr. Boots. Having animals love and affection make many people happy. There are many things I do each day in my life that I draw much happiness, as it seems I have become a multi-faceted person. I live life in recovery from gambling and alcohol addictions living with mental health challenges, and I advocate proudly on my Recovery Blog, but that is another post for another day. So, my kitties bring me much joy and purpose taking care of them.

Cover of Catherine Townsend-Lyon's book
Cover of Catherine Townsend-Lyon’s book

Besides being of recovery service to others, I am also a freelance recovery article writer, a columnist at “In Recovery Magazine” and published author. Happiness for me is also reading good books and helping new authors learn how and where to promote their books on my blog called; “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den.”  I have a “pay it forward” blog page where authors can visit and learn what you need to do to effectively promote your books throughout social media and it is FREE.

Helping others is what I enjoy doing and is a passion of mine. I have learned in my recovery journey and life that helping people along the way is not a hard thing to do because I “Walk by FAITH, not by SIGHT.”

And THAT my friends, is what happiness to me!

Author/Columnist, Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the bestselling TKG author of her memoir “Addicted to Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat” She is a freelance recovery writer and columnist for “In Recovery Magazine” and writes for several addiction/recovery publications, “Keys to Recovery” and is an expert recovery blogger of gambling addiction recovery for Addictionland.com. She was a contributor to a major media article published by Time.com and Nautilus.us magazines titled; “Addiction to Anticipation: what goes wrong in the brain chemistry of a gambling addict,” By Maia Szalavitz, a journalist for Time.com.

She writes a blog about gambling addiction and recovery called; ” Recovery Starts Here: A Sober and Bet Free Blog” An avid advocate, Catherine lives in Glendale, Arizona via So. Oregon with her husband of 27 years and three cats. She is currently working on her next two books due late 2017.