Saturday, January 30, 2016

You can buy my new novel at www. $14.99

Is award winning, aging female reporter, Rosalee Gibbs, from Knoxville, Tennessee, one of the best writers to ever work for the Knoxville Times Newspaper or is she a serial killer? When a young attorney, who believes he has a score to settle with the arrogant reporter, finds a way to seek and indictment for events from her past, the 66 year old finds that her behavior may have come back to haunt her. She finds herself thrown into jail accused of murdering a college professor and his wife by shoving them over the stair rails in a three story building. While Rosalee sits in jail, a college student, Tiffany Mashburn, is kidnapped by a sexual sadist, Frank Ubel, and his sidekick, Ethel, a woman with limited mental abilities. What information does Rosalee hold that could free Tiffany? With nothing to do but think, Rosalee begins making mental entries into her diary about her life from the time she decided to become a writer until present. Her retelling of the cases she covered over her thirty-five year career will keep the reader turning pages way into the night. The murder of Penny Parker, the supposed suicide of the wealthy heiress, Marcy O'Shea, football players and snake handlers, a serial killer who finds his victims at Narcotics Anonymous Meetings, a husband who may be running around on her, and her possible involvement in the deaths of her own mother, her step-father, her college professor and his wife, and others, read like articles straight off the front page of any major newspaper or magazine. Will the youthful attorney finally be able to win a conviction against Rosalee and make her face her past? Will Tiffany be saved or will the young woman face the fact that the Calvary is not coming, she will have to save herself?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thrift store's latest fashions---always have fun buying new clothes for a few dollars

A lady at the beauty shop told me about a clearance center where you can buy as many items as you can stuff into a huge bag for $10. The 3 items I am wearing cost 25 cents each----that's right. My entire outfit cost 75 cents. My shoes were $2. Total spent on outfit $2.75. 
I have more fashions to wear as I was able to fill the bag with 40 items. Some of the other items were sheets, a robe and scarves. 
I also purchased a bed spread and 2 shams for $4. I looked it up on-line when I got home as it came from Penney's at a price of $99. Savings of $95. 
There is a secret that all of us who often shop thrift shops know: Many of the items for sale in a thrift shop are NEW. The jacket in this photo still had the tag on it at $19.99. The shoes had no wear on the soles. 

Judged Writing Contest at Tate's Private School on Tuesday

Many thanks for asking me back for the 2nd year.
The 18 students who entered the contest did an excellent job!!
Hurrah for writing!!!!
Martha Rose Woodward (left) Amy Rawe (right)
photo by Kaye Goodfriend, librarian

Monday, January 18, 2016


                 What To Do When Your Weight Loss Stalls on the Ketogenic Diet by M. Woodward.

                 My book sold 5 copies the first 5 minutes on   Folks need the help I                     provide.

excerpt from Keto Plateau: What To Do When Your Weight Loss Stalls on the Ketogenic Diet by M. Woodward

                                              Defining Keto Plateau

     According to Dr. Eric Westman, one of the leading proponents of the New Atkin’s Diet and the Ketogenic Diet, a dieter is not on a weight loss plateau unless his/her weight loss has stalled at least thirty days. Dr. Westman says when a dieter’s weight stays the same or goes up a half pound or more for a few days, it is a stall or halt, but not a true plateau. We do want to get the terminology correct, but whether it is called a stall, halt or plateau, it can be quite frustrating.
  By the way, I do not know Dr. Westman. I have never met him or had any conversations with him. I only know about him due to Youtube videos he has published. I have read a couple of his books. I have watched his videos over and over and always learn something helpful from them. I think he gives good advice.
   I hit my first stall after losing 17 pounds in three weeks. I was upset and puzzled. I knew I was eating less, sticking to the plan and had seen the pounds melt away. I wondered what I had done wrong and if something was wrong with my body. Would I ever lose another pound? Would I be the only person who did not lose weight on the Ketogenic Diet?
   I did not know what to do, but I did know Youtube contained tons of information, so I turned to the wonderful dieters across the world for their shared experiences. I typed in the words plateau and weight loss stop in the browser bar only to see tons and tons of videos from people who had experienced the same situation as I was facing. I spent hours searching and viewing videos and learning from others. I tried many of the tips they were suggesting and soon saw my weight loss continue.
   I was certain I had taken care of my problem with weight loss stalls, but after losing ten pounds I hit another stall. Once again, I turned to the Internet and to books, articles and anything I could get my hands on that might help me. Luckily, I found great help. However, the stalls have continued throughout my journey.
  If you have hit a stall, the best thing I can tell you to do it to hang in there.
                          Do not stop the program and do not starve.
  Mainly, when you hit a stall your body is adjusting. Getting on the Ketogenic Diet is something that requires patience, learning and endurance. I can tell you now and I wish I had known this when I hit my first stall, that each person’s body reacts differently to Keto. There may be one food that your body simply will not allow you to eat and continue to lose weight. There may also be foods that enhance or speed up your weight loss. The key, of course, is for you to find the foods that your body reacts to that will speed your weight loss, and to stay away from the foods that put you into a stall.
   We have no problem believing that certain people have allergies to nuts, gluten and milk. Why do you have a problem believing that certain people are allergic to other foods such as cheese, beef or pork? For sure, certain people can be allergic to any food substance. You may find that you are allergic to specific foods as well.
   For me, beef is one food that I have learned to stay away from. I lose great while eating bacon, pork chops, chicken or fish, but when I eat beef burgers or steak, I do not lose weight and may gain a pound or more. I find tuna, salmon and liver to be foods that cause me to lose the most weight. I often eat them. Why not?
   I know a man on the Keto diet who turned to me when he hit a stall. After carefully going over his food diaries, I suggested that he stop eating cheese every day. He stopped eating cheese and saw his weight loss continue.
  What do these examples mean? Each person’s body is different. Our bodies are made up of chemicals and some chemicals react differently in different bodies. Find out what chemicals your body reacts to and you will see your weight loss continue.
   You can ONLY find out what foods are go foods and what foods are stop foods for your body by experience. Remember, this journey is one you must take for yourself. You will get plenty of help along the way, but your body is unique and you must learn to feed it what it wants and needs.
   The next chapter includes my best tips for getting off a stall and watching the scale move down again.