Windows Down!


Does our loud, self-imposing version of  Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts sound better? Can we score more points playing Travel Bingo? Does nature somehow get a little deeper into our souls? I certainly believe so. It’s not enough that we feel the rumble of the Olds Cutlass with the 350 Rocket engine next to us at a stoplight. Rolling the windows down fuels our love for cars. Never mind the ‘real car’ smell, and the accepting smile you share. It’s not enough to pull up next to a young man who loves the Dub Life. It’s getting to hop out of my car and toss a ‘You’ve Been Spotted’ card on his front seat. However, my love for cars is just a very small reason why I’ve always said, “Windows down, radio up…heater on, if necessary.”

Whether you push a button, hit your key fob, or are lucky enough to have the ones that crank, roll those windows down! The wildlife will magically appear in that open field at Lone Elk Park. You’ll be able to take a better photo. And asking for directions will be that much easier.

There are so many ways to experience the world just by rolling the windows down, opening yourself up to life.

Here are just a few that I’ve thought of. Feel free to add your own, positive examples in the comment section at the end.

  • Trying to stay awake, late Sunday evening, on your drive back to college, hoping the cool air will make up for the treasured late nights spent catching up with family and friends.
  • Being able to hear the Cascades and smell the Aspen Trees of Colorado, not knowing you’re about to get engaged.
  • Hand stretched high, waving good-by, not looking back, after you’ve just gotten married.
  • Letting the dog you hope you’ll never be without, hang his head out, savoring the wind with a wagging tongue.
  • Circling the neighborhood, calling for that same dog, hoping desperately, he will hear your voice.
  • Displaying your car at a car show, accepting compliments on the two-toned red and black leather seats.
  • Asking “ya’ll need some help with that flat tire?”
  • Motioning for the next guy to go in front of you, on a congested parking lot when the concert is over.
  • Letting your hand wind surf while your husband points out the fall foliage on a ‘just because’ drive down Highway 61.
  • Cruising Lindbergh Blvd., going in and out of the Steak & Shake, and White Castle parking lots…back in the day.
  • Hanging the speaker (introduced in 1941 by RCA) at Ronnies Drive-In…honey to the right, and kids on a blanket surrounded by gravel and buttered popcorn.
  • Small towns take on a bigger meaning.
  • Big cities can show you there’s more to them than car horns.

MJ Mirror

You see, windows down shouldn’t be reserved for ATMs, Burger King drive-thrus, and “yes, officer” moments. Windows down is meant for yelling up at your favorite girl’s bedroom, hoping her dad won’t hear. Windows down is meant for a quick lean-in kiss from your husband before heading to work. It’s for catching up with someone at a red light, helping a stranger, and reaching for that forgotten lunch from your mom.

Rolling your windows down will help you embrace, enjoy, and interact with this world… a world that is, too quickly, rolling by.

Creds: Photos- Me, Jon, childfreelifeadventures, Lyrics-Rascal Flatts, Tim Mcgraw, Videos-YouTube

PS I’ll never give up on The Mustang Wave. It’ll be a thing…I just know it.


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Positively Unedited


Hello Social Media Friends!

It’s been a bit, and of course a great deal has happened in all of our lives.

Retirement (almost two years now) has brought much to The Studio That Never Sleeps and my positively unedited life:

  • A part time job that I love
  • Semi-successful Etsy storefront
  • Book one published second book in editing
  • Mustang turned 50 thousand miles
  • Came across loads and loads of things I’ve written over the past 40 years
  • Probably a ton more!

To all my car bloggers: this post, and perhaps more to come won’t be so much about the automotive life.

The following is an ‘unedited’ country song that I wrote September 2017 with Jason Aldean in mind as the singer.


Every note has a color
Downbeats got their tonecolorful-music-notes-background-vector-18446114
Create a four beat measure
And make the song your own
Every pause has a whisper
The wait, the wait unknown
When you craft your own treble
The trouble you must own

Sing me a song yeah, sing me a song
Just long enough to string me along
Down a pat of crescendo lies
More trouble than you’ve ever known

Every note has a color
Downbeats got their tone
When you ignited the fire
I stopped staring at the phone
Every pause has a secret
The wait, the wait unknown
Waited for the signal
For the tidal wave to foam

conch-shell-on-beach-993x496Don’t send me conch shell rhythms
Filled with your I don’t knows
Bouncing inside sea side echoes
This white sand beach is closed

Whole note half truths
Feedin’ me five lines at a time
The down beat beat me down
Right on down to trouble town

Just don’t… send me the sea with wait and see mysteries

And don’t… send me mysteries with see and wait used-to-bes

Just beware of the treble you crafted
And don’t be comin’ round to trouble town

Let me know what you think in the Comments area. Any ideas on a title?


Photo Creds: Conch Shell, Music, trouble DNuessle


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Sleepless in the Studio


Hello WordPress friends! Been a bit, but for very good reasons. And in true ME fashion, everything seems to be connected in a chaotic, consistent, and continual state. Hence-renaming my ‘crafting’ room’. It is now called The Studio that Never Sleeps.

On any given day you might find me making jewelry or greeting cards for my Etsy Store Dusty Charm Designs or doing social media for my soon-to-be released Amazon book The Gentry: Rebirth. (For my car enthusiasts-there are a few VW’s, but no Mustangs in the book. There is one mention of a Ford pickup and a black Camaro…)


On that same day I am possibly doing research for book number 2 in the same series, or simply trying to figure out a way to be a better version of myself. Studio activities also include keeping up with 3 Facebook pages, 1 Twitter, and 2 Instagram accounts.  When I’m not in The Studio, I’m working my part-time job or playing my part as ‘family gal’. The rewards are too many to count.


If you have a sec please check out my great 50% Off Sale Dusty Charm Designs. I’d also love for you to get a small glimpse of my upcoming book. You can see a few excepts at my Oh, My Word Facebook page.

PS My Mustang is running great, had its fourth birthday, and turned over 40,000. Cars are Cool and Mustangs Forever!

Photo creds for ‘tabs’ and ‘multitasking’ pics go to and

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Motor Head Likes Bling!

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Dear WordPress Friends,

I know it’s been a while. As I continue to wait on positive responses from book publishers, I have decided to open up a small jewelry company using Etsy as my platform. A typical workday is made up of making new product, staging and taking pictures, and maintaining 3 social media platforms. It’s a great job to have. I would love for you to check it out and give me your feedback. I know most of my followers are fellows-so here’s your chance to buy something nice for that special girl, or pass the site along to your favorite online shopper. Here is the direct link to Dusty Charm Designs, my very own little store on Etsy. There is a slideshow of a few pictures of my handiwork at the end of this post.

At this writing, I am able to ship in the US. Looking into the cost of overseas shipping is on my to-do list.

Finally, the weather in St. Louis is COLD, and my Mustang is dirty.

I look forward to hearing from you.



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If you’d like to read snippets of my book please visit my Facebook Page, Oh My Word.

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… Like You Stole It


The helmet padding smelled all James Deansy. You know… Brylcreem and 10w30 with a little WD40. He’d let me ride back from the finish line in the Chevy II, and I’d put that helmet on for fun. For just a few moments, the rumble of the engine changed the pace of my heartbeat, and for the next 50 years his influence has enhanced the beat of my life.

Drag racing was a way of life when I was little. Whether it was a ’63 Corvette or a ’66 Chevy II, the race car in the garage, on that now rubbled south St. Louis street, was also the family car.

That was so long ago, and the trophies are gone as well, but when a 340 hp engine sets the rhythm of your life when you’re six years old, it becomes a huge part of who you are.


Recently, I began to wonder about the history and longevity of racetracks; particularly 1/8 mile drag strips and those here in Missouri.

Here’s what I found:   There are possibly 5 remaining strips in Missouri. Mo-Kan Dragway located in Asbury, is the oldest, operating since 1962. Others are Ozark Raceway Park (1977 Rogersville), U.S. 36 Raceway (1990 Osborn), Jeffers Motorsports Park (1969 Sikeston), and Thunder Valley (1966 Bethany).

Going to individual websites of each track, I found that drag racing remains a family friendly outing. IHRA and NHRA sanction their operations.

Historically, interesting car names included Green Monster, Hemi Hoss, Mothers Mistake, and Shakers Rat. Opinion: it seems sponsor decals overshadow the once popular and clever car nicknames.

Because of his accomplishments, technology innovations, and contribution to the sport, racer “Big Daddy” Don Garlits (still kicking at age 86) was a common thread. He is considered #1 on a list of top 50 racers. He retired in 1992.

Accutime II has replaced the traditional Christmas Tree, and fuel such as Purple 110 Octane is available on site.

In my high school days, I was able to go to a track located in Pevely. Flooding, poor attendance, and the success of an adjacent oval track prompted the closing of its 1/8 mile option in 1993.


Taken 2014. The oval track is now called Federated Auto Parts Raceway.

Information about drag strips is certainly abundant. After all, it is a sport where records are meant to be broken, and technology plays an important role. I suppose my occasional stoplight antics might seem juvenile to some. I view it as a reflection into my past, my heritage. I’d love to go back and tell my dad thanks for the influence, thanks for teaching me to live fully, one eighth mile at a time. Cars are cool!

“I just loved it,” Garlits said of why he drag raced. “I liked the idea of two cars lined up side by side, not bumping into one another. It was one person against one person, one machine against one machine. There was a winner and a loser. It was real simple.”

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Jumping Into Neverland

Hey Friends,

I’m stopping by to give you an update on my adventure. As you know, I gave up a beloved teaching career with great sadness and reservation. It is no surprise that I miss the children, their parents, and being in a classroom. Some have asked… and no, I won’t ever go back. This writing gig is going to work, I’m quite certain. Fact: writing is ever so much harder than teaching, but I remain steadfast to my checklist.

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To date I have written and edited three chapters of my humorous cookbook-The Quickest Way to a Man’s Heart is With a Butcher Knife. I will begin the task of publisher’s query letters in the next few weeks.

My children’s book series-Hank and Milo is off and running. With carefully checked facts, an expert in the field, and an extensive lesson plan package, the first in the series is complete. Of course the underlying tone is character education. (You can take a teacher out of a classroom, but…) Nine completely different query letters are now out of my hands. My hope is that at least one of them makes it to a publisher’s desk. No rejection letters, as yet. Hash tag Brightside.

Additionally, in the works are such titles as Revenge of Little Miss Muffet (look up splatter punk) and Quarter Mile to Nowhere. Raise your hand if you thought I might write about cars. The binders on my desk are endless, and that’s a wonderful thing. No writer’s block here.


Finally, during the month of November I am participating once again in an all out writing marathon. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer’s Month) is a self inflicted boot camp whereby I will be writing 50 thousand words in 30 days; all the while giving attention to other projects that might bring $ in quicker fashion. (There is the house payment to consider.)


The Gentry: Fire Trial is a mystery that takes place at a B&B in a small town. The underworld of fairies will provide mayhem, mischief, and magic. Murders will take place and ley lines will be crossed. Second sight will be granted and hearths will become the judge’s chamber. How can something so small be so evil? Site name Aubrey…

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As I end this post I hope to cast a spell upon my social media friends. Please wish me luck, pray for me if you’re so inclined, and email me a swift kick in the pants from time to time. Writing is a lonely life, as Hemingway illustrated with his love for whiskey.

Final aside: This post is not about cars. However, while not dragging my feet, I’ve shifted careers. Using wordsmith engine-uity I hope to spark your interest. I promise to stay on track, never to exhaust my fervor. My drive remains between the lines and I will not curb my enthusiasm. Vroom vroom!

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Coal Rollers Part 1


Opinions Welcome!

Hey to all my Word Press, LinkedIn, and Facebook friends.  I’m getting ready to work on an article about something known as Coal Rolling.  It may even be referred to as Black Smoke Trucks.  At this time I have a very uneducated opinion on the topic.  I’ve done a little digging and found out some interesting facts about this fairly new public expression via one’s vehicle.

I would love to have your input on this.  Don’t feel compelled to go on a fact finding mission.  That’s my job.  I just want to know what you think or already know. You are welcome to message me at Facebook, LinkedIn, or send an email to  Please know that I won’t use anyone’s name.

Thanks, Debbie

Photo credit goes to

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