About Me

I have started this blog because I wanted to write lightheartedly with a critical eye about television, especially the ways Reality TV shows try to compete for my attention. There are times, however, when events in real life call for my attention; I’ll pause the remote and write about them.

I am 48 years old, married, and have one daughter. I am a former middle and high school English teacher and have an MA in English/Creative Writing. I work part time as a college writing instructor and tutor.

I hope you enjoy these postings. Stop by often, comment, and let me know what you have been reading and writing.


9 Responses to About Me

  1. .| Avenger |. says:

    Good blog …

    thanks alot


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  2. Jackie says:

    I came across your blog looking for breeders for Coton de tulear. Where did you get picture of the very cute white Coton dog in your blog. Looking for a quality breeder.

    • pjbottoms says:

      Hi Jackie! I retrieved the picture of the beautiful Coton from Google Images, so I am not connected personally to the photograph. However, here is a link to the American Coton Club; they can direct you to reputable breeders and provide a starting point for your search. Contons are delightful dogs!

      Best wishes,


  3. kathy says:

    Hello, Do you mind if I link to your site? Thanks.

  4. donewithbravo says:

    Chrissy’s Sauce ‘n Meatballs


    1 lb. ground beef

    1 lb. ground veal

    1 lb. ground pork

    1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

    1 tbl. garlic powder

    1 tbl. red pepper flakes

    3/4 cup bread crumbs (flavored)

    1 tbl. parsley flakes

    1 tbl. basil flakes

    1 tsp. oregano flakes

    dash salt

    3/4 cup water

    2 eggs

    1. Mix all ingredients together in a huge bowl with your hands. It should feel firm and appear pink in color. It’s tricky with the amounts of water and breadcrumbs, so you’ll have to get used to the proper amounts by looking at it! Don’t handle the meat too much or it gets tough!

    2. Roll into meatballs, all approximately the same size.

    3. Put them on a microwave safe, flat dish and cook for about 6 min. They’ll come out a little brown, but not crispy. The grease will be on the plate, so just pick the balls up with tongs or a slotted spoon and place carefully in the sauce. Make sure they’re IN the sauce so they’ll cook.


    2 cans (28 oz each) tomatoes (either whole tomatoes or crushed)–I use only Italian brands–Progresso, Tuttorosa, etc…

    2 large cans Contadina tomato paste

    1 medium to large onion, chopped

    4 cloves garlic, chopped finely

    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

    fresh parsley (about 1/3 cup), chopped (I cut it with scissors!)

    fresh basil (about 6 big leaves–just break it with your hands into pieces)

    fresh oregano (about 2 sticks–start from top to bottom with your index finger and thumb and just pull the leaves off)

    dash salt

    dash pepper

    red wine

    1. Put oil in large saucepan and heat it on medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook til transluscent.

    2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Don’t brown it.

    3. Add the tomatoes (if they’re whole, then put them in a blender for a second to pulvarize them).

    4. Add the tomato paste—————hold onto the cans!!!!! Add 3 canfuls of water to the sauce, minus 1 can———–that 1 can will be filled with red wine (it can be inexpensive).

    5. Add the spices and stir.

    6. Add the meatballs.

    7. Simmer on low for AT LEAST 3 hours. You could let it cook all day and it’ll risbe even better!!!!!!

    8. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers asap.

    ***Chrissy’s tip about fresh herbs: put them in separate Ziploc bags and toss them in the freezer. You could use it for up to a year!*** Fresh is best, but I use my frozen herbs all the time too!

    Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions. This was hard to put “on paper” because it’s just so natural for me to make it without a written recipe. Hope it’s good!!

  5. donewithbravo says:

    P.S.: Sorry for any typos. And, I hope I made it clear that the meat goes in the microwave to cook it in there……. Good luck!

  6. madepiley says:

    Hey Pj. Nice blog. I just read your comment about Gabe regarding an event you think he would be interested in. I would love to hear about it. Thank you for thinking of him

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