Painting, Hiding, Finding, & Posting; Join the Hunt

It was in the morning sometime before noon when I found this really cool looking rock sitting at the base of a lamppost. I looked at it closely because it definitely wasn’t something you see everyday, and I noticed that someone painted it with light shades of green and blue and a little purple around the sides at the bottom.

The rock I found!

When I turned the rock over there was some writing on the bottom, but it was really small, and I didn’t have time to figure out what it said. I laughed to myself and put the rock in the side pocket of my vest. I think almost two weeks passed since that day, and I completely forgot about the rock.

Until….I wore the vest again a few days ago. As I was walking, I put my hand in the pocket and said to myself, “what the hell is this?” It was the rock! To make a long story short, I turned the rock over, and on the bottom it said “post on FB Quakertown Rocks.”

When I finally realized whoever painted it wanted me to take a picture of it and post it on the Quakertown Rocks Facebook page, I just started laughing; I was really excited too-like way more excited than I probably should’ve been, but I’m into stuff like this.

Rocks painted by member Patty Marino.

It’s been about a week since I posted the pictures of the rock I found, and I’m already getting responses from warm and friendly members. As it turns out, the Quakertown Rocks Facebook page has been in existence for quite some time, and this amazing fun-loving hobby of painting, hiding, finding, and posting is what’s happening.

I joined, and yes, I’m officially a member now, but I still can’t believe what I stumbled upon. The Quakertown Rocks Facebook page has brought together over two-thousand people who are creative and passionate about their rocks. The energy is contagious!

I don’t know if you’re familiar with Quakertown Rocks, but I definitely suggest taking a look at their Facebook page. Happy Hunting!


Nooz Now

What’s up everyone? I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. Today is Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and it’s a gorgeous day. When I woke up this morning, I was freezing; the thermostat said 62 degrees, and so I assumed it had to be cold outside.

Nope. Warm and sunny all day!

📕If you’ve been following my blog Table Seven here at then you know my new book Smorgasbord is in the page design and illustration phase.

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I don’t know how many people know this, but we all should; our government is not a democracy it’s a Constitutional Republic. Voting is not mandatory. I don’t remember the exact year, but early in our country’s history we decided presidents couldn’t run for office unless they were running against effective opposition. George Washington had no party affiliation, and he might’ve been the first and last. As a matter of fact, Thomas Jefferson was a Democratic Republican and John Adams was a Federalist. Many people think that decision was a mistake that eventually led to problems. Let’s think about that for a second because those people do have a point. Creating a two-party system did what? It divided the country. Wouldn’t it be better if we had like five candidates running for the office of president? One by one they come to podium with their personal credentials, qualifications, and achievements. They step up and face the public and promise to uphold, defend, and protect the United States Constitution, and then, they give their speech and present their case for they’re the right person for the job. (More to come on this)

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The issues between Greece and Turkey are escalating in the Mediterranean. According to Newsweek online, Athens, without a clear site of resolution, seeks United States intervention. Both countries are members of NATO and war between them could disrupt the alliance.

☠ Conchata Ferrell, co-star on the show Two and a Half Men died. She was 77.

🌙Currently, the moon is the astrological sign of Virgo. Tomorrow, the moon will enter libra, where it will remain until Friday the 16th.

🌞The sun is in the astrological sign of Libra.

💥During WWII, Britain dropped a bomb on Poland. The bomb was called Tallboy, and it landed in a canal in Poland but it never exploded. Recently, someone discovered it, and approximately 850 residents had to be evacuated from the area, while experts detonated it before removal.

🚽Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Reading, three places believed to be Pennsylvania shitholes, are actually all ranked on the list of best places to live in the United States.

Alright everyone; have a wonderful night and a blessed week. I love you all.


Smorgasbord Now In Page Design

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It has been a while since the last update concerning my new book Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts, Experiences, and Stories, but we’ve made some progress.

Fulton Books in Meadville, Pennsylvania is the Publishing Company, and for approximately the last three months Smorgasbord has been going through the rigorous editing process.

Until Friday…

Yes, I’m excited to share we’re now moving into illustration and page design. I do not have a release date yet, but Smorgasbord should be complete and available for purchase sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Look for it on: Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Paperback.

Coming in 2021Smorgasbord 2 Catchup and Relish

Breaking Patterns That Break You Down

If someone keeps telling you you’re wrong, eventually, you’re going to believe you’re wrong. If someone keeps telling you you have an attitude problem, you’re going to believe you have an attitude problem. If someone keeps telling you things about you that aren’t true, you’re going to believe them even if they’re not true. It’s conditioning, and the sad part about “conditioning” of this type is that you might not believe what these people are saying about you or to you at the moment, but overtime, these comments will wear you down. Over time, they’ll break you down. Over time you’ll lose confidence in yourself, and you’ll become a timid-hesitant person.


No one wants to be wrong. No one wants to be known as the person with the attitude. You don’t want to be perceived as the trouble maker, the bully, or the person who’s always arguing.

So you change yourself to compensate for people that are really the problem.

It’s like the husband or wife who hits their partner and says, “See, look what you made me do.”

People need to take responsibility for their own actions.

Today I walked into a store to purchase a few items. I had earbuds in and a hood on. The cashier rang up my items, and then when it was time to pay, I inserted my card into the reader. Well, he made a mistake and needed me to take my card out so he could start the transaction over. During that process, he got an attitude with me and was kind of rude. He was upset because he couldn’t get my attention immediately, and I told him he needed to talk to his customers with a little more respect.

My mother, who drove me there, tells me in the car I have a problem, and I’m always arguing. She continues to tell me that if I didn’t have a hood on or earbuds in that that wouldn’t have happened.

It doesn’t matter if I had a hood on, sunglasses on, a hat on, earbuds in, and a scarf around my face, if the cashier couldn’t get my attention immediately he should’ve been patient. Eventually, probably within seconds, I would’ve taken my earbud out and looked up wondering why the transaction didn’t go through

There’s right and wrong behavior, and we all know when we’re in the right, and when we’re in the wrong. Don’t let people tell you you’re the problem because chances are it’s the person who’s telling you that that really has the problem.

How do we break patterns that break us down? By becoming aware of them, and learning from the situations in which they occur.

Eventually, you’ll learn not to go to those people who are always putting you down or telling you have a problem. Eventually, you’ll realize that you’re behavior is 99% justified because your behavior is the response to people who are either mistreating you, or abusing you.

Now, check this out. Certain people command respect. It’s their personality. It’s the energy they put out. Even if you’re having a bad day, you’ll still treat these people with respect.

Why are you different? Because somewhere along the line you’ve become timid and hesitant. At some point, you lost your confidence and you no longer put the energy out there that commands respect. You’ve become a pushover, and that’s how people treat you.

The road back to confidence starts with you complaining a lot. Every time you encounter a situation where you’re mistreated, you’ll complain, and eventually, people will say you have a problem. You’ll learn though. You’ll learn how to swiftly respond to someone who mistreats you for no other reason than they’re having a bad day. When you reach that point you’ll stop complaining.

Health Check

It is October. I can’t believe 2020 will be over and done with in two months. I was so excited when I returned to the gym in 2018 after taking almost fifteen years off. I don’t know, I said I needed a break, and the next thing I knew I was out of shape and ashamed of myself in my late thirties. So I went back.

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I joined Planet Fitness towards the end of 2018; as a matter of fact I think it was October. Anyway, my program started with three days of running and one day in the gym. By the time 2020 came around I was going three days per week-three good days. Day 1 was chest and tricepts, day 2 was back and bicepts, and day 3 was legs and shoulders. I felt good and I was getting stronger.

Then of course, the gym closed in March because of COVID. We were without the gym for five long months, but they reopened.

So I ask you, where are you at right now with training and taking care of your health? The gyms are all pretty much open. There’s no more excuses.

Last month I rejoined Planet, and their new facility is awesome. I missed the gym and lifting weights, and I know there’s a lot of people out here who feel like I do about physical activity. So here I am, three weeks later, and I’m not as strong as I was, but I’m getting it in three days per week.

Let’s switch gears for a minute. Your health is your responsibility, and if you want to stay out of the doctor’s office, then I encourage you to make preventative care a priority. If you keep your immune system up the chances of you getting sick are down.

I just purchased a bottle of Multivitamins from Target. I also have D3 and magnesium as well as other herbs. Pick up some vitamins when you go to the food store. Take your vitamins, purchase healthier food items, and get back in the gym. Your health is your responsibility.

We all like to have fun, and it’s hard to be strict with dieting and nutrition; consistency is even harder, but listen, you don’t have to set your standards so high. Start somewhere, anywhere. Even if it’s taking one multivitamin per day in the morning with your breakfast. Stick with it and add. A week passes by and you’ve been on a vitamin regimen for seven days; you feel a little better and decide to walk in the evenings one night per week. It starts off that simple, and with a little consistency and motivation, your kitchen counter is covered with vitamin bottles and you’re training with weights three or four days per week in six months time.

As long as you don’t regress you’re good. Start somewhere and continue moving forward. If you decide to go back to the gym, I’d like to recommend a total body workout to start with. A total body workout is good for many reasons, but because you might only go to the gym one day per week in the beginning, the total body workout allows you to train your whole body in one day.

Squats- light weight 16 reps

Bench Press- light weight 16 reps

Seated Close Grip Rows- light weight 16 reps

Shoulder Press- light weight 16 reps

Alternating Dumbbell Curls- light weight 16 reps

Skull Crushers- light weight 16 reps

That workout hits your legs, chest, back, shoulders, and arms. Go right down the list without a break; from one exercise to the next. Take a 3 to 5 minute break after and stretch. Repeat the list a second time; take another 3 to 5 minute break and stretch. Do a third set and afterwards, pick an exercise to do for your abdominals. That’s it. Start there, and adjust the workout according to how you’re feeling.

Eventually, you’ll move up to two days per week. At that time, you can split the workout in half. One day will be legs, back and chest, and the second day will be shoulders and arms. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though. Remember, the idea is to get started; to start somewhere. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can get that Rome body in time.

Alright my friends. It’s Friday, it’s beautiful outside, and I wish you all a safe and fun weekend.


NCAA Football Week 4 Recap

(12)North Carolina 31 Syracuse 6

The 12th ranked Tar Heels beat Syracuse this past weekend, 31-6. Syracuse hung in there until around the 3rd quarter, and they actually missed a field goal with :05 left in the second quarter, which would’ve made it a 7-6 ball game at halftime. North Carolina RB, Michael Carter averaged 11.1 yards per carry, but teammate Javonte Williams scored the points. Williams rushed for 57 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.

(2)Alabama Crimson Tide 38 Missouri Tigers 19

Alabama (1-0) looked impressive in their game against Missouri. QB Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns to WR, Jaylen Waddle. DB Daniel Wright led the defensive in tackles with 11. This game was never even close as Bama was ahead 35-6 at the start of the 4th quarter. Yes, they played like the number two team in the nation.

(17)Oklahoma State 27 West Virginia 13

West Virginia and Oklahoma State came into this game with one win and zero loses, and when the first quarter ended without either team scoring, the Mountaineers hopes for upsetting the 17th ranked Cowboys were high. Oklahoma scored first in the second quarter when RB La’Darren Brown busted one up the middle for a 66-yard touchdown, and the Cowboys never looked back. On the following drive, West Virginia QB Jarret Doege dropped back to pass, but he was hit and fumbled. Oklahoma picked up the ball and scored, and it was 14-0 that fast. The Mountaineers couldn’t stop Oklahoma’s ground game as Brown and Chuba Hubbard both rushed for over 100 yards; they both also scored touchdowns.

Are you excited about this college football season?

Write in, and let’s talk about it.

Alright everyone, have a wonderful day.

Last and Final Thoughts on Dating Apps.

This is really about more than a dating application or a dating website. It’s about how the culture is changing. It’s about how the collective is changing, and it’s about how human perception is being manipulated….

But let’s stick with dating apps. for now.

When most of us were 5-years old, we started school, and that was our entry into the real world. Ever since, we’ve been getting older, and every year we get older, we strive more and more for independence.

We’re now adults, and since the age of five, we’ve been meeting strangers in public. We did it at school, we do it at the food store, some do it at church, and we do it in the parks and walking in the street. Our independence relies on the circle of strangers we meet that ultimately become friends.

It’s time for you to realize the whole selling point behind dating apps. and websites is safety. The makers of the apps. and sites are pitching your safety to you. They’ll protect you. They want you to believe meeting people in public is unsafe, and so, they brainwash you into thinking the app. is safe.

This is the way it should be if we’re going to use apps and sites:

A recent picture of yourself

The State you live in

The highest level of completed education

The field you work in

A way to contact you

If you’re desperate, a dating application is the worst place for you to be because in your efforts to get a date you’re going to share your personal information with as many strangers as you can until one of them decide to meet you in real life. How is that safer than meeting someone in public?

From the list we above, we know this.

Example: Betty is really pretty, she lives in California, she’s over 18, and she has a job. From there, we contact each other. “Hi I just saw your profile, I would like to meet you. Can you meet for lunch or coffee this week?”

[That’s two normal adults engaging in a normal conversation.]

Look, if you’re scared to meet someone, that’s fine, but stop wasting people’s time.

I’m sick and tired of the specific questions over the app. It’s all texting to, no verbal conversation whatsoever, and afterwards, it goes nowhere.

What town do you live in? What school did you graduate from? Where do you work?

Are you fucking kidding me? I don’t even know who I’m talking to.

NCAA College Football Week 4

I know I know, I’m a little late, but I have to be honest. This whole COVID thing had me almost giving up on this NCAA college football season, but after this weekend-college football is back baby!

If you’ve been following Table Seven then you know we put in some serious work covering the NCAA college football 2019/2020 season, but here we are; it’s week 4 of the 2020 season, and the K-State Oklahoma game revived me. For the second time in two seasons, the Kansas State Wildcats upset the Oklahoma Sooners. This year the Wildcats were unranked, while Oklahoma was ranked 3rd nationally. Kansas State rallied from a 21-point deficit, and ended up winning the game by 3. The final score was 38-35.

(5)Florida 51 Mississippi 35

(13)UCF 51 East Carolina 28

(8)Auburn 29 (23) Kentucky 13

(21)Pitt 23 (24)Louisville 20

(8)Texas 63 Texas Tech 56

Mississippi State (1-0) beat LSU (0-1) today 44-34. Mississippi QB K.J. Costello was 36 for 60, and threw for…get this…623 yards and 5 touchdowns! Yes, he threw for 623 yards against the 6th ranked Tigers.

Teams in the Big 10, Mountain West, Mid-American, and Pac-12, have not yet played. It looks like we’re in for a wild season, but at least we have a season. Having said that, I do agree with teams and players that decided to opt out this season.

Alright everyone, stay tuned.

It’s a Little Early, but….Halloween!

I must say, Halloween, the day itself, marks one of my favorite times of the year. I laugh to myself when I think about those warm October afternoons; rushing home after school to put my costume on, and preparing myself to get as much candy as possible. The candy! That’s what it was all about. Getting that candy. 🤣

Then, when I got older, I realized the generous people who opened their doors for me didn’t have to give candy at all. Yeah, I started analyzing the saying, “Trick or Treat.” 🤣 Trick or treat, say that a few times to yourself. As it turns out, they could’ve done a trick. Right? When we say, “Trick or Treat,” I think we’re giving them the option of doing something or giving us candy, but everyone gave candy. Did anyone ever get tricked? OMG, that’s so funny.

Where am I going with this-I do not know, but I just decided to dress up for Halloween this year. So yeah, I never got tricked, but I received a whole lot of candy.

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, Saturday, October 31st-the day before All Saints Day. I think what I love so much about Halloween is the deep tradition, which goes all the back to the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain. The people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts.

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Pope Gregory III, in the 8th century, designated the first day of November as a day to honor the saints; he named it All Saints Day, and he actually incorporated some of the old traditions of the Samhain Festival. Over time, Halloween evolved into what we have today; dressing up in costumes, trick or treating, and carving and painting pumpkins. ❤

Let’s not forget about mischief night! Okay, so Halloween got really weird when I left New Jersey because Pennsylvania doesn’t celebrate Halloween on the 31st. Don’t ask. Trick or treating actually takes place sometime before the 31st, but when I was younger and growing up in New Jersey, we as kids, would celebrate mischief night on the 30th, and then dress up and go out for candy on the 31st. If Halloween during that time fell on a Saturday, OH BOY! Watch out neighborhood because school got out on Friday, which meant Saturday we had no school, which meant we didn’t have to go to bed early, which also meant we could go out Friday night and participate in some mischievous activities. If Halloween fell on a Sunday, then mischief night became mischief day and night. 🤣 To be honest though, I don’t know if there was a mischief night that I didn’t get caught doing something stupid. I always got caught. One year, when I was in high school, my friends and I were driving around throwing eggs, and the cops caught us. Yup. The made us get out of the car and throw all the eggs we had at each other.

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I don’t even know if mischief night is recognized anymore (what a shame how they’re robbing the younger generations of good times and fun), but if you do participate, have fun. Don’t be an asshole and ruin it for everyone else.

How could we have a discussion about Halloween and not talk about all the movies Halloween inspired-like John Carpenter’s Halloween, Scream, Ghostbusters, Casper, and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

For personal reasons, there are many people who chose not to celebrate Halloween, and that’s their choice and the beautiful thing about living in this country, but for me, I couldn’t imagine what a year would be like without it.

I know Halloween isn’t for another month, but what the heck. Thank you for reading along, and have a blessed day.