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Scrabble and Friends

Do you have a favorite board game? My favorite is Scrabble. I tell people in jest all the time that I “have game, will travel.” This is a good way to make it light and hope someone gets the hint to play a game with me. It doesn’t matter what level they play at since most of it depends mainly on two factors; the tiles you pick and how well you place the tiles on the extra point squares.

I am not that great a speller yet I find the game fun and challenging. My friend Michelle & I get to play a game or two pretty often and I enjoy it even though the odds are against me winning It’s about 80-20 me being the 20%. I say don’t let Scrabble intimidate you. Have fun playing a game and enjoying a friend’s company

Music Fan Writes Rockin’ Novel

Welcome to my Blog….

My name is Monica Daddio (yes daddy-o) and ever since I can remember, I have been an avid music fan. I was born and raised in New Jersey which is also the birthplace of Bon Jovi and other well-known rockers. I attended Catholic grammar schools and Trenton High.

I was only familiar with a handful of music artists: The Osmond Brothers and The Partridge Family and only a few rock acts like The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles and David Bowie. My younger brother introduced me to rock music when I was in high school. I think Kiss would be my favorite band. They also had the most influence on my music taste. Then came the birth of MTV and I fell in love with rock music in all its aspects.

When I was seventeen I went to work as summer help for the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections office. This turned into my first and only full time job. I stayed there until I was able to retire and move with my father to the Bristol VA/TN area.

The first question everyone asks around here is “What brought you to Bristol?” My reasons are pretty simple. The weather is nicer, the houses are more affordable, the lifestyle is slower paced, and the people are very friendly. There is a landmark sign over State Street that reads “Bristol is a nice place to live.” And, I agree, it is.

I can’t remember when I first thought about writing a book. It is something I have wanted to do for years. My passion for rock music and rock musicians inspired my first novel, “Humanizing the Jaguar”. This story is about a young boy who faces life’s challenges as he strives to become the next rock star.

And for all you music fans, I added a very special game throughout the book. Test your music knowledge by spotting as many of the 150+ trivia clues hidden throughout the text. Let me know how many of the clues you can find in the comments section at the end of this blog. To all you rockers out there, join in the fun and see just how much trivia you really know.

Happy Reading,