Shout-Out to My Para-BFFs

MelancholyI have met a lot of para-peeps over the years, many I still call dear friends.  But, today I feel quite melancholy at the thought.  Yesterday left me sad feels like I am just awakening the day after graduating, realizing the past is gone …  leaving me nostalgic, vacant and sad.  I am learning to accept that time stops for no one, life takes us all in different directions so the friendships we forge along the way are fleeting so we’re to  embrace them.  I just wanted to tell y’all that I will treasure our friendship & the fun memories, scary and all, forever.  I am sincerely thankful for each & every one of you, more than words can convey!

Here’s to our paths one day crossing again!

Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen

You did not just post that!

BeCarefulWhatYouSay

Although we live in a free country with a constitution protecting our freedom of speech it doesn’t mean we are truly free to speak. Our government is NOT what truly suppresses us, society does!

We live in an age where bullies are applauded, respected, supported, and even rewarded. But if our words are sincere, honest and heartfelt we are shunned, frowned upon, ridiculed and even to blame. I’m witnessing evil doers, whom we may even love, who cannot tell a truth if their life depended upon it, being hailed by hoards and showered with gifts of sympathy.

Also, I read a post not long ago whereas some were disappointed I wasn’t dead yet. Worse, folks clicked ‘Like’ in support of such hate. I can assure you I haven’t a kindred love for everyone either but I’d NEVER wish a person dead nor EVER support someone who spewed such.

I’ve watched folks reap happiness from the pain they purposely plotted to cause. I’ve witnessed egos inflate as the sadness was made apparent. I’m convinced tears are their trophy.

I’m angry, life is simply cruel and I find myself burying my love & kindness with hopes to protect myself as the devil truly does rule this planet. And, yep, daily I’m praying for miracles and continually striving to grow with God while learning how truly patient I reeeeeeeally am!

Ask yourself, “so, who have YOU passed judgment upon lately? ”

Hugs …

Mellen

Filming: Zappos Commercial RELEASED – I made the final cut!

**It’s true, it’s true – look, look!**

Me as a bystander as the Zappos' hero rushes by me.

Me as a bystander as the Zappos’ hero rushes by me.

Watched the final commercial several times and we’ve spied me in this VERY fast-paced commercial at least 4-times already.  YAY – I didn’t wind-up on the editing floor!  #WhompWhomp

Whatta day it was – I watched some very entertaining, creative, talented & professional crew-of-brothers film.  Tis fascinating how all of those takes came together as they did to birth this commercial masterpiece – baffling, like magic.

Okay, logistics – as I’m sure you’re dying to know.  *w*  The commercial will be airing shortly.  Sadly, I do not know as to which channels it will be on nor the exact air date,  However, with us being in winter attire in the commercial factored with Christmastime decor already in stores, I think I’d be safe to assume it’ll be airing on TVs nationwide VERY soon so be sure to keep-on the look-out!

I want to, once again, express how thankful and honored I was to be chosen to partake in the filming.  Not only did I get to ‘work my craft’, but I met a lot of nice people.  It was most definitely an adventure-of-a-day.

And, a VERY special thank you out to … The Herbert Brothers, zappos.com, and Patty Bamber whose filming, awesome customer service and talented photography gave me a memory I shall never forget!  I’d be humbled to work beside any of you again – truly humbled.

Hugs …

Mellen

ZAPPOS’ COMMERCIAL (I appear at the:  00:05, 00:07, and 00:09 – 00:11 marks)
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Moment of Silence: Miss’n My Sis

7-years ago, sometime between now and 4:30pm, my sister was called Home.

In Memory of my sister, Roxanne Hutchings

7/24/1958 – 7/6/2007

Roxanne & Britttany

Roxanne & Britttany

Roxanne & Sara

Roxanne & Sara

Roxanne & Me cruisin'

Roxanne & Me cruisin’

WATCH-OUT DISNEYLAND: Mellen is heading your way

Disneyland Here Comes Mellen

Excited about another ‘been there, done that‘ and this time it’s gonna be Disneyland!  I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting that park nor Anaheim.

Although I’ll be working an education conference, my evenings after 6-7 will be free.  I’ve purchased 2-Twilight Passes (4-hour visits) and am READY to ‘do’ Disney all I can.

Any of y’all from that area who may want to hook-up between 10/4 – 10/8/2014 (I fly-out afternoon of the 8th though), hit me up here w/a message, or via FaceBook, or simplymellen@live.com as I’D LOVE TO SEE YA and have someone who knows Disney show me Disney!  :-)

Super excited!

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

PS:   Hmm, now to see if there are any reports of ‘unexplained’ activity at Disneyland – tis the para-chick in me.  :-)

Avon High School’s 2014 Lip Dup: Proud Parent Moment

They won all the money for Riley’s Children’s Hospital!

Although my son cannot be seen:  when Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ starts (around the 4:20 mark).  You’ll see 3 seniors dancing in their (show choir) white & black suits when in the background 2 boys are tossed into the air as a ballet dancer would be.  MY SON IS ONE WHO IS TOSSING ONE OF THE BOYS UP!

I’m VERY proud of not only the Avon High School Student Council for arranging this VERY detailed filming but also of the ENTIRE AHS’ student body for doing such a WONDERFUL job!  It was filmed in one LONG take … while the students HAD to remain silent (a feat in its own right).  *CLAP CLAP CLAP*

Not only has the LOCAL news stations covered this work-of-art BUT I hear that it’s going national (ABC).

I’m awful adding links to videos here, so here’s the link you’ll have to cut&paste though jumping you to Perez Hilton’s website where he gives a glowing accolade in our regard AND links you to the LipDup (which lives on YouTube):

http://perezhilton.com/perezitos/2014-04-16-avon-high-school-epic-lip-dub-helps-children-hospital .
Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen

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Filming & Breaking through Paranormal Borders: On the Set

 

The day was an experience I’ll NEVER forget.  Not only do I have a new-found respect for ‘extras’ who are TRULY the ‘meat & taters’ stars, but I’m now in-love with my furnace (as this endless Indiana winter reared its brutal ugly head again that day).

I’m still very grateful, humbled and honored to be part of such a professional LARGE group of individuals; even the A&E crew were gems!

Just a few of the memories:

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I shall keep you posted as to when the Zappos ‘villains vs. good guy’ commercial airs as well as when this commercial is featured on their A&E  reality series (mid-summer).
Hugs & Happy Hunting …

Mellen

Filming & Breaking through ‘Paranormal’ Borders

Gold Star

We film tomorrow!

 

I received word I was chosen by the Casting Director to be one of several privileged individuals to be part of a commercial’s cast promoting a prominent company.**

Shockingly in addition to hearing I made the final cut for their commercial, I was also informed we’re going to be a part of their reality show filming.  Tis a ‘behind-the-scenes’ creation slated to air in June of 2014 on A&E Television(c).

Of course I’m excited; however, I’m also honored, blessed and quite humbled to be working with such a creative, imaginative, and gifted group-of-professionals!

I shall keep y’all posted as to when their show & commercial debut – or, you can simply join their mailing list directly at www.herbertbrothers.com.

Hugs & happy hunting …

Mellen

**due to confidentiality reasons, this vague data is all I can reveal in regard to my involvement at this time

More data was published in the Greensburg Daily News prior to the filming (‘cut & paste’ version, sorry – too tired from filming today to figure-out why it won’t let me add another link, d’oh):
http://www.greensburgdailynews.com/local/x1387866055/Commercial-shoot-looking-for-extras

 

Dreamed of You Last Night

I dreamed of you last night and ‘sense’ VERY strongly that you’re in distress!

Despite not seeing nor talking for years, I was with you visiting and we were catching-up (making amends?)  I remember you weren’t happy.  You had a filled house (not just family).  There were babies, pregnancies and potential adoptions involved.  A room with a circular couch was prominent.  You were not at all happy about going to work in a Denny’s uniform.

Unsure what any of this means; but IF you’re reading this, IF it applies, and IF you need me, I’m always but a phone call away (as my cell phone number has never changed).

Peace …

Nan Nan

[I do not care that I promised to not post again in your regard – the dream upset me and I felt it was my calling to compose & post this.  Please do not take it ‘wrong’ (as you did the returning of your ring)!]