Bucket of Blood Saloon and the Sound of Wild Snails Eating – Camilla on A Little Book Problem

July 17 2020

I’m having Friday night drinks with Julie in the UK! Plus, we’re chattin’ about Mark Twain, Bucket of Blood Saloon, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Garden of the Gods, Lake Tahoe, and the sound of wild snails eating … Grab your drink and join us …

Friday Night Drinks with… Camilla Downs


Third Time Has Got to Be the Charm

September 22 2019:

Yes … Third time has got to be the charm …. when we actually get to move!! I’ve had a couple of people ask how we are liking our new place. The move in date keeps getting bumped due to construction delays. It has been bumped about 3 or 4 times since I wrote this! We are currently looking at a “soft” date of October 15th.

Third Time Has Got To Be The Charm

Graduation Announcements Made Sparkly

May 25 2019:

Getting them ready to mail. This Saturday it’s graduation day, book signing day (at Barnes & Noble) and National Donut Day!!! We’ll be celebrating, signing books, and eating donuts! A treat within a treat …. Attending a book signing for ones published book on ones graduation day!!

Here’s the link to the online graduation celebration if you’re on facebook … https://www.facebook.com/events/455869171908077/

Yummy and Honeysuckle Drunk and Look Up and Tree Whispers

June 7 2018:

Sunset walk with Thomas. Yummy clouds. Yummy sunset. Yummy trees. And yummy company!!! I inhaled the honeysuckle scent until I was honeysuckle drunk. I seriously adore this smell. It is my absolute favorite! Ahhhhh!!!

Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #1 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #2 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #3 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #4 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #5 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #6 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #7 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #8 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #9 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #10 Sunset Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.6.18 #11

June 8 2018:

Looking up. Breathtaking!

Looking Up Trees and Sky 6.8.18

June 9 2018:

The tree on the right whispers to the tree on the left, “Hey! Check out this amazing view we get every single day! And it’s always different. The sky, clouds, and sun are so good to us. They deeply love us!”

Trees and Sun and Lake Vintage 6.9.18

Dear Lillian – You Have Indeed Changed My Life


December 16 2015:

Dear Lillian Darnell,

You have indeed changed my life … Before you even arrived you made it clear that you were going to live life on your terms, being who you were meant to be. I had plans. You taught me that plans aren’t why we’re here. You were the catalyst to breakthrough after breakthrough in my own journey home.

A journey of remembering who I am, my own worthiness, and my purpose for being here. And, ultimately for learning to live my life from love and not fear, making choices based on love and not fear. This has, indeed, changed my life for the better! I am eternally grateful that you are the “L” in our Team TLC; full of love and always YOU!! I look forward with great joy to all of our “future” present moments!


Gratitude for the Marvelous Marvs!! I read a Hay House newsletter the other day that ended with a suggestion to write down the names of the most positive people in your life and the people who have changed your life for the better.

It was further suggested to take the time right now to write one of them a letter or dedicate a post to them on Facebook. Tell them how you feel. Don’t just say it, write it down. It has much more meaning when you take the time to put it in physical form and write it down. I decided I’d like to do this for about a week or so.

Perhaps you would like to do something similar! …. xoxoxo ….

Lillian Damonte Ranch Posted with Gratitude Letter 12.16.15

Movie Night: Brave

January 27 2018:

Team TLC Movie Night: Lillian’s choices – “Brave”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the music, liked the main character, liked the scenery at the end, and my favorite part is the end.”

I say, “I had been putting this off due to the violence. I still didn’t like this aspect, yet love the theme of breaking tradition and living from ones heart. Quote from the movie, ‘Our fate lives within us.'”

Thomas says, “I guess it was good.”

Brave Movie 1.28.18

Journey of a Deepening Friendship


November 6 2012:

One last toast with my friend Kimberly Phipps-Nichol before she leaves for Houston in under a week …. I’m so beyond HAPPY for you, and yet, so sad that you are leaving and your light and energy will no longer be here … I have so much enjoyed the journey of our deepening friendship … Will miss you so much … Plus, who will I drink Guinness with now?? I LOVE YOU LADY!!!!

Camilla and Kimberly 11.6.12

Reaching the Goal – Where Would You Fly

December 9 2017:

After having one of her phantom-who-knows-why throwing up nights … It was great news for Lillian this morning to see we have 31 books pre-ordered so far!

Our goal is 50 – Look how close we are! Oceans of gratitude and love to everyone who has shared, commented, or purchased … xoxo

Lillian in Sun Fall Break 2015

Here’s the back of book blurb:

Welcome to the radiant imagination of Lillian Darnell, a wonderful and unique human being, the kind who comes around only once in every 56,000 births, as she is missing the short arm of her 18th chromosome.

Leave this reality behind and enter enchanted lands awash in mysteries, happy endings, adventures, and inspiration. Come within and discover heartwarming and beautiful tales, woven with love and magic, brought forth from the imagination of a young woman with a different perspective. Lose yourself in wondrous adventures as you follow courageous, enchanting characters, kind animals and plant life, and graceful Mother Nature.

The delightful tales, legends, and poems within these pages were written by Lillian Darnell between the ages of four and fifteen. The stories and poems are mostly edited for spelling and grammar, yet the bulk of the stories remain as she originally wrote and published them to include a few grammatical errors and made up words.

Will a girls dream of becoming a princess come true?

What does love have to do with rainbows and why do we sometimes see double rainbows?

What do roses have to do with fairies and why don’t we see fairies during the day?

How can sad, mischievous, fearful animals help humans feel emotions?

How did the world come to have color?

What really happens in a day of the life of a young whale who lives in the Wooden Ocean?

Why should you never sleep with bears?

“You can’t help but feel happy and be inspired while reading this book. Lillian’s stories jump straight out of her heart and onto the pages in an authentic, innocent, and loving way. The world needs more positivity and happiness and her stories are bursting with both. Thank you Lillian!” -G. Brian Benson – Award-winning and best-selling author, actor and TEDx speaker.

“Let your imagination be taken away with Lillian Darnell’s writings and allow yourself to be transported to places where anything is possible with love, joy and a touch of inspiration. This collection is born from a young woman with a unique perspective on how our world could be – immerse yourself and come, see the world through Lillian’s eyes.” -Dr Veronica Wain – Award winning filmmaker, Academic, Author, Disability Advocate

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017