Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings.
At this time, we Christians extend our hand in friendship to all, no matter your beliefs or the lack thereof. Unfortunately, we have far too much hatred, jealousy, political agendas, and not enough better angels to extend our goodwill to all. We truly need each other so much more “each and every day.” This Virus has placed a tremendous burden on us all; we suffer. Agonize, “how are we going to make it,” but we will endure and persevere. As I said, we need each other, and can you imagine that loss and being all alone with no one else.
In order to spread awareness for Cerebral Palsy, I’ve been wanting to do a getting to know you questions and answers post blog on my life living with Cerebral Palsy, as a disability advocate, CP Gal and a Adult Multi-Genre Author thought, my unique outlook on the world throw my eyes. I had answer 100 questions, being Real 100% myself. Showing and teaching others to look at me as a another human bean that has a illness.
Who is your hero? Helen Keller for many reasons.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Living in a beach condos complex with all of the hotel amenities.
What is your biggest fear? Having no family at the end of my life. Living a home.
What is your favorite family vacation? 2019- Buffalo New York or my 2005 Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, and Mt. Rushmore trip.
What would you change about yourself if you could? My very bad temper.
What really makes you angry? when people talk to me like I’m a baby- when I am 30 years old. One gold of mine; Is to teach people that I have CP yet, I’m just like anyone else.
What motivates you to work hard? My disability advocate, being a voice for others.
What is your favorite thing about your career? The book review I enjoy the most seeing if some point out the message that I put into my book.
What is your biggest complaint about your job? No money since everyone can write a book now.
What is your proudest accomplishment? I have to go with the standing ovation that I got at the Washington DC Author Dinner Group.
What makes you laugh the most? Dirty jokes.
What was the last movie you went to? What did you think? 52 pick-up (1986) and thank god it wasn’t on when I was a teen since John Glover was my teenage heartthrob so I had to watch all his movies but this one and I’m going to say I am happy that my 16-year-old self didn’t saw it until age 30.
What did you want to be when you were small? A teacher.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Shopping with unlimitedcash in my pocket.
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? I’m more of an artiest gal than a sports fan.
Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car? None of those- I love walking in my woods or my old down town.
What would you sing at Karaoke night? whatever is cool with me, by the way, when is Karaoke night?
What two radio stations do you listen to the most? 70’s hit’s and 2000’s hits!
If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work? All of the above since to my Cerebral Palsy.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Potato, apples, and a type of meat.
Who is your favorite author? So many great minds to just pick just only one.
Have you ever had a nickname? What is it? Yes, so many nicknames I have gotten over these 30 years. I love giving a nickname to everyone and everything! don’t mind my oddness.
Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not? I shall say when someone does surprise me.
In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a relative, watch a movie, or read? Relax with a good movie!
Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why? Why do I need to pick one, when I want to go to each of them in my lifetime?
Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? The perfect Job, I go NUTS if I have nothing to look forward to or a deadline to meet.
Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island? I’m taking the fifth on this question. I shall keep a little mystery to myself! 😛
If money was no object, what would you do all day? To work on things for the greater good for all people with a disability and still write my stories.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? I always had thought about going be in the time… To when Jesus of Nazareth walks this earth.
How would your friends describe you? Ask them and not me… I hope they will tell you kinds of nice things about me.
What are your hobbies? Writing, swimming, making up stories in my head, walking, dancing, on, and on. It’s would be a much bigger list to add all my hobbies.
What is the best gift you have been given? The necklaces that my grandma gave me on my 24th birthday.
What is the worst gift you have received? I chose to not tell.
Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without? The internet!!!
List two pet peeves. When people pity me and when someone treats me like a little kid, like why I’m 30.
Where do you see yourself in five years? All I know everything happens for an unknowable reason. A year ago I won’t believe how much different Covid19 had changed that much.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Don’t even know! That’s a woman for you
If you were a spur-hero, what powers would you have? Mind-reading, being fast and flying. That would be sweet!
What would you do if you won the lottery? My winning will be donated to help find a cure for Cerebral Palsy.
What form of public transportation do you prefer? (air, boat, train, bus, car, etc.) Airplane, I love being able to fly on my own, not to add being VIP at the airports, way fun.
What’s your favorite zoo animal? Gorillas. I just love them.
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be? To not have that sleepover with that old woman.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Dinner with Robert De Niro, Sigourney weaver one night, and the next night, my birth-father and God-Grandpa Rocky talking to them all night long.
How many pillows do you sleep with? 3!
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Over 24 hours and a full day.
What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top in? I can’t think of one off the top of my head now.
Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence? I really have no answer to this question. Love people just the way they are.
How often do you buy clothes? Whenever the mood bit me. LOL!
Have you ever had a secret admirer? Yes, I did. That’s all I can tell you.
What’s your favorite holiday? Going with Easter.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Wrote my whole life story, tell all for people to read, Cerebral Palsy Gal.
What was the last thing you recorded on TV? I’ve downloaded Hamilton off of Disney+ dose that count?
What was the last book you read? I don’t know really need to make a plan to start reading. It’s had to find time to just sit and read.
What’s your favorite type of foreign food? Hands down, Mexican.
Are you a clean or messy person? let’s say I’m haft-and-haft when it comes done to it.
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Hmm, I been thinking that Jennifer Lawrence or Amanda Seyfried can portray me and my Cerebral Palsy, pretty good.
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? it’s all depends on my day. I’m not a woman that wears any make-up. I want to grow older with grace.
What kitchen appliance do you use every day? Spoon and Fork, since I can’t cook.
What’s your favorite fast-food chain? In-N-Out Burger, yet you can only find one in California, Nevada, and Arizona in a few cities. Bummer I can go for one now.
What’s your favorite family recipe? My Grandma’s Forry’s potato and cabbage mix that we all call Guppy.
Do you love or hate rollercoasters? No HATE them.
What’s your favorite family tradition? Hard to say now without becoming sad.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Going camping with my Girl Scout’s troop- I have to say.
What’s your favorite movie? No brainer; Casino (1995)
How old were you when you learned Santa wasn’t real? At age 9 I think, my mom just told me in the car, I can’t seem to remember how I felt about it.
Is your glass half-full or half-empty? It’s empty now, need a re-fill hold on.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love? Just wait until you read CP Gal 2.0 to find out.
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? Hard to say… past on this.
What was your favorite subject in school? Ah, History! I am a hands-on learner.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Going with eating sea squid at my big 25 birthday party. Just want to be cool at my own party, since everyone was eating it. Turn out that I love it.
Do you collect anything? To said now no, yet in the past I have.
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion? None that I can think of.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Depend on my mood. I know one thing I just hate; being all alone with no one to talk to.
Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest? I’m going with smell for this on.
Have you ever had a surprise party? (that was an actual surprise) Nope, can say that I have.
Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? I’m a direct descendant ofLady Godiva from my mother’s father’s side.
What do you do to keep fit? Walking and swimming.
Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken? It’s your thing do what you want to because it’s your thing!
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Everyone will be teared the same, equity.
Who was your favorite teacher in school and why? Ms. Santana and why, she was the only one that really taught me. We’re still in touch.
What three things do you think of the most each day? My three things are coffee with my friend, working to build a better further. Movie time with my Dad.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say? WARNING THIS GAL CAN BE YOU NEXT BEST FRIEND IF YOU CAN SEE PASS HER CEREBRAL PALSY. IF YOU CAN’T PLEASE LEAVE HER BE. yup that’s label fits me.
What song would you say best sums you up? I’m going with this one; Eyes Open by Taylor Swift.
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? It’s hard to say. Let me think… Shia Labeouf
Who was your first crush? On a boy that 1st grade that I kiss him and knocked his tooth out. I was in hot water after that!
What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window? A lovey flower garden that we made as a family.
On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are? I love to think that my friends shall rate me as an 9 and and half on the funny scale! LOL!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? safe and secure, happy, healthy, family. The rest will unfold as I go. I do wonder what next yet I know by now I cant say what or where I be age 40 that’s what make life worth living good or bad.
What was your first job? Filer for my birth-parents shop and boy I had hated it.
If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? Arvil Lavinge all the way. since it’s there not any all girl’s music groups that speck to my souls.
How many languages do you speak?Only one, because I have a HARD time speaking my own language. Yet I trying to learn Russian because my adopted mother is Russian.
What is your favorite family holiday tradition? making out my Christmas Cards.
Who is the most intelligent person you know? Hands down my dad Ronald Fino, what a live that he had lead.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal? A gorilla.
What is one thing you will never do again? Online dating. No thanks never ever anging.
Who knows you the best? My grandma Alexander knows me the very best since she knew me since the moment that I pop out of the womb, over 30 years ago.
Victor Torino gazed at Adriane Rosenberg, inquisitively. “Don’t you ever wonder if we know the whole story between my dad and your mom?” he asked as they packed up her late father’s house. Charlie “Gus” Rosenberg, Adriane’s father, was a top Chicago mobster. The only survivor of a turbulent love triangle that shook the very foundations of the Mafia’s Las Vegas Empire. Much to their surprise, among her father’s belongings, Victor and Adriane discover her mother’s carefully preserved diary dating from the late 1970s and purposely left behind by her father for her to find. Thus begins a harrowing and heartwarming tale of undying love and devotion between Victor’s father, Tony Torino, the Mob Boss and King of Las Vegas, and Evelyn Rosenberg, Gus’s wife, a hustler, and onetime showgirl. Through the vivid and brilliant use of flashbacks, juxtaposed with current events, we witness Tony and Evelyn’s insatiable love pitted against the violent and unforgiving life and the law of the Mafia. As Victor, a forest ranger who wants nothing to do with the Mafia and Adriane, an attorney being pressured to work for the Mafia. Reading through the diary, old hatreds and new alliances rise to leave us to wonder if history will repeat itself.
Omerta; Journey to the Past is a fresh twist on the contemporary romance genre. I wanted to write a story that tells hows a mafia boss and showgirl/hustler Tony and Evelyn. Finding true love within each other and how their love would survive the challenge of the harsh world of the Mafia. Years later, their love affair was rehashing when Evelyn’s ex-husband dies. Leaving all the pieces to Evelyn’s daughter Adriane and Tony’s son Victor to piece together. Adriane and Victor have their own past to deal with the pressure of Mafia upon them. It was a joy to write with so many twists and turns in the storyline. You may think some of this story you have heard before. In fact, you have.
Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had grown up with all of the stories from family and friends about how the mafia kings and queens were living the high life. Before greed, envy destroyed them from within. As I started to dig into my city’s past, I became fascinated with the affair between Tony Spilotro and Geri Rosenthal. It had started me thinking, what if they were star-crossed lovers? How would it turn out?
I was very intrigued by Tony Spilotro’s reign as the Las Vegas Mafia boss. He had it all, running the Crime underworld, corrupt cops, hit contracts and such, Money, and Sex. Then when he could have any woman he wants in Las Vegas. Yet Tony became romantically involved with a mob associate and a childhood friend Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s wife, Geri Rosenthal. That was one of the main no-nos to sleep with another man’s wife in the Mafia.
This was all at the back of my mind since I was working on another project at the time. One night I was bored, decided to try my hand at writing a Fanfiction to the 1995 movie Casino–a short story on my interpretation of the Nicky and Ginger’s affair. Then I thought to take it forward a generation and let their children (Ginger’s daughter and Nicky’s son) sift through the intrigue that colored their parents’ lives. I called it, Journey to the Past: A Casino Fanfiction (That’s not up anymore)
I was spending all of my time researching and writing this Fanfiction. All of my family and friends, even Frank Cuttolla just loved the story. By then, I had three chapters on Fanfiction and a fourth chapter ready to go. My family felt it should continue in book form, so I did continue writing it until I was happy with it. What a fabulous experience this has been! It is a marvelous journey that continues! Thank You, Uncle Frank, for your help with this book. May you find peace.
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I do have to warn the reader that this blog post contains possibly trigger warnings about the topics of sexual assault, mental and physical abuse that if you are someone with a history of any of these experiences please read with caution. Or with guided supervision from your trusted.
Knowing that I should have come out and come clean with this years ago. Perhaps I was scared for some other reason. Today on June 21, 2020, I shall tell the truth of Ms. Barbara Humbert and that she had indeed molested me, and I want the world to know in hopes of stopping her and others that molested children with a disability.
My parents Mark and Sheri Forry hired my mom’s dear friend, Gail, to work at our family Auto Body Connection, helping my mom out. She had a sister named Barbara, who was in her 70s. Barbara had a married daughter with a significant handicap: born with no arms or legs and a wheelchair user. My mom Sheri and Gail thought that Barbara and I would become good friends since I had no friends. My Mom let Barbara take me out to the movies, lunches and such.
April 18, 2008. I only had a sleepover once at Barbara’s house. It turned out that night was the worst night of my life because she did some unspeakable things to me just 11 days after I turned eighteen. Barbara had raped me that night. Barbara watched me naked the whole time while I took a bath in her huge bathtub taking pictures of me in the nude. After that, Barbara wrapped me in a bath towel, hugging me way too close, kissing my neck, and drying me off. I felt odd about this. Later that night, we were hanging out on the bed when Barbara started to kiss my feet and asked me if I slept naked.
Since that night, my world turned to the very worst hell I could imagine mentally abused me every time we were alone. Barbara used to drive me to and from my very first college class. It was pure torture getting into her truck. I remember one-day grandma was at my house when Barbara came to pick me up, and I tried to get into my grandma’s car, but it was locked, and I was crying when I got into Barbara’s truck. I won’t tell no one about that night because my parents needed Gail’s help at their shop.
I underwent emotional/mental/physical abuse by my own family because I came to hate Barbara and didn’t know that rape can comes in all kinds of forms. I claim that given my condition and how isolated when young- being homeschool, friendliness, made me still a child in my mind. It wasn’t until I told a counselor, years later, August 2010, about that night in question, then this counselor told me that Barbara had raped me. My family did believe me, and there was peace in our home for three months until we found out that my dad was dying of pancreatic cancer stage 4. I did not just lose my father to cancer. I lost my mother, Sheri, and my little sister, Hailey to Barbara. Christmas 2015, my mom and sister spent Christmas with Barbara over me. I was left home alone.
Years later, in 2020, I came to realize how much Barbara took away all my hopes, dreams, and, sadly, my whole family. Facing that fact, in which she indeed really wrack all aspects of my life. It’s still affecting my life. I hope that I was the only one that Barbara Humbert had raped because living with this is far worst that one could even be imaged.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Amanda Forry/Fino
A heartwarming and harrowing tale of life and forbidden love lost to one generation and found in the next. Caught between a turbulent love triangle that shook the very foundations of the Mafia’s Las Vegas Empire, and a deadly struggle for wealth and power, Mob Boss and “King of Las Vegas” Tony Torino, his mistress and onetime showgirl Evelyn Rosenberg, and her husband top Chicago mobster Charlie “Gus” Rosenberg live and love in defiance of the violent and unforgiving laws of the Mafia. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CP Gal by Amanda Fino
Amanda was born with cerebral palsy
How do you move forward when the past is holding you back? When the abuse from the past affects life choices in the present? Cerebral Palsy Gal is the riveting story of one woman’s quest to come to terms with her health, heartbreak and family. Amanda was born with cerebral palsy. Throughout her life, she struggled against seemingly overwhelming odds to follow her dream – to be a best-selling writer. As a child, she endured appalling physical, mental, and emotional abuse from members of her own family, especially her mother, who could not accept Amanda’s condition. When her father was only fifty-nine, he died of cancer. She found comfort and solace with her grandmother – her “gragwa” as she called her – the only person in her childhood who cared for her. A chance meeting with a former U.S. intelligence officer and his family at a convention in Las Vegas gave Amanda the chance to be part of a loving family she so dearly craved. Cerebral Palsy Gal is the remarkable story of survival against the odds, a poignant, inspiring, and utterly compelling account of one person finding her own voice and, in turn, becoming the voice of those who, through disability, cannot speak for themselves.
I am worried but I am trying to remain cool, clam, and upbeat. Last Friday was truly my Friday the 13th, since My Graduation Ceremony was call off, shall be on a later date. Seven 7 people has it in my county/ Looking like I has good change of getting it yet, I’m keeping the FAITH and all will be fine in his GRACES. I’m sad to say there was a death in my town. Yet, we are hoping for the best for the rest of the community.
Having nothing to do I hope to be on here more. Until next time, love & light!!!~