Aug 18

Master Your World Using Food Like The Six Women in What She Ate

untitledPour in a cup of rich history, add a dash of the back stories of six very different women, combine with a strong writer’s voice and readers have one of the best books of the year—2017. What She Ate written by Laura Shapiro has a certain flavorful voice all its own, making for intriguing, interesting prose, propelling readers masterfully along.

What She Ate entangles  us right away with stories about six women one of them being Eleanor Roosevelt and how they each used food to either nurture their loved ones or deliver powerful blows of madness to the people who pissed them off.

What She Ate is not just a book for women to read, but it is I guess more of a woman’s read telling the stories of each of the six women, who all have very strong personalities. Dorothy Wordsworth  who loves her brother way too much for comfort,  eats way too much comfort food. Or is that uncomfortable to read about food? Eleanor Roosevelt has the White House staff make gross food for her dinner parties, seemingly hoping to upset her always happy husband who is shamelessly having an affair with his live-in lover. Eleanor had a live in lover also who was female.

Helen Gurley Brown the long standing editor of Cosmo has a chapter, as well as Eve Braun, Hitler’s lover who loved her champagne.

Shapiro  richly tells the stories of each of the six women in a strong narrative voice where her writer’s voice comes out strongly poignant, without being overwhelming. I found What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and The Food That Tells Their Stories is an interesting, intriguing, fast paced book. What She Ate filled  my mind with images of six strong women who deeply mastered their worlds and somehow to this day still haunt ours through what we never thought of- the food we eat!

Aug 15

Get Your House Clean in Ten Minutes A Day? Simply Clean Shows You How.


Becky Rapinchuk runs a successful business concentrating on cleaning your home. Which by the way is a never ending job of ill repute that never seems to get completely done. Simply Clean made me feel like Becky is my personal cleaning cheerleader. She is so over the top happy about cleaning that it pushed me to get more dirty work done, I hadn’t gotten done in years.

Of course moving to our very own home forced me into overdrive and thinking I could write a book about cleaning myself after all the cleaning I’ve accomplished in just one week’s time. (Stop wasting money buying expensive cleaning products and use white vinegar instead.)

But more about Simply Clean and enough about my cleaning skills. Rapinchuk tells readers to pick a room and basically spot clean it in 10 minutes. Pick a different room every day including weekends and we all will have cleaner homes. She has a schedule to follow, and a schedule to follow of deep cleaning.

I found her main theme of cleaning the house in 10 minutes a day, unbelievable because it takes most of us 10 minutes just to wade through the clutter. It takes about 30 minutes a day just to do the dinner dishes, unless everyone in the house contributes by scraping their dishes used all day, rinses them off and puts them into the dishwasher. It takes me 15 minutes just to wash out the kitchen sink, scrub the stove and scrub all of the countertops, and sweep the floor. So if I leave the mess in each room, and only clean each room allotting 10 minutes a day, then I guess in theory this cleaning method could be done.

But in the land of reality I’m thinking Becky Rapinchuk has a maid come over several times a week to clean , while she spot cleans each room several times a day in 10 minutes.

Aug 04




Washington corruption, crimes, cronyism, sex scandals have been going on since the very beginning. When the White House was created rising out of a swamp, that had to be drained, just about everyone involved on both sides of the political aisle were out to get the other side. Nobody was safe. Seemingly no one had any morals. And what is even worse is we the people have been electing criminals to the Nirvana that is Washington for years.

Jefferson, our third president, was a disgusting perverted old man. Just think someone we revered, putting on a pedestal for over 200 years, took one of his slaves as his lover. She was 14, he was 44 .
That’s gross right there. And to think his lover may have been his half sister because his father was having sex, and babies with his slaves also. Jefferson was married and bonking the help. He took her on lavish trips with him.


Eric Bolling talks about 200 years of history of how on both sides of the political aisle how horrible these people we vote into office really are. They are greedy, lying, cheating, generally bad people we believe are working for us. But they are not, they are only working for themselves. And what happens is Senators and Congressmen go into office earning a certain amount every year, and make millions of dollars every year. Maxine Waters has been at it for many years and lives in a  mansion in California in one of the best areas of California. How does that happen on $150,000 a year?

Our elected officials are taxing us to the extreme, benefiting by lining their pockets because we are not watching what they are doing.

The way in which Bolling tells what has been going on in Washington for over 200 years is so fascinating, readers will be reading this fast moving book well into the night.,

Aug 02

WEIRD NEWS WEDNESDAY: Lose Weight The Easy Way—Go To Bed!


article-1263801-090346D0000005DC-346_468x641I tried this experiment the other night. I weighed myself before I went to bed. I weighed133.5 pounds. The next morning at 5 a.m. when my body was telling me it was time to get up—which it was way off. Let’s face it, I am not a morning person, and never will be.

So when I weighed myself obsessively yes at 5 a.m. after peeing, and before drinking any water, liquids or eating anything, I weighed 130 pounds. I literally lost 3.5 pounds overnight. After walking around the house, looking outside, not seeing twilight happening, I figured it still was the middle of the night. So I did what most rational people do, I went back to bed.

Hey, I work my own schedule now, and if I do not have to be up in what is considered by most sane people to be the middle of the night–except in June and July, when it is getting lighter outside at 5a.m.

Somehow I lost 3.5 pounds is just six hours. Of course, when I weigh myself later on today as in after eating three meals, drinking water and ice tea I will gain the weight back.

All I can figure out is water weight  left my body for a coupe of hours. And on an empty stomach , I weigh less. Plus I remember discovering awhile back that it is natural to weigh less early in the morning and people naturally weigh more later on in the day.

Lesson learned—I will never weight myself before going to bed, but early in the morning in the twilight hours, when my body, as well as yours do this magnificent thing and weigh less than during the daytime.


Throughout the day your body weight can fluctuate from 2 to 4 lbs. Generally, you weigh less in the morning than in the evening. This is due to the things you consume during the day and the various functions of your body while you sleep. Boost your confidence by hopping on the scale when you first wake up, but lose weight overall through a healthy lifestyle.

Aug 01



The Unwomanly Face of war is a MUST READ. Every women, every man, every person alive today needs to read Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel Prize winning book of Russian girls going to war to beat Germany, during WWII.

Discover how determined, innocent, strong-willed, teenaged girls going into battle to fight German soldiers to save Russia and the world from becoming a German-led  world. If it had not been for these unsung young girls going into battle to fight grown men trained to pulverize anyone who got in their way, the world would be a different place today. We would probably all be speaking German, and America would not be a free world.

The Unwomanly Face of War should be a must read for all high school teens. Just like Anne Frank was a required book to read when I was in middle school, The Unwomanly Face of War should be a required read for all high schoolers. Alexievich shows exactly what happens to young female teens who go to war.

Many of these girls volunteer to fight in the war—-to the front lines, and years later are still haunted by what they saw, what they did to stay alive, and how unselfishly they gave of themselves to save the world!

I couldn’t believe what I was reading, about the teen who describes running through open farmland to get to the woods, while her period just started and there is nothing she can do to deal with it. Another girl describes training; learning to shoot targets, and when she gets her first kill, she breaks down and cries, because she realizes she just killed a real human being.

Yet another teenaged girl becomes upset when she kills a beautiful horse, elegantly running,  past all the Russian warriors, because the horse will be their first food eaten in days, perhaps weeks.

Unwomanly Face of War was originally written in 1985 in Russian and was translated by two people who chose to stay invisible allowing, Svetlana Alexievich  to gain all the attention.

Truthful, beautiful, at times horrifying, Alexievich interviewed numerous women who managed to somehow in their innocence not get killed by German soldiers during WWII. The Unwomanly Face of War is a must read. Mom

Jul 31

MOMSLICE MONDAY: America’s First Lady: Why We Should Adore Melania Trump



Melania Trump has graced the covers of the most prestigious fashion industry magazines. But like many Americans today, Melania’s success was the result of a courageous work ethic and humble beginnings.

Melanija Knavs was born on April 26, 1970 in the small Slovenian railroad town of Sevnica — long before she changed the spelling of her name to pursue a modeling career.

Despite the struggles many Slovenians faced during the country’s Communist times, the Knavses worked extremely hard to give their children a positive upbringing.

Melania’s mother, Amalija Ulčnik, worked developing patterns at a factory that manufactured children’s clothing. She had met Viktor Knavs in 1966 who worked as a chauffeur for a nearby town’s mayor.

They instilled Melania and her sister with conservative values such as putting family first and having exceptional work ethic. After looking at the picture of Melania’s parents below, it’s clear she inherited their timeless good looks too!

Melania’s father left his job as a chauffeur to become a salesman at a state-owned car company in Ljubljana, Slovenia and found his family an apartment there — all to provide his children with exceptional education opportunities with their new prestigious address.

Melania’s modeling career began when she was 16-years-old at a modeling contest when she attracted the attention of photographer Stane Jerko, whose test photos of the breathtaking teenager resulted in her signing with a modeling agency in Milan.

Despite her success as a model, Melania’s goal was to become a designer. So she applied to the School of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, becoming one of the few to pass the school’s notoriously difficult entrance exams.

While pursuing her degree in design and architecture, Melania remained focused in school. She didn’t drink, or party, nor did she smoke. Even with the temptations surrounding her as a college student and successful model, Melania lived a quiet homebound life.

After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan — but Melania had even bigger dreams. Melania knew that if she wanted to achieve her goals she would have to move to America.

Melania finally made it to New York in 1996 after landing an American modeling contract — but nothing could prepare for the struggles that were down the road.

Shortly after she began pursuing her modeling dreams in America, Melania struggled to find work because she was considered “too old.” The modeling industry isn’t friendly to models once they hit their later twenties, and at just 26-years-old, Melania was worried her best days were already behind her.

Eventually, Melania got her “big break” and it wasn’t long before she graced the magazines covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ, In Style, New York Magazine, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Self, Glamour,.

While at a party during the New York Fashion Week in the fall of 1998, Melania met Donald Trump. She was a tall, shy brunette at just 28-years-old — while Trump was a brash 52-year-old real estate mogul.

“I didn’t know much about Donald Trump,” she says of their first encounter. “I had my life, I had my world. I didn’t follow Donald Trump and what kind of life he had.”


Although Trump attended the party with a date, he was instinctively drawn to Melania. When Trump’s date went to the bathroom, he seized the opportunity to chat for a few minutes with the Slovenian model he’d noticed.

Unlike the women who swooned every time the famous billionaire approached them, Melania remained unimpressed. When Trump asked for her number, she refused and instead asked for HIS contact information — she didn’t want to be just another woman he called, and she waited an entire week before calling him.

Melania was curious to see if Trump would submit a business number. “I wanted to see what his intention is,” she explains. “It tells you a lot from the man what kind of number he gives you. He gave me all of his numbers.”

Melania’s confidence and shocking reaction to the wealthy playboy made Trump even more attracted to her. Trump could tell Melania was beautiful AND intelligent, and he was willing to do whatever it took to win the woman of his dreams.

Though she may not have experience in politics, Melania Trump is equipped to help her husband out on the diplomatic front: in addition to her native Slovenian, Melania speaks four other languages: English, French, Serbian and German.

Jul 31

Mrs. Fletcher Not The Hot MILF You Thought She Would Be!


Mrs Fletcher started out as a promising book brimming with major possibilities. I was more than happy to pick up this book written by Tom Perrotta who has written eight critically acclaimed books one of which was adapted into an HBO series.

Mrs. Fletcher starts out at a romp, then suddenly slows down to a mere slow walk while Perrotta puts Mrs. Fletcher through the paces of being not only a single mom but now an empty nester as her college freshman son,Brendan goes off to college. I completely was drawn to this character and the storyline. Until that is, when Eve is finding herself discovers by watching female on female porn. Okay, then I was grossed out.

While Brendan is off at college looking for young females to have sex with and with his grades dropping, he realizes he needs to change who he is, as well as Eve changing who she is.

Mrs. Fletcher is a story of two people growing up and becoming different people . But I have to say, I was grossed out by the directions the book started taking—of Eve discovering she may be bisexual, or gay. My clue was her grabbing a glass or three of wine every night, now that she is alone every evening, and looking up lesbian porn.

Mrs. Fletcher was awesome for the first 100 pages and then suddenly seemed like Perrotta is intentionally trying to make this book into a TV show or a movie script, that heavily leans towards the Liberal side of life.  I’m more than okay with reading a book that leans Liberal, but it just seemed like Perrotta was forcing Liberal thoughts and lifestyles into the book to make it seem like a Liberal TV show or movie.

I guess I wasn’t comfortable with Brendan discovering his more feminine side while at college and being forced to address women’s issues, and Mrs. Fletcher not being the hot MILF we thought she was going to be.

Jul 27


When a  member of the Trump Administration does a great job, takes a stand, sends a strong message, a Liberal member of the media, or a Liberal politician  suddenly chimes in with a rude, crude message about that person. Sean Spicer was torn to pieces during his six month tenure as press secretary. SNL held a weekly Spicer-fest  demoralizing, and tearing apart anything Spicer did. If he fought back against media hatred towards Trump he was ridiculed on SNL.

Newly installed White House Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is being called names, not being heralded by Liberals for being the first female White House Press Secretary. Oh No, they can’t give her credit for becoming the first female to attain this title. It’s okay for Maxine Waters to pipe in every other day to impeach Trump, which btw she has been doing before he stepped into the White House..

What I’m seeing is a total lack of respect for anyone who is not a Liberal now that Trump has become president. This has been going on for years. But now Liberal media people are simply showing a lack of respect due to a lack of morals, ethics, and values.

I was raised to have respect for others and to treat other people the way I want to be treated. I’m guessing Liberal-media and Hollywood stars want to be treated like crap then, because that’s how they treat anyone who does not share their opinion.

How does this affect our children, your children? Yelling at other people , disrespecting other people  clearly says it’s okay to call people rude names, to yell at them and to physically fight them, to riot, to ruin America.

The reason Liberal media and Liberal celebrities are slandering Republicans, saying hateful, spiteful, crude things about anyone who stands for Trump is obvious. They do not want Trump to succeed. They want everything to stay the same as it was with Obama. They think insulting, fighting, rioting, protesting, name calling will not only get them the attention Liberal media like Joe and Mika on MSNBC so desperately crave, because then they get higher ratings, keep their jobs, thus making more millions each year.

HELLO–WAKE UP ALREADY. The media want attention so badly they slander a sitting president and strong women who speak up for him! The Liberal media  insult Republicans and anyone who works for and sides with Donald Trump, because they want everything to stay the same.

Liberal media and Liberal politicians  ultimately and selfishly are trying to ruin America.


Jul 26


I found this affordability retirement article on AOL. I didn’t know AOL was still a thing, but loved the information, giving SmartAsset full credit for writing this. It is their second annual(2017) study on where retirees are moving and why.


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 Florida leads the way once again as the premier destination for retirees. With a net gain of just under 78,000 retirees, Florida outranked second-place Arizona by almost 50,000 retirees. Overall the top four states where retirees are moving share quite a bit in common. Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina are relatively warm, sunny and generally affordable.

A tax-friendly environment is a common trend our top 10 states. Neither South Carolina nor North Carolina tax social security income.

The other two states in our top 10, Oregon and Idaho, are a little harder to explain as they lack both the warm weather and the tax friendliness of the other states. In fact, Idaho went from being a state retirees were mostly leaving last year, to one of the most popular destinations this year. Perhaps in Idaho’s case affordability is the key.

As for Oregon maybe golf partially explains it. Portland Oregon is a huge destination for golfers.

The Cities Where Retirees Are Moving

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 One appeal for retirees living in North Las Vegas is how tax-friendly Nevada is for retirees. Social Security income and withdrawals from retirement accounts are not taxed. And if you plan on earning during retirement, the marginal state tax rate in Nevada is 0.  The city also has great weather thanks to being in a desert.

9. Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral was also the second-biggest beneficiary of Florida’s growth in retirees. What is interesting is that while a large chunk of Arizona retirees went to the Phoenix metro area, retirees coming to Florida tended to be more dispersed. Overall Florida had the largest gain in retirees but had only two cities crack our top 10.

8. Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert is the final Arizona city to crack our top 10. Like Chandler this city is great for golfers. According to Census Bureau data, there are around 150 golf courses in the area. Retirees can also appreciate how safe Gilbert is. FBI data shows there are only 1,320 property crimes per 100,000 residents.

For the retirees looking to escape the cold, especially those coming from the Northeast, Gilbert is a great option. There are only 16 rainy days per year and the average daily high temperature is 87.

7. Peoria, Arizona

Peoria is a large suburb to the north of Phoenix. This city saw an increase of 1,310 retirees, with 1,839 arriving and 529 leaving. Peoria has seen stunning population growth in the recent past. In 1980 the population was only 12,171, while in 2016 it was 164,172.

For seniors who love baseball Peoria may be a good spot to settle. The Peoria sports complex is the spring training home of both the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners.

6. Overland Park, Kansas

Overland Park saw a net increase of 1,330 retirees. Kansas as a state only saw a net increase of 1,357, meaning that for retirees Overland Park was the star destination. Overland Park is a great bargain for retirees. Housing is relatively affordable, costing only $123.50 per square foot, according to Zillow data.

5. Chandler, Arizona

Retirees are coming to Chandler in droves. Census Bureau data shows that 1,718 retirees immigrated to Chandler while only 260 emigrated. One reason they may be coming is the golf. Chandler is one of the best cities in the country for golf, thanks to its hot, sunny weather and abundant golf courses. Of course, the low cost of living and tax benefits Arizona provides probably doesn’t hurt.

4. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is the second of five Arizona cities in the Phoenix metropolitan statistical area to crack our top 10. The Valley of the Sun, as far as big cities go, is relatively affordable, especially when it comes to paying for housing.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is something of a surprise inclusion in this year’s top 10 since it did not even crack the top 25 in last year’s study. But it’s not too hard to see the appeal. New Orleans is a warm city on the coast with plenty of cultural activities to enjoy. Another factor attracting retirees may be the famous food found in New Orleans. Overall the Big Easy saw an increase of 1,520 retirees coming into the area.

2. Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and saw a large influx of retirees moving into the city. Overall 1,817 emigrated while 3,761 immigrated, leaving the city for a net gain of 1,944.

One major reason why retirees love Jacksonville, and Florida in general, is how tax-friendly it is. In past studies we found that Jacksonville is the third-lowest taxed city in the country. It is also a good option for retirees who still want to live in the big city but keep costs low. We estimate that the average Jacksonville retiree would need about $62,470 in annual retirement income to live comfortably. That figure is much lower than other big cities.

1. Mesa, Arizona

Mesa is a city in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Last year, Mesa led all cities with a net gain of 2,565 seniors. In this year’s study Mesa also ranked first with just over 3,400 more seniors immigrating to Mesa than emigrating. Mesa is attractive to seniors because of its weather. The sun is almost always out and even in the dead of winter, it never gets that cold. The average low in December, for example, is only 40 degrees.

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Jul 25




Lisa Scottoline is a bestselling author of more than 30 million books. Her daughter Francesca Serritella is a New York Times best selling author and a Philadelphia Enquirer columnist.  In other words they both write in enchanting, beautiful ways in which they captivate audiences who adore their writing styles.

Their new summer beach read, I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool, is a fun escape for a few hours of delightful adventure.

Scottoline and Seritella talk to readers like we are their best friends, which feels really nice in this hard scrabble world of political drama and seemingly everyone hating on everyone else. Mother and daughter have a certain positive, beautiful, trusting, loving look at life that draws us in and keeps us coming back for more stellar, book gliding. That’s exactly what happens while reading their books; is easily glide through the kind, story filled, funny, sometimes dramatic lives of these two women.

Scottoline and Seritella  have a certain gift where they make us feel comfortable  reading their books, articles, etc. They talk about nearly everything in I Need a Lifeguard, including politics, without letting on who they voted for, pregnancy, marriage, divorce, living on a farm, and what it is like to fool chickens into laying eggs. Especially funny is when Scottoline describes how she finds a garter snake in her back yard, that she discovers is having sex with numerous partners and can have as many as 86 snake babies—which Scottoline does not want to have in her backyard. Who would? Especially gross is finding out how the snakes have sex. Now I know why they are called SSSSSNakes!

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