Nov 28


wowhowowBruce Dickinson—the lead singer for Iron Maiden wrote a seriously funny, telling book that gives Iron Maiden fans and not fans(like me), an inside glimpse of not only Iron Maiden’s rock and roll lifestyle but the pitfalls of being a rock God.

Oh yeah, even though I was never a huge Iron Maiden fan back in the 1980’s I felt compelled to read  What Does This Button Do? Dickinson tells the truth, the real life story. He starts with his childhood and then segues into his rock and roll performances, the making of the records that even I—not an Iron Maiden fan— listened to way back when.

Have to say, I saw them perform twice in my life, and I truly liked them.

Dickinson tells a striking, charismatic, often times very all too real story of his life.

What Does This Button Do? is so honest, telling and wonderfully written , I found myself unable to forget what Dickinson said in the book. I laughed so hard, because Dickinson’s autobiography is so honest, funny and loveable.

Dickinson is a character to say the least, and What Does This Button Do? is one of the top ten best books of 2017. It’s a bucket list book you have to read. What Does This Button Do had me laughing so hard, singing Iron Maiden’s songs, while doing boring housework, and thinking how refreshing Button really is.

Not only did Dickinson make me laugh, he made me see how we need to not over think life, but just jump in and do it. Obviously this is exactly what Dickinson has done his entire life and as he tells his life story we discover he is not just a one trick pony. Dickinson is also a commercial pilot, a song writer, has beaten cancer and loves fencing and what it has taught him. Overall—-What Does This Button do-Bruce Dickinson bio is a book you have to read!


Nov 28


I remember a time a long time ago.

In a land far away.

When news stations reported the news.

When they didn’t argue.

In a land time has forgotten.

It’s time to go back and stop arguing. We need to start getting along again.

If little kids can play together on the playground at school, we as adults can work together as a united team. We need to stop arguing.

Personally, I think we get this arguing thing from watching cable news—where the commentators argue, then oh so sweetly smile, laugh and act like it was oh so much fun to rip someone else to shreds. But it’s not okay—because we have taught our children that this is an acceptable way to live.

The heart of the matter is to talk to each other again. Not to argue about nearly everything. They do it on TV news, so it must be okay , right? The answer is—No, not really. Cable news stations have influenced an entire generation of people to believe that arguing is okay, not seeing the other side is okay and having not an ounce of empathy is also an okay deal.

Well I’m here to say as a cranky,older adult that it is not okay to continually argue about politics.Besides, always being pissed off, makes for sick older folks. The body reacts to the continual unhappiness, the pissed off attitude by releasing fight or flight hormones, thus causing the body to get in the mood for a fight. Heart rate goes up, blood pressure goes up and we as adults end up ill—–over time. We end up with stomach problems, heart problems, high blood pressure, major illnesses that cause early death such as heart attacks, strokes and cancer. So turn off the TV, or at least the cable news and do something enjoyable—like watching an enjoyable show, listen to music, dance around the house. Do something FUN!!

Stop arguing. Enjoy life to become healthier!!!

Nov 27

20th Century Fox: James Brolin: MANSLICE MONDAY


Life in Pieces Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour 2015 on Monday August 10, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Pictured: James Brolin. Photo: Francis Specker/CBS -- © 2015 CBS Broadcasting Network. All rights reserved.

I remember ultra-cute James Brolin starring on the 1970’s TV drama Marcus Welby M.D. He played a younger doctor to the aging doctor, Marcus Welby. They could have had the young, good looking James Brolin on the show the entire time, simply mumbling and I still would have watched the show. I confess, I only watched it for glimpses of Brolin, who by the way currently is 77 years old.

One of he reasons I watch Life In Pieces, the TV show, is because James Brolin is so funny portraying an aging father and husband who is losing his marbles. OMG!Life In Pieces makes me laugh so hard.James Brolin has starred  and appeared in way too many to list and count TV shows and movies since beginning acting way back in 1961.I never knew that Brolin has been working steadily over the years, been married three times and has three kids—one also an actor—Josh Brolin.bro-lin

Currently, Brolin is married to Barbra Streisand—acclaimed, award winning singer, and is still going strong for a man approaching his elder years. Brolin was born in 1940, was interested in acting since he was a kid, started as a contract actor for 20th Century Fox, and went on to major stardom without going to college, but investing his time and talent in learning his craft and meeting the right people.



Nov 27



Greed is not good. The main theme of The Locals is about people wanting more: more money, bigger houses, more sex, more power, more of everything. But the way it is written is in a manner so dull, it is a turnoff.

The Locals written by Jonathan Dee did not draw me in to feel anything for any of the characters, and did not tell an identifyable, intriguining tale. In fact, readers may come to despise each character—for a different reason. The Locals is dull, does not start making any valid points until 120 pages in, and was written about despicable people in a despicable manner.

Jonathan Dee tells uncomfortable truthisms about each member of the small town of Howland. He tells stories about each member of the town. Somehow he manages to do so , in a rather pointless manner which completely turned me off. His writing style reminded me of John Steinbeck—which is in a long, dull manner that bores readers to sleep, not entices us to read more.

The first two chapters could have been left out of the book because most of the stories center on a small town and the small town people living in it. The first two chapters talk about how New York City residents act and react after 9-11 happens. I’m talking about a week after 9-11 happens, not right after it happens—which may have been more interesting.

He literally has a character reacting so negatively to how New York City residents act with caring and kindness, I figured Dee has an affliction for being hateful!

WOW! Dee tells stories about the townsfolk in a long, roundabout way, he did not pull me in to what he was doing—which was writing stream of consciousness. Dee may need to take writing lessons from James Patterson on how to write an interesting book.

The Locals reminded me of The Pearl written by John Steinbeck, which was one of the worst books of all time. If Dee was trying to write a classic all kids in high school must read to pass an English lit class, then he accomplished his goal. .

Nov 20

UNSHAKEABLE: Faith Driven Book Guides You Through Each Day of the Year!

unshakeUnshakeable written by Christine Caine is simply bible verses taken from obviously different Bibles , and put in a book , right? Okay, well ummm—- Caine put Bible verses into a 365 day kind of calendar configuration that is better than a verse a day kind of thing. It’s inspiring!

Christine Caine lovingly placed 365 Bible verses into a book for each day of the upcoming year, so that all we have to do is flip to each daily page, read the verse, then read the explanation and how to use the verse in our daily lives. Starting on January 1st, Unshakeable is meant to be followed for any year. After a few years, you’ll probably start memorizing the Bible verses.

I found Unshakeable a very strongly, yet beautifully written book. You do not have to be a bible thumping preacher to read this book. All you need to do is simply pick it up and start thumbing through the pages. It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not, but it certainly does help. I’m not a religious fanatic, but simply looking over Unshakeable made me feel more relaxed, stronger, happier and more confident in my daily life.

I am a big believer in we all should believe in something. Something out there created us, loves us and guides through each day. So why not give yourself a little confidence booster every day? Start each day with something that makes life a little easier by following something like the Bible to give each day a happy edge.

Caine’s book is beautiful to look at, inspirational, inviting, simply written, well intended and helpful beyond words. Unshakeable is a small confidence booster we all need in today’s difficult, trying times. Give it a try. This is a book I will be looking at every day, and following the sage advice given within these unshakeable pages!

Nov 20

THOR: CHRIS HEMSWORTH:Momzinga’s Manslice Monday!!


Chris Hemsworth was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. He’s a hot Australian guy, girls. He appeared in many movies including Thor, which is where you may know Chris Hemsworth—at his best. He is a blond haired, blue eyed, good looking guy; perfect for Manslice Monday. I still think his younger brother, Liam is cuter. Liam should have gotten the girl in The Hunger Games.

Chris Hemsworth is the brother of two other actors, Liam and Luke Hemsworth. You may recognize Liam’s name after he dated and became engaged to Miley Cyrus. Chris had the starring role in Thor, which is coming back to movie theaters soon, for the fourth installment. Although being named Sexiest Man Alive has got to be a huge career bump for any good looking guy.

Thor, I mean Chris is over six feet tall, was born on August 11, in 1983, starred in an Aussie soap opera called, Home and Away. Chris Hemsworth is married to Elsa Pataky and they had twins, six years ago!! By the way—THOR looks hotter with long hair and no shirt—just saying!!
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Nov 16

HOW THE RIGHT LOST ITS MIND:A Liberal Bunch of Spooey

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbboopCharles K. Sykes wrote a book called How The Right Lost Its Mind, making me think Liberals are people who are mindless wandering zombies who wander America walking in the middle of the road, uttering unexplainable moans, complete with outstretched arms.

As soon as I started reading Charles K. Sykes How the Right Lost Its Mind I started rattling off how wrong he really is.

You see, Sykes believes he is a Conservative and is out to save America through his Wisconsin radio show and writing Liberal-hate pieces about how much we need to change our opinions and ourselves to fit into today’s way of thinking. In other words–all people who voted for Trump are wrong, and all people who voted for someone else are right. WE true Conservatives are supposed to change our thought process and start thinking in a Liberal way.

Not going to happen, Charlie!! Basically, Sykes tells us , we lost our minds, believing the media stories were real on Facebook and fake on TV.I have to say as soon as I started reading How the Right Lost Its Mind , this book made me immensely pissed and had me form the opinion that Charles J. Sykes is an asshole!!

I have never-ever said this in a book review ever before. But when someone tells me how to think, what to think and to change my beliefs, well you’ve got another thing coming.

I am so tired of the Liberal media telling outright lies everyday and slanting the news to a Liberal viewpoint. Everything President Trump does is slanted in a negative viewpoint. Everything any Democrat does is correct and is placed on a pedestal of roses. I am so tired of hearing the negativity, I stopped watching news stations that do not report the news anymore. What happened to telling what happened that day, instead of having people on TV argue?

In Sykes book, he states “why are so many citizens  so credulous about ‘fake news’, and immune to factual information reported by resourceful media?” Ummm—this is stated on the inner cover and is completely false. The so-called media is anything but responsible and like I already said slants almost everything they report in a negative manner about President Trump and about anyone who claims to be Conservative.

Nov 15

The Youngest Member of The Manson Family Finally Tells Her Intriguing Story: Member of The Family.

Member of The Family is a well written, intriguing look at the youngest member of Charles Manson’s family. It’s interesting, thought provoking, telling and disgusting at the same time.

Dianne Lake who was only 14 when she was taken in by the Manson family, witnessed and lived with the people who became some of the most horrific murderer’s of the 20th century. Manson manipulated young girls to kill innocent victims, that of actress Sharon Tate who was 8 months pregnant at the time. It was truly one of the most horrific murders of the time, perhaps of all time.

Dianne Lake, describes in Member of the Family how she came to the Manson family without reserving judgment on her two messed up parents. At times, sounding just like a hippie talking (you know what I mean, Man don’t you?”) readers are placed in judgment of Lake’s parents and of Charlie Manson and his family of mostly young girls. We see how someone who is unloved and unwanted by her family is set adrift  on her own at the tender age of 14.Her parents give her to a married couple  who they tell Dianne she can take care of their baby once it is born. But the twosome have other ideas for a young, easily led teen.

Then we are led into how Lake meets Charlie Manson and his family and how she sees how sick he truly is and how he manipulates young girls into doing what he wants.

Member of the Family is an easily read book. It is written kind of simply and at times sounds exactly like readers are thrown back into the 1960’s.

The first 100 pages center on Dianne’s birth family and how idiotic her parents were by her father deciding they were going to live life the way they wanted, and her mother just follows along to keep the peace. Her parents introduce her to drugs and write a note saying they allow her to live life as a free spirit as a minor on her own.

Without a job, a home or parents who guide love her and take responsibility for their children, Dianne Lake is left to her own devices, ending up joining the Manson family as an young, innocent teen—who by the way should have been in high school, not having sex with men to find a bed for the night and not been set out on her own at

Nov 15

35 Far-Flung Places to Go To Get Away From It All: WEIRD NEWS WEDNESDAY

Hankering to get away from it all? I’m talking really get away from it all; from the stress of daily life, the Internet , your cellphone? Well you will have to travel pretty far to get away from having any cell service, and being bugged by your boss who seemingly has no boundaries. For your next vacation to get away from it all you can always go to one of the far-flung places of the following 35 countries, each of which has a user penetration rate of less than 20 per cent. Which means that fewer than one in five of its residents can access the internet because of a lack of infrastructure.

Pyramids in Sudan, where less than 20 per cent of the population can access the internet
Pyramids in Sudan, where less than 20 per cent of the population can access the internet Credit: Galyna Andrushko – Fotolia
  1. Guatemala
  2. Honduras
  3. Nicaragua
  4. El Salvador
  5. Senegal
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Mali
  8. Ghana
  9. Cote d’Ivoire
  10. Benin
  11. Algeria
  12. Libya
  13. Sudan
  14. Eritrea
  15. Ethiopia
  16. Cameroon
  17. Uganda
  18. Rwanda
  19. D.R. Congo
  20. Malawi
  21. Zimbabwe
  22. Zambia
  23. Namibia
  24. Madagascar
  25. Mozambique
  26. Angola
  27. Yemen
  28. Pakistan
  29. Turkmenistan
  30. Nepal
  31. India
  32. Bangladesh
  33. Sri Lanka
  34. Myanmar
  35. Indonesia

Many of these places aren’t on the radar of travelers and their low internet usage is in part down to war, civil unrest, and poverty. Libya, Mali, Yemen, and Burkina Faso, for example, are firmly off-limits, with the Foreign Office currently advising against travel.

But others are well worth visiting. Sarah Baxter’s guide to the 50 best holidays for solitude, published by Telegraph Travel earlier this year, included a beach holiday in Nicaragua, a walking holiday through the Himalayan foothills of Ladakh, India, and a three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake in Myanmar.

Why not spot Madagascar’s lemurs and chameleons, go island-hopping in Indonesia, admire Ethiopia’s rock-hewn churches, seek out mountain gorillas in the DRC, or explore Namibia’s photogenic (and utterly desolate) coastline and desert?
The Namib desert from above
The Namib desert from above


Nov 14

RIDICULOUS:Do Stores Start Christmas Too Early?

treeeeeeDid you start seeing Christmas decorations in stores  months before Christmas this year? I was not shocked when I saw Christmas trees in the front lobby of our local Wal-mart way back in October. Lowe’s had Christmas everything in their front lobby at the end of September. It was 80 degrees outside, and here in local stores were blinking Christmas trees, toy aisles already filled with a huge assortment of kids gifts.


Stores are getting way out of hand with putting up Christmas decorations months before Christmas. Come on now, do we need to see Christmas trees in any store set up as displays and the blown up Santa’s and Christmas lights while it is 80 degrees outside?

 This was a full month before Halloween was happening.

I was kind of pissed at how stores, car dealers, online retailers have upped the asinine anty to the umpteenth degree of ridiculousness by setting up their stores with Christmas displays way before Christmas is even a thought in our heads and hearts.

It’s too much , too early. Seems greed has taken over, and if I sound preachy, that’s too bad. We, okay I and probably you also do not need to see car ads two to three months before Christmas for expensive cars with a bow on top or for new appliances that may break our holiday budgets, in October.

What happened to allowing us to enjoy the holiday season and not push expensive products down our throats months before the holidays so that we can be broke by January?



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