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Music: FLY by Maddie and Tae

Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist “Girl In A Country Song.” Their new single, “Fly” is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. “Fly” is a sweet anthem of encouragement in challenging times.Keep on climbing, though the ground might shake Just keep on … [Read More ...]

Paleo year of change - fresh produce

A Paleo Year of Change

Last year, 2014, became our paleo year of change.Our New Year's resolution was to change our lifestyle, live healthier, and make significant headway fighting my husband’s type two diabetes.  Paleo was the result of months of research.  Starting in October 2013, I read everything I could get my hands on. Very little made sense and this included … [Read More ...]

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Words: “Today Is The Right Day…”

"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live."His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of TibetTENZIN GYATSO, 14th DALAI LAMA (1935 - )Buddhist monk Teacher, leader, philosopherEnvironmentalist and human … [Read More ...]


Happy Birthday Betty White, I’ll Never Forget Your Kindness

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the hilarious, uber-talented Miss Betty White.  No one is more deserving than she of the sweet surprise and outpouring of affection she got, in celebration of her 93rd birthday, from the entire cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland.  Enjoy the flash mob celebration, then read about my own encounter with Miss … [Read More ...]



A Disgruntled Snowman’s Snow Fight

We may be disgruntled by the snow, but it is here to stay -- at least for a couple of months.  So we might as well find humor about it where we can.  I've long been a fan and follower of the folks over at Animation Chefs.  Their goal is to:"lead … [Read More]

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Mighty Saguaro Bones

Mighty Saguaro bones.  I didn’t realize, until I was culling through my photo library, that I appear to have a fascination with decaying saguaros.  It seems my camera gravitates toward them, capturing their unique personalities, even in death.There … [Read More]

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Release date 1/6/15

Book: HOUSE BROKEN by Sonja Yoerg

I first discovered Sonja Yoerg when her nonfiction book about animal intelligence, CLEVER AS A FOX, popped up on Goodreads (“How interesting!” said the animal lover in me). I was fascinated by this author’s professional experiences and grew even more … [Read More]

THE SON by Philipp Meyer

Book: THE SON by Philipp Meyer

"...a full-belly satisfying feast"A sprawling family saga spanning the 1840s to 2012, The Son is an incredible historical fiction account ranging from the Comanche raids of the nineteenth century in Texas to the state’s continued thirst for oil up … [Read More]

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Fey & Poehler at 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Women in Charge At Golden Globes

Women in charge Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered power players and stereotypes alike in their swan song as Golden Globe hosts Sunday evening.  They killed in their opening monologue, a biting soufflé that was as droll as it was unsparing.They … [Read More]


Book: LATE RAPTUROUS by Frank Gaspar

"...like ingesting a multilayered, deliciously decadent, and slightly acidic cake."Poetry is the "jazz" of writing - where we get to improvise, stretch, ride the edge of language. One of my favorite poets is Frank Gaspar.I began reading LATE … [Read More]

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Sharing Holiday Spirit And Favorite Reads

This time of year is so hectic it’s hard to find the time to read. I love nothing more than a heartwarming Christmas story to put me in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, I usually don’t find the time until the big day is over. That’s when I snuggle … [Read More]

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein explains intel report on Senate floor (image clip from cspan video)

The Terror in the Torture Report

It was several years after 9/11 before I had occasion to once again board a plane. Arriving at airport security, the sight of everyone in line, by rote, yanking off their belts and shoes shocked me enough that tears rolled down my face. That horrible … [Read More]

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What if Fresh Produce Had A Mascot?

When we think of fresh fruits and vegetables, we immediately think "healthy."  And not about actually feeling better. We think more about all the work -- storing, cleaning, chopping, slicing, cooking that it takes to prepare them, than about the … [Read More]

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