Eat– for Good Health

•April 13, 2014 • 5 Comments

You may have heard about the Colorado Soup diet.  Theirs is a version of India’s Kitchari, shown below.  Kitchari is the comfort food and often recommended for recovering from illness.  Cook the 1/2 cup basmati rice and  1/2 cup mung beans or lentils according to directions. Rinse and the place in a pot with 2 1/2 cups water. Add seasonings: 1 tablespoon each (of cumin, coriander and turmeric) and 1 – 2 onions cooked to translucent.  Serve with 2 tablespoons yogurt.  

Coriander seeds come from the cilantro plant.  Some persons have a cilantro allergy.

People craft– taking care of ourselves

•April 13, 2014 • 7 Comments

Here’s me (in our bedroom at home) prior to attending a spring tea yesterday.  In Southern California where a tea is informal, we gathered in an outdoor party room.  White linen covered some of the walls which were open wooden slats with windows.  Very pretty!  An L-shaped table held hot and cold teas and lemonade with lemon slices in the container.  Many light watercress and cucumber type sandwiches adorned the table.  As a writer I can get way too comfortable in front of my computer editing away!  It’s vital to mental health to get out!


People appreciation

•April 7, 2014 • 6 Comments

“The haunting presence of late Mike Kelley looms over the exhibition at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA like an itch that won’t go away,” writes Richard Chang, visual art critic of the L.A. Times.  Kelley’s works have the most imposing presence in the show although he is no longer with us.  His carpet and stuffed animal pieces influenced many and still do.

Craft Work

People craft– taking care of yourselves

•March 29, 2014 • 6 Comments

You have undoubtedly heard of the Anti-defamation League.


   The original purpose was to stop defamation of Jewish people, but the ADL works to fight injustices for all.  Our black grandson needs the backing of the ADL, but so far my son and daughter-in-law haven’t enlisted their help– here is our family’s recent experience:  D’mitri, a 6th grader, is on an All-star traveling soccer team.  When his team won last Saturday, a kid on the other team whom he had never met, called him a Black Muppet.  Someone who sits behind him in school calls him Blacky Chan (an alternative of Jackie Chan).  Maybe to some people this doesn’t sound so bad compared to last year, when D’mitri was called the N word on the playground.  I truly believe these incidents need to be reported.  My son Johnny reported it immediately to the coach of this kid’s team, but the coach didn’t want to get involved.  Johnny then took it up with someone who oversees the soccer league, and this person will interview the kid with his parents and educate the coach.  It is the coach’s problem.  I would still like the ADL to log this behavior in their system.  People don’t like to be on record.


Exercise– for Body and Spirit

•March 29, 2014 • 5 Comments

If you are a lap swimmer, chances are you’ve heard of the new one-piece goggles.  I’ve had mine for a week.  Sometimes I can get a good seal.  Most of the time, I’m adjusting every lap or two because of leakage. At the store (Sports Chalet) I believed I had a perfect fit. Aside from the leakage, visibility is excellent.  I feel adjustment to make these goggles watertight is still an issue.   Have you tried them?  .  <!– –> &amp;lt;style type=”text/css”&amp;gt;.vi-hide-mImgThr {display: none;}&amp;lt;/style&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img id=”icImg” class=”img img300″ itemprop=”image” src=”$_35.JPG&#8221; style=”” clk=”” /&amp;gt;

 I would love to hear your opinion.  I paid $39.00 for mine!


Eat– for Good Health

•March 26, 2014 • 3 Comments

Beef Stroganoff can be made with lean strips of beef or ground beef.  Using fat-free sour cream goes a long way to cut fat and calories.

Ingredients for 8 servings: Parsley for garnish; 1 pkg egg noodles, cooked and drained; 6 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced; 1 onion; 2 Tbsp butter; 2 lbs lean ground beef; 4 Tbsp flour; 2 cups beef broth; 1 cup fat-free sour cream; salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:  Prepare noodles and set aside.  In a large skillet, cook mushrooms and onion in 2 Tbsp butter over medium heat until soft and remove from pan.  Cook ground beef in the same pan, mix in flour, stir in beef broth and cook until thickened.  Add mushroom and onion mixture.  Stir in sour cream.  Season with salt and pepper.  Continue cooking until hot but not boiling.  Add a bright green parsley spring when you serve over egg noodles with a tossed salad.

Low Fat Beef Stroganoff


Wordsmith– I also write books

•March 23, 2014 • 5 Comments

Yes, indeed, friends.  People judge a book by its cover.  Designer Carey Abbott (who also writes as Tabitha Blake) comes to rescue an author in need of a stunning book cover.  Carey is having a half priced sale on her pre-made covers.  Man-oh-man, they are amazing. For my New Adult Interracial romance, I needed a custom cover (which Carey created).  Otherwise I would have chosen one on her blog below:

Here’s a sneak preview of my book to be released in May:

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