Today is the 101st birthday of the singer Ella Fitzgerald. I have included some of my favorite songs of hers below. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.
NAME: Ella Fitzgerald OCCUPATION: Singer BIRTH DATE: April 25, 1917 DEATH DATE: June 15, 1996 PLACE OF BIRTH: Newport News, Virginia PLACE OF DEATH: Beverly Hills, California REMAINS: Buried, Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1978 Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978 Kennedy Center Honor 1979 NEA Jazz Master 1985 National Medal of Arts 1987 National Women’s Hall of Fame 1995
Radical Honesty is a concept described by a Ph.D. psychologist Brad Blanton. In 1996 he published a book called “Radical Honesty: How to transform your life by telling the truth”, which was translated into 7 languages and became a best seller.
Last night I went to a local “Radical honesty” event, led by a coach who is coached directly by Brad.
Before yesterday I thought that Im honest, quite confident in my own skin, and totally ready for anything that may come up.
When the meeting started, I was the first one to introduce myself. The first one to say what I expect from this meeting. Because hey, I did it so many times, all those circles, gatherings and all that personal development stuff. Nothing can surprise me anymore. I am so freaking confident, and I love it.
5 mins later I could not believe what was happening. I thought that my personal…
It has been just over a week since I wrote anything and there is a good reason. On Monday, 4/16, I had to have a colonoscopy conducted to check out some digestive issues I’ve been having for a couple months. I thought I had some type of infection or bacteria due to some of my symptoms.
Once the procedure was over and they eliminated the possibility of cancer, I was informed that I have an incurable form of colitis, which is an infection of the large intestine.
The frustrating part of this deal is that I must manage the condition through my diet and the food restrictions are intense. For instance, I cannot eat the following:
all beans, including chickpeas
soy nuts, including soybeans and edamame
fruit that has seeds that can’t be removed (like most berries)
vegetables that have a skin
veggies that have seeds
sulfides or sulfates
anything containing gluten
And these are just a few of the things we have discovered thus far. My doctor tells me that I’ll spend the next few months eating things in order to discover if it causes a flare up. If it does then it goes on the banned list.
As you imagine I simply cannot eat out and if I do I have to eat plain chicken breast and green beans.
This is going to be an enormous challenge. Evelina does our grocery shopping and it takes forever because we have to read every single ingredient on anything we buy. A couple nights ago we went to Whole Foods and bought $50 worth of groceries. That took us over an hour. I guess what I’ll have to do is find the top 10 things I like and can eat and just stick to those to speed up this process.
All-in-all things could be worse I suppose. I don’t have cancer which is an obvious relief, but the thought of dealing with this for the remainder of my life is a bit of a let-down to be quite honest.
I grew up on watching movies like White Christmas. I would take a guess that I have seen it at least a dozen times. I love the rapport between Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. However, it was Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen who stole the show for me.
After all, they played sisters and I always wanted a relationship with my sister like they had. My sister was 8 years older than I and that is a big difference. I felt like we both grew up as only children since she left home at 17 to go to school elsewhere. I was only eight, the same age she was when I was born.
But the thing is she did do a lot. She bought me my favorite doll for Christmas one year. She took me to see John Denver when she and her husband really didn’t want to go but they ended up having a…
Inviting friends over for dinner or brunch doesn’t have to be daunting nor expensive yet can still be elegant AND with a little prep work in the days before, it can be very quickly prepared.
Sausage, Mushroom, Spinach Quiche
( You can use any combination of meats, veggies and cheese as you prefer) Light Spring/Summer Salad
(Serve meal with Wine of choice) Creme Brulee
Serve with French Pressed Coffee
(offer with raw sugar cubes and the leftover real cream. Divine!)
Prep Ahead! I bake creme brulee a day or two in advance. I also cook the quiche filling and grate cheese the day before. The day of the event is reduced to whipping egg mixture for the quiche, salad assembly and caramelizing the sugar on the Creme Brulee!
½ pound sausage
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup mushroom, chopped
4 ounces fresh spinach, chopped ½…
Originally posted on lucinda E Clarke: TRAVEL Now because I’ve decided we need more pictures in here, these are two statues in Vienna, but sadly I can’t tell you anything about them. I thought I would be really mean and…