Happy 101st Birthday Ella Fitzgerald


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
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

BEST KNOWN FOR:  Ella Fitzgerald, known as the “First Lady of Song” and “Lady Ella,” was an American jazz and song vocalist who interpreted much of the Great American Songbook.


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Radical honesty: I thought I know it all

Life balance

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…

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My Most Recent Health Scare Is No Joke


My Most Recent Health Scare Is No Joke…

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:

  • breads
  • cereals
  • pastas
  • noodles
  • macaroni
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • buckwheat
  • oats
  • wild rice
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • pecans
  • cashews
  • almonds
  • macadamia nuts
  • peanuts
  • pistachios
  • sesame seeds
  • flax seeds
  • millet
  • pine nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • wild rice
  • all beans, including chickpeas
  • adzuki beans
  • soy nuts, including soybeans and edamame
  • raw fruit
  • dried fruit
  • fruit that has seeds that can’t be removed (like most berries)
  • vegetables that have a skin
  • veggies that have seeds
  • raw veggies
  • dairy
  • corn
  • sulfides or sulfates
  • anything containing gluten
  • caffeine

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.


Finding Gold Everywhere

Aria-Bella Rises


Eureka! There’s gold to be found here!
Go panning for it today.

Gold can be found anywhere,

as long as you have the right tools to find it.

Are you willing to find some today and every day going forward?
If you bring your pan full of optimism and positivity so you can wash away all the murky undercurrents of negativity – you’ll start finding those nuggets left, right and centre.
Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper, sometimes you have to move to a new spot to unearth some of the glowing good stuff. But we promise it is there if you keep looking.
And crazily enough. Once you found one chunk… many more seem to just magically appear- funny how that works.
” I choose to see the gold in this for me. I open my eyes, ears and heart to hearing the messages of love this…

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Hey Mickey (Toni Basil)

Lucky Otters Haven

This song from 1982 has been stuck in my head for two days.   Major nostalgia!  I just learned Toni Basil was 39 years old when she made this video.    This is one of the greatest one hit wonders ever made.

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Song Lyric Sunday 04/22/18 – “Sisters”

Being Lydia!

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…

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Blackbird Wings

Objects, and the Distance Between Them

Evening brings
New and beautiful things
Blackbird wings
By my side

Dead of moonlit night
Presence pressed tight
Tells me this is right
My lips, your neck
I can still taste you
On my breath
I want more
Every bit, I have left

Passion pull
It’s a darkened road
Darker still
When you walk it alone
Moonlight breaks
Eyes they glow
I see your face
And I know

We must abide
Try to stabilize
A balanced place where
We can reside
Skin on skin
Your hands in mine
We cannot hide
What we feel inside
But we have time
Slow it down
And push aside
For tonight

Now we both see
What this all could mean
What this all could be
If we try
If we can agree
Searching to find
Still terrified
Of you and I

But when we leave
The past behind
When we let

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Barefoot In The Kitchen: Making Simple, Elegant

All The Shoes I Wear


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.

The Menu

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!



Servings: 6
½ pound  sausage
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup mushroom, chopped
4 ounces fresh spinach, chopped

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Horror in Straw

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straw people Photo credit: Ellespeth

On a school field trip, third-graders Tony and Martha decided to do a little independent exploring. Slipping away from the rest of the group, they headed into a secluded field.

“I think they’re some kind of scarecrows or something.” The boy wrinkled his nose in thought.

“That seems silly. I mean they look like they’re working, and they’re…” she blushed gazing at the straw women’s attributes. “…women.”

“Let’s have a closer look.” Tony started to run forward.

“Wait! Remember? The farmer told Mr. Pushkin none of us were allowed in this field, and that it was dangerous.”

He turned back toward her. “Oh, come on. We aren’t going to hurt anything. I just want to…”

“Tony! Get out of there!”

He saw the expression of horror on Martha’s face and then spun toward the field. The straw people were moving. One of them was swinging her ax…

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