Archive for November, 2008

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I read this little story in the large print edition of the November 2008 issue of Reader’s Digest. It’s actually a brief anecdote, but it sounds like a joke.  I’ll paraphrase.


I woke up early the other morning and did a few things around the house. Then, I decided to crawl back in bed for a few hours.

When I got into bed, my husband woke up and asked if it was time to get up.

I told him, “No. I just thought it would be nice to lie in bed together for a few hours.”

He said, “I’m a billionaire. Your turn.”


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My songs on eFolkMusic:

LISTEN TO SONGS: You can listen to some of my songs on eFolkMusic.org. There is a preview button with a full length mp3 for each of my songs listed on eFolkMusic. Clicking the preview button is free every time. 🙂

JOIN EFOLKMUSIC: If you want to download any of my songs and add them to your collection,  you can buy the downloads individually or as digital albums, or (the much cheaper deal) you can join eFolkMusic for $4.95/month and get 100 ‘member’ downloads every month.


Jordan Essentials (formerly Country Bunny Bath and Body)

For two years, I sold Country Bunny Bath and Body products. I signed up to sell it, because the products are SO amazing, so wonderful, smell so good and feel so good. For those two years, I had a web page where you could shop online.

You can still buy Country Bunny Bath and Body products, but now the company is called Jordan Essentials – Bath*Body*Spa. The products are still every bit as wonderful, and there are more wonderful products. Can you tell I like the products? 😉

ORDER ONLINE: Go to JordanEssentials.com, click ‘Locate Your Consultant’, enter my ID number: 10522, and click ‘Shop Now’. From there, it’s like any other online shopping site. Browse, add to the cart, pay. They’re great about shipping quickly.  if you like special deals, look for specials offers and closeouts.

ORDER BY PHONE: If you know what you want, you can call and order. They’ll take your credit card info and ship the order to your house. They’re open during the week, but if you call when at other times, you can leave your order info (and, your phone number!) and, they’ll call you back to confirm. The Jordan Essentials phone number is: 1-877-662-8669 (1-877-66-BUNNY the original phone number from the Country Bunny days!)


Have been wanting to write you for several months … to inquire about the possibility of purchasing some Country Bunny body butter.  I absolutely love the stuff!  It is the best lotion I’ve ever used, and you know how many products on the market these days.  Previously you sent me the grapefruit & lime (?), and the sugar sweet pea.   My skin seems to be drier … and just soaks this lotion in, retaining a moist quality.  (Beginning to sound like an advertisement….)  Is the best way to buy it online?  I hope you’re still selling it! (11/28/2008)


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Dick Cheney and the Texas District Attorney

I thought Cheney, Bush, Rove and the rest of that crowd would slip away and never have to pay for their crimes. That still may be true, but at least one of them might stay awake nights wondering how his case will turn out.  Check out Texas DA’s Cheney Indictment Evidence Revealed (VIDEO).

Cheney is accused of responsibility in prisoner abuse because of his financial ties to the Vanguard Group, which invests in private prison companies. Guerra estimates that Cheney has $85 million invested in Vanguard, a financial stake that Guerra says motivated the vice president to halt a 2006 investigation into a prisoner’s death.


The Disappearance of Vice-President-elect Joe Biden

Obama is everywhere, and every day he is making important decisions about his staff. He’s making plans to run the government from the oval office, at least as much as a president does.  Where’s Joe Biden?


Rupert Murdoch and Bill O’Reilly

Everyone want’s to be loved, or at least liked. And, surely we all want to be liked by the people who employ us and pay our salaries. What about Bill O’Reilly? According to Michael Calderone, Rupert Murdoch despises Bill O’Reilly.  Hmmmm. How can this be when the rest of the world finds him to be so loveable? *


Mumbai, India

Those attacks in Mumbai, India were just terrible. How terrifying for the people who were shot at, captured, moved around at gunpoint, and ultimatedly murdered. At first, there were reports of dead, wounded and hostages. Today, the reports are that the hostages were murdered, too.  (sigh) I’m glad someone got out alive.


*Bill O’Reilly loveable? No, I’m not serious.


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I love the moon, and I love to look at the night sky. Word is, from Thursday to Monday the Moon, Jupiter and Venus will be closer together than we’ll ever see them again (unless we are able to see them in the year 2052)!


I’ll be looking up for the next few nights!



Here’s a bit from the article:


Thanksgiving Sky to Be a ‘Head-Turner’

filed under: Science News
Starting Thanksgiving evening, Jupiter and Venus will begin moving closer so that by Sunday and Monday, they will appear 2 degrees apart, which is about a finger width held out at arm’s length … on Monday night, they will be joined by a crescent moon right next to them, he said.
Look in the southwestern sky around twilight — no telescope or binoculars needed. The show will even be visible in cities if it’s a clear night.
“It’ll be a head-turner,” MacRobert said. “This certainly is an unusual coincidence for the crescent moon to be right there in the days when they are going to be closest together.”
The moon is the brightest, closest and smallest of the three and is 252,000 miles away. Venus, the second brightest, closest and smallest, is 94 million miles away. And big Jupiter is 540 million miles away.
The three celestial objects come together from time to time, but often they are too close to the sun or unite at a time when they aren’t so visible. The next time the three will be as close and visible as this week will be Nov. 18, 2052, according to Jack Horkheimer, director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium.
But if you are willing to settle for two out of three — Venus and the crescent moon only — it will happen again on New Year’s Eve, MacRobert said.


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I happened across a few posts on Thanksgiving Day where people wrote about being thankful. In the spirit of thanksgiving and being appreciative for all that is good, I want to post links to a few “thankful” blog posts. If you have some of your own, please leave them in the comments.


Barack Obama (video)

“Americans can give thanks that a new and brighter day is yet to come”

Kathy Mattea (video/song)

“A Thanksgiving Song”


Discovery of guitar recordings from her 20s

Big Brass Blog (video)

“It’s A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong


“Today, we’ll be passing the turkey and stuffing, and sharing what we’re thankful for.”


“I’d like to thank the extended Mudflats community for all your words of support an encouragement over these last two “interesting” months! It would have been impossible to get through that time without you! “

Margaret and Helen

Thanksgiving Letter to the Family 2008

Hysterical Raisins

“Giving thanks for friends who have your back when it counts.”

Karen Zipdrive

“I believe America will start to heal at last.”

Dr. Judith Rich

We owe it to ourselves and each other to return to “the blessing place” within.

Susan Smalley

Let our hearts be filled with kindness,

Our minds be calm and light

May thanks arise within us

For all we share tonight.”

Sharon Glassman

“5 Ways to Feel Thankful, Fast

Colleen Perry

The Way I See It: Why Thankfulness and Selfishness Go Hand in Hand

2SIB – Saturday in Blogtober

Happy Thanksgiving from 3SIB

Nancy1973 – Test Kitchenette

Happy Thanksgiving

Kevin Ballie

What I’m Thankful For: Harvey Milk

Finally Getting Fit

Thirteen Reasons I’m Grateful

Ellen Haroutunian


Pro +


The Village Voice


Chalk and Talk

Thanksgiving is a Time to Feel Grateful, Not Guilty

John Seery

Mawk the Hawk (or, Thankfulness Unbounded)

Mitchell Bard

Thankful for Simple Pleasures on Thanksgiving

Steve Clemons

Uncomfortable Thanksgiving: Obama, Prop 8, and My Marriage

Art Brodsky

Merry Hanukkah, George. Happy Thanksgiving. Now, Would You Please Leave?

Kathleen Reardon

A Thanksgiving Thought

Kay Goldstein

Thanksgiving, a Practice of Gratitude

Elizabeth Rigby

In Thanksgiving for our (Very Big) Government

Jamie Lee Curtis


Paul Reiser

How I Know Things Are Different: Way #247

Katherine Goldstein

We May Be Screwed, but I’m Still Thankful

Adele Stan

Four Generations, Bad Music and Good Food

Robert Creamer

I Am Thankful for Those Who Have the “Cathedral Builder’s Mentality”

Gary Hart

Gratitude Triumphs Over Grinch

Huffington Post (even more posts about Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Commentary

Copywriting Maven (video)

5 Top Reasons I’m Grateful on Thanksgiving 2008 … and a dance video!

Thanks for reading!


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Okay. This is something new for me. I’ve never put up a poll on this blog before. I don’t even know how, so I’m trying to figure it out.


The  question for this poll is this: “Is this blog easy to read? Or, do you find the large font confusing?” I’ve been using the “H3” sizing for most of my text, Header 3, because I think it’s easier to read.  A friend complains about it, and says it makes it harder to tell one post from the other.


What do you think?


Should I use the larger text? (Header 3)


Or, should I use the smaller text? (paragraph)


Thanks for participating!


ps – If you don’t see a “POLL” on this post or a way to vote, please leave a comment to let me know:

1) if the large font I use is easy to read, or

2) if you prefer the smaller font.




[UPDATE: Woohoo!!! It’s works! If people respond to this poll, I just might go poll-crazy! 🙂 Please participate and choose an answer, or write in your own. Thanks!]

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I like the music of The Cranberries. But, this post is not about them.


I was one of the over-fed today. I spent the late morning to early afternoon with family working in the yard raking leaves. Then, late afternoon, I was also with family talking and laughing and eating. There was a lot of noise and a lot of food.


There were three kinds of cranberry dishes today. Cranberry Salsa (with garlic and cilantro), Cranberry Orange Sauce (with cranberries and oranges, of course) and Cranberry Sauce (with cranberries and sugar). They all seemed easy enough to make, easy enough to qualify for my “cooking for the motivationally challenged” category. So, I decided to post all THREE CRANBERRY RECIPES here.


There is only one slight problem. After about four hours, it was suddenly time to leave, and I had not procured the cranberry recipes. So, I’ll have to promise to post them another day. If I don’t post the three cranberry recipes in the next few days, remind me. Then, you’ll be able to have cranberry salsa with your appetizers (it’s a dip for chips) and cranberry sauce (for any turkey you might serve when Christmas rolls around).


Oh yeah, for some reason, it kind of felt like we were together for Christmas. We were with some relatives we used to see at Christmas (and very few other times). We even said “Merry Christmas” a few times and laughed about it.


I’m so thankful for family. And, I’m so thankful that I am able to live so close to them and see them often.


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