October 2015

No carbohydrate addiction- what?

Dear Friends and Readers, Ever wonder why white carbs are so addictive? The bad news is that even medical doctors disagree that there is such a thing as carbohydrate addiction. I tend to disagree, however John McDougall, MD, one of the participants in the debate on fad diets last spring in Washington, D.C., an event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture who  is the head of the McDougall Program, a

10x more potent than cocaine-Flakka

Dear Friends, The violence and self injury and the uncontrolled physical strength with the cost of 5 dollars a capsule makes this drug scary and deadly. Flakka is the street name for alphapyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and is mainly produced in China, where other synthetic drugs are coming from, and then distributed by dealers on the ground in the US for around $3 to

Reflections

My Dearest Readers and Friends, I hate cold weather and despise our habit of moving our clocks forwards and backwards. I know that there are those of you reading this blog in parts of the world where it is still warm, like Nigeria or Australia. For the rest of us it’s already dismal although whoever makes up these dates, winter is allegedly weeks away, but winter is already here in

Rituals

My Dear Friends,  I value  ritual. Emotions drive behavior. An individual develops methods or rituals to meet his or her emotional needs. Rituals are usually associated with religious or other forms of ceremony.  Most definitions of ritual include stereotyped activity or repetitive behavior such as hand washing as  ritual. These definitions of ritual are missing the spiritual if not the meditative quality that I have found in   ritual. These definitions

“Recognizing Angels”

My Dearest Friends, Yesterday I posted a blog about how to recognize Angels. That blog dissappeared into the blog graveyard. Actually, I think it was seized at the law firm’s (where I work(ed)) server in New York. I realized that the value of my experience is to guide us along our best path.  I believe in angels. I believe that angels have helped me.  Angels come in human form.  Every

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

My Dear Friends, I  want to thank you for reading  this blog. I hope that if I make the tiniest difference for the betterment of you in anyway, then I have done what I was put here on this earth to do, which is teach and touch through words. Tonight I started thinking about the negative beliefs I hold about myself-the ones that I work so hard to overcome. I

The Other 11% of the Time.

Dear Friends, Five years ago I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To me it was just another label that had been given to me by therapists and psychiatrists who couldn’t understand why  a young woman like myself had such ‘low self-esteem’ they would say. As I got older and more sucessful and still sad and feeling a failure they called it bi-polar disorder.  For years I had to

An Apology to our fellow Italian Americans

Dear Friends, I’d like to wish all of you a happy Columbus Day, but this federal holiday is fraught with controversy. Firstly, only 50% of the country (I don’t know how this number is derived) has the day off as a legal holiday. Secondly, in some parts of the country the holiday recognizes the 145 million people who lived in the areas of the world that Columbus is credited to have

Sexual Experience Wanted Young Girls Need Not Apply

Dear Friends, Almost one-third of women between ages 40 and 69 are dating younger men (defined as 10 or more years younger). According to a recent AARP poll, one-sixth of women in their 50s, in fact, prefer men in their 40s. The other day when writing about the slang terms used in our culture today I was at a loss to find the slang term for men who like older

Children Keep Your Parents Safe

Dear Friends, In 1962 Joan Crawford and Betty Davis co-stared in the movie “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” The movie is about two  elderly child stars who live together. Crawford is in a wheel chair and she tries to get back at Davis for causing a car accident that leaves Crawford in a wheel chair.  In one scene between the sisters one serves the other’s pet bird  for dinner.