Friday, September 19, 2014

Mushrooms Galore

So I went out into my yard the other day, and what do I see? I see mushrooms galore. At first, I think to myself the fairies are at work building a fairy ring, but no, it wasn't a fairy ring. They were all in a straight line. So here is some of what I saw.

So since I am not an expert when it comes to mushrooms, I decided to just leave them alone. While many mushrooms are edible, just as many are toxic. And if you don't know you should probably just leave them alone is my policy on that.

And here are a couple of fun facts about mushrooms

Different varieties of mushrooms can produce different colors of dye for clothing. The colors range anywhere from green to red to brown.

Under certain conditions mushrooms spores can lie dormant for hundreds of years and still grow again.

A Portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana. 

Certain types of mushrooms that grow underground can sell for as much as $800 a lb. I should be so lucky to have those in my yard.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

93 Year Old Man Charged With 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder

If you are anything like me, when you read the line 93 year old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, you immediately thought there is a typo in the story.  But as I continued reading the story, I realized it wasn’t a mistake. The gentleman was an accountant at the concentration camp Auschwitz.

As I read the story, I was surprised at reactions to it. There were some individuals who stated that it has been too long since the events occurred for a trial to have significance. There were others that stated on message boards that the gentleman was too old what good would it do? There were others who stated on message boards and comment areas, that he was an account and could do nothing to stop the murders. There were others who commented that so many of the original perpetrators of the crimes went into hiding and could never be found.

After reading the comments, I found myself asking more questions about this individual than when I first read the story. I looked up a little more information about the gentleman, and it seems as though he was initially charged in 1985 with crimes. But the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. But what I found more surprising is that he has actively addressed the issue of Holocaust denial. He has gone public with the things he saw, but he has always stated that he was innocent of committing crimes.

Now this man did not operate the gas chambers, but he did help with processing the money from the victims. He claims to have seen things, and knew about the gas chambers according to reports. I guess the final question about this gentleman for me is did this gentleman do anything to help any of the victims while he worked at Auschwitz? I don’t believe that he could have stopped the machine, but did he have the courage or ability to save one person’s life? Did he try to make a difference to someone or did he simply say there is nothing I could do?

What do you think about the story? Should the man be prosecuted or is it better to just let it go?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roxanna Music Review

Roxanna is a new performer from Canada. She has recently released her debut album called Exotica. And anybody who hears this singer’s voice will have to admit that her voice is beautiful. The music is relaxing, and would probably be categorized in the contemporary adult category.
Roxanna’s journey to recording isn’t your typical journey. As a child in Iran she enjoyed singing, and she comforted her patients as a nurse by singing to them. It was after doing this someone suggested that she pursue a profession in music. And she teamed up with producer Mark Portmann on this album.

So now you know a little bit about her. What about her music? Her beautiful voice is perfect for ballads. And many of the songs on the album utilize Spanish guitar to provide a romantic and soft feel to the music.

For fans of 80’s music, you’ll be pleased that she has done a cover version of Lionel Richie’s Hello. She hasn’t attempted to alter the song too much. She has added Spanish guitar in place of much of the keyboard work that was in the original song. I believe that fans of the song will enjoy listening to it. The album also includes a cover of Julio Iglesias’ El Amor which is showcases her talent.
But my absolute favorite song on the album is Here with Me. The lyrics of the song are based on a book of Farsi poetry translated into English. They are touching. And I love how the trumpet was used in the song. It just adds something special to the song. And I just like that Roxanna has brought something from her homeland to the music scene. She has combined the two worlds beautifully.

Okay, so who will enjoy this music? Women who enjoy romantic music will definitely enjoy this music. As I was listening to the music, I immediately thought of my friend Michelle. My friend Michelle passed away several years ago, but I clearly had an image of her singing along to these songs, and crying over the lyrics. Anybody who reads this and knew Michelle will know exactly what type of music is right now. And fans of Celine Dion’s music will also enjoy this album.

Faithful followers of my blog, make sure you listen to Roxanna’s music and let me know what you think. I think that many of you will be adding her music to your playlists because the girl has talent.

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 34


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I met with a friend this week for breakfast. She has a daughter that well has led a somewhat colorful life, and this has brought quite a bit of paint into my friends life. This has gone on for several years. There were years when she tried to help her daughter, and her daughter stole from her. She even left her with an infant to care for.  I have seen my friend cry, and I have seen her get so excited that maybe this time her daughter would go clean from the lifestyle she was leading. And I have seen my friend have to make the terrible decision that she could no longer help her child unless her daughter really gave up her drug use. And this meant that she felt that she could no longer have any contact with her daughter.

A couple of months ago I received a call from my friend, and she informed me that her daughter claims to have been clean and sober for two and a half years. She told me that she didn’t know if it was really true. She stated she wasn’t sure what she was going to do. She couldn’t let her daughter’s behavior take away the happiness she had worked hard to find.

This leads to the breakfast we had together this week. My friend was so excited. After cautiously talking with her daughter over the phone she decided that her daughter really had been clean and sober for the past two and a half years. I haven’t seen my friend that excited in years. And then she told me I wanted to make sure that you knew because over the years you were one of the few people that actually said that she could change. I was surprised. I fully supported my friend’s decision to not have contact with her daughter. But I never realized that so many people had told her that her daughter was incapable of change. And I thought to myself why do we give up hope so often?

You see to me, hope isn’t knowing how something will happen; it’s just that you know that it can happen. If you have hope you know that things aren’t going right, but you believe that there is the possibility that they will be different. It doesn’t mean that you have to sit and wait for another individual to change their habits, because that isn’t healthy, but that you have to open to the fact that people are capable of change. And I would encourage my readers to never give up hoping for people even though you can’t see how things will work out because one day you might get to see that someone you care about actually needed you to be hopeful for them.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Wars Humor

Just thought I would share a little Star Wars humor with you today. Come on, it's funny isn't it?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blood Sugar Summer

Blood Sugar Summer is a doomwave band based out of the UK. Now, there are some of you asking doomwave, what is that? For those who aren’t up on all the subgenre’s of music, doomwave is pretty similar to goth. In fact I would classify it as goth.

So this song like many songs of the genre has a slight melancholy feel to it. It uses minor keys, and the tempo is a little slower than some songs. And the music doesn’t overpower the lyrics in this song. Many musicians struggle to find that blend. And Blood Sugar Summer has got it right in this song. It’s easy to understand the lyrics and the music enhances them. And like many goth songs the lyrics are sad. The song is the story of a famous model whose pictures are in billboards and magazines, but it isn’t enough for her. The lyrics state she’s so lonely. It’s a reminder to all of us that fame doesn’t mean that you are going to be happy.

The duo that forms the band are Benj├│ James – vocals and Jack Wilson – guitars. They only formed in 2012, and they have already put out a song with strong lyrics and a great melody. I hope this band continues all of its hard work because I believe that they can produce some really great music in the future as they develop their style.

So go listen to their music, and let me know what you think of this band. 

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