Living, Learning, and Sharing my best life by becoming thoughtfully engaged with the world around me. An evolving boomer, Grande Dame blogger, photographer, nurse, euchre player, lover of champagne, chocolates, and caviar, feeder of birds, reader of books, mother of a BC eagle, co-founder of the Goddess Gala and Dieting Diva.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Audition: The Barbara Walters Memoir

Just finished this wonderful memoir. The obvious thing to take away from this read is the amazing places she has been, the people she has met. But there is so much more.  Here are 3 of them.

1.  I come away with the desire to write more letters.  Hand written letters for the most part have been replaced by email and phone calls.  While the latter both have their place, a handwritten letter can be powerful, touching, cherished.  
2.  I have made a decision to watch some old films of Katherine Hepburn.  As I read Barbara's interpretation of the "great Kate", I can identify with so much that was Hepburn.  Her attitude, "her bark being worse than her bite", and that she loved chocolates and champagne.
3. "The key to happiness is warm heartedness and compassion"...this is the Dalai Lama's prescription, not Ms Walters.  I thought it was worth repeating.    

I would recommend this book to any woman, especially those who struggle in a male world and Who feel they are held back by the "good old boys club".  Barbara Walters has been a pioneer for women in a man's world and she is proud of that, as she should be.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


So excited.  My husband assembled my new composter last night. Today I ordered 500 red wiggler worms. I am working on making a bed of leaves in it now. Then I add kitchen waste and the worms and I am off to the races.  I bought the composter at Smith and Hawken.  I like it because it is on wheels and I can turn the mixture inside with a handle on the side.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Living Life and Loving It!

Today was beautiful.  I walked on the beach, swam in the crystal clear ocean, and reconnected with my dear friend Paula.   My husband and I planted cactus and Jade on our balcony, did some shopping and ate a fabulous dinner outdoors on Fort Lauderdale beach with our friend Buck. Who could ask for more? 

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Tax War

All Americans should be concerned about how the government is waging a tax war on its citizens.  The government wants to wage war on the haves vs the have nots. They appear to be targeting citizens earning in excess of $200,000 a year but in reality they are targeting all Americans.  The Obama administration is raising everyones taxes, and instilling a dependence on government that is lethal. Federal, state, local, sales, estate, corporate, property, gas, sin taxes,  the list of taxes goes on and on.  No matter how much you make the government is taking more than its fair share. The ever increasing list of taxes is needed to pay for their continued irresponsible spending.  When will we begin to show our outrage?  

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Boxed water is better for the Earth

Here is a new idea to help save the environment from all those plastic water bottles.   Check it out.