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Letters from the Vieux Carré by Haden Hudson

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Letters from the Vieux CarréLetters from the Vieux Carré by Haden Hudson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anna Bailey has lost her fiance in a violent shooting. She is devastated and confused when she leaves the funeral to walk alone in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While viewing the place that her fiance, Joseph, had once described to her, she comes across a mysterious shop owner who has a message for Anna.

Later that evening, Anna goes back to where her mother and she are staying. She is hoping for some maternal comfort, but instead, Anna is thrown back in time to the nineteenth century.
She lands in the bed of a drunken Gabriel.

Gabriel Volcain, looks exactly like Joseph, Anna’s dead fiance, complete with the most amazing blue eyes. And, when Gabriel’s father bursts into the room, the stage is set for a quick marriage.

Anna begins to write letters to her mother in the future to stop herself from going insane. Her incredible situation of going back in time cannot be explained to anyone.

Join Anna and Gabriel in the novel “Letters from the Vieux Carré” by Haden Hudson. The story will keep you reading from beginning to end with the passionate and mysterious relationship between Anna and Gabriel.

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A Knight in Shining Armor

Positive News is Out There!

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Are you tired of seeing depressing news stories on the local news? Is it possible that more than BAD stuff is happening in the world? Here is an article I found at a website called and at this site there are lots of positive news articles to enjoy. Here is one entitled, “She Asked her 80-Year-Old Grandma to be a Bridesmaid It Turned Out Better Than She Ever Expected”

Have an enjoyable and positive day! smiley laughing

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

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Do you suffer from muscle cramps or spasms in the middle of the night? Does your restless leg interrupt your loved one’s sleep? Have your been diagnosed with high blood pressure, thyroid issues, or irregular heartbeat?  It could be that you are lacking in the important mineral called magnesium.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “Every organ in the body — especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys — needs the mineral magnesium. It also contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones. Most important, it activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.”

People can have temporary magnesium deficiency caused by the flu or other sickness. Some, who may be taking medications such as diuretics or who may have irritable bowl syndrome or colitis may experience low magnesium levels. Diabetes, high thyroid levels, and kidney disease can also be detrimental to the magnesium levels in the body.  If the magnesium stays low, then other issues can arise.

mag foods to eatHow can you raise your magnesium? Eating the right foods is a good start.  Pumpkin seeds, cooked spinach, black beans, brown rice, cashews, dark chocolate, halibut are some healthy foods that may help raise your magnesium levels. You can also take a relaxing soak in an Epsom salt bath.  In this method, your body can absorb magnesium through your skin and help reverse your magnesium deficiency. And since magnesium is more easily absorbed through your skin than it is internally, it is possible to purchase commercially made magnesium oil online or you could learn to make your own magnesium oil at home. You may also wish to add vitamins B, and K to your diet. It is believed that magnesium will be better absorbed if these vitamins are also available to the body.

So if you are feeling that your  symptoms are related to a magnesium deficiency make sure to add some magnesium rich foods  to your diet, soak in an Epsom salt bath, and make or buy yourself some magnesium lotion.  Check first with your doctor to make sure magnesium supplementation does not interact with any medications you are currently prescribed.

More information…

How to Make Your Own Magnesium Lotion.

Magnesium is the underrated Master Mineral-Natural

Source: Magnesium | University of Maryland Medical Center
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No, NO Keurig 2.0!

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Keurig 2.o      Yesterday, I had finally had enough with my old Keurig refusing to make me a cup of coffee, so I went to Best Buy to purchase a new coffee system.  The salesman, Mark, was wonderful, and he showed me all of my options.  I was hoping to find a Keurig similar to my old one, however, Best Buy didn’t carry those any more.  That was when I saw this new Keurig 2.0 complete with a carafe!  The idea of having the ability to make either a cup of coffee or a pot of coffee filled me with elation.

     Of course, I purchased the Keurig 2.0.  The salesman, being as kind as he could, warned me that the one fault with the system is that only coffee pods with the Keurig symbol on it can be used with the new 2.0. And, stupid me, thought this would not be a problem. Didn’t all of my pods say Keurig 2.0?

     Back at home, excited to open my new purchase and have a full cup of coffee, I began the process of setting up the machine.  It was all so easy, that is, until I put my coffee pod in the machine.  On the touch screen, I saw a message that said, “Oops! Please put in an official Keurig cup.” What?!  oops Keurig

       Mark, the salesman was correct.  There is no work around. The Keurig 2.0 only accepts official cups with a computerized code around it and the Keurig symbol.  My favorite coffee is not one of those.  None of my favorite coffee is part of the Keurig family, consequently, I can only drink Keurig brand. Even more frustrating is the fact that those little cups that allow you to fill them with your own coffee will no longer work, either. keurig pods

     What I surmised from all of this is that if I keep the Keurig 2.0, I will forever be a slave to this company.  I am only allowed to chose from its brands of coffee, and can NEVER have my favorite coffee again. I say, “No, NO, Keurig!”

     I should have listened to Mark in the first place, but I guess, somewhere in my head, I was thinking that Keurig wouldn’t be so stupid as to lose a customer over a brand thing.  Alas, I was terribly wrong. I boxed up the Keurig 2.0 and said goodbye to my one cup at a time life.  I will not give up my freedom of choice for the convenience of the system.

Check out these interesting sites:

Keurig Hack

Freedom Clip

Sneezing your way to a big belly: Do allergy medications make you fat?

Interesting article on a subject I have recently been mulling over in my own life.  I take allergy meds year round for seasonal allergies, and I wonder if this has something to do with weight gain/loss.  This is definitely something to look into more.

Sneezing your way to a big belly: Do allergy medications make you fat?.

Esperanza Rising Book Review

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Esperanza RisingEsperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan was a surprisingly good novel set in Post Revolutionary Mexico and Great Depression Era California.  Esperanza is a young girl who was born into a wealthy family and has never known poverty.  That is, until her father is killed by bandits, and her uncles take over the land.  Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their home to avoid a forced remarriage of Esperanza’s mother.  The two, along with three loyal servants steal away in a mango cart toward California and the promise of freedom.
In California, Esperanza learns what it is like to be poor and an immigrant.  She learns to work hard, to make do, and to think about someone other than herself. Like the mythical Phoenix she rises from the ashes to remake herself.  This was an excellent book and one I want to share with my students.

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Dedicated to Mom

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Dedicated to Mom

A silent tear

slid down my cheek

As I paged through memories

bitter and sweet


Not many years have gone


Yet, remembering

still inspires me to cry


Back then, I was safe


enfolded in arms

that helped me mature


The bitter, violent world

held at bay

while, I grew

learned how to make my way



I resisted

Rules were insisted

Your firm, guiding hand

Stood its righteous stand

I took


You gave



I turned the wrong way


a strong tower

led me right


When I was critical

drawn away

You, built self-esteem

Inspired flight


Never did you

humiliate, put me aside

You let bygones be by


You –

Molded; morals, self-respect




I hope Mom

You are proud

For I am proud

To be you



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