Website article links, writings, and reviews posted by Saturday November 26, 2016, Images and Various websites from Amazon, Yelp etc.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Website article links, writings, and reviews posted by Saturday November 26, 2016, Images and Various websites from Amazon, Yelp etc.

I Call Upon What I Imagine To Be The Influence of Benevolent Spirits From the Heavenly Realms, my higher self, and my celestial spirit ally team for creativity in both my writings and all other areas of my life both present and future

One of the things that I like about these pictures are that they symbolize a happy family.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Christmas plans for George and Charlotte

8 Fascinating Facts About Kate Middleton’s College Years


8 Fascinating Facts About Kate Middleton’s College Years

22 Smile-Inducing Photos From the American Music Awards

Airbnb for the super rich revealed: The most luxurious holiday rentals in the world cost up to £10k a night and come with chefs and heliports

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Learn the 12 Ways to Achieve Significance (the Level That Surpasses Success)
Cultivating Creativity Through Travel
An Incredibly Clever Hack for People Who Want to Read More Books

Today in History: November 26

Harvard Summer Courses
Old Dominion University Norfolk Virginia
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Virginia
Georgetown University Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Today in History November 26

Nine Virginia Resorts For The Holidays

I admit that one reason why this article caught my attention is because of my interest in incorporating some type of soup or chili in the meal plan for my husband and I at least once a week or more (I’m thinking about maybe starting with the tomato and apple soup or the honey carrot soup ).

It’s Soup Season! Here’s Our 50 Best Recipes

It’s Soup Season! Here Are Our 50 Best Recipes

I have lived in California before via the U.S. Navy, which is why I can naturally understand why the Obamas are eyeing California for the near future. Regardless of whether I’m in the minority or majority for saying this and this is not meant to offend Donald Trump supporters, yet I have a feeling that (within four years or less from now) that the Obamas will be missed. I enjoyed living in California yet my husband and I mutually agree on staying on the east coast in order to have a greater chance of us owning a house by the year 2030 or sooner (due to the fact that I do not believe that the houses in California are going to get any cheaper anytime soon). I confess that I personally would be tempted to move to California if I did not care about getting a house. However, as someone who is fortunate to work a job where I’m making more money than last year, one reason why eventually owning a completely paid for home for my husband and I is a goal for me is because I believe that I’m part of a generation where a person, couple, andor family will be on their own in getting a home in the future for their senior years unless they have housing assistance. My husband and I are fortunate in not having to draw food stamps or housing assistance (and I do not judge anyone who gets such assistance)yet I believe that owning a house may actually become cheaper than living in an apartment within 20-30 years or less but getting housing assistance for an apartment as a backup to living in a house is going to become more challenging unless you are willing to live in a scarcely populated area with limited jobs andor limited public transportation.

The Obamas Are Moving To California



This article in no way deters my home buying dreams for my husband and I by the year 2030 or sooner. As a matter of fact, this article sharpens my intent to brainstorm ways for the rest of the remaining year on how I can make that happen for my husband and I by the year 2030 or sooner. However, my logic and sixth sense are influencing me to keep this article for present and future reference.

Here’s the salary you have to earn to buy a home in 19 major US cities

I have to give a fair heads up/notice to anyone that I’m about to post some articles and a middle school photo as reinforcement motivation to myself that I have posted on facebook before. However, my intuition/logic is helping me see the fact that it is imperative that I give myself this repeated reinforcement this weekend.


23 dramatic celebrity weight loss journeys

Aug 08, 2016


40 Things You’ll Gain When You Lose Weight

I lost 100 pounds in a year. My “weight loss secret” is really dumb.

by Alasdair Wilkins on January 1, 2016

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds by Madison Park

Twinkie Diet for Weight Loss: Is Professor Haub on to Something?

I lost 100lbs in four months: How one man dropped a third of his body weight by cutting out ‘white food’

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A picture of me from middle school that I have to credit my younger sister Samantha for sharing with me.

See a Tented Gala That Looked Like a Starry Night

I googled music and creativity

5 Ways Music Improves Our Health

What a difference! Rachel Frederickson looks happy and healthy 10 months after winning The Biggest Loser weighing 105lbs

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Is there a link between music and happiness?
The Beautiful Connection Between Music, Health, Happiness And Efficiency

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What a difference! Rachel Frederickson looks happy and healthy 10 months after winning The Biggest Loser weighing 105lbs

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Are music and happiness linked?

People who exercise on work days are happier, suffer less stress and are more productive

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Why endorphins (and exercise) make you happy

I googled creativity and writing

7 Techniques from Creative Writing You Can Use to Improve Your Essays

I googled authors share writing prompts

7 Creative Writing Prompts To Spark Your Writing

5 Remarkable Writing Prompt & Exercise Books

Scientists say these 25 habits can help you feel happier and healthier by Erin Brodwin, Jessica Orwig, Dina Spector

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How to Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career
How to Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Regardless of A Secret Timeframe Deadline That A Writer Has Set For Themselves, November 26, 2016
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I must preface this review by making it clear that I’m posting an unpaid review as a person who mainly plans on writing stories as a side career to my full-time job. This kindlebook of How To Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell appealed to me because I write short freestyle stories for fun, which has also helped other areas of my life in creative ways (i.e. spiritual benefits such as more lucid dreams that have helped me see into what may be taking place in my life in the near future andor ideas on how to prepare for it if the event is to take place regardless). I have freely posted some of my freestyle stories on my blogs and I’m ready to create opportunities to take my short story writing to another level. Fortunately, this kindlebook appeared in an Amazon recommendation to me as I was becoming even more aware that I’m going to have to create more opportunities for myself (courtesy of me also being exposed to Don’t Wait For Opportunity, Create It by S. Baker). Some of the following informative details in this content packed kindlebook; keeping your joy alive by just writing something for the fun of it, details on the Amazon kindle select program, places to go for writing prompts such as the mention of the Writer’s Digest website, using short stories for imagination building, an example of a short story from the mention of Girls In Their Summer Dresses by Irvin Shaw, other short stories for more examples in this kindlebook for writing short stories, and more.

Rich & ThinTM
Rich & ThinTM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insighful Details Shared in the Pursuit of Being and Staying Slender, November 26, 2016
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I confess that one reason why this book Rich and Thin (Good & Bad Diet Styles of the Rich and Famous) by Ginie Sayles caught my attention is due to my awareness that it is common knowledge that a woman in American society is subject to being judged by her weight. The only women I have seen escape the game of being judged by their appearance are the ones who have succeeded in creating the perception of being sharp-witted, charismatic, andor highly self-confident. By no means am I implying that only women are judged by their weight. Rather I’m being forthright as to one of my motivations for purchasing the kindlebook of Rich and Thin by Ginie Sayles. Anyhow some of the following gems in this kindlebook are; various diets that are used by the rich such as how a rich female maintains her trim figure with the “toddler diet”, mention of The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet book by Dr. Herman Tarnower. Apparently, from what is written about the diet in this book, Dr. Tarnower had clients who found success with his plan. However, his highly accomplished life came to a tragic/senseless end when he was killed by a mistress who was a headmistress of Washington D.C’s prestigious Madeira School (which the author listed that some of America’s wealthiest families had sent their daughters to). The author, in a healing and non-judgmental manner goes into a person assessing what they are waiting for in their life as one of the holistic ways of attaining the desired weight loss objective. Reluctantly I admit that the advice that I truly need to work on following (and I intend to do so) is to maybe work on keeping some of my passions in life more discreet. Ginie Sayles helpfully goes into how sometimes the choice to keep a passion for art, dancing, acting, other areas etc. at a discreet level (until you have mastered the art of not waiting for life to happen to you) are sometimes imperative for weight loss success. Basically, she compassionately shares finding ways to change one’s life to where the weight loss is a secondary positive effect, plus there is much more fascinating details in this kindlebook.

Price: $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film For Someone In Your Life Who Enjoys The World Of Warcraft Series, November 26, 2016
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Fortunately, it was an easy decision to convince my husband to watch the Warcraft film because he has been a fan of the games since around at least 2004. I even purchased for my husband the 60 day prepaid time card World of Warcraft and the World of Warcraft Expansion Burning Crusade back around December 2006 for my husband (you can say that my husband has been a longtime World of Warcraft fan). Anyhow, my husband fortunately enjoyed the Warcraft film, which was a relief to me because I actually bought the movie over just renting it. Anyhow, this film has Travis Fimmel as Sir Anduin Lothar, a human military commander, Paula Patton as Garona a half orc, along with other actors/actresses. As a writer, the film showed me ways of integrating the battle between good and evil. The film opens with the plot of the orc race being able to enter a human realm through a magic portal. Additionally, I’m glad to have a chance to further understand some of my husband’s interests in an expanded way (i.e. part of his inner world).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Writers Andor Those Who Enjoyed Watching The Fantastic Beasts Film, November 26, 2016
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This kindlebook of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them; An Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling is a worthwhile purchase if you have enjoyed the Fantastic Beast film in theaters or if you have writing/screenwriting dreams. Fortunately, my husband and I had a chance to see the film less than 24 hours ago. It is fascinating to see some of the scenes in this kindlebook that were in the film (such as scene 12 and 13 that touch upon interactions involving the characters of Newt and Jacob), Tina being concerned about what Jacob knows about Newt’s situations/dealings, Tina’s compassionate sister Queenie etc.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Various Examples of Mentorship In Kindle Form, November 26, 2016
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This kindlebook of In The Company of Women; Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entreprenurs by Grace Bonney is a motivational/inspirational compilation. Women from various backgrounds and walks of life are featured along with very helpful/honest insights (such as one of the women making it clear that it is sometimes necessary andor not unusual for a person to endure mockery andor social isolation either from some of their family members, professional associates andor friends on their way to achieving their dreams/goals). Writer/Chef Klancy Miller, Artist/Photographer Lorna Simpson, Artist/Designer/Sculptor Wendy Maruyama, Artist/Author Maira Kalman, Interior Designer/Stylist/Author Sibella Court, Musician Neko Case, Textile Designers Hopie and Lily Stockman, Beauty Entrepreneur Miko Branch, Chef/Television Host Carla Hall, and many more women are featured in this detail packed kindlebook.

Late Night Tales: Nils Frahm
Late Night Tales: Nils Frahm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calming Chillout, November 26, 2016
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This compilation of Late Night Tales by Nils Frahm feat. various artists is very relaxing and melds sounds of lounge and chillout. What also makes the collection worth it is the varied blend of 24 eclectic chillout tracks with some of them having a storytelling quality such as track 23 of In The Morning by Cillian Murphy and a continuous mix of at least an hour long on track 24. Some of the tracks take on a vintage quality such as track five by Gene Autry, an atmospheric quality on track 6 featuring Boards of Canada plus more songs.

Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2016 Startrek Continuation, November 26, 2016
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It was an easy decision for my husband and I to watch the film Star Trek Beyond because we had seen both the 2009 Star Trek and 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness films in theaters. This film picks up where the last two films left off with an all star cast and the fate of multiple workers on the USS Enterprise hanging in the balance.
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    11006 Veirs Mill Rd
    WHEATON, MD 20902
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    My husband and I agreed to take a chance on this AMC Wheaton Mall 9 theater in Wheaton Maryland less than 24 hours ago. Our movie of choice that we selected to see at this theater was Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (which turned out to be a brilliant movie). Anyhow, our wait to get the tickets for the film (which was a 4p.m. showing) was pretty brief as was our wait for getting a fountain drink and mozzarella sticks. Obviously, I can only speak for our visit yet the customer service was also up to par.

7 Creative Writing Prompts To Spark Your Writing

Man I hate writer’s block. We all get stuck in a writing rut from time to time. Sometimes it gets so bad for me that I can’t even come up with a clever status update for Facebook—for Facebook! If my creative muscle is having difficulty piecing together a one-sentence quip, how in the world can I flex it long enough to turn out a short story or a novel or even a new blog post? The remedy I’ve found that works best for me is trying a writing prompt … and here are 7 worth trying.

Source: 7 Creative Writing Prompts To Spark Your Writing

Website article links, writings, and reviews posted by Thursday November 24, 2016, Images and Various websites from Amazon, Yelp etc.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Website article links, writings, and reviews posted by Thursday November 24, 2016, Images and Various websites from Amazon, Yelp etc.

Website article links, writings, and reviews posted by Thursday November 24, 2016

As someone who is far from the golden sheep to my adoptive father but who is close to a younger sibling who is very popular and well favored in the family; if you care enough about your sibling you will leave well enough alone. My statement to the sibling who feels left out might not be popular but I think it is more important for you to reach out to your sibling on how you feel rather than try to change your parents’ mind. In my situation it is the exact opposite, as far as I know, I do not stand to gain anything from my adoptive father and I made it clear it clear to another sibling that I would understand if they are the sole and only beneficiary of whatever is left because for me getting along with my sibling is more important than trying to obtain financial benefits that I should be trying to create myself instead of expecting others to provide. Additionally, I say this because someone may be getting kicked in the game of life for now, but there is also the chance that the same person can become a master at the game of life within five years of less from now.

Every guy I date turns out to be a jerk. So what am I doing wrong?

I admit that one of the reasons why the Westworld tv show catches my attention is because of the adventure component that is attached to it, such as the case with the Vikings tv show from the History channel and the Last Ship (which are also good tv shows).

11 details you probably missed in the latest ‘Westworld’ episode

15 ‘Harry Potter’ references you may have missed in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Both photos reflect Kate Middleton in gorgeous dresses. Yet for some reason, I feel that the red dress brings out Kate Middleton’s positive vibe and sense of happiness compared to the other dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge Has the Same $1,715 Dress in 2 Different Colors

From my perspective, Elizabeth Hurley and Ellie Goulding look at ease in these two photos and self-confident with themselves. For Hurley’s daring look, I take her hat look as an empowering symbolism towards the positive traits affiliated with the phoenix.

Elizabeth Hurley, 51, Flaunts Her Body in a Tight Blue Dress (Oh, and She’s Wearing a Crazy Hat Too)

The Mercedes-Benz VIP Jet Cabin Is Like an S-Class in the Sky, But Better

The World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Airport Approaches

7 Crazy but True Facts About Moving Into the White House


Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Family Home Is as Cozy and Inviting as You Imagined

The Truth About Icelandic Happiness
Fortunately, I have plenty of time to walk off what I eat today, yet this article pertaining to Thanksgiving dinner still piques my interest.

The average Thanksgiving dinner is around 2,500 calories

Virginia Beach needs another field house to keep up with demand, study says

In South Norfolk, one woman is giving back. By cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 400 people.

Harvard Summer Courses feat. profile of Hanne Twedt Berli

4 Supereasy Mug Cakes to Enjoy All Season Long

Personal data for more than 130,000 sailors hacked: U.S. Navy
This yahoo article brings back memories of me being stationed on the USS Eisenhower (based out of Norfolk Virginia)from part of 2008 to 2009.

Planes launched off US carrier in Gulf pound IS militants

I admit that part of the reason why I feel drawn to these USS Eisenhower (based out of Norfolk Virginia) related articles was because I was actually stationed on there for part of 2008 and 2009.

US Navy Serves up Turkey Alongside Sorties on Thanksgiving

I’m blessed to say that both my husband and I share similar positive outlooks on life and are on the same page when it comes to our goal to have a lasting and close marriage for life regardless of what others think andor say. Additionally, I’m already intuitively and logically aware of most of these principles. However, my intuition and logic are guiding me to save this article as more of an unofficial article mentor in the same way that close married couples would turn to and befriend other happily married couples.

The 8 Best Things to Thank Your Spouse For

The 8 Best Things to Thank Your Spouse For

Celebs at Home

Picture Perfect: 6 Movie-Theme Rentals for Events

How Current Events Inspired This Museum’s First Amendment-Theme Party

Virginia Beach Virginia website
When it comes to my writing/being an author goals, I’m in the process of integrating my dreams with the practical side of life and develop more resilient positive emotions that balance out challenging emotions andor thoughts either from myself andor others that may surface. I’m learning to be more resourceful each day.  Coming across articles such as this inspirational feature of J.K. Rowling’s journey as an accomplished writer remind me that there is more to gain from sticking with a firm decision to continually try while fleshing out my writing objectives even if my goals are considered lofty andor my ability to be courageous is tested. Yes, I also understand that I must persist in my journey as a writer with little concern of whether the result is obscurity or fame.
In the Chamber of Secrets: J.K. Rowling’s Net Worth
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Now That's What I Call The 1990s
Now That’s What I Call The 1990s
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5.0 out of 5 starsA Strong Mix of Exquisite Rock/Pop Songs, November 23, 2016
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This cd collection of NOW That’s What I Call The 90s by various artists contains a superb mix of various rock and pop songs from the 1990’s. There are 18 songs on this cd streamlining eclectic music rock/pop blends such as Ordinary World by Duran Duran, Shine by Collective Soul, You Gotta Be by Desree, One Week by Barenaked Ladies, Lullaby by Shawn Mullins (the Lullaby song came to me in a dream one night in 2009 when I was actually nervous about a professional change I was voluntarily making and I’m blessed to say that things turned out better than I expected). Sublime, Live, Joan Osborne, and more songs are also featured within this collection.

Depeche Mode - Videos 86>98 +
Depeche Mode – Videos 86>98 +
DVD ~ Depeche Mode
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5.0 out of 5 starsDepeche Mode Originals, November 23, 2016
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This two dvd set of Depeche Mode – Videos 86>98 + is a worthwhile purchase for me for two reasons. The first reason has to do with the multiple music videos on both discs that showcase original and well-thought out songs (such as the push the envelope yet unique World in My Eyes, In Your Room, Walking In My Shoes etc). There are also the features of an Interview With Depeche Mode, Depeche Mode-A Short Film. Disc Two has 4 different music videos of But Not Tonight (listed to be from the film Modern Girls which makes me curious to check out the movie), Strange Love 88 (US Version), One Caress (US Video), Condenmation (Paris Mix) plus 3 short films listed to be Violator 13/11/90, Songs of Faith & Devotion 27/01/93 and Ultra 26/02/97. Basically, Disc One has 126 minutes of music video and Depeche Mode footage which is divided up into 23 tracks. Disc Two is 87 minutes and divided up into 4 different music videos and 3 short films. Additionally, having these music videos brings back positive memories for me because this dvd set is a related variation on the two disc music cd set that my spouse bought for me back in January 2005 for our one year wedding anniversary. My husband, who I admit stoked my interest in Depeche Mode when we first started dating in 2003 with the Depeche Mode Exciter cd, gifted me with disc one of The Singles 86>98 by Depeche Mode as well as the Singles 81>85 by Depeche Mode around January 2005.

Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US 4 GB RAM 16GB SSD 11.6" Laptop (Black)
Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US 4 GB RAM 16GB SSD 11.6″ Laptop (Black)
Price: $139.00
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5.0 out of 5 starsGift From My Mother in Law, November 23, 2016
My mother in law generously bought for me this easy to carry and light Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US 4 GB RAM 16GB SSD 11.6″ Laptop (Black) less than 3 and a half weeks ago. This portable computer easily allows me to use the internet in a portable form while still also seamlessly fitting into one of my backpacks.

Essential R&B: 40 Essential Urban Licks
Essential R&B: 40 Essential Urban Licks
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5.0 out of 5 starsA Good Variety of 90’s And Early 2000’s R&B Songs, November 23, 2016
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It is easy for me to enjoy multiple songs from this collection of Essential R&B; 40 Essential Urban Licks (featuring various artists) due to my previous familiarity with many of the songs. I had previously heard some of these songs from as far back as during my time in middle school (Right Here by SWV and Back and Forth by Aaliyah), during my time in high school (Hard Knock Life by JayZ) and when I was living in Japan and then California through the U.S. Navy (Beautiful by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell, One Call Away by Chingy etc.). The one feature that I like the most on this cd is a good variety of songs by female and male artists and groups that have been featured through radio airplay andor television (as well as different decades featured through the 90s and the early 2000’s).

TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time
TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time
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Price: $12.99
5.0 out of 5 starsTV Show Ideas, November 23, 2016
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For me, this kindlebook of TV (the book) Two Experts Pick The Greatest American Shows of All Time by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Zeitz is a good guide to look into because it exposes me to the awareness of tv shows for me to check out that transcend beyond my targeted demographic. Fortunately, my husband ignored whether I was the target audience when he introduced me to the Vikings television show,Venture Bros., and Doctor Who. Additionally, I would not have found out about the Last Ship Tv show without looking at guides such as Entertainment Weekly or my recent discovery of Westworld (from the Washingtonian magazine website). I understand that sometimes shows tailored to/targeted in ads to someone like me are done with good intent. However, my intuition/logic influencing me to check out even television shows that I know that I’m not the target audience for as a way for helping me to understand good storytelling in a better fashion, fulfill my craving for adventure, and expose me to different ways of thinking (human nature wise) that open my mind to accepting different viewpoints from mine (regardless of whether I think such thoughts are of a dark nature or a good nature). This kindlebook currently has images of various actors/actresses from various tv shows such as Jon Hamm for what looks to be Mad Men, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Kerry Washington for Scandal, actors/actress affiliated with the Seinfeld tv show, an image of what looks to be for the 30 Rock tv show of Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan, and more tv show images on the front cover. One of the criteria that they admit to using is basing it on US Televisions shows (they acknowledge the popularity of such show as Fawlty Towers, Kingdom etc.). One season shows are also featured such as My So-Called Life and shows written about for groups (The Golden Girls, Friends). Detailed explanations are given in the book such as for the reasoning behind the selection of The Simpsons tv show.

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
by Geoff Colvin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.08
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5.0 out of 5 starsHelps Me Raise the Bar Higher For Myself, November 23, 2016
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I confess that this book Talent is Overrated; What Really Separates World Class Performers From Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin as an Amazon feature recommendation due to my previous/past purchases of the Daniel Coyle books (The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent) in addition to Mindset by Carol Dweck. I admit that I also purchased this book as an encouragement/book mentor to myself to continue improving on and sharpening my writing skills regardless of what is reflected in my external reality. The book touches on areas such as deliberate practice (page 7) and hiring a teacher andor coach for certain objectives related to desired skill building (page 67). Knowing Where You Want to Go is touched on (page 109) and allocating time and resources towards deliberate practice (page 171).

Glory (Deluxe Version)
Glory (Deluxe Version)
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5.0 out of 5 starsQuality Medley of Dance, Club, Seductive Pop, November 23, 2016
This review is from: Glory (Deluxe Version) (Audio CD)
I admit that I actually pre-ordered the Glory (Deluxe Version) by Britney Spears this past summer courtesy of my husband (who happened to have picked up on my interest in Britney Spears one year when he purchased her Blackout cd for me around my 27th birthday). This collection has a list of songs grow on me each listen to where it is tricky for me to choose and I would obviously plan to watch any video releases in connection with this cd. Of course there are also the well known hits Make Me feat. G-Eazy and Slumber Party. However, I have to agree with the others who say that this collection is actually one of the cds that you can play each song through without skipping a song. I would say that the best way to determine if you would like this collection is to go ahead and play the songs Private Show, Hard to Forget Ya, and Change Your Mind (because the whole tempo of the Glory collection is along the lines of these songs).

Queer As Folk
Queer As Folk
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5.0 out of 5 starsMusic From The TV Show, November 23, 2016
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If You Watched Season One of Queer As Folk and liked some of the music from the show, then there is a good chance that you might like the music to the Queer As Folk cd featuring various artists. I admit that back in 2014 I purchased season one of this show at first thinking I would get a variation of the Mad Men tv show, yet I still ended up enjoying the season one dvd set and this Queer as Folk Season one cd despite both the tv show and the music being different from what I initially expected. The songs on this cd have a mixed blend of club, house, and disco music on multiple songs and unique songs that I would not have heard had it not been for the discovery of this cd (such as the song Straight to Number One (DreamCatcher’s Mix by Touch & Go).
The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey
The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey
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5.0 out of 5 starsHealing And Unconventional Writing Advice, November 23, 2016
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I preface this review by making it clear that I’m flattered to have been confused for a paid reviewer/paid writer before but I write these reviews as a passion and a way to expand my way of thinking as an author. The Successful Author Mindset; A Handbook For Surviving The Writer’s Journey by Joanna Penn (kindlebook version) caught my attention for multiple reasons. One of the reasons has to do with the admission that I write to help me therapeutically tap into the self-confident and carefree spirit that helped me to become valedictorian of my 8th grade graduating class (author Doreen Virtue inspired me from one of her books the Courage To Be Creative to allow myself to take up writing for creative writing therapy). Additionally, like millions of others who have writing dreams, I have reasons to continue my writing journey for life stemming from some reasons I prefer to keep secret. However, what I do feel comfortable sharing is that reading about the the author who penned the book for the Revenant movie and still works full-time made me realize that I harbor dreams of being a writer for life while still holding a full-time job (with awareness that I must hold little concern for whether my determination and intent to be a writer/author for life culminates in obscurity andor fame). Anyhow, one of the advice takeaways that was healing for me to glean from Joanna Penn’s book was the benefit of a writer making a creative date for themselves to where they would allow themselves to do activities andor go out places that would help creativity. I also like some of the online resources and books that Joanna Penn includes as mentorship and support for a writer whether they are just beginning their authorship journey or if they have been pursuing writing for quite a while. She also gives helpful advice on when to listen to a critic and when it is ok to leave the criticism alone. She also makes it clear in a healing way that criticism often comes to those who stand out in a positive way even when the persons being criticized for their writing may not realize it. Penn also makes it clear that a writer must try to recognize their own critical thoughts to their writing when it comes up and gives suggestions for how to compassionately tell your inner critic to relax while making a time to honor the critic later (plus more constructive advice). I also acknowledge that I’m blessed with an amazing husband who encourages and supports my goal to be a writer/author while also balancing a full-time job.

The Astral Codex: Using Dreams and Out-Of-Body Experiences on a Spiritual Journey
The Astral Codex: Using Dreams and Out-Of-Body Experiences on a Spiritual Journey
by Belsebuub
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 starsI’m Glad to Have Discovered This Book Just This Past Summer, November 23, 2016
I’m feeling fortunate in life to say that I am blessed to always have a loving husband, a caring mother in law,my basic needs such as that for shelter and housing provided for me as well as great physical health. Additionally, one of the things that has influenced my interest in the afterlife has to do with information given to me about my past lifetimes given to me by two different psychics from different backgrounds that I talked to six years apart. I was told that in some of my past lifetimes that I had been blessed with great wealth, as well as gifts on the intellectual and occult/spiritual front. However, I had been told by these two different psychics (that I talked to six years apart) that my current lifetime is a way of me karmically balancing the fact that I had been power-hungry with these gifts/talents. I’m tempted to say more but I’m intuitively being influenced to avoid doing so and to publicly keep secret how long I have known about my current lifetime being a karmic balance to my past lifetimes where I basically used my practical midas touch and spiritual consciousness for evil. Anyhow, coming across this book The Astral Codex;Using Dreams and Out of Body Experiences On A Spiritual Journey by Belsebuub has been healing for me because it has also helped me let go and work on healing pride when the spiritual test around this comes up. For instance, on page 65 the author shares that secret spiritual knowledge, increased wisdom, and spiritual gifts are going to be granted to a person according to their spiritual development as well as taking up the spiritual path for good. The author shares that there are also a great deal of people who know how to use spiritual consciousness for evil ends and that he has seen this evil permeate esoteric societies. Pages 88-89 touches on dream, dream recall, dream diary and why it is important to respond to environmental stimuli (which was important for me to come across to heal my temptation to ignore environment stimuli for reasons I prefer to avoid disclosing but I now have more courage to pay more attention to environmental stimuli after coming across that information). There is also information such as on page 107 on how the psyche influences the way a person experiences astral travel, dreams, and out of body experiences and what can be done about that, plus much more.

The Mammoth Book of Madonna
The Mammoth Book of Madonna
by Michelle Morgan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn Informative and Colorful Book for Madonna Fans, November 23, 2016
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As a woman who has enjoyed music by Madonna since around the early 90’s, this book The Mammoth Book of Madonna contained an abundance of details around Madonna’s life. Some of the exciting details shared around Madonna’s life; Madonna’s True Blue album and the love of her life who inspired it (page 68), Information and a picture of Madonna with Paul McCartney as it pertained to the 1999 MTV Awards when she received an award for her Beautiful Stranger song for the film Austin Powers;The Spy Who Shagged Me (pages 224-225), A July 2007 Live Earth concert picture film of Madonna and the mention of the Hey You song written by Pharrell Williams (page 348), and of course much more photos and details pertaining to Madonna’s life and her career.

Pirates of Silicon Valley
Pirates of Silicon Valley
DVD ~ Noah Wyle
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5.0 out of 5 starsI Understand that I’m Outside the Target Audience However,, November 23, 2016
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The Pirates of Silicon Valley (starring Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall)caught my attention as a way of helping me understand how human nature and professional relationships mix when competition is involved. What is also unique is the fact that this movie was still made when Steve Jobs was alive. The movie was careful to avoid showing favoritism to neither Bill Gates of Steve Jobs. For the Steve Jobs character, there was the moment when he actually asked a person interviewing for the job about their virginity. The relationship dynamics between Steve Jobs, his daughter Lisa Jobs, and Lisa’s mother Chrisann Brennan. There is also the tension shown when the character of Bill Gates shows up to Steve Job’s house to determine if he is using Steve Job’s ideas. Some of the facts listed at the end of the Pirates of the Silicon Valley movie;Sam Wozniak now teaches computers to school children and funds a ballet. Lisa is now part of Steve Jobs new family. Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997. There are also movie trailers for Pirates of Silicon Valley, the Librarian Quest for the Spear, and Evil Knievel.

Best Colleges 2017: Find the Best Colleges for You!
Best Colleges 2017: Find the Best Colleges for You!
by U.S. News and World Report
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.35
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5.0 out of 5 starsDetailed Resource, November 23, 2016
This softcover edition of U.S. News & World Report guide of Best Colleges 2017: Find the Best Colleges for You! Is an invaluable resource for combing through admissions and other details around various colleges/universities (such as the details around the percentage of students who are enrolled in certain majors). This 2017 edition features stories from various student on what influenced them to choose the schools that they enrolled in, a page link to researching various online education programs, facts and information around over 1600 American colleges/universities and much more.

Now That's What I Call Rock
Now That’s What I Call Rock
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5.0 out of 5 starsPhenomenal Rock Collection, November 23, 2016
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Now That’s What I Call Rock has a brilliant mix of various rock singers and groups throughout the 2000’s and 1990’s. I also like that it is a three cd set with 21 songs on cd one, 22 songs on cd two, and 20 songs on cd three. The following is a sampler of some of the enjoyable songs on this collection; Paradise by Coldplay, Rockstar by Nickelback, How To Save A Life by the Fray, Drive By by Train, I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons, Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy, Beautiful Day by U2,Buddy Holly by Weezer, Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne, Fight For Your Right to Party by Beastie Boys,Sing by Travis, and many more rock hits.

Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down
DVD ~ Ewan McGregor
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5.0 out of 5 starsI Discovered via Amazon Recommendation, November 23, 2016
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This movie Black Hawk Down featured multiple tragic and yet poignant performances from various actors (Josh Harnett, Ewan McGregor and many more) to where I admit that it is tricky for me to decide where to start. For starters, the movie dvd opens with sharing that part of the reason why the American soldiers were deployed to this area of Somalia that the area featured had to do with hunger being used as a tool for death even when there were international humanitarian missions involving food deliveries. I admit that I have to study more history involving this movie before writing too much more. However, I reluctantly admit that this movie shot footage in a way that suggests that one of the reasons why the fighting took as long as it did was that there were many more of their soldiers to the number of American soldiers. My logic is stopping me from saying more. One of the details shared towards the end of this tragic yet still well acted movie was that during the raid over 1,000 Somalis died and 19 American soldiers lost their lives.

Chic Stays: Conde Nast Traveller’s Favorite People on their Favorite Places
Chic Stays: Conde Nast Traveller’s Favorite People on their Favorite Places
by Melinda Stevens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $56.02
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5.0 out of 5 starsCurious Travel Ideas, November 23, 2016
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This hardcover book of Chic Stays: Conde Nast Traveller’s Favorite People On Their Favorite Places by Melinda Stevens (compiler),Fiona Kerr (editor), Matt Buck (editor) is a good book to look at if you harbor travel dreams andor for storytelling ideas. There are features such as; Erdem Moralioglu of Park Hyatt Tokyo (page 46), Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine on Chateau Marmont (page 114), Eva Longoria One & Only Palmilla (page 134),Patrick French Sujan Rajmahal Palace (page 194), Tabitha Simmons 1 Hotel Beach (page 234) and more.

Celebrating Ten Years of Taylor Swift Superstar
Celebrating Ten Years of Taylor Swift Superstar
by Conde Nast
Edition: Single Issue Magazine
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5.0 out of 5 starsConde Nast Feature On Taylor Swift, November 23, 2016
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I admit that this magazine issue of Celebrating Ten Years of Taylor Swift Superstar Single Issue Magazine – 2016 (Conde Nast Special Editions/Special Collector’s Editions) caught my attention after I had seen it a photo image of it featured as an upcoming magazine issue at a convenience store inside Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. I then simply ordered online from Amazon once it was available and I’m glad to have purchased this magazine issue. Some of the following features inside the magazine issue of Celebrating Ten Years of Taylor Swift Superstar; 1) pages 34-35 feature titled HitParade of some superstars who joined Taylor Swift during her concerts such as Jason Derulo (Washington DC), John Legend (Los Angeles), Mick Jagger (Nashville), Serena Williams (London),Beck (Los Angeles) 2) Taylor Swift pictured with one of her friends Karlie Kloss 3) page 64 feature of Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas 4)Page 78 picture of Taylor Swift with musician Lorde 5) A picture of Taylor Swift and an inspirational quote from her listed to read; “I wanted to leave a trail of people behind me who had gotten opportunities or felt better about themselves because of me.”

Ultra Dance 02
Ultra Dance 02
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5.0 out of 5 starsLives Up To The Title, November 23, 2016
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This collection of Ultra Dance 02 (featuring various artists) is a solid collection of various dance and trance music from the early 2000’s. Some of the following fun songs on this collection; Wanna Be With Me by DaBuzz, Deep Dish vocal remix of Thank You by Dido, Heaven by Dj Sammy & Yanou featuring Do (extended mix), We Are All Made of Stars by Moby (DJ Tiesto Vocal), 643 (Love’s On Fire, Oliver Klein Vocal Mix) by DJ Tiesto feat. Suzanne Palmer, Take Me Away by 4 Strings (Vocal club mix), You’re Not Alone by ATB (2nd Club mix) and more songs. I also like that this is a two cd set with 12 songs on disc one and 13 songs on disc 2.
  • &pizza
    $  Pizza
    705 H St NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    5.0 star rating


    I feel lucky to admit that I decided to try this & Pizza near Chinatown less than three weeks ago after my mother in law treated me there for my birthday as she was also visiting (along with my brother in law and nieces). My mother in law, my husband, my brother in law and nieces all seemed to like their pizzas. I tried the Maverick pizza that comes with various meats-pepperoni, Italian sausage, tomato, mozzarella, pesto, parmesan. I actually had the same pizza when I came back less than two weeks later and fortunately it still tasted good and the customer service I got from the employees handling my order were also satisfactory. The appetizing drink combinations that they have at this location; burdock and Anise root beer, cherry bomb, ginger berry lemonade, pear & fig elixir. Additionally, I have previously had pizza from such places as the &Pizza location inside the Ronald Reagan National Airport (October 2016) and near the Columbia Heights metro (April 2016), which fortunately my personal experience at this Chinatown &Pizza location matched up with the Columbia Heights and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport experiences. I admit that it helped that my most recent experience pertained to me visiting on a Friday evening before a crowd of customers normally come (I came around 4:10 p.m. on my recent visit and even one of the employees politely explained that I came before the timeframe of their expected rush).
  • The University Shop
    $$  Shopping
    7402 Baltimore Ave
    College Park, MD 20740
    4.0 star rating


    Less than a week ago, I stopped by The University Shop in College Park Maryland to purchase a red ballcap with the University of Maryland Terps label. I spoke to one of the cashiers who explained the prices and helped me with some questions that I had. I was out of the store pretty quickly once I made my purchase and the cashier was friendly to me.
  • Red Velvet Cupcakery
    501 7th St NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    4.0 star rating


    I admit that due to the price of the cupcakes and my personal goals, my husband and I only occasionally get cupcakes from the Red Velvet Cupcakery near the Chinatown metro(my husband had to actually remind me when he thought was our last visit to put it nicely). The most recent visit was because my husband bought some cupcakes for me here in honor of my birthday. The cupcakes are delicious but they can easily run a person at least $3.25 each. However, the customer service is up to par each time and the cupcakes are actually delicious. Some of the flavors I selected for my most recent visit; carrotcake, summertime (lemon cupcake with whipped cream cheese topping and shredded coconut), cookies n cream,