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Wearable Wednesday – My Fashion Picks for April 14, 2021

Let’s work our fashion magic from the ground up! These fashion-friendly Slip On Casual Loafers by Lostisy are not only adorable, but according to 291 reviewers, they rank 4.5 out of 5 stars for comfort, quality, and correct sizing. And cuteness! 😉 Available in five great colors (Red, Wine Red, Black, Green, and Gray – more of a lt. blue), these trendy slip-ons will allow you to step out in style across multiple seasons of the year! They’re breathable, anti-skid, and they feature a snappy-looking elastic band across the top for fashion and function. At just $29.99 they are a

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Exciting Opportunity: Crime Writer’s Week!

Crime Writer’s Week! Whether you’re crafting a police procedural, a whodunnit, or a good old-fashioned mystery, you won’t want to miss this week-long crime-writing summit. ProWritingAid is excited to be running their first ever Crime Writer’s Week from April 19-23. All participants will be able to take part in a range of events to help them write an unforgettable thriller. ProWritingAid’s Crime Writer’s Week is a series of events all geared towards crime writers. Whether you’re crafting a police procedural, a whodunnit, or a good old-fashioned mystery, you’ll learn how to keep readers turning pages. Attend live sessions with bestselling

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Thinking About All The Things – April 5, 2021

I’ve Been Thinking About Writing Book Three: Ross and Faith a Lot Lately. Thinking a lot, but not so much doing! I’ve set a release date for Summer 2021, and I am committed to meeting that deadline. But I’ve had a hard time digging into the story. Maybe it has something to do with my overall mindset due to Covid. Or possibly the long winter months filled with Pacific Northwest gray skies and gloom have been getting to me. I’m not sure. I _have_ written some of the story. And I’m mulling it over in my head. Don’t get me

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Taste Testing Perfect Keto Bars

My daughter, Rachel, who is following a Keto diet, joins me to sample and review five flavors of the Perfect Keto Bars. Flavors we sampled were: Salted Caramel Lemon Poppy Seed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cinnamon Roll and Almond Butter Brownie. Since the date of this recording, on September 10, 2019, Perfect Keto has added three more flavors I would love to sample for you! Those flavors are: Banana Bread Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake I’ll see about getting some of each so that we can perform another taste-test review for you! From their website, Perfect Keto proudly

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Thrall: A Dark YA Urban Fantasy – BOOK REVIEW

TRACY’S BOOK REVIEW: Thrall captivated me right out the gate. Jennifer Quintenz’s writing style drew me in with her ability to connect her reader with the main character, Braedyn, and dive deep into her world. As a history, religion, and spirituality buff, I especially loved that she tapped into myths and legends. These references are not only based on biblical sources but those from other ancient cultures as well. These are the kind of little details that, as a fiction writer myself, suck me in and keep me reading! The characters are well-developed, the world and settings are vividly depicted,

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Diet Results and Other Musings

More Plant Based Diet Results I’ll get straight to the good news: Following my plant based routine, I’m down another pound this morning! And I’m not feeling hungry or deprived! WIN! One thing I’ve noticed over the last couple of years is that, no matter which type of diet program I’m following – be it keto-carnivore or fat-free whole foods/starch-based – I get really hungry! I mean…the hunger pangs are horrible! And I feel like I have to either spend a lot of time Intermittent Fasting (IF) or I have to severely calorie restrict. Either way, I’m depriving my body

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Back To Raw Plants – Leaving Keto Behind

Raw Foods – I Used to Eat Loads of Them! This post is mostly for me…to track my progress and how I’m feeling. So, it won’t be long. After years of bouncing back and forth between a HFLC (High Fat Low Carb) Keto-Carnivore diet and a LFHC (Low Fat High Carb) WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) diet – incorporating mostly cooked whole plant foods…and just continuing to gain weight and feel sub-standard, I decided I’ve had enough! So, about three (3) days ago…I’m not really sure because I didn’t track it…but about March 1st, 2021…I decided to go back to

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Bill Gates Thinks We Should All Eat Fake Meat

Fake Meat. It’s What’s For Dinner (*republished from my other site Keto Enthusiast) At least if Bill Gates has anything to say about it. In this recent article, authored by James Temple, contributor at MIT Technology Review, we learn that the Microsoft co-founder has written a new book titled, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” According to Temple, this book outlines Gates’ plan for “the tech breakthroughs and sweeping policies we’ll need to take on global warming.” (Global warming is an entirely separate issue and a subject I will delve into in a future post.) According to the article, Temple interviewed

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I Wore A Mask For The First Time

Hi Friends, I hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected during these strange times. Today is the day after my birthday, and I’m reflecting on the past year. I want to alter and re-calibrate my mindset, attitude, and actions going forward. Admittedly, this last year was not a great one. Jeff and I have really pulled back, refusing to cave to the mask-wearing mandates and dis-information propagated in mainstream news and on social media. As a result, we have almost entirely disengaged from all in-person social interaction. No live music, no live comedy, no eating out at

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Scary Facebook Photo ID Requirement 2021

So, I got a disturbing and unwelcome surprise when I went to log in to my Facebook account today. Bottom line: the platform locked me out of my primary profile until and unless I am willing to upload a copy of my photo ID. Ya, no. That’s not going to happen. I have chosen to stay logged into my Facebook account in one browser so that I don’t have to log in with my email and password every time I go there. Normally, I simply start typing “face…” into my browser window, and my computer goes, “Oh, yeah, you want

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