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God’s Valentines!

16 Feb

Thing One and Thing Two’s mother received an email from Thing Two’s Pre-School teacher. Being in the true spirit (giving) of February 14, she forwarded it on to me, thank you my dear friend (it made me so happy).

Not only do I love what is being taught in her son’s class…

But….

…I also love God’s Valentines to us ALL!

I hope the photos make you as happy as it made me! From my heart to yours!

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“All you need is love….”

Carol’s Corner and Ben Stein!

5 Dec
Dear Readers,

 
Again, the following is from my dear friend Carol. Lets call this one “From Carol’s Corner.”
 
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on a CBS Sunday Morning  Commentary.

My confession: 

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees…  I don’t feel threatened..  I don’t feel discriminated against.. That’s what they are, Christmas trees. 

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me.  I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu .  If people want a crèche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. 

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat… 

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school…  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he’s talking about..  And we said okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’ 

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet? 

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. 

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. 

Pass it on if you think it has merit. 

If not, then just discard it… no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.  

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully, 

Ben Stein

 
 
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today feeling enough has been said!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
 
 
 

From Carol’s Kitchen – Fennel and Some Fa La La La!

3 Dec
Dear Readers,

 
Tis the Season to give and share while remaining in the spirit of joy and fa la la la! Oh how I love the fa la la la of the season!
 
My dear friend Carol who is a meditation teacher shared her divine recipe with me and now I with you. It will not disappoint… yum delicious! It is literally an easy slice and bake kind of cooking and to anyone who knows me, this makes for the perfect kind of cooking! Thank you Carol!
 
From Carol’s Kitchen…
 
For six people
 
Pre-heat oven 425
 
4 Heads of Fennel
3 Can of Artichokes – drained, patted dry
4 Tablespoons of  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (saving 1 T for the end)
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (for the end)
3 tablespoon chopped of flat leaf parsley (for the end)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
 
 
Cut off the frond (green leafy part of fennel) And save for garnish
Cut into 3/4 inch wedges  
Cut artichokes in half lengthwise
Lay them all out on a rimed cookie sheet
Drizzle two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over everything vegetables 
salt and pepper to taste
Roast vegetables at 425 degrees for 35 minutes, tossing vegetables after 20 minutes 
When finished, drizzle 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil remain and 2 t of fresh lemon juice 
Add parsley and toss to combined
Throw it all in a bowl
Garnish with fennel fronds 
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top if desired – completely optional 
 
Serve a fish of your choice as a side dish!
 
It is healthy option as the season brings less then desired feelings!…Thank you Carol for bringing warmth, nutrition and love to the holidays!
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today in Carol’s kitchen!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
 

TGIF- Comedian Steven Crowder – It Is Time To Laugh!

2 Nov
Dear Readers,
 
Seven full days of constant rain of biblical proportions. Yesterday I built a boat per the instructions of God to save myself and my family. Animals got on board simply and easily by marching two by two AND when it came to saving my family… the endless arguments, discussions, schedule conflicts and excuses! No one wanted to believe me the world was coming to an end, you know teenagers. Nothing was simple, nothing was easy…no one wanted to RSVP without confirmation the boat I built to save their lives wouldn’t interfere with their plans. 
 
They started to negotiate, wanting to bring their computers, iphones, ipads, ipod, itunes, Chipotle burritos, Dorritos – Cool Ranch flavor, was the boat wireless they asked? I kept insisting this is NOT how the story was suppose to go…no one was listening to me! So I started to scream… YOU IDIOTS God and I are trying to save your life but you know teenagers…
 
…God said (and I listened) save yourself and stop screaming you are giving me a headache of biblical proportions. God said there isn’t enough space on the boat for the Apple store…I said…but God how did you not plan/know for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011 Apple posted revenue of $28.27 billion and net quarterly profit of 6.62 billion and God you know teenagers? Now I was starting to question this  antiquated boat, I wasn’t prepared for dial-up!
 
I wavered but did not break, I stood firm in my faith, never losing faith in God’s Will no matter what Apple posted for 2011 revenue. So I left on that seventh day of darkness and dankness of 40 degree Fahrenheit (for all my e-Canadian friends that would be 4.4 Celsius) and of course sailing off per God’s wishes…saving myself!
 
Pause…pause…I’m hitting the pause button on this ridiculous rain drenched story for the sun has finally come out! I received calls from five of my friends to ensure I saw the sun at 6:02 pm…giggling and giddy… I said, I did, I did…Hallelujah, Joy to the World!
 
For it is now time for singing, dancing and laughing on this wonderful Friday!

 
Laughing is my contribution to that lovely trio….will need a little help from my e-pals for the singing and dancing portion.
 
But for NOW (see below) cut and paste because this is too damn funny…My oldest child sent this to me while I was on my boat, thank goodness she didn’t give up her Apple products! Love you sweetheart you saved my post!
 
“Comedian Steven Crowder ‘Redistributes’ Children’s Halloween Candy in Political Spoof Video”
 
 
“In the redistribution of sugar wealth video, one child who had some candy taken away had this to say:
 
“Hey, dude that’s not cool. It’s not fun to take people’s candy. That’s my candy, I worked hard for it.”
 
When Steven Crowder pointed out that he had more than the child standing next to him, the angry youngster informed the comedian that it was “ok” to have more than someone else. The responses from other children who had some of their Halloween candy redistributed did not go along with the “fair share” endeavor quietly either.
 
One unhappy child even threatened to call the police because Crowder took something that did not belong to him. Steven explained that he was not stealing, just simply redistributing from those who have a lot to those who have less. The political theory did not impress the kiddos who simply wanted to keep what they had spent an hour earning.”
 
 
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today laughing with friends outside in the sun!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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Proof of Miracles!

5 Sep
Dear Readers,

 
Since I reached out to you in a time of need I feel it is only far to keep you updated on Sam’s recovery! All your prayers, positive thoughts and energy did work and it was totally amazing, it would make even the most ice cold hearts melt in to puddles making believers out of every last drop of them!
 
From Sam’s family!
 
Dear Family and friends,
I know many of you have heard by now that Sam 's continued progress allowed him 
to come home from the hospital on Friday (this stay was 5 1/2 weeks). Needless 
to say, everyone was pretty excited, especially Sam. I wanted to 
make sure you knew the good news. 

He still has a long way to go. He is very weak but getting stronger each day. 
His immune system is still suspect and he must be extremely careful for the next 
3-6 months and will be required to check in and take meds throughout that 
period. We continue to be optimistic that everything will continue to fall in 
place. We are not done worrying yet but 4 of 5 major stages are behind Sam. This 
last stage of recovery from transplant will restrict him some but he will start 
returning to normal life as he gets stronger. 

This will be the last communique I send out as I am hopeful Sam will continue on 
his path to full recovery. 

Thank you all for the great support. Sam and the family really benefited. Thank 
you Thank You!
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today feeling very blessed for all of Sam’s e-supporters and for his continued recovery! Thank you!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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Men and Women Friends?

30 Jul
Dear Readers,
 
Last week I walked through an exercise room filled with machines, weights and mirrors I looked up and bolted to the ceiling were three T.V. screens all on different channels and all on mute. The center T.V. caught my attentions, the caption underneath the two talking heads said, “can men and women be friends?” I kept walking since I was on my way to an event so I never did find out what was their final conclusion.
 
Just the mere mention of men and women being friends conjures up visions of Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in that fabulous movie “When Harry met Sally?” One of the best movies of all times!
 
“Harry Burns: You were going to be a gymnast.
Sally Albright: A journalist.
Harry Burns: Right, that’s what I said.”
-imdb.com
 
But the question still remains and now before us, is it possible for Men and Women to be just friends? 
 
I say YES if neither one is married, I say NO if at least one of them is married. 
 
Last Saturday night my silent investor and I were out for dinner with some friends and having the most wonderful time talking, laughing and eating! Then I did it, I had to asked the question… Can Men and Women be friends? The first thing out of everyone’s mouth was “our kids would say yes.” Or yes regarding co-workers but only in the work environment never socially.
 
…But then the fun came, the stories, oh the stories of past women, past female friends of their husbands.  These past female friends apparently did not think being married would or should change their friendship with their men-pals for one second much less forever. They could not understand their friend was now another women’s husband. AND the only way to have continued a friendship with a married man and did I mention the ONLY way is through a friendship with his wife! Boohoo if that does not work, S O R R Y!
 
Stupid, stupid, stupid…. each story told was better then the next, of the bold, cocky and flirting women calling, acting and behaving as if their man-pal would make his wife second to them.  Stupid, stupid, stupid…. Well happy ending of course, these are husbands of MY friends of the honorable (no cheating, no lying.) Their husband’s dropped kicked the stupid girl (pals) to the curb.
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today as my silent investor’s only true female friend.
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
 
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“So Long, See You Tomorrow”

24 Jul

 

Dear Readers,
 
Just one of my incredible good fortunes in life and count my lucky stars, I have two women (identical twins) in my life that I have known since the age of six. These two are true sisters of mine regardless we do not share the same parents! These women are not only brilliant (graduated from college number 1 & 2 of their class), funny, loving, and who have this incredible ability to separate the nonsense (bull sh$t) from what is truly important in life with a smile, and a laugh! They are masters at getting the job done!  AND for the average person that would be more then enough fine qualities but these women are not just average they excel at being above average! For they even have the best reading recommendations list East of the Mississippi! As you know from my May 21 posting “50 Shades of Bad Writing!” my sister is still on my reading recommendations probation list AND will remain in literary purgatory until further notice! But with that said, upon Mo and Col’s recommendation I just finished reading the book “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxwell
 
Genre: an autobiographical metafiction
 
“Its first paperback edition won a 1982 National Book Award 1982 and the William Dean Howells Medal. It has been lauded as “the most magnificently praised novel of the decade and by Michael Ondaaje as “one of the great books of our age.”
 
First: A great read – A must read!
 
Second: The guilt-ridden narrator of the story takes the reader through incidents and events that happened fifty years earlier when he was a child. He weaves the reader in and out of sequences of events before the murder takes place trying to set up the cast of characters to help him (the narrator) place the correct pieces together (some of speculation) of what happened (the unraveling of a man/a father and a friendship between two school boys Maxwell and Cletus.  The story is threaded through the perspective of his young naive perspective. Which brings further guilt to him as an adult of the misplayed loyalty and the misunderstanding of painful realities of an adulterous affair and hence the destruction of two neighboring families and that of their small town of Lincoln, IL.  
 
Now the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) a “romantic comedy-drama” is the contemporary humorous version (same under lying theme) an adulterous affair by a wife/mother and the dismantling (hurt) of her family and those in close proximity (the dominion effect) but with a far funnier and happier ending then the book! 
 
 
Asklotta and staff is MINDING YOUR BUSINESS with much glee in my eye for there are two recommendations for today. A must read, “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxell and a must rent Movie, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” You are welcome!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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“Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake” A Memoir by Anna Quindlen

16 Jul
Dear Readers,
 
First let me state from the very beginning I have been a big fan of Anna Quindlen for many years so when I opened a priority mail envelope and discovered a dear friend from Chicago sent me her new book I leaped up in the air for joy and rapture! Immediately calling my friend to thank her and of course going in to an exciting review of her many talents.
 
So I am giving you all the heads up, my review of her new book “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake” might be a little bias. To me she is the Erma Bombeck of my generation. What Erma Bombeck did for my mother’s generation, (which by the way I adored as well) Anna Quindlin has done for mine. MY GENERATION…the generation of college educated, the Pill, legalized abortions, Gloria Steinem’s mini skirts (even when they were out of fashion), soccer moms, working moms, PTA moms, over scheduling our brilliant children moms, too involved in our children’s lives moms (thinking we could and should have it all) those kind of moms! We are the generation that certainly has had more choices then any other generation of women.
 
“Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake” by Anna Quindlen
Genre: A Memoir
 
Anna Quindlen style is more soul searching then funny, though there is humor in her beautiful insightful perspective of reality. In her memoir she shares her wonderful sense of wisdom that she has picked up along the way as do most women in their 50’s, it is called life’s experiences. But is translated through magnificently poignant words.
 
She writes about happiness, (an excerpt)
 
“I’m not sure I could have seen that when I was younger, I somehow believed that if you had matching side chairs and a sofa that harmonized and some beautiful lamps to light them all and some occasional tables with family photographs in frames scattered around them that you would have a home, that visual harmony and elegance promoted happiness. I fooled myself into thinking that House Beautiful should be subtitled Life Wonderful. I don’t know why I thought this, …I should have learn my lesson years ago, when we went to the grandest wedding imaginable and the couple divorce within a few years, or when we went to dinner at an apartment on Fifth Avenue that was so beautiful and bright it was hard to know where to look and our host and hostess spent the entire evening sniping at each other.”
 
An excerpt on mothering…
 
“How better to circumvent the power of the new women of our generation than with all this nonsense that made it seem that every moment was a teachable moment- and every teachable moment missed a measure of a lousy mom…. It turned out that this was not such a good thing. It wasn’t only that baking for the bake sale, meeting with the teachers, calling the other mothers about the sleepover, and scoping out the summer camp made women of all sorts crazy, turning stress from an occasional noun into an omnipresent verb. A lot of this over sight was not particularly good for kids, either. If your mother has been micromanaging your homework since you were six, it’s hard to feel any pride of ownership when you do well. You can’t learn from mistakes and disappointments if your childhood is engineered so there aren’t any.” “ I mark my years of parenting by the people who stepped in and forced me to abandon my inclination to meddle, micromanage, and coddle, beginning with my children’s father, who sat me down and told me in year two that I was going to create a little monster if I continued to act as though “no” and “I don’t love you” were synonymous.”…
 
Anna Quindlen last chapter “To Be Continued” is a beautiful ending to a life that is certainly not ending, or at least not in this moment in time. She gently eases the reader in to tender experiences, which creates a sense of beauty instead of fear or frustration. My mother would say the secret to beauty and happiness in old age is “growing old gracefully” which Anna Quindlen has mastered like a pro; of the likes of Roger Federer.
 
Anna Quindlin’s memoir is a stunning reminder for any women that the best part of growing older is their beautiful insightful perspective that life is NOT greener on the other side of the fence, far from it. The radiant beauty from their side of the fence is magnificently OK. In fact as our physical eyesight becomes a little less clear our emotional eyesight becomes more perceptive and sharp.  It brings a sense of peace and serenity to only those who have grown old gracefully!  
 
So with that said…
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today with a strong recommendation, to pick up Anna Quindlen’s book, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.” And enjoy for she speaks our language, (“experience cut with failure, triumph, and tedium.”) You will not be sorry you did!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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Morning Coffee

11 Jul

 

Dear Reader,
 
 
I was in the middle of a pedicure trance when sounds from my cell phone go off (ring, ring, ring) I didn’t move to be honest I couldn’t, too relaxed. I finish up and before starting up my car I checked my missed calls and it was from a friend.  Toe nails painted pink, service paid and gratuity given now in my car.  With a quick and easy one-touch process I returned her call.  She said, “Can you meet for coffee tomorrow, my sister-in-law is in town for only a couple of days and she hasn’t met you yet. I would LOVE to I quickly responded. I don’t think there are anything more delicious then meeting friends for morning coffee!
 
I walked in to the coffee shop and they were already at the counter.  As I walked closer to the front of the café’ I saw my dear friend standing with her sister-in-law, a smile came to my face, for I knew I would so enjoy this morning’s coffee! 
 
Both women turned with ease to greet me and with the warmth and simplistically of the summer morning. They glowed with timeless beauty like Caddice Bergen and Grace Kelly. They both had long straight blonde hair that was swept back in loose ponytails, soft pale summer clothes that hung comfortably.  To me it was very obvious to the on looker that these two women were very comfortable in their own skin and have been for quite some time. We ordered and carried our coffee to a nice table situated in the middle of the cafe’.
 
What immediately impressed me about both women was their energy and thoughtful approach to life. I always knew that about my friend but seeing it as well in her sister-in-law made me smile.  My friend and her sister-in-law are two women that are very intelligent, thoughtful, fun, and bar no excuse “doers.” They get the job done!  They do not waste time complaining or blaming others; they take ownership of their life and their families with love, devotion and the most wonderful sense of humor.
 
Her name is Nancy, very intelligent woman with an engaging personality seasoned with the most wonderful sense of humor. She has a lovely commonsense about her which was definitely part of her charm. Come to find out Nancy has written a book (publish date pending) and is about to start up a blog (I will definitely keep you posted.)  She splits her time between two homes and engaged in many activities. She is the kind of woman that thoughtfully juggles life’s commitments while always prioritizing her husband first. The success to a happy marriage!
 
An hour and a scone later we all departed to begin our day after discussing many different topics and ideas.  My take away, Nancy is one of those positive people that others walk away always feeling so much better about life.  Personally I walked away from our morning coffee taller, stronger and more confident.  Nancy’s motto “Life is too short to spend your time trying to find reasons to harm someone or put a dent in one’s pot of happiness.” Or to give up time to those said people. Now that should be needlepointed on a pillow and placed in everyone’s home!
 
With the reaffirmation that the road I’m traveling is the correct path, confirming actions and thoughts … I was certainly happier and reenergized! Definitely a delicious blend of thought, laughter and a renewed sense of creative energy mixed together, “People are people because of other people.”  …Another meaningful consequence! (Enlightenment)
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today with a reminder, if you want to be happy with a renewed sense of creative energy…surround yourself with such said people. Be mindful with thoughtful action to avoid toxic people in your life who only want to drain you like dirty water from a bathtub! Or simply said; just wanting to “dent your happiness pot!”
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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“The Pity Train”

23 May
Dear Readers,


Our CA friend filled with sweet mischief sent this funny and oh so perfectly stated words below in an email.
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Asklotta and staff in MINDING YOUR BUSINESS today thinks you should get on with your day while remembering the world does not revolve around you or your kids….enough said!

Again, it has been my pleasurre to tell you what to do and NOT do!


Kindest regards,

Asklotta

President and CEO

CBCorp
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