Living Your Best Life

End of September! The year is flying by! More political bullsh*t last night. I’m so tired of all this verbal diarrhea. Latina Equal Pay Day is October 5. WNBA playoffs continue. AT was robbed… Some good games so far, more to come. I am sick of pumpkin spice anything. It is too early for Christmas stuff in stores, just sayin.

Wild Cooking Woman 9/28/23

Useful 411

Remember the days when there were no sidewalk cuts for wheelchairs? No accommodations for people with disabilities? 50 years on, the Rehabilitation Act continues to support disability rights. Watch a short video here.

Do you enjoy making clean? I don’t. I do, however, enjoy having clean. Here are 9 Things You Should Clean Every Day. Easy peasy and necessary.

2022 Economist/YouGov poll found that 43% of respondents think it’s likely a civil war will break out over the next decade.  In 2020, Polity, which focuses on procedural democracy,* downgraded the U.S. score below the “democracy threshold” for the first time in its history. Scary.

Are you old enough to think about colon cancer? (yes) The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that adults aged 45 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. There are commercials for at-home testing seemingly every day. Have you had a colonoscopy yet? (Yes, the prep is yuck, but the process is painless.) Do you have polyps? (yes) Here are 8 symptoms of colon polyps you should be aware of. We only get one body, so take care of the one you have.

Do you struggle with happiness at times? Be honest. What about feeling that success was always just out of reach? Looking to your SO to fill that empty hole? Read this: How the Best Advice I Ever Received Still Sustains Me. Good stuff.

Who shops at Costco? (me) Here are some things you can leave on the shelves, and some that are good buys.

Accounting for the widening mortality gap between American adults with and without a BA (Are you surprised?)

And…this Hyundai owner sees this interesting information: Hyundai and Kia are asking the owners of 3.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to park them outside their garages because the engine compartments could catch fire and spread to their homes.

Do we need more 24/7 news? CNN launches its 24/7 streaming news service CNN Max (more)

One of my favorite things to read is The Marginalian by Maria Popova. So thoughtful. Although it is free, you can (and should) subscribe to support this fab work. From this edition is a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” If you’ve never read The Little Prince, I highly recommend it. It should be available at your local library.

Do you have the sniffles? A cough you can’t seem to lose? Body aches, sore throat, or a fever? Is it Flu, COVID-19, or RSV?

I do enjoy Chinese takeout, even though I know it isn’t very Chinese, more like American Chinese. Here is a recipe for fried rice. BTW, I don’t eat bacon, so I leave that off. I also cut the recipe in half, since there are only 2 of us most of the time.


  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetable blend
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (fresh is better, go to Food for video)
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. Combine eggs and salt. In a large skillet or wok over medium heat, scramble eggs in 1 teaspoon oil, breaking eggs into small pieces. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • 2. Add remaining 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons oil to skillet. Stir-fry rice over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add vegetables, onions and garlic; stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add chicken; stir-fry until heated through, 3-5 minutes. Combine soy sauce, broth, pepper and ginger. Add to rice; stir to coat. Add bacon and eggs; heat through.

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.”

Althea Gibson

Woke up with stuff on my mind. New book and music posts. Do I believe in what polls are saying? Not hardly, having been a poll taker…

Kintsugi 9/16/23

What do you know about Shucked? “The show, with a book by Robert Horn (the Tony-winning writer of Tootsie) with music & lyrics by Nashville veterans Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, is a campy, swift-joking nod to past Broadway favorites – The Book of Mormon, Oklahoma, and particularly The Music Man – with a playfully hokey twist.” writes Adrian Horton for the Independent.

Do I believe in polls?

Read about Mona Chalabi here. Listen to her podcast “Am I Normal?” here.

There are four sentences we learn to say, and mean. Gamache held up his hand as a fist and raised a finger with each point. “I don’t know. I need help. I’m sorry. I was wrong.

Still Life by Louise Penny
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