Five Wishes, created by the non-profit organization Aging With Dignity has been described as “living well with heart and soul.” It was originally introduced in 1996 as a Florida-only document combing a living will and health care power of attorney in addition to addressing matters of comfort care and spirituality.  It was originally distributed […]

  A favorite piece of music written for concert band is the masterpiece, “October” performed by the North Texas Wind Ensemble and written by Eric Whitacre.   Imagine my delight learning that the “Virtual Choir” was the brainchild of Eric Whitacre.     The Virtual Chior began when Britlin Losee-a fan of Eric’s music-recorded […]

  There’s a new matchmaker in town. Tinder. “Tinder is a match-making mobile app. Tinder connects with users’ Facebook profiles to provide pictures and ages for other users to view. Using GPS technology, users can set specific radius, and they will have the option to match with anyone that is within that distance.” -WIKI   […]

Adam Roberts wrote in the Amateur Gourmet about this simple yet delicious tomato sauce. In a pot, place a can of tomatoes and cut them up with a knife (just drag it through the pot). Add 5 tablespoons butter, 1 medium onion and a pinch of salt. Turn up the heat, bring it to a […]

  “Figure It Out” by Beth Comstock in the Harvard Business Review, May 2o13 interviewed Angela Blanchard, CEO of Neighborhood Centers, a Houston-based nonprofit that provides services for 40,000 people along the Gulf Coast. “Every week her organization faces new problems for which road maps to a solution don’t yet exist and resources are never […]

Installation Art describes an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of space.     Installation art can either be temporary or permanent. Installation artworks have been constructed in exhibition spaces such as museums and galleries, as well as public and private spaces. Installation art came into […]

I CAN PUT YOUR MONEY TO WORK FOR YOU. Don’s Ask Me How, Just Let me Show You!   Five years after the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme there has been news about his victims and clawback lawsuits.         Clawback lawsuit.   What?   The term clawback can be used to refer to […]

  Have you seen John Leguizamo in “Ghetto Klown?” Do yourself a favor, go to HBO On Demand and search for 2011, “Ghetto Klown.” “Ghetto Klown” is a tour de force, a semi-autobiographical one-man show full of humor and energy starring John Leguizamo and directed by Fisher Stevens.             I […]

  “Bebop  Times” is about jazz. Contributions to the blog, beboptimes.blogspot can be made by requesting an invite.   A Facebook friend “liked” Bebop Times which made me wonder….what is Bebop?     Bebop and Rocksteady are two fictional characters in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series and the Archie TMNT Adventures […]

  WHAT?    Merch?   So, I enjoy hearing live music and attend many concerts. “Will Call” is where tickets are obtained prior to the event, yes, I know Will Call. However, told to pick up tickets at Will Call located next to the “Merch table” threw me.         Merch.   Merchandise, […]

  Puro Fair Trade Coffee saving the rain forest. How? “At Puro we see no sense in industrial growth at the expense of the community and the welfare of our planet. We aim to assist in every small way in halting the deforestation of our planet are proud to have teamed up with World Land […]

  Shadow Art and Garbage Shadow Art. Turning trash into artistic expression.         Tim Noble and Sue Webster create amazing shadow sculptures.           Sculptures of New York City Garbage by Justin Gignac.           Real trash.         TrashArt.     ART IN […]

  Who are they?  Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.   Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television show starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv (remember MADtv?). Each episode of the show consists of several pre-taped sketches starring the two actors, introduced by Key and Peele in front […]

CityPark A New Generation of Smart Parking Customers are taking matters into their own hands via smart phones and it is about time.       ParkMe is a free app that helps you find and compare parking spots and rates in real-time. ParkMe tracks 28,000 locations world-wide and is a mainstay app for mall […]

  ACK! What is that? Okay, stay calm.  That moving blob-with-a-face is a tardigrade as seen with a microscope.   Barely the size of a poppy seed.   T   Neil DeGrasse, Ph.D  is a scientist and host of the popular Cosmos series. One episode introduced viewers to the tardigrade or the water bear. The […]

Pitbull at 17. M.I.A.M.I.   Armando Christian Perez, better known by his stage name, Pitbull, was born in Miami, Florida in 1981. He is an American rapper and Latin Grammy winning artist, having released seven albums and one EP to date. In 2004 Pitbull released his debut album titled M.I.A.M.I (short for Money is A […]

    I love Mark Bittman. His “Minimalist” column ran in the Dining Section of the New York Times for more than 13 years. He is a Times Opinion columnist, the lead food writer for the Times Magazine, and a columnist for the Times Dining section. Bittman’s books include the bestselling How to Cook Everything […]

  Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish, also known simply as Destinos is an educational television program created by Bill VanPatten, who was, at the time, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The show, designed to introduce viewers to the basics of Spanish, had two seasons beginning […]

Remember making crafts at camp gluing Popsicle sticks?     Easy peasy right?     Today budding engineers are challenged to build Popsicle bridges.   Popsicle Stick Bridge Engineering Challenge Using exactly 50 Popsicle sticks and liquid glue can you build the strongest bridge?           Wow, things have changed.     […]

  Radley Balko was born in 1975 in Greenfield, Indiana. Balko is journalist, author, blogger and speaker. He earned a B.A in 1997 from Indiana University. Balko writes about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for the Washington Post (2013). Previously he was a senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, […]

  Writer, producer actor Dan Bucatinsky wrote a book , “Does this baby make me look straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad” and it has been optioned for TV fall of 2014.   Have been a  fan of Bucatinsky since The Comback starring Lisa Kudrow which he wrote and produced. That show nailed the mannerisms […]

  Love a Farmer’s Market.     But did you know there is a virtual farmers market?           Good Eggs. Good Eggs  is an e-commerce grocery site that lets user buy from local, sustainable food producers, like an online farmer’s market.            Good Eggs was cofounded by […]

  Oh the moose of my childhood. Good old Bullwinkle and his erstwhile companion, Rocky the squirrel.         Sweet, right?   Well as with lots of wild animals, moose are getting squeezed out of their natural woody habitats.   Just like bears. Lately there have been bear sightings in suburbia. In my […]

Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.     Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces, such as walls. Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti but auctioneers have been known […]

  SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS Seiverville, Tennesse     Yup, that’s a big knife.   Trip Adviser reviewers say, “The store just keeps betting better and better. They have knives, guns and some antique knives and guns. They have a big kitchen supply section and even an area for kids.” “Just go there and you […]

  CDZA, short for Collective Cadenza, creates musical video experiments featuring highly trained musical virtuosos from prestigious music schools in the NYC area. The official cdza YouTube channel was launched on May 1, 2o12. cdza releases a new musical experiment every other Tuesday. They have been featured on CNN, Boing Boing, Entertainment Weekly and various […]

    So we can agree that handwriting, script, cursive, block printing, call it what you will, is a vanishing skill.   Typing is all that can be mustered.   Why, I need to re-copy grocery lists they are so unreadable., therefore lists can be found on my phone.     Enter “Monster Bubble Writer […]

              Everything old is new again.       “Our vision for Belle-V is to develop a select collection of kitchen tools that are stunningly beautiful. perform brilliantly, embody craftsmanship and last and last.   The Belle-V ice scream scoop has a striking design you can proudly show-off in […]

Spring Love for Autism Live Chinese Zither Concert @Jordan Hall “Miss Hui Weng, Chinese Zither player, will perform 6 masterpieces of Zither music with varied styles including free improvisation with dancers and western musicians, for those affected with autism and their families…”             Well. I love New England Conservatory and […]

    Zev Hoover is pictured above. Zev is a 15-year-old artist living in Natick, MA. Since 2011 Zev has been sharing his work through Flicker under the screen name Fiddle Oak. His photos span various genres, but it’s his photo-manipulated “miniature world” images that have been attracting a great deal of interest online. Using […]

  Holacracy Social technology for purposeful organization   Okay, never heard of it.   Holacracy Liberating the soul of organizations.       But, what IS it?   Holacracy is a social technology or system of organizational governance in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a fractal holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being […]

  Bitstrips.       You can create a Bistrip with your chosen characteristics and words.     Don’t eat it all at once!     Here, let Brian Google that for you.   Get the App Design cartoon versions of yourself and your friends Put your friends in hilarious comics where anything […]

      We know greyhound dogs need rescuing.     Racing dogs mercilessly leads to damaged and ill former-athletes, who are in need of medical care and loving homes.       But thoroughbred horses?     Remember Rescue     But we forgot to remember.       Formerly thought former racehorses, thoroughbreds, […]

  That sleeping baby on the clock is the work of Sioin Queen Liao. Liao is a free-lance artist living in California.             “As a mother of three boys, I always enjoy artwork that focuses on my children.”       Liao had her first son in 2002 focusing […]

  Do you have a spiralizer?             How cool is that?           Seems there is nothing new under the sun to do with summer squash and the erstwhile zucchini.   Except…             “20  Recipes for July 4th.”       […]

  I love fonts.   Particularly dumb fonts like Comic Sans.       Loves me some Comic Sans.       And Gothic.     Now you can Read and Play Through the history of Typography in Type: Rider.                 Type;Rider takes you on a […]

  Well I am the debit card fiend. The day they were invented my first purchase was a pack of gum.   Did not look back.   So, here comes Google Wallet.     Makes me feel giggly and girlish.       Meet your new wallet.     Google Wallet is a mobile payment […]

  Canada blooms. Jully Black. Jully Black is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter, producer and actress. Born in 1977 Jully Black has collaborated and written for many artists, including Destiny’s Child, Sean Paul and others. Jully has a dynamic personality, inexhaustible talent, and uncompromising style. JullyBlack was chosen by CBC Music as one of “The 25 […]

    I am not a fan of buying or owning books. Never have been.   A library girl since childhood, my father would take my sisters and me every Saturday to the public library. Followed by the drug store to buy candy. Smart man.   So, with my beloved iPad borrowing  books from the […]

      So the joke is, a little old lady goes to a Weight Watcher’s meeting and asks, “Which foods do I eat and not eat?”         Like we already don’t know. Donuts bad, veggies good.             Enter the Dukan method, the rage of France.   […]

  Jack-O- Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo   Every year in Providence, Rhode Island Citizens Bank sponsors the acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern spectacular.   Shows run nightly from October 2nd through November 2nd.                  Situated on the Zoo’s picturesque wetlands trail, the event has won praise from across […]

  Ladies and gentlemen presenting iKettle.     This kettle messages instead of whistling when it boils .   For less than $200 the crux of this kettle’s capabilities is its ability to connect with your home’s Wi-Fi network.   I’ll take two (not).           iKettle app gives you […]

  Do you guys know the Piano Guys from PBS?   The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek. They gained recognition through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. -WIKI   Here is […]

    I loves me a hot chef.     Meet Renee Redzepi, “the chef’s top chef” who specializes in Nordic Cuisine.             Redzepi’s restaurant, “Noma” is in Copenhagen.       Noma is a two Michelin star restaurant run by Renee Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. Opened in 2003, the […]

  Okay guys. You know Ctrl-Alt-Delete? The IT guy tells you to “power down, turn off your computer by hitting the Ctrl key then Alt then delete keys.”       Geesh.   And then hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to begin again.     ADMIT IT You always call them when you have a problem…   Until […]

  Ok, I heard people talking about slow lorises and how cute they are.   What? Slow Loris?   Just wait…     Eeek!   Now take it easy, pictured Slow Loris is newly born. Looks freaked out, right?   If only he/she knew the future.           How cute is that? […]

e-Cycle Recycle. Recover. Protect.               Okay. We are firmly entrenched in our electronics. But how do we dispose properly and environmentally sound?       ecycle Responsible Electronics Recycling   So, we know how to Recycle. Paper, plastics, bottles and cans, cardboard.     But e-cycle?     Please Help Us Keep […]

  Say,what? So, my brother-in-law introduced me to Cajon box drumming.   Cajon, not Cajun.   Stay with me.       A cajon (Spanish pronunciation) for “crate,” “drawer,+ or “box” with a hole in it. It is a six-sided percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin […]

  Remember skipping rope to sing-song rhymes like, “one potato, two potatoes, five potatoes, more…”   Well, who knew that jump rope is serious competition?     Double Dutch (jump rope) is a game in which two long jump ropes turning in opposite directions are jumped by one or two players jumping simultaneously. In America, […]

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