Archive for: April 2013

Natural Remedies for Heartburn

heartburn-featuredEveryone gets Heartburn at times. Others suffer from acid reflux disease. There are a lot of different medications you can buy; many without a prescription. They aren't meant to be used to relieve symptoms if you often have it, though. Antacids can do quite a bit of damage if used regularly. You should see your doctor if it occurs frequently. There may be a reason and a better treatment. If you know certain foods or beverages trigger the symptoms, it's best to avoid them. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

The problem with long term use of antacids can cause diarrhea or constipation, nausea, and even prevent certain vitamins from being absorbed into your body. They can upset acids in your stomach which can make the situation even  worse. There are more natural and better ways to treat the problem as I discovered in C.D. Shelton's book, Acid Reflux (Heartburn: Tips to Stop Acid Reflux Using Simple Natural Remedies).

This short ebook explains how simple natural remedies can help you with gerd, indigestion, reflux and any heartburn conditions you may be experiencing. It also goes into more detail on the dangers of antacids. It's only 14 pages long, but if you suffer from this condition, it might be well worth it to have this in your digital library. It's being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. Click here to get it now.

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Pick a hobby

hobbies-featuredFor those of you who are new to being over fifty and alone Rejoice!! Now you have the time to take up the hobby you never had time for when you were married or raising children.

I like playing the guitar. I never had enough talent to even think of becoming a professional, but still, it's something I've always enjoyed. But for several years, I just didn't have time for it. But the good news is... now I have more time.

You don't have to be a guitar player. You can do whatever it is you're interested in. If you always thought of yourself as a budding author; write a book. Photographer? Get out there and take some pictures. Golfer? Go play some golf!

If you're new to being 50+ and alone, don't sit there and dwell upon what might have been, if only....

Those type of thoughts and that line of thinking is only going to depress you. You're not a whole lot of fun if you're depressed.

The image below shows two friends of mine, and me, playing in a rock band when we were all about 17 years old. I'm the fellow in the white shirt to the far right.

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This other image below, is a picture that was taken of the group who was playing for my mothers' 75th birthday. Although I had put the guitar away for so many years, when I moved back to Nova Scotia in 2003, I picked it back up again. As you can see in this picture, they were all looking at me. They were amazed at how well I could make the music sound with my guitar playing.

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The fellow in the middle playing the fiddle is Gerald Elliott. His brother Carl, won the Maritime Fiddle Championship 4 years in a row, and his son Mike won the junior championship 4 years in a row. Gerald never entered the competition but in my opinion, he's the best. Gerald and I played in a bluegrass/ old tyme band for a couple of years in the late '80's. In the image above I would have been 49 years old.

When I was young, I played in a rock band. In high-school I played in a jazz band and a symphonic band. Later I played in a country band, and after that played in a bluegrass band. Music has always been a source of enjoyment to me. I'm not playing in any bands now, but I still enjoy playing.... if for no one else other than myself.

I've also enjoyed teaching and sharing what little I know. I know of several people who play the guitar simply because I took the time to teach them and share what little I know. Some of them became much better players than I ever could have imagined. I think that's GREAT!!! When you can inspire someone and instill your passion in them (even if they take it to a height you could never achieve) it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction; respect, and joy in your heart.

Yes, I'm over fifty and alone. Have I made a difference? Yes, I have. Even though I'm not a great musician, I've passed it on to other people, who are passing it on to their children and other generations. The love will never dies, although.... I surely will.... someday. But, it isn't today!

For those of you who are guitar players, and wanting to improve your skill, you might want to check out the hobby forums, specifically the one for guitar players that has over 70 posts, many of which are guitar lessons.

Here is an example of the type of lesson you might find there:

Allman Brothers — Blue Sky at the Beacon Theater

How To Play 'Blue Sky' Intro By The Allman Brothers

If you are wanting to learn more than what is available in the guitar players forum, you might want to check out Steve Krenz's lessons:

For those of you who aren’t satisfied catching a lesson here and there, Steve Krenz offers the Gibson s Learn & Master Guitar course. You get 10 instructional DVDs, 5 Jam-along CDs, 100+ page lesson book and online support. Click here to learn more about it.

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Chicken Recipes for Today and Later

25-chicken-featuredBeing single, I often walk past whole chickens in the grocery store. Yes, they're dead. But I find one can get pretty sick of chicken trying to get it used up after its been cooked. I have heard of people who freeze portions to use later, but with little culinary skills and even less imagination, I usually find myself throwing some of it out. But... this is going to change.....

I got a book today titled Twice As Nice: 25 Chicken Breast Recipes for Today and Later by Sandra Liu. She completely understands that you may not want to eat the whole chicken before it goes bad, so her book offers many recipes that you can make quickly to use portions that have been frozen. Unlike other “cook ahead” books, you don’t get stuck eating the same dish over and over. Each time you want to use the chicken, you take out just what you need, and then make a fresh dish from among the recipes provided in her book.

Sandra says:

"And then there is what feels more like a typical day: the dishwasher is clogged again, the internet is down for five hours and I have a deadline, and my darling calls to ask for just one teensy weensy favor for the seventh time that day. Twice As Nice has shortcuts to help me get dinner on the table. On these days, I know I can take some chicken out of the freezer, a can or two out of the pantry, and have dinner ready in half an hour."

Recipes are organized into well thought-out sections on “Salads”, “Soups and Stews”, “Sandwiches, Pitas, or Tortillas”, “Pastas”, “Rice”, and “One-Dish Dinners.” They cover the full range from the quick-and-easy staple (chicken salad sandwiches) to the wow-your-guests spectacle (chicken, rice, and mango lettuce wraps). The recipes for the chicken with red mole sauce and the chicken and chickpea stew are top choices that would each be well worth the price of purchase by itself.

moleEven with the help of this book, I'll probably leave the "recipes for the chicken with red mole sauce" alone. The moles that live around here aren't red, and you can't buy them in the grocery store. They look more like the picture to the right of this paragraph.

Sandra’s unique culinary style is one cup pragmatic and two cups foodie splendor. She has the perfect recipe for the contemporary home cook who wants to put delicious and nutritious meals on the table without a hassle. And, I'm looking forward to reading more of it.

The Kindle version of the book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. So download it now to add to your library. If you miss this free promotion, you can still click this link to buy it. It's only $2.91.

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Dictionary of Superstitions

black-cat-featuredI knew my father-in-law wasn't well. I was outside getting some air when this big black crow landed on the fence about 15 feet away from me and was giving me the oddest look. I didn't think much about it. But the next day, when I was outside, the crow was back. On the third day the crow once again assumed its position on the fence; sitting exactly the same place on the fence it did the last two days. It didn't return the fourth day. We got a phone call that my father-in-law had passed away.

Are crows really a harbinger of death? There are a lot of superstitions based on crows with their ominous presence. Some even believe that they were a familiar to witches, but I find this all a bit ludicrous. One doesn't have to believe in these things if they don't want to.

Still, as a child, I recall how superstitious my father was. We were never allowed to walk underneath a ladder, and never allowed to put a rocking chair into motion without someone sitting in it. One time my brother and I were given some flowers from a funeral, but my father wouldn't allow them inside the house.

Our culture seems to be rife with superstition. Most of us will know of:

  • Friday the thirteenth
  • a rabbit's foot
  • horseshoe
  • end of a rainbow
  • chicken wishbone
  • itchy palms
  • beginner's luck
  • dropped dishcloth

David Pickering it the author of Dictionary of Superstitions. It is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the superstitions, old and new, of the English-speaking world, complete with their origins, meanings and variant forms. It includes just about everything from touching wood, crossing fingers and identifying future lovers to folk remedies, spells and modern beliefs relating to the lottery, the computer and the mobile phone. A first-class source book for the historian, folklorist and casual reader alike, it also offers antidotes to some of the most feared taboos. What should you do to avoid seven years' bad luck if you break a mirror? How can you walk safely under a ladder? Which is the correct end to crack open a boiled egg? This book has all the answers.

The Kindle version of the book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion, so this makes today... your lucky day! It's about 500 pages long, but it's easy to look up superstitions as they are all listed in alphabetical order.

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10 Secrets to Getting Any Man

10-secfrets-featuredI always get a kick out of people asking me for martial advice. You DO realize I've had two failed marriages? But, yes! I'll give you my advice. As a matter of fact, I have a forum setup on this website exactly for this purpose. So... if you don't mind me saying, I was practically laughing my a** off when I came across a book written by Dr. Lyn Kelley titled 10 Secrets to Getting Any Man You Want to Want You.

She says her book is "for women who want to be in committed, monogamous, satisfying relationships; however, the principles apply to ALL relationships. The most important decision a woman will ever make in her lifetime is choosing a life mate. And if she’s already chosen one, the next most important decision a woman can make is use my strategies to get him to want her! My book will help empower women and ensure that her mate loves her, commits to her, and consistently treats her with dignity, honor, respect. Rich with practical tips and techniques to help you make meaningful changes, this book pinpoints the issues and actions that can make or break relationships and guides you in perfecting the skills needed to create true love."

It's hard to tell what she considers a perfect man. I was watching a video she uploaded to YouTube titled The 9 Worst Types of Men for Relationships -- where she is promoting another book she wrote titled Bad Dick! Good Jane! You can watch the video below.

10-secrets-ebookShe says it's the nine worst type of men to watch out for, but it looks like she has ruled out all men to me. Maybe she would have better luck as a lesbian. Mind you, in her favor, she does mention deer hunting... not that she went deer hunting with her man.

Still, you can download 10 Secrets to Getting Any Man You Want to Want You right now. It's being offered for free as part of an Amazon promotion. If you miss this special offer, you can still get it for $2.00, but I can't tell you that it's worth the $2. I think you will get better advice by submitting your questions to my forum. I think that this book is all about learning to manipulate men, and let's face it... everyone hates to feel manipulated. We (both partners) want mutual respect from a partner. No one likes to be played.

One day I found a copy of Cosmopolitan in the car of a recently divorced buddy. I asked, "What are you doing reading that crap?" He said, "You need to know how they think." It must have worked. He's happily married now. The point is, there are so many people out there who are more than happy to share the wrong advice with you. One of Dr, Kelley's reviewers said:

I find it disappointing that a PhD and "relationship coach" is basically encouraging women to play hard-to-get, manipulative little dating games. But the title says it all, it's about getting any man you want to want you, so that in itself is manipulative.

If you're over fifty, and seeking a new relationship, there are better options that have been offered on this site. You may want to read the articles, Relationships & Dating Revisited, or Baby Boomers & Online Dating. But... what do I know?

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