The Summer Movie Season has begun and some of the biggest movies are still ahead of us.
Have to say that I was totally surprised that The Mummy was as not as gig of a Box Office Hit as I thought it would be. I think many critics panned for all the wrong reasons. I personally saw the film and thought it was great even though somewhat predictable at the end. The fact that Tom Cruise took over the lead that had long been held by Brendan Fraser might have had something to do with it as well but I thought he did a great job. Don’t let the Bad Reviews keep you from stop seeing this movie.
“Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.”
From: Universal Pictures, Rated: PG13 Runs: 120 Minutes
Pirates of The Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales with Johnny Depp didn’t do as great with the critics as well but again, I saw it and I thought it was good. Typical Pirates Movie but the story line was solid and the film moved right along.
“Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.”
Again, If you like the Pirates adventures don’t let bad reviews stop you from seeing he great summer movie.
On the way; Just Released: Transformers, The Last Knight.
Coming Up: VALERIAN . In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.
It’s going to be a great summer At The Movies .
Love is the answer!
No matter how much we may think our lives are not as great as they should be, it seems we always tend to forget those folks who are way less fortunate than us. Just because our day is going badly and we may not be able to afford that new car or Flat screen TV we for get that there are those out there who can’t even afford to eat.
Here is a perfect example from a friend of mine on Facebook.
“As I sat in my car eating some tacos I had gotten from the Taqueria, i see this lady staring at me while i sat in my car. While she walked closer and closer to my car, I was finishing up on one of my tacos. I knew she was trying to get my attention. As two younger girls came out of the store, they handed her some change. As she turned her body I notice she had her catheter bag underneath her arm. As she started to walk away, I ran down my window and asked her if she was hungry and she said yes but She wanted to get an ice cream from inside because her throat was hurting but the man wouldn’t let her in w the catheter exposed. I ended up helping this sweet lady w food, a black bag to put her catheter bag in and bought her a frozen fruit ice cream for her throat. Poor thing has cancer and says all shelters she’s been at are full in this area.”
I remember those days when I had a few cents to my name and walking by the Hamburger Place on the corner smelling the great aroma of the food cooking on the grill. Peering in and watching the happy faces of everyone inside enjoying their double cheese burger with a large order of fries and a large drink and thinking how great that must be when had only a few cents in my pocket.
Then I thought about those people less fortunate than I, YES, they exist. People who had NO Pennies in their pockets. Some didn’t have pockets at all because the clothes they wear are so tattered and old that the pockets have worn through. Those folks who haven’t eaten in days because they just don’t have the money or may be ill and can not work, much less afford a decent meal. Then my situation just didn’t seem as dire at all.
No matter what situation this story finds you in today remember, work through it as best you can to find a solution that will get you by to the next day. If your the person without the funds, Pray.
If your the person with funds then think twice about those less fortunate that yourself and do what ever you can to assist those who have less or none.
The message has always been for us to help each other. For those of us who have to help those who have not, not matter what the reason. Love is the answer.
Just another Point of View.
These days we seem to hear more and more about ALKALIZING Your Body for better health.
Some people swear by the fact that it tends to Slow Aging, Gives You More Energy and even Helps You Loose Weight. SO what’s all the buzz about and how does it work ?
So an Alkaline Diet seems to be the one of the best natural ways of balancing your body, slowing doing the aging process, loosing weight and even reducing inflammation in many areas.
What is an Alkaline Diet? It is a Diet Non-Consuming acidic foods and drinks. By doing so it will create an Alkaline Environment in the body.
Acidic foods cause inflammation, chronic fatigue, weight gain, poor digestion and over-active immune system. Luckily, the alkaline diet can suppress these problems by neutralizing the acidic environment in your body.
What are the worst culprits ? Processed food, sugar, sodas and foods that contain gluten
These things will: alter your body’s pH balance and create an acidic environment within it, which will result in numerous health problems
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best alkaline foods. They possess a rich nutritional profile and are the ideal choice for an alkaline diet. Kale, Swiss chard, Arugula, Cabbage and Lettuce boost your energy levels and assist the body to start losing weight as well. Chlorophyll supplements and green drinks can help a lot towards reaching alkalinity too.
Additionally, omega oils such as omega-3, an essential nutrient the body can’t produce on its own. This oil is ingested through foods such as fish, but the recommended intake can be reached by adding an omega-3 supplement to your diet. Eating a salad with some Flax seed, Walnuts, Chia seeds or Lemon Oil every day to replenish the levels of omega-3 in your body.
The pH of healthy human blood should range from 7.35 to 7.45. The pH is acidic whenever it falls below 7. Acidity can occur as a result of emotional stress, toxic overload or an acid-forming diet.
You can avoid acidity. Nutritionists recommend a diet that consists of 60 percent alkaline foods and 40 percent acidic foods. Consult your Doctor and try it, see if you start feeling much better and watch some of those things that your suffering from start to get better.
Happy, Healthy Living !
The summer movies just continue to roll out on the heels of a huge Box Office world wide by Guardian’s of the Galaxy Vol 2 which just got knocked out of the Number one spot recently by Alien Covenant.
Up at bat now are two of the most anticipated movies of the year, Wonder Woman and the new installment in the Mummy series with Tom Cruise at the helm.
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, action, and some suggestive content. Runs: 141 Minutes and Opens in Wide Release; June 2, 2017. From Warner Bros. Pictures
Who would have ever thought that some day Tom Cruise would take over Brendan Fraser’s job as the lead in the Mummy Series. Roll into 2017 and here we are. A new Mummy Movie and Tom Cruise in the lead role.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in the modern era, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: “The Mummy.”
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, “The Mummy” brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
From Universal Pictures. Rated: PG13, Runs: Hour 47 Minutes
Duck into a theater near you this summer and immures yourself into a great time At The Movies.
Senior Citizens And Retirement
So, five months into a new President and as a senior citizen, I have to say that I am concerned about our future when it comes to healthcare, the economy and benefits for older citizens.
I’m concerned about our Social Security which is already much to low for anyone to survive on much less live on. My friend John just turned 62 and filed for early retirement and he has started receiving a monthly check of $1000 dollars. May sound like in nice, tidy sum but lets break it down.
John pays $650 for a small, one bedroom apartment. He has to pay utilities in the amount of $100.
Since John has doctor appointments he must keep up with he has to have a cell phone so that’s another
$50 a month. So if your keeping up, John has already spend $800 out of his $1000 check leaving him a huge sum of $200 to live on for 4 weeks. $200 to survive on for four weeks. That’s CRIMINAL.
How can anyone expect somebody to live on $200 a month? LUDICROUS. Then we wonder how so many senior citizens are living in poverty. $200 a month isn’t enough to buy food on for a month, much less pay for gas or medical care or medicine, etc, etc and forget about going to the movies or anything like that.
So then, as a senior citizen your forced to get back to work, not because you want to but because you have to in order to be able to survive. How fair is that? You’ve worked 62 years and paid into your Federal Savings Account know as Social Security only to find out that the only thing your going to get back is $1000 a month to live on? That alone is enough to drive you crazy.
I remember when I first started working. As a naive adolescent I asked why the Government took that money out of my check every week. They said it’s your Federal Savings Account. When you turn 55 you’ll get a monthly payment back so you can retire. NOT.
Sixty Two years later, my government has mismanaged my savings account, taken money out of it for something entirely different and Never replaced it. But wait, that’s not all. My Government has changed the age at witch I could start reviving my retirement money from Fifty Five (55) to Sixty Two (62) and they are thinking about raising that to 68 or 72 in hopes you’ll die before you collect yours.
What chaps my hide even greater is the fact that some people have the gumption to say “well why should the government give you anything for free?”, WHAT? Social Security was supposed to have been our Federal Retirement Savings Account. It’s our money that we have be faithfully putting in for over 60 years. OUR MONEY ! I don’t want the government to give me anything for free I just want what they promised me. We are are entitled to that.
Enough for now. Just another Point of View.
Wow, recently I see all kinds of articles about coconut oil and how it’s good for practically everything. Now I see just many stories about Baking Soda. Yes, plain ole baking soda.
In fact I just read a report of a better way to brighten your teeth than whitening strips or bleaching and you guessed it, it involves both Coconut Oil and Baking Soda.
Here are several reasons the coconut oil toothpaste is both effective and better that commercial toothpaste and it can help you avoid all of the chemicals and toxic ingredients and save money!
You may ask why does commercial toothpaste contain harmful and toxic ingredients, like; titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue Dye # 1 & 2, sodium and sodium fluoride, just to name a few. By the way these ingredients can surprisingly also be found in toothpaste that is labeled “all natural” as well. These chemicals are not only harmful to your delicate tooth enamel, they also affect your overall health! Glycerin is another ingredient to be cautious of as it can inhibit the materialization of teeth. It is also found in fluoride-free toothpaste.
As we have all learned by now Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal. Studies also show that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. The other primary ingredient in this natural toothpaste is baking soda. Baking soda is a very mild abrasive which with cleaning and whitening the teeth, and restoring pH balance.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need; 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, 2 tablespoons Baking Soda,
and 10 drops of Peppermint oil ( this is optional for taste if desired).
Mix the baking soda with the coconut oil until it forms a paste like consistency.
Add several drops of peppermint oil to taste and mix. That’s it you now have your own, home made, natural , whitening Toothpaste.
Wait, you already have half the ingredients for a great healthy smoothie as well. Just add oatmeal, half a banana, a small granny smith apple and a cup of Soy, Hemp or Almond Milk, Mix in a blender add crushed ice, blend again and there you go. A healthy smoothie you can enjoy at anytime to keep your energy up.
SO, what ever you do, Live Life, Happy, Healthy Naturally.
Time to take a Time Out and head for the theater as the Pre-Summer moviews just keep on coming.
Just opening up At The Movies is the movie we've all been waiting for for several years with one of my favorites, Rocket Raccoon. Yup, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (PG-13) The adventures continue as the team struggles to keep its newfound family together while it tires to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is like listening to your favorite Fleetwood Mac song, while traversing a rainbow on a unicorn that fires glitter...well you know. The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is currently in theaters in what seems to be everywhere but the US, which releases on May 5. As you may have heard, the film has five post-credit sequences giving you some insight from the comic books, so we can get a better understanding of what's going on. No, I'm not breaking those down here and now, you'll just have to watch for yourself.
And then there is Selma Hayek and Raquel Welch in How to Be a Latin Lover !
Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) gets the surprise of his life when his wealthy, 80-year-old wife dumps him for a younger car salesman. Forced out of his mansion, he must now move in with his estranged sister Sara (Salma Hayek) and her nerdy but adorable son Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo hatches a scheme to seduce a widowed billionaire (Raquel Welch) and live the high life once again.
Eugenio Derbez, who designed the vehicle as a showcase for his comedic gifts. He is a huge celebrity in Mexico and has a considerable following north of the border. His last headlining film, 2013’s “Instructions Not Included,” became the highest-grossing Spanish-language movie ever released in the States. This time, starring in an English-language farce, he hopes to attract an even broader audience.
Director: Ken Marino. Cast: Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Raphael Alejandro, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch. Rated: PG-13, for crude humor, sexual references and brief nudity.
See You Soon, At The Movies.
So do you have at least one? Or maybe you have just a handful or maybe you have many?
I'm talking about friends with benefits. Of course you know just what I'm talking about. Friends with benefits.
The kind of friends that are ready to give you the benefit of of doubt when a question comes up about you or something you did. Those kind of friends with benefits. The kind of person that stumbles upon you and even though they may think your strange they don't judge you strictly on that, but rather give you the benefit of the doubt.
Those types of friends and people much less are few and far between these days. Most folks are quick to judge and quick to pass you by or cast you aside because that's the kind of society we've become. I've caught myself doing it once or twice and can't say that I'm very proud of it but then I thought about it long and hard and blamed it on some training I once had.
After all there are times we have to make quick assessments of people in order to keep ourselves safe. In this case we're talking about people in general that we encounter and pass along the way every day. Regular people even if not so normal because then we have to define normal itself. We have to ask normal by who's standards? Yours, mine, someone else?
In this case lets say it's just your plain old kind of normal that in some cases can seen a bit strange but what's wrong with that? People that can be kind or educated enough to postpone their judgment of you until they've hard you out and found out what your really all about. Then after that they decide to be your friends. Those my friends are the type of friends with benefits I'm talking about.
Friends that can overlook the fact that you may have different views about things than they do
and are still willing to listen to you. Friends that can move beyond the fact that you may live in a different social environment than they do and still associate with you. Friends that can get past the fact that they may have more money than you and don't make that a factor in being your friend.
See there are many types of people in this world but not all of them can be our friends. Too many of them are caught up in selfishness and greed and socioeconomic stature to be able to befriend us. It has certainly become a real problem in our world today. One which keeps us from being a better man kind.
One that gets in the way of us being closer to GOD. Think about it and you will see for yourself.
Then the next time you come across a person that's a little different than you, maybe you'll think twice about how you see them and about how you'll determine on whether to befriend them or not.
Just another Point of View ! GOD Speed.
Recently a friend of mine announce to the world on Facebook that he had not been feeling well lately and had woken up with yellow eyes. Suddenly all the backseat doctors started to chime in with their diagnosis. Hepatitis, Jaundices, Cirrhosis, etc, etc.....until we went to the Emergency Room and they started a barrage of blood work to determine just what he had.
One thing that they did determine immediately was that we had gone into sepsis. I think that's when some of your organs, like the liver or the kidneys start to shut down. So my friend was very worried as he should be. It's not a good thing when your organs start to shut down and they tell you it's a serious thing.
Finally they advised him that he had Hep C and started a treatment to make him better.
So I started doing a little research to see what was a great food or herb to strengthen the liver. It wasn't too long before I found out the wonders of Ginger when it came to fortifying the Liver.
Ginger naturally has a high antioxidant content, which reduces cellular damage. According to LiveStrong.com Ginger may help prevent or treat this liver condition by reducing oxidation stress, decreasing insulin resistance and inhibiting inflammation, all contributing factors. Clinical trials are in order to determine the extent of the benefits that ginger may offer for liver health.
In a different study from 2010 on laboratory animals, 250 milligrams and 500 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of ginger and the same amounts of chicory significantly improved liver damage and restored blood composition to normal when administered individually or together. Neither substance caused toxic effects at doses up to 5 grams per kilogram. Microscopic evaluation of liver tissue also showed improvements from the two supplements.
Since I have Fatty Liver I was amazed to find out that Ginger may protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, an increasingly common condition associated with insulin resistance that is nearing epidemic proportions, say researchers who conducted a study published in the January 2011 issue of the "World Journal of Gastroenterology." Ginger may help prevent or treat this liver condition by reducing oxidative stress on the liver, decreasing insulin resistance and inhibiting inflammation, all contributing factors to this condition.
Who knew that Ginger, yes Ginger Root, could be so good for our Liver. So I too have started eating more Ginger and taking a Ginger Root supplement. I'm not saying you should do the same but you may at least look into to it?
Be well and Happy Healthy Eating.
Maybe not the father of rock'n'roll, but for sure the most influential rock'n'roll artist. Chuck Berry might call St. Louis his place of birth, but he is actually from San Jose California. Why some websites mention one or the other who knows. Growing up in a very segregated part of St. Louis called the Ville Chuck had never seen a white person until he was three years old,now that is segregation and very sad. Berry also grew into something of a trouble maker in high school.In 1944, at the age of seventeen he and two friends dropped out of school and set off on a road trip to California.
They had gone no further than Kansas City when they came across a pistol abandoned in a parking lot, later deciding to go on a robbing spree. Showing the pistol, they robbed a bakery, a clothing store and a barbershop ,then they stole a car before being arrested by highway patrolmen. The three men received the maximum penalty of 10 years in jail despite being minors. After serving 3 years he was let out on good behavior.
He returned to St. Louis and got together with a former High school friend where he joined his band. Traveling to Chicago and the mid west searching for a record contract, he met up with the legendary blues musician Muddy Waters, who suggested that Berry go to Chess Records. A few weeks later he wrote and recorded a song called "Maybellene" and took it to executives at Chess Records. They immediately offered him a contract and within months the song had reached No.1 on the R&B charts and No.5 on the pop charts.
After being convicted in 1961 for transporting a woman across state lines and arrested for having a 14 year old girl which he took to St. Louis to work at his Club, the girl was also arrested for prostitution, charges were pressed against Berry and spent another 20 months in jail. When he was released in 1963 Chuck would never be the same man afterward. Carl Perkins who was a good friend of Chuck said that he had never seen a man so changed, he had been an easy going guy before, but when Carl and Chuck toured in England he was cold, real distant and bitter.
Well everyone starts somewhere and as long as you don't give up positive things seem to come at you at the right time, hard work before and then thing do change. Between 1948 and 1955 Chuck worked as a janitor at the Fisher Body assembly plant, he also trained to be a hairdresser and freelanced as a photographer and assisted his father as a carpenter. During troubles and putting up with life Chuck finally seemed to have gotten his break, performing since the 1950's until 2017 Chuck Berry has left his mark in music history. In the music business Chuck accepts no less than $10,000 per gig and played no more than 45 minutes, and no encores.
Find out more about Chuck Berry on the ALL NEW CLASSIC HITS station KWMC 1490AM and the "Little Red Rooster" show as we feature Chuck Berry as the artist of the month.
All known information and music facts are by Wendy Johnson and shows are produced by Javier Martinez.