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The New Horoscopes Are Here! The New Horoscopes Are Here!
Get 'em while they're hot! Your new romance horoscope for May is hot off the presses... Access your love story for the month here: May Love Horoscopes.
Dear Stella: I'm Getting Married in August, BUT...
The Science of Love...
Never Send Dad to the T-shirt Shop!
Here's what he'll come home with...
Monday Morning... Irish Flooding
We've all seen the faces of those ravaged by the floods of Sri Lanka and New Orleans. This award-winning photograph of the recent flood waters rising in Ireland captures the horror and suffering there. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers.... (The Rest of the Story...)
We Were Right... Weight Watchers is the Best!
In the self improvement section of our website, we touted the Weight Watcher's diet plan as the best plan all-around for losing weight... and keeping it off! We cited lots of research and our own personal trials using this program, and recommended it above all others.
The June, 2007 issue of Consumer Reports magazine supports our opinion. In an article titled "Rating the Diets", they line up 8 of the most popular diet plans out there today: Volumetrics, WW, Jenny Craig, Slim-Fast, eDiets, Zone diet, and Atkins. Volumetrics and Weight Watchers were the two highest rated programs. And although Volumetrics did nudge out WW for quick short-term weight loss, their recipes were also judged somewhat time-consuming to prepare. WW meals were judged appetizing, nutritious, and fairly easy to prepare. WW also had a lower long-term dropout rate.
We maintain that for today's busy adult, Weight Watchers still delivers the best overall weight reduction program, with high marks for low dropout rate, ease of use, and lifelong nutritional education value. This recent Consumer Report survey just adds more proof to our pudding!
Get more information about Weight Watchers here: Diet Weight Control
And browse this page for more interesting self-improvement ideas: Love Step 2
Dear Stella, What About the Turtle?
Winning Poem: Remembering Mom On Mother's Day
This is our writing contest winner for May, 2007:
She could see all this in her mind
Mom humming in the next room
She heard the car start
Tears fill my eyes as I try to remember
So many years have gone by it seems surreal
*** Poetry lover? Check out our treasure trove of free love poems.
Bad Week? Buzzards Got You Down?
Take heart! The meek shall inherit the earth!!!
CHILL With These Stunning Shots from the North Pole...
What's For Dinner? Try this great recipe!
I have made this dish for many a "potluck" gathering, and have never failed to have some requests for the recipe. People love it!
MEXICAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE
1 chicken, boiled, or pick up a deli rotisserie chicken to save time
Pick all the lean meat from the chicken, dice/slice and set aside. In large skillet, saute the onion and bel pepper in butter til tender. Stir in the 4 cans of soups/tomatoes. Stir in the chicken meat and simmer over medium heat til well mixed and hot.
Lightly oil a lasagna pan, then layer like a lasagna: tortillas, 1/3 soup mixture, 1/3 the cheese; repeat this 3 times, with cheese on top. Sprinkle chili powder on top of the casserole.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, til lightly browned and bubbly. Delicious with a nice salad and chilled Chablis or frosty Mexican beer.
*** You will love our excellent new cookbook with a selection of only the best dishes here: Food For Lovers!
Where the Boys Are...
Are you old enough to remember Connie Francis song Where The Boys Are? She pines for her yet unmet love:
Where the boys are, someone waits for me...
Dont you wish you could just be walking down the street one day, and your soul mate would find you in the crowd? what a romantic notion... but not very realistic, you know.
Okay, not an option; so common sense would then tell you to go where the odds are stacked in your favor where youd be surrounded by hordes of intelligent, fun-seeking, educated, fit, straight, eligible bachelors. There's safety in numbers.
On a recent Oprah Show, she revealed the best cities to meet single men. Based on an article from Mens Health Magazine, entitled Women, Heres the Best Place to Find a Man, she listed the top cities in which to find men over 35.
Mens Health sorted data by 7 criteria: fitness, ratio of single men/women, low divorce rate, philanthropy, education, and thrill factor. What they didnt factor in are things like social skills, employment data and interest in settling down.
Their findings: The 5 American cities with the most & best eligible bachelors were:
Interesting information. But useless. What are you gonna do, pack your bags and head for the Bay Area, where the median price for a home is $700K? Are you a single woman who is actually having trouble deciding on what new city to move to? Then by all means, pick one of the above. But if you are like the rest of us working stiffs, you have to make do with what ya got!
Take heart, though, there are many ways to increase your chances of finding your own true love... right in your own back yard. Give this a quick read: Where & How to Meet Good Men.
First Love is True Love
Stumbled across an interesting blog entry by Yasmin Ahmad on first love :
---"First love has always fascinated me because it happens to you at a time when you have not yet learned to lie to yourself. With first love, within five minutes, you accept the other person for everything that they are, warts and all. I believe that our first love is the truest love of all. Unfortunately, most people I know do not even believe there is such a thing as "true love".
They remind me of the last words in a poem by Wislawa Szymborska:
P.S.From Stella: There is such a thing as true love. Just because you haven't found it yet doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I do not believe that there is only one true love meant for you in this universe. I think that true love probably passes right under your nose many times during your life. You just have to be receptive to it, recognize it when it comes, and be willing to nurture it as the delicate and fragile treasure it is.
This is a great book to help you become more receptive to love when it passes by:
Do You Believe in Miracles?
This guy does...
Monday Morning Grin... A Sign From God?
Good morning! If you see this on your way out the door this morning...
Just go back in and have another cup of coffee. It's probably not going to be a good day!
Fascinating Facts from 1906
Funny Predictions for the future, From the Past...
Found Bloglet: One Man's Definition of True Love
True love is found when two people can look into each other's hearts and forget all about wealth, position in society and material belongings. True love is also found when two people can look deep into the other's soul and see past the little habits that they may not be partial to.
Love is all about wanting to be with a person constantly, always wishing to feel their warmth inside. Love is looking at someone and feeling all your happiness rush to the forefront of your mind, letting all your woes disappear.
Having found true love, I can tell you that it is all about two souls becoming entwined together and knowing that you would do anything for the person you are with. This includes little things like going to the store if they want a chocolate bar, to the big things like travel 2,500 miles just to see their face....both things I have done.
---"Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets"--- Milton Zelman, publisher of "Chocolate News"
Friday Vid: The Lemonade Stand
You Gotta See These! Ever Hear of Julian Beever?
Julian is an English artist who specializes in... sidewalk art!!!
***Please note: We usually compact (optimize) our images in this website, so they will load quickly. The tradeoff for that is the quality of the image. However, for these works of art, we are going to go for a little higher quality/detail, so you can really experience them properly. The tradeoff: they may take a little longer to load. Be patient! It's worth the wait! Don't forget! These are all drawings.
Just one final thought before we begin: I Wonder how Julian feels about rain?
More fantabulous sidewalk art from Julian Beever
Take your time with each picture, remembering that they are drawings. Sometimes people step into the scene to complete it, but most everything else is pastel chalks! Enjoy! (The Rest of the Story...)
Julian Beever Sidewalk Art- Day 3
Alright, already, 8 more Julian Beever treats await you inside... (The Rest of the Story...)