Sunday, November 29, 2009
I recently received an e-mail from a representative of Argenius Worldwide, the makers of staSAFE hand sanitizer, asking me to review their product.

I don't usually do product reviews but I decided to make an exception in this case in light of all the concerns over H1N1.

From the literature they sent me I learned that this product is not alcohol-based, which only kills germs for a short time and hands can become re-contamined quickly.

My first impression about staSAFE was the fact that the dispenser worked easily, I got just the right amount, not too much, not to little. I have used products were I can't get the dispenser to work at all or when it finally does, I get too much lotion.

StaSAFE has a mild fragrance which I found pleasent.

The fact that this product does not contain alcohol is a big plus for me because even in warm weather I would find alcohol drying to my skin.

Oh yeah, one more thing, the package was easy to open.
staSAFE is an ALL NATURAL, green product formulated using Argenius,™ a proprietary technology, that does not evaporate like alcohol and in fact, stays on your hands for hours. staSAFE blends with the natural oils of your skin and continues to eradicate germs you come in contact with, eliminating the need to constantly sanitize. This notion will be liberating for many as they are constantly monitoring what they touch. Relax, staSAFE is on the job.
Because it’s all natural, made with aloe vera and other high quality ingredients, staSAFE moisturizes and protects your skin. It’s a high grade moisturizer, as well as a sanitizer.
Visit the staSAFE website for more information.

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I thought this would be a good time to wish everyone in this blogging world a very happy holiday and a time "To celebrate growing older!"

How perfect, just last week I came across a column written by Regina Brett who writes for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. She wrote about the 45 lessons life taught her.

It's the most-requested column she's ever written.
Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on by Regina Brett

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Enjoy your family and friends, enjoy all the fixings and after reading "To celebrate growing older" you should still have plenty to chew on!

Do you have life lessons to share? Leave them in the comments.

See also:

Regina on Twitter

Regina on Facebook

Sbopes: Lessons Life Taught Me

Life's lessons speed up on Internet; 90 years of living in 50: Regina Brett

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New England is experiencing the tail end of a nor-easter - it's been raining all day today and for me that's a good thing. Last week I opened Pandora's Box and took out the boxes and bags that I need to pack for my winter in Florida. They pretty much sat there all week, they were ready for me but I was not ready for them.

Today, it's another story - who wants to go out on a rainy day like this so I stayed home and did get a lot done.


There is just so much I can do so every so often I took a reading break. I spent part of the afternoon reading "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. It's a great novel about two sisters who live in Shanghi in the late thirties. Their father is a very prosperous business man and the girls are having the time of their lives but the picture changes. Dad loses all his money and he must sell the girls as wives to repay his debts. Then begins a new chapter in the lives of the Shanghai girls. Great read.

Speaking of a great read, I funny thing happened to me the other day, three different people recommended "The Help." by first time author Kathryn Stockett. A friend of mine is reading it now and she says, she can't put it down.


The movies that are playing these days are not my cup of tea. Finally "Coco Before Chanel" came to town, wasn't keen on seeing it but thought it might not be too bad, after all a story about a fashion maven could be of some interest.

Well, it was ok - Audrey Tautou does a good job as Coco - she's thin, doesn't smile, stares a lot, wants what she wants and knows how to get it!

In one scene Coco attends a ball where she wears a black gown that she whips up for herself. All the other ladies are wearing fancy, frilly pastel gowns. That scene reminded me of Scarlett O'Hara wearing a RED gown at a ball in "Gone With the Wind."

Another scene that I enjoyed was when her lover takes her to the ocean, which she has never seen. It was a beautiful summer day and all the ladies are sitting on delicate chairs - on the sand - dressed in all their finery holding beautiful lacy umbrellas. Reminded me of a painting - Renoir?

Good News!

Molly's coming to a nearby theatre next week in YOO-HOO, Mrs. Goldberg!!

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Trailer from Aviva Kempner on Vimeo.

I remember listening to Molly on the radio and than watching her on TV. It was so many years ago but I still remember her husband's name was Jake, her daughter's name was Rosalie and her son's name was Sammy. I even remember her neighbor's name was Mrs. Bloom!

Sometimes I can't remember the names of people in my life now but Molly's family I remember!

Sunday, November 08, 2009
Remember the commercial where the fellow says "It's time to make the donuts?" Well for me "it's time to start packing."

Mom's Race Car Delivered

In less than a month my car will be picked up and transported to Florida which means I have to get cracking. Lot's to think about. For example the company that I ship with requires that there should only be a quarter of a tank of gas in the car. Last year I forgot about that and filled the tank up to close to the departure date. I took myself for a few long drives but still when the shipper picked up the car I had over a tank of gas.

No, they did not "yell" at me like what happens to me in Florida a lot. (I wrote about that in a recent post.)

In another television commercial that I have been seeing lately there appears to be a doll who walks very slowly and needs to be wound up. She's depressed and needs the medication that they are advertising. I am not depressed but I am moving very slowly and need to be wound up!!

It's a good thing Steve is not here filming me with his camera because if the marketing people saw what I look like they would hire me for that job!

Well, I made the supreme effort today and took out the boxes, duffel bags and garment bags that need to be packed.

What can I tell you, It's a job I'm not thrilled about doing but someone has got to do it. I've been doing this for many years and what I realize is, I spend more time thinking about packing than doing it - it really isn't such a big deal if only I would get moving and do it!

Another thing I am aware of is "I take too many clothes." Every year I say the same thing, "next year I will not take so much." If only I would listen to myself!!

I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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