Sunday, July 29, 2007

Journey to Health with Annette Larkins

Now don't even tell me you don't care if you age and look like a dying wilderbeest. We all care, otherwise Clairol would not be making so much money off of covering the gray! Author Annette Larkins says she has the solution . . . and it's in your cupboard and refrigerator!

She's written to booklets title "Journey to Health" and "Journey to Health2". She's a raw foods proponent and I'm not mad at a sister! We should all look so good at 60. She's among a growing list of people who have switched to raw foods and have avoided diabetes, wrinkles, obesity and more.
She claims an 18 inch waist and was 59 years old when this photo was taken in 2001.

Check out her website at:
Journey to Health with Annette Larkins

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Travel Travails for Boomers & Others

If you've ever lost knitting needles, pocket sewing kits, corkscrews or all-in-one tools to the airport security checkpoint, here's a way to get it back. Well maybe.

Despite 9/11, more and more boomers are traveling and losing a grip on their goods. The TSA has devised a way to profit from your loss, however small. The confiscated items are sent to various state warehouses to be either reclaimed or sold. However, this isn't exactly news. The Unclaimed Baggage Center has been selling lost luggage in Alabama for years. It was even featured on Oprah.

It's not clear if they are also selling your gels, lotions or other liquids that are over 3 ounces. Many people report seeing them thrown into the garbage. But one man's garbage bag may be another's TSA shipping container on the way to Tucker, Ga or some other state destination. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania are saving items with some states even collecting for other states and raising money for their own coffers.

According to the Wall Street Journal article, they are now seeking to reunite passengers with their items before selling them. This may come as some relief to those that have lost a precious gift or heirloom. But don't hold your breath - there are thousands of items retrieved each month.

There's Also Help Preventing Baggage Loss

There's a new service that will assist you and the airport in locating your luggage. It's called Bags ReUnited. According to the website it is a free 24 hour Global Recovery system that " . . . has been created to provide an effective way of ensuring that a lost bag or item can be returned to you."

The online service provides luggage tags (that can be printed from the web) and when your baggage is found, it sends an SMS (text)/email alert message to you. The instructions on the uniquely coded tags can even be printed in various languages depending on your destination. There are a few other features like maintaining your address book and itineraries online, but there are lots of other sites that do that. You can report your loss anywhere you can access the internet (smart idea to add the url to your smart phone with data access).

It also touts free lifetime registration and protection of items other than luggage. While registration, tag printing and notification are free, Instant Alert (SMS text message to your mobile phone) carries a $4.99 yearly surcharge payable by credit card or PayPal.

So - maybe you haven't lost that slamming bathing suit (although you had to buy another at your destination) or the custom engraved chopsticks forever. Focus on enjoying your travels and if the luggage security troll eats your stuff, check out these options before you give up hope.

Carry-On Items Taken at Airports Find Happy Homes -

Unclaimed Baggage Center

Bags ReUnited

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Friday, July 06, 2007


Want some new music that's not filled with "b*&%$ and H@$"? You've got to check this young man out! Ryan Shaw is a 26 year old from Decatur, GA that will take you back to the days of sweet soul music with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam Cooke. Great voice and slammin' retro tunes. I'm hoping he gets the air play he deserves on the so-called 'urban' stations.

Right now I'm listening to Nobody, It's Over, and We Got Love. Sweet. Check him out, he's touring this summer with Joss Stone.

Catch him 'live' in this video from a radio appearance in Baltimore on WTMD.

Oh, Yeah! I'm an overaged groupie!
Check out Ryan Shaw's new cd here.

A Singer's Hardy Old Soul -
Recent article with this young blood wearing a hat like my daddy! Too cool. Now when you've finished checking out this blog, go tell yo' momma AND your daughter!