5 Link Friday

This marks the first in a new series: 5 Link Friday.  I will post five links to web pages I’ve been reading and/or that may have been of help to me.  Hope you like it. Enjoy and share if you do. Hope you find them as helpful as I have.

Today, I’m sharing five websites that have helped shaped my beliefs about taking care of my mind and body.  The authors of these sites and their guests have helped me understand how to chose good foods to put into my body. They also remind me that when it comes to my body, no one knows it like I do.  Note: Not paid links.

The Truth About Cancer – Hear the experience of others who have suffered through this deadly disease. What causes cancer?  Are we doomed to it’s effects?  Is there a cure?  Bit by bit you will uncover truths you never knew about this disease that has destroyed too many lives.  You may also want to check out Chris Beats Cancer as well.

The Gabriel Method – Jon Gabriel, the author of the website has used his story of how he shed over 200 lbs mostly by using visualization to build a portfolio of helpful techniques that can guide you through your most difficult weight loss challenges.  How long has it been since you’ve been trying to lose those extra pounds. Why not see if Jon can help?

Food Matters TV – Through this website I was able to connect with the most amazing doctor, Dr. Dana Cohan, an MD who is also a Naturapathic doctor.  I’m a big fan of FM.TV, their paid subscription service – think Netflix for healthy living.  James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, the husband and wife team who are behind the movie Food Matters and Hungry for Change have stocked their websites with a wealth of invaluable information you can turn to again and again as you build knowledge and experience you can parlay into living a healthy lifestyle.

Check them out and let me know what you think. You can start with their 10 day free trial.  I think you’ll be hooked!

Mercola.com – Whether I’m looking for high peat organic soil or in-depth information on high intensity exercise (HITT), Dr. Mercola’s website is a wealth of verifiable health information that has, along with other resources, have steered me towards a more healthy way of eating. Dr. Mercola probably deserves some credit for my recent very high HDL results.  I find the information he doles out freely on his website to be very useful and sensible.

Longevity Warehouse – As organizer of one of the largest health conferences for women and well known raw food guru, David Wolfe has had an enormous impact on the way I think about food.  Although he didn’t coin the phrase, I learned “make food thy medicine and medicine they food” from him.  His favorite mantra I think is “you are what you eat”. So if you are starving for tried and true techniques on how to develop a healthy way of living, check out his website. This particular site is more for selling products such as raw cacao and high ORAC scoring coffee. But you will also find videos of recipes and of his conferences.

I’m very pleased to have become acquainted with the above websites. There are several more that I could list here but I think you will find a wealth of information as I have by visiting the above ones. Thanks for reading and sharing.

Have a great weekend! JRF





Be Strong and Courageous in 2016

This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Motivational Background

Many of us have made resolutions for the New Year. It’s our thing to do each year.

And although there are many pundits bemoaning the dismal statistics of how many people fail to live up to their own expectations, I say, be strong.


You are not alone. You can still live up to your own ideals.

Even if we do not achieve our goals 100%, we should still try.

There is nothing wrong with hope springing eternal. It means we are alive. And it means we want to keep living.

Living longer.

Living more productive lives.

So, my encouragement today is to be strong and courageous.

You are not alone.

Don’t Wait For Death to Show Love

Sometime in July I got a call from my cousin. We’ll call him B. B is always the life of the party. “Come Mek wi go Jamaica nuh?” He said in his ever vibrant tone. Oh how I love the Jamaican accent!

I asked him, what for? He said he had retired and wanted to get away for a couple of weeks. Would I go with him? I have been away from Jamaica for almost 40 years. I couldn’t readily say yes to a trip there. At least not on the spur of the moment.

I lovingly scoffed and told him I would think about it.

On the early morning of September 20, I got a call from B’s sister. He had passed away the previous night. I lost my breath in that moment. My last conversation with him replayed through my memory. I had to finish the conversation at another time. I couldn’t contain myself.

During the month of August I called my beloved Uncle Tony. I got his voicemail. I left a message telling him I was thinking about him. For about a week and a half after that we played phone tag. I never got to speak with him again.

On sept 29 my youngest sister announced to our family Whatsapp group that our beloved Uncle Tony had passed away. It broke my heart and for the second time in less than a month I had lost two of the most wonderful men in my life.

I’m left to wonder how to prevent these mishaps in life. The answer is to stay connected.

My life is not more important than the people in my life.

Earlier this year a colleague I used to take walks with passed away suddenly. We had cancelled all of the last meet ups we had planned. We couldn’t find the time to get together for 15 minutes despite the fact we worked in the same building.

Worst, a week before she died I saw her near the elevator but she was too far away to hear me, I thought. I didn’t want to shout. I figured I’d see her later. But later never came.

Regret is pointless after death. The person is already gone. You can’t talk or walk with them. A vacation with them is no longer possible

But there are still a lot of people living right now. People for us to connect and bond with. Folks to make amends with and family to forgive.

I hear a lot of complaints from people about what was done to them 10, 15, even 50 years ago. Why?

Last year, I wrote about my friend Lorraine who had betrayed my trust. The next time I heard her name was decades later and I was told she had died.

Or what about my former sister-in-law? For months I kept telling myself I had to call her. Had to write. Had to send photos of my sons to her. But I didn’t. She always slipped my mind.

Then one day I was devastated by the news that she had died of breast cancer.

All this might sound morbid. But the point I’m making is that we can’t waste time. Because tomorrow is not promised.

We must make haste to wake up out of our stupor and connect with others.

What can you do today to add value to someone else’s life? Who do you need to call. Write or visit?

Life is so fleeting. And death doesn’t wait to be invited. He comes when we least expect him. And even when we do expect him, his presence is still destructive.”

He rides in to collect. Because we owe him. And collect he will.

What purpose do we serve in this world if we live selfishly? Telling ourselves we are too busy? Or it’s not our problem?

We can make a difference before it’s too late. What good are we in this world if we cannot show we care? We may need to reach across the globe.

The next state.

Across the street.

In our pews.

Or sadly, in the bed next to us.

We can and must do better.

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Meet and Greet Birthday Extravaganza!!

Wish Danny a Happy Birthday. Visit his page and Dream Big.

Dream Big, Dream Often

imagesWhat day is it??!!  My Birthday!!  And that means Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!


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ListeningListening. It’s a rare gift indeed.

From the customer service rep on the phone to the clerk behind the counter. Everyone wants to give their opinion.

Yet no one cares to listen to yours.

Are you a good listener?

Are you?

Well let’s see.

Through the hustle of life — raising children solo — we live in a noisy world. Everything and everyone demands our attention.

Yet, we are unable to take the time to listen.

Can’t you hear.    In all that noise.    A still small voice.


If you have toyed with an idea for years. Whether it’s writing a book or starting a business. Whether it’s creating a product or going back to school.

You have heard the still small voice.

But again. The noise.

We can’t. Or we won’t. Or we don’t want to listen.

It’s too hard. What! Am I nuts? I can’t do that.

Yet that still small voice. Beckoning. Urging. Imploring.

And you hesitate. You take pause. Because your soul ache for something different.

Something new.


You can’t avoid the fear. That nauseating bulge in the spit of your stomach.

That nagging doubt. That critical sound.

But you want it so badly.

All these years of toiling in someone else’s vineyard is taking it’s toll.

Yet. You hesitate.

It’s too hard. I don’t have time. It cost too much.

But how much does it cost. To delay. To wander aimlessly through life.


Void of purpose.

How long will you continue to ignore. That still small voice.


It's time