Thank you Alatteats for this great idea! Just when I was reminded by my calendar that I was suppose to be on a cruise ship in the Caribbeans, but not due to Covid-19…..
I remember the time I visited the Domican Republic at the Iberostar Resort. I was overjoyed when I discovered that they served a complimentary Pina Colada mocktail! Yes! I preferred not to be drinking during vacations. It was my first vacation as an adult and I needed to be alert all the time.
Then I discovered that Pina Colada had the the highest calories of the cocktails…..
Oh well! C’est la vie!
Piña coladas are delicious for everybody. Simply omit the alcohol for the kiddos and add more or less for yourself depending on your preferences. …
After a nuclear bomb went off, it was clear that the apocalypse was at the door step. Jeff was Black ops and he worked with Jason who ran the Homestead. This was a place of sanctuary for those who could afford it. It had all the necessities of life. It was one enormous preparation centre for the apocalypse. Many still didn’t believe the end was near. But for the ones that did, they were determined to be ready.
The entire novel was about the interactions and relationships regarding the impending doom ahead. It actually reminded me a lot of those survival stories that I watch on television. The way they accumulated their supplies, one had to think about those who didn’t prepare at all. What would happen when they ran out of supplies and march towards the Homestead?
If you enjoy stories about survival and special forces, you may find this book interesting.
It has been over 700 years since a pope ever resigned from the Vatican Office. Pope Benedict XVI did in 2013 after less than 8 years in the office. He was viewed as being on the traditional and conservative side, while the runner-up, Cardinal Bergoglio was on the reform and non conventional side. Both had very different views and perspective about what and how things should be…..After the voting for the new pope, he went back to Buenos Aires and planned his retirement. He wanted to just be a regular priest with a small parish. No more being the Cardinal…..no more attention for him…
However, no matter how many times he wrote to Pope Benedict XVI about getting the approval for his retirement, there was no response! Finally, he was summoned to visit the pope in Rome. He thought that he just needed to get his retirement papers signed and he was done! Or so he thought…..
I watched this like the biographical drama film that it was meant to be. It’s a beautiful story about how two very different man learned to express and respect each others’ differences and become great friends. This was definitely completely beyond what I had expected. (Hearing “Dancing Queen” by ABBA hummed by the Cardinal was very interesting!)
In the media and in books, most popes appeared to be all solemn and for lack of a better word, boring and lifeless. They seemed out of touch with the modern world. However, this film really highlighted the most feisty and humorous sides of both men. The arguments and conversations between the two made me chuckle and laugh. The conversations about scandal and mistakes were very raw and open.
The fact that I visited Rome and saw Pope Francis, was why I wanted to watch this movie. Plus Anthony Hopkins was in it!
It’s March! Time for spring! Are you ready for it?
Last March was the beginning of a year of lockdown and turmoil due to Covid-19. No one ever expected it still be around after a year. Hopefully, this spring is the beginning of something new and joyous. How are you holding up?
Marla Grayson’s legal job was to be the court appointed guardian to vulnerable elderly seniors without caring family or friends. She would “help” take care of all their finances by rummaging through the possessions, bank deposit boxes and even sell off their houses for them. This was all meant to help pay for the elaborate and professional care homes that Marla placed them in. Ultimately, she would use the money to pay herself, handsomely.
Marla had a special skill. She connected with doctors to find those vulnerable elderly to write up a legal recommendation that they weren’t sound of mind. That way the court would place them in Marla’s care as her ward. Everything was working in Marla’s way.
One day, her doctor friend showed her a “cherry”. A “cherry” was someone who was rather healthy, no family, no friends, clean tax records and sitting on a nest egg. Jackpot! Or so they thought……Ironically, this “cherry” was more of a mob bomb….
Initially, I thought that this movie was just about how she would simply scam elderly people out of their money. Then, I saw how her skill of connecting people and will to live really impressed me. The twists in this movie definitely surprised me.
(This actually reminded me of all the folks living in care homes right now during Covid-19. So many outbreaks and fatalities…. The lack of visitors definitely could take a toll on the mental health of the residents. Hopefully, things will get better.)