Wordless Wednesday * Creatively Imaginative Figment

December 17, 2014 at 8:14 am


Wordless Wednesday * Down Among the Sheltering Palms

December 10, 2014 at 5:00 am


Wordless Wednesday * Find the Hidden Tower

December 3, 2014 at 5:00 am


DerMend Moisturizing Body Lotion and Moisturizing Cream Review

December 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


Baby skin is delicate, smooth, and soft. Then time and weather makes it chafed, dry, itchy. So if you like me are one who suffers from dermatological problems like winter itch, summer burn, icthyosis, psoriasis, dermatitis, dermatologist recommended DerMend may be right for you. It is a targeted, non-comedogenic ceramide-rich moisturizer for severely dry skin.

DerMend = alpha + beta hydroxy therapy.

Moisturizing body lotion, moisturizing cream I have been using both products on my skin everywhere the sun shines as well as where it doesn’t. A word of caution though–sunburn alert. from the manufacturer Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

I apply topical DerMend after each shower. It absorbs quickly, is not heavy or greasy, and has no scent. Personal testimonial: I can visibly see using it regularly has both held the water in my skin and softened its top layer. It has gently exfoliated, repaired, and restored my dry skin. Gone are cracks and scales. My skin is irritation free, smooth. I may not have found the Fountain of Youth for which Ponce De Leon once searched, but rich DerMend works for me. Senior me again has healthy skin. That’s why it is prominently placed by my medicine cabinet.

Available online at www.lovelyskin.com, rich DerMend® Alpha+Beta Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion ($26.49; 12oz bottle) and Moisturizing Cream ($17.99; 4.5oz tube) have money back guarantees.

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Friday Flicks

November 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

Friday Flicks

I like advance notice so I can plan my viewing habits ahead. How about you? Knowing what is upcoming in television, DVD/Blu-ray, and movies makes it easier. Here’s some entertainment news that I think may be of interest.



The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.


A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with Tim Lewis (“Goldeneye”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).

“Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015.

Strange Magic

STRANGE MAGIC Trailer Released!

STRANGE MAGIC, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015!

STRANGE MAGIC is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

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STRANGE MAGIC opens in theatres everywhere on January 23rd!

Wordless Wednesday * Show Stealers

November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am


Book Review – Social Death by Tatania Boncompagni

November 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Social Death book

Social Death

  • Author: Tatania Boncompagni
  • Genre: Fiction, crime
  • Reading level: Adult
  • Paperback: 299 pp.
  • Publisher: Tudor City Press (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 97809989909402
  • Price: $12.99

Brief Summary:

Cornelia, AKA Clyde, Shaw has built her career as FirstNews lead producer on brutal crimes but the brutal murder of childhood best friend NYC socialite Olivia Kravis changes her life. Their whole lives their family history has been entertained.

Olivia’s last text, “We need to talk. It’s time you know the truth,” pulls her into a web of money, fame, and deceit. What was the scandalous secret that caused her death? Whodunit–Rachel Rockwell, Andrew Kaminski, or someone else?Why do Olivia’s father Charles Kravis, mother Monica Kravis, and sister Delphine Lamonty stall her murder investigation?

Even with her own life and job are in jeopardy, booze-men-bad decisions scarred Clyde persists. When she solves the murder, she begins to solve her own life issues as well.

My Opinion Only:
Gritty, grizzly is today’s news. Author Tatania Boncompagni serves it well. The dialog she writes well fits each of its from all walks of life fictional cast. She makes them real. I enjoyed quick read Social Death. Were Boncompagni to spin off her central character Clyde Shaw into a sequel, I’d be delighted.