Down Syndrome

October 24, 2014 at 11:23 am


Learn more about trisomy 21, a reality that begins the moment of conception. All children are individuals who are not the same and differ widely but have the same basic needs. Satisfying physiological and safety necessities is not enough. This child, every child, needs love, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Education and research gives hope for a brighter future.


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Wordless Wednesday * Beware: Pickled Pedalers on the Roads

October 22, 2014 at 5:00 am


Wordless Wednesday * Le Grand Oiseua de Feu sur l’Arche at 17 Feet 5 Inches and 1,433 Pounds

October 15, 2014 at 6:01 am


Wordless Wednesday * What Life Should Be

October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am


Medieval Times Dinner Theater, Orlando FL

October 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

Admission to the attraction featured in this review was provided for the sole purpose of review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


Medieval times were feudal times, turbulent times, violent times, Life was either hard work or boring. Only nobility and knights had wealth, power, status. Only they were allowed to dress fashionably. Foods were simple–meat, fish, game birds, fruit, bread with herbs and spices only for the rich. Drinks were ale, mead, cider, and wine not unclean dirty water.


How does one explain Middle English romances, courtly love, wars, and tournaments to anyone perhaps a thousand years later? The entertaining way is to attend Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.


I am a regular at the Orlando dinner show (see my May 20, 2011 and November 1, 2012 posts). I enjoy chivalry, rivalry, and revelry. How about you? Orlando’s castle complete with drawbridge, moat, and detailed doors doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. The huge stadium arena is the perfect show place for great horsemanship, equestrian kill, dressage, beautiful white Spanish horses complimented by the speed, agility, and beauty of falconry.

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His Majesty’s Royal Feast includes no utensils, oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potato, spare rib, pastry of the castle, and select non-alcoholic beverages. (A vegetarian menu and a children’s menu is also available.) The two hour tournament has six knights dressed in mail , lamellar , and plate armor competing with long swords, pole arms, crossbows, espada, mandibles, alabardas, bolas, maces, lances and even a canon as weapons.


Now this is the way to educate an audience. Growing up my kids called me medieval. Not true! Not true! Medieval times meaning the 11th through 15 centuries centered on a male-dominated society. Time changes everything. Now this is the 21st century and like the commercial goes, “We’ve come a long way, baby.” Suffrage, political equality, social culture, and financial equalities are real. We are are what we make of ourselves.

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Medieval Times is located at 4510 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, Florida 34746. Go to for information and reservations. They are also on Facebook and Twitter. Other Medieval Times locations include Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore/Washington D. C.; Buena Park, California; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Lynhurst, New Jersey; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Toronto, Ontario.

Have you ever been to Medieval Times?


This Week’s Winners

October 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

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Here are the winners of this week’s giveaways. To select the winner of these giveaways I used “Giveaway Tools”, and made sure the comment was eligible.

POW! Baby’s First Book Blocks winner – Rosey M

Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast DVD winner – Neiddy R

Good Earth Beauty Body Scrub and Lip Balm winner – Nancy D

Banfield ProHeart – Stephanie P

Krusteaz Flatbread Mix prize pack – Beth H

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REVIEW – Malzieu’s Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart DVD

October 4, 2014 at 5:00 am

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

Malzieu's Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart has exceptional CG not stop motion animation. Too bad its storytelling lacks. From Jack’s 1874 birth in Victorian Edinburgh to his death in Andalusia, Spain, his frozen heart is metaphoric of his life. Warned never to touch his mechanical heart, master his anger, and never to fall in love, he breaks the rules at great cost.

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is an imaginative tale with eccentric characters like Dr. Madeline, Miss Acadia, Georges Melies, and Jack himself. Most American viewers will find this rock-musical moody, dark, heavy, eccentric, strange. However, I see it as a likely teen cult fav given the French Dionysos music.

Released to DVD October 7, 2014, this PG feature has an 89 minutes running time. It also includes special features Character Vignettes (in French with English subtitles) and From Bo0ok to Screen featurette (in French with English subtitles). Available on lime and in many retailers, its SRP is $26.97.

You can purchase Malzieu’s Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart DVD on Amazon.