Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

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New Year's Resolution-Get Healthy Eat More Fruit

This information comes from an email I received today. The information is powerful. Many of us are writing and espousing "New Year Resolutions". Here's one that we all can accomplish and be healthier for the commitment to eat better on a regular basis. Happy New Year!

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruit? IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. If you eat fruit in this manner, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

Graying hair, balding, nervous outbursts, and dark circles under the eyes these maladies will not happen if you consistently eat fruit on an empty stomach. There is no such thing as some fruits, like oranges and lemons are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to medical research. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get the flavor; cooking destroys the vitamin content.

Eating fruit is better than drinking the juice. When you do have the occasion to drink juice, drink it slowly, because it's so much better when the juice mixes with your saliva before swallowing. You can also go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

Here's some information about some of the popular fruit that are familiar to most readers:
KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: The Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protects the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE: Sweetest medicine. Eating 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. It is also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Watch Night

This is a pertinent selection by Charyn D. Sutton written in 2004.

Watch Night Service

During the church service at a Negro church in Heard County,.. by New York Public Library.
Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of "Watch Night Services," the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year's Eve. The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. To 10 pm. And ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year.
  Some folks come to church first, before going out to celebrate. For others, church is the only New Year's Eve event. 
Like many others, I always assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service -- made a bit more Afro centric because that's what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church.

Still, it seemed that predominately White Christian churches did not include Watch Night services on their calendars, but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs. In fact, there were instances where clergy in mainline denominations wondered aloud about the propriety of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New Year's Eve.

However, there is a reason for the importance of New Year's Eve services in African American congregations.
The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as "Freedom's Eve." On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free .

When  the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year's Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

It's been 151 years since that first Freedom's Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate"how we got over."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today on the Thrillist

2009, the Year in Headlights

As you ponder NYE disasters and adorably futile resolutions, take a moment to reflect on the year in Thrillist. We'll catch you next week at “the gym”.

Gadgets: To help satisfy their desire for new tech, people looked to a real-deal wizard before retiring to all-inclusive isolation chambers that actually helped them remember where they parked their cars.

Food/Drink: To stay nourished, people armed themselves with potent crossbred meats, then passed the time by bonding over the legends of dark spirits and schooling themselves in the finer things.
Services: Continuing the grand tradition of exploiting their employers' time and resources, everyone learned new ways to use leftover vodka, and bragged endlessly about the huge flatscreen they stole.
Gear: Finding new ways to cloak themselves, the masses learned how to pretend they were wearing a suit while preventing the natural unpleasantness that arrives when Scandinavians decide to make Elvis' kicks in neon.

Monday, December 28, 2009

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

We send our best wishes to everyone. May you all have peace, good health and blessings for you and your loved ones during this holy season and in the coming year. Remember to pass it forward so that other may experience your joy.

Movies Update

The New York Times

Movie Reviews

Movie Review | 'It’s Complicated'


In the pleasurable, daffy if at times daft “It’s Complicated,” Meryl Streep takes a character and makes you love her.

Movie Review | 'Sherlock Holmes'

Reviewed by A. O. SCOTT

There are worse things than loutish, laddish cool, and as a series of poses and stunts, “Sherlock Holmes” is intermittently diverting.

Movie Review | 'Police, Adjective'

Reviewed by A. O. SCOTT

True to its title, the new Romanian film “Police, Adjective” is a story of law enforcement with a special interest in grammar.

Movie Review | 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'


Terry Gilliam’s latest is a full three-ring affair, complete with puffs of smoke, glitter and grunge, some hocus-pocus, mumbo jumbo and even a dwarf.

Movie Review | 'Sita Sings the Blues'

Reviewed by A. O. SCOTT

“Sita Sings the Blues,” Nina Paley’s new animated film, is ambitious and visually loaded.

Movie Review | 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'


The latest adventures of Alvin, Simon and Theodore find them pursuing the rock-star careers they began in the 2007 “Alvin” film.

Movie Review | 'Up in the Air'


One of the pleasures of “Up in the Air” is that its actresses share the frame with George Clooney as equals, not props.

News & Features

Reviewed by A. O. SCOTT

We may flee to the multiplex or the Netflix queue hoping to escape troubles at home or out there in the world, but those troubles have a habit of following us on our adventures.

With all the seismic industry shifts there were movies to love, even from Hollywood.

To this critic, truthfulness in films, no matter how painful, is preferable to sugar-coated reality paraded as art.

The film “It’s Complicated” received an R rating for a scene in which two stars share a joint, kicking up attacks on the M.P.A.A. for being out of touch.
A California appeals court on Monday rejected Roman Polanski’s request that his decades-old sex case be dismissed.

Mr. Wood was a film critic who published the first serious work in English on Alfred Hitchcock.

The actress got her start in the sleeper hit “Clueless” and is best known for her parts in “Girl, Interrupted” and “8 Mile.”

Premium-price tickets will help the industry reach more than $10 billion in ticket sales by the end of 2009.
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On DVD this week are Lewis Milestone’s war drama “A Walk in the Sun” and John Huston’s 1987 film “The Dead.”
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gilt Holiday Sale & More Continued.....

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