Monday, August 8, 2016

Master Brew Kombucha

I usually shop at "Shaw's" supermarket in West  Harwich  as that is is my last name and I like to support my namesake. I came across a sale of Kevita brand Master Brew KOMBUCHA  with live probiotic naturally energizing GINGER at .99 cents off the normal price for a ridiculously low price of 2 for 5 dollars if you can believe it. How could anyone pass up such a bargain! This hand crafted Kambucha Culture with higher levels of gluconic acid  embodies vitality from the inside of your body out. Lord knows you want to keep your good bacteria happy at least that is what my gut reaction to this product embodies. As they say on the bottle "Kevita, Energizing to the Core". I can honestly say that this is the BEST MASTER BREW KOMBUCHA I have ever tasted. I brought this bottle to work at the Soundings Resort on Cape Cod and AMELIA  at the Soundings also confirmed that this is the best KOMBUCHA  she has ever tasted as well and she also confirmed that she thought that the PRICE was right for such a quality low calorie
gluten free non-dairy vegan product  as she marveled at the  levels of  probiotic cultures B. coagulans MTCC 5856 and L. rhamnosus which are (4 billion CFU at time of manufacture). Not only as we all pretty much know how important these ingredients are for everyone's general health but on top of it all this lightly carbonated organic drink really tastes GREAT! 

So, the next time you are shopping for a really great Kombucha brew, (and we all know about the many many many choices that are available for your drinking and probiotic pleasure) you just might want to consider this KEVITA brand Ginger elixer. Trust your gut and make the right decision.

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Bern Notice"

Interesting to see the "Wiki leaks" with about 20,000 hacked e-mails released today on the first day of the Democrat National Convention (7/25/16) from the DNC . Now, I haven't really had a chance to investigate any of these e-mails; but, from what I understand the National Committee appears to have coordinated with the Hillary Rotten Clinton campaign ( I mean Hillary Rodham Clinton) along with the main stream media such as CNN ( Clinton News Network) and other news outlets. Some of the e-mails I understand deal with questioning Bernie Sanders regarding his religion and "floating stories " that Mr. Sanders is an atheist before some of the Southern primaries as they calculated it may have been worth a "few points". Other e-mails deal with infiltrating the Sanders campaign by Clinton operatives and spreading stories of how the Sanders campaign is chaotic and not coordinated. Other e-mails detailed how the nomination for Clinton was "in the bag" right from the start with the "super delegates " almost all pledged to Clinton before the primaries even started. Yes, the Democrat party appears not to be too democratic as far as allowing the primary voters select their nominee.

The Sanders supporters received proof today of their "Bern notice" that Bernie never had a chance for the nomination. Similar in a way to when the "Washington Generals" play the "Harlem Globetrotters", the "Globetrotters" win over 99.99999999 percent of the time.

Now, what should the Bernie Sanders supporters do for this election?  Obviously, they should vote for whomever they choose or choose not to vote this time. Jill Stein of the "Green party" seems to have many similar positions and views as the Sanders campaign. Maybe, some Sanders supporters should write in "Bernie Sanders" as a show of support for their man. Donald Trump has some positions on trade that are similar to Sanders. Time will tell, I just know I personally wouldn't support a candidate (Clinton) or party  that basically disregarded their primary voters especially as Clinton has such vast ties to the " 1 percent Wall Street crowd" as she finances her campaign with a lot of "foreign money" from Arab countries that treat women as property  and kill gay people for being gay.

This election should be a November to remember. God knows what will happen. Time will tell.

Monday, July 18, 2016

"Lightning McQueen AKA Edward Scissorlips"

Yesterday (7/17/16) we had a birthday party for my Dad at brother Steve's house in Connecticut. They recently obtained 7 new chickens. All of which have names. The chicken above is named "Lightning McQueen/  AKA   "Edward Scissorlips". This chicken has a "criss crossed" beak so my brother and his wife are debating on whether to have "beak surgery" to straighten "Lightning's" beak but are somewhat hesitant to proceed with the surgery as this chicken is so young, maybe too young for the anesthesia required for the surgery. Plus, they were told that there is a long wait list for this kind of surgical specialty AND this surgery is NOT covered under Obamacare. Nephew Axel (pictured above) did promise to help feed "Lightning"  so for now they have decided to wait and see how things progress and maybe consider "chicken braces" instead of the surgery.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

"Band Aid"

 This week I was awarded a
Safety commendation from The Soundings Resort on Cape Cod for my participation on the "Safety Committee". Among the items I received were some "chocolate band aids" as pictured above. Now,, I have never seen chocolate band aids before and I'm not sure if they are an improvement over the regular band aids BUT I'm willing to give them a try. I'm not sure how to apply the chocolate band aids as I did recently "skin my knee" while playing outdoor volleyball on a sand court at "The Woodshed" up in Brewster. I guess I'll need some sort of adhesive tape to keep the chocolate band aid in place. Plus, with the hot Summer weather upon us won't the chocolate band aids melt?  Maybe  I will need to put some ice over the chocolate band aid and then wrap gauze or something to keep the chocolate band aid in place. I don't know. So far I'm not sure if the chocolate band aids are better. I'm also worried about flies maybe attracted to the chocolate although maybe that is the point as I remember in the movie "Gladiator" with Russell Crowe" that they put maggots on a wound he received so the maggots could eat the damaged area of his arm and keep the wound clean. I didn't see any instructions on the chocolate band aid box so I'm not sure if this is the main attraction for the chocolate band aids. Maybe I'm supposed to eat the chocolate band aid after my skinned knee heals but I'm not too sure that would be so appetizing as probably some of the scab from the healing knee might get embedded into this chocolate band aid. I suppose as well a chocolate band aid will come in handy if I suddenly get extremely hungry for example and became lost in the woods or something but other than that I just don't see how these chocolate band aids do a better job that the traditional band aids. Well, I guess I'll just have to try out the chocolate band aid and see how they work. Sometimes just because a product is new doesn't necessarily mean the new product is better than the original.   I don't want to "pre-judge"  too much this product but I do have some doubts.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


I never bought or ate a pomegranate fruit before but I figured every 60 years or so I should buy one and give it a try. I have purchased pomegranate drinks before but never the fruit itself. Here's what a pomegranate fruit looks like when you slice it open. I will have to investigate further on the proper way to eat this "antioxidant" rich fruit but so far I have "squeezed the fruit, ate the seeds, and even the "whitish part" but I'm not so sure one is supposed to eat the white part. I haven't attempted to eat the outer skin and for all I know maybe that is the best part for you...or maybe not.  Although I am "pro-breathing oxygen I am anti-oxidant so this pomegranate will help me I guess keep my "oxidant levels down."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Take A Gander at the Geese

A few days ago I woke up to see these Canada Geese walking across the street from my yard after drinking from I guess a delicious muddy puddle in front of my home. Ah! what a life!  Eating tasty green grass, going swimming and using the great outdoors as your bathroom; it doesn't get much better than that!  The Canada geese seem to return each year for the Spring, Summer and Fall on the Cape. Similar to a lot of Cape "Snow birds" they usually fly away for the Winter. Sometimes I think these birds think they are cars though as I only seem to hear them "HONK,HONK,HONK, whether they are in the road, flying, or just filling their belly with grass.

Oh, and similar to chickens, I do believe they crossed the road.... to get to the other side.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

By Definition

Having been born on election day may have had an influence on me being interested in politics. When entering Marietta College in Ohio in 1972 during the time of the Nixon/McGovern election cycle; I was going to major in "political science". I ended up transferring to the University of Connecticut  and majoring in economics.

I do find it interesting to see how campaigns evolve over each presidential cycle and delving into how the campaigns are run as well as what makes a voter decide which candidate to vote for versus the other candidate.

Some people grow up in families that "always vote Republican or Democrat." Probably one of the determinants on voter choice hinges on the central questions of "What is the role of government in society"; "Is more government expansion into the lives of people a good thing or something that should be curtailed? (big government versus limited government).

Over time certain voting trends have evolved. Up until about the time of President Johnson, black American voters had strong support for the Republican party with notable black Americans such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson for example being registered Republicans. The Republican party under President Lincoln fought during the "Civil War" to abolish slavery. The Southern Democrats were the "slave holders" and founders of the "Ku Klux Klan" as they briefly tried to secede from the Union and form "The Confederate States of America".  Today however, the Democrat party seems to garner the majority of black American support while many southern states vote for the Republican candidates.

Some people are swayed by the television and news media and their "biases" toward one candidate or the other. Some election campaigns are based on the candidates position on the "issues" while at the same time trying to "define" their political opponent with a negative image. In other words, you as a candidate either try to run on your record, qualifications, and stand on the issues of the day; Or you try to run on painting a negative picture of the opposing candidate as far as their personality, their qualifications, and their stand on the issues.

By definition, each candidate will try to burnish their qualifications and appeal while trying to define  their political opponent. In the battles for the hearts and minds of the voting electorate it will be interesting to see which candidate makes the best case.   Which labels will "stick" will be interesting to see and may define the outcome.