My Reading List

I'm the type of person who always has a stack of books taller than me on my reading list.  I've got a bookshelf in my room filled mostly with books I haven't read yet, about 20 samples on my iPad, and a Goodreads account with more books than I can remember.  Somehow though, I always want more books.  I'm always looking for that one that's going to be can't-put-it-down, change-your-life kind of a book, so my list keeps growing....more

Toyota, What Are You Trying To Sell Us Exactly?

Toyota makes some pretty good vehicles. Jim has a truck that just won’t die. It really looks like it should kick the bucket any moment and that it might be held together by chewing gum and dirt that’s been stuck on for decades, but it just keeps purring like a very old kitten with sleep apnea. I have no idea how many miles that poor truck has on it, but it just keeps going and going as if it were powered by the Energizer Bunny. It’s kind of amazing. It’s probably the best investment Jim ever made, not counting marrying me, of course....more

Egypt's Newest Music Style: Mahragan

 There is a new underground music style quickly gaining popularity in Egypt, especially around the suburbs of Cairo....more

Appropriate or Not? My Thoughts on Booty Shorts and See Through Clothes

  Recently, I've been in a rant on social media about appropriate dressing in public. I understand it's summer and it's hot, but that does not give girls the freedom to expose their bodies for all to see. Shorts are so short, you can see butt cleavage, along with see-through clothes with only bras underneath....more

“20 Feet From Stardom” - Fun DVD!

“Da Do Run Run Run, Da Do Run, Run”… If you remember this song, you will especially enjoy the new DVD release of the documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom” a music and reminiscence filled ode to the back-up singer. Those women, and men, that added their voices to early R&B songs, sung by Phil Spector‘s girl groups like Darlene Love and The Blossoms, to rockers like the Rolling Stones, to the trios and quartets that sing a few feet behind the main acts of today like Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder. You may not know the singers by name or by sight, but you will know them by ear. A talented bunch, they sang everything, from “do wop, de wahs, to the now classic line, “it’s just a shot away” (Merry Clayton on “Gimme Shelter”)....more

From Mercury Retrograde Fog To Fun July 4th Weekend!

Finally, finally, Mercury stops its Retrograde motion as of July 1, 2014 and goes Direct. Don’t get sloppy now and forget to the check details, back up electronic gadgets or assume you know best “the way to San Jose” without  a map. It will take a few days for Mercury’s winged feet to get up to forward speed and dispel any murkiness we’ve had to deal with for the last 3 weeks. So continue vigilance and watch out for any snafus. However, by the Holiday weekend, things are clearer and the pace quickens. There is great potential for any social occasion that might pop up – the Moon will be in Venus ruled, charming, flirtatious Libra early Friday morning July 4th....more

The 5 W's and the H of a Selfie

"Oh my god. I'm at a concert with all of my girlfriends and we look awesome. This definitely means we need to take a selfie."Selfies are everywhere. The Chainsmokers even wrote a song about selfies.And yes, I like to take them just as much as the next person.I was taking selfies back when, in order to see the final image, we had to drop the disposable camera or roll of film off at our local drugstore to have the film developed....more

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s Wine Is for Sale!

Grab  a bottle or two of Miraval Cote de Provence Rose 2013 from Brangelina’s vineyard. -PJ Gach...more

New Moon in Cancer – Ooh Feelings!

Cancer Moon on Friday June 27, 2014 and when both luminaries, Sun and Moon, are in the same sign, the Moon is designated as “New”. As always during this Moon phase, we are encouraged to begin a project, launch an idea and with sensitive, family focused Water sign Cancer, it will probably involve something close to home. Emotions may be very close to the surface, nerve endings exposed – “Feelings, whoa, whoa feeeeelings…”.  Be careful not to over react if friends, loved ones seem clueless and tactless during this time, but do pay attention to your heightened instincts....more
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Style: Express Jeans Fall 2014 Preview

I’ve always been a fan of Express. I remember when I was in NYC roaming around the city a few years back, I wanted to up my fancy game. I searched high and low for a cute and affordable fur coat. After my meetings, I ended up in Express  and found a gem of a coat.  I still have the coat and wear it quite often. The fit is perfect. So, more recently, when I got the invite to check out the Fall preview I felt over joyed. ...more