Death and Rebirth

There once was a Belly Dance Goddess.  She almost died 5 years ago to this day.  Men dreamed about her and women envied her.

A family should have acceptance and family love above all others.  This is the strength bestowed upon us by Leanna, Dolf, Gia, Lance and all of those who have come and passed.

An “interloper” can destroy family love and separate family members from each others.

As innocent as it seems, they may have a different “agenda’ than what Lena and Adolph wanted for their kids.

Gina had an illness that made certain family members “shun” her.

Look in the mirror, my family!

A family is not in a “beauty” pageant.  And those that have not won any beauty pageants are not worthy to judge Gina or anyone else for their beauty, or not “fitting” in due to a stroke of other illness.

Shame on you.  For GOD is watching.

THE VAMPIRE DANCER COOKBOOK 5 IS COMING!

Check out the sample and get your copy here:  Audible.com The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 Audiobook

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Learn to Belly Dance Textbook & Certification Program: Dance Lessons & Choreographies For Students, Troupes, Performers… by Shalimar Ali (Aug 17, 2011)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 by Shalimar Ali (Dec 11, 2012)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga by Shalimar Ali, Shalimarali and N/A (Jul 25, 2012)

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Catching the “daylight” saving the time

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DST5I never gave that much thought to Daylight Savings Time. Sure, I would set my clocks forward or backwards, as instructed. But I never wanted to see it in action until this fall.

I usually make sure the most important clock, my alarm clock, is changed before I go to bed. Especially if I have to work the day after, like I do on Sunday, November 3rd. If I don’t have to work the next day, then I really don’t care. I’ll just change all clocks whenever I get up.

And it is such a hassle to change all of my clocks! I have to manually change the 2 alarm clocks, my gas stove clock and the microwave clock. Sorry, no microwave popcorn 502px-Daylight_savingsunless you change the microwave clock, or it will go on strike and refuse to work 😦

Thank goodness I don’t need to change the clocks on…

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Tips for beating insomnia

These are some really good tips!

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  1. Wake up at the same time each day.
  2. Eliminate alcohol and stimulants like nicotine and caffeine.
  3. Limit naps.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Limit activities in bed.
  6. Do not eat or drink right before going to bed.
  7. Make your sleeping environment comfortable.
  8. Enhance natural sleep mechanisms by using Supplements.

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Misogyny

Please enjoy this post from a fellow blogger.

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Our recent history should have made one thing clear. Women’s rights are human rights. Any foreign policy that fails to recognize this effectively dehumanizes half the human race.

What I am currently reading after I finished reading a hasidic woman’s biography. I am going to write about it next time!Thanks for your likes, comments, and support!

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Pork Chop Surprise

Wish I had some pork chops after reading this. Maybe next week?

How I Cook — by Graham Stewart

E3213AAA-81D2-4E1B-A6FB-B1C8A8FC486033A4D7F0-1A78-4623-BBA0-DDF53FBD91DAF18A501A-35F5-44BB-B831-E09C572A43B0What’s the surprise with these pork chops? I am keeping it super simple with them. Normally I play around with what I am cooking. Our son Ian’s birthday supper is tomorrow so I am saving my playing till then. Tonight it’s just potato wedges, pork chops and a salad. Still this is a good supper and the chops are a little different. I have cooked pork chops this way for years, they cook quickly and since I like pork, taste great. I cut my own loin chops when I buy a whole pork loin. Mine are 1 inch thick, the thin ones from the supermarket won’t work for this. If you have a butcher it’s easy to get 1 inch thick chops. Some supermarkets will cut them for you also. The reason I am using corn starch in this recipe is because it forms a crust and seals the moisture…

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Stuffed Pork Loin chops

How I Cook — by Graham Stewart

EAB9E466-3E19-4D06-9948-DDE286B68F11I found a great deal on pork loin, they are always a good thing to buy when you find a great price. Cut some of it into chops and left the thicker end for a roast. Was thinking about what I could do with the roast, it’s been awhile since I stuffed one. So it came down to do I stuff chops or the roast, the chops won. A stuffed roast is a little much for just my wife and I. It’s just better to keep the roast for company. The stuffing would of been the same if I had of used the roast. Have come to terms with stuffing for meat. Been thru the fancy stuffing faze. Remember making a stuffing for a pork loin that was a little fancy and a lot of work. It had dried cranberries, chopped apple, onion, spinach, garlic, parsley, sage, honey, salt, pepper…

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The Meaning Of Religion As A Religious Woman

Wise words, indeed!

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       Before the internet, the gap was wider as each community was well-versed in its traditional lore only. Now, you can make friendship with people overseas while you are plopping down on your sofa through your cellphone. Nonetheless, we are suffering from those trolls behind their keyboards!

      Two years ago, an Egyptian cook has decided to take her hijab off. I could not make out people’s demeanor when they scorned and understated her. She was called a spinster looking for a groom, they suspected her faith without any deference! Her decision was personal, but trolls insisted on making it a religious matter!

      Mo Salah, the Egyptian football player posted a picture of his daughter while she was playing on the piano. The comments revolved around religion and Islamic nurture. Their comments exuded their ignorance of religion and its essence.

      Dina Tokio has decided to take her hijab…

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Life is like a Monopoly game!

MonopolyI can fill an entire Monopoly board with the places I have lived.

In my personal board game version, I will only include places that I have rented or owned, and exclude family homes where I lived with my parents or aunt. So some spots on the board will be reserved for family homes.

CHEAP: RENTALS, You get what you pay for!

You know, the Dark Purple and Light Blue:

· Mediterranean: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, on a busy street

· Baltic: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, in the Village

· Oriental: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, apartment, in the Village, moving on up a bit

· Vermont: 2 Bedroom, 1 or 2 Bath duplex on Brush Creek, had cool sliding doors, a front and back deck

· Connecticut: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Townhouse in the Village (I finally had a 3rd bedroom to practice and teach dance. The backyard had a concrete deck for the patio and my first place with a basement. Woot!

A STEP UP: It costs to the be the bossKentucky

Now we are at the Fuchsia and Orange neighborhoods

· St. Charles: College Dorm, shared, co-ed, had food buffets, pizza delivery and concerts

· States: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath house that used to be owned by my Grandad. My ex-hubby wanted it for the garage. Eventually, the neighborhood was flooded with drugs and that house was between two crack houses 😦

· Virginia TBA*Pacific

· St. James TBA*

· Tennessee TBA*

· New York TBA*

FANCY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Red and Yellow side!

· Kentucky: 3 Bedroom , 1 Bath, Killer deck, Jacuzzi tub installed, Gas fireplace, Office

· Indiana TBA*North Carolina

· Illinois TBA*

· Atlantic TBA*

· Ventnor TBA*

· Marvins Gardens TBA*

RITZY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Green and Dark Blue!

· Pacific: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Jacuzzi tub, Screened Front Porch, Basement dance room

· N. Carolina: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Sunroom, Butler’s Pantry, Porte de Cochere, 2nd Floor deck

· Pennsylvania TBA*

· Park Place: 4 Bedroom, 2 Full/3 Half Bath, Hot Tub, Fence back yard, Suburbs, Pantry Room!

· Boardwalk: Pending repairs for ceiling/basement and upgrades to kitchen will turn Park Place into Boardwalk!Park Place

​*TBA Places lived before 18 or when living with Mom, Dad or my Aunt.

When I rented my first 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Baltic), I never knew that one day, I would own a 4 bedroom house (Park Place) that had the potential to be Boardwalk one day. If I win the lottery, I am going to finish my basement and add tile to the kitchen. I would love to have a range hood and upgrade my gas stove that I have had for over 10 years.

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!

Check out the sample and get your copy here:  Audible.com The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 Audiobook

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 by Shalimar Ali (Dec 11, 2012)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga by Shalimar Ali, Shalimarali and N/A (Jul 25, 2012)

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The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 3 by Shalimar Ali (Apr 13, 2014)

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Wedding Ring Trends

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By Guest Blogger:   Katie Jones

Once you’re done finalizing the date for your wedding, it is very important to select your wedding ring. The wedding rings will take a chunk out of your wedding budget, and should be selected accordingly. Apart from the rings, you will also have to keystone certain amounts for the venue, florist, caterers, wedding décor, bartenders, and wedding favors. These usually take up a sizeable amount out of your wedding budget and should be proportioned accordingly.

Katie from Orla James feels that brides today pay close attention to matching the wedding rings with their engagement rings. Another aspect she mentioned was that most brides look for wedding rings that set their engagement rings off and can be worn as standalone jewelry as well. While simple solitaire rings are popular as engagement rings, the options available for wedding rings have blossomed considerably in the last few decades.

You could select a few designs that inspire you and get them done according to your style from your favorite local jewelers. They would be able to make your wedding ring to your specifications.

Let us help you narrow down your wedding rings selection with a few of our favorite choices.

· Colorful stones:

Most women prefer traditional metal bands as wedding rings. However, you could opt for colored stones like rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and so on instead of plain metal wedding rings. Another set of stones to consider would be hued diamonds in colors like pale yellow, pink, brown, or black. While this is a non-traditional choice for a wedding ring, you could wear it as a standalone ring or with your engagement ring (if it complements).

· Floral patterns:

wedding ring Engagement ring patterns are very famous in floral patterns. If you want, you could opt for a floral pattern wedding ring as against an engagement ring to make your wedding ring unique. Floral accents make rings look very feminine while not being too over the top. Select floral accents inlaid with diamonds to bring out the stone and metal set work in your ring and make it look stunning.

· Scroll settings:

Scroll set wedding rings are taking the wedding ring trends by storm! A pattern that is rarely chosen by traditionally inclined women, if you want, you could opt for a scrollwork pattern that brings out the stone and metalwork to keep your ring youthful looking and fun. Most young brides today are very taken up by this modern twist on traditional wedding rings. They love playing around with diamonds, colored stones, and scrollwork to keep their wedding rings looking playful yet trendy.

· Intricate side work:

If you’re still in two minds about whether you want to be a traditional bride or a non-traditional one, you could opt for a balance of both with intricate side work. This design is a fabulous take on the traditional ring of solitaire or stone with intricate stone or diamond work on the sides. You could keep the metal traditional with yellow gold and play around with a lattice pattern on the sides of the ring inlaid with smaller diamonds and colored stones. This makes for a perfect blend between old and new!

· Marquise-cut stones:

Round cut diamonds are extremely popular options for wedding rings, but if you prefer a twist on classical diamonds, you could opt for marquise cut diamonds. As a center stone, large marquise cut stones add elegance and beauty to the overall appearance of wedding rings. You could also opt for colored marquise cut stones and surround them with smaller diamonds to enhance the look of your wedding ring. A fantastic aspect about marquise cut diamonds is that they make your fingers look slender and elongated.

· Multiple bands:

According to us, where diamonds, colored stones, and gold are considered, the principle of ‘More the Merrier’ applies. Redesign your wedding ring to include multiple bands of diamonds or colored stones around your main stone. If you want, you could forego the main stone and have multiple bands with spaces between each. It is prettier, trendier, and can be worn with your engagement ring to make your hand look more elegant. This is also a pretty fashion-forward design that you can turn into a vintage multiple bands wedding ring. Multiple bands patterns are perfect for modern brides.

Select any of these wedding ring designs and restyle them according to your taste. If you don’t like clear diamonds opt for the black ones instead. Whatever you decide, ensure you are happy with your chosen pattern of the wedding ring. We wish you great happiness in your future!