Monthly Archive: July 2014

 

What do designers Dolce & Gabbana, composer George Frideric Handel, and royals Queen Elizabeth I and King George I have in common? 

Read on…

Over the July 11-13 weekend, famous Italian designers, Dolce & Gabbana launched their annual Alta Moda collection on the rocky shores of Capri, Italy. Guests traveled by boat or helicopter to this remote island paradise and were warned to wear flat shoes. The designers presented 78 looks starting at $40,000. Every striped and floral dress was a masterful work of art; hand-painted and hand-stitched and accessories  included 18-carat gold sandals and flip flops lined with astrakhan fur.

Unlike Paris’s haute couture shows which draw crowds in the thousands and include writers, editors and celebrities, the Dolce & Gabbana’s “Collezione Capri” was attended by only 250 people to a site reachable only by boat. In previous years, Alta Moda collections have been staged in Mr. Dolce’s native Sicily. This time, Mr. Gabbana greeted people arriving to the island on his 51-meter yacht, Regina d’Italia (“Queen of Italy”) while Mr. Dolce compared working on Alta Moda to reading the classics. 

 

 The weekend concluded with a riotous party that included fireworks, dancing, and loud singing.

 Ever heard the phrase, “the more things change, the more they stay the same?”   When I read about this exclusive fashion show, I couldn’t help but think about similarities between Dolce & Gabbana and other famous people from history: composer George Frideric Handel, and royals Queen Elizabeth I and King George I of England.

 As far as boats and yachts and parties and clothes and music and fireworks go—it seems that royalty (dressed up as fashion designers, queens, kings or composers) love a party—and an elegant and ostentatious one at that!  Interestingly, the “Collezione Capri” has all the trappings of an event that Queen Elizabeth I and King George I would have attended, or better yet, staged; with the classical music repertoire of George Frideric Handel playing in the background and the queen discussing the classic poets and writers of the day: William Shakespeare and Thomas Wyatt.  


Queen Elizabeth I would have loved Dolce & Gabbana; particularly their Alta Moda collection!  She was a clothes-horse, a fashion trendsetter and would have craved the detailed extravagance of this collection. It is estimated that she owned at least 2,000 pairs of gloves; her fashions were considered outrageous in terms of volume, embellishment and extravagance and she loved ornate dresses in all colors of the rainbow (sound similar to the Alta Moda collection?)

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She too owned something akin to a “Gabbana” yacht and on it would glide down River Thames dressed lavishly with her entourage in tow. Elizabeth I was very fond of music and played the lute and virginal (harpsichord) and other instruments. She also felt that dancing was a great form of physical exercise and employed musicians to play for her while she danced (think Mr. Gabbana dancing in a pink wig with his guests loudly singing “Volare”). During her reign, she employed about 70 musicians. No doubt, the flamboyant end-of-a celebration party thrown by Dolce & Gabbana mimicked the parties Elizabeth I threw for the upper echelon of her court.

 

So how does composer Handel fit in with all this? …

George Frideric Handel was the court composer for King George I of England. He was commissioned by the king to compose music to be played for his extravagant barge  trips down River Thames (in a similar way, the models for the Collezione arrived by boat in dramatic parade-like fashion with music playing in the background). At the king’s request, Handel wrote what he simply called the Water Music.  History relates that when King George heard the music for the first time he was so captivated that he requested it to be played, not once, but three times! I believe that Handel’s music is as elegant as the Alta Moda collection. The intricate patterns found in his music are similar to the intricate patterns found in the Alta Moda collection and both leave one breathless and inspired.  Handel’s music has made an indelible impression on the masses for over 200 years and I have no doubt that pieces from the Alta Moda collection will someday be found in a museum alongside Handel’s music–both recognized treasured art pieces! 

For another occasion, King George I commissioned Handel to write the music to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (an occasion, like high fashion, that would demand a celebration). A huge victory pavilion was built to serve as the place for this event and the spectacular fireworks display. The king, of course, wanted equally spectacular music for the occasion, so he requested that Handel use only military-type instruments and no strings. The fireworks and music took place on April 27, 1749—a mere 265 years before the fireworks concluded Dolce & Gabbana’s  “Collezione Capri” celebration.

 

Quoting from Bon Jovi’s final stanza of, “The More Things Change,”

“You know the more things change the more they stay the same
The same sunrise, it’s just another day
If you hang in long enough they say you’re comin’ back
Just take a look, we’re living proof and baby that’s a fact.”

 

 

If you want to read more about George Frideric Handel; his life and music, refer to my book, Good Music Brighter Children

 

Sharlene 2014


Nail polish is becoming more popular by the nanosecond and people of all ages are flocking to get their nails painted in the latest styles, colors, gels, patterns, prints, stick-ons, etc.

 However, as we’ve previously discussed, the beauty industry’s first concern is not safety…sad to say. But, the good news is that many new companies are cropping up that ARE interested in safety—in fact their motto is the same as physicians: “first, do no harm.” As a result, they are watching the chemicals they put in their products.

 There are five main chemicals that you do NOT want in your nail polish. These are potentially dangerous and can cause severe nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches and rashes and need to be avoided. They include:

  1. Dibutyl phthalate

  2. Formaldehyde

  3. Formaldehyde resin

  4. Toulene

  5. Camphor

 

 So you have two choices:

  1. Make your own nail polishes (which is what I will be discussing next week)

  2. Find a company(s) that manufactures safe nail polishes (think “green”).

Today I want to talk about a company that produces nail polish that will not harm your health. It is called, “Nailing Hollywood” and was started by celebrity nail stylist Jenna Hipp. Because of her own traumatizing experiences with nail polishes (severe nose bleeds, headaches, dizziness, etc), she decided to start her own company which includes the avoidance of the five dangerous chemicals just mentioned. Her collection has been very successful. In 2012 she earned several awards including the Genius Award from Elle magazine and best in beauty awards from Nylon and Essence magazines.

 

 In 2013, Hipp partnered with Costco and became part of the Beauty’s Most Wanted campaign, launching her five-free “What’s Hot Now Nail Collections” in Costco’s around the country. Her latest additions to the collections are “The New Brights” and “The New Moderns.” Jenna Hipp 4

 Hipp’s company, “Nailing Hollywood,” represents the industry’s top talent among nail stylists specializing in celebrities, editorial fashion, advertising and product development. Some of their clients include: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Michele Williams, Demi Lovato, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Garner.

Here is some contact information regarding Jenna Hipp’s company:

Company: Nailing Hollywood Management, Inc

Owner: Jenna Hipp

Address: 905 Cole Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90038

Email: info@beautysmostwanted.com

Website: www.jennahipp.com, beautysmostwanted.com

Instagram: @jennahipp, @nailinghollywood, @beautysmostwanted

 

Have any of you ever tried Jenna Hipp nail polishes? If so, I would love to hear from you—how you like them and how well they last.

Last, I must say that her nail colors and style to me reflect something a bit more sophisticated than most nail polishes and nail style presentations that I’ve seen. To be quite frank, they remind me of the classy elegance found in classical music. So, while you are getting your nails done with Jenna Hipp nail polish, or while you are polishing your own nails, put on some classical music (see the Resource Section of my book, Good Music Brighter Children for suggestions) and see if your nails don’t reflect more elegance and sophistication, too!

Enjoy!

Sharlene 2014


When you hear the word, “camping” does it evoke happy memories of hiking amongst breathtaking flora and fauna, witnessing majestic mountain ranges, drinking from sparkling clear rivers, basking in front of serene lakes, experiencing a woodsy aroma or clean fresh air?

Or does it fill your heart with dread?

 Before I launch into talking about camping, let me just say—today my idea of camping is checking into the Marriott and ordering room service. However, 35 years ago I was forced to think differently…because camping with our kids was a family tradition.

Camping029 My husband Mark is a true outdoorsman. He loves anything related to nature and is a dyed-in-the-wool Boy Scout.  So in his opinion, camping with the kids was a “must.” I reluctantly followed along.  We did have some great times camping and I love the outdoors—I just don’t like having four kids rolling around in the dirt with no running water and no indoor plumbing available.

 Just about every summer included some kind of camping—sometimes it was in a tent, sometimes in a pop-up trailer, and many times at my in-laws cabin in Lake Tahoe (can that still be considered camping?)

Here is the breakdown of our fun in the woods:

Camping028The Tent: by far the most rugged experience. The kids loved it and to add to the “experience” I baked apple pies over a campfire oven (the scent attracted every animal and human within a 20-mile radius). We hiked, fished, ate around a campfire, slept on the hard ground and then repeated the experience the next day. I always brought books to read and games to play when the kids had had enough of the great outdoors. During one camping trip to Tuolumne Meadows near Yosemite, I read the now out-of-print book, Inside My Feet: The Story of a Giant and The Half-A-Moon Inn, and Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark, which added to the backwoods experience. And yes, we saw every animal known to man—black bears, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and once– a beaver!

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On a scale of 1 to 10 here is the breakdown on everyone’ s experience:

Rating by Mom: O—“Exhausting!”

Rating by Dad: 5—“Not that bad, but would have been better if the kids were older.”

Rating by Kids: 10—“Great, loved the dirt, loved peeing in the bushes, loved roasting marshmallows over the campfire, loved seeing the black bear.”

 

Camping024The Pop-Up Trailer: We rented a pop-up trailer twice and once when I was still nursing Trevor. What compelled us to go camping with a newborn is beyond me—I must have had rocks in my head or been deranged at best. The trailer was okay—I filled up the water tank in the trailer before we left so we had good-ole city water filled with all kinds of chemicals to use on the trip. Still no indoor plumbing, but it was nice not sleeping on the hard ground and the trailer also had a stove, but we still had campfires for the s’mores and hot dogs.  The only problem—two of the kids got sick in the middle of the night—will not tell you what happened.

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Rating by Mom: “Still a O—no indoor plumbing”

Rating by Dad: 8—“Nice to have a “bed” and some running water”

Rating by Kids: 10Fun to go in and out of the trailer all day long”

 

Camping027Cabin in Lake Tahoe: This is what I call camping! A roof over our heads, a real bathroom with a flushing toilet, running hot water, and a comfortable bed.  Actually we loved our yearly outings to Grandpa and Grandma’s cabin. This “cabin” was more like a luxurious house with four bedrooms, a playroom, a Jacuzzi and a deck to play badminton. We took excursions everyday—biking in the woods, fishing (Jason & Ryan each caught a mackinaw on one trip), day-hikes, river-rafting, miniature golfing, visits to the Donner Party Museum, and believe it or not—trips to the bookstore in Reno. We barbecued every night and even roasted marshmallows over a pit. I’m all for camping where you can have the experience of the woods, with some of the creature-comforts of home. We went to the cabin yearly for 20 years. All the boys have wonderful memories of Grandpa & Grandma’s cabin in the woods!

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Rating by Mom: 10—“Amazing experience—the best—highly recommend it!”

Rating by Dad: 10—“Well, this isn’t a true Boy Scout experience but great nevertheless!”

Rating by Kids: 20—“Best memories, best time, best experience!”

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 So,please share something about your camping experiences—were they good or bad and are they traditions in your home?

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Enjoy!

Sharlene 2014


KYIV, UKRAINE - NOVEMBER 15, 2013: FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier game Ukraine vs France at NSC Olympic stadium in Kyiv

For five weeks during June and July people throughout the world were glued to their TV sets watching the 2014 World Cup. It was an exciting five weeks with Germany winning in a tense title match against Argentina. The only goal of the World Cup final was made in the 113th minute of the match with the final score: Germany 1, Argentina 0. This was not a first-time win for Germany—they have won the World Cup three times previous.

 

There were a couple of things that came to mind when Germany took home the trophy:

 First: Germany is the land of all of my maternal ancestors and my husband’s maternal and paternal ancestors. They are tough people, strong, opinionated and they don’t bend under pressure—in fact, I think many of them thrive under pressure. At least, this is what I’ve experienced with my German relatives. And clearly, these players from Germany understand and hold up under pressure (well…I thought all the teams did).

 Second: To be a player in the World Cup soccer requires you to be an outstanding athlete with a high level of bodily-kinesthetic ability.

 Third: some of the greatest classical composers were born in Germany—Bach, Handel and Beethoven (to name a few).

Bach  Beethoven

So, let’s talk about a couple of these points.

Good Music Brighter Children In chapter seven of my book, Good Music Brighter Children (p 164-166) I talk about The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This theory has been around for eons, but in 1985 Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University wrote a book entitled, Frames of Mind where he categorized the hundreds of multiple intelligences into 7 categories:

1. Bodily/Kinesthetic

2. Musical

3. Linguistic

4.  Spatial

5.  Logical/Mathematical

6.  Interpersonal

7.  Intrapersonal

Gardner later added two more intelligences: Naturalist and Existential.  He went so far as to say that if you are engaged in music or learn a musical instrument that all of the six other intelligences are developed simultaneously.

 Clearly every player in the World Cup has been blessed with the Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence and have given hours of work and effort to see it shine on the pitch. They are aware of their bodies, have control of their movements, and use their bodies like dancers on a stage or gymnasts on the mat. It is both motivating and captivating to watch.

 Regarding music, interestingly, this particular group of 2014 soccer players has been called the “Ultimate Soccer Rocker Team,” by Michael Leonard of News Lifestyle. Why? Because of their love and involvement with music!  Rather than the classical repertoire, they jive to the beat of groups such as: The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Slipknot, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, to name a few.

 However, many are musicians themselves and their instrument of choice is the guitar. For example:

  • Sweden’s Jonas Olsson is a guitarist and fervent music fan

  • USA’s Alexi Lalas sings and plays guitar in his band, Gypsies

  • Ex-Croatia defender Slaven Bilic plays guitar (his favorite is a red Gibson Explorer) and is a member of Rawbau, a Croatian rock group.

  • England’s left-back Leighton Baines loves his acoustic guitar (which he brought to his Rio hotel)

  • Brasil’s Sandro Raniere Guimarães Cordiro plays guitar

  • Argentina’s Lionel Messi plays guitar and his favorite band is Oasis (he is also considered to be the most gifted soccer player in the world).

  • And last, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele is a guitarist.

Maybe there is something to be said of exercising both fingers and feet—it seems to keep the world’s soccer teams playing in perfect harmony.

 So, what would Bach, Beethoven and Handel say about Germany’s win? No doubt, along with everyone else, they would be dancing and singing in the streets. And I think they would have collaborated in composing a piece of music to honor these gifted athletes. Music with no holds barred and all the bells and whistles blowing—a glorious anthem—a song of praise and honor for a job well done! Bravo Germany!

 

 

Sharlene 2014


Lemon Ice Cream

This is an amazing ice cream—light, refreshing and delicious! It is very simple to make and takes about 10 minutes to prepare and another 20 minutes in the ice cream freezer. I got this recipe from my friend, Cindy Segawa 30 years ago.

 

Ingredients:

3 Lemons (juice only)

3 Oranges (juice only)

3 Bananas—mashed

2 quarts Half & Half

3 cups sugar

 

Directions:

Squeeze the oranges and lemons.

Combine the juice of the oranges and the lemons and the mashed bananas, the Half & Half and the sugar in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Put in an ice cream maker and freeze as directed.

 

Some Tips for you and your Kids: 

1. Involve your kids–they can squeeze the lemons and the oranges and they can mash the bananas. 

2. Purchase one of the old fashioned ice cream makers–the ones that require ice and rock salt. You can find these at Sears or J.C. Penny. First, the ice cream turns out better and second your kids can watch the whole process.  I have a Hamilton Beach and an Aroma brand–love them both!

3.  The Half & Half–you can purchase this at Costco under the organic brand: Horizons

4. Sugar–use the organic sugar found at Costco

5. One more thing-store-bought ice cream is nothing more than synthetic chemicals. Did you know that there are so many synthetic ingredients in ice cream that by law the ice cream makers are not required to put all the ingredients on the label?  If they did, there would not be any room for any other words.  I’m serious. Dump that stuff and start making your own–plus it is a fun family tradition! 

Tomorrow I will be posting my recipe for chocolate chip cookies–they go amazingly well with this ice cream.

Enjoy!

Sharlene 2014


If you are a parent, I think you will agree—most parents want to be a lot of different things to their children—their protector, their provider, their example, their hero, their counselor, their friend, their confidante—all qualities that add up to…a parent and parenting.

 Traditions018As a parent, what was really important to me was to build a strong and loving relationship with each one of my sons. As a result, I was always looking for ideas that would help and assist me with that goal. Mark and I actually did several things to accomplish this, but today, I want to share with you one idea we used to build a close and caring relationship with our sons. It became a tradition in our home. It is fun, your kids will love it, and it will be the starting point of constructing an amazing bond between you and your child. Traditions010

Date Nights

 In 1980 Mark and I started the tradition of taking each of our sons on a monthly “Date Night.” At the beginning of each month we sat down with the boys and marked four dates on the calendar—one date night for each child. Most the time we tried to make it a date with both parents, but there were months when only one parent would go with the child. We always planned these dates the first couple of days in the month so they were “cast in stone;” thereby avoiding a conflict and interference of other activities.

 Traditions013Mark and I kept the date nights simple, yet fun. When they were young we took them to the park (to feed the ducks); to a bookstore; to the beach; a farm, swimming, fishing, the zoo, sleigh-riding, a music activity, a cooking night, or a special visit to the library. And every date night included food—lunch, dinner or some special treat like ice cream, popcorn, etc.

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Traditions011As they got older the venue of the date nights changed—now they were interested in golfing, sporting events, music concerts, plays and other activities. We tried to choose activities that would allow for interaction and not places like Disneyland where you are mindlessly going from one ride to another or movies where you sit mute in a theater. Those activities were saved for later.

 But no matter where we took them, our goals were the same—alone time with each son; time to interact one-on-one and have a good time—separate from their other siblings.

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Here are some tips to making it a perfect outing:

**Make date nights interactive: We asked a lot of open-ended questions about school, sports, the music they were learning and the music they liked, their friends, their concerns, hopes and dreams, etc. We wanted them to talk–a lot!

**Avoid criticism or preaching and stay away from topics that could evoke hurt feelings or anger.

**Focus on having fun, laughing together, enjoying one another’s company and communicating.

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Traditions012We also made some mistakes with date nights. When our oldest son Jason was four we took him to see the Vienna Boys Choir. We erroneously thought that since they were young boys singing (and Jason loved to sing) that he would enjoy seeing this choir. Wrong, wrong, wrong! We barely lasted until intermission and the only redeeming part of that date night was taking him to McDonald’s (his choice) afterwards.

 However, “Date Nights,” paid off in other ways. The boys loved them, looked forward to them and even when they were teens, (and do not want to be seen with their parents) they still wanted to go and participate in these monthly rituals.

 For example, when Ryan was 16 he wanted to go hear David Helfgott play the piano at the Hollywood Bowl. If you are interested in the story of David Helfgott, read the book, Love You to Bits and Pieces: Life with David Helfgott. Ryan had seen the movie, “Shine” and wanted to see Helfgott up close and personal. So we went. It was actually a turning point for Ryan and his music. He was getting bored with practicing, but seeing Helfgott and understanding his life story and all he had to overcome, Ryan became inspired. From that point on he practiced with a vengeance until he left for college.

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So, try it with your children. Set aside a day each month; mark it on your calendar; and decide together with each of your children what you are going to do. Leave your cell phones behind and focus entirely on your child. You will be amazed how this will begin to build a bond of trust and appreciation for one another and open the flood-gates of communication. Plus it speaks volumes to your child that you are willing to sacrifice your time to build a relationship with them.

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(these are all pictures of our sons–Jason, Ryan, Brandon and Trevor when then were young–each one represents a date night we took them on. They are all grown now and taking their own kids on date nights–thus another family tradition has become a legacy for future generations!)

Sharlene 2014


Today I want to give some pointers on how to read my book Good Music Brighter Children. Over the past two months, people have asked me various questions so hopefully these ideas will help you to get the greatest benefit from the book.

I’m a practical person and I’ve written a practical book. It has entertainment-value, knowledge-enhancing value, and family-building value. Just for the record: it is a NOT a self-help book or a music book that is going to teach you how to play a musical instrument.

So, let’s discuss what you can expect when you read, Good Music Brighter Children...

 Question: In a nutshell, what is this book about?

 Good Music Brighter ChildrenGood Music Brighter Children is a book that will teach anyone how to build a bigger, better brain using music.  If you are a parent, it will give you the A-B-C’s on how to introduce music to your kids and how music will impact your life and your child’s life in countless ways.

This book includes stories, studies, easy ideas, and numerous suggestions on how to introduce you and your child to music as well as the reasons why you want music a part of your family. It is a book right from my heart because I’ve lived and experienced every chapter over the past 30 years in some way or another.

 

Question: Who is your target audience?

 Answer: I wrote it mainly with parents and educators in mind. Why? Because I’m a parent and an educator and I wanted to help both groups of people—which in my opinion is actually one group of people because parents ARE educators! However, the book is also written for anyone wanting to build a bigger, better brain.

Question: This is a big book—it’s a little overwhelming…

 Answer: Do not be intimidated by the size of the book—464 pages. It is really not that long. If you take away the 50 page “Resource Section,” the “Note” section and the Index—you have dropped the book by more than 100 pages—plus there are a lot of blank pages that the publisher “counts” as a page where there is no text.

Question: Why do you talk about so many studies?

 Answer: Studies need to be included because I’m establishing a foundation that what I’m saying about music just isn’t off the top of my head, or based on a story my neighbor told me, or something I read on the Internet.  It is necessary to base my assertions on definitive research. Why would you believe something if it is merely based on a charming little story?  Hence studies are included (along with many captivating anecdotal stories) and footnoted in the back of the book. Btw: If you don’t like studies, then don’t read the first two chapters.

Question: What is the best way to read this book—front to back? Or can I skip around?

 Answer: You do NOT have to read the book in any order nor do you have to read the entire book to understand the message of the book.  Nearly every chapter stands on its own.  You can skip around depending on your interests. Here is a breakdown of some of the chapters and possible interests:

**Music Research: If you are interested in music studies or you are writing a research paper on the brain-benefits of music, read Chapters 1 and 2.

 **Music & Kids: If you are looking for ideas on how to introduce music in your home and to your children then read “Part Two: Music in the Home.” It contains hundreds of ideas on how to accomplish this with ease.  

 **A Music Educator or Parent wanting music in the schools: If you are an educator or an advocate of music in the schools, you will need ammunition to help you in this process. I’ve included dozens of science-based studies and reasons why we need music in the schools. Read: Part Three: “A Need for Advocacy: Music Education in the Schools.”

 **A Parent with a learning disabled child: If you have a learning disabled child, an autistic child, a child with any physical disabilities, read chapter 8

 **A Parent wanting to support the arts community: If you want to support the music and arts community by taking your child to different concerts, musicals, ballets, etc., read chapter 10.

 **Becoming More Creative: One of my favorite chapters is chapter 9—it is all about creativity. I have a special interest in creativity so this chapter will help you to understand how music develops and enhances creativity and the different things you can do to help your child and yourself be more creative.

 **Starting an Orchestra: If you want to start an orchestra, read chapter 11. To my knowledge, there has never been a book written on the A-B-C’s of starting an orchestra. I started an orchestra and this chapter tells about my own personal experience and how you can start an orchestra in your school or community.

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 **Building A Parent/Child Relationship: Music is important, but building a relationship with your child is MOST important. As far as I am concerned, chapter 12 is the most important chapter of the book—and many people who have read the book agree. In fact, you can even read this chapter first.

**Resource Section: this section is invaluable! It is 50-pages chock full of musical information–composers and their “best” music for kids; music CDs and books, music to play while your kids are studying; unique music programs, music materials and music organizations, ideas to reinforce your child’s school experience with music and much, much more!

One last thing…

 When I began re-writing this book, I was well aware that people’s attention spans were going down the tubes and most people today have the attention span of a gnat (thank you technology!). Many people’s motto is: “If you can’t read it in 5 minutes, toss it.” I had also read that despite 250,000 books published each year, people are reading less because they get their information from sound bytes on the Internet (sad).

However, I still believe in parents. I still believe that most parents really want what is best for their children and will go to any length to see that their children have what it takes to succeed. If your goal is to help your child succeed in life and beyond, then you need to read this book. It will be one of the best decisions you make.

 The easiest way to purchase the book is to order it online at Amazon. Barnes & Noble and all other major and minor bookstores carry it—but it may need to be ordered.  It costs about $19—it’s cheaper than taking your family to lunch and definitely cheaper than the parking at Disneyland and has far greater and lasting benefits.

So, what are you waiting for? Get a copy and start reading!

Sharlene 2014


Sometimes the best medicine is laughter! In fact, I read that reading something funny every day actually keeps your immune system high thus keeping you more healthy.  So, here is something that will make you laugh. It is timely advice regarding eating, drinking and exercise (as if we needed anymore advice on these subjects!). The words are spoken from the mouth of a “famous” (or infamous) Chinese doctor. So sit back, enjoy and have a good laugh!

Question: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life? Is this true?

 Answer: Heart only good for so many beats, and that is it…Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speed up heart not make live longer; that like say you can extend life of car by driving faster. Want live longer? Take nap.

 

 Question: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

 Answer: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. What are these? Vegetables. So, steak nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop give 100% recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

 Question: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

 Answer: If you have body and you have fat, ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, ratio is two to two.

 Question: What are the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

 Answer: Cannot think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No Pain…GOOD!

 

 Question: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

 Answer: YOU NOT LISTEN!!! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetables bad for you?

 Question: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

 Answer: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only do sit-ups if want bigger stomach.

 Question: Is chocolate bad for me?

 Answer: You crazy? HELLO…Cocoa bean! Vegetable!!! Cocoa bean best feel-good food around!

 Question: Is swimming good for your figure?

 Answer: If swimming good for figure, explain whale.

 

 Question: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

 Answer: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!

 

 So, there you go! I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food, exercise and dieting! And no, I do not know where this doctor practices medicine…(just in case you wanted to go to him).

 

Sharlene 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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