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Telenovela Time: Manana es para siempre & El Desprecio

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Manana Es Ayer I forgot how terribly awesome this show was. It ran sometime in 2009 and was a remake of a much better Colombian original, Pura Sangre.  Of course, the Mexican version cheesed it up with the dramatic music, the extreme closeups, the exaggerated acting (Mexico is like Latin America's version of America when it comes to remakes). Telenovelas used to be awesome. Recently, I saw part of one at my Mami's house, and they are not filmed in the way they used to be. Unfortunately, they seem to have lost part of their charm. It's all digital now. But then, everything is digitally filmed. Nothing is on video anymore.  Fernando Colunga, who was probably in his early forties when Manana first aired, played the virginal twenty-something Eduardo, who posed as the wealthy businessman Franco Santoro. Eduardo had been about 10 or so and was caught kissing Fernanda, the youngest daughter of the Elizalde family. Barbara Greco, the purported assistant to the Elizalde family--who

Book Review: The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku (Star Wars- Tales from A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens)

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The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku was a fun joyride about treasure-seeking pirates who compete in a deadly race against the natural elements, each other, and time.  This fast-paced, very short read was part of a series of books tangentially related to the film  The Force Awakens . Although readers of almost any age can delight in this action-packed adventure, it's written with an eye for Star Wars fans who know their lore. Be sure to familiarize yourself with aliens such as Gamorreans, Twi'leks, Weequays, and more. Author Landry Q. Walker places neat easter eggs to many details in the Star Wars universe, whether it be the ubiquitous phrase:  "I have a bad feeling about this,"  to more humorous references, like yet another planet covered in that stuff that's coarse and rough and gets everywhere: "Ponemah was not known for its hospitable climate. Nor was it renowned for its incredible wealth of goods and resources. It did, however, have a

You Will Never Be Forgotten...

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You will never be forgotten, little one. The way you suckled at my earlobe as if I were your mommy. Your cooing little mews. Your pink-black nose and pink and black jellybean-toes. The way you'd roll over and show your belly. The way you'd open your mouth, leaving it agape as if always in surprise. The way you'd get on your hind legs like a meerkat. The way you blended in with a pile of autumn leaves. Your ginger tip to your tail. Your sweet, trusting nature. Your big, innocent eyes. The way you telegraphed a pounce by the way you'd wiggle your butt. Your presence on the cat tree. The way you'd lay with me in bed on lazy mornings when I didn't want to get up. Your sweet, never-ending positive energy radiated so much warmth into this little house.  You were in my life so briefly, just a moment, it seems, but it meant so much. Wherever forever is, there you are. To forever.  

It's spring again... Everybody knows it's spring again... To the girls and boys and people above... This is the time to fall in love...

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  It's Spring Again   (thank you Biz Markie) ...  SPRING IS HERE

Leek and Potato Soup

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  Leek and Potato Soup INGREDIENTS:   5 large Eastern potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped    8 oz. mushroom, chopped   3 large leeks, sliced lengthwise   1 small onion, finely chopped   2 clove garlic,  minced   2-3 tbsps.   olive  oil   1 pint cream or half & half   2 14 oz. cans chicken broth   1 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces   Salt & pepper, to taste   1 tbsp. fresh parsley    1-2 tbsp. fresh dill   (Optional) Two slices of cooked, crumbled bacon   (Optional) Grated Cheddar or Parmesan cheese       DIRECTIONS:   Slice leeks, let soak in cold water for 20 minutes to remove dirt. Chop potatoes, add to pot and boil in chicken broth until potatoes are tender (15-20 minutes).  Blend until smooth and slightly thick. (Note: immersion blenders work best; otherwise, blend no more than 1 1/2 cups at a time in a blender, or else hot soup will fly!).     Chop leeks & onions. Sautee in 2 tbsp. oil, until leeks are limp and “sweat,” 3-5 minutes. Add garlic clove, cook 1 more minute.

Remember When...? Lee's Press-On Nails

  In 1985, Lee Pharmaceuticals introduced Lee Press-On Nails pic.twitter.com/bVqlteLu8P — RetroNewsNow (@RetroNewsNow) March 18, 2021 Quick, silly story. Back in February 1999, I was 21-years-old and about to marry the love of my life, and the father of my child. He was 25, had just started his first job out of college, and was making the long commute from Suffolk County into Manhattan 5-6 days a week. I was working, too, as we were saving up for a down payment on a house. Yeah, we did things backward, as our daughter was a little over a year old.  As we had busy work schedules, and we'd already put the cart before the horse, we decided on a short, no-fuss civil ceremony at city hall. We got our wedding license on Tuesday, got married on that Thursday, and I was back to work on Friday. We had no budget for anything, not even a honeymoon. I paid $40 at Sears for a lavender-gray pinstriped suit jacket and matching skirt. I paid about $8 for a set of Lee Press-On nails at the old Geno

Welcome to My Blog, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Start

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In the words of Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, "Hello there!" As very, very few of you may know, I'm Jacqueline Diaz. Who am I? One of these days, I will self-publish and release the many historical romance novels I've been working on, and hopefully, you'll enjoy them. In the meanwhile, I've decided to take up blogging for all things non-romance. I do have a dedicated website for my as-of-yet-to-be-released works and my reviews of my favorite romances, which can be accessed here .  This blog will be devoted to other things I love, be it Star Wars, horror films, cats, backyard chickens, gardening, cooking, Latin American telenovelas, philosophy, and life, in all its silliness.  I will try to keep things here light, whimsical, and apolitical, because, again referring to wise Master Kenobi: However, I will never shy away from defending the freedom of speech, for, without that, I wouldn't be here where I am. It's a lamentable fact in this day and age that not