Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Detroit Success

Diana Lewis has been a local network news staple since the middle 70s.  When I moved to Detroit in 1981, I watched Diana Lewis on the 11:00 news on Channel 7, our ABC station.  (Those were the days that I still watched local news.)  She was also on in the early evening.  She was the face of news broadcasting in Detroit.

A few years back Diana Lewis introduced her daughter Glenda Lewis, who got a position on Channel 7 as well.  Not to replace her Mother, Glenda had the weekend gig.  Two totally professional images of Detroit.

Recently Diana Lewis announced that she is stepping down in October.  Until I heard an interview, I didn’t know that she is 69 years old.  Wow!  What a great role-model for women.

Here is an article from the Detroit News about the announcement.

Remember the Rocky movies?  Diana Lewis appeared in the original Rocky, portraying a reporter using her own name.  Interesting.  According to the article she did some other non-news reporting things as well.

What a great success of a career Diana Lewis has had.  According to what she says, she’s only leaving the front of the camera.  She will still be active with charity work and other meaningful activities around town.

Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly, by William Davis, MD,  is the name of a book I am currently reading.

The information is rather startling.  You may have guessed by the title that this doctor’s theory is that it is the wheat in our diet that gives us belly fat, not some of the other culprits usually associated with this phenomenon.

This book is about 230 pages of text and then a number of pages containing recipes and some information for navigating through the grocery store.

You might imagine that within 230 pages, there’s more to say than just that ‘wheat contains gluten and this is something that causes belly fat’.  In fact there are some startling claims made by Dr. Davis and he backs up everyone of them with scientific information and studies.

The main concept that he covers early in the book is that our wheat has been grossly, genetically modified in the past 25 years.  Those processes are the root cause of many health problems in all demographics.

To get the reader’s attention, he starts by suggesting we think about pictures of our ancestors.  Any obese people?  Probably not.

Coincidentally, around the time that this new wheat was being grown, we were being told to ‘eat whole grains–bread, pasta;  eat less meat, less fat and concentrate on whole grains‘.  Remember when that started?

If you go online and find a list of foods and their glycemic index, you will see whole grain bread higher than some of the things that we’ve been told to stay away from.  Just know that a high glycemic index is not a good thing.

Astounding!  I’m not too far into this book, but wanted to share this information in case you aren’t aware of it and would like to get it as well.

What are your thoughts on this information?  Is this something that concerns you?

London 2012 Summer Olympics

Yes, the London 2012 Summer Olympics!  It’s finally here.  Did you view the Opening Ceremonies?  Is this something you watch every four years?

What part of the Olympics do you enjoy the most?  Some people have a particular sport that they just can’t miss.  If that is you, here is the official site with all the facts.

There is so much you can find online about The London 2012 Summer Olypmics.  Here is the NBC site for everything you need to know about their viewing schedule for us here in the states.

Personally, we occasionally watch an event and usually more of a ‘let’s see what’s on’ kind of happen to catch an event.

Let us know about your preferences about the Olympics events.  Are you a spectator at all?  Favorite events?

Planet Earth HD

This video, Planet Earth HD from The Secret, is breath-taking.  It will take you about three minutes to view it, and there are some phenomenal views of unique animals and birds and amazing places from all over the world.

While we were in Hawaii recently, we took a helicopter ride, which included going over Molakai, a largely uninhabited island across from Maui.  On one side of the island the pilot flew us past a number of water falls cascading over the 1000 foot drop, or so it seemed.  It may have been higher.  Eventually we came to an area that was indented and was carved out surrounded by what I’d describe at a huge mass of land about 1000 feet high and circling about 270 degrees, leaving an opening to allow the helicopter to enter this space.  Ahead of us was a magnificent huge water fall, cascading ahead of us.  Magnificent.  Yes, it took my breath away, since I was sitting in the front of this helicopter!

Some of the shots in this video remind me of that helicopter ride around Molakai and Maui.  Breath-taking views.

It’s A Law!

The Law of Attraction has been the subject of many discussions, books, movies and interviews over the past number of years.  It became intensified around 2006 or so when The Secret, a movie and book by Rhonda Byrne came out.

Today I attended a networking event where the guest speaker explained this to the attendees.  It reminded me that I haven’t consciously thought about these things in quite a while.  I know it works.  It’s a law, just like the law of gravity is a law.  Whether we understand it or not, believe it or not, it is what it is.

Here is a video about it with beautiful pictures, phrases and music.  Perhaps you would benefit from viewing this for a few minutes.

How has the law of attraction worked for or against you?

Yes, it certainly can work against us if we allow it to.  Be careful what you think and say!

Socialnomics… Updated

I’ve posted numerous Socialnomics videos by Eric Qualman.  This has a date of late 2011, but is titled, Social Media Revolution 2012.  I like to credit people whose information I post.  Looks like the company behind this is

The numbers are numbing.  If you find it interesting you might want to replay it to absorb the magnitude of a role that social media plays in our lives.

What are your thoughts about all of this?  How do you participate in social media and would you consider this a social media revolution going on?

Four Assumptions

Last week, Stephen Covey died of complications of a bicycle accident a few months ago.  He was 79 years old.  I’m sure you are aware that he is the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which was a best seller and sold over 20 million copies.

Stephen Covey will be remembered by many for his contributions to the business world and also to family relationships.  So many of his business concepts translate to the family unit.

He will be missed.

Due to new technology like YouTube, we have Stephen Covey on this video talking about The Four Assumptions for life.  This one is from a few years back and of course, relevant forever!

You can check out YouTube for other Covey videos.  I like to keep short what I post here, so sometimes it seems like it gets cut abruptly.

Knee Replacement?

Have you had a knee or both knees replaced?  Are you a candidate for this surgery?

Recently a good friend of ours had both of her knees replaced.  Yes both at the same time!  She’s now almost two weeks beyond the surgery and as she puts it, it’s all down hill from here.  She had a bout with the meds given to her during post op recovery that lasted a few days, but thankfully she has returned to her normal self and looking great.

Here is a very brief animated view of what they do to replace the knee.  Pretty basic look here…

It’s fascinating to me that all of these things can be done to us.  How wonderful that these things are available to extend the quality of our lives.

Personally, and thankfully, I am not a candidate for this.  Last year my husband had a hip replaced and we were really thankful for the amazing technology with that.  He’s doing so well and actually had a quick recovery time.  Perhaps his swimming five days a week starting six weeks after the surgery, helped him.

We are so fortunate to be alive at this time to be able to take advantage of great technology that can improve or allow us to continue a good quality of life.  The concept of living a long life is great, as long as the quality is there with it.

How about you…  Any replacement parts yet?  Let us hear from you and how it went.

The Open 2012

If you’re a golfer, you know that The Open 2012 refers to what most Americans call The British Open, a golf classic.  This is played each year in July on one of about six courses in the UK.  This year it is being played in northwest England at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Club.

Most of the courses that are used are public, but this is a private club.  However, it is right in the midst of a residential setting.  Some of the views of the golfers hitting their shots include the residential setting surrounding this course.

Here is the link if you would like to view The Open on ESPN through your computer.

This is an interesting event for so many reasons.  One of which is the prize trophy.  The Claret Jug.  Lots of history here.  This is passed around from winner to winner with each winner’s name engraved on it.  Wow!  How really special this is.

Will you or have you watched The Open?  Thoughts?  Would love to hear from you.