Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

If you find that your suits are not fitting well enough, you may need to define your muscles.

As do many bodybuilders, a man or a woman, but especially a man, men need muscle or bodybuilding powders to build and define their physique.  Suits may drape strangely on a man who has yet to define his muscles then pump up with weight training.  Muscular development may be a basic part of being a man.

One police officer said it is important for his position to be able to “run 2 miles fast.”  2 miles fast is a benchmark of good health and endurance.

Another important point to know with summer coming is that outdoor swimming pools absorb rays from the sun.  Tanning and slimming are therefore hallmarks of swimming pools.

It’s a nice time to get a “hard body” plan design.  Some people work out with the same personal trainer for even 30 years.  A good job is often one that you can turn into a later business and that affords good health and beauty.  What generally is good to include are liposuction, exercise weights, yoga, stretching, pool time and possibly a dog to get in enough walking.

The eyes really benefit from attention in the way of drops or eye gels.  It’s a noticeable experience to have creams and drops just for the eyes.  Try Oil of Olay Eye Gels. Other good products by Oil of Olay are “Regenerist Cream” and “Grapefruit Extract Facial Towelettes.”   You can also work on your eyebrows to better frame your eyes.

Spring is a good time to gear up with fresh and sweet designs for the warm weather.  You can purchase online madras, plaid or batik fabrics to make cool tunics for the spring and summer months with matching pull up pants.

Spring cleaning can be deeply rewarding.  Try to deep clean and clean carpets; replace mattresses, can openers, car, water filters and toothbrushes often.  Every spring cleaning try to at least replace your mattress-it will freshen your house tremendously.  It’s good to deep clean doorways and even spray clean your shoes with Windex or other cleaners so dirt is not tracked into your home.  Usually, salts and things linger in carpets and in doorways coming out of winter.   A good caddy improves cleaning as well.  You can carry around a bucket of cleaning supplies.  Be sure to dust with something like a swifter duster and clean thoroughly all the window sills where spider eggs are for later hatching.  In the spring, things do start hatching.  If you live in a brick house expect some ants.  Try to number your tasks.  Perhaps clean twenty things in a room.  Move out beds and furniture and vacuum below.  Clean out the vacuum too.  It’s good to replace all bulbs for good Feng Shui. Try to improve the light in your house.  Open the windows while you clean and let fresh air into the house.  Clean off cupboards, thoroughly dust artworks.  Get all your framing done and work on your art collection.  Get all your dry cleaning in and meditate on a clean home and spirit.  Try to professionally clean your house.  Know how to emergency clean it too.  Research cleaning, cleaning tools and agents.  Clean drapery and blinds as well.

Try to spiritualize your home and plan some “intellectual good times.”  You can spiritualize with music, core value books or spiritual readings such as “Don’t Look Before You Leap,” By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO).  Other books by OSHO:   “112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within,” “Madras for Awakening Chakras,” “The Book of Secrets,” “Love Freedom and Aloneness,” “Courage,” “Finding Your Inner Power and Your Potential.”

Intellectual good times may be dates to the library by yourself to research your career.  Check out books in your field or career choice or try to learn a new skill or do research.  If you are so inclined you may write a research paper.  What can be a quick thrill is to research books in a keyword search on the computer while there and order them online after.

Culinary Book List #2

Culinary Book List #2

Compiled By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

German Cook Book

German Pastries

Ethiopian Cook Book

Cook 90 David Tamarkin

The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson

Bobby Plays Bar Americain Cook Book  By Bobby Flay w/Stephanie Banyas

Joy of Mixology $30

Maldon Salt Bucket $29 Amazon

Silver Palatte Cookbook

Ethiopian Cook book with Bread

Mourad: New Moroccan

King Arthur Flour

 

Mexicanplease.com

Thespruceeats.com

Thegourmetgourmand.com

www.mylatinatable.com

 

 

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat   Samin Nosrat

Flavors of Africa  Evi Aki

Dishing up Dirt, simple Recipes for Cooking Through The Seasons  Andrea Bevis

Fair Foods  George Geary

Princess Pamelas Soul Food Cook Book of Afro-American Recipes  Pamela Strobel

America’s Test Kitchen

Better Homes and Gardens 100 Recipes You’ll Make Forever

A Taste of Latin America Patricia Cartin

Melba American Comfort Foods   Melba Wilson

Mario Batali Big American Cook Book   Mario Batali

Deep Run Roots Vivian Howard

Melissa’s Southern Cook Book   Melissa Sperky

The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cook Book   Daina Falk

Sweetie Pies Cook Book  Robbie Montgomery

The Best American Recipes Fran McCullough

Food & Wine Annual Cook Book  Kate Heddings

The Peach Truck Cook Book  Jessica Rose

Ruffage A Practical Guide to Vegetables

Indianish Recipes & Antics From a Modern American Family  Priya Krishna

Magnolia Table A Collection of Recipes for Gathering   Joanna Gaines

How To Taste     Becky Selengut

The Family Table Living Nomadic   Smollett-Warwell, Jazz

Feast Food of the Islamic World, Helon, Anissa

Soul, A Chefs Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

American Cookie   Anne Byrn

Sweet Home Café Cook Book A Celebration of American Cooking   Albert Lukas

Bring it, Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining, Ali Rosen

Home Front Cooking  Tracey Enerson Wood

Cooks Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes America’s Test Kitchen

Chinese Heritage Cooking From My American Kitchen  Shirley Cheng

Garden to Table Fresh Recipes From Williams and Sonoma Test Kitchen Nicole Hill Gerulat

African American Heritage Cook Book

Southern Living

Family of the Spirit Cook Book

Cooking The North African Way  Mary Winget

Cooking The West African Way Bertha Vining Montgomery

Cooking The East African Way  Bertha Montgomery

 

Music List #2

Music List #2

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Portishead

Edie Brickell- Shooting rubber bands at the sky

Jamiroquai

Queen- Rhapsody

ABBA

Massive Attack

Depeche Mode

David Bowie

Tricky

Primal Scream

Sinead O’Connor

Billy Idol

Yves Tumor (Igwagbd)

Broken Clouds –Gaussan Curve

Hammond Blue D.K/S.K

The Animal Geotic

Fade  D.K/S.K

Liquid Mind

The Ambient Light

Ambient Jazz Ensemble

Sand Timer

J Balvin

Brandenburg Concertos Bach-Berlin Chamber Orchestra

Harpsichord Concerto Johann Sebastian Bach

SEI Concerti Andreas Staier Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Corelli 12 Concerti Grossi  Concerto for Harpsichord  Arcangelo Corelli

Cassandra Wilson

Buika Mi Nina Lola

Tom Tom Club

Diana Ross

Dead Can Dance

Savoy Brown

King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators

Louisiana Red

Wayne Hancock

Paul Rodgers

Beau Weevils

Big George Brock

John Jackson

Clifton Chenier

Sweet Potato Mash

Bill Parkers Showboat Band

Mojo Bruno

Music List (Spring 2019) #1

Music List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Nina & the Pogo Sticks

Sweet Potato Pie

Freddie King  Blue Live

Hoodoo Kings

Jimmy King

Joni Mitchell

Cat Stevens

Miriam Makeba

School Teacher (reggae song)

Yoko Ono

Enya Matakone

Black Sabbath

Beatles

Parliament

Pixies

Primus

Fugazi

Smashing Pumpkins

Ambient

The Carpenters

Sirius XM

Custard

Fluster

Richard Hen house

Sweet Botnick

Grover Washington

Isaac Hayes

Al Green

Kate Bush

Patrice Rushen

Niecy

Prince

Doux Moments Pour Philou,  Stephen Moccio Hudson

Peace of heaven Solomon Keal

Enya

New Life, Paul Cardall

One in a Million, Ashford and Simpson

Sting

Annie Lennox

Terrence Trent D’arby

Minnie Ripperton

Roberta Flack

Sade

Financial Series #4 Consolidation and Forgiveness Clean Up Student Loans

Financial Series #4   Consolidation and Forgiveness Clean Up Student Loans

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Perhaps in your 40’s you become something that solidifies.  You clean up tattoos, you clean up credit.

One way to clean up credit and raise your score is to enter into many, many payment arrangements to get to the finish line of each debt one has incurred. Chop it up.  A good idea is to consolidate all your student loans, more than once if you take out more.  When you take out more loans several loans show up on your credit report, but when you consolidate, all the loans shrink down to one single loan and make your score go up.

The next thing to do is to see to the end of that student loan.  There is such a thing as “Public Service Loan Forgiveness” and after you make 120 consecutive payments while working in a non-profit, or a federal or government position or for the Police Dept. or Fire Dept.  or for Peace Corps or AmeriCorps-they will forgive the balance after approximately 10 years of payments.  It’s good to get on an Income Driven Plan that is doable and pursue a service option if looking for a job and having high debt in student loans 100,000+ think about those practical options.  You will breathe easier when you have all finish lines and your score will go up the more arrangements you have, for post-dated payments, the better your score.  Don’t let debts linger or fester see them to the finish.