Email, Books, Xena, Migraines, and Communism

I was horrified to realize that I have over 1500 emails. Yep, some of those I haven’t yet read. If I’m in the midst of a deadline – like now – things go by the wayside. Email is one of those things.

I’m still surrounded by piles of books. I finally added all 100 names and addresses to my spreadsheet to begin mailing books, but the first books to be mailed have to be to the blog recipients. I’ll start those soon. I’m up against a deadline which is not the best time to have a massive mailout, but I truly wanted to get the books to people before the end of the year.

I started watching an Australian show the other night called My Life is Murder. It stars Lucy Lawless. Remember her from Xena, Warrior Princess?

Her eyes were always gorgeous. I may be prejudiced in favor of older women, but I think she looks even better now than she did back then.

I’ve tried something different in response to my migraines. I realized that they always happened at my desk, after I’ve been staring at the bright white screen for sometime. So I changed my layout to the dark mode, plus I’m trying to look away more often. It seems to be working.


You probably know about African Swine Fever decimating the pig populations in China. Because buying pork is now out of the price range of most Chinese, they’re relying on other forms of meat, what they call “sweet meat” or “fragrant meat”. If you’re ever in China and offered a meal with either of these two alternatives, I’d recommend that you turn them down. They’re eating dog.

The Chinese have historically dined on man’s best friend. Frankly, the idea makes me want to ensure that none of what I buy is from China, but that’s almost impossible, unfortunately. If nothing else, however, I can publicize their horrific practices and give my money to rescue organizations who work against the dog meat trade.


So many of our products are manufactured in China. I think we’ve forgotten that they’re a communist country and that their values are NOT ours. In addition to a social score, which they’re implementing soon, there are well founded stories about dissidents in prison being forced to donate organs. This is a communist country. Communism is not your friend.

12 thoughts on “Email, Books, Xena, Migraines, and Communism”

  1. When I was an ESOL teacher, my Vietnamese students told me that dog tastes like chicken. They thought my reaction was funny!
    I avoid buying anything from China and refuse to buy imported food.

  2. Thats disturbing news about China….dogs. I don’t know how they can be comfortable doing that. There is so much stuff that is made in China it’s near impossible not to wind up with something. When Kathleen was little she was obsessed with looking at bottom of items to see where they were made. Thank for the tip about the Australian show. We’re going to have to check it out. Love Lucy Lawless.

  3. Really enjoy Lucy Lawless’ new show. Looking forward to the new season. You have Acorn? That’s where I watch it. Queens of Murder ( if memory serves) is a fun watch too.

    Migraines…just gosh awful. Sometimes a banana helps, but dark mode on the screen does help. Smells make them worse sometimes too…Hope you have a lot less migraines to deal with.

    Make every effort to avoid buying anything from China. You can’t always avoid it, but I do every time I can.

    Thanks much for everything in case I didn’t say it before. Work’s been on the frantic side.

  4. In reference to your reading screen. I read all my books these days in digital format. I stare hours at a screen reading. I have found Nooks grey background to be the easiest on my eyes. One of the many reasons I don’t care for reading on my kindle app is the only darker background option is black. I find for me the stark contrast of black and white is also hard on my eyes. Nook’s grey is easier and less stark contrast. If you have that option, you might try it and see if it is better. I so understand why the bright white screen would send you into headaches and eyestrain. Try eye drops to remoisten your eyes and BLINK A LOT! I learned that when I started wearing contacts decades ago.

  5. Forcing to be organ donors? This all started with thinking dog was an acceptible meat alternative. UGH
    And to think the teachers in our school are pushing communism as a superior way of governing.

    • Oh, loved Xena, Lucy Lawless is beautiful. As to migraines, I’ve had the Halo vision, caffeine and a dark quiet room, dimming the brightness on your screen was a good idea.

  6. I’m glad you found what might be causing your migraines. Thanks for the heads-up about Linda Lawless new show. And like you I cannot stand the thought of people eating dogs. I can’t imagine the desperation that we have someone do that.

    You do the books on your timetable and will be fine with that. We’re just all grateful that you consider doing these things for us.Helen in Ark

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  8. Karen, I suffered with migraines when I was younger so I started taking Magnesium. I still take 250mg daily. It seemed to help.

    I never buy food items that come from China. I always try to buy stuff made in the USA. I’d rather pay a little more and keep Americans working.

  9. I am very careful about buying anything electrical or that runs on batteries that is manufactured in China – especially the ‘inexpensive’ items like children’s things – I have fears that they could start a fire.

  10. I don’t buy food products from China since there’s no real regulation to prove the contents.

    Glad to find you’ve found some help for your migraines. I use dark mode for some computer stuff and it does help.

    Since I was a blog winner, I didn’t answer the newsletter off. Not right to double dip when you’re being generous.

  11. China has produced baby formula with poison in it….some of it was exported but most stayed in China….a real selling point for nursing your infant.

    They have exported bad products to us. They have stolen business information from companies in this country as well as European countries. (Evidently they believe our geniuses are better than their geniuses.

    You are right, they treat their own people abominably. So, I do not believe they worry about what they may be doing to anyone else.

    Their stated goal is to become the greatest world power….and I don’t believe “go gently into that good night” is in their plan.

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