Kristy Landgren

Israeli Update


     Wars and battles are always heartbreaking for both sides of any conflict.  An admirable tactic of the Israeli military is that... 

Skinny Pumpkin Drink Recipe



  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ground cloves)
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 cup black coffee (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. nonfat whipped cream (Reddi-wip)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot.
  2. Warm on Medium-High, stirring occasionally.

Write Your Story


 Teresa Moerer, Kristy, Terry Fulcher, Anita McLauren

 Did you know studies show that 81% of Americans want to write a book? Sadly...

Another One Bites the Dust



Recently, I lost, yet, another friend to a less-taxed, lower-regulated, more affordable state. It has been a hard year of on-again, off-again sadness and loss, with 4 good friends escaping the high cost of California living and moving on to greener, more prosperous pastures. Two of them even picked "no income-tax" states: Florida and Texas. It feels like a little piece of me goes with them but I am constantly striving to see the bright side, and consider a glass-half-full approach. I'm working to reinforce thoughts like:

Don't look at it as losing another friend, think of it as gaining another vacation spot!

It's always a happier time to look forward to... 

Really Stuck It To Me


Well, I thought I was being so responsible to get a flu shot early this year. But it seems this year's strain is like no other! By early afternoon, I was aching and fatigued; soon after, a fever surfaced. I was so disappointed because I planned on an active weekend but I wondered if this vaccine really stuck it to me. I wiped out with a full-on case of mini-flu! Maybe it was just a coincidence that I took the vaccine at the exact same time I had been exposed to the environmental virus (it was an inactivated vaccine) but I spoke with a friend Sunday night (I was finally beginning to move.) She said the same thing happened to her. She had taken past flu vaccines with no effects at all, or maybe a runny nose barely.  I suppose the germs are "really out there" this year!

It sure reminded me of the saying...


The Moody Blues


The Moody Blue's lead singer, Justin Hayward, and his solo tour ensemble left the audience wanting more from Saturday night's show.

Band members, Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins, distinctive musicians in their own right, magnificently contributed to the crowd-pleasing performance. Everyone in the audience left smiling, humming, and chatting up the rewarding experience they had with British humor, reflections, and a classic repertoire of all-time favorites.

It made me think how... 

Have You Found That Road to Happiness?


 Photo: Diego Jimenez (Unsplash)

I was talking to a fellow who asked people he would meet that question. He was surprised with the different answers he received:

  1. The poor person in a shack said, "If I had that house up on the hill, I would be happy."
  2. The rich person in the house said, "If I had a loving family like those people down the hill, I would be happy."
  3. The lonely person on the park bench said, "If I had three good friends, I would be happy."
  4. And so on...

It got me to thinking...

5 Steps To Enhance Your Love Story


 Photo: Daniel Gray 

  1. Have a clear goal in mind for yourselves as a couple: Make the marriage last! Even the best of relationships is work, so schedule time to do enjoyable things together - date nights or like-minded activities and projects. Remember to laugh and don't take yourself too seriously! 
  2. Bring spirituality into the relationship: Research shows that body, mind and spirit are connected, therefore, including positive beliefs, comfort, strength gained from religion, meditation and prayer can contribute to well-being and improved relationships. Show gratitude towards each other and God...                     

                                                                Photo: Pepe Reyes (Unsplash)


Happy Birthday, America!


Is this a splendid Hollywood Bowl, 4th of July photo, or what!?!   Are you looking forward to a July 4th holiday of parades, salutations, get-togethers, music, and fireworks - a celebration of America's independence and birth, as a nation, 243 years ago?  The Original Founders were not stupid, stodgy, old Englishmen (as some have alleged) but were well-educated, community leaders, who were among the most brilliant thinkers of all time. They studied governments and societies, financial structures, political systems, history, religion, human nature...

Memorial Day, 2219


With the Memorial Day weekend rapidly approaching, it comes time to reflect on the reason we observe this holiday. It isn’t just about barbeques, picnics, poolside amusements, or a “day-off-work,” although they are welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed.  In fact, Memorial Day is a solemn remembrance of all those who died, serving our Country in the Armed Forces. 

    It was originally called Decoration Day and began, May 30, 1868, after the Civil War, to honor and commemorate the thousands of early American soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield.  May 30, was set aside as a day to place flowers and flags at the grave sites of those fallen heroes, honoring their ultimate sacrifices for freedom. Today, American flags are usually flown at half-mast until noon, as the tradition continues, in appreciation of all the American veterans who gave their lives, so that we may enjoy our many liberties (which are the envy of the world). Although, May 30, is the official holiday, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Monday Act, which designated the observance of Memorial Day as the last Monday of the month, enabling a three-day weekend. I have a brother, whose birthday is on Memorial Day, so we have always enjoyed the jubilant activities of gathering in celebration of him, as well as, memorializing our noble servicemen and women. 

    But it seems that many, especially in younger generations, are no longer taught American history, civics, government, and economics in educational and cultural settings. They aren’t aware of the selfless sacrifices made over the past 243 years of America's existence. Unfortunately, many learn that America is imperialistic and has a history of prejudice and oppression, with nothing good that ever came from it. But, after a long, hard-fought Revolutionary War, between a rag-tag, colonial fighting-ensemble and the Royal, Majestic British Army/Navy, in 1776, this Country was finally born an independence nation! It began its infancy, then advanced through growing pains, as lessons were learned, and progress was made. History is a great teacher and, while mistakes occurred throughout it, just as imperfect human beings achieve growth from adversity, so do civilizations mature, enlarge, and improve with age, in wisdom and experience. 

    Unfortunately, it seems trendy today to embrace the deception of...


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