Pluck and Courage

For those of you interested in book descriptions, here’s one to wrap your head around.  A family member is arrested for killing a hula dancer … which doesn’t happen every day.  This is in the “cozy mystery” category of BookBub, which evidently means no bone and gristle allowed.  And also evidently means gender demeaning descriptions such as “pluck and courage”.
Dying for a Daiquiri by Cindy Sample

Laurel is looking forward to attending a beautiful Hawaiian wedding, but her vacation turns deadly when a family member is arrested for killing a hula dancer. Does she have the pluck and courage to solve the case?

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Fascinating post over on Wikipedia on the topic of Liquorice, for ex, did you know that well over 75% of all liquorice is used by the tobacco industry to make their product taste better:

“Liquorice provides tobacco products with a natural sweetness and a distinctive flavor that blends readily with the natural and imitation flavoring components employed in the tobacco industry, represses harshness, and is not detectable as liquorice by the consumer.[15]


“As it inhibits Helicobacter pylori, it is used as an aid for healing stomach and duodenal ulcers, and in moderate amounts may soothe an upset stomach. Liquorice can be used to treat ileitis, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease as it is antispasmodic in the bowels.”

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
But it’s good for the gut.  Still, when your mother tells you to stop eating all that liquorice, you better listen:

“Excessive consumption of liquorice or liquorice candy is known to be toxic to the liver[35] and cardiovascular system, and may produce hypertension[36] (acquired pseudohyperaldosteronism) and edema.[37]”


So don’t pig out on liquorice, or you’ll end up like this.

My final and favorite piece of advice is this:

“Comparative studies of pregnant women suggest that excessive amounts of liquorice (100g a week) may also adversely affect both IQ and behaviour traits of offspring.[42]”

Happy Holidays.  Enjoy the snowflakes.  Go easy on the liquorice, esp. you pregnant moms.

Covering their assets

Before signing up for iTunes Genius I had to read and sign the terms and conditions.  Who does that?  Well, this time I did.  And here’s what I found.  Seems as if you can get some serious symptoms from too much iTunes – beware!


To avoid muscle, joint, or eye strain during video game play, you should always take frequent breaks from playing, and take a longer rest if you experience any soreness, fatigue, or discomfort. A very small percentage of people may experience seizures or blackouts when exposed to flashing lights or patterns, including while playing video games or watching videos. Symptoms may include dizziness, nausea, involuntary movements, loss of awareness, altered vision, tingling, numbness, or other discomforts. Consult a doctor before playing video games if you have ever suffered these or similar symptoms, and stop playing immediately and see a doctor if they occur during game play. Parents should monitor their children’s video game play for signs of symptoms.