“Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan” by Elaine M. Hayes

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Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

by Elaine M. Hayes

Genre: Biographies/Jazz

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Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017

Washington Post Best Book of 2017

Amazon Editors’ Top 100 Pick of the Year

Amazon Best Humor and Entertainment Pick of the Year

Booklist Top Ten Arts Book

Queen of Bebop brilliantly chronicles the life of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century and a pioneer of women’s and civil rights

Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake, yet the breadth and depth of her impact—not just as an artist, but also as an African-American woman—remain overlooked.

Drawing from a wealth of sources as well as on exclusive interviews with Vaughan’s friends and former colleagues, Queen of Bebop unravels the many myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Vaughan while offering insights into this notoriously private woman, her creative process, and, ultimately, her genius. Hayes deftly traces the influence that Vaughan’s singing had on the perception and appreciation of vocalists—not to mention women—in jazz. She reveals how, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Vaughan helped desegregate American airwaves, opening doors for future African-American artists seeking mainstream success, while also setting the stage for the civil rights activism of the 1960s and 1970s. She follows Vaughan from her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and her first performances at the Apollo, to the Waldorf Astoria and on to the world stage, breathing life into a thrilling time in American music nearly lost to us today.

Equal parts biography, criticism, and good old-fashioned American success story, Queen of Bebop is the definitive biography of a hugely influential artist. This absorbing and sensitive treatment of a singular personality updates and corrects the historical record on Vaughan and elevates her status as a jazz great.

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“In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox” by Carol Burnett

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In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

by Carol Burnett

Genre: Biographies/Memoirs/Comedians/Television

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In this New York Times bestseller, comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

In In Such Good Company, Carol Burnett pulls back the curtain on the twenty-five-time Emmy-Award winning show that made television history, and she reminisces about the outrageously funny and tender moments that made working on the series as much fun as watching it.

Carol delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and improvisations that made The Carol Burnett Show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. While writing this book, Carol rewatched all 276 episodes and screen-grabbed her favorite video stills from the archives to illustrate the chemistry of the actors and the improvisational magic that made the show so successful.

Putting the spotlight on everyone from her costars to the impressive list of guest stars, Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. With characteristic wit and incomparable comic timing, she details hiring Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; shares anecdotes about guest stars and close friends, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; and gives her take on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise.

This book is Carol’s love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show. Get the best seat in the house for “eleven years of laughter, mayhem, and fun in the sandbox.”

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Fibromyalgia and CBD Oil

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In a recent post regarding the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms, comments were made regarding the helpfulness of a similar product called CBD oil (cannabidiol). What exactly is CBD oil and is it the same as medical grade marijuana? What exactly can it do for fibromyalgia?

Is It Legal?

The first thing you should know about CBD oil is that it is completely legal in the United States as long as it is made from industrial hemp rather than marijuana. It is viewed as a dietary supplement, similar to an herbal supplement such as Valerian Root which is commonly used by fibromyalgia patients to relieve insomnia and anxiety.

Some years ago I did medical transcription for a pediatric neurologist. Several parents whose children had epilepsy or seizure conditions asked the physician about the usefulness of CBD oil. Fibromyalgia patients often find themselves in the same boat as the children of these parents: the prescription pharmaceutical options usually have side effects that are too debilitating and unbearable. Thus, parents who were aware of the CBD oil treatment unequivocally preferred it over all of the prescription medication because it has no side effects. However, the physician always responded with the same answer, that he did not have any information about it and therefore was not willing to advise one way or another. While there have been a number of studies conducted on the efficacy of CBD oil for both epilepsy and fibromyalgia, it is apparently still not enough. That is why you will usually find the same disclaimer on CBD oil that you do for other supplements: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Regardless of a lack of scientific data, fibromyalgia patients on nearly every online forum dedicated to the condition mention CBD oil and marijuana as highly effective treatments at one point or another. That means it merits our attention.What is CBD oil anyway?

“CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products are non-psychoactive,” say the folks at Medical Marijuana Inc., a leader in prescription grade CBD products. They add that since CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems and is not psychotropic, it will not cause a high like traditional marijuana. For those suffering from fibromyalgia who must also function daily with jobs, children, or other responsibilities, a non-psychotropic option may be just the key. Think of how often you’ve tried to function with prescription pharmaceuticals for fibro, but get knocked down by the side effects of grogginess or fatigue. CBD oil could also be a great alternative for those who do not wish to use medical marijuana for religious reasons, or for the majority who simply lack legal access.

CBD oil comes in many forms, such as lotion, tinctures, drops, vape oil, spray, chocolate bars, salve, capsules, cream, and is even available for pets in drops. In the fibromyalgia community, drops seem to be the number one choice while capsules come in second.

What will CBD oil do for my fibromyalgia?

Fibro patients report a variety of symptoms that are often treated with CBD oil, but remember that everyone is different. Nonetheless, it is worth trying because fibromyalgia patients report that it helps greatly with chronic pain, sleep, endurance, anxiety, depression, inflammation, muscle spasms, overall mental health and well-being, mood, and more. Occasionally you will find those who say that CBD oil does nothing for them. However, it should be noted that an FDA report shows that some hemp oils only contain very little CBD while others have no cannabinoids at all. That may explain why some fibromyalgia patients say they have no response to the oil at all. In other words, quality matters and it would be helpful to check out the report to see the relevant brands.

Where can I get CBD oil?

There are high quality CBD oil distributors all over the internet, including Amazon where you can check reviews by thousands of people and search for the highest rated products. Additionally, most local health food stores carry it in one or many ways. The key is to do your research by checking online sources and talking to fellow fibromyalgia patients to see what brands and distributors have been the most helpful.

 

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

“Psychic Visions Books 1-3” by Dale Mayer

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by Dale Mayer

Genre: Paranormal/Ghosts/Psychics/Hardboiled/Romance

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Stefan Kronos is an artist with psychic gifts who acts as a law enforcement consultant. He heads a community of psychics, seeking out others like him in order to assist these misunderstood souls toward a better understanding of their unique talents, learning to deal with the fundamental complications and consequences of having them, and in further developing them.

Book 1: Tuesday’s Child
Samantha has learned to hide her psychic abilities. But, after she inadvertently taps into one killer’s prey, she finds herself taking unwilling possession of another woman’s body in order to experience her brutal murder.

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence yet even he can’t deny that Sam’s visions offer him the clues he could use to catch this killer. But how can Brandt save her from something he can neither see nor understand?

Book 2: Hide ’n Go Seek
Celebrated search-and-rescue worker Kali Jordon hides her psychic abilities by crediting her canine partner, Shiloh, with the miraculous recoveries made over the course of her career. The Sight Kali inherited from her grandmother allows her to unerringly track dark waves of energy back to victims of violence. She’s managed to keep her secret safe…until a maniacal killer challenges her to a game of extreme Hide-and-Seek that threatens the lives of those closest to her.

Book 3: Maddy’s Floor
Maddy’s medical facility, Maddy’s Floor, has helped countless terminally-ill patients to miraculously live. When the patients of psychic medical intuitive and licensed physician Maddy begin dying from mysterious causes, she realizes this may be outside her ability to cure.

Something malevolent has taken up residence. Not sure how else to deal with the disturbing possibility, she calls on her psychic mentor, Stefan. Together, they delve beyond the physical plane into the metaphysical…and find utter terror.

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“Yesterday’s Lost (Yesterday’s Mysteries)” by Sam Cheever

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Yesterday’s lost (Yesterday’s Mysteries)

by Sam Cheever

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Historical Fiction/Short Story

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Prequel: An old house…a shadowy night…a tortured spirit…two lives irretrievably changed…

Pratt Davies is a police detective with the Saint Louis PD. He’s comfortable in his role…confident that he’s seen just about everything there is to see.

Until he and his partner answer a call to enter a home where blood curdling screams speak of horrific violence.

Inside the disturbing house, he encounters a strange, icy mist and something malevolent waiting just beyond view. Pratt’s confidence is shaken, his worldview smashed into tiny pieces…like shards of glass from a broken mirror.

His partner comes out of that house damaged, both physically and mentally, unable to even form a coherent response.

Pratt is so shaken he can barely function.

And he still has a murder to solve.

Who killed the couple living in that terrible house? What haunted the mist obscuring the scene? How did Pratt’s partner end up bleeding and babbling on the floor, something evil oozing through her gaze?

And how is Pratt…broken and terrified himself…ever going to solve a murder that has every indication of having been born in the ether?

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“Managed Care” by Joe Barrett

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Managed Care

by Joe Barrett

Genre: Humor & Satire/Dark Comedy

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Is it too much to ask that a managed care facility refund a year’s advance payment when your grandfather dies before he can move in?

Frank Johnson doesn’t think so, which is why the thirty-three-year-old now lives in a nursing home, locked in a chess match feud with management that doesn’t occupy nearly enough of his time. When foster kid Elroy is thrust into his life, Frank decides to turn this forced relationship to his advantage – launching a string of absurd decisions, inappropriate behaviors and unexpected glimpses of tenderness that ultimately turn a New Jersey suburb upside down.

A laugh-out-loud celebration of bad choices for good causes, Managed Care is an offbeat story about three misfits on the social fringes of suburbia and their ridiculous campaign to introduce an unfiltered version of intimacy to their stale, impersonal community. Because, according to Frank, it’s probably what Jesus would have wanted.

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“The Scent of Murder” by Polly Iyer

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The Scent of Murder (The Diana Racine Psychic Series Book 4)

by Polly Iyer

Genre: Paranormal/Psychics/Crime

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Two independent cases involving missing women vie for the attention of psychic Diana Racine and her life partner in crime, NOPD Lieutenant Ernie Lucier.

In the first case, Diana and Lucier search for the missing mother of a street boy they’ve taken under their wing. In the process of finding her, they expose the secret underbelly of crime and corruption among some of the city’s most upstanding citizens, while putting Diana’s and the boy’s life in jeopardy at the same time.

An eccentric socialite pressures Diana to rid her mansion of her twin sister’s ghost in the second case. With no clues to go on, Diana and Lucier must first prove the missing sister is dead.

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#CoverReveal “Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Cafe” by Rosie Green

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coverThe biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she’s found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen’s new-found happiness.

Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

 

 

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Author BioRosie Green

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

 

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“The Submarine Full of Bees” by Neil McFarlane

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The Submarine Full of Bees

by Neil McFarlane

Genre: Children/Action Adventure/Humorous/Animals

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A Bedtime Story With Added Buzz

This story is a little bit different from other stories. Usually stories are about other people but this story is about you. And usually stories are made up but this story is all true. It’s about the amazing underwater adventure you had today with those bees.
I know what you’re thinking: you’re thinking: I didn’t have an adventure with any bees today!
Oh yes you did! But you can’t remember because that magic flower made you forget.
Let me explain …

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In this humorous and wildly imaginative read-aloud bedtime tale, the listener hears about a submarine expedition he/she embarked upon earlier that day to explore the uncharted depths of a muddy puddle. It’s one of the thirty-one stories that make up the critically acclaimed collection A Month of Bedtime Stories, oh yes it is!

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Awake” by Josh Groban

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “sleep.”

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I did that weird opposites thingy again with the theme this week so I could post one of my favorite songs, Awake by Josh Groban.

This song is about being in the moment in life. Not taking any moment you are presented with for granted. Groban wrote and recorded this song for his third studio album, also titled Awake. It did not make the cut for the actual album, so it was added as a bonus track. Awake did make the charts, just missing the top ten on the Hot Adult Contemporary listing.

The video is a live version from Groban’s Awake tour.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.
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