This & That: No. 109

May 20, 2014

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Music and books that empower, long-term Paris accommodations to bookmark and Shonda Rhimes’ latest addition to intriguing television dramas . . .

~Article to Read

~Always Hungry? Here’s Why.

Two revealing articles have recently be published one in The Wall Street Journal and one from The New York Times focusing on the truth behind fat. Both bring to light the faulty science behind the anti-fat crusade and how refined carbohydrates and refined sugars are more to blame for the increase in obesity. Rather than looking at fat as the culprit, perhaps it’s our eating habits that are to blame and the propaganda that has been dancing ubiquitously throughout the media.


~Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More

As a teacher, an aunt to a young niece with a bright future, and as a woman who devoured books at a young age, educational psychologist Lori Day’s book Her Next Chapter captured my attention with its premise on helping to mentor young girls through the many challenges they face today – negative body image, bullying, and gender stereotypes. The power of books is endless if only we know how to harness the gifts. With Day’s book, mothers, and anyone who teaches or works with girls can discuss ways to create book clubs, discussion questions, group activities and outings that can build girls’ confidence and empower them to be leaders, allies and agents of change. A wonderful resource worth having on hand.


~In Her Shoes – Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan’s latest album, released on May 6th, Shine On includes her premiere single “In Your Shoes” which is an empowering tribute to anyone who’s ever been on the receiving end of bullying, shaming or unmitigated attacks. Encouraging words to propel women to strive toward their desired destiny and refuse to be diminished by cowardly acts, if you don’t buy the entire album, at least consider listening to this song. (Have a look at the lyrics here.)



Here on the blog, my Francophile predilection is well-known, and as I have organized specific pages of recommendations for accommodations in Paris, they are all for seasonal excursions and short stays (although a few offer month stays as well). Recently, I discovered a Parisian based rental company that has 3000 rentals on his dossier available to travelers looking for long-term rentals – (from a month to a year). Offering luxurious accommodations, if the opportunity ever arises in which the City of Light becomes your home away from home, be sure to check them out. Below is a glimpse of a few of the many apartments.


~Aerin Brava flats

With laser filigree cut-outs, Aerin Lauder’s leather ballet flats offer a signature take on an eternal wardrobe classic. With multiple hues of brown and nudes, black too is available, and with spring and summer upon us, a wonderful option to add a subtle change to our footwear for the office or for play.


~How to Get Away with Murder

Next fall, Shonda Rhimes will own Thursday nights on ABC. As Grey’s Anatomy shifts to 8pm, Scandal to 9pm, they will be making room for Rhimes’ latest creation – How to Get Away with Murder. Starring Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis, Rhimes offers viewers another drama to become intrigued with each Thursday evening. Have a look . . .

2 thoughts on “This & That: No. 109

  1. I always look forward to your recommendations – especially the books you recommend. I am concerned that you a supporting and promoting the saturated fat study. There has been an avalanche of criticism of the study, its author, and the journal that allowed the faulty study to be published. The author is an employee of the dairy industry and although it was a meta-analysis of many studies, he uses the data from one study to swing the data in favor of the conclusion. The study is a much maligned study paid for by the dairy industry. This one study stands alone against thousands of peer-reviewed studies that prove the dangers of saturated fat.

    1. Leah, I appreciate your thoughtful comment. While I am not cheerleadering saturated fat per say, what I have found through my readings of multiple books and articles which included multiple studies is the damaging effects of refined carbohydrates and refined sugars which was where many dieters and Americans in general ran when they were told fat was bad.

      And while I don’t know of the study you are speaking of specifically, the study included in the New York Times and WSJ is the study done by the Journal of American Medical Association. Here is the link –

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