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When I told a friend of mine I was going on a trip to the Ukraine he said…seriously? Was Afghanistan not available to you? I was going to Kherson, Ukraine to see my brother and his family and to pick up my English mum (aka The Queen) and bring her safely back to Oklahoma, with a few fantastic days in London. I’m not sure The Ukraine would ever be at the top of my bucket list travel list, but it was a great opportunity to see a country that was certainly in the news these days.



The Ukraine is like a decaying dowager, great bone structure but the paints peeling and she isn’t looking as fresh as she once did. I found the architecture stunning and the streets were tree-lined and there were an abundance of parks. The people need all the fresh air they can get before a freezing blast of winter. Outdoor cafes were filled and the people that frequented them were dressed to the nine’s. Not one pair of sweatpants in sight.


The people were not used to American women. American men seeking Ukrainian brides used to be in abundance as the pretty women were hitched and relocated to small towns across the country. I stayed at a lovely hotel ($25.00 per night) and the young women would gather in the morning to watch me. Not in a creepy way, but I was a curiosity. There were a lot of young men going to a Maritime College and a lot of soldiers.


ukranian soldier


It was hard to spend money here. The currency has taken a beating and the dollar goes a long…long way. Really nice meals for five with drinks and  salmon  and beautiful vegetables hit at $18.00. A cappuccino was 50 cents. The average man here makes 100 dollars a month. But the problem was there was nothing to buy . It took me forever to find somewhere that sold Russian nesting dolls. That was found at the marketplace…which was a visual delight.

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There were stray dogs everywhere. They would lie in the sun and make their way about town.  But not one looked emaciated and my brother told me that a man in a Mercedes comes and dumps piles of food for the dogs every night.


ukranian dogs


Beautiful Russian Orthodox Church near the river front. It was locked.

orthodox church

Kherson has a great riverfront. Several cafes and lots of people strolling and men fishing. Urban planners would have a field day planning a great tourism mecca here.

khearson fishing


breads in ukrainesushi boat

There is a brand new incredibly clean supermarket in a mall that was once a fabric factory. Eat your heart out Whole Foods. And check out the sushi boat. McDonald’s was the favorite of the locals…and seriously they served fried brie with cranberry sauce.

There is an airport with one plane that lands once a day in Kherson.. A scrappy airport official (and former Soviet Ming pilot) has foraged other airports and assembled a newly redone airport with a very nice VIP lounge. Vodka anyone?

Fascinating trip.


learning to driver

Imagine the humiliation of being dumped at a restaurant by your husband of twenty plus years  and having the details of that said break-up played out in front of the cabbie.  Then imagine being the cab driver who has to witness this raw exchange. I guess the stereotypical can driver would say “fuggitaboutit”….but not a Sikh immigrant who knows a little too much about pain.

When Ben Kingsley, who does a bang up job of playing bachelor Darwan, who left India as a political prisoner has to bring a manilla envelope  back to  Wendy. Wendy is  played brilliantly by Patricia Clarkson, who decides to take advantages of his services as a part-time  driving instructor to visit her daughter. She is the book-worm editor, and he is  a well-mannered Sikh man who was a professor in his own country. . They develop a friendship behind the wheel which are a little more like instructions for  their lives rather than just hitting the streets.

He brings a wife over as an arranged marriage, although the wife is not as intelligent and Wendy has the painful experience of dividing her life in half.  The peek into the Sikh marriage ceremony and culture was an extra bonus.

I love Patricia Clarkson, she picks the best roles and she seems to always maintain her dignity. No giant duck lips or scandals in the tabloids. She is real with an amazing voice and a believable persona. She can also drop the f-bomb like a trooper.

The movie answers the age-old-question of women and men as friends.  Can it truly be? The only other woman in this movie besides the misplaced bride, is Wendy’s sister who delivers some of the best lines in the movie and her daughter , who’s happens to be another Meryl Streep daughter., How many Streep daughters are there?

In this blockbuster summer of  more movie viewers than ever, forget the Galaxies and the Aliens … think this quiet little adventure is well worth the ticket. It may be a bumpy ride…but it’s one you’ll enjoy being a passenger in.





Watch out Kardashians. The networks are looking for blonde sisters for a new tv show. This is the same company that brought you Project Runway, MTV’s Real Word and Keeping up with the Kardashians. They are looking for out-there divas who are fun party girls with an independent spirit. Probably the same kind of girls Ben Affleck is looking for.

They are looking for “blondish” types who can pass for being in their early twenties. Boy lets start with fake and work our way backwards. because that folks, is what reality tv is all about. So here’s a chance to get your daughters employed, or get rid of your son’s girlfriend.

Send the following info to Include your names and addresses and contact numbers….tell why your set of sisters is perfect for the job. Send a picture on JPEG (this one is required)  and put “SISTER ” in the heading of the email.


Good luck!!! Pass on to anyone you think could take on the Kardashians.



event planner

Are you an event planner?  Let’s face it we all are to some degree. Planning those children’s parties and hubbies business events are akin to sticking knitting needles in your eyeballs. Now that I’ve indulged us with a little shout out to all those unpaid party planners…there is a tv show that looking for the real deal.

David Tutera  CELEbrations is looking for a party planner for the next successful season.You have to live in the greater Los Angeles area. This will be a challenge and a nice paycheck for the show , which will be filmed  this October through January. You have tobe at least 18 and a U.S. resident.

Send you name, address,phone , resume, a description of why you would be perfect for this position, Add a jg headshot and video to

Share this with your friends and family…..Good luck!!!!





She warbled her way into Mama Mia…and now Meryl is bringing on her best rocking style in Ricky and the Flash. Ok we get it…you can sing, and quite well I might add.  At little bit was fine, enjoyed some of the cover band songs and then there were some weird ones and then it was just too much. Sort of like that hair-do with the three braids on one side that bugged me like a nasty itch. Too much I say.

In a nutshell , a rocker-wanna be who has limited success with a job as checker by day and chanteuse at night has to go home to the wealthy self-absorbed family that she left to pursue her dream.  She tries to repair the damaged relationship with her daughter but is shooed off when the second wife returns home. When her successful and likeable husband asks her why  she left , she tells him because it was her dream and you can’t have two dreams (meaning the family). Really Ricky? Her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer was great as the recently dumped, no filter daughter and as one might imagine, no one was thrilled to see Mom and her hard rocker persona.

The real gem of the show was Rick Springfield (Jessie’s Girl) who was a handsome, devoted tall-drink-of-water  boyfriend who sold his prized guitar to buy Ricky tickets  to be with her family. In one scene they were in bed sitting up with their “readers on” , and they kiss knocking them together. Ah the tender moment of being middle-aged.

Diablo Cody, who wrote the script, made sure there were plenty of dark bar scenes with quite an unusual collection of people and a constant reference to “being broke.” She likes to keep it “real” that one. A nod to her past as a stripper.

I would save your money. It’s marginal at best. Meryl, we know you can bring it home.  Just bring us home something better next time.


gordon ramsey

Start cooking up your best home recipes for a chance to be on Fox networks Master Chef.

That bad boy of the cooking world, Gordon Ramsey, is one the lookout again for the hottest chefs in the country. There are hug cash prizes and a chance to be the next cooking “brand.” Plus the title of “Master Chef” isn’t too shabby either.

They are looking for people who are interesting but who have never worked as a professional chef. So your granny who makes a mean the best paella , or your friend at work that can jack up a salad to culinary perfection ……… these are the people they’re looking for…people who love to cook. Don’t be intimidated by your skill level either…

You can go to an audition site listed below or you can make your own video and submit it.

Los Angeles – Saturday, October 10th
San Diego – Saturday, August 15th
Minneapolis – Saturday August 15th
Las Vegas – Saturday, August 22nd
Detroit – Saturday, August 22nd
San Francisco – Saturday, August 29th
Austin – Saturday, August 29th
Chicago – Saturday, September 26th
Louisville, KY – Saturday, September 26th
Jackson, MS – Saturday, October 3rd
New York City – Saturday, October 3rd

Send your audition tape to

Include a name , phone, address, description of your cooking experience. Tell them why you think you could be the new master chef and why you are unique and Master Chef quirky.  Include two recent photos on jpeg and send a home video..


Aidan Turner in “Poldark.”

Biggest suprise on tv this summer was this nifty little British series called Poldark. And the beauty is it’s on PBS’s Masterpiece venue, which makes it free. I watched it quite by accident. But make no mistake this is a jewel. The photography alone is mesmerizing and the story is captivating. Doesn’t hurt that the handsome Captain Ross Poldark is Aiden Turner from the Hobbit.

Masterpiece knows what they’re doing. Another version of this story by Winston Graham aired 40 years ago and was so popular a whole other generation is having the privilege of seeing it with fresh eyes. It’s a story about Captain Poldark, a Redcoat from the Revolutionary War who comes home to find his family land in shambles and the woman he loves marrying his stuffy cousin.

The story lines , set on the rugged Cornwall coast , are full of drama, murder, love, deception, loyalty and betrayal. Do I have your attention? Watch it…it will probably be back on Netflix or reruns. It’s mesmerizing.


Now this was a clever new look at how romantic comedies are going to be from now on. It’s gritty, bold and in-your-face nasty. The leading lady is no Julia Roberts and the man of her dreams that she was totally unaware that she wanted is no sexy Richard Gere. But this is a modern love story ,people.  And no one tells how life really is better than Judd Apatow.

Amy Shumer, in case you didn’t know, is today’s comedy it girl. She is funny and a hot mess. You know her. That girl who has made the-walk-of-shame her very own. The girl who doesn’t want to fall in love or even commit to a night with a guy. But she unwittingly falls hard , as she fights it all the way.

You better not get embarrassed easily, because this one is as bawdy as they come. Add a touch of LeBron James as the BFF of Amy’s love interest and you have an interesting new look at the game of love.

I say it’s worth it. Your mother , however, will probably not agree.




kid with legoOh I’ve seen them all…He Men, Ninja Turtles, Barbie’s, WWF wrestlers, coins, American Girl Dolls, baseball cards, My Little ‘….. you name it. I’m sure you have too. That goes along with growing kids, right? Well an award winning production company is  looking for kids that collect really unusual things.  This will be on a major tv network.

Kids have to be between the ages of 5-16 with really “out-there” collections.  Anything from vacuum cleaners to fake eyeballs. Who knows.

Send the name of the Parent or Guardian and contact number along with name and age of child, your address and a description of the collection with pictures (jpeg)  Tell them how they got started and if it’s  profitable .

Send info to


Be sure to pass this on!!!!




of William Shakespeare.
One can only imagine how the great literary giants would have
sounded today. There’s something about words like thine…and
my beloved that send a shiver down any woman’s spine. They
just don’t make them like they used to.
But what if…just imagine …Shakespeare with an iphone….or Emily
Dickinson on Twitter. Here are some hilarious verses and their
modern text translations. Found these in MORE magazine. Good
William Shakespeare:
Shall I compare thee to a sumer day
SEXT: U R so hot!!!!!
Robert Louis Stevenson:
…shadowing the complexity of that game of consequences
to which we all sit down.
SEXT: WTF R U sure it’s mine?
Anne Bradstreet:
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
SEXT: OK w prenup
Robert Lovelace:
True, a new mistress now I chase.
SEXT: Dumping u
Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
SEXT: I wanna tie u up, spank u,  lick ur arms
legs, face and toes
and here’s my contribution……

Wine Comes in the Mouth
And Love Comes in the Eyes.
SEXT: Three martinis and U R a Babe


Does your family have a dream. Have you always wanted to own a restaurant on the lake, a family bakery  or an adventure tour service?  A television company is looking for you…and the crazier the family goal…the better.

Your family could star in their own television docu-series on a major cable network.
The show will go with you step by step as you go after that “pie-in-the-sky drama’ will chronicle the fun and the drama of a family as they pursue a goal – and what happens when and if they reach it.  The bigger the dream, the better!

They want moms, dad kids, and grandparents. the more the merrier.

Send all contact info, current pictures (jpeg) and describe your dream in detail. Tell why your family would be great for the show and send and videos, newspaper articles or anything you have to spotlight your goal. Send to

Good luck!!!