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Red Sox Eliminate Detroit, Await St. Louis...

The Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series after a thrilling 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night.

Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the 7th inning made all the difference, and Detroit Rock City never recovered. It was the second time those suckas were done in by the Salami, and I enjoyed each one mightily.

We will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game 1 is Wednesday night, at Fenway Park. Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to end an 86 year World Series drought.

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10/20 1:00 ET New England -3.5 At NY Jets 43.5

The Pats may be getting Rob Gronkowski back, although he is likely looking limited. If they do play him, they'll most likely use him to prop up their 30th of 32 teams red zone offense. That alone makes me think that we can beat the crummy Jets by more than 3.5 friggin' points. A win would open up a nice lead in the AFC East for the Pats.

Pats, 27-17


10/20 1:00 ET San Diego -7.5 At Jacksonville 45.5

Jacksonville may win this one, just to screw up the standings some. I don't actually feel that enough to bet on it, but I have this nagging feeling. I can't even bet them beating the spread, so I'll go for the over/under and hope that doing so quiets the voices.

San Diego, 21-13

 


10/20 4:25 ET At Kansas City -6.5 Houston 39.5

Who-ston was being spoken of as a Super Bowl contender right up until, in his 8th year or so, they figured out that Matt Schaub can't play QB in this league. Don't get me wrong... if I was rounding up a Powderpuff game, he'd be like my first or second choice (Some of the girls from my era are in the dreadnought class), and we'd probably start him. However, I'm not sold on Kansas City yet, and this would be a funny L to hang on them.

Houston, 21-20


10/20 1:00 ET At Detroit -2.5 Cincinnati 47

The Lions and the Bengals are historically inept, and- even though they're good this season- there's a chance that both team buses get lost or hijacked and neither team makes the game. They could just pick people out of the stands to play... a good GM would relish the chance to do an off-the-cuff draft from 70000 possible players. If you put the camera on the crowd, it'd be a bunch of fat guys yelling, "I played backup tackle in high school!"

Detroit, 14-10


10/20 1:00 ET At Miami -7.5 Buffalo 43

That is a mighty large point spread for what I see as a very average Miami team. That makes me think Buffy, although I only feel Buffy covering the spread. Buffalo, you see, is a below-average team.

Miami, 17-13


10/20 1:00 ET At Washington PK Chicago 50

I like Chicago, I love the spread, and I despise the over/under with the intensity of 1000 white-hot suns.

Chicago, 20-17


10/20 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -3 Dallas 55.5

Maybe a few of the Dallas players died this week, because I have no idea how they aren't favored over an ugly Philly squad. I don't even think Dallas is that good, but they're a point better than Philthydelphia.

Dallas, 28-27

 


10/20 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 St. Louis 42

Cam Newton will either get 35 fantasy points, or throw 3 interceptions and lose the game himself... and perhaps even God doesn't know how to tell which one is coming any given week.

St. Louis, 19-17

 


10/20 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 Tampa Bay 43

If you told anyone that, by week 5, Tony Gonzalez would be poor-kid-at-Christmas-wishing to go back to recently 2-14 Kansas City from one-play-from-the-Super-Bowl Atlanta... well, to be honest, sh*t like that happens now and then, so no one would swoon or anything. Fortunately, Tampa just tore the heart out of their recent rebuilding effort by ridding themselves of their franchise QB, so everything should balance out some.

Atlanta, 21-14

 


10/20 4:05 ET San Francisco -3.5 At Tennessee 41

There appears to be some great advantage to playing in Tennessee that I am unable to visualize. Whatever it is, the mob feels that San Francisco is less than 4 points better than a lucky-to-be .500 Titans brood. I'd laugh at them, but they have taken a lot of my money over the years. However, I'm perfectly happy moving that decimal point over a place, or mistaking the over/under for how many Frisco gets.

SF, 41-6

 


10/20 4:25 ET At Green Bay -9.5 Cleveland 46

I won't move the decimal point ever on this one, but I would be comfortable adding 9.5 to that 9.5.

GB, 38-20

 


10/20 4:25 ET At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore 40.5

I'm not taking that rotten Pittsburgh team I've seen this year over the Super Bowl champs, even if the champs are struggling.

Ravens, 28-24

 


10/20 8:30 ET Denver -6.5 At Indianapolis 57

Indy has knocked off some heavyweights... but notice that Peyton Manning's former owner sort of pulled Peyton Manning's ho card this week. That owner knows that Peyton gags on big games, so he's trying to make this a bigger game for Manning in order to elicit said gag reflex. That's the work of a man who knows in his heart that Peyton Manning is straight pup ussy. Unfortunately, any team that plans to cover Wes Welker with Darius Butler is going to lose by 35.

Denver, 54-19

 

Monday Night Football Line
10/21 8:40 ET At NY Giants -3.5 Minnesota 47

The Giants are 0-6 or so, but they're also only 3 games back in a division Michael Vick and Tony Romo play. They can come back, and a night spent smacking Josh Freeman around on national TV could start their momentum up. I do wonder what the "X" is in a "We'll give you Stevan Ridley and X for Adrian Peterson" scenario that Minnesota says yes to. "X" may equal "Cape Cod," and that scares me.

NYG, 28-7

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Last Week: 4-10

This Week: 1-0

YTD: 46-45

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High School Scores

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D-Y 48, Falmouth 0

D-Y was in there like swimwear. Spencer "For Hire" Tyler and Corey Desimone each rang up 3 TDs.

 

Marshfield 32, Sandwich 13

Marsh Vegas has themselves a Sammich.

 

#8 Barnstable 20, #5 B-R 14

Hayden Murphy busted a 48 yard TD with a minute left to win it for Barney. Actually, make that "Hayden 'Motherf***ing' Murphy." Throw in a loss by #6 St John's Prep, and Barney could be Top 5 now.

 

Old Rochester 56, Wareham 8

Crikey, Wareham may need to go to the hospital-type OR after this whipping. 

 

Apponequet 56, Bourne 6

You know you had a bad game if the kids from the next town can taunt you with "Ha ha...  we only lost by 48."

 

Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38

If you took the Over on that 95 point over/under for this defensive strugle ....well, sorry about that.

 

Plymouth North 20, Nauset Nada

Christian Carr, which sounds like a crossword-pussle hint for the Popemobile, brought two touchdowns to the party. Nauset got snuffed by both Plymouth teams in two weeks.
 

Nantucket 28, Old Colony 6

Keenan "Ivory" Phillips banged home two TDs for the Whalers. Nanny improved to 3-3.

 

Upper Cape 42, Holbrook/Avon 6

UCT had a rough early season, but they are back in full force now. John Dumont and Dylan Derby combined for 220 yards rushing and 5 TDs.

 

This Week: 14-5

YTD: 83-42

Who adds to Addiction?

Today, I just hung up from talking to a friend who had attended a funeral for the son of her boss. He was 42 years old and had been an alcoholic and drug user for years. Countless times he had been into short rehabs stays, coming out dry, and only returning to his same neighborhood and friends, to open him up again to falling-back to using. 

It’s not important to know his name or where he lives. There are too many fighting this disease, not just in your neighborhood or family, but worldwide; young, old, white, black, rich, poor, famous and an average person with no fame, married or single. 

He had just gotten back with his ex-wife to start life over with their two children. She came home and found he had hung himself. Where do I find the correct words to explain the pain deep within families who have lost loved ones to this cruel and heartless demon? Only the ones who have lived through the fear, confusion, breakdowns, and abuse, know what I am talking about with this kind of tragedy. You can feel sad and sorry for families, but until, you walk in our shoes, you will not share in our emotions and stories. 

This poor man who had been fighting to get his life back to normal must have felt hopeless, worthless, and gave up on ever living a life without a struggle with addiction. The news brought me right back tlosing Richie and Lori to their addiction. 

They didn’t commit suicide like him, but everyone seems to have a different reason for turning to alcohol, drugs, or prescription pills to handle their problems. No one wants to come out of the closet and say, “I need help.” No one wants to bring up the past with some tragedy that happened in their life to only reopen it again with the pain, not knowing what did or didn’t happen to their young memories. 

There are many catastrophes that happen to an alcoholic or drug user that maybe the parents, siblings, or friends can’t understand why the addicted can’t “get over” something in the past when something happens to them holding them back from getting on with their life without using. 

To many struggle with a death of a parent or close friend, being forced into an abortion, being beaten by a child, listening to parents fight, seeing a parent or someone close to you coming home in blackouts causing the fear, confusion, and violence in the family behind closed doors can be devastating to the child who can’t defend themselves or find security within the family. They grow up with no feeling of love.

Remember how they were treated as a child in life or their teenage years.  These events, mold them into what and who they become later in life. Not talking about the actions with substance abusers, only makes them do the same to their families and generation.  

Richie and Lori died of cirrhosis of the liver. That is a horrible way to die. Richie and Lori had IV’s in both arms, swollen stomachs like pregnant women, their skin and whites to their eyes had turned yellow and their organs slowly shut down. Richie went into a coma and died after 3 weeks in the hospital, and Lori’s doctors from Charlton Memorial in Fall River did a procedure twice to tie tiny elastic bands around her veins in her esophagus. She also lived for three weeks, had a hemorrhage in her rectum, and went into a coma.  She was put on life-support. 

Two days later, we had to say goodbye and let her go home to God.  I heard Lori take her first cry at birth and her last breath on this earth shutting down the life support machine.  This is the hardest decision in this world is to let a loved one die by shutting this device off.

You always live with the fear that if you had waited a little longer, they might have come out of the coma.  I wished God had taken her the three weeks earlier than to live on the hope that she would live, instead of shutting a machine off only to watch her heart rate slow down to a stop.  It makes you feel like you ended her life.  This is alcoholism. 

I remember Dr. Phil’s remark to the woman on his show.  “You realize you’re not going into rehabilitation for a day, week or a month.  It’s until! There is the answer.  Until you are dried-out, can make healthy decisions with your life, and face the deep-rooted problems that are eating away at you.  Only then, you may have a chance for survival. 

Who and what keeps the addicted active?  I saw on television, a football player who had been an alcoholic and addict but recovered.  His desire was to help young kids.  He made a remark to them that made me stop what I was doing. “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future!” Think about it.  When they get out of rehab, they run to the same friends doing the same abuse, at the same location.  They meet with the same drug dealers.

Years ago, our kids were street smart.  Today, we are not fact smart.  Our education has to start at the grammar school level.  Our children are not as innocent to things happening in their neighborhood as you think.  In my book What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Drug Addict, two contributors admitted to trying their first drink at five years old and the other at seven. 

This is why I believe we need a daily class on substance abuse with grammar age children.  By that age, our sons and daughters are mixing in with others who are looking for ways to get their thrills and they look up to the older kids.  Until they have an education these kids have no future if they continue and face death if they don’t stop.  We have to show our children the facts about the high death-rate with alcohol and drug abuse.  Doctors have to stop refilling pain pills.  They don’t take a second glance at what might be going on with the patient.  I blame them with the same actions that family do…doctors are great enablers.  Filling prescription drugs over and over makes them as responsible with their death as the pill they are taking.

Health insurance companies have to make a change in today’s life covering the cost for long term recovery programs.  They need to face the reality that substance abusers need at least a year or longer in a recovery program without coming out until their time is up with more professional help when they do.  In my past life watching Richie and Lori, I came to the conclusion, it’s not counselors substance abusers need but psychiatrist.  

Addicts have to take their own responsibility with the years of using.  They have to get real with the fact, you can’t get dry and then return to the same friends who use or the same corner to get those drug. You have to have no doubt in your mind that this continued action is going to kill you.  Not maybe, but when. 

To the school systems and families, start today teaching our children about alcohol abuse and drug use.  Do we need to put fear into them………..in my opinion, YES.  It can save their life.

Author and Speaker, Alberta Sequeira

www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com

Books: www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

 

Who adds to Addiction?

Today, I just hung up from talking to a friend who had attended a funeral for the son of her boss. He was 42 years old and had been an alcoholic and drug user for years. Countless times he had been into short rehabs stays, coming out dry, and only returning to his same neighborhood and friends, to open him up again to falling-back to using. 

It’s not important to know his name or where he lives. There are too many fighting this disease, not just in your neighborhood or family, but worldwide; young, old, white, black, rich, poor, famous and an average person with no fame, married or single. 

He had just gotten back with his ex-wife to start life over with their two children. She came home and found he had hung himself. Where do I find the correct words to explain the pain deep within families who have lost loved ones to this cruel and heartless demon? Only the ones who have lived through the fear, confusion, breakdowns, and abuse, know what I am talking about with this kind of tragedy. You can feel sad and sorry for families, but until, you walk in our shoes, you will not share in our emotions and stories. 

This poor man who had been fighting to get his life back to normal must have felt hopeless, worthless, and gave up on ever living a life without a struggle with addiction. The news brought me right back tlosing Richie and Lori to their addiction. 

They didn’t commit suicide like him, but everyone seems to have a different reason for turning to alcohol, drugs, or prescription pills to handle their problems. No one wants to come out of the closet and say, “I need help.” No one wants to bring up the past with some tragedy that happened in their life to only reopen it again with the pain, not knowing what did or didn’t happen to their young memories. 

There are many catastrophes that happen to an alcoholic or drug user that maybe the parents, siblings, or friends can’t understand why the addicted can’t “get over” something in the past when something happens to them holding them back from getting on with their life without using. 

To many struggle with a death of a parent or close friend, being forced into an abortion, being beaten by a child, listening to parents fight, seeing a parent or someone close to you coming home in blackouts causing the fear, confusion, and violence in the family behind closed doors can be devastating to the child who can’t defend themselves or find security within the family. They grow up with no feeling of love.

Remember how they were treated as a child in life or their teenage years.  These events, mold them into what and who they become later in life. Not talking about the actions with substance abusers, only makes them do the same to their families and generation.  

Richie and Lori died of cirrhosis of the liver. That is a horrible way to die. Richie and Lori had IV’s in both arms, swollen stomachs like pregnant women, their skin and whites to their eyes had turned yellow and their organs slowly shut down. Richie went into a coma and died after 3 weeks in the hospital, and Lori’s doctors from Charlton Memorial in Fall River did a procedure twice to tie tiny elastic bands around her veins in her esophagus. She also lived for three weeks, had a hemorrhage in her rectum, and went into a coma.  She was put on life-support. 

Two days later, we had to say goodbye and let her go home to God.  I heard Lori take her first cry at birth and her last breath on this earth shutting down the life support machine.  This is the hardest decision in this world is to let a loved one die by shutting this device off.

You always live with the fear that if you had waited a little longer, they might have come out of the coma.  I wished God had taken her the three weeks earlier than to live on the hope that she would live, instead of shutting a machine off only to watch her heart rate slow down to a stop.  It makes you feel like you ended her life.  This is alcoholism. 

I remember Dr. Phil’s remark to the woman on his show.  “You realize you’re not going into rehabilitation for a day, week or a month.  It’s until! There is the answer.  Until you are dried-out, can make healthy decisions with your life, and face the deep-rooted problems that are eating away at you.  Only then, you may have a chance for survival. 

Who and what keeps the addicted active?  I saw on television, a football player who had been an alcoholic and addict but recovered.  His desire was to help young kids.  He made a remark to them that made me stop what I was doing. “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future!” Think about it.  When they get out of rehab, they run to the same friends doing the same abuse, at the same location.  They meet with the same drug dealers.

Years ago, our kids were street smart.  Today, we are not fact smart.  Our education has to start at the grammar school level.  Our children are not as innocent to things happening in their neighborhood as you think.  In my book What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Drug Addict, two contributors admitted to trying their first drink at five years old and the other at seven. 

This is why I believe we need a daily class on substance abuse with grammar age children.  By that age, our sons and daughters are mixing in with others who are looking for ways to get their thrills and they look up to the older kids.  Until they have an education these kids have no future if they continue and face death if they don’t stop.  We have to show our children the facts about the high death-rate with alcohol and drug abuse.  Doctors have to stop refilling pain pills.  They don’t take a second glance at what might be going on with the patient.  I blame them with the same actions that family do…doctors are great enablers.  Filling prescription drugs over and over makes them as responsible with their death as the pill they are taking.

Health insurance companies have to make a change in today’s life covering the cost for long term recovery programs.  They need to face the reality that substance abusers need at least a year or longer in a recovery program without coming out until their time is up with more professional help when they do.  In my past life watching Richie and Lori, I came to the conclusion, it’s not counselors substance abusers need but psychiatrist.  

Addicts have to take their own responsibility with the years of using.  They have to get real with the fact, you can’t get dry and then return to the same friends who use or the same corner to get those drug. You have to have no doubt in your mind that this continued action is going to kill you.  Not maybe, but when. 

To the school systems and families, start today teaching our children about alcohol abuse and drug use.  Do we need to put fear into them………..in my opinion, YES.  It can save their life.

 

Interview with Alberta Sequeira

       Official Apex Reviews

Interviewed Alberta Sequeira on her published book, What Is and Isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words.

Thanks for joining us for this interview, Alberta. We're looking forward to sharing more about your book and other efforts with our readers.

 

What inspired you to compile this rather eye-opening treatise on the lives of addicts in recovery?

My writing on addiction started from the tragedy of losing my husband, Richard Lopes and my daughter, Lori (Lopes) Cahill from North Dighton, Massachusetts from their own alcohol abuse. I wrote my books because I felt there was something important to share with substance abusers and their families. Alcohol and drug abuse are so out-of-control that even the professionals are having a hard time trying to find ways to stop the yearly death-rate from climbing. I feel that adults and our children have lost their way in learning how to handle their pain and separating what they think is fun from what may kill them.

I had already published Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, which is about my young marriage to Richard, our ups and downs with his drinking, the confusion, fear and abuse behind closed doors, the enabling, and the effect on our two daughters, Debbie and Lori. Richie died in 1985 in the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island at forty-five years of age from his drinking since his teenage years. His mother, sister, brother, daughter, niece, and nephews drank, along with past relatives. 

After losing Lori in 2006 in the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts at thirty-nine from the same disease, I wrote the sequel Please, God, Not Two: This Killer Called Alcoholism. I talk about Lori’s three alcoholic rehab stays and her struggle to reach sobriety. She had been admitted once to the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and twice to Gosnold Rehabilitation Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  

They are open books on the reality of what happens to each individual in a family with an abusive drinker. I write about my situations with mistakes and the missed opportunities that would have been handled differently today. I could have named the books What not to do with Alcohol Abuse. I even added my talks to addicts at halfway homes, rehabs and court-ordered programs in the sequel. They are books of lessons more than being memoirs.

After Lori’s death, I started to wonder why some alcoholics and drug users recover and put their lives together while others die from this horrible, worldwide problem. What gives them the physical and mental strength to fight this battle and come out winning? These questions and the heartbreak of losing two loved ones from alcohol addiction encouraged What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words. I thought if I had these questions then other families did, too. Richie and Lori never opened up about their emotions or needs. I wanted to learn what addicts go through that I missed. I came from a very close and loving family and had no education or knowledge about substance abuse.

Was it difficult for you to gather together the 34 different contributors to the volume?

I realized that the only way to get the answers to my questions about the alcoholics emotions was to go directly to the source; the alcoholics and drug addicts. Who would know more than the ones who are living the life of addiction? I placed an ad online in Reporter Connection and asked if anyone was willing to tell their private stories with their own struggle overcoming their substance abuse for my book I was writing. I had to turn people away with so much response. Thirty-four substance abusers from all walks in life from the United States and Canada gave their testimonies. I left nothing out from their stories or changed a word. These are their stories. 

Were any of the contributors reluctant to share the deeper, more personal details of their lives and addictions on a public stage?

They were excited to share their battle with addiction and wanted to get a message to doctors, counselors, family members, and society to learn, not only what the addict is looking for with support to help them through their recovery, but new ways to help the addicted. Many said telling their story was a healing process for them. A few didn’t want to give their names but told where they lived. Most were direct with their names and job titles. Their stories start from as young as five years old to their present life. They didn’t hide anything with the fact that their life had been turned upside down from their drinking, what they lost, and spoke about other relatives that died from their addiction. 

How have readers reacted to the book thus far?

After reading each contributor’s story, a lot of readers realized that childhood emotional wounds mold us into what we became in adulthood, especially with living in an alcoholic family, denial, enabling, and the life we considered to be normal to us at the time. 

One girl wrote a review on Amazon, “I have learned a lot from family and friends who are in recovery and this book took it one level deeper. The stories are raw, honest and heartfelt from the people who lived through the pain and came out on the other side. I would recommend this book to family members or friends who want to know how an addict/alcoholic thinks. It's also could be a good way to open a conversation with a loved one who is struggling to come to grips with whether they have a problem. We all want to know the right way to handle things and I think Alberta's book gives us insight that there is no “right" answer that applies to every addict. Bravo to the folks telling their stories!”

John Daubney, a contributor wrote: 

“Having the addicts tell what worked for them and didn’t would be a most helpful addition to the literature on the subject of addiction and recovery.” 

Is there a central message you'd like readers to take away from the book?

Often people want to debate with me on whether addiction is hereditary, a disease, or a choice. They are all right in my eyes. Each addict has their own reason why they went down the path of drinking or taking drugs. With Richard’s family history, a lot of them over-drank and still are to the point of being alcoholics. Others start from following the crowd, like college kids or younger, thinking everyone is cool and “What’s the harm, everyone is doing it? No big deal!” They truly believe that they can stop anytime. The last reason, which I consider to be the number one, is that the person is trying to hide a horrible event from the past that devastated them and they can’t deal with the problem or can’t find the strength to get professional help. In my opinion, doctors and counselor should look more into “why” a person is using more than the action of drinking or using drugs.  

I want readers to know that What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is not only for substance abusers but for family members to learn how to help the alcoholic and what not to do; an example, innocently, our enabling brings them deeper into their addiction. We as a family live in denial as much as the user. The contributors to this book are trying to tell us what they need to recover. 

My greatest achievement with this book would be to see the interest to add it to any educational programs in libraries, school programs, or sitting on the bookshelves in all bookstores. It’s a book for the whole family. This book was published by me, but the contributors are the ones trying to save lives who are connected to alcohol and drug addiction. 

Family members reach the point of being emotionally and physically drained trying to help the alcoholic. I had a small breakdown from the years of fighting to control Richie’s drinking. I pushed my body and mind beyond what it could take instead of realizing that the addict has to help themselves. We can only love and support them. 

Please share more with our readers about your other writings.

I had dreams of traveling to tropical islands during my retirement, but God had other plans for me. As I mentioned, I became a writer from the tragedy in my life.

My writing started with my father’s death in 1990 when he died of cancer. I was going to write a book for my family so I could leave his military history to all our generations. Albert L. Gramm was a Brigadier General in the Army and was one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division during WWII and fought in Metz, Lorraine and the famous Battle of the Bulge. To get information on his life, I went to the Yankee Doings Magazine and asked if anyone knew him. I received personal calls, pictures, emails, and letters from his fellow servicemen. One man sent me the full bio of his life during WWII. 

During my father’s cancer, he wanted to go to Medjugorje in Bosnia because of the miracles happening there since 1981 with six visionaries having ten secrets given to them on a daily basis, and up to this day, from The Blessed Mother that will be revealed to the world when they all get all of them. There are two visionaries left to get one more secret. One by one, a priest will read them. 

I took the ten-day pilgrimage for my father after his death and my life changed forever being in the visionary’s company while they had apparitions with Our Lady. I believe that trip helped me deal with the loss of Lori. 

That's how my first book A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje got in the works. I added the miracles that happened to me that got me to this tiny, remote village to the book along with my relationship with my father. 

The other two memoirs, Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis and the sequel, Please, God, Not Two: This Killer Called Alcoholism, on alcohol abuse in our family followed. I have completed my personal stories about my life with pain and finding my way back in life.

In addition to being an author, you're also an experienced director, producer, and Co-host to a cable TV show as well as a continuing educational instructor. Please share more with our readers about your endeavors in those fields.

My other titles came from becoming a co-founder with three other authors and named our group Authors Without Borders (www.awb6.com). We discovered that it cost us less dividing the expense with festivals or other events. We co-authored with our first book Loose Ends. It is a book of diverse collections of intriguing and insightful short stories, poems, and book excerpts that we hope will quench a reader’s thirst and captivate their imagination and emotions.  The four of us are more than authors. Our backgrounds would amaze readers. We also teach at colleges, libraries and other locations with writing, talks, poetry reading or book signings. 

We then went to a class at the NBTV-95 Cable Show in New Bedford, Massachusetts to learn how to have a cable show and developed Authors Without Borders Presents. It was fun learning to run the cameras and direct the program. We interview other writers, authors, managers of bookstores, poets, and publishers. We are hoping people who are interested in learning what faces them in the publishing world would have the desire to watch and learn what others go through to help them. One of our members, Willie Pleasants, has her own cable show called Willie’s Web out of Boston, Massachusetts with the Boston Neighborhood Network. We interview authors in that area on her show. People can become Associated Members on our site and we will give them an interview and a spot on our website. They can email us at [email protected]

As for my continuing education as an instructor, I listened to the telephone workshop programs for free with Steve Harrison, and he had someone explain the difference with a poor author and a rich one. The poor one is happy with just selling books at bookstores, while the rich one looks for ways to grow with their hidden talent, so I developed three-three hour workshops: “Bring Your Manuscript to Publication”,   “How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space,” and Writing Memoirs. 

I took my pain from my husband and daughter’s loss and became a Motivational Speaker on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and go wherever I get invited to talk. It’s hard to believe that I would never talk in front of people.

What's next for you?

I am now having fun with working on my first fictional The Rusty Years; The Remembrance of Being Young. Hopefully, it will be completed next year. Right now The Wild Rose Press requested a query letter from me. I want my followers and readers to see a lighter side of me. No more memoirs. My personal life is out there for the world to see. 

I am open to speaking on the topic of “The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family” or “My Spiritual Change Within” from my trip to Medjugorje if someone sends for a quote. 

Willie Pleasants is trying to give me the courage to open my own cable show on the topic of addiction. I just edited my first standalone video on the cable show due out soon. Something I will be thinking about in the future.

How can our readers learn more about you and your ongoing efforts?

I have a lot of articles on the Internet once you key my name in to find anything about me. Or you can go to my blog on WordPress titled “Choices” at www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com. My blog for writers and authors is www.albertasequeira.org.

How can they contact you directly?

Send me an email at [email protected], and I’ll be happy to reply back. I love to hear from people.

Any final thoughts you'd like to share?

Never give up on wanting to write. We all have a story hidden in us. You may think no one would be interested, but write for you. Don’t write what you think people want to read but send a message to them that will help in their life with stress and struggles with problems. Send something funny in a fictional book. We all need a laugh in the terrible news around the world.  If you talk about what you know during a presentation or at a book signing, readers will want to buy your book(s). Writing has to be fun, not boring or a chore. Take a day off from the computer if you are forcing yourself to write. 

Where can readers find your books?

They can go directly to www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira and all my published paperback and Kindle books will show up. 

Thanks again, Alberta, and best of continued success to you in all your endeavors!

Alberta Sequeira's interviews with Authors on the NBTV-95 Cable TV Show

 

Alberta

Being an author, I realize the honor and opportunity of being on a cable television show to help get other authors, publishers, bookstores or artist noticed with your published books or your other talents.

Since I’ve become a producer, director, and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV Station in New Bedford, Massachusetts, I’ve been thrilled to interview people who talk about their struggles getting to the top. This gives them time on the air and the half-hour opens doors for me to learn about others trying to fit into the world of publishing.

Each month, I enjoy asking a person to be my guest on the cable show. Check our scheduling at http://www.newbedfordma.gov/CableAccess/Channel%2095/ProgramSchedule.html

Tune in and hear the pros and cons of others who got published. What roadblocks did they face? We want the listeners to learn from all our mistakes. We’re listed under Authors Without Borders (www.awb6.com).

The handsome man running the camera is my husband, Al Sequeira. He helps when our other stagehands are tied-up with other events. Doesn’t he look like a natural?

Al at NBTV-95

Interviews by Alberta Sequeira, Host of the NBTV-95 Cable TV
Welcome to the official web site of NBTV95, Public Access Television in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Author and Speaker, Alberta Sequeira, is a co-host to this network. Check their listing on the website below for all their upcoming shows. http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/CableAccess/Channel%2095/WelcomeNBTV95.html

Steven Manchester: Author, Poet, Author, poet, and speaker, Steven Manchester, and his seven-year-old daughter, Isabella, where interviewed with his new children’s book Bella Bean. Steven has written 16 books (with 12 in publication) and has contributed to more than three dozen international anthologies. When not spending time with his children, writing, teaching, or promoting his published books/films, this Massachusetts author speaks publicly to troubled children through the Straight Ahead Program. Visit his website at http://www.stevenmanchester.com.

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To view all his numerous books, go to his personal page at: http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Manchester/e/B001K8Y14C/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1402670237&sr=1-2-ent

Dr. Julia

Julia Schlum Eldelman, MD

Alberta Sequeira interviewed Julia Schlam Edelman, M.D. with her book Menopause Matters. Dr. Edelman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified gynecologist, a certified menopause clinician, a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Brown Medical School and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is in private practice in Massachusetts. Menopause Matters covers the full spectrum of topics of vital interest to perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Visit her website at http://www.juliaedelmanmd.com. Her book is available on Amazon.

Stephanie Blackman

Stephanie Blackman, Publisher
 
Interview with Stephanie Blackman, publisher of Riverhaven Books.

Stephanie Blackman has always enjoyed reading and working with others to improve their writing skills. As an English professor at a local community college, Stephanie has a strong background in composition as well as literature. Riverhaven Books is a perfect fit for her skillset. Stephanie graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, with a double major in English and Secondary Education. She taught at both the junior high and high school level for several years. Now she is married and has two boys, ages five and nine. “I live a well-rounded life doing what I love. I spend time with my family, teach literature and writing, and get to read fantastic books and interact with wonderful authors. I look forward to watching Riverhaven Books continue to grow.” ~Stephanie

Let me first clarify that Riverhaven is not a vanity press; not every work meets the standards of Riverhaven Books. However, publication through Riverhaven is not a requirement in order to employ our other services. You provide a manuscript, and we’ll work with you to edit it, format it, and design the final product. Hands-on is the philosophy of Riverhaven. Our attention to detail, while maintaining affordability, is what sets us apart. 

Because we are a small and newer company, writers maintain control over the number of books printed and are responsible for that payment. In turn, 

Riverhaven does not take any of the profits from the sale of those books. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. And we look forward to working with you. To book stores looking to purchase copies of our titles, please know that we offer a standard 40% discount. Riverhaven also has a return policy. Please contact Stephanie at [email protected] for more information.

Visit her website: www.riverhavenbooks.com

Tom Cirignano

Tom M. Cirignano, Author

Interview with author, Thomas M. Cirignano, at the NBTV-95 Cable Station on the Authors Without Borders Presents show.

Tom owned and operated an auto repair shop on East Third Street in the heart of South Boston. He experienced, first hand, those history-making years when crime and violence ruled the streets. Southie was in turmoil, with both the Irish and Italian Mobs vying for complete control.

Thomas Cirignano compiled his notes and memories of South Boston to create his first book, The Constant Outsider, Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic. His experiences were anything but typical or ordinary, surreal by most people’s standards.

His second book is a fictional adaptation of the first. Within67 Cents: Creation of a Killer, Tom takes a different path than he did in real life, saying “Yes” to each and every offer that was made to him by the Mob. Tom stated, “I’ve always wondered what my life would have been like if I had become one of them.”

Visit Tom’s website at http://www.theconstantoutsider.com.

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Bob Branco, Author

Alberta Sequeira, the host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV Show, interviewed Bob Branco from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

This book is about eight of the most important years of Mr. Branco’s life. Just like anyone else between the ages of 12 and 19, he had a lot to learn about growing up. However, contrary to what most pre-teens and teens experience, he lived those eight years at Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, Massachusetts; 65 miles from his home. ​In the book, Mr. Branco talks about their academic classes, the teachers and other adults at the school; the many kids who became his friends and others who made friendship impossible, along with the several sports they pursued. There were the rules they had to follow and how radically they were sometimes broken. You’ll read some of the fascinating field trips that were taken and new technology that was explored. 

Learn how the school prepared the students for independent living, and much more. As you will read, there were plenty of both good and bad times. His story puts a unique perspective on what it’s like for any teenager, blind or sighted, to live away from home for eight years and hopes that the sighted, as well as the blind, will enjoy and appreciate his story.

Bob’s book Home Away from Home can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com

Author, Julie Broomall

julia Broomall

     Julia Broomall was born in Pennsylvania but has lived all over the country. She has three children and seven grandchildren, one of whom has been labeled “special needs”.
     Julia is a holistic healer, using Reiki, Theta Therapy, Quantum Touch, Intuitive Anatomy, Angel Cards, and Spirit Communications to help her clients. 

     Before becoming a holistic healer, she worked as a substitute teacher and an arts and crafts teacher. The author also worked for a toy manufacturer as a receptionist, clerk, Human Resource Director, and trade show office manager. 

Julia now resides on Florida’s West Coast where she is just turning a new page in her life as a successful published author. The Emperor’s New Throne is the first book in the series The Whole Story. It’s a subtle, moral tale about an incident that changes not only the king’s physical abilities​ but also his mental outlook and that of his kingdom. 

The story helps all children and families alike to understand that those being labeled as “special needs” or “handicapped” are just as capable and whole as everyone else in their own way​ and that every one of us has a special talent. Julie is in the process of having the second book published by Sweet Dreams Publishing of Mass in a few months. All the books will tell how disability is something a person can overcome. 

These books are a great buy for children with parents coming home from the war with injuries. You can purchase The Emperor’s New Throne on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Throne-%2522The-Story%2522-Childrens/dp/0982925611/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371211856&sr=1-1&keywords=Julia+broomall

Visit Julie’s website at www.juliabroomall.com or email her at [email protected].

Radio Host: Phil Paleologos

Phil Paleologos

TALKERS MAGAZINE named Phil as one of the nation’s Top 100 Talk Show Hosts! 45-year​ veteran broadcaster, Phil Paleologos began his passion in radio at KZNG in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a 16-year-old​ who convinced management to let him host a one hour show about local high school events, and since then, he hasn’t stopped talking! 

Serving as both a television news anchor and DJ in Charlottesville, VA, Phil learned his craft well in the smaller markets and then set his sights on Boston as the afternoon drive-time host on WEZE, as ‘The Mayor of Park Square’. In the late 1970s​, Phil became the morning guy at WNBH and later, an afternoon host at WBSM, both in New Bedford, MA. In the mid-1990s​, the TALK-AMERICA RADIO NETWORK syndicated Phil’s morning show, American Breakfast, that originated in his authentic stainless steel diner, that he and his wife own! 

The show was carried coast-to-coast, in many major city markets, until he signed off with great ratings. Since then, Phil has been very active in helping non-profit organizations raise awareness and revenues and owning and operating the Shawmut Diner in New Bedford, MA, with his wife, Celeste. 

Tune into “More Than Just Talk” with Phil every weekday morning from 10am to 1pm. Read More: Phil Paleologos – WBSM – New Bedford’s Local Source For News, Talk, and Sports! http://wbsm.com/author/wbsmphil/?trackback=tsmclip

Phil is now the host to the WBSM 1420Am station out of Fairhaven.  Turn in at 10 am to listen to him.

 

If any author wants to be interviewed contact Alberta by email. If you are a writer just starting out or have not been published yet, I would love to hear about your struggles trying to get your work in print. 

The interview tapes of the show are available for $20.00. 

Alberta Sequeira
[email protected]
Order books directly at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira ​

Grist Mills/Windmills & Grilled Flank Steak / 7-17-19

      Welcome back my friend to a show that never seems to end. But here we are another summer, the seals are here, the sharks are back and the heat and humidity are coming quickly. So what can we do that does not cost us much money and that will can stay in a cooler car in between places. So what is something we can do? What about Gristmills and Windmills. We have a fair share of them around the Cape, so here again like I have been doing with the small business places, restaurants, coffee shops, and more, I will do that here. Both could be used to grind grains. while some of the windmills were used to grind down salts or pull salt water so drying beds so that salt could be harvested. The history of windmills and grist mills on the Cape can be found by googling. It just easier than me trying to go through it. One thing I learned was Chatham at one time had 17 windmills with 9-12 working at the same time at any one time. So just very interesting. Now let's see what I can give you here and a lot of these I have been too and all have very interesting histories. 

      Bourne - Windmill
      Brewster - Windmill / Grist Mill - Stoney Brook
      Buzzards Bay - Windmill
      Chatham - Windmill
      Eastham - Windmill
      Falmouth - Windmill
      Hyannis - Gristmill - Baxter 
      Orleans - Windmill
      Sandwich - Windmill / Grist Mill - Dexter 
      South Yarmouth - Windmill 
      Truro - Windmill
      West Harwich - Windmill
      Yarmouth - Windmill
   I hope you enjoy researching and tracking each one down and visiting not only the mills but the towns that surround each one. These mills were a vital part of each community and the Cape in a whole. The interesting thing is I have seen just about all of these with the exception of about 2, which really isn't bad at all for me. Ok that's it fo this round. I hope you have a great and wonderful here on old Cape Cod, whether just visiting or you live here year round. It is always good to get to know why you like areas you visit and know the areas you love to live in. See you next time.  
      Small business report time, everyone, ok most people I know, loves donuts and finding your special hole or ring is. But you are from off Cape, you are still asking were to find those tasty morsels of goodness, fried or baked. Well here is a not so complete list of donut shops that I can find and the towns they are in. If I have been I may put a comment, to the rest of them, you will need to try them for yourself and decide. Remember donuts are always a subjective, opinionated thing. Like Scotch or Bourbon, not every brand or style is for every palette. So ask around before you go if you want, but only make your decision after you have tried, not on someone else's taste buds. So with all that, let's get this show on the road, in our mouths and in our stomachs. Or what about a good muffin, everyone likes muffins, right ? Ok same as donuts, each person has their favorites. Don't discard someplace on someone else's likes or dislikes. Then go walk, pedal, and swim those calories off, unless of course you get the kind that the calories leak out of the hole in the center. We we go,,
      The Donut Experiment - Provincetown 
      Hole in One Bakery & Coffee Shop - North Eastham & Orleans / Both
      Village Coffee Shop - Dennis (on 6A) I enjoy these a lot, way to close to where I live. 
      Cape Cod Donuts - Mashpee, Cape Cod Coffee parking lot, wicked awesome
      Cottage St Bakery - Orleans / Muffins
      Woolfies Old Fashion Baking - Dennis Port / Muffins
      Great Island Bakery - South Yarmouth
      Pie in the Sky Bakery - Woods Hole / Muffins
      Marions Pie Shop - Chatham / Muffins
      Beth's Bakery - Sandwich / Muffins
      Underground Bakery - Dennis / Muffins
      Chatham Village Bakery - Chatham / Donuts 
   This is just a smattering of what is out there. I know I am missing some, but as you can see there are plenty of places to get your breakfast sweet treats going. So take this starter list and add onto it and give the Cape a run for it's mufnuts or would that be doffins, whichever go, seek and devour and enjoy the goodness Cape Cod Bakeries have to offer.  
       
      Welcome back my friends, were some like it hot and some like it, well a little hotter and this is the time of the year they are getting it like they like it. Now let's start with our shark report, this week we have already had several sightings ok more than several, and they have even tried to join too many parties along the edge of the shore line and they have had to close beaches a couple times. And the whales have felt left out and so decided to put on a show for several boaters. So to that end, if you are out in the Bay or off the the tip out near Stellwagen Bank be aware of our large friends. If you see bubbles in an area stay clear as there will most likely be a whale near by and we don't want to harm any of our gentle giants. Will also have to remind you that if you are out and about the Chatham area, be aware of all the seals in the area, they can do some real damage to your boat if you hit one. And also don't forget the reason the Great White Sharks are here is for their favorite dinner food, seal meat. I know this grosses some out but it is part of life and the cycle of life and the food chain. Ok as far as the boating scene, we have had the typical boating issues, running out of fuel, the occasional fire, the run a grounds, and sail boats that do the old flip-a-roo especially on the extremely windy days. Nothing overly serious but all reminders that you need to be wearing your PFDs and have your emergency equipment handy. So the report on the grounds, station and lighthouse. Wow have we been busy, a couple days we have had waiting lines to take the tour up to the lamp room at least a 30-45 minute wait periods. The Mrs has been busy in the kitchen doing her special cookies to help raise funds, and we have brought in the bottled water. No we are not gouging the prices only 10 dollars a bottle,, LOLOL no no, 50 cents is all we ask to help cover the expense, if you want to toss in a bit more that is alway appreciated. The view have been awesome from the top this past week with views from the tip to canal. We have had ships and fish sightings, ya those nasty ones and the big ones. And great views up and down the coast line. the volunteers have stayed busy from the time we open to the time we close but all seem to be having fun at it. Please remember that the parking lots are only for your time while here on the grounds and do not include beach parking. We just don't have the room or space to do that. So please come and visit us as you work your way up or down or both the outer arm of the Cape visiting all the other lighthouses and hope you can find the time to fit us in. The weather looks to be continuing as it has been so your visit should be filled with wondering sightings. Ok we need to get back to the tourists and guests and keep this party rockin. You all have a great and wonderful, as we know you will as you are here on old Cape Cod. See you soon.    
      There is nothing like summertime and grilling. I will grill just about anything that does not eat me first. Everything from hoof to finned to feathered, (preferred the feathers removed first). Anyway, so summer time and these recipes I am just loving and enjoying every step of the way. This is another one of those old church cookbook recipes that you can go wrong on. This is a simple marinade then throw it on the grill. Remember the longer you can let your meet soak in the marinade the more it will take on those flavors and goodness you have it soaking in. Now before I start eating the pages this recipe is on let's get this show on the grill.
 
      This week's recipe: Grilled Flank Steak
 
      1      lrg        flank steak
   1/3      cup      olive oil
   1/3      cup      soy sauce
   1/3      cup      dry wine, gin, vodka or sherry
  2-3      cloves   minced garlic
      1      tsp        sugar
      1      Tbls      ground pepper
 
      Lightly cross slash flank steak. Mix remaining ingredients in a large ziploc bag/ or food saver bag (do not vacuum close it will pull all juices out of bag, just heat seal end) . Add flank steak and marinate overnight. Grill flank steak for 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  

Black Krim Friday / 7-5-19

Black Krim Friday 

  I am in the midst of changing platforms for CCRockhopper.com, The new presence on Blogger.com will not be available till next week 7-8-19 until then I hope you enjoy a few morning laughs, groans, moans and chuckles. Once the new platform and my domain for www.CCRockhopper.com has updated I will move the morning open letter off of this site and back it's own. I have talked about it this in my Wednesday blogs but here is a week of seeing just what I have. Please forgive my grammer, I am not an English major and do my best with word spell and grammer programs but not all is perfect in this word. LOL. Happy reading and have a great day and hopefully Monday will be back to www.ccrockhopper.com like normal. 

Well back to the grindstone for one day, but it is FRIDAY and for that we will celebrate. It will be a long day today as we have to collect our thoughts, gather our wits and refocus on the direction we need to finish this race we are running this week. This is a one day marathon sprint from the get go to the finish line, so let's start by ditching those hikers and swapping them out for the sprinters, put down the staff and get that suntan lotion on and the eye protection dawned. I know it was hard getting out of bed and we are all sluggish from yesterdays parties and BBQ gatherings. But this is it, we still have this day to finish up and to do it with quality as well as quantity. And yes we will still be stoping for those that need our help, to listen then see them to the next care center. Remember life downers do not take a holiday nor is Friday a day off, so we will be ready to help in whatever way we can. Now we did not get our day of weeding out, we did not get our typical wrap up, but its a bright and sunny day and we are not going to let what didn't or what hasn't gotten done, nor are we going to worry about what we can't change and focus on what we can accomplish. So are you ready? I get it,, but . oh wait this weeks theme? Ok ok,, they are all different types of Tomatoes, each is a different kind kinda cool I think, if not just down right interesting. Ok, enough babbling, and time to get this show on the race track and take this week to it's finish. And if we need to pepper it up with a lot of hot-sauce then do what you need to make it one of the best that's ever been. And just think 2020 is less than 6 months away. Time to do it and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long and give it all you've got.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
 
Holidays & Observances:
National Graham Cracker Day
National Bikini Day
Work-a-holics Day
Work Without Your Hands Day
Roswell UFO Days: 5-7 
International Cherry Pit Spitting Day - 6
Hop A Park Day - 6
International Day of Cooperatives - 6
International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day - 6 
National Hand Roll Day - 6
Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day - 6
Tour de France: 6-28
 
National Strawberry Sundae Day - 7
National Macaroni Day - 7
World Chocolate Day - 7
Build A Scarecrow Day - 7
Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day - 7
Global Forgiveness Day - 7
National Dive Bar Day - 7
Tell The Truth Day - 7
Victims of The Dallas, Texas Attack Day - 7
Be Nice To New Jersey Week: 7-13 
Creative Maladjustment Week: 7-14  
National Farriers Week: 7-13
Sports Cliché Week: 7-13
 
 

Cherokee Purple Thursday / 7-4-19

Cherokee Purple Thursday EveryOne

I am in the midst of changing platforms for CCRockhopper.com, The new presence on Blogger.com will not be available till next week 7-8-19 until then I hope you enjoy a few morning laughs, groans, moans and chuckles. Once the new platform and my domain for www.CCRockhopper.com has updated I will move the morning open letter off of this site and back it's own. I have talked about it this in my Wednesday blogs but here is a week of seeing just what I have. Please forgive my grammer, I am not an English major and do my best with word spell and grammer programs but not all is perfect in this word. LOL. Happy reading and have a great day.

      Morning one and all, and Happy 4th of July, as we go through today let us remember all those that gave their lives so that we could have the freedoms we have. The abilities to think and relatively say what we want. The ability to live where we want and work at what we want. We as a nation need to go back to the roots and see what this country was built on and take it back to the basics. Things were not perfect but we were at least united in the cause. No everyone did not agree on all the points of the constitution but they worked together to put it together. Not everyone was of the same faith but they worked together, not everyone was of the same backgrounds, but they worked together. Today we have more people wanting to do their own things and then point fingers at the other side than you have fingers and toes in an army of 10 thousand. No life is not perfect, freedom is not free, and egos and self righteousness need to be checked out of the picture and left outside not brought into the house. Today is a day of celebration and we need to keep it that way, lest all the work our forefathers did put this all in motions go down the crapper. Life is too short to focus so hard on thing object and miss the greater picture. Fireworks are only great when you are back a bit seeing them in their full beauty and not up close trying to look through smoke and haze. So remember this 4th of July that we are a nation, that will either make it together, or fall being divided. And folks, seriously if you can't stand for the USA as it is in all her glory, them please get out, leave, there is a difference between having a difference of opinion and undermining what the USA is all about, in a whole... May God Bless the USA that seeks to stand together. 
Your Patriot Friend forever
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com 
 
Holidays & Observances:
National Barbecue Day
Caesar Salad Day 
Independence Day (U.S.)
National Country Music Day
Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
Aphelion
Boom Box Parade Day
Earth at Aphelion
Fourth of July or Independence Day
Independence From Meat Day
Indivisible Day
Ratha Yatra
Freedom Week: 4-10
Sandwich Generation Month
Self Care Month  Link  (Note: It's also Sept. Different Sponsor)
Smart Irrigation Month
Social Wellness Month
Tour de France Month (1-23)
Wheat Month Link
Women's Motorcycle Month
World Watercolor Month Link
Worldwide Bereaved Parents Month
 

Road Travel 2019 & a Bikini Cocktail / 7-3-19

    Welcome back to the show that never ends, summer vacations on old Cape Cod. were driving congestions abound and there are no left hand turns to be made. Hello my friends and welcome to the abra-kadabra of summer fun. We want to wiggle our nose, then our toes, but unless we get a little magic happening or a have a flying carpet, make sure you can trip only happens with right hand turns cause you ain't maken a left hand turn, especially on Rt 28 or Iyannough Rd, going towards the rotary. And speaking of rotaries, Oh my, if there is any way you can avoid one, even driving 5 miles out of your way to do so is the best option. I'm sorry but there is a certain state's drivers that just can not handle them or those dear seasoned snow birds that like to drive 10-15 miles an hour under the speed limit, heavens to betties you get stuck behind one of those in the rotary.. To anyone readying this, please remember the airport rotary is 2 lanes not 1 and please, I know it is against a lot of New Englanders religion or beliefs but please USE A DARN SIGNAL. And when you are traveling either down RT 6, 6A, 28, Satucket, Queen Ann's, or any other major road, please at least do the speed limit, not 5-15 below it. I love you, I really don't want to run up your tail pipe but seriously if you don't know where you are going, pull over and find out where you need to go then get there. If there is no one behind fine get our and push the vehicle, but if you are holding up anyone please be mindful and pull over, let the folks pass then move on, it will lessen your stress as well as those behind you. We love tourist, really we do, you help pay our neighbors and friends mortgages, you help put our kids through school and you help put food on our tables. To you locals remember they are only here about 3 months, so be nice, take a deep breath and be mindful that they may be going to your establishment to spend money. I know this is all old stuff, we hear it, we know it, but so often we let it get to us, then act like idiots. Please folks take a deep breath and just relax and enjoy it, they are trying to get a little taste of what we live the other 9 months of the year. Now for you folks staying in the areas that are residential areas, there are several that the numbers are up there for year round areas, I happen to live in one of those, as you travel the back roads, be careful we have, parents with strollers and little ones, we have kids on bikes we have fur bablies out walking their humans. Please these areas, slow down and you locals do likewise please. 

      So have I offended enough people? Have a covered about all age groups and staying situations (visitors and year rounders). Have I made my point to both sides of the road? Please, be careful, mindful and responsible, but most of all enjoy this place we call old Cape Cod and allow others around you to enjoy it as well. Have a great one and have a wicked awesome to all here on Cape Cod.  
      Well another week of small business reports and places to go and things to do. We all like ice cream and a few years ago I did a tour of what was voted on in a few other publications to be the top ice cream shops. So if the weather holds and you need some place to get cooled down with some great ice cream go check these out. If I don't include you sorry I am not thinking negative thoughts just I can not get to all of you out there. So here are what I have been too and a few others I have heard of.
      Cape Cod Creamery, - 3 locations, South Yarmouth, Dennis, and Hyannis
      Sundae Schools - now 3 locations Dennis Port, Harwich Port, and East Orleans 
      Four Season Ice Cream -  Centerville
      Polar Cave - Mashpee
      Smitty's Homemade - Falmouth
      Twin Acres Ice Cream - Sandwich
      Sweet Caroline's - Forestdale 
      School House Ice Cream - Harwich Port
      Nauset Ice Cream - Eastham
      The Local Scoop - Orleans
      Steve & Sue's Ice Cream West Hyannis
   And the list goes on and on. So find your favorite and enjoy but look around and try something new, you might just be surprised to find a new favorite. Happy Ice Creaming. 
 
      Now I also wanted to do a non-small business list. This time of Lighthouses that need to be checked out and visited. You will need to google each one to see if and when they are open to the public or if there are any activities going on. So get out there and enjoy and learn some lighthouse history. 
 
      Nobska Light - Falmouth/Woods Hole
      Sandy Neck Light - West Barnstable
      West Dennis Light - West Dennis
      Monomoy Light -  Monomoy Island
      Chatham Light - Chatham 
      Nauset Light - Eastham
      Three Sisters Lighthouses - Eastham
      Highland Light - Truro
      Race Point - Provencetown
      Long Point - Provencetown
      Wood End Light - Provencetown
      Wings Neck Light - Poccaset
      and don'f forget the islands, Im running out of room so google them and go see them when you are island hopping.  
 
      Their ba-ack, and now more than even last week and we are already starting to see beach closings. Look folks I know we need to be safe, but nature is nature, we don't close the woods just because there's a bear in the woods. We don't stop people from going rock climbing when there are bobcat and mountain lion sightings. So why are we closing the beaches when there are shark sightings. Some of you are jumping up and down and asking what is this old coot saying? Has he lost his marbles, has he gone mad, has he, this, or that? Well no I have not, but I am stating that we can not protect all people from doing stupid things, and for the most part, most people can use their brains and eyesight when swimming. Yes we need to post when in the area, just like they do when there are bear and bobcat sightings but we need to stop the hysteria and learn to live with them. As you can figure I am just a little perturbed over this, I have heard even some comments that they need to close all beaches on the Cape for the summer, Please move to Montana where the Bison roam and dig a hole and crawl in it. Yes I am being a little harsh, but we are going too over board if you ask me. But then again that is my opinion and mine along, Ok I have had a few others express this to me as well. But it is not the management of this, blog thing or whatever this reporter calls it.Ok I have said my peace, now time to move on. 
      So have you been looking for any of the beacons while you are out on the beaches after dark? For you folks on the south side, the Sound side, while you were out watching your fire works did you notice the light house beacons from Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Chatham. And depending on where you where possibly from Woods Hole, Nobska? Over the years I get reports that all can be seen. And those of you watching in Orleans, what about Race Point light or even Duxberry? Some say they have seen even Highland light over the duns and some think a few others, but I wonder about that as there are not many left on the Bay side that are prominent like around the Sound and out along the outer Cape's Atlantic side. Anyway, over the next several weeks as you are out at night keep your eyes open, find a nice dark place to escape to along a beach and go star gazing and light beacon searching. I think you will have a fun time and best of all, its all for free. Well I have gabbed enough today, stay safe, keep your eyes and ears open and just have fun in all you do as you are here on this great place we call old Cape Cod.      
      Wow the weather has started to heat up and the beaches are beginning to get a work out, and especially with a lot of Bikinis all around. But we are more interested right now in the kind that we get to drink than the kind we wear, and some would say they would need a lot of them to wear one. Oh well has the textile and garment industry really duped the majority of folks into thinking what they want us to wear, show off, cover up or think we need to hide. But for those who think they need a good stiff one before they head to the beach here is the main event to the entire year. Just do all a favor and be a responsible consumer and host and please don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive, the life you take may be a loved one, or someone else's loved one. Now on with the show:
 
      This week's recipe: a Bikini Cocktail
 
      1      oz      light rum
      2      oz      vodka
   1/2      oz      milk
      1      tsp     sugar
   1/2      lemon the juice from
 
      Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add rum, vodka, milk, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake well, and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. 
 
      Ok I found no less than 6 different sights with this recipe, no one gave or took credit, I will just say this is what is out there all the same all agree on amounts and how to put together. So enjoy if they are all willing to copy each other. 
 
 

Great White Wednesday / 7-3-19

Great White Wednesday EveryOne

I am in the midst of changing platforms for CCRockhopper.com, The new presence on Blogger.com will not be available till next week 7-8-19 until then I hope you enjoy a few morning laughs, groans, moans and chuckles. Once the new platform and my domain for www.CCRockhopper.com has updated I will move the morning open letter off of this site and back it's own. I have talked about it this in my Wednesday blogs but here is a week of seeing just what I have. Please forgive my grammer, I am not an English major and do my best with word spell and grammer programs but not all is perfect in this word. LOL. Happy reading and have a great day.

Up, Up, Up, we are at the top and the path today starts the trek down, down, dow the back side so we need to be focused, focused, focused, cause it is going to be one of those fast and furious days. That staff you keep questioning me about is going to your lifesaver today to grab hold of it and hand on, and those hikers you need to pull on are going to get the heals worn off. I can not remember the last time we have had this wild a ride on a Wednesday, but we are going to do it. Along the way we will come on those in dire need, and we will do all we can to help them in and get them to the next care center. The sun is risen and it is climbing fast, we have cleared days one and two and day three is here. Tomorrow is a day off for many except our service related people, our radio folks and a those in sales. But that is not till tomorrow and we need to take care of business today and let tomorrow take care of itself. Remember we still need to hold onto that attitude of gratitude and keep the spirits running high. We can not let ourselves be dragged down by the would ofs, the could ofs, or the should ofs, or ever the what ifs. We need to just concentrate on what is before us and do all we can to do our best, and let life live out to it's best. So are you ready? Neither am I but guess what, we don't have a choice so let's get it together and get to the line and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long. 
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com   
Oh and Check back tomorrow for a post as well. Yes I know it's a holiday but I will be posting.
 
Holidays & Observances:
Eat Beans Day
Compliment Your Mirror Day
Disobedience Day
Eat Beans Day
Stay out of the Sun Day
Compliment Your Mirror Day
International Plastic Bag Free Day
Stay Out Of The Sun Day
Superman DayBeer Pong Days: 3-7
Bean and Bacon Days: 3-7 
National Tom Sawyer Days: 3-6
National Deli Sandwich Month
National Anti-Boredom Month
National Black Family Month
National Blueberries Month
National Child-Centered Divorce Month Link
National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month Link
National Contract Sewing Month Link
National Cord Blood Awareness Month Link
National "Doghouse Repairs" Month
National HIV Awareness Month  Link  (Note: October is AIDS Awareness Month also.
National Horseradish Month
National Make A Difference to Children Month
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
National Parks & Recreation Month
National Roadside Traffic Safety Awareness Month
National Vacation Rental Month
National Wheelchair Beautification Month
 

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