Monday Morning Musings

I’m back! Did you all play nicely while I was gone?

The two-week drama camp was amazing, and the performances were outstanding. Here is a picture of just one of the scenes. The show title was “Mayhem on Market Street,” and the story involved thievery, mischief, and a search for a mcguffin. One of the parents made the booths for the kids, who then decorated their booths and gathered the items to sell at their own version of a farmer’s market.

As if great performances to sell-out crowds was not enough to mark my final days as camp administrator, the camp leaders and volunteers made this awesome t-shirt for me.

Needless to say, Sunday was a bittersweet day for me as the cast party wound down and everybody started to leave. Parents and kids hugged me and thanked me for the years I organized the camp, and when they were all gone, I just sat in the empty building for a few minutes, absorbing the remnants of excitement that still wafted through the space. That was my last hurrah as Theatre Director at the Winnsboro Center For the Arts, and it was a good one.


I receive a regular newsletter from Kab Benefield, a Kitchen Craft distributor, that is filled with good suggestions, recipes and tips on healthy eating. I thought I would share a few of the tips that were in the last newsletter:

Make it a habit to read the “Nutrition Facts” on product labels. Learn how to decode them and read between the lines.
  •  Check the ingredients. Ingredients are listed according to their amount in food, with the first three or four making up most of a given product. If sugar or fat are listed here, chances are it is not a healthy choice.
  •  Watch out for jargon. Labels are rarely so straightforward as to state simply fat or sugar. This is why you need to keep an eye on other names for fat (such as hydrogenated vegetable oil, coconut or palm or other oil, lard, shortening, lecithin and cream solids) and sugar (also know as corn sweetener, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, malt, maltose, molasses,etc.).
  •  Pay attention to serving sizes. This is one of food manufacturers’ biggest tricks. A small bag of chips or cookies represents one serving, right? Wrong! There may be as many as four servings in that bag. Check the label, and do the math.
  • Don’t squander your hard-earned dollars on foods that promise to make you thinner or healthier or happier. Packaged, processed foods with alluring labels are not the answer. If the claim is low-fat, they’re often packed with sugar and calories. Low-carb? Check the fat content.

That’s all for me for today, folks. I really need a day of rest after the whirlwind of the past two weeks.

But before I go, I want to tell you about the StoryFinds Beach Reads Contest to win an Amazon gift card and some awesome books. I am pleased to be sponsoring the contest with my romance, Play it Again, Sam – a perfect beach read. Check it out!

Have a great start to your week. 

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