Monday, January 28, 2008

Let the Kissing Begin

Nothing is better than a good kiss. Nothing makes the birds seem to sing louder, the grass seem greener than a great kiss. A great kiss can easily make you dizzy with desire! The kiss prepares the participants for the love life of the future. It is the foundation, the starting point of sexual love. And it is for that reason that the manner in which the kiss is performed is so vitally important.

You've read about kissing, but not really too much about methods. Let's talk about different ways that you can kiss. Take some notes and practice on your woman. She will love the new attention.

Men, My first bit of advice is just this: Lesson One……. Kiss her! Put some meaning behind it, some enthusiasm. Kiss her as though, at that moment, nothing else exists in the world. Kiss her as though your entire life is wrapped up into the period of the kiss. Kiss her as though there is nothing else that you would rather be doing. Kiss her! Don't be in a hurry! As in all matters pertaining to love, don't hurry the process of kissing. A kiss is too rapturous a thing to be enjoyed for the moment and the moment only. Linger longer on her lips than you have ever lingered before. Forget time. Forget everything but the kiss in which you are in the midst of. It has been said that “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

Secondly, at this point, it should be explained that the lips are not the only part of the body which should be joined in kissing. Every lover is a glutton. He wants everything that is part of his sweetheart, everything. That is why, when kissing, there should be as many contacts, bodily contacts, as is possible. Snuggle up closely together. Feel the warm touch of each other's bodies. Be so close that the rise and fall of each other's bosoms is felt by one another. Get next to each other. Heaven will be in that union!

But with these lessons firmly in your mind, there are many ways to approach the kiss. First there is the domination kiss. We all have seen those WWII clips of them men coming back from battle and kissing their wives. This is a kiss with some power behind it. It can say many things. A kiss like this will knock her off of her feet! Maybe you might use this kiss if you haven't seen her for awhile.

Then there is the exploration kiss. This is where you spend some time getting to know her mouth. This is a fun one from time to time. It shows that you are interested in her. You are learning new ways to excite her. This can be good for both of you. Good for you because you will learn new things that turn her on. Great for her because she will love the attention!

The peck before bed. You know that little peck as you say good night and right before you roll over to go to sleep? It doesn't have to be such a little innocent kiss. Instead, look into her eyes when she gives you that little peck. Run your fingers through her hair and tell her that you love her. This will give her sweet dreams all night long.

Just like the peck before bed, turn that peck before you leave for work into something special. Tell her you love her…….and that you will be thinking about her all day long while at work. Look her in the eyes and smile when you say it. This will keep her waiting for when you get home. Never leave home without it.

And there is the classic Cheek Kiss - A friendly, "I really like you" kiss. Often the preferred kissing method you reserve for your grandmother. But, with your hands on your partner's shoulders, gently brush your lips across her cheek. Every kiss does not have to be on the lips. Variety works and this sort of kiss has its place.

Of course there is the French Kiss - This kiss involves the tongue. Some call this the "Soul Kiss" because the life and soul are thought to pass through the mouth's breath in the exchange across tongues. Surprisingly, the French call this "The English Kiss.” French kissing involves tongue contact, and there's really no right or wrong way to do it. But there certainly are plenty of preferences! I’ll just say go slow with this and once initiated, then follow her. She will let you know what she likes.

Oh, and how a bout that Hand Kiss - Gently raise her hand to your lips. Lightly brush your lips across the top of her hand. Historically this kiss was performed with a bow, which showed deference to a lady.

Kissability - When was the last time you saw someone you'd like to kiss? Chances are it was someone who had a winning smile, a pleasing personality, and nice clothes. You don't need to look like a supermodel to be kissable. Just start by improving your smile. Look in a mirror and practice. Then try smiling at your computer. Yes, smiling at inanimate objects will train you to smile better! Then start smiling at people. It's easy! Next time you wish to impress someone, flash that smile!

You may not know it, but a kiss holds a lot of power to a woman. With the right kiss she can be yours. A kiss is an effective way to show affection. If you want to show that you love her and are thinking about her, a great way to show it is a kiss. This will make her feel warm and fuzzy inside and know that you care. Kissing shows interest. It may be sexual or love, but it does it all the same. Your woman will respond to this the same way time and time again. She will be happy to feel your lips on hers. Don't forget, you can never have too many kisses in your lifetime. Kisses cost nothing. So kiss on. Keep on kissing.

But remember, a man’s kiss is his signature.

'Twas not my lips you kissed, But my soul
~Judy Garland

Wishing you the best, Ric

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Easy as Pie

Who wants pie? Which is your favorite? Apple, lemon meringue, blueberry, cherry...or anything wrapped in flaky pastry? Pumpkin? Pies have always been a sweet treat to warm the cold winter days and with the holiday celebrations a fading memory, this is a great way to warm up a January cold snap.

Pie benefits the body and soul. Here are some great pie ideas.

Eat pie. Whether you make it yourself, buy it at a supermarket or bakery or order it at a restaurant, eat some pie. Pie is great with lunch or dinner or as a late-night snack.

Make pie. Bake your favorite homemade pie and your family will be so grateful.

Share pie. If you make or buy a pie, share it. By its very nature, pie is meant to be eaten with others. Have a pie potluck get-together.

Teach pie making. Hold classes and demonstrations and samplings. Invite others who KNOW pie to teach a class. If you don't know how to make pie, ask a pie maker to show you or attend a pie-making class.

Hold a pie night. Gather family and friends for a pie celebration. Everyone must bring one homemade pie for the pie buffet. This can be so much fun.

Hold a pie-making contest. Invite the best pie-makers you know to compete for prizes in various categories. Be sure to include the kids. Ask cooking teachers, pastry chefs and pie lovers to be judges.

Hold a charity pie-throwing or pie-eating contest or a pie auction. This would be fun.

Pass along pie memories. Our pie heritage is slowly fading away. Call members of the family and ask them for pie recipes. Ask them to teach you how to make them. Talk about your favorite pies and the family history behind them. Publish pie memories and recipes. Make pie often and serve them to the next generation.

Eat more pie. You can always have another slice, preferably warm and a la mode.

Do pie stuff. Sing pie songs, read pie books, quote pie poems, make pie charts. Come on people. Are you catching on? Lets get busy eating, making, selling, promoting and enjoying pie!

No matter how you cut it, pies are a great reason to celebrate. I hope you enjoy a fresh baked pie very soon with your friends and family!!

The pie's role in modern day society is legendary. Winston Churchill was not only fond of big cigars, he was renowned for eating huge 4" deep pies before making his historic war time speeches. Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, attributed his fitness levels to a diet including the good old American favourite, the apple pie. Sports stars around the world are pie fans. So, where is the pie heading? What does time have in store for the puff pastry wonder? As we boldly tread forward through this new millennium of ever increasing versatile fillings, the pie's future looks good and in turn, man's future is bright. Long live the pie!

I don't know about you, but I am getting a hankering for some pie!!

Bon Appetit……..May you have a finger in every pie...........Ric

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da

The Beatles song " Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da " has this great line about how life goes on.
“ Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...La la how the life goes on.”

Indeed it does. Sometimes we just have to let things go the way they need to go, and not worry about them.

In the midst of our fears and sorrows, a new spirit can emerge, one you can see at stores and ball-games and concerts. People are being kinder, more open, more sympathetic, more involved. Last week I encountered a car in traffic and the driver, instead of having road rage, gave me the best smile and wave. I felt like pulling her over and giving her a hug.
I see people trying to be happy. And friendly. And loving
Yes, we are surrounded by bad things all the time….like death. Sometimes it hits close to home. We lose those close to us. It has been attention grabbing this week, for me. I don’t like it, but I have learned to accept it. Life is often unfair. Injustices abound all around us.
And then there are the liars…..criminals….and of course the always present ….bad luck. But what are you to do about it?

Often we have decisions to make, even sometimes, important ones. And we agonize over them. But sometimes in life you take a leap of faith. The faith we have is not a faith that God will rescue us physically and make sure that everything is okay. The Creator of the Universe has obviously made peace with the idea of mostly letting things unfold here according to our choices and the natural movement of the planet. The faith we have comes with believing that it was the right thing for us to do. The right thing!!! We feel peace about it. So we hold hands, we pray and we jump. And life goes on. So, I just try to be happy and cheerful and smile a lot and move along with it. It is a good thing, isn't it, to know that change comes - sometimes big changes, substantial ones, that alter our life in big ways. It's good to know this and not be surprised and suspicious of it. Some days our life continues according to our routine, and sometimes not, but definitely, life goes on. If u want some fun say ob la di bla da!!

Wishing you well, Ric

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Helen Keller

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. -- Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved. Helen Keller

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace. Helen Keller

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. Helen Keller

Deaf and blind from infancy, Helen Keller played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the 20th century. Throughout her lifetime (1880-1968) she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people who were blind and deaf. Helen's own approach to life can be summed up by her advice to a five-year-old blind child in 1932:

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face."

Read Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, written when she was just 21 years old.

"The public must learn that the blind man is neither a genius nor a freak nor an idiot. He has a mind which can be educated, a hand which can be trained, ambitions which it is right for him to strive to realize, and it is the duty of the public to help him make the best of himself so that he can win light through work." -- Helen Keller

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been open for us." -- Helen Keller

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Cult of Chex Mix

Party Mix....I just love this stuff.
I'm amazed at how many variations of this snack is now on the market; the corporate Chex Mix Web site gives 13 salty recipes and 24 sweet versions with such names as Chai Crunch and Muddy Buddies. The Chocolate versions are now out.

The recipe I know of uses bacon grease, which is nowhere to be found in the modern recipe. The bacon grease makes all the difference. It's a lot better than the "official recipe" on the Chex Web site, and it's galaxies above the now-popular packaged blends, which according to a General Mills press release is the number one snack mix in convenience stores.

Here's the recipe:

7 cups Rice Chex (7 ounces) 7 cups Wheat Chex (11 ounces) 7 cups Corn Chex (7 ounces) 1 box Cheerios (15 ounces) ( some prefer to soak these in Worcestershire Sauce) 1 package thin pretzels (9 ounces) 1 can Spanish peanuts (12.5 ounces) 1/3 cup bacon grease 1/2 cup margarine 2 tablespoons Tabasco 1 heaping teaspoon chili powder (with salt) (More if you like it spicy)

Mix together the cereals, pretzels and peanuts in a large roasting pan and set aside.

Melt together the bacon grease, margarine and Tabasco and stir into the dry ingredients. Sprinkle on the chili powder and stir again.

Bake in a preheated 200 degrees oven for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Makes about 50 cups.

I think it's nice that even though we live in one of the best cities in the world for dining out, we are not above getting down with the junk food. Most of us have our weaknesses for comfort food, which is often some kind of trashy or junky food we grew up with, no matter how much we also love a fine meal. Want to make me happy? Just come on with that good ole party mix.

Take Care....Ric