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December 2010 Archives

Start the New Year off Right with The Try

By Bob on December 31, 2010 6:34 AM | Read More

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There are plenty of great self-help books out today, but if you're a Texan (or from anywhere in the south) there's one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: The Try: Reclaiming the American Dream by author and cowboy ethics expert James P. Owen.

 

Do yourself a favor and start 2011 by reading it today. The Try is just that good. This is possibly the easiest, most common sense look at how you can make your wildest, most ambitious dreams come true.

 

Owen explains the key to success is all in having The Try - a cowboy term for giving 110% to the task at hand. His new book provides twelve stories of people with aspirations ranging from athletes to politicians to business moguls who have succeeded where others have failed, and explains that they were able to achieve - not because they were more talented - but because they wanted it more.

 


 
We're giving away 1 FREE COPY of The Try.

Enter by emailing your name and shipping address (no PO boxes) to: Enter@BoomerBrief.com.

Hurry, promotion ends January 13!

 


 

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Out of the Closet

Cold Feet?

By Bob on December 30, 2010 6:38 AM | Read More

My feet and I have a love/hate relationship. It's not that I DON'T like my feet -- it's just that I've been hard on them and they retaliate in a big way, usually by breaking into itty-bitty pieces of bone that have to be wired together when I fall off ladders. You know, stuff like that.

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Here's the Dish

Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens

By Charlotte on December 29, 2010 10:35 AM | Read More

When building our home a few years ago, Bob and I went for the "dream" kitchen. We included counter space for two cooks, as much light as possible and tons of storage.

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Daily Distraction

BBQ Feets don't fail me now

By Bob on December 28, 2010 5:35 AM | Read More

Remember SNL's "It's a floor wax. It's a dessert topping." commerical spoof? This guy's got 'em beat...

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In the Mirror

I Need to Replenish

By Charlotte on December 27, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

I'd like to have my mother's skin. What a complexion! She may be 70ish but her skin looks as healthy as that of her 26-year-old granddaughter Jacquelin.

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on December 27, 2010 6:53 AM | Read More

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DVDelicious

The Ghost Writer

By Bob on December 23, 2010 6:08 AM | Read More

The Ghost Writer is one of those movies you probably overlooked in 2010. I know it never appeared on my radar screen until I ran across it in my Netflix queue a couple of weeks ago. If it hadn't appeared I might just have missed one of the best films of the year. Yeah, it's that good.

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Guest Room

Feets Don't Fail Me Now!

By Bob on December 22, 2010 6:57 AM | Read More

My feet are in training. In just a few days, they'll have to bring their "A" game into play, since Charlotte will have me hitting the after-Christmas sales all the way from Southlake Town Center to Northpark. For those of you who say, "Bob, pay the extra $$ and just valet park," I remind you that 1) We're in a recession; and 2) Even if you valet park at the Galleria Dahling...you still have to walk a mile to get where you want to go.

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Daily Distraction

I saw this in the window and just had to have it!

By Bob on December 21, 2010 6:35 AM | Read More

Now I understand why Charlotte hates getting tapped for Bridesmaid duty. Any time your dress has to match the drapes you just know you're in trouble...

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on December 20, 2010 6:49 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

The Boomer Brief "Best"

By Bob on December 20, 2010 6:13 AM | Read More

Like a lot of you, 2010 was an up and down year for us. But, just when I had it pegged as a total write-off, it drunk-dialed me y'all and we hooked up again.

I don't know how I'll feel about it when I look back years from now, but for the time being I'd give it a 79 on the American Bandstand rating system. It had an OK beat, but it was a real bitch to dance to. 

Not to get all Debbie Downer on you, because there were bright spots illuminating the way. And if they weren't actual bright spots, they did give us something to poke fun at (and God knows we love our snark at The Brief). So, I invite you to climb in the Boomer Brief Delorean and set the clock back 12 months. Let's look in our rearview mirror before we head out to the future.

 


The Boomer Brief Best of 2010

 

Best Excuse for Moving Into a Cave without TV or Wi-Fi

Mid-term campaigns. Dallas' wet/dry election. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. British Petroleum. Lindsay Lohan.   

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Best Reason to Move Somewhere with Excellent Cable Reception

The Texas Rangers. CLAW! 

 

Best Trip for Wine Lovers

If you even pretend to like wine, you should run to Yountville, CA - stay at the Yountville Inn and visit the Hill Family Estate (not related, but I've begged them to adopt me) Tasting Room and enjoy a glass of their fabulous Clarke Vineyard Syrah. I'll be looking for your thank-you note in the mail.

 

Best Home Cooking

Charlotte's Tortilla Soup. If she doesn't share this recipe with you, I'll get it out of the lockbox and tell you about it.

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Pages Full of Miracles

By Charlotte on December 17, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

Evans PROMISE ME jacket-200.jpgI began keeping a crystal angel beside a picture of our son Cole when he was in the third grade. For 16 years, that little figurine has been a comforting reminder that there are angels watching over my boy. (Yes, he's 24 now so I've got to quit calling him that!)

 

It warms my heart to think Divine forces can intervene when bad things happen. If you can relate, you'll thoroughly enjoy these two new, Christmas-perfect books:

 

·         Promise Me - A first-rate fantasy focusing on love, second chances, and the value of friends and family.

·         The Miracle Chase - A true story of three girlfriends whose extraordinary experiences send them on a spiritual quest.

 

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We're giving away eight FREE copies of these two uplifting tales: Promise Me and The Miracle Chase.

 

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Dec. 30!

 


 


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Taking Off

Polly's Packing Pointers

By Charlotte on December 16, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

Bob and I have traveled more this year. Since we're empty nesters with flexible schedules (there are perks to getting older!), we figure it's time to have some fun.

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Here's the Dish

Shrimp, Zucchini and Corn Pancakes

By Charlotte on December 15, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

When it comes to shrimp, Bob and I feel a kinship with Bubba in Forrest Gump. He calls these little creatures "the fruit of the sea" because they can be prepared so many ways. And we couldn't agree more.

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Daily Distraction

Rock 'n Roll Directions on How to Get Anywhere

By Bob on December 14, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on December 13, 2010 6:45 AM | Read More

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The List

Stocking Stuffers

By Bob on December 13, 2010 6:22 AM | Read More

Instead of choosing cigarettes and lottery tickets candy as the go-to stocking stuffer this year, check out these special somethings that'll make 'em glad they woke up at your house on Christmas morning.

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Remotely Possible

Gadget Protection

By Bob on December 9, 2010 6:42 AM | Read More

If you've recently purchased an electronic gadget you've likely been offered the "Extended Warranty" at  checkout. I've always suspected that these things were little more than the electronic retailer's version of "you-want-fries-with-that?"come-on and just about worthless.

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Guest Room

Deep in the Heart of Text Us

By Bob on December 8, 2010 6:24 AM | Read More

Like a lot of Boomers, I'm slowly warming to the idea of texting instead of calling.

Yeah I know, this makes me sound like that crazy old guy who yells Get Off My Lawn all day from his front porch. But hey, I'm catching up. I've already mastered the delete key, which saves me from using all that Liquid Paper on my computer screen.

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Daily Distraction

God Bless the Repo Man

By Bob on December 7, 2010 6:49 AM | Read More

Here's just one more reason to love that Repo Man!

 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on December 6, 2010 6:42 AM | Read More

Your Mother Was Right They Only Want One Thing-200.jpg#48 Your mother was right. They do only want one thing.

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Don't Try This At Home

A Milestone Isn't a Millstone

By Bob on December 6, 2010 6:15 AM | Read More

When you're a middle-aged Baby Boomer, "milestone" birthdays come at you like Speed Racer on crystal meth.

 

Before you know it, you're dreading celebrating every birthday that ends in a zero and you start reading those pre-need funeral ads in the newspaper. It's depressing.

 

So when my good friend Terry Storer was staring down a "milestone" he did what Terry usually does. He starred right back at the sumbitch and yelled, I'M GOING TO COSTA RICA. WHO'S WITH ME? Costa Rica Landscape - 500.jpg

 

My hand shot up faster than if he'd asked "who wants a free, frosty glass of Absolut?" A few weeks later I'm in Jaco, Costa Rica with Terry and four friends.

 

Turns out Costa Rica is a banana republic that isn't Banana Republic. No flat front khakis needed. Just bring your golf shirts and shorts. I packed light.

 


 We did just what our Texas mommas told us to never do. We went and JUMPED OFF A BRIDGE WITH OUR FRIENDS.

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Enjoy Gifts for the Holidays

By Charlotte on December 3, 2010 6:41 AM | Read More

image008-350.jpgThere's nothing quite like candlelight to make a room warm and inviting. So why is it we have candles all through our home but seldom burn them (except to give the kitchen that fresh-baking-going-on-here smell)? 


 


 

We're giving away two great gift boxes of Enjoy Lighting flameless, holiday-scented pillars ... FREE.

 

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Dec. 16!

  


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The List

Boomer Brief Gift Ideas

By Bob on December 2, 2010 6:01 AM | Read More

Run out of ideas for the hard-to-shop-for people on your gift list? Well, here are some suggestions from the Boomer Brief elves that'll have your loved ones screaming for more Bloody Mary Mix with joy on Christmas morning.

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Here's the Dish

Comfort Food

By Charlotte on December 1, 2010 9:33 AM | Read More

When our one and only son Cole visits, it's time for some classic home cookin'. (What 24-year-old couldn't use a break from fast food?) My challenge: fixing food we'll all enjoy without dallying in the kitchen. After all, I don't want to waste one precious moment when we are all together.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.

Tips:

If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Playing Favorites

Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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