February 2011 Archives



By Bob on February 28, 2011 6:40 AM | Read More

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Keeping the Feast: One Couple's Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy

By Bob on February 25, 2011 6:22 AM | Read More

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Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini is like eating a rich desert.


The prose is light, almost crusty on top and dense and satisfying at its core. It's a luscious memoir of late-in-life love, dedication, healing and food. 


The story chronicles the lives of Butturini and her husband John who are two professional journalists covering Europe around the fall of the Berlin Wall. We learn quickly that glamorous overseas assignments don't always turn out to be dream jobs and this one turns into a nightmare pretty fast.


Within days of her marriage, Butturini is beaten up by police thugs as she covers a protest and her husband is shot in a separate incident in Eastern Europe. The two events derail their idyllic life and plunge it into the darkness of depression.

Her husband struggles with post traumatic stress disorder for years and Butturini does everything imaginable to help them find their way back.


We're giving away 1 FREE copy of Keeping the Feast.

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

Hurry, promotion ends March 10!


Full Details after the Jump 

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The Profiler

By Bob on February 24, 2011 4:46 AM | Read More

Pat Brown's latest book written with Bob Andelman, The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths, pulls back the curtain on the shadowy world of homicidal criminals. It's a dark place and Brown and Andelman do an excellent job of throwing about one-million candle watts of light on the disturbing subject.

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Daily Distraction

Pizza's Here!

By Bob on February 22, 2011 6:31 AM | Read More


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By Bob on February 21, 2011 6:37 AM | Read More

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CTI Records Re-Releases

By Bob on February 21, 2011 4:07 AM | Read More

Sony Masterworks Jazz is celebrating the 40th anniversary of CTI Records, the beloved jazz label founded in 1970 by producer Creed Taylor by re-releasing six classic albums -- White Rabbit by George Benson, All Blues by Ron Carter (first time on CD in the U.S.), Prelude by Deodato, Pure Desmond by Paul Desmond, Concierto by Jim Hall, and Milt Jackson's Sunflower. The reissues are packaged in eco-friendly softpack sleeves that replicate the original gatefold LP design and their iconic covers most with photos by Pete Turner.

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Going the Distance

By Bob on February 17, 2011 6:38 AM | Read More

Going the Distance, the latest romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, is a wildly predictable story of two geographically challenged hipsters who struggle to make a long-distance relationship work. If you feel you've seen this all before you aren't experiencing Déjà vu - you HAVE.

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Daily Distraction

I Hear the Tractor Has a Record Deal

By Bob on February 15, 2011 6:26 AM | Read More

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Daily Distraction

Somebody's Looking for You...

By Bob on February 15, 2011 6:11 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Hot Offer - UPDATE!

By Bob on February 14, 2011 6:49 AM | Read More

Is somebody trying to tell me something, internets?


Last night I return home to Blogger Mansion and open the mailbox to find this...

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Either all the funeral homes in Grapevine-Colleyville have suddenly become faithful followers of The Brief (and if you have, then why aren't you advertising?) or they've put out a HIT on me.


Quick question, Bluebonnet Hills and Neptune Society marketing geniuses - if ol' Bob hops up on your hot plate, who do you think will write this crap brilliantly funny discourse on the world condition.


For those of you keeping score at home, here's (as Paul Harvey used to say) the rest of the story...


Yesterday evening I bring in the mail and like most people, I begin sorting it as I walk back to the blogger mansion. In with the usual crap, is an invitation-sized envelope with an offer no Baby Boomer could refuse.

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This was no Publisher's Clearing House deal. No. This was something much bigger.


It was an offer for a FREE PRE-PAID CREMATION.


I know what you're thinking internets. So, what's the BDD (big damn deal), Bob? You're middle-aged right? Think it's 'bout time you started looking at your options? And free? You effin kiddin' me? FREE!?


Before you get all, don't-look-a-free-pre-paid-cremation-in-the-mouth, let's just clear something up right now. I don't dislike cremations. It's just that I don't want one TOMORROW. Middle-aged jokes aside (and I'm not really middle-aged, unless my life expectancy is 110) this s*** is creepy. 


How does this deal work? Do I go in the back and lay down, or do you hit me in the head with a mallet...?


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Guest Room

Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex

By Bob on February 14, 2011 6:39 AM | Read More

With February being the loooove month, Charlotte suggested we include some romantic content in The Brief. Since I'm not really the romance expert (I'll never understand why a chainsaw isn't a perfectly acceptable gift) I turned to the pros.

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By Bob on February 14, 2011 6:34 AM | Read More

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Sandals to FlipOut About

By Charlotte on February 11, 2011 6:00 AM | Read More

After almost two weeks of bitter COLD in Texas, here comes the sun. Hallelujah!


With temps in the 70s expected next week, I'm even thinking about pulling out some of my sandals. I have the cutest new Pink-331.jpgFlipOut Haute Jellies that I'm dying to wear.


You won't believe this amazing little summer staple. Besides boasting a smokin' hot shade of pink and just a hint of heel, it's actually two shoes in one.


It comes with two sets of decorative ornaments that you can change out for different looks. There's a pretty pink flower perfect for poolside plus a dazzling jeweled design that cries "take me out." The decorations twist on and off with ease (that's a big deal when you have my wimpy wrists). And since they don't involve snaps or clips, they stay put.


Here comes the sun! We're celebrating by giving away a FREE pair of trendy, black Brazilian Flip Flops from our friends at FlipOut Sandals.

Read on for details. Contest ends Feb. 24!

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The Story Behind the Song

By Bob on February 10, 2011 6:46 AM | Read More

The Story Behind the Song. The Exclusive Personal Stories behind 101 of Your Favorite Songs is part of the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series. For those Boomers who like their trivia - especially of the music variety - this one's a gem.

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Here's the Dish

Two for Tonight

By Charlotte on February 9, 2011 3:15 PM | Read More

Candlelight, wine, dessert for two prepared with a hearty helping of love. Ahhh!  


There's no surer recipe for romance than serving your special someone one of these sweet treats for two from Chef Jacques Haeringer, author of Two for Tonight: Pure Romance from L'Auberge Chez Francois. As Chef Jacques says, "Love Begins in the Kitchen."

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In the Mirror

Date Night

By Charlotte on February 8, 2011 1:46 PM | Read More

Why not set the stage for romance this Valentine's Day? Whether you're planning a cozy dinner at home or a big night on the town, you could just steel the scene with a little help from these date-night-perfect beauty boosters.

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Gettin' Ready for Valentine's Day

By Bob on February 7, 2011 10:50 AM | Read More

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By Bob on February 7, 2011 6:31 AM | Read More

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Home Runs

Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner

By Charlotte on February 3, 2011 8:05 AM | Read More

My mother tried teaching by example. When I was growing up, she swept our tile kitchen floor after every meal (or had me do it ... a natural consequence of being the oldest child.) But somehow the habit never stuck.

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Daily Distraction

When Sally Field Liked to Get High

By Bob on February 1, 2011 6:01 AM | Read More

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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.


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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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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