Color me Thinner

TOPS #307 31 Aug 2018 Presentation

For more than 4000 years, people have been using color therapy to cure/treat physical and mental health issues. Being non-invasive is a bonus for many who have larger amounts of weight to lose, as it eliminates the need for dangerous surgeries. Colors work on vibrational energy. The energy affects the pituitary gland, which affects the entire metabolism.

As with anything, please consult your doctor before you make any life-altering decisions concerning the treatment of your health. Color therapy has not been studied enough scientifically, but there have been proven results. There is no guarantee it will work for you, but you won’t know if you don’t try.


bulb3-1Have you ever considered the affect your refrigerator light has on your eating habits? The color BLUE is said to help suppress your appetite. Consider changing the light bulb in your refrigerator to an economical blue light.

Other ways to incorporate BLUE into your weight loss regime is to use BLUE dinnerware, or try changing your dining room color scheme to BLUE.


Yellow-colour-therapy-glassesMany of us have a difficult time staying focused on our weight loss and maintaining healthy eating habits. It is thought that wearing YELLOW shaded sunglasses for a half an hour a day will help to enforce your focus on eating healthy. Because of its intensity, YELLOW will also help those of us who might be a bit more sluggish to find the energy we need for a healthy lifestyle.


color-healsOne of the worst times for losing weight is Fall. It is not clear how many people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It is often called the “winter blues.” Whatever you call it, SAD can be crippling for those trying to lose weight. The basic symptoms of SAD are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling irritable
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Guilt or low self-esteem
  • Thoughts of suicide

Some claim that SAD is responsible for an increase in the craving of carbs. One thought is that the lack of sunlight decreases our serotonin levels. There was a time when research thought a bright white light was the best treatment for SAD, but discoveries are leading us in the direction of BLUE light. By increasing the amount of light we get during the SAD season we can fight off the urges to eat.


Another way to use color in your weight loss program is by actually coloring. This simple task serves us well in many ways. First of all, it is a distraction. I personally find that when I color I am less interested in eating. I am so focused on my work that I have even forgotten to eat a meal.4302-colored-pencils-rainbow

Other benefits from art therapy might include:

  • Perception and self – perception-helping to focus on the now and to understand the relationship between our physical body and our emotions
  • Personal integration –helps to improve self-image and to understand more deeply our conflicting emotions
  • Impulse and emotion control – pretty self-explanatory
  • Changes in behavior – helping us to change behaviors directed at ourselves as well as others
  • Insight and comprehension – helping to turn non-verbal emotions into actual words


I’ve saved the color RED for last because there is confusion among researchers as to how this colors actually affects us. Some say RED helps reduce the appetite, but I, and many others, believe the opposite. RED is a stimulating color, making it a prime choice for restaurant owners to use in their marketing. If you look at the line of fast food joints who implement this color, I think you will agree. Who doesn’t get a twinge of hunger when they see a giant sign for:


  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Krystal’s
  • Checkers
  • McDonald’s
  • Wendy’s
  • Arby’s
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Bob Evans
  • Hardees
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dairy Queen
  • Burger King
  • Pizza Hut
  • Sonic

Are you seeing a pattern? These places have used the STOP mentality by incorporating RED into their signage and marketing. When we see these signs, our minds, that have been trained by RED STOP signs, tell us to STOP. We know that what we will find inside those doors will be unhealthy, bad for our overall weight, and probably not satisfying, but we will go in anyways. The key to this is STOP. Red may be the color of passion, but it is not in our best interest to be so passionate about food.

Puzzle Piece Found

George Henry Jones

That’s my daddy! George Henry Jones.

As some of you may know, I have been working on my family tree for about 30 years now. This has been no easy task since I have just mixed ethnicity. For those not in the know, My father was a Negro and my mother was Dutch. I have had great success in tracking my mother’s lines, but my father’s have been…challenging.

Over the last three weeks, my friend and I have been driving from state to state searching our roots. One of my most difficult line is my father’s lines. The are Negros from Mississippi, North, Carolina, and Tennessee during the slave era. OY.


Karen, Michael, and Jeannie Jones 2018

At any rate, this past week I went to Lansing, MI to see my sister and brother. Jeannie, Michael, and I share a father. I got to spend a week with my sister about 30 years ago, but had never met my brother. Last week was the first time the three of us had EVER been together at the same time. To tell you it was incredible does not do it justice. It was like finding a part of myself.

Jones_George_Henry-Karen_Louise-1967-MIAs my sister and I sat looking through pictures, I found something I had long ago given up hope of finding. Jeannie had run across a picture and she didn’t know who it was. I knew immediately upon looking at it that it was me and my father. I felt like I had won the lottery. My whole life I have ever only had one picture of my father, none of us together.

For nearly three weeks, we drove across so many states and hit so many libraries, and the last night of my trip I discover the piece of the puzzle I have been missing. Actual proof of me and my father together. What a glorious feeling.

The Fun of Genealogy

lucille-ball-19I love genealogy. I love the research aspect and more than anything I love the discovery aspect. My husband clings diligently to the “Adam & Eve” theory that we are all related and the rest is just a waste of time. That’s fine for him,  but I guess I am more about the how of the connections. If I am potentially connected to someone, I want to know how, by who, or is it whom. Either way, I want to know.

So, I am a huge fan of Ancestry’s “We are Related,” and Family Search’s “Relative Finder.” I spent yesterday tracking my connections to some of the famous movie stars I am potentially related to. I am always tickled when I can line everyone up to fit.

Below is my most current list of potential famous movie star relatives.

  1. Francis Phillip Wupperman (Frank Morgan)
  2. Eldred Gregory Peck
  3. William Edgar Buchanan
  4. Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery
  5. Humphrey DeForest Bogart
  6. Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (Burl Ives)
  7. Jackson DeForest Kelley
  8. Harry Lillis Crosby II (Bing Crosby)
  9. Jane Waddington Wyatt
  10. Jesse Donald Knotts (Don Knotts)
  11. Lloyd Vernet Bridges II
  12. Margarita Carmen Cansino (Rita Hayworth)
  13. Joseph Frank Keaton (Buster Keaton)
  14. Fess Elisha Parker II
  15. Lucille Desiree Ball
  16. Mary Frances Reynolds (Debbie Reynolds)
  17. Frances Ethel Gumm (Judy Garland)
  18. James Harrison Coburn


I look at this list and two things stand out for me. I am potentially related to the two main characters of the Wizard of Oz, and I am related to a number of strong, beautiful and very funny ladies. Must be in my genes.

Bonnet Creek Resort @ Disney (Review)

For those of you who enjoy timeshares and Disney, this might be of interest to you.

bonnetcreek.pngThe Bonnet Creek Resort is beautiful. We made an appt. via Sea World to attend a presentation regarding their membership opportunities. We knew what we were getting into and went willingly. We saw the presentation and Jay Im was best sales speaker I’ve ever seen. Our guide was very nice. And the tour of the facility was very relaxed and enlightening. We were doing great. Then we told t hem we would not be buying in. Our guide went and got someone else, and she pretty much told us we we were stupid for wasting their time when we obviously had no intention of “committing” when we got there. They kept lowering the price and we stuck with our decision to decline. So our guide gives us the paper to sign to decline and walks away, no good by, no bite me, nothing. Another guy rushes up and tells u to follow him to close out so we can get our free gift (7 nights vacation off their list, taxes only). We get to another table and the guy offers us a one time deal of getting almost what they offered inside for $100,000 for $58 a night for a year. Huh? We said no. He looked at us, let out a heavy sigh, handed us our papers and said go right at the blue sign. I began telling him what a lovely facility it…and he turned and walked away. Nothing.

Now, at this point, I would have actually recommended the idea to a couple other people, because it really was a good deal, but they are only nice to you until you say no, then you become invisible and unworthy of acknowledgement. Well, BITE ME.

When we got to the gifting center there was a nice young man, Angel-his name, who would give us our certificate for vacation. He was as nice as could be, offered a few tips, made eye contact, laughed with us and made us feel human again. I mentioned my displeasure with the previous few people and he looked me straight in the eye and said, “that is unfortunate. I am sorry that happened to you. I hope you enjoy the vacation in spite of it. He smiled and closed us out.

Thank you, Angel for being a kind person. I am giving the resort itself 4 stars (having not stayed can’t give higher.) It is a beautiful facility with tons of amenities right in the heart of Disney. I just hope the actual staff is better than the folks trying to sell the resort. I give them a 1.

Today’s TO DO List

Good Morning, my friends. Couple of reminders.
seducing_cupid-cvr1. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of my  valentine’s day short story, SEDUCING CUPID, on Kindle today. Some folks say it’s funny. And I do tend to crack myself up. Just sayin’. Oh, the important part, it is FREE today. Now run along.
2. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family you love them. Oh, yeah, I love you all!
3. Don’t give up on America, it is ours and WE will fix it with love, compassion, and sheer strength of will. WE ROCK!
4. If you pray, don’t pick and choose who you pray for. Pray for the world that we may all find our happy place.
jellybeandog5. Send Jelly beans. Not to the world. To me. Well, I guess you could send them to the world too. But send to me first, before you run out of stamps and money. Not that I am more important than the world, I just really want jelly beans.

While today I am battling a bit of a cold, I feel pretty good and will begin working on a NEW story idea! Right after I do some research on my very elusive ancestors on my DAVIS side. Evasive little buggers.

Have a super fantastic day.

Back to the Drawing Board

75a70d23ed80b9cf96b27ee5e9edbd5cIt has been a long time coming, but thanks to the support of my Facebook family, I am going to dust off the files in my “Works in progress” directory and see what I have. For those of you who don’t know, I used to be an author–before I was a .publisher. As hard as I tried (15 years worth) publishing did not work for me. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel like I let so many people down when I published their books. Someone asked me the other day if I ever thought about going back to publishing. I didn’t even have to think about it. No. The roller coaster of a ride was too much for me. I worked with some incredible writers–talented and supportive–, and then I had some who seemed to take pleasure in making my life miserable–spiteful and mean. But that is in the past. Publishing allowed me to make some incredible friends and I learned so much about the industry. Which leads me to now.

After looking at my directories, I have three projects worth considering as my jumping back in point. This is what I have. Which one do you think I should work on first?

  1. Tender Betrayer: A historical romance involving two people who were raised together by an overly zealous man of faith. The young boy and girl vow to be together always, but circumstances send the boy off. The young girl is left behind. A decade later, she has finally moved on and her life is showing potential…until he comes back! She is determined she does not need to be rescued, especially by the one who had abandoned her. (This is book one of a trilogy.)
  2. Petticoat Junction: A Liberation of Fools: A steampunk novel that introduces a young girl determined to find her brother who disappeared during the war. The young adventurer finds herself up against foes she can barely imagine, but finds help from several other displaced girls. These girls make their home on a renovated train car (reminiscent of The Wild, Wild West). The book has been potentially set as the opening of a 4-book series, with character personalities based on the elements. Adventure.
  3. Gumshue Inc: Dressed to Kill: Gloria Gumshue is a detective in retro-futuristic Chicago. 2020 rolls in, but the world seems to have fallen back in time, to flappers and prohibition. When Gloria gets her new assignment she discovers she is to protect the most well-known fashion designer in the world, who happens to be an old school chum of her mothers. When the client is murdered in front of the entire world, Gloria and her sidekick, must find the murderer. The job is incredibly difficult because everyone and their brother hated the victim. Then there is all the sexual tension between Gloria and her FBI nemesis. This is potentially the beginning of an ongoing series. Mystery,


Angels of Inspiration

b7d022d976823124c7d971629787aa52Well, 2016 is almost over and I have to say, it has been one of the most difficult years for my generation. So many familiar people have passed. So many people of wondrous talent and genuine compassion have left this world, only to take their greatness. I can honestly say thank God for technology, as it is the only way the future will ever be fortunate enough to share in the glory of talents such as Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, and Leonard Cohen. These are but a few of the notable deaths.

But not everyone sees the real loss here. Some only see another tool for judging, criticizing, and forcing their political agendas onto others. I know, I was about to do the same thing right here until I typed that line and realized my mistake. I was about jump to the defense of Steve Martin, regarding his thoughts on Carrie Fisher, but now that I have caught myself. I will simply give you a list of people who touched my life in some way out of the ordinary. Much the same that Carrie Fisher may have touched Steve Martin.

These are in no particular order.

Muhammad Ali –Such a strong influence on the world. Courageous, endearing, and not the least bit afraid to speak out, about anything.

Frank Armitage – artist and animator for Walt Disney. He gave life to so many of the classics by making the settings characters themselves. Mary Poppins was the most notable for me. His work helped to inspire me to embrace the limitless potential of my imagination.

Pat Conroy – Most known for his talent at a writer, this man changed my life in an unconventional way. I met a man named Sam Morton, he submitted his writing to my publishing company. One of his strongest influences was Pat Conroy. He spoke often of learning from him, admiring him, and envying his talent. Sam always said he thought it made him a better writer himself to study the masters, and he considered Conroy one of the masters. Sam touched my life in so many positive ways.

Gene Wilder – Watching this man perform is one of my greatest pleasures. His courage and commitment to love and life are more than just an inspiration.

Gordie Tapp – Known for his role on the television show, Hee Haw, Gordie Tapp brought me and my family together. Not by choice at first, but every Saturday night at my grandparent’s house, we gathered together in their small singlewide trailer and watched Hee Haw. We laughed and joked and my grampa would tease me with constant “Pfft!” noises. Gordie Tapp, unbeknownst to him, helped create some of my fondest childhood memories.

Big Ang/Angela Raiola – Strong woman. Despite her brushes with the law and being the niece of Salvatore Lombardi (Capo in Genovese family), Big Anj had a way about her that exuded confidence. Knowing what she did and dealing with the consequences is oddly inspiring to me. Her background shaped her life, but I don’t believe that is all she was. Not really a role model, but yet I admired her tenacity and positive attitude.

Sometimes I find inspiration and motivation in strange places and people, but I thank God every day that I can still find it.

In the beginning of this post I made note of how many “familiar” people passed in 2016, but I really began to wonder about this as I wrote my post, so I did some surfing and found out something very interesting. Wiki has a listing of “notable deaths” for years. I went through each page of 2006, curious. What I found shocked me. Some of the names meant nothing to me, in the sense that I could care less what a physicist or math scholar did, I am sorry for their deaths and may they rest in peace, but…

What I actually found were hundreds, maybe thousands of names of people who died in 2016. Many of whom had some kind of effect on my life, despite my having no idea they existed. Listed are, not just people, but animals. Such a wide variety of names, from John Glenn Jr., the first man to orbit the earth, to Sarah Clancy, who was the oldest living person in Ireland, to Jia Jai, the oldest living Panda in the world. We’ve lost these people and animals and many had no idea who they were or what they did. I learned a lot today about politicians from around the world to the creator of the washable crayon from Crayola.

Need something to do some night when you can’t sleep, or just care about other people and what have contributed to our world, check out the Wiki link.