Monthly Archives: September 2012

A New Twist On An Old Story of Sherlock Holmes-Elementary

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui take on the alter ego of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

What would Sir Arthur Conan Doyle think of the new Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu)? I believe he would want to watch the story unfold as Sir Doyle was way ahead of his time. He was a free-thinker, this came out in some of his novels especially his Sherlock Holmes character.

CBS is premiering the pilot of Elementary on September 27th at 10 EST that tells the beginnings of Sherlock’s and Watson relationship. I was a bit wary of seeing Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) in the part of Dr. Watson, but I have to admit Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) have a chemistry that quite fits the show.

In today’s world Holmes is a recovering addict and his wealthy father decides to pay for a companion to watch over him after his stunt in rehab.

Dr. Watson is a brilliant surgeon who has guilt over losing a patient on the operating table takes the job as a companion, in order to still be in a field that helps people. Watson is assigned to live with Holmes for six weeks. Mind you, they didn’t always get along.

Watson:”It’s so incredible the way that you can solve people just by looking at them. I notice you don’t have any mirrors around here.”
Holmes:”What’s that supposed to mean?”
Watson:”It means you know a lost cause when you see one.”

Ouch! The new Sherlock put to mind a little of Psych and Monk (without the extreme phobias) rolled into one. Sherlock’s amazing ability to observe, and save those observation for later pondering, to deduct and move the case forward is brilliant and entertaining. Holmes addiction leads him to relocate to New York City, where he hooks up with Aidan Quinn (Benny &Joon) plays Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson, who has some history with Sherlock Holmes from Scotland Yard.

Holmes: “I don’t guess, I observe…”

Elementary is a promising show to keep a look out for each week. I will be one of those people because eccentric is my style.


One Hundred and One Nights- Book Review

Author Benjamin Buchholz weaves a touching story, with twists and turns, in One Hundred And One Nights. You can feel the anguish coming through Abu Saheeh, the book’s main character.

His return to his homeland Iraq gives Abu cause to review his life past and future. Abu’s story tells heart-wrenching stories of the different people in his new place of residence in Iraq bordering on Kuwait.

Abu feels like a foreigner among his own people. It doesn’t help that he is new to the a city that is stuck in limbo.

With the Americans still using their roads to continue a war in the distance, yet so close. Abu’s days are disrupted unexpectedly by a young girl, whose penchant for all things American, borders on blasphemy in their Muslim world.

But as the story unfolds we wonder if people are right to be skeptical of Abu. Abu’s is a stranger with secrets and a mission. The question is whose side is he on?

Culture Shocked Story Contest

Don’t procrastinate…be one of the first to tell your stories. Each story will be judge by brouhaha-access. Then be sure to vote for your favorite of the five finalist, one who will be the winner wi $25 prize. The way to make your voice heard is to speak out!

Click on this link to get more details about the contest.

or just head to and start telling your experience. I am looking forward to reading your stories.

Check out this link for more cultural experiences of the 2012 Hohenfel’s German-american folks Fest.

Livorno, Italy
This photo was taken during my summer visit to Livorno, Italy. the city lies between the more famous towns of Florence and Pisa.
 Church in the city of Nürnberg, Germany
I chaperoned a field trip here with my son’s architecture and design class. The buildings in Germany are very old. Many have stood through WWI and WWII.
This photo was taken by Carissa Anderson at Hohenfel’s 138th Annual German-American Folks Fest 2012.

The Journey Home: Culture Shock

Burglengenfeld (Photo credit: clg20171)

Well folks, I have had an amazing six years in Germany.  I will miss my little town I have grown to love. Unfortunately, my family and I are packing up and heading back to the US of A. I will certainly miss all the friends I have made here. I have to say that I am grateful to have experienced what most people only dream of while living vicariously through the media. Of course, our move shouldn’t come as a surprise since we are a military family. Moving is part of our world, and learning to continuously adapt is a must, otherwise enjoying your time wherever the military assigns you can become a nightmare.

Am I nervous? You bet I am! When my family and I first moved to Germany it was a huge culture shock. The language was a large barrier and shopping was not nearly as fun as it was back home. My husband had chosen a house in the German community of Burglengenfeld, and my family and I were instantly immersed in the German culture. Since I did not have my European license yet I had to shop on the German economy. I was forced to learn how to communicate in the German economy, for what I wanted and needed, when I had to get something for the household. Ahhh, that seemed so long ago. Eventually the family assimilated and my children even learned to speak German fluently. They were fortunate to have a terrific German language instructor named Frau O.

Now we are headed back to the US. Journeying back home to a place which should feel familiar to us, but somehow it doesn’t. I am like the foreign people who only know what they know of the US through the media. The knowledge is part truth and part illusion. There have been many changes since we have moved from the US and there might be some changes that we will know nothing about until we step back on US soil. Driving back home will definitely be different without the autobahn. We will have to watch our speed and fight the need to blaze down the interstate at 80 to 100 miles per hour.

Burglengenfeld Rathaus
Burglengenfeld Rathaus (Photo credit: clg20171)

Our household is packed up and my family waits with butterflies in our bellies for the day of departure. I will have to get used to only speaking English and not mixing it with German. So, wish me luck, our move isn’t over yet, and I will have updates on my Journey, until then Auf Wiedersehen!

Cook & Impress: Easy Recipe For Chinese Dumplings

Homemade Chinese Dumplings. A nice addition to any meal.

Asian Cooking
Make dinner fun. Surf the Internet for easy recipes such the one I found to make these yummy dumplings.

Even if you are not a master chef, you can be a pretty good chef. Use the internet to find easy recipes from around the world. You’ll be surprised at how easy some of your favorite restaurant dishes are to make at home. Take control of your kitchen and make it a fun place to be. I love cooking with my children. It’s a time where we can create something together and talk. My son found these so easy to make he made breakfast dumplings.

Fresh meat filled dumplings
Garlic, ground meat (ground even more in a food processor) and other spices.

He filled the wrappings with scrambled eggs and sausage, browned both sides, and viola! He had an easy finger food breakfast. So go ahead give a recipe a try. Have you ever discovered a recipe you never thought you’d make yourself? Leave a comment and let me know your experiences.





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Bones Season 8 Premiers Sept 17th; S7 Preorder & Release Date Details.

Bones Season 8 Premiers Sept 17th; S7 Preorder & Release Date Details

Did you watch the Bones Season 8 premier? What did you think about it? Check out my blog on and learn about the pre-order and release date of Season 7 on Blue-Ray and DVD.

I love watching Bones and the chemistry between Booth and Bones makes the show even better. The love connection has been the death for some television shows, but something about Booth and Bones makes crime solving more fun. Bones showed a more human side to her in season 7 and I hope that the creators continue in this vein. Although, I love Bones, quirky and awkwardly social side too.

Bones is not going to have it easy in the beginning of season 8 as she is on the run and charged with murder.  Bones nemesis, Christopher Pellant ( a serial killer who is highly tech savvy) is out to frame her for murder, and has made sure that she does not have the help of her friends from the Jeffersonian.  Where the FBI was once a friend; they are now her foe and leading the chase to bring Bones to justice.

Whatever happens, Bones is sure to give Pellant a run for his money. Check out the show and leave a comment.


Commemorate The Lives Of Those Lost In The Tragedy For All Nations


9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial (Photo credit: Wade Brooks)


It is  9/11 and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families who have been left without the ones they cherishes the most. Regardless who caused the tragedy the outcome remains the same. The tragedy was not prejudice in who it took only that it did. Remember their lives and celebrate it.

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
George Eliot



Hamburger Fiesta

Fiesta Burger
Create a fiesta in your mouth with an old fashion hamburger topped with monterey jack cheese and pico de gallo.

I love monterey jack cheese and freshly made pico de gallo. Even better a hamburger topped with my two fave ingredients. Cooking for a large family is a challenge especially in this economy. Day after day making the same meals can become boring, and the food becomes tasteless. So here I was, faced with making dinner,and not feeling the old hamburger thing. Then the light bulb went off in my head. So I decided to spice thing up. Here’s how I did it. Before cooking up the hamburgers make your pico de gallo.

Pico de gallo:

Pico de Gallo
This zesty salsa treat is a delicious topping for just about anything. It’s easy to make and a great party dish.

1 pckage of yellow and red cherry tomatoes


Red or white onion

Lemon juice

all season salt

Thai peppers (or any type of chili pepper you prefer)

The recipe does not have measurement because this is the kind of thing that i based more on the chef preference. Slice everything up to into small pieces because remember you will need to put this on top of the hamburger. I used a mortar and pestle to crush the peepers because it really brings out the heat in the pepper Thai Pepper. Now you can cook up your burgers and melt the monterey jack cheese just before the hamburger finishes cooking. You can top the burger with your usual toppings, such as lettuce, and condiments that make you want to say…mmmmmmm. Until next time bon appetite!

The vibrant red is appealing to the eye and the smaller tomatoes have a sweeter taste.
Yellow tomatoes
Use the tomatoes for flavor and coloring. the look of food is just as important as the flavor.

Grim Tales: The Wishes Collectors Edition

Great review…check it out. If you’re looking for a game to play Grim Tales: The Wishes CE is they way to go. I certainly give the game a reply a try…it’s got spooky written all over it, and if you don’t know by now, I love spooky. Thanks Jud for the heads up

Jud's PC Game Reviews & Problem Solving


Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ****  Player participation (PP) *****  Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) *   Fair Play (FP) ****  Tedium Factor (TF) Nil


As with the previous GRIM TALES games, THE WISHES continues with well imagined graphics – that still could be a little clearer – of a variety of landscapes that are colourful, authentic, and integral to the quest narrative that immediately draws you in.  Thank goodness the graphics are not overly marred by atmospherics or transparent Hidden Object tricks, or I would have missed out on three terrific games.  I bought them all, this immediately!

The Options is great, with the usual Music and FX controls plus a Gamma control for brightness, needed for the darker scenes.   There are Casual, Advanced and Hardcore Modes of Play – I always play Casual and thank goodness I do as some of…

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Redemption Cemetery: Grave Testimony CE

If you like spooky then, this is a game for you. Redemption Cemetery: Grave Testimony is not as difficult as other hidden object games, but the storyline and the interaction makes up for that. The graphics are colorful, and the game uses live actors to interact with as you play through the game.

The narrator’s low ominous voice states that, “sometimes a person can be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” What could be worse than being a witness to a 1930 gangster kidnapping of a millionaire’s daughter? Unfortunately, the gang spots YOU and decide you’re too much of a liability, and may go to the police, which would ruin their chances to get the ransom they are looking forward to. Ahhhh, before you know it, you’re tossed into the back of their car’s trunk and taken to an island where all disappearing witnesses go. Could it get any worse? Of course, it could, the island is cursed. In the midst of being buried alive you hear tommy guns being fired; and when you get yourself free of your shallow grave, you find some dead gangsters. Who did it? Is there someone else on this cursed island? You run to the dock only to find the one surviving gangster trying to take the only boat on the island back to the mainland. Finding a telescope you see that he is having trouble leaving the island, when ghostly hands stretch out of the water, and drag him to his watery death. What to do? What to do?

Hidden object game

Now comes the meat of the adventure. Apparently there is some bad juju going on, and the dead on the island are restless. A ferryman arrives and offers to take you back to the mainland for the cost of three soul stones. The man brings to mind the story of Greek mythology: The boatman of the river Styx. The boatman is supposedly the link from the underworld aka Hades to the world of the living. You feel the man is shady, but he offers one thing to help you out on your quest to escape the island, a mystical crow. The crow will help you get things out of reach, but you must find a special rune to make the crow turn from stone to living to do your bidding. There are three ghosts you must help to save their souls and the first one will be the gangster shot dead while trying to murder you.

Now the fun begins as you must carry out his request, and the gangster sends you back in time, to right a wrong and save his soul. In return, he will give you his soul stone. It is a catch 22 situation, as you must help the souls to get their soul stones. Otherwise, you might as well make yourself at home on the island.The game has beautiful graphics and the live actors lend a bit of a spooky realism to the game. But getting off the island won’t be easy as you must deal with another ghostly figure sabotaging you along the way. The collectors edition of the games comes with a strategy guide and bonus play. Otherwise, you can get it separately if you buy the standard edition of the game, which usually cost less, but does not come with extras the collectors edition provides.

Sometimes a recipe is needed to aid in your quest.

There are several hidden object scenes in which some have you look for certain items to find the next item. The mini games help in furthering your escape from the island. Make sure you follow the story as it can give you clues to what you need to do to get off the island. This is a great game to play at a Halloween party by hooking up your computer to the television, getting the party guest to join in the fun. This game is available for PC and Mac. This game rates: ♥♥♥♥ out of five hearts.

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