Archive for the ‘Susan Boyle’ Category

>Sweet sounds and sweet taste

September 17, 2009

>Notice a poll to the left. You can vote until September 29, the day of the election.

One thing we can all agree on. Susan Boyle can sing. Last night she was on America’s Got Talent. Wild Horses begins at 2:40 on this clip.

The winner was chicken catcher Kevin Skinner. He’s good, too, as is runner up Barbara Padilla.

Did you know, that when you buy sugar, you can buy a “certified carbon free” product.

Now I’ve had a lot of organic chemistry, and I am trying to figure this out. Sugar (sucrose) has a molecular structure of C12H22O11. That’s 12 carbon atoms in a molecule.

Oh, wait. Here is what it means. On the side of the bag it says “We are proud to share with you that the sugar you find in this bag of Domino sugar was grown and harvested on our Florida farms and has been certified Carbonfree® by, a non-profit organization that certifies products with carbon neutral footprints.”

Learn more about Domino’s efforts go here.

The label CarbonFree® means the product’s carbon footprint is rendered neutral by cutting green house gases. And that’s a sweet thing for all of us!

Our certification is unique because our Florida-farmed products’ carbon neutrality is the result of our own production and supply of clean, renewable energy, which replaces the use of fossil fuels. Our renewable energy facility generates eco-friendly power for our sugar milling and refining operations as well as tens of thousands of homes.

So when you purchase one of Domino® Sugar’s packages with the CarbonFree® label, not only are you sweetening your family’s favorite foods, you’re helping to sweeten the earth!

It’s the same sugar, at the same price (at least where I bought it).


Mary Travers died yesterday. I grew up listening to my older brothers’ albums of Peter, Paul and Mary. In my opinion they helped define a generation. Thank you Mary.

What is your favorite Peter, Paul and Mary song?

>Local Pirates

April 15, 2009

>Do we live in Somalia?

Sometimes it seems that way. Pirates near that country have vowed to step up their attacks and are keeping their word. Several ships have been hijacked since Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips was rescued. The pirates even attacked a U. S. ship, the Liberty Sun, but didn’t make onto the vessel.

Here in Bessemer it seems that land pirates are taking over the neighborhood. A neighbor in the historic south side was kidnapped from his home and forced at gunpoint to retrieve money from ATM’s night before last. I’m not going to provide any details or the name of the victim, but many of you know the person.

As if that wasn’t enough, two other attempts within a couple of blocks have been reported from the past weekend. Those were unsuccessful, fortunately.

Do we read anything about this in the news? No.

Do we have any statements from law enforcement warning residents to be extra careful and assuring us that they are on top of this? No.

Should the sheriff’s department or some other agency come to Bessemer if the local police can not control crime here? Yes.

All we can do is be careful, be aware of your surroundings, use your alarm system (your system can be updated to work even if phone lines are cut), and keep your gun handy.

Well after that downer, if you need a smile, watch this video of Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent this week. Susan Boyle. She wowed even Simon, and the crowd went wild. I couldn’t embed it, but it’s a must watch. Really. Really.