Finally, I’m Back!

I am so glad to be back posting and updating my website. I have so many blogs that I want to write. I’m currently participating in the namowrimo project for the month of November. I’m anxious to see the outcome when it ends on November 30.

I will soon update the website with my recent singing gigs which were so much fun. The city of Atlanta Georgia has bee so rewarding. So stay tuned.

Fitness & Vitamin C Supplements

For many years I have consumed mega-doses of over the counter Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C has been a miraculous remedy for me in certain instances. In the most recent past, say 10 years, I haven’t been hospitalized due to influenza. There are many varieties of Vitamin C and there is the highly absorbent liposomal vitamin C. Among the many benefits of Vitamin C it prevents free radical damage, boosts the immune system, accelerates healing from infectious diseases, hay fever, allergies, improves your bones and skin health (maintaining glycogen under the skin) and enhances diabetic conditions and heart disease. There are numerous benefits of the more powerful liposomal vitamin C.  I am highly influenced by Linus Pauling’s research, Suzanne Humphries, M.D. (Internist and Nephrologist), Frederick Klenner, M.D and others.
Dr. Humphries has made numerous talks on the benefits of liposomal Vitamin C and its impact on severe colds.  In this day and age proper nutrition, supplements and exercise are vital for optimal health and fitness. The feeling of fitness is having incredible energy and flexibility for your age without depending on coffee and other substances. Our energy is derived from eating natural foods, exercise and making adjustments at hormonal decline to build the body back up. Exercise is a way of rejuvenating the body. It is another way of healing the body. When you’re strong and fit, it will protect you from viruses and other ailments. I heard once that athletes can eat almost anything they want (regular foods) because of their high metabolism and their athletic work habit. They don’t suffer the weight gain from eating fatty foods. Their lives aren’t sedentary. They’ve maintained a high percentage of muscle mass and their bodies immediately use the food consumed as energy in metabolizing process which is the breaking down of carbohydrates, proteins and fats into smaller units or energy sources. The smaller units aren’t stored as fat cells. The law of thermodynamics applies here, where energy taken in is equal to energy taken out or used by exerting yourself. Food is energy and the calories that are consumed are utilized by a fit body to accomplish the exercises that are implemented. It is well-advised to know and understand as much as possible about how our bodies function.
A good fitness program includes proper food intake, multivitamins, cardiorespiratory exercise, resistance training, and supplements. Foods rich in vitamins will help protect our cells from oxidation. Anti-oxidant supplements are of a tremendous benefit. Most well-known anti-oxidants are vitamin B3, C, E, ALA and coenzyme Q10 just to name a few. In order to reach your fitness goals I would recommend the following five components that involve food intake and exercise:  
Nutrition – Proper nutrition and exercise are vital for optimal health. Many people get discouraged with their exercise program because they are not getting the results that they expect. Part of the reason may be that they are not eating properly or don’t know what is nutritious. Time may be another issue. Satisfaction comes with proper nutrition which includes carbohydrates, proteins & fats. Obtaining a feeling satiety is essential.
Exercise Frequency – The number of exercise sessions that are done per week is called the frequency. This is best accomplished by aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is an activity that is continuous, raises your heart rate above normal or resting, and uses the large muscle groups of the body. It is reported that this will help reduce chances of heart disease, hypertension and even colon cancer.
Exercise Intensity – How hard your heart is working during any physical activity is called the intensity. The intensity of an activity is used to determine the total caloric expenditure. Often people work out too hard and long. This can lead to over-training, lack of motivation, and possible injuries.
Exercise Time – Duration is also used to determine total caloric expenditure of a physical activity. A common statement that people make is that they don’t have enough time to exercise.
Consistency – Believing enables you to achieve. Many people don’t believe that an exercise program will help them to attain their goal. Belief in exercise will help you to reach your goals.


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There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples from all over the world.  It has numerous benefits and there are hundreds of ways to use the apple. I will name a few and they are as follows:

  1. Cleans Your Teeth

Most of the research into tooth and gum health shows that frequent brushing after every meal can have a detrimental effect on your teeth. Repeated brushing can nearly strip the enamel off your teeth and cause tooth decay.

  1. Reduces Cancer Risk

Almost all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs can be found in apples, and it’s as good as a natural supplement for your body.

  1. Contains Little Salt, Cholesterol or Fat

Apples contain little salt. Salt, cholesterol and fats are the culprits which put you at risk of heart disease, high-cholesterol, and prevents you from losing weight.

  1. Apples Boosts Your Metabolism

Research shows that apples are officially one of the best fruits to boost your metabolism.

  1. Apples Are High in Potassium

Potassium is one of the body’s essential minerals – especially needed for heart or venous conditions implemented within some lifestyle adjustments. A prescription for potassium improves the health of those with high-blood pressure.

Apples are low in calories and are perfect fillers for many dishes and helps to bulk up your meal without the extra calories from other dishes that are usually added to a meal.  They are healthier than other options that you might add in a salad.  They’re high in Antioxidants and prevent oxidation.  Oxidation is exposure to oxygen which starts cellular decay within our bodies. Apples  allow you to detoxify your body and may even slow down your body’s aging process by changing the way your cells age at the deepest level. Apples are high in fibre and are good for your digestive system.  Most people don’t realize the importance of their digestive systems.  Apples contain essential vitamins.  It’s important that your diet includes a wide range of fruits and vegetables that allow you to get most of your daily requirements throughout the day and some doctors will still recommend supplements to round off and improve your diet.

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented and undergo a stringent process to create the final product. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, Sulphur, iron, and fluorine. Pectin in the vinegar is a fiber which helps reduce bad cholesterol and helps in regulating blood pressure. The need for calcium supplements once you start growing older is very well known. This vinegar helps extract calcium from the fruits, vegetables and meat it is mixed with, helping in the process of maintaining strong bones. Potassium deficiency causes a variety of ailments including hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, sinusitis, and a permanently running nose. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with potassium.  Lastly, I experienced the pain of an inflamed keloid. I went to my doctor and received injections which didn’t remedy the situation. I tried covering it with paper tape to avoid any irritation from clothing and then I heard someone talk about the effects apple cider vinegar had on reducing the size of their keloid and reducing the inflammation. It miraculously worked for me.


I’ve had some great voice teachers in the classroom and outside of the classroom in private lessons where a wealth of knowledge was bestowed on me. I was taught a lot of vocal techniques. He advised that it helps to know or have an arsenal of vocal exercises to heal a voice that is showing  wear and tear. Mr. Patton would emphasize the necessity of knowing how to care for the voice and which exercises to perform. Vocal exercises enabled vocal longevity. In college my vocal study began with music theory, the study of basic vowel production on the voice and voice anatomy. Mr. Patton was my private vocal coach and his lesson plan for me included consistent vocal practice and reading the biographies of singers. I was learned Negro spirituals, significant Jazz singers, song stylists verses singers and he gave me the sheet music of noteworthy American Art songs. He clearly pointed out the difference between singers and stylists. At the time of my lessons with Mr. Patton I was studying Italian Operatic Arias. I was being groomed for classical performances in the mezzo voice by Mary Cobb Hill another favorite vocal coach. She really thought I have potential and she was a great teacher. Opera calls for athletic demands of the voice and my voice was become more and more agile. So as a result he informed me of Enrique Caruso who was born in 1873 in Naples, who was an Italian operatic tenor.  Caruso sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas. As a youth, Enrique’s beginning study of the voice would include at least a year’s work of singing nothing but vowels.
Mr. Patton was a lyric tenor. When he sang he treated every utterance with special care for dynamics, he was awesome. He studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York and privately with Roland Hayes in Boston. He was presented in his New York City debut at Carnegie Hall, 1965. He played the role of “II Trovatore” with Duluth Symphony and stars of the Metropolitan Opera Company, 1967. He toured Europe as a soloist with the Albert McNeil Choir of Los Angeles. He was a gifted lyric tenor who gave a fine recital of exceptional variety. His recital program ranged from Handel to German leider, Puccini, contemporary art songs by Black composers and arrangement of traditional spirituals. He glided through the spirituals with expressive ease as a Luther Vandross would in a Rhythm and Blues ballad, extremely persuasive. He had power and strength in the highest registers and could spin out a pianissimo line with exquisite beauty, in a pure tenor voice. Later in life before the role in the Color Purple, he was a DJ at a radio station in Los Angeles spinning classical and spirituals and he co-authored a book on choir direction.