Happy Sunday!

I decided to spend my Saturday night at home. My new thing remaining home. Read a little, watched TV a little. To bed and sleep at nine.

A certain topic caught my eyes during the reading portion. How soda and artificially sweetened beverages are bad stuff. I have been hearing for a couple of years to stop drinking soda. I go through about 6 bottles of Diet Pepsi a day.

I would like to say no more. However what do I substitute in its place? I already drink several bottles of water a day

Permit me to share what I read about soda being a killer.

I came across several articles. One right on carried an article titled Soda Consumption Reveals Mortality Rates. Title long way to say  sugar sweetened beverages will accelerate death in many instances.

When reference is made to “sweetened beverages,” it includes also “artificially flavored beverages.”

Circulation is a well respected scientific journal. Especially in the area of heart problems. It is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilks for the American Heart Association. A weekly publican.

Circulation ranks #1 among journals in the cardiac and cardiovascular systems category.

Circulation recently reported on a 25 year study. Participants 117,000. The study revealed a 21 percent increase in all cause mortality, as well as cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality.

GThe article an interesting introduction into the heart of the sugar sweetened issue. My problem a simple one. Not deep. I went years ago from Pepsi to Diet Pepsi. What do I drink now that is totally devoid of sugar or sugar sweetener?

It’s almost humorous. As one gets older, he has to give up smoking, drinking and involuntarily sex. Now diet soda!

Audrey Hepburn. One of the finest movie actresses of all time. As well as one of the most beautiful.

World War II was all over Europe. Initially, Holland advised it would remain neutral. Hitler failed to recognize Holland’s neutrality, conquered and occupied Holland during the war years.

Hepburn’s mother and father had separated early in the war. It was only Audrey and her mother Ella living in Holland.

Hepburn literally starved. There was little food available.  Doctors attribute her slender appearance to being malnourished during her adolescence.

As a youngster, Hepburn worked with the Resistance. She acted as a courier delivering papers and money from one group of Resistance fighters to another. The Resistance used children because the Nazis were unlikely to search them.

When Hepburn hit Hollywood and almost instantaneous stardom, her studio found her Resistance background attractive for publicity purposes. However, the matter had to be handled with delicacy.

Hepburn’s parents were Nazi sympathizers and supporters.

Early on, her parents were members of the British Union of Fascists.

Hepburn lived with her mother Ella throughout the war. Her father Joseph had deserted his family early in the war.

Ella returned to Germany early on to attend the Nuremberg Rallies. Following which she wrote an enthusiastic account for the fascist magazine The Blacklist.

Joseph was more deeply involved. He was investigated by the British House of Commons for receiving seed money to start a newspaper from Germans with ties to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Joseph was imprisoned as an enemy of the State for the duration of the war.

Neither parent was aware of Audrey’s Resistance involvement. Audrey was aware of her parent’s Nazi activities.

During the 1950’s, it would have been disastrous for Hepburn’s squeaky clean image if it were known her parent were Nazi sympathizers. Ergo, the movie studio worked hard to keep that facet of her life secret.

Hepburn’s first film was Roman Holiday in which she starred with Gregory Peck. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress. At some point, she left Hollywood and worked for causes world wide. Especially those involving starving peoples. Much of her work was through the United Nations.

While reading about Audrey Hepburn, Harry Truman came to mind. I recalled having read a statement he made about the work he wanted to do. I had marked it in one of my Truman books.

Truman was a plain speaker easily understood. He once said, “My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly a difference.”

The G7 seems to be going well. I like Biden’s statement: “The United States is back!”

The trip an obvious success for the nations participating. However the problem is in the details. Hopefully everything can be worked out in a kumbaya fashion as time moves on.

Terri White sings 3-5 this afternoon at Marylin’s. Drop in. Terri’s singing will make you feel good.

Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. During WW2 the hospitals in Holland patient records show improvements in body function numbers due to the reduced food intake brought on by the Nazis sending a lot of the Dutch food back to Germany.

  2. I agree with you about the G7. It was good to see how different it was with Biden at the Helm, and particularly his wife. Elegance and quality all around. First time I have been proud of my country in a long time.

  3. Just read where some of the drugs old people take for various things increase their chances of falling as a side effect.

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