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Your Thanksgiving Pie Dilemma Is Solved #MamasPies2014

Mamas Kitchen is having its yearly fundraiser Mama's Pie In The Sky raising money to feed hot meals to those with cancer and HIV/AIDS in the San Diego county.  A $25 pie will give 8 hot meals to those in need

Thanksgiving Pie Dilemma

Ah the holidays. The air is crisp you are snuggled up in your coziest outfits, and oh yeah, you have to bring the pie to the party. What? You don’t bake pies! You have to go to work, get the kids, and get ready! Even if you like baking who has time to make a PIE? Not YOU that’s for sure.

Problem solved.

Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego is making the pies for you. And these aren’t your store bought tastes like the freezer pies. These are baked by some of San Diego county’s best restaurants and volunteers just for the Thanksgiving holiday. Honestly, you could be getting an $80 pie for only $25.

Mama's Kitchen is holding its annual pie in the sky fundraiser to feed those with cancer and HIV/AIDS in the San Diego county region.

Mama’s Kitchen Pie In The Sky Bake Sale

Oh, and did I mention the feel good factor with these Mama’s Kitchen pies? Not only will you save the day with the most delicious apple, pecan, or pumpkin pies in all of San Diego county, but you will be helping those who need it. Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that delivers healthy meals at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer vulnerable to hunger. The Mama’s Pie In The Sky Thanksgiving bake sale is one of their biggest money makers. With each pie sold they are able to deliver 8 hot meals to those living with cancer or HIV/AIDS in the San Diego county.


So this Thanksgiving you will be solving two problems at the same time. By bringing one of Mama’s Kitchen pies you will arrive at your Thanksgiving dinner looking amazing (not covered in sweat and flour) all while helping out your neighbors. For $25 you can order you favorite pie today, Dutch Apple, Apple, Pumpkin or Pecan, and you will pick it up at your nearby Wells Fargo when they are ready for delivery. Easy as pie!

You’ll be the hero of the party AND your hometown. Go ahead, wear that tiara proudly.

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San Diego Icon Loren Nancarrow Has Died Due To Brain Cancer

Loren Nancarrow

It is with heavy heart and tears running down my face that I write to tell you that San Diego icon, and long time weatherman, Loren Nancarrow had died.

Loren had been fighting the good fight against brain cancer, and he passed away last night, 12/28/2013.

If you want to support the Loren Nancarrow at Scripps, please donate.  My GP who also died of cancer during the holidays about 3 years ago, was also treated at Scripps.

Here is Loren’s last post From December 16th 2013 -

This business of surviving cancer seems silly at times. Many of you will survive — and each of you are my heroes. Many more of us stand far less of a chance. So my question is for those of us with lower odds — when is enough, enough?

I am truly excited for the next step. Together, Susie and I have tried to envision a butterfly’s metamorphosis. As I transform from this world, I hope to be thrilled by what I experience next — but it’s difficult to imagine what that will be. Will it be bright lights and loved ones? Will I be returned to some place I’ve been before? Or is it simply ashes to ashes?

Eleven months into the predicted 1-3 year ordeal. Susie has read me volumes of books to help me prepare for that next step. Right or wrong, the books help me draw strength and I genuinely feel comforted by the idea that good things lie beyond this life. Not knowing what they are is fascinating, albeit frightening — and the question of “when is enough, enough?” continues to haunt me.

The first 6 months made me want to keep living. Our road trips were so full of hope and time seemed almost limitless. But now the reality: I’m no longer the same person and I can feel life slipping away. Each passing day becomes more difficult and some of the things that once brought me so much joy are now missing — like cooking and gardening. And everyday stuff we take for granted, like driving. I really miss driving.

There are also things that remain intact — my family continues to be present, supportive and loving, my friends stay in contact (almost to a fault), I’m still in awe of each December sunset — and an entire city has made me feel like their son.

So, as for my question of when is enough, enough?

The answer is…not today.


Growing up in San Diego county, I watched Loren on Channel 8, then followed him around to wherever he landed. In a landscape of “weathergirls” in their too tight dresses giving updates about beautiful weather Loren was a breath of fresh air. He was smart, environmentally aware, with a sense of humor and wit. I always thought he reminded me of my dad.

I cannot believe he’s gone.

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Angelina Jolie Says She Had Preventative Double Mastectomy Writes Editorial About Experience

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Last night, all social media started buzzing, but no comments were really made about this post by Angelina Jolie regarding her editorial piece in the New York Times.

In the piece Jolie says that she had a preventative double mastecamy earlier this year influenced by her mother’s fight with cancer and the discovery that she, Angelina, carried the BRCA1 gene said to increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

It has been no secret in our entertainment gossip cirlces that Jolie had “work” done on her breast this year, so her writing this editorial piece is interesting.

My Medical Choice

MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.

We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.

Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.

But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.

My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple.

Two weeks later I had the major surgery, where the breast tissue is removed and temporary fillers are put in place. The operation can take eight hours. You wake up with drain tubes and expanders in your breasts. It does feel like a scene out of a science-fiction film. But days after surgery you can be back to a normal life.

Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.

For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.

I acknowledge that there are many wonderful holistic doctors working on alternatives to surgery. My own regimen will be posted in due course on the Web site of the Pink Lotus Breast Center. I hope that this will be helpful to other women.

Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. It has got to be a priority to ensure that more women can access gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment, whatever their means and background, wherever they live. The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.

I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.

Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.

Angelina Jolie is an actress and director.
A version of this op-ed appeared in print on May 14, 2013, on page A25 of the New York edition with the headline: My Medical Choice.

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Ryan O’Neal “Both Of Us, My Life With Farrah” Review & Giveaway

I don’t know much about Ryan O’Neal. Honestly, before reading this book I only knew that he was an actor, had dated Farrah Fawcett, and had really messed up kids. That was it. So, when I began reading his memoir on his life with Farrah, I had some catching up to do.

O’Neal’s book starts off running. No real introduction, like most memoirs, into his life and how he became an actor, or even about his past two marriages. This memoir really is, simply put, this life with Farrah. How they met, how he instantly fell for her. Her divorce from Lee Majors, and how he loved showing her off to the people he knew, and the difficulties with Tatum and Griffin, two of his children.

The way that O’Neal describes their relationship, especially the beginning of their affair, is somewhat tawdry. While proclaiming that his is an extremely private person, he gives more detail in some aspects than was necessary. I mean, really? But, I suppose it is his story, and the this is the way he tells it. It’s almost like sitting with “one of the guys” and he’s telling a younger man the story of “the one that got away” over scotch in a dark corner of a private club. Crass at times, but indeed genuine.

Continue reading my review of Both Of Us and enter the giveaway after the jump

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Wow, Tom Green, Remember Him?!

Wow, I almost forgot all about Tom Green! The comedian was “caught” by the paparazzi in LA.  Would YOU have spotted him and known who he was if you saw him walking around?  I wouldn’t have.

If you don’t remember Green, or were too young (sigh), he was a comedian who had a show on MTV where he would play pranks on people, mostly his long suffering parents (this was LONG before Ashton Kutcher and Punk’d) .  He also did a few movies, married Drew Barrymore for a hot minute, and had a late night talk show. He also faced his own battle with testicular cancer.

I wonder what he’s up to now besides being filmed by the paparazzi.

I cannot see Tom Green without thinking of the below video of him painting a VERY OBSCENE sex scene on his dad’s car. And then filming him. All for his TV show.

Check it out, VERY NSFW.

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