01/30/22 – It’s A New Year


I Hope This Wasn’t You At The End of 2021

And If It Was



I tried reading Milton’s Paradise Lost several times, but could never get past the book’s wording.  I recently came across this plain English version and was finally able to read this classic. Oh my gosh, what a superb story. I now know why this book is considered a classic. 

If you are like me and are challenged by the original’s wording of this book, you may want to give this plain english version a try.

John Milton’s Paradise Lost 

In Plain English

By Joseph Lanzara

John Milton’s overwhelming masterpiece, Paradise Lost — all 10,565 brain-busting lines of it, transformed into simple, everyday language! — the kind you and I speak and understand. Milton’s original poem is on each left hand page, and the simplified, Plain English translation is across from it on the right. Corresponding numbered lines on both versions make for easy comparison. (Source: Amazon)


I’ve watched a number of movies lately, but I don’t want to share them. as I am afraid some of you might waste your time watching them.

For some quick diversion, check out a few episodes of Pawn Stars. I’ve  learned a few things watching this show every so often, including a renewed desire to read Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Pawn Stars (2009 – 2021, and Maybe 2022)


This series opens the doors to the only family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, where three generations of the Harrison family use their sharp-eyed skills to assess what’s real and what’s fake. Objects the colorful customers bring in range from the obscure to the truly historic, and it’s up to the guys at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop — with help at times from their network of experts — to reveal the sometimes surprising answer to “What’s this worth?” (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)


I hope you find this interesting.

The Pink Panther Theme

By Il Grande Piano


Years ago, while wandering around Rome, I came across this ancient Roman statute. For some reason, it caught my attention so I took a photo of it.  

Roman Statute



The so-called “Freedom Convoy” started as a protest against a vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers, but grew into a mass demonstration against the Canadian government over other coronavirus regulations. (Source: New York Post)

Supporters arrive at Parliament Hill for the Freedom Truck Convoy to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Ottawa, Canada, on January 29, 2022. - Hundreds of truckers drove their giant rigs into the Canadian capital Ottawa on Saturday as part of a self-titled "Freedom Convoy" to protest vaccine mandates required to cross the US border.


That is true of a lot more things, than Hamburger Helper.


Cooking Tips From Chef Ronaldo

It has been a while since World Famous Chef Ronaldo has contributed to this blog. He is again providing us with one of his tips that made him the World Famous Chef that he is.

If you have ever experienced the problem of baking cookies and before you have a chance to try even one of your own cookies, they are gone.

Well, here is World Famous Chef Ronaldo’s tip for solving that problem.


Each day is so important. If it goes badly, hopefully you will have a tomorrow to make it right. But remember, there is only a limited number of tomorrows.



I wonder if those in favor of mask mandates and vaccine passports ever read Orwell’s book, 1984 or do they just watch the media without doing any critical thinking?



If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $6.34 with Prime Membership

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.



6 thoughts on “01/30/22 – It’s A New Year

  1. “I wonder if those in favor of mask mandates and vaccine passports ever read Orwell’s book, 1984 or do they just watch the media without doing any critical thinking?”

    As one who’s thus far taken three Covid-19 shots, I basically believe mainstream COVID vaccine science; however, I’m still cautious of inadvertently buying into what I call speculative ($$$) science.

    Due to increasingly common privatized research for corporate profit aims, even ‘scientific fact’, to a concerning degree, is for sale. Research results, however flawed, can and are known to be publicly amplified if they favor the corporate product, and accurate research results can be suppressed if they are unfavorable to business interests, even when involving human health.

    Health Canada (our version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) was established to act in Canadian consumers’ best interests yet is susceptible to corporate lobbyist manipulation. For one thing, it allowed novelty-flavored vaping products to be fully marketed — even on corner stores’ candy counters — without conclusive independent scientific proof that the product, as claimed by the tobacco industry, would not seriously harm consumers but rather help nicotine addicts wean themselves off of the more carcinogenic cigarette means of nicotine deliverance.

    A few years before that, Health Canada had sat on its own research results that indicated seatbelts would save lives and reduce injury; it wanted even more proof of safety through seatbelts before ordering big bus manufacturers to install them in every bus. To me, those examples smell of science-be-damned lobbyist manipulation — something that should not prevail in a government body established primarily, if not solely, to protect consumers’ safety and health rather than big businesses’ monetary concerns.

    P.S. Besides the three COVID vaccinations, I receive the annual influenza vaccine, though for the last five years I’ve specifically asked for a placebo …
    to which I receive a serious look by the nurse, who is not amused by my attempt at humor on the subject.

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    • Thank you very much for your well thought out and detailed response. I appreciate the time you must have taken to write it. I sincerely hope that you will look at future posts and comment on them. I cover a lot of territory and I have a tendency to be superficial, so I think your comments helps to further the understanding of various topics that my post touches on. Again, thank you very much.

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  2. I’ve done two posts now (at countercurrentca.wordpress.com) about the Truckers Convoy. Cross border truckers are protesting the actions of both the Trudeau and Biden governments. Clamping down on immunizations at this late date seem to be more about political virtue signalling than about the actual danger posed by long haul truckers. Hubby and I, along with many of our friends, are triple vaxxed, have rarely stepped outside the boundaries of the mandates (and it is hard to keep up with the latest version of them), but still managed to get the virus.

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    • Thank you Margy and I hope you folks are doing okay. Apparently, the initial info that claimed being vexed would prevent you from getting the virus was overly optimistic. I believe now, the position is that you can still be the virus, it will just be milder. For most people, I hear that was always the case; but, others probably could use the additional protection. I’m more of the school, let each decide for themselves; rather than one size fits all. Again, thank you Margy for commenting.

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