How to be a Cool Cat: Then and Now

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First, let me say, by *Cool Cat* I mean hip, as opposed to arctic–as  in freezing temperatures. Myren, my chauffeur, thought I should mention this since he felt that few would associate me with anything to do with hip. We had a loud long discussion about this, but I won’t bore you with those details.

How would I know about cool? you ask. (Or I should say, Myren asked this very thing. Numerous times.)

Let’s say, I’ve had the chance to observe many of the cool-as-in-hip over the years. Sometimes I’ve even acted cool myself.

Why should I care? you ask. Everyone wants to be cool, I say. What planet are you from?

Here are my coolest handy hints!

Top 6 ways to be a Cool Cat:

  1. Don’t use the term Cool Cat unless you travel back in time to the 50s and join a band of beatniks. Or unless you’re referring to the old cartoon character based on beatniks from the 50s. Come to think of it, those beatniks were really cool cats.
  2. Wear a beret. Preferably black.
  3. Never smile.
  4. Always wear sunglasses.
  5. Get some bongo drums.
  6. Wear black. Or black & white stripes.

Okay, so if you don’t want to be a beatnik from the 50s, maybe you can skip the bongos.

Now you’re asking “Can I be a Cool Cat in the 21st century without imitating some ancient-times goth-looking characters?”

Sure, I say.

Top 6 Ways to be a 21st Century Cool Cat:

  1. Change out the beret for a baseball cap or knit cap.
  2. Wear very baggy pants or very tight pants.
  3. Get a tattoo or 4 or 5. Large and colorful ones.
  4. Grow a beard if you’re a guy and enhance your hair and nails if you’re a woman.
  5. Change out the bongo drums for the latest mobil with at least 479 apps.
  6. Join a gym. Muscles are in.

Keep the sunglasses. Shades are forever cool.

 

Stephanie Queen

About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen
A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she’s lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.

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Food Allergies and Halloween

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HalloweencatpumpkinIt’s Halloween and all around you children and adults alike are worrying about what they’ll be and what they’ll do on Halloween.

For many Halloween is the favorite holiday of the year. The chance to create an alter ego and project a persona different than what you normally have, is something we all like to do at times. Frozen remains a firm favorite for Halloween, along with Marvel Superheroes such as Batman and Iron man. Fairy tale characters such as Cinderella and the Little Mermaid remain popular.

For children with food allergies or medical conditions trick or treating can be a minefield. It’s hard enough for adults to realize they need to curb their diet due to medical reasons. It’s even more difficult for children. Yet the candy handed out on Halloween can send a normal child into sugar shock, never mind a diabetic.

How as a parent, family member or friend do you negotiate your way through this minefield while allowing your children to enjoy Halloween? Having faced this situation with my own son when he was younger I know it’s not easy. I also know even children with no underlying health issues are being gently lured into giving up their Halloween candy.

Many parents are ‘buying back’ the Halloween candy in exchange for a toy at the toy store of their choice. Your child has still been able to participate freely but he’s able to trade his candy for a toy of his choice. If this is your child or a family friend you can also make sure there’s a special Halloween treat which may or may not have candy in it for him.

Not being able to participate in Halloween or a special event the same way other children can is hard. But focusing more on what your child can have or do, rather than what they can’t is key. That worked best when my son had gluten allergies and will hopefully make for a fun filled Halloween for you and your children.

 

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Never Vacuum Again!

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(Or…I’d Rather be Reading a Great Book!)
by Kathryn Johnson
“There’s never enough time in the day!” How often have you said that? I say that all the time.

Every day is just as busy for me as it is for you. We may have different jobs or routines, different professional or personal obligations. But we all feel as if we could use help managing our time to enable us to do the things we enjoy.

A few months ago, our vacuum cleaner died. I went on a frantic search for a replacement. Only to discover how expensive any of the highly rated ones had become. Yes, I could buy a cheap one, but would it last more than a few months? We have the usual dirt tracked in on my gardening shoes, and then there’s the cat. Fur: the evil abomination of vacuum cleaners. And then it struck me…those ads I’d seen for cute little robot vacuums. One of those, if it was effective, would not only clean my floors—it would buy me more time for reading, or for writing my books. Hmmm….more research.
I found a few brands that were highly rated. The top 5 on one review site were:

iRobot Roomba 880
Neato iBotvac
Samsung POWERbot
bObsweep bObi
Miele Scout
Prices ranged from $319. to $800. Whoa! Pretty pricey. But the much touted Dysons were up in the stratosphere too. And they didn’t do the work for you.

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I ended up purchasing the Roomba 880 after reading still more reviews. Check out his photo as he’s cleaning my balcony. Isn’t he cute!

Not everyone loves these machines. Some people seem to have trouble with one thing or another, or report them breaking down after a few months. I can only say that I love my little bot. He scoots around and sings out to me when he’s finished cleaning the room. And…the best thing of all: I get to finish writing another chapter of my latest book!

When Kathryn isn’t cuddling her fur-producing cat, Tempest, she’s writing books like her Affairs of State romantic-suspense series—featuring the exciting Mercy O’Brien.DSC_0102

 

 

 

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Alicia Street

Alicia Street is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Daphne Award-winner often writing in collaboration with her husband, Roy, as well as on solo projects. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, she also loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soups.
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