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#a2zchallenge with lightning and thunder on 4M

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LAnother weekend bites the dust. It’s time to lace up my blue suede shoes and get back to rock n’ rolling with the A to Z Challenge.  This cat is ready to rock n’ roll to the next letter in the alphabet!

This is an off-week with no theme ~ a free for all pick! You know what that means, whatever moves ya, then we wanna hear it. I goofed up last week. Well, not entirely,  I did accidentally plug a song into my mix that worked with the theme and that was kinda cool in a weird way. Anywho, I using last week’s weather-related theme for my freebie picks. Pull out those umbrellas and rain slickers cause you’re in for some stormy conditions with lightning and thunder songs on Monday’s Music Moves Me!


Reading Challenge AddictOur lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, would like to thank you for joining the party and as always JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know & myself are happy that you came.

Dance party rules: 

  • grab XmasDolly 4M button here 
  • display it on your blog
  • add your favorite YouTube videos

We aren’t music snobs, if you have tunes to share, then you’re cool coz all we want to do is dance. Now, it’s time to link up and shake your bootie with all the fellow rockin’ bloggin’ friends below!

** Remember, to be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up.**


Did you have a good time on the dance floor? I did. Next stop… your place!  What music moves you?

Be sure to come back next week to dance with the 4M crew, and if you can’t get enough music, then join me for Saturday Song-suasion!

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Thursday ?s & Thoughts: Is asparagus a cancer curer?

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Amanda from SelfSagacity and I are teaming up to bring to you our a brand new weekly meme called…

At the moment, this is still a work-in-progress venture. For those of you who have been so faithful in keeping with Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions, then keep doing what you been doing as nothing has changed. At this point, we don’t have an official button for the hop, so please bear patience with us as we decide.

I am always intrigued a bit when I get an email making outstanding claims of a miraculous cure. I tend to take these reports with a grain of salt recognizing there may be some truth to the claim and I set out to separate facts from fiction.

Yesterday I got such a promise that asparagus cures cancer. Have you seen this email yet? If not, then you take a peak at on Snopes.

What troubles me most about Internet promises is that a desperately ill person may forgo proper treatment in search for that elusive supernatural remedy. I do believe anytime a person does his/her best to eat nutritionally sound, then the body will reap the benefits. A cure? Maybe not, but perhaps for those with a precursor for certain illnesses, I can’t help to wonder,  if eating particular foods will decrease the chance of the disease’s development.

One Internet source behind the asparagus sensation became viral after The National Cancer Institute’s The Glutathione Report names asparagus as the one food that tested highest in glutathione (GSH) — a phyto-chemical that’s an antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties.

Aside from its detoxifying mojo to break down carcinogens in the body, this spear-shaped veggie, acts like a weapon to protect your over all health with various nutrients ~ fiber, vitamins, and trace minerals.

An element found in Asparagus is inulin. What’s this? Simply put, it’s a carbohydrate that can aid the digestion by producing the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria (Bifidobacteria & Lactobacilli). This is a nice perk for someone such as myself with an intestinal disorder and it’s good for anyone who feels off balanced. A problem many face with age.

Asparagus is a good source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K, which helps to keep calcium in our bones, as well as other bone building B-vitamins, copper, & phosphorus. For someone who is lactose intolerant and relies on alternate dietary sources to provide my daily calcium, I like this simple fact that incorporating asparagus in my meals strengthen my body’s ability to hold onto an important bone building mineral.

The fiber and protein in a cup of asparagus helps the body’s mechanics to break down food, makes one feel more satisfied, regulates blood sugar, and encourages BMs

In six asparagus spears you get half of your RDA of folic acid (B-vitamin). This is especially good for expecting moms’ unborn babies with the prevention of neural tube defects (Spina Bifida). What I didn’t know is its benefits for adults, which includes: the prevention of colon cancers for those with inflammatory bowel disorders (that’s me), stroke, osteoporosis, strengthen blood vessels, protect against other cancers, and more.

Remember glutathione is the secret ingredient in asparagus that caused this to be the latest outrage and each decade of our life that we live, we lose 8-12% of this secret ingredient. The good news is our body can synthesize its own production of it, if given the necessary build blocks foods that are rich in amino acids glycine , glutamic acid, and cysteine. For instance, like: avocados, onions, garlic, turmeric, spinach, and of course asparagus. As well as raw eggs and unprocessed meats. One Internet source indicated raw whey protein (usually found in protein powder & bars) or other cultured diary products made from grass-fed cows’ milk as a good high quality precursor for your body to use in making its own glutathione.

Science cannot argue the beneficial properties found in asparagus. It definitely could add a boost toward a healthier you,  but a cure all? Unfortunately, no food can really fulfill such a claim.  I am a firm believer, if a person can replace the quick, overly processed foods with a diet rich with lean meats, fruits, and vegetables progress is made toward better health. I plan to begin including asparagus to my diet more after learning the many benefits from this query.

  1. How seriously do you pay attention to emails spouting miraculous cures?
  2. Do you immediately forward these emails, research the validity of the source, or send it to the trash bin?

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Thursday Thoughts: God’s Country

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We had the privilege last Friday to go to the mountains. This is probably the last view from Clingman’s Dome we will have a chance to see this year.


On December 1st, the Smoky Mountain Park Service will close access to this part of the park. Don’t worry, though. The schedule re-open is April 1st.

Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in the Smoky’s. The climate there is similar to southern Canada. This is what we saw all the way.

If you can’t tell what this is, it is icicles covering the rocky mountain side! The temperature was 31 degrees around noon.

I have seen snow showers in May in the upper elevations while conditions in the foothills – Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Cherokee are the opposite on top of the mountain. The winding road leading out to Clingmans Dome can be a bit tricky for anyone who doesn’t drive along curvy roads much and it is absolutely treacherous for everyone when there’s inclement weather.  The Park Service is unable to maintain that stretch of road to keep motorist safe.

Our day trip was pure joy. I rambled a bit about our time spent in the mountains earlier this week, here. I haven’t had much opportunity to shoot with my Nikon D7000, but I was able to take advantage of using it to capture some pretty amazing pictures or at least I think so.  Today, I wanted to share more photo ops of our little outing in God’s country on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Cherokee, NC and Water Rock Knob overlook on the parkway…


and these sunset pictures on the NC side of the Smoky’s on our way home…

Panorama image captured with my iPhone5s



Captured image with my iPhone5s

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To participate in Miss Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday classroom assignment of the letter ‘Z’, I would like to invite you to read/re-read Z is for …. that I wrote on April 7, 2011.

1. Do you have a favorite spot in your area that you like to visit often? If so, please tell us where and why?
2. If you could pick a place to build your dream home, which would you prefer, the mountains or the ocean? Why?
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Thursday Thoughts: What’s behind the new name?

This week, I launched this new blog. One of my bloggy friends asked, “What’s behind the new name?” That’s a good question. I stated that I wanted to make the blog address move from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog (removed non-working link) for sometime. I began that blog when I published my first and only children’s story. The blog title was simple. It was me. However, that blog didn’t evolve to suit the name the way I wanted. I am curious. I am Cathy. This gave birth to my new blog name… Curious as a Cathy.

This blog isn’t about cats at all. I don’t own a cat. I do like cats. In fact, I had an indoor house cat for the first 8-years of our marriage. Sadly, I developed cat dander allergies and I had to give our cat up for adoption to a good friend.

I am still the girl next door. It has taken me 3-years to figure out the precise direction I want to go with blogging. Like my tag line says, “Enjoying life one experience at a time through photography, music, & occasionally a cup of coffee with friends” describes exactly how I envision myself in Blogosphere. Is this the way you see me, too?

I think this is the season for change, don’t you agree?

Someone called me brave for making such a huge change. I don’t know about that. Maybe, I’m totally off my rockers for doing this. After all, it took me all this time to build my GFC following 500+ strong and that just went POOF with this “brave” change.

The challenge lies ahead as I bulk up my Google+ following, but am I really here for the numbers? If I am to be honest here, then yes. There’s new strength and energy in numbers. This helps to fuel my craving to share through writing, photography, and music with you.

For the next little while, I hope you aren’t inconvenience by my changes, if so I make my apologizes now. I am in the process of re-working my blog buttons to reflect my new blog theme. Please bear patience with me during this transition.

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To participate in Miss Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday classroom assignment of the letter ‘Y’, I would like to invite you to read/re-read a post Yesterday. Yesteryear. What I wouldn’t give for one more yesterday again that I wrote in May 2012 on Cathy Kennedy’s Blog.

Under the Milky Way and Stars

What’s on mind this Thursday? That’s simple….I have music on my mind. Ultimately music fills my senses in an uplifting spiral of all things good, especially if the music is….

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalms 19:1 NIV

As a kid, I remember gazing up into the nightly sky and seeing a picture as beautiful as the one above. I wonder what was beyond the Milky Way. Was it the gateway to another world?



On summer nights, we use to lay on the ground trying our best to count all the stars or to find the Big Dipper.  Do you have fond memories like these?


A dialogue between Mufasa and Simba from the Disney children’s movie, The Lion King:

“…Simba..Let me tell you something that my father told me….Look at the star, the great kings of the past look down on us from those stars..”



 “ whenever you feel alone, just remember, that those kings will always be there to guide you….and so will I.”

Although Mufasa’s sentiments give comfort, as a child of the One True King then I know only He watches from afar over His own not earthly Kings.

I think this write-up compliments last year’s letter ‘U’ post, Our Universe. Feel free to re-read or read it for the first time today.


This image does not belong to me. I borrowed it from Google & added the Bible verse.


 1. When was the last time you looked at the night sky?

 2. Do you take part in witnessing first hand special heavenly events such as Comet ISON?

Be sure to visit Miss Jenny for more Alphabe-Thursday classroom fun and join along with Amanda in her weekly edition of  Thursday Two Questions.

FYI: You may find last week’s article interesting: Review Newz: Google Nexus 7 Table. Please leave a comment, if you can telling me something that you liked about the review.



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