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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

Fear Porn...are you an addict? That and more in this week's Local Vibe!


On Wednesday I listened to Danica Patrick's Pretty Intense Podcast with Michael Beckwith. Most of you will remember Danica from her NASCAR racing career. Some of you will be familiar with Michael Beckwith from the 2006 movie The Secret. He is an insightful spiritual leader and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.

I've become a fan of Danica's channel on YouTube. She is not afraid to ask the deep, philosophical questions. You know, the sort of query that boggles your brain. For example, "why are we here"?

In this episode Michael Beckwith made some very interesting observations. He indicated that many people are addicted to drama. He called it Fear Porn. According to the Urban Dictionary, fear porn is content that deliberately and enticingly plays on people's fears about disaster, disease and death. (Remember the pandemic)? This was a new term for me, however it certainly does describe what is going on these days.

In last week's blog I wrote about how you manage your 168 hours in a week. How much time are you devoting to fear porn? So I challenge you to be brutally honest with yourself. Do you seek out the bad news on social feeds, television and the radio? WHY? Could it be an addiction?

The good news is that you have control over what you focus on. The simple act of turning off the television, listening to music instead of the news and skipping the unending scroll of nothingness found on social media will begin creating the new you. Surround yourself with positive people and practice gratitude daily and your life will be change!


Consider this...

If something is not life affirming, it is a lie. ~ Michael Beckwith
 

Interior Designer, Decorator or Both?

I joined Diane Cashen for lunch last week to catch up on what has been happening in her business and life! She shared with me that she has taken on some commercial design projects and is exhilarated.

That conversation sparked the notion in me that perhaps the general public doesn't understand the difference between a professional interior designer and an interior decorator.

One key is that a designer can also decorate, however the reverse is not true. This explanation from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design may clear things up for you. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building, while interior decorating is the furnishing or adorning of a space with decorative elements to achieve a certain aesthetic.

Diane takes the time to investigate how a space needs to be used. She concentrates on the functionality and pairs it with elements that will create a space that her clients want to live or work in. This including lighting, wall textures and colors, flooring, furniture and arrangement. Her goal is to envision a place that meets her client's needs and then implement it. If you are considering remodeling a space, why not invite an expert in on your project? Text Diane at 251-545-5688 to schedule a meeting.

 

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Finding healthy alternatives to family favorites has been high on my list lately. I had heard about using Portobello caps to replace hamburger buns. I finally tried them after picking up some beautiful mushrooms at Costco. Oh goodness, what a delicious replacement for those bread "puffs" known as buns. This is a great choice for those of you cutting out all the white products in your diet. Bread (flour), sugar, rice, and potatoes all fall into this category. Fortunately, eliminating these in my routine garnered unbelievable health benefits. My severe sinus issues have disappeared. Click here to watch the video and give this one a try! Subscribe and you'll be the first to watch my weekly adventures in the kitchen!

 

Best BBQ in the South?


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Rack of Ribs from the Pecoraro Kitchen!

Fall means that folks are firing up their grills or ordering BBQ from their favorite restaurants. Recently, Southern Living Magazine ranked the top 50 restaurants for this American delicacy. Here are the South's Top BBQ Joints according to the magazine. Alabama made the list with Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q (Decatur) and Dreamland BBQ. The Carolina's and Texas had a stronghold on the majority of the favorites. Where do you enjoy eating BBQ? Do you order ribs, pulled pork or chicken?

Thanks to my son-in-law's tips, we've mastered pork ribs at home and love to cook them when the weather cools off. I've eaten at Big Bob's & Dreamland. In my opinion, Big Bob's was a clear winner. Too bad there's no locations in the southern part of the state. How many BBQ Joints have you tried?

 

Things Happening This Week on the Coast!


Mobile Museum of Art is hosting a Vintage Family Day this Saturday, September 16th. Inspired by collection exhibition DECADES: Looking Back/Moving Forward (1900 – 1919), the museum will explore popular activities from the turn of the century, including postcard making, marbles, checkers, and more! Throughout the day, they'll have fashion shows highlighting the trends of the time and live jazz music. Finally, Lil Donut Truck will be on hand with donuts, one of the more popular treats from the early 1900s. Click here for more details.


The temperature is dropping and fall is just around the corner, so head out this weekend and enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast! Have a great week ~ Charlsie

 

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