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Five Things I've Learned While Trying to Lower My Blood Pressure

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Several weeks ago, I took my blood pressure and discovered it had creeped up to a somewhat concerning level. Since then, I've been working to get it back down to normal by trying to lose weight and watch the types of foods I eat. So far, I've had some success, though I suspect my doctor will want me to do more when I see him next week. Along the way, I've learned a few lessons. There is a surprisingly high amount of salt in food. Not everything. I can keep the salt under control if I make the meals from scratch. However, I tend to get busy during the week and can't always make a meal from scratch (or pre-make one to be warmed up later) and I've found it's very hard to find a convenient option that doesn't have a lot of sodium in it. One food, in particular, that caught me off guard as far as sodium content goes is Chef Boyardee products. After reading the labels closer than I've done in the past, I was shocked to discover there was almost as much sodium

Movie Review: The President's Mystery (1936)

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Synopsis : After successfully stopping legislation that would have helped small businesses during the Great Depression, attorney James Blake goes on a fishing trip to celebrate but instead sees first-hand evidence of his work when he ends up in a town that is full of closed businesses and on the verge of financial collapse. Inspired by an article he read in a magazine, Blake decides to liquidate all his assets, abandon his unhappy marriage and fake his death so he can start over and help reopen a shuttered cannery. His plan becomes more complicated when his wife is murdered and he is blamed. Who's in it? The movie stars Henry Wilcoxon , Betty Furness , Sidney Blackmer , Evelyn Brent and Barnett Parker . Review: I was in the mood for a mystery film and, after doing a quick search, came across this one. At first, I didn't know if I would enjoy the movie because it wasn't what I thought it would be but, overall, I did still enjoy the movie for the most part. The story about

Movie Review: Bad Man of Deadwood (1941)

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Synopsis: After changing his name to Bill Brady, a former gunslinger now performs with a traveling medicine show. When he and his companions are chased out of Deadwood, a small town run by corrupt businessmen, Brady offers to help a gang of exiled citizens. Things become more complicated when his friend, Professor Gabby Blackstone, is robbed of an inheritence and the only way to find proof of who did it is by burglarizing the bank and robbing a stage coach. Who's in it? The movie stars Roy Rogers , George "Gabby" Hayes , Carol Adams , Sally Payne and Henry Brandon . Review: My wife and youngest daughter were at a Halloween party yesterday and didn't get home until late evening. While waiting for them, I decided to find a movie to watch and, since it had been a while since I saw a Roy Rogers movie, I picked this one out. Overall, I thought it was a good choice. There were a couple things about this movie I found I enjoyed. One of the main ones is the film managed t

Movie Review: Dr. Giggles (1992)

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Synopsis : In 1957, Dr. Evan Rendall started killing his patients in a desperate attempt to find a replacement heart for his sick wife and was ultimately stoned to death. Thirty-five years later, his son, Evan, Jr., who believes he is also a doctor, escapes a mental hospital and returns to his hometown to seek revenge. Who's in it ? The movie stars Larry Drake , Holly Marie Combs , Cliff DeYoung , Glenn Quinn and Keith Diamond. Review: I came across this film on one of my movie channels a couple days ago and, since I know my wife enjoyed it when she was younger, added it to our list. We watched it last night and, overall, I thought it was a decent film. I think the thing I liked most about this film was the way the filmmakers kept the plot simple. Many horror movies try to over complicate things with drawn-out backstories and tons of filler material. This film focused primarily on the action, offering basic introductions of the main characters and filling in the details about Dr.

Movie Review: The Inspector General (1949)

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Synopsis: Georgi, an illiterate member of a traveling medicine show is fired after, in a fit of honesty, he reveals the medicine they are selling is fake. Alone and hungry, he wanders into a town in search of food only to have the town's dishonest leaders mistake him for Napoleon's inspector general. Desperate to hide their corruption, they treat Georgi like royalty while secretly planning to assassinate him. Who's in it? The movie stars Danny Kaye , Walter Slezak , Barbara Bates , Alan Hale and Elsa Lanchester. Review: I had this movie saved to my streaming library for several weeks before finally getting around to watching it yesterday evening, while my daughter was skating. I honestly had some doubts about it, mostly because I'm not a big fan of musical comedies. However, it turned out to be a great film. I think the thing that really set this film apart from others in this genre is the fantastic cast. Danny Kaye is the star but he gets quite a bit of help from a t

Movie Review: The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)

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Synopsis: Attorney Perry Mason puts his vacation plans on hold to help his newly-married ex-girlfriend when the husband she believed was deceased reappears in her life only to be murdered. Mason believes she is innocent but faces uphill odds against a district attorney willing to pull out all the stops to hand him his first defeat and her new husband's family willing to pay for a guilty verdict to minimize the scandal. Who's in it? The movie stars Warren William , Margaret Lindsay , Donald Woods , Claire Dodd and Allen Jenkins . Review: My wife and kids went to a haunted house with my brother-in-law on Friday while I opted to stay home (I won't pay money for PG-13 haunted houses). While waiting for them to get back, I decided to watch a movie and, since I enjoyed my last Perry Mason film, gave this one a try. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. I think the thing I liked best about this movie was the way all the evidence supported the accusations against Mason's

Movie Review: From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

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Synopsis: After his niece is executed for murder, a local librarian tells a reporter about the evil encompassing the town since its founding after the Civil War through a series of stories. Who's in it? The movie stars Vincent Price , Clu Gulager , Terry Kiser , Martine Beswick and Megan McFarland. Review: I came across this movie a few days ago and, mostly because it had Vincent Price in it, I decided to add it to my library. My wife and I watched it this past weekend and, overall, I thought it was an OK film. To be honest, my expectations weren't very high when we started watching this movie. As I correctly assumed, while Price was the top billed star, his role was limited to providing a somewhat weak filler to the various stories being told. However, despite that, I did think there were things about this movie that really stood out. I think the thing I liked most about this film is the way it managed to have some stories that were genuinely creepy without going overboard