Saturday, 30 November 2019

Saturday,November 30, 2019

It's that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is over & its time for me to share a lot of awesome Christmas shows (mostly on YouTube), for those of us who do have internet, but who do not have cable.

One of my favourite Christmas shows, A Muppet family Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi9qSKZuvC4

Another old favourite, Christmas Eve on Sesame street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF4XRQwzls8&t=4s

Christopher the Christmas tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTyF8pxJQDE

An awesome Christmas show, with music by Valdy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKHp1g4qXSQ

The Snowman (with David Bowie intro!) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGmOiccZFJM

The Snowman & the snowdog:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypY03WjDsOA

Father Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc-FI2zGsAs

Frosty the snowman:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6p6LRtQ2WY&t=30s

Mole's Christmas is adapted from the TV show Wind in the Willows:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTWp3A5HraY

I remember watching Santa & the 3 bears with my kids more than 30 years ago!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLXyceT_j7M&t=184s

A Garfield Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke6aKPYfGFk

This adorable holiday short is definitely worth sharing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n05PYaJ_K5g

The Christmas dinosaur:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxydrJeB4Mk

And while this isn't exactly holiday themed, I still think it fits here as being somewhat winter-y. Do you remember watching the Woody Woodpecker show & there was cute 5 minute short in between Woody's episodes, called "Chilly Willy", a little penguin? Well, you can check them out again, here: http://www.chillywillyfan.com/video.php

Thursday, 11 July 2019

PepperJack habaneroJack Velveeta


I was watching several videos on making your own Velveeta & decided to try my hand at it again. I don't really like cheddar, so I used pepperjack cheese & habanerojack. I didn't have powdered milk, so I just used 1 cup of milk, brought to a boil instead.
Hot & spicy, soft & gooey yumminess! My tste buds are doing the happy dance in my mouth!!

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Speaking of saving money

We all love a good deal, right. Well, Urban Behaviour at Highstreet Mall in Abbotsford has a lot of lovely, sexy shirts, tube tops, etc. on for $5 and up. Oh & did you know that the Dollar Tree at 5 corners, have t-shirts & tank tops for $1.25 (plus tax), for a total of $1.40 each. And the Dollarama across the street sometimes has t-shirts, but they are a bit more. The Dollar Tree & Dollarama on Marshall road have a nice selection, as well. They also carry socks & underwear.






EDIT> I discovered on Monday, that the Dollar Tree in Bellingham also carries t-shirts, socks & hats.



Speaking of saving money, have you ever considered giving up cable? I did & it ain't that bad. If you are in Canada, CBC, CTV, Global & CITV all have shows online that you can watch for free the day after they come out on TV. Links are here: https://www.globaltv.com/shows
CTV also has a list of older shows available free online, as well as movies: 
For CBC, go here: https://gem.cbc.ca/ & create a login account. They will of course, try to sell you a premium membership, you can just ignore it. You'll need to do some digging after that, but they have some interesting shows, including Coroner, which just got renewed. You can watch season 1 here: https://gem.cbc.ca/season/coroner/season-1/019616a4-36e9-42aa-8cf5-751da89ff39f

In the US, CBS, NBC & FOX also do this. ABC has something similar, but you have to wait a week after the broadcast date. Netflix is still under $10 a month I think, & in the US, Hulu is $7.99 a month & it also has a free trial & optional add-ons for HBO, Showtime & Cinemax (at an extra cost, of course). You can also watch Crackle online, but it is no longer available in Canada, sorry..  Plus there's a lot of interesting content available on YouTube.  I even have a channel there: https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelannDahlman/videos 
I am planning on doing a lot more videos there, including book reviews & other vlogs.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Book Reviews

I have been writing book reviews for a few years now, not many but adding more. It actually started when I saw a post on Facebook by someone whose writing I'd been reading on Huffington Post & Medium, looking for reviewers for her new book. I emailed her, she mailed (yes, actual snail mail!) a copy of her autobiography. I posted a review on Amazon & I recently discovered that it is almost impossible to find, plus they've edited the crap out of it, which I was not very happy with.
Therefore I am herein reprinting my original review of "There is room for you: Tales from a transgender defender's heart" by Zoe Dolan.

I am just reading Zoe Dolan's "There is room for you: Tales from a transgender defender's heart", for the 2nd time. I just got it last month & in the interest of full disclosure, Zoe Dolan did offer me a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

I almost never read non-fiction until a year or 2 ago, when I came across a fascinating book, in the book section of my local Dollar Tree. I probably haven’t read a biography or autobiography since high school literature class. They are now a favorite book category for me now. I read a quote once that said everyone had one book in them & that everyone should write their autobiography, even if they never allow another person to read it. There is something magical about reading an autobiography, a vulnerability even more profound than in personal poetry.

It is difficult for me to express in words, what a wonderous delight this book was to read. Heart-felt & passionate, I have learned more about being a trans woman, as well as much about the nature of life & love. I once dreamed of becoming a Constitutional lawyer in junior high, myself. And I enjoyed hitch hiking across Canada & the US as a teen, before I settled down. This book felt like coming home. 

I have to say that this book is an epic journey into the depths of another person’s soul. It’s illuminating, thoughtful, insightful & brilliant. It is definitely a fascinating read, if you are curious about gender identity, the transitioning process, or about travel, law school, writing, the business of being a lawyer, love, hope or joy. It was so rich & complex, I am currently re-reading it, as I am having a difficult time remembering some parts. Zoe has lead an amazing & complicated  life, lived in many different countries & has a brave & resilient heart.

It is probably my 2nd favourite book ever, after Kurt Vonnegut jr.'s "Breakfast of Champions", which I have read close to 200 times since 1979. 

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I recently reviewed 2 books by Chris Coleman, on Bookbub. You can find those reviews here:

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I read Edward M. Krauss's "Solomon the Accountant" last fall, here's my review: 

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Another book I read last autumn is Brigitte Novalis's "The Life You Want". Here's my review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2522966575

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Here's my review of Jenni Barnett's "Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries"

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A new review today, Thursday, June 20, 2019. It's titled "A Weapon of Magical Destruction" by Katie Salidas. Here's my review: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/62221420-michaelann-dahlman
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A new review today, Saturday July 20, 2019. I just finished reading Rick Springfield's autobiography "Late, late at night". Wow, I don't think any book has ever made me cry like that! Beautiful, authentic, joyous & heart-breaking, all in the same package. I can't possibly recommend this book enough. I've also posted a review on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2903898271   and also on bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/1996818406
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I just finished reading my newest Star Trek acquisition, Dayton Ward's "Available Light". This Next Generation novel is absolutely fabulous. It was totally worth waiting for, it made me laugh, it made me cry. I quite simply cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's a very fitting introspection into the new Federation after the revelations of Section 31, in Control.
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Monday, October 07, 2019
I just finished reading Frank Talaber's Shaman's Lure. This is probably one of the best books I have read this year & I have read some pretty amazing books this year. It's brilliant, funny, well-written & spooky. I enjoyed the heck out of this book & I highly recommend it.


Saturday, 30 March 2019

Zero Waste Is Not the Only Solution - 4 Tips to Have a Bigger Impact


That attitude drives me bananas! Of course there isn't any ONE thing that will solve all of our environmental problems, since they have a multitude of causes!! We need to do lots of different things, to fix lots of different issues. Reduce, re-use, recycle. And there's so much more. Mother Earth is our home & we need to take care of her! 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

it's Snowing


I looked out my window a little while ago & saw that it was snowing. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to enjoy it for a few minutes & get some video before it got too dark.