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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life - November 2018


November is harvest time and we’ll be talking about delicious fall vegetables and hardy fall soups.

We also honor our veterans for their service and we celebrate Thanksgiving and the contributions of Indigenous peoples.

November 13 is World Kindness Day and we have a few ideas for making it a special day.

It’s Movember – we’ll be taking a look at all those mustaches out there and the Movember Foundation that’s working to improve men’s health one mustache at a time. The Movember Foundation is a global organization committed to men’s health issues – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Linda Cahill, Orlando Bartro. Jim O’Brien, Terry Kish, Corey Flynn and Gail Neustadt will all be back with interesting articles. I’ll have more book recommendations and reviews and yes, there will be a quiz.

Please join me in welcoming Tanya Bashor of Gypsy Artistry.

She will be sharing some decorating tips and easy projects for the upcoming holidays.

See you next month!





Answers to the October 2018 Quiz

Identify the country of origin for these candies.

1.       Cranky – a maltier version of a Nestle crunch bar – South Korea

2.       Yataiman Gyoza – a treat modeled after vegetable dumplings – the candies are accompanied by a layer of sugary banana flavored dough to wrap around the chocolate or jelly bean treat - Japan

3.       Putsch Praliner – looks like an America nonpareil, but lightly flavored with butter and rum – Sweden

4.       Mr Fizzy – think pop rocks on steroids – Ukraine

5.       Van Slooten Flowers & Butterflies -  sugared licorice in the shape of a daisy, sunflower, tulip, or butterfly – The Netherlands

6.       Haribo Ingwer-Zitrone Gummi – a lemon ginger flavored gummy bear – Germany

7.       Krembanen – chocolate covered gel and banana cream- Norway

8.       Carambar Caramel  a caramel bar that comes complete with incredibly corny jokes that are loved by the people of this country – France

9.       Alicja Cream Fudge – cream fudge with the taste and consistency of dulce de leche  - Poland

10.   Jet Bar – a chocolate bar that comes with dinosaur stickers – Colombia

11.   Elite Popping Milk Chocolate – described as a Dove chocolate bar full of Pop Rocks – Israel

12.   Violetas – sugarcoated natural violets – Spain

13.   Violet Crumble – honeycomb deliberately spun into a fragile candy that breaks easily – Australia

14.   Lucas Salsaghetti – chewy watermelon gummy noodles dusted with tamarind sauce – Mexico

15.   Beacon Liquorice Allsorts – a bag of different flavors of licorice in different shapes sizes and colors – South Africa

16.   HongYuan Guava Hard Candy – a guava flavored hard candy much like a Lifesaver or Jolly Rancher – China

17.   Neneng Durian Bar – some people claim the scent of a durian is similar to the odor of a natural gas leak, but once you get past it, durians are sweet and creamy like a custard – Philippines

18.   Keshia Coca Candy – this candy is illegal in the United States because its made from the coca leaf which cocaine is also made from.  Peru

19.   Chimes Ginger Mango Chews – stone ground ginger from the foot of a volcano helps give this candy its special potency      - Indonesia

20.   Fazer Tyrkisk Peber - a spicy and salty licorice – Finland

21.   Kopico Mini Coffee – a small hard rock of sweetened coffee flavored candy – Thailand

22.   Palm Sugar candy – sold at roadside stands this candy is without preservatives and must be eaten quickly – Cambodia

23.   Cadbury Wunderbar – a peanut caramel experience – Canada

24.   Pascal Pineapple lumps – sweet pineapple and chocolate morsels – New Zealand

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