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  • Patty "Pattycake" - I'm Impressed So Far!I just turned forty-nine years old and have always said about aging that "I'm going to go down kicking and screaming." Always on the look out for products to improve my skin, I thought I'd give this a try. I've had thermage done at my dermatologist's office a couple of times and it's pretty expensive; this device has the same concept. If it works, then it's well worth the price. I have tried it one time so far...one time, and here is what I've noticed so far. My neck looks A LOT better. I was starting to get that turkey waddle thing going and I was very unhappy with that. I no longer have the turkey waddle. I had a very noticeable brown spot (melasma) on my face and that is lighter. My skin seems a tiny bit tighter; not much, but it's a start. I also used this above my knees; I had kind of suddenly last spring developed wrinkles right above my knees. Those areas are improved, too. I'm pretty darn impressed! All of this is just after one treatment. I do have a warning, though. I must have made a rookie mistake: I have a small area on my chin where I must have kept the device in one place for too long and it looks like I burned it. But that is a very small price to pay for the improvements I've seen. Be sure that you follow the directions in the booklet and keep the device moving around each area of your face. I am very happy with my purchase so far...I will report back in a few weeks to update.Silk'n SN-001 FaceFx Anti-Aging LED Handheld Facial Device
  • Gilteresa - "A Concubine for the Family" by Amy Kwei`A Concubine for the Family'
    by Amy Kwei

    I have recently finished reading this book which is a novel (no pun meant) way to write a family history. It is a good read indeed. Can you judge a book by its cover? Not always. But the colourful cover in this case caught my eye and I did send away for this book because of its intriguing title and the promise of a good story.

    When I first opened the book I laughed out loud at the author's statement that she would certainly not be giving her husband a concubine for his birthday as her Grandma, Purple Jade, had done. I found the description of Purple Jade's life in Hangzhou in the early 30's fascinating , the details of family life with servants and sumptuous meals and the explanation of domestic architecture including the courtyards and gardens, the background of Purple Jade's everyday life with her husband Righteous Virtue and daughters. Golden Bell and Silver Bell. (I loved the imaginative Chinese names of Ms. Kwei's forebears.)

    Because the writing was so vivid I suffered with Purple Jade because of her painful deformed feet, especially when she tried to walk. When she was only three years old her toes had been broken and her feet were bound and pushed into what was then considered to be a feminine shape.

    There are vivid descriptions of an opium den, of Chinese food and of Chinese medicine and terrible accounts of the Japanese invasions of Shanghai and surrounds. There are tragic outcomes for the family during this time involving, among others, Glorious Dragon, the daring brother of Purple Jade. The details of life under the Japanese reminded me of the great fear of Japan felt by my parents and other Australians during World War II.

    Although the novel ends with the family again fleeing, this time from Hong Kong, there is a story of hope too as Purple Jade becomes all the time more sought after as an expert in treating patients with Chinese remedies.

    One finishes the story wondering which of the daughters of Purple Jade and Righteous Virtue, Golden Bell or Silver Bell, was the author's mother.

    As I have already said, `Concubine' is a very good read, a wonderful book.