Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
1 (8-ounce) jar capers
5 shallots, peeled and chopped
5 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
2 lemons, juiced
1 cup olive oil
8 individual Mahi Mahi fillets
Salt and pepper
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Friday, November 26, 2010
From Books To Go Now...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
|Even Molly looks suspicious. :)|
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
My kid's mystery, Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery, was #1 on Kindle for Miniatures books and was a 2009 EPPIE Award finalist for best young adult/children's ebooks.
The Killer Valentine Ball
Saturday, November 20, 2010
A few years back, I had life-changing surgery which put an end to five years of suffering with ulcerative colitis. That’s one of those “down there” diseases, like colon cancer, recently out of the closet of unmentionable ailments. One of the worst things about UC—besides the pain--was becoming virtually housebound whenever the disease was active. Surgery left me with an ostomy, but brought about positive changes, too, freeing me from the burden all my ruined body parts. Once again I could travel, go out to eat, go to the movies, or even just out to the mall. I could ride my bike to the farmer’s market and load the bags with vegetables, or hop up onto the back of my husband’s motorcycle and go out to admire the rural Pennsylvania countryside for hours, a pastime we both enjoy very much.
I’d been feeling stronger every month for the last three and a half years. I could lug sacks of mulch around the yard, pull tough weeds that were hoping to settle in my garden. I was going to the 50+ classes at the gym, planning a trip back East and generally enjoying life again.
Unfortunately post-surgical patients of my kind are digestive Rube Goldberg machines.
Lots of things can (and do) go wrong. I considered myself well-educated about possible problems re-engineering might create, but I missed the early signals of adhesions, which are not uncommon after this surgery. Mine formed a complete intestinal blockage. I’m still emerging from a long hospitalization followed by a longer convalescence, crestfallen and weak. It’s far harder to imagine a nice seamless (literally!) future.
I’ve got to suck it up, though, and bravely head “onward, into the fog.” The beauty of the right-now-moment--a phone call from a beloved grandchild or the late blooming of morning glories—must take precedence over anxiety and “what if’s”. I’m thankful to have been given more time in which to celebrate the small daily wonders of this life.
Check out Juliet's website to learn more about her.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today, I'm pleased to host Debra Dunlap, a fellow Muse It Up Publishing author as she nears completion of her blog tour. Debra is the author of Fallon O'Reilly &; the Ice Queen's Lair and I'm happy to help her launch the first book in her series, Magic in the Americas. She's been kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
Please tell us about your book.
Fallon O’Reilly & the Ice Queen’s Lair is the first book in the series, Magic in the
Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?
I work full-time in the legal system, so am constrained to writing part-time. My alarm is set for to give me writing time before work. For me, it’s much harder to stop writing than it is to start. Thus, I frequently dash to work with hair wet from the shower and the words for magic spells still reverberating in my mind!
What made you decide to sign with a new publisher, Muse It Up Publishing, rather than an established company?
Lea Schizas! I met Lea several years ago at the Muse Online Writer’s Conference, which she founded and I discovered accidentally while searching the net for something or other. I loved and admired her dedication to helping authors achieve their goals. When I read that she had opened a publishing house, I submitted my manuscript the same day.
Describe your writing space.
My writing space tends to change day to day and sometimes several times within a day. I have a huge desk, given to me by a niece, where I like to write. There’s plenty of space for my coffee cup, globe, printer and Droid. Sometimes I sit on a couch with my laptop propped on my knees or a t.v. tray. If the day isn’t too hot, I might haul my laptop to the park and sit at a picnic table.
What types of books do you read and who are your favorite authors?
I read everything I can find from Shakespeare to Chilton manuals. Nearly everything interests me, although some of the ancient writers can be difficult to read. I particularly love science fiction and fantasy. Isaac Asimov is a favorite. He’s written so many wonderful books on so many subjects. I kept one of his non-fiction books on my desk while I earned my physics degree because he had a knack for explaining complex subjects. I also love Anne McCaffrey’s books. If I could choose to live on another world, I would live on Pern and ride dragons!
Now, as an extra treat, let's hear from Debra's Character, Fallon:
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The book candidly traces with graphic detailed description and dialogue the course of the fatal illness. The emotional issues of such pivotal events as the loss of autonomy of driving a car and entry into a nursing home are experienced through the eyes of a young son. From a concurrent viewpoint Alzheimer's is explained with the wisdom of a 21st century physician who has personally experienced the emotional anguish, and thus the fact-based journey is a truly unique dual-perspective Alzheimer's memoir. The story juxtaposes the active uphill battle to become a doctor set against the backdrop of the passive helpless struggle of losing a parent to the disease.
The narrative provides explicit commentary on the modern plight of the physician and the global connection family members of an Alzheimer's victim painstakingly share. The unusual, seldom before elicited insights of the dual-perspective vigorously address universal issues such as coping, hope, futility, humiliation and societal bias toward the disease throughout the text.
Joseph J. Sivak MD is a board certified adult psychiatrist with twenty years of experience in direct patient care. He has taught and lectured in the United States and internationally in the areas of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood disorders, and chronic suicidal ideation.
He completed medical school at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and Residency Training at the University of Rochester. Dr. Sivak has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Alzheimer's Association and the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross and hosted a weekly mental health Radio Program for eight years on KUWS- Wisconsin Public Radio. Currently Dr. Sivak serves on the legislative committee of the Minnesota Medical Association, is a assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth College of Pharmacy and is in full time private psychiatric in Duluth.
More from Dr. Sivak:
Dr. Sivak's next stop is November 18 at http://www.armsofasister.com
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