Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 30

VERY hot pepper and tomato sauce

This sauce will keep for about a month if packed with vinegar and refrigerated.  Use as a starter for other sauces, or to kick up the heat on a marinade, sauce, salad dressing or soup.  Can also be spread on sandwiches. Ingredients ½ cup assorted hot peppers ½ red onion, small chop 2 garlic cloves, […]

August 30

Biking for Beginners: 10 Ways to Overcome Fears of Cycling in the City

WASHINGTON, DC 8/30/2012- I love my bike.  I choose my bike over my car at every chance I get.  However, things weren’t always this way.  When I finally started riding my bike over a year and a half ago, I wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner. FEAR.  Fear was my biggest deterrent. I hadn’t […]

The Nukak Makú; a nomadic tribe struggling to survive fighting in Colombia

August 28

Advice on writing a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa (1936, Perú) was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his remarkable career and body of work as a writer.  The Academy awarded him the Prize “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.”  He has written over 30 […]

August 28


Ingredients  10 green tomatoes 4 ½ cups white vinegar 1 cup water ¼ cup salt 8 garlic cloves, sliced thin 4 bay leaves 4 Tbs. oregano 4 Tbs. thyme 4 cups olive oil 4 medium glass jars Directions   Slice the tomatoes very thin using a mandolin or the slicer attachment on a food processor. […]

August 28

The Writer’s Decalogue: Ten* suggestions for writers, Augusto Monterroso

Augusto Monterroso (1921-2003) was most well known for his very short stories.  His story, “The Dinosaur,” is often referred to as the shortest short story in literature.  In Spanish, it has just seven words: Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí. When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there. Other stories, like “The Eclipse” are […]

August 27

Jorge Luis Borges On Writing Short Stories: El Zahir

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is one of the best-known Latin American writers.  It is difficult to summarize Borges in a few sentences.  The best way to get to know Borges is to read his stories.  Many think he was a genius.  His short stories are unique and let the reader step away from reality for […]

August 27

The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka REVIEW

****   Title: The Buddha in the Attic   Author: Julie Otsuka   First Edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011   This edition: Kindle edition   Original language: English   Awards: 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2011 National Book Award finalist, fiction Quotes: “A girl must blend into a room: she must be present without appearing […]

August 26

Horacio Quiroga’s Ten Rules For Writing A Perfect Short Story

Horacio Quiroga’s Ten Rules For Writing A Short Story Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937) was an Uruguayan poet, playwright, and short story writer.  He is considered to be one of the best Latin American short story writers of all time.  His stories like “The Decapitated Chicken” and “The Son,” are deliciously bizarre and really grip the reader. […]

August 23

The erosion of Roe v. Wade

From my column in The Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, August 22, 2012 — Abortion has heated up again as a topic of presidential politics. Incendiary comments and campaign promises to outlaw abortion have flooded the airwaves. However, despite Todd Akin’s controversial comments and Mitt Romney’s position on the issue, which for now have no real impact […]