Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 31

Panettone Bread Pudding

(serves 8-10) Panettone is a traditional Italian fruit cake served at Christmas, and Christmas is usually the time when panettone is most fresh.  So what do you do when you got too much panettone and it’s turning stale?  Bread pudding, YUM!  I got this recipe from the Bauli website, but tweaked it, because the recipe […]

January 29

11 unusual and bizarre hobbies

  From my column in Communities @ Washington Times: WASHINGTON DC, January 25, 2013- Starting a new hobby can be a good way of breaking with the day-to-day routine, learning a new skill, and interacting with like-minded individuals.  Today, especially with the help of the Internet, strange and unusual hobbies abound.  Here is a list of […]

January 27

Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill

*** ½ Heart-Shaped Box Author: Joe Hill First Edition: 2000 Original language: English Awards: Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel (2007), Locus Award for Best First Novel (2008), Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Mystery Novel (2008), British Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008) Summary: Semi-retired heavy metal star Jude Coyne is somewhat […]

January 26

10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

  All writers experience writers’s block.  What is important is getting through it.  Some techniques will work for you, while others may not.  It is important to find what you are successful with and continuing to develop that technique or exercise.  Try each once or twice, then repeat the ones that gave you the best […]

January 25

Costa Rica: Pura Vida!

From my column at Communities @ Washington Times WASHINGTON DC, January 24, 2013- Growing up in a Latin culture, I associate Costa Ricans, “ticos,” with their ubiquitous saying: pura vida, a phrase that they seem to insert into every conversation.  For years I thought it was something in the water that made these people so singularly kind […]

January 25

Divergent, Veronica Roth

***** Divergent Author: Veronica Roth First Edition: 2011 Original language: English Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book of 2011 and for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011), ALA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee (2012), Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2012), DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award […]

January 24

Super Sweet Blogging Award!

I arrived from my trip to Costa Rica to receive the Super Sweet Blogging Award from Kim at Tranquil Dreams!  Tranquil Dreams is one of my favorite blogs, with great baking recipes, fantastic photography, and her new venture: A Bite of China Cooking Project.  I can’t wait to see what Kim “cooks up” next!  Thanks again, you […]

January 22

Military working dogs today have long history of heroism

  From my column at the Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, January 10, 2013 – Working dogs form an important part of today’s military. Dogs have been used in warfare by ancient Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Slavs, and Britons.  During the Roman Empire dogs were arranged in columns and wore armor and spiked collars.  Dogs were also used by […]

January 22

The Last Chinese Chef, Nicole Mones

***½ The Last Chinese Chef Author: Nicole Mones First Edition: 2007 Original language: English Summary: It has been a year since Maggie’s husband passed away, but she has been unable to rebuild her life after his sudden death.  She has sold their house and moved into a small house boat, and her work as an […]

January 10

Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

***** Choke: A Novel  Author: Chuck Palahniuk First Edition: 2001 Original language: English Website: Author Website: Twitter: @chuckpalahniuk Summary: Sex addict Victor Mancini works in Colonial Dunsboro by day.  In the afternoon he cruises sex addiction meetings for dates.  By night he pretends to choke at restaurants so that a stranger can save […]