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WATCH OUR MOVIE IN THE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL USA IN 12 CITIES ACROSS AMERICA!

by ELIZABETH

Want to watch a movie that will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of truth, survival and perseverance?

Oh, and you’ll be witnessing the power of one woman bringing her lifelong dream to reality, for all the world to see and celebrate.

If so, please check out The Andrea Doria:  Are the Passengers Saved?

It’s a feature film in The Italian Film Festival USA in 12 cities across America.

GRATITUDE IS OUR SAVING GRACE

by ELIZABETH 

Yesterday, something happened that knocked me off center.  It triggered a vicious whirlpool of worries that sucked at my energy, my peace, my joy, my concentration.

This was infuriating because I wanted to spend the entire day writing with turbo-charged mental and physical stamina.

But suddenly all I wanted to do was go to sleep.

Or cry.

“You have to send love to the situation,” Catherine said.  “Negativity only makes it worse.  Just concentrate on sending positive energy to resolve it.”

She was telling me what I already knew — and do — most of the time. 

ANNOUNCING OUR CONTEST WINNERS WITH A BIG THANK YOU, AND INVITING YOU TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE FOR PUBLICATION IN OUR ANTHOLOGIES

by CATHERINE

Our contest winners are awesome.  Talented.  And brave.

Please check out the winning shorts stories for our November contest entries about “Workplace.”  In alphabetical order, because they are all #1 winners, they are:

  • "Country Club Christmas" by Michelle Cox
  • "A Practiced Office Dance" by Tarsilla Moura
  • "Blood" by Helia S. Rethmann
  • "Losing" by Monica Spees

Thank you for submitting to our contests now and in the future.  We are excited to help you celebrate and share your literary creations!

UNIVERSE AFFIRMS THAT A POT OF GOLD AWAITS YOUR PASSIONATE PURSUIT OF LIFE PURPOSE

by ELIZABETH

Sometimes you just KNOW when the universe is speaking directly to you!

Loudly.

And clearly.

That just happened for these two sisters who are passionately pursuing our life purpose by writing and publishing books.

“This is beautiful!” I exclaimed after Catherine texted a photo of the interior page design in her first novel, Veronica, I Heard Your Mom's is Black.

MEDITATION IS A MAGICAL ELIXIR FOR PEACE, SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT, CREATIVITY, BETTER HEALTH, AND MUCH MORE

by ELIZABETH

My brain was a cyclone, spinning over too many things at once. 

Tension gripped my muscles.

So, as I do most days, I did yoga in my living room — usually The Five Tibetans or a Kundalini routine with Maya Fiennes.

Yoga opens the chakras, boosts intuition, and elevates me to high-frequency channels to crystal-clear meditation. 

So, after the exhilarating, body-soothing movements of yoga, I lay on the couch under a plush blanket, cover my eyes, listen to sonic driver drumming music, and slip into a theta brainwave state. 

NUTRIBULLET Rx IS POWERFUL PRESCRIPTION FOR YOUR BEST HEALTH!

by ELIZABETH

Bigger and better!

That’s the verdict on my new NutriBullet Rx.

It replaced my regular NutriBullet after it konked out earlier this month.

As I wrote in a recent post, I panicked during NutriBullet breakdown, because I’ve been drinking two kale smoothies every day for years!  This nutritional blast fuels my energy every day to write, work out, and stay super healthy.

It’s not something I ever want to skip.

But, turns out, the busted blender was a blessing in disguise.

FUN WITH FRIENDS ALLOWS INNER CHILD TO COME OUT AND PLAY

by ELIZABETH

Have you let your inner child out to play lately?

It’s so easy to keep him or her locked up and deprived of fun as we tend to the responsibilities of being grown.  I’m guilty of that when I get in my writing groove; I want to invest every ounce of energy and every minute into my work.

Actually, I feel like I play with words all day, so it doesn’t really feel like work because I love it so much!

But it’s really important to take a break from work and have fun with friends.

Life, FunCatherine Greenspan
DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!

by ELIZABETH

“Come on, Elizabeth, dance with us,” my cousins called from the dance floor.

“No, that’s okay right now,” I said, not budging from my chair.  “Maybe later.”

Maybe not.

Tears stung my eyes.

I dashed outside to a terrace overlooking the mountains of Kentucky.  Never mind the signs warning of bears lurking in the pitch-black woods all around me.

Deep down, I was so sad.

GETTING HEALTHY?  HAVE A BACK UP PLAN!

by ELIZABETH

I drink two kale smoothies every day.  One in the morning, one in the evening.

They give me an energy buzz for writing and working out and feeling great.  They keep me super healthy – I never get sick.  They make my skin look amazing and clear. 

I’ve been drinking them for years. 

It’s the first thing I do in the morning.

WellnessCatherine Greenspan
Magical Realism Blood, Sweat & Tears Winners!

The subtleties of the two winning stories are what magical realism is all about. They are written about (mostly) real, human characters, yet there is an element in both that is not real.

Casandra and Anthony added just the right amount of magic to their stories so that the storyline thrived.

Magical realism stories are best when they leave the reader feeling a strong emotion without questioning that magical element. Bigger and bolder than just suspending disbelief, it's an unconscious suspension of reality as we know it.

You might tear up at the end of “El Duende” by Casandra Hernández Ríos.

Or find yourself scratching your ear when you finish reading “The Blind Oasis” by Anthony Johnson. 

Workplace Contest: Old School Jobs 3 & 4

I immediately got a job as a janitor in the Michigan Union. I worked with another janitor, Carl, a youngish guy who’d always stopped to chat when I was worked in the video store.

We worked at night when the offices in the Union were, of course, empty. We emptied garbage bins, vacuumed carpet, and cleaned the bathrooms.

My excruciating curiosity led me to open drawers, cupboards, and closets that I really had no business doing. One night I discovered a stack of pre-paid postage stamped envelopes—sitting in plain view! 

October Magical Realism Contest Winners!

Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to our first and second prize winners for our Magical Realism contest.

First-place winner, Casandra Hernández Ríos, wrote an engaging and moving story called "El Duende".

Second-place winner, Anthony Johnson wrote a touching story called "The Blind Oasis".

Workplace Contest: I'll Take a 9 Percent Raise with a Side of Beef, Please!

I left Taco Bell for Arby’s. I was tired of smelling like onions, and I had a strong desire to smell like America’s Roast Beef – Yes, Sir!

Arby’s holds a special place in my heart. When we were little, our mother used to take us to McDonald’s on East Holland Road in Saginaw, where we’d get to-go hamburgers and French fries – this pre-dates the invention of the Happy Meal! – and then we’d stop at Arby’s a tenth of a mile away to pick up two roast beef sandwiches for our father.

He preferred the toasted buns loaded with sliced beef with a couple of packets of Horsey sauce, a sweetened, creamy white goo slightly resembling horseradish in flavor and having the world’s tiniest kick. (He also liked to eat horseradish straight out of the jar by the forkful – me, too!)

WritingCatherine Greenspan
Contest: Workplace & A Thank You: Taco Bell

Our November contest might seem a little quirky, but I now consider myself one of those people who can list out my jobs and see the ridiculous zig-zag from age 16 till now. I look at people in awe when they tell me they’ve worked at the same place for 10 or 20 years or longer! My longest streak was six years – but I’ll get to that another day.

Taco Bell holds the distinction of being my first job. I smelled like onions the entire six weeks I worked there, so in a sense the place was literally infusing me with something entirely organic.