ZEN AND THE ART OF DENTAL HYGIENE
MOTHER'S DAY MEMOIR ANNOUNCEMENT!
Everything is transient. I read that in 2005 on page 18 of The Three Pillars of Zen.
Nowhere better epitomizes this than the dreaded dentist’s chair.
The other day, Regina, my hygienist, made her way around my mouth, as I tried to simultaneously focus on being present with the cleaning she was administering and not getting caught up in the discomfort.
BROTHERS AND THERAPY
by CATHERINE & ELIZABETH
Two Sisters Writing and Publishing explodes with enthusiasm as we type these words: our amazing mother, retired Chief Judge of Detroit's 36th District Court Marylin Atkins, has written her memoir, and we are going to publish it!
The Triumph of Rosemary: A Memoir will be out this summer!
THIS YOUNG ADULT NOVEL'S TUGGING AT MY HEART
By ALLEN ALLENSWORTH IV
People respond to adversity in a lot of ways. Some people try to find themselves. Others turn to God. Still others turn to sex, drugs, and/or rock and roll. If you’re a black man, you have a lot of options, but finding yourself isn’t one of them. Especially if it means going to therapy. Black men may go to church or the titty bar, but we don’t go to therapy. I don’t mean court-ordered counseling or your cousin over a drink (probably at the titty bar). I don’t mean couple’s counseling. I mean one-on-one with a clinically trained, board certified, MD-having, drug-prescribing psychiatrist.
“Idlewild: A Place in the Sun” now available on DVD
Yes, you can judge a book by its cover. The evolution of the little gray T-shirt from rigid and boxy to something a little more comfortable-looking to something downright pretty grabbed my attention. The magnetic effect of this cover put my hands on autopilot, and I pulled the book off the shelf.
The back cover sold me! Again, the same three gray T's, but this time with the tiniest hint of the story inside...
"Everyone's A Winner, Baby, That's For Sure!"
Producer Ted Talbert’s 1995 documentary, “Idlewild: A Place in the Sun,” is now available on DVD. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the Idlewild Historic & Cultural Center.
MORE WINNERS & CONTEST REQUESTS... FROM YOU!
Congratulations to our winners!
Check out their winning shorts stories for our February contest entries about Groundhog Dog:
MEN DON'T DO INTROSPECTION
We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our February Groundhog Day contest...in a couple of days! We will publish their stories soon on our Winners page. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, we’ve got a bunch of open contests, including a new Magical Realism contest. That one was super popular! We were inundated with entries!
GUEST BLOGGERS COMING TO A TALE OF TWO SISTERS!
By ALLEN ALLENSWORTH IV
I’m a man. Nowadays, that doesn’t tell you much. Gender roles – hell, gender itself – have become more fluid.
That’s generally speaking a good thing, but for old heads like me it’s a change. It also blurs the image that the statement, “I’m a man” once conveyed.
So let me be more specific...
WATCH OUR MOVIE IN THE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL USA IN 12 CITIES ACROSS AMERICA!
We’re so excited to announce that we’ll be featuring guest bloggers here!
So many of our clients and friends are phenomenal writers –– we want to showcase their innovative ideas and unique voices on topics that will inspire you to look at things in a new way.
Each of these thought pioneers views the world through a fascinating lens of unusual life experience that has focused their philosophies and lifestyles in unconventional ways.
So please watch for bylines by these amazing individuals...
WHAT IF YOU’RE SITTING ON A GOLDMINE? WOULD YOU GET UP OFF YOUR A** AND PLUNDER YOUR HIDDEN TREASURE FOR ALL IT’S WORTH?
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.
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF TO ATTRACT THE ULTIMATE ROMANCE
I’m at my desk, surrounded by three computers.
My current laptop.
My old laptop.
And my old desktop.
I feel like I just opened a treasure chest.
I’m finding all these glimmering jewels of words… stories… books… screenplays… poems…
I am bedazzled!
And anxious to showcase all this work for the world.
GRATITUDE IS OUR SAVING GRACE
The pressure is on! It’s Valentine’s Day.
It’s “supposed” to be the most romantic day of the year.
Lovers are “supposed” to lavish each other with flowers. Candle-lit dinners. Chocolate. Swooning seductions. Hot sex. Diamonds. Marriage proposals.
But what about the other 364 days of the year?
ANNOUNCING OUR CONTEST WINNERS WITH A BIG THANK YOU, AND INVITING YOU TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE FOR PUBLICATION IN OUR ANTHOLOGIES
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.
“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.
UNIVERSE AFFIRMS THAT A POT OF GOLD AWAITS YOUR PASSIONATE PURSUIT OF LIFE PURPOSE
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!
MEDITATION IS A MAGICAL ELIXIR FOR PEACE, SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT, CREATIVITY, BETTER HEALTH, AND MUCH MORE
Sometimes you just KNOW when the universe is speaking directly to you!
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.
NUTRIBULLET Rx IS POWERFUL PRESCRIPTION FOR YOUR BEST HEALTH!
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.
FUN WITH FRIENDS ALLOWS INNER CHILD TO COME OUT AND PLAY
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.
DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!
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.
OBSESSION WITH MATTERS OF THE HEART INSPIRES PROVOCATIVE BOOKS
“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.”
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.
I am obsessed with all matters of the heart.
The magic of romance.
The euphoria of love.