6 Steps of Time Traveling

People love to travel. There is something inherent in our wiring that titillates our curiosity about that grass which grows on that other side of the fence. Does its lushness make us dream of living over there? Are there more flowers among those blades than there are on our side of the fence? Does it get […]

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What is Lorem Ipsum?

Surprisingly, I am often asked about this obscure and unimportant topic: Lorem Ipsum. What is it? Where did it come from? And why is it used so much? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry. It was later adopted by software and website developers, for that matter, all of […]

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Our Thirst for Micro Content

In the 1950’s “Cliff Notes” became available by Cliff Hillegass to give students a quick-and-easy way to get familiarized with a book or topic. In the early 1990’s “DOS for Dummies” burst onto the scene to fill a much-needed gap in consumer-friendly materials for up-and-coming programmers. Its expansion into a wide variety of topics catapulted the concept […]

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The Road to Literary Awareness

Everyone knows the rules. There are thousands of books and website, blogs and tweets about how to get your first book published. All of the rules are the same: Research the Agents who work in your genre Formulate a Query Letter and an Intro. The Query must be no more than 500 words, and it […]

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FLORENCE: Finding Verrocchio

Andrea del Verrocchio ~ Master of the Masters 1435-1488 Goldsmith, painter, sculptor Born Andrea di Michele di Francesco de’ Cioni, he was trained under a master goldsmith, Giuliano Verrocchio, from whom Andrea took the name, which translates to “true eyes.” He grew up with Lorenzo d’Medici as a close friend. Although a bachelor for life, […]

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Peru: The Lost MOCHE Civilization – pt 2

If you have never been to Peru, you are in for a brilliant adventure. Just like the US, Peru has many regions, each trumpeting their own unique bent on food, clothing, and language. The national drink there is Pisco, which is mixed in a variety of creative ways, and which you will find everywhere, from fancy brass-and-glass hotel bars […]

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Peru: The Lost MOCHE Civilization – pt 1

When you get the call, it is difficult to say ‘no’. “Hey Patty, are you available to disappear for a couple of weeks into Peru?” “Sure,” I replied. “But we’ve been there already, so why are we going again?” “We know you’ve already experienced the touristy side of Peru when you went to the Alta […]

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Oh the Places I’ve Seen

I am a lucky girl! My life has presented me with many opportunities to travel, and I have taken full advantage of those opportunities. An unexpected souvenir that traveling gives you (whether you like it or not) is the gift of big-picture (cinematic, even) perspective. The ability to contrast, analyze, balance, measure, juxtapose, observe and ponder. […]

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Today I Received My First Literary Rejection

Getting a book published for the first time is not for the anemic. For the trillionth time, I find myself sitting at my desk, stuck. With an extensive list of to-do’s arranged by alphabet, category, and time allotted for completion, one would think that it would be difficult for a person to get stuck. But […]

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A Fine Buongiorno – pt 2

City of Florence Italy

Knowing that I was going to be in Florence for 3 months was exciting. I wasn’t staying in a hotel with all of the usual amenities and services. I had rented a little apartment in a local neighborhood called San Frediano. There aren’t any tourists here – mostly just locals. Perfect.  Because I wanted to get as […]

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