The speed of changes in web design industry is incredible. Yesterday we were building shiny websites with layouts full of gradients and shadows, today it`s all about flat design, a combination between minimalism, modern typography and warm colors.
My dear friend Mary DeMuth, writer, friend and cook extraordinaire, has put together a cookbook in her where-does-she-find it spare time and it just went on sale. I’ve been a guest at the DeMuth table and I can tell you, Mary knows how to wrangle awesome edibles out of her kitchen. I just got the book in the mail and I already can’t wait to make her Nutella crepes (after Lent, of course!)
Says Mary: “This is actually my second cookbook. My first cookbook was the first book I ever published. It was called The Giving Home Journal cookbook and no longer exists. I created it in the mid 1990s. The reason I published this was my dear friends who bought the first cookbook kept bugging me about making another one.
“You may not know this about me, but I love to cook and have been cooking since I was a young teen. My parents worked late shifts, leaving me as an only child to fend for my own meals. I grew tired of ramen, so I started cooking my way through The Better Homes and Garden cookbook. I’m solely self-taught and I’ve made plenty of mistakes.”
Her cookbook is 150 pages and includes appetizers, drinks, breakfast, bread, veggies, dessert, meat, pastas, soups, salads and much, much more.
“These are exclusively my recipes, developed and adapted by me,” Mary says. “Hundreds of people have eaten around my table.”
I count it a blessing to have been one of those hundreds.
Simply send an email to Mary@MaryDeMuth.com with your electronic receipt for The Irresistible Table, and she will send you the PDFs to her first three novels: Mary’s novels are delicious, too by the way.
We are each of us only given one name and one name only. You can have a pseudonym of course, or a nickname, or an alias, but psuedo means it ain’t real, a nickname won’t get you far on your passport application, and an alias won’t allow you to win much trust among your clan. The people you love most and who love you will need to you know who you really are. There’s just one official name for me and one for you.
But wouldn’t it be fun to imagine what your name could be if you lived in a different part of the world or a different time period or even a different universe? And wouldn’t if be fun it someone already did all the hard work of figuring out what names would suit you best?
I happen to know that if I were a fairy my name would be Feather Saturnfly. And if I were a Hobbit I’d be Ranoic Harfoot of Baywater, and if I were an elf, I’d be Calebilinde Aranel.
If I were a blues singer, I’d be Wailin’ Estelle Beech and if I were a a hillbilly I’d be Lil’ Daisy Clementine.
If you have some free time today, check out this big list of Name Generators. Totally unscientific, I am sure, but lots of fun. They don’t all work the same way, and some maybe you ought not to click on, but they’re good for a little mental diversion and perhaps if you’ve a new puppy and need a name.
Do tell me what you come up with.
And perhaps you can let me know why oh why my Irish name would be Frank Kiley.
I’m still trying to figure that out…
I’ve always been a believer that a good book is more than just a book that is good. A good book can relieve the stress of a particularly bad day. It can transport you to another time and another place when you need a break from your right-now time and place. A good book can stretch your imagination and shatter prejudice and ignite a passion and teach you something you might not have learned any other way.
A good book can speak to your soul, and help you see past your circumstances, think outside your limitations, and move beyond complacency. A good book can change you. A bad book is quite often nothing more than that.
So you can guess I was pretty jazzed to hear that in the UK, doctors are prescribing BOOKS to patients dealing with mental issues like . Here’s the link to a news article if you want to read the scoop.
According to The Reading Agency, a key player in this program, “[T]here is growing evidence showing that self help reading can help people with certain mental health conditions get better. Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and mental health professionals to prescribe patients cognitive behavioural therapy through a visit to the library.”
Cool, right? This means British libraries have teamed up with the UK Department of Health and The Reading Agency to compile a list of thirty books targeted to help those suffering from a range of issues from depression to anxiety to chronic pain. The books include A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon, Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson and an all time favorite of mine, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The fact that there are novels on this list makes me happy all over. Certainly, self-help books should and do enable you to (duh) help yourself, but this notion that novels (poetry is also included) can help you out of a dark spot of pain, is great news for us storytellers.
So if you had the power to add books to the list of prescribed medicine for the hurting and harried and hurried soul, what would be on your list? I list a couple here that I think should be staples on the medicine shelves:
What books would you prescribe??