Monthly Archives: October 2013

November 2013 First Friday Breakfast with an Author

We are sharing our November First Friday Breakfast with author Lori Herter. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, and worked for several years at the Chicago Association of Commerce & Industry. … Continue reading

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Gravity’s Afterburn

Seeing the movie Gravity brought back a flood of memories of my work on the space program.  Here’s a glimpse… When the Challenger exploded January 28, 1986, I was working through lunch.  Tom stopped by my office.  “They lost the … Continue reading

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French Cloche Cap Writing Totem for NaNoWriMo 2013

NaNoWriMo founder, Chris Baty, defines a “Writing Totem” as “wearable, writing-enhancing objects…helps you transition…into the fictional realms you’ve created” and demonstrates that writing 50K words in 30 days “is a fun, somewhat ridiculous creative exercise.” It also “provides a visual cue … Continue reading

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Yerba Mate Tea, Memories of Paraguay, and a Regency Romance

A cold rain blew through southern California yesterday, making me yearn for tea and a good book. In the warmer climate of Paraguay, I discovered yerba mate tea: the tereré version served cold and cocido (“Tea of the Jesuits”) served … Continue reading

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October 2013 First Friday Breakfast with an Author

We are sharing our October First Friday Breakfast with perfect-for-this-month author Debra Young. Besides other short stories appearing in magazines and anthologies, Debra has two works featured on Amazon. A native of Louisiana, daughter of an Air Force sergeant and homemaker mother, … Continue reading

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