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Using a Journal – Making the most of your time

By Rebecca Pall [caption id="attachment_5333" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Ferris Beuller's Day off , the iconic film of looking around and smelling the roses[/caption] “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”   This quote from the 1986 movie, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, rings true in today’s day and age more than ever.  People have so much going on in their lives that it’s sometimes hard to sit down and really appreciate the time or good experiences that we have in life.   One of the best ways to keep track of memories is through a journal.  It doesn’t have to be a long entry but, having a journal to keep track of the specifics of a couple special memories, can...

Excerpt from “Blood Ties, Book One of From Broken Wings Series”

Excerpt from From Broken Wings a novel by Tamara Rokicki. No one could figure out what had happened to Kyna—the young girl—but from the wounds on her neck they decided it was the attack of a rabid wolf that had entered the cottage through an open window.  Many believed this theory, although some found the incident odd and unsettling. If only they knew, Antha thought. Kyna’s father had blamed himself for forgetting the window open, his sunken face unable to speak or eat since the death of his daughter.  A knot formed in Antha’s throat and more than anything she wanted let him know he wasn’t to blame.  But she couldn’t. If she revealed the truth, her sister Áine would be burned at the stake.  ...

Mind Key the Novel: A Review

After the disappointments of a sour break up and the troublesome relationship with her abusive father, Noelle heads to the Jersey Shore.  It’s supposed to be another brief vacation with her mother, dull and numb after the Noelle Ricci as drawn by Michelle Farencirecent heartaches.  Still, the rumbling waves of the Atlantic shore make Noelle feel at home, as if she’s belonged there all of her life.  But it’s not just the salty breeze and the soft wet sand under her feet that draw her in.  Arden, a boy vacationing a few apartments away, captures her attention and before she knows it— her heart.  The two spend only a couple of days together but somehow she feels as if she’s known him for years.  It...

How fiction changes everything

There’s something special in the way fiction opens the brain to draw its own conclusions and make new connections, while nonfiction—although certainly having its place—presents facts but rarely offers the opportunity for expansive thinking as fiction can.That’s not to underestimate the importance of nonfiction.  Facts are useful, but facts change.  And facts aren’t always… well, fact, are they? Opinion can be debated but cannot be proven… facts are hard information that can be proven or disproven.  In other words, facts can be false.  When fiction resonates, however, it catches us some place deep within our hearts and psyche… that place where we know truth, not as a fact, but as a place of understanding and peace.  Because fiction does not claim to be anything other...

about “The Golden Skillet” by Tara Ann Lesko

AboutThe Golden Skilletby Tara Ann Lesko  Discover "The Golden Skillet" a memoir about self-discovery and spirituality as told through one woman's evolving relationship with food.A few years ago I decided to begin a memoir that would be funny as well as dramatic. I knew I had a story to tell, and once the dissolution of my seven-year marriage began in the Fall of 2012, I knew it would only get better. But I needed an angle that would make people care about my story. I chose one thing that molds and defines all of our experiences, the good and the bad, and that is food.Collage for chapter entitled "Namaste" by Tara Ann LeskoThe tentative title of my memoir is "The Golden Skillet," and it will...