Hello Friends and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week for my review of Anne Hagan‘s ‘Loving Blue in Red States – Sweetwater Texas.’ This week I’m touching on some things that are going on in my life.
As many of you know, this year, I published my book, ‘Awakened by Fate,’ the story of a woman forced to make sudden changes in her life after a night when she experiences a bizarre occurrence. Things she once hid from are suddenly out in the open, forcing her to deal with them. A complex character, I wanted to portray a strong woman who had to deal with many hurdles. Readers root for this character as the story unfolds. The woman may appear to be angry, but that is because she has to adjust to her new life. Underneath readers learn what comes out as a result of her spiritual awakening.
I have been hard at work with my two other manuscripts. One is about a woman who is hurting from a long-lost love as well as having to live in deep humiliation on a daily basis. She too goes through a transformation. The key question is will she ever find love again?
My other story is a fantasy story about two women who are forced into on an adventure to an undisclosed place to learn about a secret that will change the course of their lives. They too have to undergo changes and deal with issues. All of this will make them stronger women as they go after a challenge.
On the other side of things, I have been feeling a lot of gratitude. I have many things to be grateful for, my loving relationship with my wife, my health, and my friends and family. All of this has worked together to make my life stronger. I couldn’t have done it all without the help of my beloved friends, family, and readers. Gratitude is what keeps me going throughout all that has been going on in the world. I realize that outside of myself is a hurricane and I’m in the eye of it.
My wife and I are having a lot of fun this year buying Christmas gifts. Each year we participate in a program where we give gifts to a homeless child. It is fun going to the store and picking out little boy things. I can only imagine how he going to feel when he gets his gift bag at Christmas. I feel good knowing that he is going to have a special Christmas.
Next week is my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I like to put together a big dinner with all the trimmings. My favorite is my cranberry pierogies. Since I’m of Polish descent, naturally I would love this tasty dish. I make the dough and let it set. Then I roll it into thin slices the size of a four-inch circle. I put a teaspoon of cranberry sauce in it and fold it over it and pinch the edges shut. Now is the fun part – frying. I fry them until they are a light color on both sides. Now they just need to cool and they are ready to be eaten. I can’t wait until I make them next Thursday.
I am getting closer to reaching a writing goal. I will keep you posted about the release of my second book coming soon.
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My father is half Polish (his dad arrived through Ellis Island at age 4) and half Italian (his mother arrived through Ellis Island, also at age 4). Some great food came out of that house, especially at Christmas. Christmas Eve focused on Italian heritage with spaghetti with fish sauce (because we were Catholic and didn’t eat meat on Christmas Eve) with potato perogies and sauerkraut perogies added in to appease the Polish appetites. Christmas day we had Italian wedding soup, kielbasa, ham with rye bread and more perogie. Never had them with cranberries, but I’m sure Gram would have given them a whirl in her kitchen if she’d of thought of them.
We still eat perogies at the Christmas and Easter holidays and freeze homemade ones to enjoy throughout the year. Potato/cheese with flecks of good black pepper and potato/jalapeno are current favorites. With Grandpa many years gone, sauerkraut ones are not nearly as popular, even at his family reunions my wife and I manage to make it to every 2-3 years. The younger generations just don’t appreciate this Polish staple!
Thanks for bringing back some fond memories. Happy Thanksgiving!