Saturday, April 15, 2017

June 2017 issue

PnPAuthor Magazine

June issue, 2017
This magazine is about Authors, Poets, Artist, and Cooks

Owners, Peter and Pattimari Cacciolfi


The May issue of the magazine is fantastic. Keep up the great work.
comment by Charles Ray


Elizabeth Blackmore, Canada


Charles Ray's Column

Book Covers – DIY or Not

The last thing most indie authors think of when writing a book is the cover; either because it’s not felt the cover is important, or because they just assume that it’s only the content that matters.

That is a major mistake. Covers DO sell books. After all, your cover is the first thing a potential reader sees when shopping for books to buy, either paperback or e-book versions. So, giving serious consideration to the cover is almost as important as making sure you’ve written a good book and edited it well.

You have two choices when it comes to covers: pay a professional to do it, or do it yourself. I’ve done both, and believe me, not all professionally designed covers—which can be quite costly, by the way—are all that good. The one time I paid to have a cover designed; the first book I had published, turned out to be a chastening experience. The cover was just so-so, actually pretty bad considering how much I paid for it, and the publisher, in my opinion, overpriced the book. It still sells a few copies a year, but not nearly as many as my subsequent books, which have covers that I designed myself.

I have an advantage over many indie authors in that I am an artist. I’ve done artwork for newspapers and magazines for many years, so I’m familiar with design concepts. It took me a while to get the hang of designing book covers that ‘caught the eye.’ Turns out that a book cover is not the same as an editorial cartoon or a magazine cover. But, little by little, and through trial and error, I’m finally getting the hang of it.

Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years:

-          Keep it simple. While common wisdom is that all the elements of the cover must be legible in a thumbnail, I’ve found that’s not the case. It’s the overall color and design that catches the eye. Contrasting colors and well-done artwork that catches a reader’s eye mean more than the ability to read everything on the cover in the thumbnail; after all, the words on the cover will, on most book selling sites, be included with the thumbnail.
-          Artwork on the cover should convey something of the content. For fiction, this might be the main plot, while for non-fiction, it should cause the reader to think.
-          Less is best. Don’t try to put too much on the cover. A cover that’s too busy, or that tries to include everything that’s in the book will just confuse the reader. Better to just give a hint of the contents or theme.

As with the contents, which should be edited until it says what you want to say, the way you want to say it, and is as free of errors as humanly possible, you should tinker with the cover until it ‘speaks’ to you. I find that doing rough sketches helps me refine the cover concept before I begin the final artwork. I usually select the main illustration first. Sometimes I’ll use a stock photo from one of the many photo sites on the Internet, or from my own extensive photo library. At other times, I’ll create a custom drawing or painting, and at other times, I’ll do a combination of the two. When I use stock photos, I first make sure that I have the legal rights to use the work commercially, and that I’ve attributed it appropriately. When I do custom artwork, I photograph it, and then use one of the photo applications on my computer to manipulate the digital photo; color, contrast, etc.; until it looks the way I want the final cover to look. After that, I then upload the photo to, and add the text, playing with different fonts, colors and text placement until I have the cover I want. The advantage of Cover Genie Pro is that it shows you a 3D image of what the book will look like. I then insert the .png file from Cover Genie Pro into PowerPoint and save it as a .jpeg file, which can then be used with CreateSpace or Kindle Direct to create my book’s cover (these are the two platforms I use to publish my books). Here are some examples of book covers I’ve done for recently published books or works in progress:


Advice for the Insecure Writer was created entirely with PowerPoint with the oval shapes inserted, colored, and the text inserted, followed by the author’s name at the bottom. Here I was going for a combination of simplicity and symbolism.

Mountain Man is an original watercolor which was uploaded to CoverGeniePro where I added the title and author’s name. Again, I went for simplicity; showing a loner of a mountain man living in his isolated cabin in the hills.

Devil’s Lake is a paranormal thriller. I used a photo I took of a man in a boat that I took during a visit to Naples, Italy, converting it from color to black and white and darkening it. Then I uploaded it to CoverGeniePro and added the title and author’s name, using the color variations to convey mystery.

Ethical Dilemmas and the Practice of Diplomacy is a work in progress that I plan to publish soon. This is nonfiction, and the cover is meant to symbolize the dilemmas diplomats face on a daily basis—they must navigate a minefield of regulations, prohibitions, and expectations as they do their jobs. The red, white, and blue motif is used because I’m writing about American diplomats.

These are just four of the covers I’ve designed. Of the three already published, Mountain Man has proven to be quite popular. While none of the reviews of the book have mentioned the cover, I take that as a positive, because if the cover sucked, some reviewer would be sure to mention it.

As you can see from the first and fourth, you don’t really have to be an artist to create a book cover. You do need to know how to use applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, but with a little practice, it’s possible. Applications like CoverGeniePro can be a bit daunting at first, but with practice, this one’s as easy as PowerPoint.

If you want the full indie author experience, think about cover design as the next skill to develop, and good luck on your journey.

Charles' trip to the circus with grandson

A Day at the Circus

It’s been decades since I went to a circus or county fair, and pretty soon, the circus, at least the circus as I remember it, will be no more.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the oldest circus in America, will soon fold its tents for the last time. They’re now doing a set of farewell performances around the country. The tickets are expensive (over $50 each), but my grandchildren are of an age that they can appreciate it, and since I took their mother, aunt, and uncles to the circus when they were kids, I thought it would be great to take them.

So, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, my wife and I piled into our son-in-law, Charles’, car (yes, my daughter married a man with the same first name as me) with my daughter and three grandchildren, and we drove from Washington, DC to the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore, MD.

If I’d had any doubts about it being a good idea, the looks on those three young faces when the performance started erased them all. The oldest is Sammie, soon to be six, so she tried to be real cool about the whole thing, but I could see out of the corner of my eye that she was as rapt as Catie (age 3) and Tommy (age 2) especially at the animal acts and the trapeze artists.

We spent two hours glued to our seats, except for a short run to the popcorn stand to get popcorn for everyone, and I don’t know who cheered loudest, the kids or me. The only things missing were the elephants, but I applaud Ringling Brothers for that, given that they’d been accused of abusing these magnificent, intelligent creatures.

You might not be able to take your kids or grandchildren to a circus for much longer, but there are still carnivals, water parks, and local fairs. Take them, and for a few hours, get down to their level and be a kid again. I guarantee, you’ll love it as much, if not more, than they will.

Most enlightening and instructive article, as usual.  Peter

Pattimari's Say

I had a friend who recently contacted me about a problem she was having with a friend. Sometimes when someone is jealous and feeling in the dumps, it is the right thing to set that person free of that awful emotion. How? Anyway your gut feels is right.

Peter's Column

So many times we have looked upon the fascinating sites offered up by the Egyptians because their history seems to have no beginning. I would like to introduce you this month to a well-viewed image many of us may not know much about, or our knowledge is somewhat limited.  Let us meet Aker, the Lion.  In Egyptian Mythology, Aker is represented as a narrow strip of land with a human or lion’s head at either end or sometimes as two lions back to back and joined at the center.  One lion faces the West where the sun rises, and the other faces East where the sun sets.  The two lions or lion-headed beings are almost certainly the same as those who guard the entrance and exit to the underground world in this tradition.  One Lion is named Duaj, meaning yesterday, and Sefer, meaning tomorrow.  Because of the names, some assigned them the title “looking forward and behind.”

Their edifice guarded the borders of the netherworld and protected the sun god Ra where he first entered the netherworld at sunset and again when he returned to the world of the living at sunrise and bore the sun at his back through the underworld.  He defended the sun god from the serpent Apep (Apophis) and was considered to be able to neutralize a snake bite.  In his role as a protective deity, twin lion statues representing Aker were placed at the doors of palaces and tombs to protect against evil spirits, a practice adopted by both the Greeks and Romans.


J. House's Relationship Suggestions

When in a relationship, always remember TRUST is what holds the relationship together.

Carro's Beauty Suggestions

Beautiful is something you feel when you feel good about yourself.

Dr. Willie White's Religious Corner
1 John 1:3

.....That ye may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

What is fellowship? Fellowship can be defined as the coming together with family, friends and others as we share in a common goal or having all things in common. The common goal in this scenario is to enjoy one another's company in love, respect, understanding and compassion.
I choose this subject because we are approaching spring and summer where we will be enjoying the many outdoor activities such as backyard barbeques, picnics, camping, family reunions and vacationing together just to name a few. There is nothing more pleasant to the eye than a group fellowshipping together in love, peace and harmony. Fellowship is a time of bonding, making new friends and acquaintances and in many instances establishing new relationships that can last a lifetime.
If this question was raised, do we fellowship only during the spring and summer? No; we fellowship with one another regularly if nothing more than to say hello or offer a word of encouragement or praise. This emulates our fellowship with God daily through prayer, Scripture reading and meditation.
There are many occasions where we come together in fellowship with one another that occur during seasons of the year; some are holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving. Easter/Resurrection day, anniversaries, graduation and even birthdays where family and friends come together to celebrate.
True fellowship builds strong bond of harmony, peace and love with one another.

John B. Rosenman

Poems About Poems

Can you write poems about poems? Of course you can. Here are two poems I wrote long ago.

                                                            This Poem

                                                This poem is hypnotic.
                                                Watch these words.
                                                Your eyes are getting heavy.
                                                You are getting sleepy.
                                                You are beginning to feel at peace
                                                with yourself.
                                                Now your thoughts are a child’s.
                                                Now you are inanimate,
                                                a leaf on an iron wind.
                                                Now you are the first thought
                                                you ever had
                                                closing like a bud in snow.

                                                Now I am this poem,
                                                each word a reflection
                                                in your eye.
                                                You are my reader
                                                getting sleepy
                                                beginning to feel at peace
                                                with yourself.
                                                Ready to join me
                                                in my poem.                          

                              If God Were An Imagist Poem

                                                so much would depend

                                                a red god

                                                glazed with heaven

                                                beside the milky

--With profound appreciation to William Carlos Williams’ famous imagist poem “The Red Wheelbarrow”, presented below.

                             The Red Wheelbarrow
                                       so much depends

                                                a red wheel

                                                glazed with rain

                                                beside the white
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Suzanne's Corner

Suzanne’s Corner
My Background – responding to a couple of questions

Hello and welcome. Each month I like to read the comments about what you’re doing or an approach you’re exploring as a result of reading my column. Whether health-related or some other on-going situation there are times of brief respite and even joy, though often these moments are overlooked or forgotten in the dross that brings you down. Everyone is different, and at times you need guidance by a medical or health professional. Allowing yourself to not be hampered by your circumstance and be able to live to your potential each moment is to be embraced.

This month I’m answering two questions recently asked via PnP Authors Magazine’s comments page:
“Does Suzanne have a medical degree; if not, she sure knows how to make people work toward getting past their own problems.”
“Did you go to classes for all your good information?”

The short answer to the first question is no; there’s no medical degree. However, thank you so much for the compliment following your question. As to the second question I’ll explain hopefully without it sounding like a resume!

Since the late 1970s I have worked in the health industry – admin, medical transcription, research, health promotion, archives, and a few other areas as well. In the early days, at a time when surgeons reverted from the title Dr to Mr and one was in awe of their status, I was sent to relieve a surgeon’s secretary whilst she was on holiday. Quaking when called to Mr’s office I was asked if I was interested in medical terminology not just typing words, and following my answer I left the room staggering under a pile of medical books, complete with Greek and Latin dictionaries. After studying the contents, I was quizzed by the Surgeon himself! It was a wonderful education, at a time when the only medical terminology units were as part of a doctor or nursing curriculum. Over the years, I also had access to medical journals which I devoured. My nearly photographic memory was utilised in another health organisation where I assisted with historical research. However, there is an immense difference between being able to type medical words, read journals, research medical stuff and being a doctor knowing how specific medical information relates to individual people.

From 1990 to December 2007 concurrent to mainstream I have been involved with complementary health teaching taiji, qigong and meditation privately and in classes and workshops. I was also a registered healing therapist focussing on bodywork and energy rebalancing through a variety of certified modalities plus techniques which I developed. Then in 2008 my life changed through escalating chronic pain and in 2010 everything stopped. It was as though that life, that knowledge never existed. Writing has been a chance to reconstruct decimated cognitive abilities as well as reconnect with some of the principles of healing that used to be second-nature. I have been fortunate to be able to study with many highly-trained teachers with extraordinary insights in their craft. A Taiji Grandmaster I was exceptionally privileged to train with once responded, on one of the few occasions when an interpreter was present, to my question “even if you studied Chinese [language] for 20 years you wouldn’t understand the meaning behind the Classics (upon which Taiji is based); practise [taiji] for 20 years and you will understand qi (vital energy flow).” This was not one or two classes a week but the equivalent of 15-20 hours of training and practice for many years, and integrating the principles of energy movement into everything I did and thought about – though with a young, energetic family I wasn’t always calm and centred! By 1992 Taiji changed the structure of my feet allowing me to walk and reduce the life-long pain associated with the condition, and as a bonus in 1996 enter a taiji competition which I won – but that’s another story.

In 2010 during months of an intense period of pain and other symptoms I got all fired-up with spreading awareness of chronic pain through the Linkedin Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) group. There was, in discussions, so much theory and assumption-like opinion about pain that especially when I was coming out of massive flare-ups and needed distraction by doing something while bed-bound I penned responses. Not subtle, not neatly drafted but full-on ‘you can cut the theory, this is reality’ missives. When symptoms settled down to a mere 7 or 8 instead of 15-20 out of 10 I would draft a less emotive and more explanatory second response. The first got it out of my system, an inner screaming and the latter instructive building awareness and hopefully an understanding about surviving chronic pain. I still take part in SIP, other discussions and advocacy, sometimes when pain and other symptoms are under control I draft and edit my responses however at other times well the message is blunt.

Every day I’m stronger, even though symptoms are triggered daily in varying degrees. My motto is ‘I like being happy’ and through my own experience and observations of others, whether I’m talking or writing, enabling you to reconnect with happiness is my intention.

So, until next month I look forward to hearing from you about this and anything else you’d like to share with me, to share with all of you – and remember that you have choices, they just may not be obvious. Take care, have fun, and allow yourself to recognise and embrace the joys that life can offer.

Suzanne Newnham
Most brilliant, and what a great training.  Love your work.  Peter

Susan's Corner

Vinta's Corner

VINITA - Her graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and an Associate of Science degree, Vinita began working with, autistic, exceptional, and special-ed children, and teaching as a Lead Teacher/Assistant Site director.  She started writing in her spare time and is now a creative nonfiction short story writer, who also writes children’s stories and poetry. She also started writing her first novel called The Mistress of the House, which is about her interest in dancing. Vinita has taught dance workshops and considers choreographing and dancing a gift.  Currently, She is writing her new book Let's Go to The Writing Land. She also does Column Writing for PnP Authors Magazine.  

She has lived in small towns, big cities, and also spent two years in India as a student learning to read and write Hindi and Sanskrit, and also learning Classical North Indian Dancing. She is adaptable to adjust anywhere.

Due to all of these experiences in her life, she is able to help others learn things about astrology and India. She also helps people dance and get a good workout but also learn to dance with a passion.  She is looking to start a new group where women can learn to dance as an exercise with real Indian music.

Currently, Vinita spends time with her children and enjoys seeing them participate in ballet, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, and piano. In her spare time, she writes and dances or does hip-hop or Zumba at the gym. Currently, she is taking Kathak dancing, a North Indian style of dancing, which is dance by storytelling.

She is hard working, persistent, and creative. Give her a word and she can make a poem or a story out of it in seconds. Check out her blog at  
And it gets better and better with each issue.  Peter

Linda's Corner


            As An author, I find it an honor to be able to share my thoughts and feelings with the world.  At the same time, I feel the responsibility I have to believe and be proud of all my works that I polish and prep to share with others.  When I release my completed work, I feel wonderfully accomplished that I did something worthwhile and meaningful.  Someone out there has been waiting to read exactly what I have written.  You see, I believe each writer has people waiting to embrace their work and in some cases, some people have been waiting for words of hope and healing.  We have to do our part if it is no more than entertaining our readers so they may escape their world for a while. 
            The power of words has proven to last forever.  The Bible had unique authors who shared their understanding and relationship with God.  To this day, their words have touched the hearts and minds of humanity.  In some ways, the Bible was somewhat like an anthology; people can find understanding and hope at different times in different places throughout the Bible.  It could be a story, a Psalm, a proverb or even history.  Authors are a gift to the world.  Each one of us has a unique and profound purpose. 
            I am a firm believer; the truth will set you free if you let it.  I write to reveal truths people do not want to face or talk about.  My work is to encourage, quicken, awaken, shaken, assist in the healing process, and plant seeds of spiritual and mental growth.  I do it by telling the truth.  I was so stimulated and touched when I came across a quote by Iyanla Vanzant .  It described my purpose so perfectly it brought tears to my eyes.  “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”

            What kind of an author are you?  I hope you are an author who knows your value.  There is someone out there that appreciates all you share.  Share freely knowing you make a difference.
Most enjoyable reading, and informative.  Peter
Lynn Williams Say

The Royal Candlelight Spiritual Gourmet Chef
“Royalty in the Making”

Your Royal Candlelight Spiritual Gourmet Chef’s One Minute Recipe Blogs

Your Spiritual Gourmet Chef has prepared and will personally serve for your dining pleasure some one minute spiritual recipes taken from The Master Chef, Jesus Christ Recipe Book – The Bible.  Hopefully, you will find these recipes delightfully delicious as you take a moment to spiritually dine on them and get spirit-filled on the Word of God.

The Main Recipe:
Scripture Reference - “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” – Psalm 119:103

The Main Ingredient: 
God’s children are spiritually dying everyday due to lack of knowledge.  My prayer is that these recipes for godly living will bless you and make you strong and healthy in the Word.  You will taste the wonderful flavors of God’s Word and enjoy the awesome textures of His love for all His children as you dine at the King’s Royal Banquet Table.

The Table Setting:
The Master Chef’s meals are all served at The Royal Banquet Table of God, while dining with The King.  The Royal Candlelight, Jesus Christ is sitting in the middle of this table to provide the proper light for you to dine.  For these one minute meals, you will only need a spiritual “Knife” – Study Bible and a spiritual “Dinner Fork” – a Concordance.  I hope these recipes lead you to dining regularly on The Master Chef’s spiritual recipes found in His Great Recipe Book and that you will enjoy these one minute recipes I’ve created from the book I wrote called “30 Minute Meals with God” that is published under The Royal Candlelight Christian Publishing Company.

Your Spiritual Gourmet Chef on occasion will be preparing for your dining pleasures one-minute fast food recipes of spiritual appetizers, salads, entrées, desserts and sweet treats that your palate cannot resist; so, I hope you dine well!

Therefore, my brothers and sisters in Christ, enjoy these spiritual recipes as I prepare these culinary pleasures to help you discover God’s wonderful spirit-filled flavors from His spices of love and sweet herbs of compassion that is prepared especially for you.
Never have I seen such a presentation... most brilliant.  Peter

Vee Vee's Say
When you are told something in confidence, it should stay just between you and the person who told you something.
And this is one way to find who your true friends are.   Peter

It is very important to spend quality time with your child, teenager, or adult kid. When out for a walk, try not to bring your cell phone with you. Listen and respond with interest when your kid talks to you.
It's far better than thinking about it and never following through, as often happens and that's when we hear: I wish I had done it and now it's too late.  Peter 

Sal's Words

BIO: Sal Buttaci

I began to write poems and stories when I was nine, having been quite fortunate to have had parents who always encouraged me to write and submit my work for publication. When I was 16, an essay I wrote called “Presidential Timber” won a contest and was published in the New York Sunday News. My first poem, called “Charlatan,” was printed in Bardic Echoes that same year.

Though I concentrated on drama in college, I've only written three plays since then, all of which were presented on school stages. As for poetry and stories, I write at least one daily. My wife says I will be writing up to my last breath. I tell her I might just be holding my pen.

An obsessive-compulsive writer who plies his craft many hours a day, my poems, stories, articles, and letters have appeared widely in a publication that includes New York Times, U.S.A. Today, the Writer, Short Poem, Cats Magazine, The National Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest and The Writer. I was the recipient of the $500 cyber sit poetry Award in 2007.

Two of my flash-fiction collections were published by All Things That Matter Press and are avail at Flashing My Shorts and 200 Shorts. I also wrote a book a few Italian-American journalists called A Family of Sicilians...the best book written about Sicilians! The book can be purchased at

Sal lives in Princeton, West Virginia, with his love and inspiration, his wife


Lynn Williams, Your Spiritual Gourmet Chef

Place and Setting in Mystery Stories

A mystery needs a crime, a victim, a perpetrator, and a protagonist or hero to solve the crime and bring the criminal to justice.  In establishing the storyline, it helps to show motive, means, and opportunity through clues that are carefully revealed as the story unfolds. False clues, or red herrings, when skillfully used, can throw your protagonist (and your readers) off track, adding to the challenge in coming up with the correct conclusion.
Another element that can add mystique to your mystery, and one that is often overlooked, is place or setting.
The locale of your story can help set the mood or provide clues. In my recent mystery, Over My Dead Body, for instance, a swamp played a prominent role. The dark, tangled vegetation and dangerous creatures (snakes and alligators) helped to establish the peril our hero faced, but more importantly, the description of this small tract of land; the smell and the darkness; offered subtle clues to the two puzzles he had to solve. I won’t spoil the story for those who haven’t read it by telling you what those puzzles are, just let me say that if I’d taken the passages describing the swamp out of the story it would have weakened the conclusion.  Setting also played a key role in Dead Reckoning, another mystery involving the same protagonist. In this instance, he’s injured and being chased by bad guys through unfamiliar mountainous terrain.  This setting, along with elements of the hero’s background, combined to help him prevail over the bad guys.
In your next mystery, don’t overlook or ignore the role that setting can play in adding tension and drama to your story. For some excellent examples of how setting can be used to good effect in mystery stories, read Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue,’ one of the first locked-room mysteries, or Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles,’ with the fog-shrouded moorland adding to the fright factor.
A must to know and understand; thanks for your information.  Peter

Chris the Story Reading Ape does Author Spotlighting

The Story Reading Ape, An Author Promotion Enterprise

It’s a jungle out there if you are an Indie Author!  At least this is how it seems for many who attempt to make their mark in the world of writing, publishing and promoting books. There is so much to learn not only about what to publish but where, how and with whom. Are there others out there going through the forests same as you? Is there anyone around who can help you feel a bit more secure and less alone? Might someone be able to help you avoid the pitfalls and traps? There are snakes in much of that tall grass so the more you know, the more likely you are to learn how to swing from tree to tree without leaving yourself to die on the vine.  It would be divine to have a guide, someone who knows the ropes or at least where to find one that can hold you…  Heck, even Tarzan and Clint Eastwood partnered with primates and look what it did for their lives!  Writers, be of good cheer, for The Story Reading Ape (TSRA) is at your service.

This monkey means business! His blog is an around the clock Visitor Center with plenty of useful, free information. Authors are invited to gather there, to find the great reads, connect with support services and even have a good laugh. TSRA has created a place where not only can the weary traveler feel welcome but the wise can store their information like low hanging fruit for those thirsting for knowledge. Many are the honored guest Authors, Editors, Bloggers and Support Organizations who have been immortalized in his Halls of Fame.
So, why does TSRA aka Chris Graham do this? Because he can! He is a “chimpion” of all things literate and a wild man for a good story!  He is even an extremely talented book cover designer…  It is no wonder why everyone goes ape for this personable primate who is known for gibbon more than he takes.
Many Thanks.  Peter

Page Two




Hi Pattimari,
Here's a poem I wrote last year about a cruise I took across the ocean when I was 16. I hope you like it. Please make sure to give me credit for writing it.
Eve Gaal

Z Bellhop Meets a Virgin on a Transatlantic Voyage
Eve Gaal

The waxed wood of the Promenade deck beckoned.
Where delightful stewards,
tucked flummoxed tourists
like cocoons into wool blankets,
before serving hot consommé.

But you wanted to show
me the brutal truth
behind the scenes.
Where gruff sailors
held cards or pool cues during off hours.
Where beer and cursing mingled
like salt and sea spray
in the employee lounge.
Where sexy looking French girls
offered sultry looking lips and more.

 At sixteen,
 I didn’t know—
 I had no idea....
Did ocean air
create special yearnings?
Au revoir,
my head spun from learning.
Parlez-vous anglais?
Tripping over accents,
I focused on words
rather than desire.
We finally drew pictures to communicate.

The debarking drama
 made me wonder
If we’d meet again;
my parents laughed at my
childish tears.
But secretly I hoped,
to return--
to follow you around
the noisy engine room to that
hidden space filled with wild men.
Thinking maybe--
someday-- I could be sexy too.

(A version of this appeared online-Copyright 2015)

Eve, sounds like some of my cruises; loved it.  Peter

Hiding Emotions by Vinita

my future
Yes Life has its turns,

With Kids fevers running
With them falling from high
Flat on their face scrapes on their face,
Twists on their leg a ligament, with life's turns
And surprises,  Everything is ok
With running to doctors offices
All through the day.  
Yes my emotions running through
And wondering what will I do one day
Wheres my life I’m only getting older.
What do destiny and faith have for 
As some say stay in the present,
What about the past, was it wasted, with all my writing and dancing.
Even though I desire to see a play so long and really long to even be in
Acting. What's the fear now, Only to be judged and rejected?
What about the rejections, so many have I had that I begin to wonder
Another rejection what difference does it make.  Yes
My feeling is numb, I’m not young anymore.  Hiding my emotions
And suppressing it. Still desiring something.  Confused,   at who I really am,
Still wishing what is that true happiness, and yet trying to chase things,  without my confidence
But only the failures have made me stronger with emotion,  to make me who I am.

Now I may feel it doesn’t matter what it is. I’ll not try to chase it anymore. It will come my way.
Whether I want it or not, It will happen.  That someone will see me truly as I am and I’ll make my emotions so High or just the way it should be that everything will flow for me.      

Copyright@Vinita Singh  May 22, 2016     

Vinita, my Uncle would always tell me to forgetaboutit.Peter

                LIFE IS LIKE A RAINBOW

After rain storms we often see a rainbow. After the storms of life's challenges, do we see any rainbows? This week's blog is about the symbolism of the rainbow and what each color represents according to various cultures, religions and science. However the rainbow's seven colors also represent various issues we each might face. Dr. Jennifer Kunst wrote an article titled "Seven Strategies To Truly Be Here Now" based on her book, "Wisdom From The Couch." Storms are not easy to face, but we each must face them. How great it is to allow the rainbow with all its symbolism surround, uplift, and consume us. I hope you find the blog helpful, informative, and inspirational. I would love to hear your comments.

One of my greatest sources of learning how to be truly here now as I live each day is through my group of friends. Some live thousands of miles away, others in my neighborhood, and some I play golf, cards, or games with. A group of us get together once a month for our "Sisterhood Breakfast" and the laughter, tears, honesty, support, and prayers are all powerful. Thank you, friends for helping me over the years face my storms. You have helped me reach my pot of gold so many times.

My storm this week: I made it through my five radiation treatments just fine. I had no side effects and according to my husband I am not glowing in the dark. I will have a CT scan in three months which will determine if the radiation was effective or not. I learned a lot from this experience as I lost any fear of radiation and took on an attitude of gratefulness for having such advancements of medicine.

"In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that matters is what happens within us." (Anonymous)

Wishing you a beautiful week.
Karen Ingalls
Inspirational.  Keep up the good work with your positive attitude.  Peter


Short Stories

Peter’s Short Story
The month for Mothers is finally here
we must give them a resounding cheer
When we consider what they do
although seemingly impossible we know it’s true
Up and at ‘em, kids off to school
breakfast always ready ‘cause that’s the rule
Then washing clothes and making beds
stacking toys and shaking heads
Then off to the market, for all must eat
and if all goes well, baking a treat
Then after school the kids will say
take us to practice, it’s time to play
Now it’s hurry back home before it’s too late
for Poppa’s expecting that special plate
The day finally done, it’s time for fun
Poppa and the kids will enjoy a run
But Mom, no way
she must get the dishes put away
Then on to managing the costs to live
paying the bills, a little take and a little give
Now time for the kids baths with very few laughs and few cheers
when Mom makes her charges wash behind their ears
So many Moms are working too
their jammed up days are rarely through
Now when you’re asked to give a cheer
for that special Mom so devoted and Dear
Don’t put it off or simply forget
for she’ll always be loving you, and that’s a sure bet
Call Your Mom

A single question can be more influential than a thousand statements

A short life story by Jaro Berce

An old friend of mine posed me the question on leadership: “Could you please enlighten me in understanding how to lead a multi-cultural team?” At the time I had no idea to offer. This started my research of the topic where most studies deal with where we are different. It took me a lot of effort to open the eyes and see what I basically knew all along.

During this long process I still today remember a discussion with my martial art teacher that gave me the courage to write about different approach to current leadership practices.  It was over a tea that we started to discuss what are the current biggest obstacles driving all those crisis around the globe.
It was during this discussion that my teacher said: “The focal point of capitalism is the accumulation of capital or wealth and nothing else. Let us play with an imaginary but still possible scenario. Who gave the right to pump oil to the private ownership of sheiks? Now we are about to have technology that could efficiently exploit the sun’s energy. Let us imagine the second accumulation of capital, but this time we should rather call it the accumulation of energy. Some advanced state or group or company can build a station in space that will cover our sun and claim it as their property, as it was done in the first distribution with oil. They have such advanced technology that they can open or close ‘doors’ and allow sunbeams to go through or not. And then they charge states, people, everybody, a fee to have the sun’s energy and light. It is a totally valid capitalistic concept that would also be backed up by laws and armies, but the main question is, is this righteous?”
“Shifu, as you just put it opens boundless questions,” I answer hesitatingly.
“Last but not least, more proof lies in the manner that people do not question the top authority in religions. And that is true as well in the economy, where no one questions previously stated wrongs and some other important but entirely incorrect fundamentals and presumptions disregarding Natural laws.
“For instance, no natural scientist would entertain the notion of making something out of nothing. Not the economists though—the central bank would print the money (as a means of payment), lend the money to other banks, and in doing that makes more money (by earning interest). The central bank thus creates new value just by printing. I don’t want to go on with what then happens with that money in the banking system, when the value is reinvested and ‘multiplied.’ The banks and all the payment systems are to be revamped in order to address the aforementioned and other anomalies. Money should be left to its historical role as a means of payment rather than allowing the financial and capital markets to manipulate its value. The current arrangement where the central bank is responsible for ‘churning out the value’ is a generator of the cyclical crisis and leads to exhaustion of the real sector.
“The second example of not following the law of nature is the continual growth of the enterprise and/or the expectation for permanent increase in profits for the enterprise stakeholders. Nothing can grow infinitely. Even the universe is limited. The so-called economic monetary logic creates the ‘perpetuum mobile,’ which we know does not exist as a sustainable system, looking from the viewpoint of the naturalist, of course.
Our world is therefore driven from crisis to crisis all the time. The cycle started to perpetuate even faster the day that gold was replaced by ‘confidence’ as a basis for currency value. That was the day money became just paper with no value behind it . . . and it pays off now when all financial institutions over the world are profiting from it and the national banks are just ‘printing’ on their wish. Industry cannot produce the value for the money that is circling!
“The economist, in predictive modeling, uses ceteris paribus, ‘all things being equal,’ as the most common approach employed in order to simplify the formulation and description of economic outcomes. This approach never gives the full picture. But it is not a problem for economics that the systematic approach is thrown away. But underlying life and nature is the interconnected system and not partial effects.
I listen to this and have to admit that I have never thought about these topics in such a manner. Although I don’t see the connection to my problems, I do not have time to get lost in thought as Shifu continues. “We are trapped in an old system, that is to say economy or leadership, and we have the knowledge to open ourselves to a different way of thinking. It is time for a paradigm shift, and this can be achieved with the different ways we deal with people and our planet Earth. It has to come from leadership and then be transferred to the economy as a whole. The leaders should combat their greatest leadership deficiency, which lies within themselves. They do not know and understand their own psychological limits, and if you do not understand yourself, how can you understand others?”
“But there are numerous management courses and books that explain how to lead people,” I sincerely react.
“Is it so? Why then are there also such big problems as the Gulf spill, the space shuttle disaster, and the worldwide financial crisis, just to name a few, if we have all those management tools?”
“I don’t know, but probably it is caused by people and their behavior.”
“That is only one side of the coin, which happens to be true, but there is another that all those courses and books don’t deal with. In fact, some management policies used in organizations today are eerily similar to those used by totalitarian regimes around the world (Warneka). That’s why many managers have been chained to the same managerial processes for years and years. Well, there are some good practices, but most of those are too narrow. Some of them deal with organizational principles, as in the case of a good approach that Eliyahu M. Goldratt introduced long ago in his book The Goal, where he explains that improvement for a company is not so much to reduce costs but to increase throughput in synchronized efforts: the contribution of any single person to the organization’s purpose is strongly dependent upon the performance of others (Goldratt). Others deal with personal behavior, as in the very first classic book from Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, then group behavior in the already mentioned Immelman book Great Boss Dead Boss, where he describes that most leaders have experienced the conflicts between functional ‘silos,’ or interdepartments, corporate and division, management and union, and parent company and subsidiary. These conflicts stem from a universal behavior pattern so deeply ingrained in our socio-organizational makeup that we cannot see it from inside. The principles offered in the book and transferred to different workshops are much more valuable than the next silver bullet for improving corporate culture. Other management tools just offer the ideas of cross-functional teams, decentralization/centralization, and more frequent/better employee communication as solutions, which come and go, but for the most part the conflicts remain. On the contrary, Immelman offers insights into tribal behavior and how the dynamics of individual and collective security and value can truly be practically understood and applied. But there is still a missing piece in the puzzle in all these methods of leadership.”
“And that is?” I instinctively question.
His sharp reply was, “Ben, you have known me how long?”
“Around ten years.”
“And did I ever give you the fish, or was I teaching you how to fish in all those years?” This grounds me immediately.

I knew that current globalization process impacts the environment and the way how organizations are structured, teams lead and manage. People from different cultures work together and embody a variety of personalities, as well as a range of ways of doing things. A modern leader is supposed to grasp them, to be able to lead the work and to predict behaviors, and not to give and take offence due to misunderstanding of cultural issues. But is this all ….? For more you should read my book about Leadership by virtu-


Lemons are as indispensable to everyday cooking as onions and garlic -- and even more versatile. They are as content keeping company with savory fish, meat, or fowl, as they are sharing the sweet life with innumerable baked goods, marmalades, custards, and sorbets. Next time a recipe needs a little something to take it from good to great, reach for a lemon.

Lemon Basics

In Season: Classic Eureka and Lisbon lemons, as well as pink lemons (also known as zebra lemons, these have a striped yellow-and-green or yellow-and-pink rind and a pink interior), are available year-round in supermarkets. 

What to Look For: Choose lemons not much more than 3 inches from tip to stem and that are heavy for their size. The skin should be taut and thin; avoid those with very hard skin. Through skin, you should be able to feel the flesh inside. The lemon should give slightly when pressed. Wrinkled, dry-skinned, or dull-colored lemons are past their prime.

How to Store: Lemons can be refrigerated in a plastic bag for two to three weeks.
Photography: Janelle Jones 

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
- James M. Barrie

Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”


A bit of news


  1. Suzanne, your article was fantastic - I really enjoyed it.
    Everyone did such a good job this month.

  2. Another great issue - as usual.


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