PnPAuthor Magazine  

November issue 2018

Peter & Pattimari, PnPAuthors Magazine, owners


From Authors, Poets, & Artist

Thanks to Suzanne for her valuable information on how to deal with pain and getting past it, or learning to deal with it.
J House

It is hard work I know to put this type of magazine together, and my wife and I wish to thank you and also for all those writing very interesting articles. My wife loves the month birthstones.
Max Cliff

Hi Pattimari,
The October magazine looks better than ever. Your photos are so beautiful and relaxing. I enjoyed Peter's story about the history of Halloween, Susan's about adding a few extra spins on the bike, Peter's Halloween poem, the cold tuna meal recipe and all the lovely pictures. Sadly, I cannot log in at all to make comments. I have tried many times to start from the beginning and they tell me that my email is already taken or something and it's very confusing but I can't even use a new password. Anyway, congratulations
Eve Gaal



November Birth Flower: ChrysanthemumChrysanthemums or “mums” as they are more commonly known are one of the most widely cultivated flowers in the world, and the birthday flower for those born in the month of November.

November Birthstones




1 1/3 c. milk
package instant vanilla pudding mix
can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
3 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
box vanilla wafer cookies (12 oz.)
bananas, sliced into coins
2 tsp. sugar

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, vanilla pudding mix and sweetened condensed milk. Whisk thoroughly, breaking up any lumps, and refrigerate for at least 5 minutes, or until set.
  2. In another large bowl, combine heavy cream and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside half of the mixture for topping the dish. Fold remaining half into the pudding mixture.
  3. Cover the bottom of a 3-quart trifle dish with vanilla wafers. Top with one-third of the pudding mixture. Cover with another layer of the wafer cookies—you may want to also stand some cookies up vertically, so you see the full circle along the edge of the trifle dish. Top with an even layer of banana slices. Continue layering the pudding, wafer cookies and banana slices until you reach the top, ending with a final layer of banana pudding.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to overnight.
  5. Sweeten the remaining whipped cream: Add sugar to whipped cream, stirring to combine. Just before serving, dollop on top of the banana pudding, then sprinkle crumbled wafer cookies on top.

     Peter's Corner


The Western zodiac signs for the month of November are Scorpio which occurs from October 24 – November 22, and Sagittarius which continues on from November 23 – December 21. November's birthstones are the topaz, particularly yellow, which symbolizes friendship and the citrine.  Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum.
November 1 is recognized as All Saint’s Day in Catholicism and the Day of the Dead for the Mexicans. Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.   In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth, in present day Massachusetts, and also to a well recorded 1619 event in Virginia. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving, was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans ,who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of  Thanksgiving with them to New England. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group's charter from the London Company, which specifically required "that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned ... in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.
Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the "First Thanksgiving", including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.  According to historian Jeremy Bangs, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden.  Later in Massachusetts, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders who planned the colony's thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution.  During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[17] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.[18] As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."

Peter’s Poem for November
Good bye to the summer berries & hello to the pure snow
we had our sweet treats, but now it’s time for them to go
The nights they come early, while the days they come late
don’t put off for tomorrow; you’ll be sorry you did wait
Wood in the fireplace burns & the kettle it does sing
it’s that time to watch the earth rest, ‘till the beginning of spring
The twilight of the year’s end are both scary & sweet
you know there’s that one place where strange shadows
& the early darkness meet
The fog pressing against the windows, awakening you at night
are the strange movements really the wind
giving you that sudden freight?
Pull up the covers & go back to bed
for no one will see you, if you cover up your head

Dr. Willie White's Spiritual Column

Giving Thanks: Hebrews 13:15

By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

The last Thursday in November of each year is set aside for us to celebrate and give thanks to the Lord. Our scripture text encourages us to give thanks daily because He is worthy of all praises, glory, and honor.
We are to give thanks unto the Lord daily because it is in Him we have our being; it is God who supplies all our needs regardless of the need. It is God who is our true protector. It is God who provides true peace and comfort when everything we have tried fails, God is the answer.
We are to give thanks unto the Lord because His goodness and mercy lasts forever (Psalm 107:1). We give thanks unto God because we are created in His image and likeness. We are to give thanks unto the Lord because He loves us in spite of our waywardness. He loved to the point He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to scarifying His life to restore a broken fellowship. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ took our sins and gave us (humanity) His righteousness. Love at the highest level. We are the apple of God's eyes.
Allow me to close this message by saying, O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:1-2).

Comments are welcomed.

Charles Ray's Column

What’s in a Name?

When I was about twelve or thirteen and won a short-story contest sponsored by a national Sunday School magazine, seeing my name in print over something I’d written had a profound effect on me. I went on, after graduating from high school in 1962, to occasionally writing for newspapers and magazines in whatever place the army posted me (unable to afford college, I joined the army out of high school). Because of government regulations concerning outside employment of government and military personnel, I always used my true name on everything I wrote in the interests of transparency.
When I wrote my first book, Things I Learned from my Grandmother About Leadership and Life, in 2008, I was still employed by the government, and still dedicated to complete openness. Since then I’ve penned over 100 novels, novellas, poems, short stories, and works of nonfiction, and, until recently, all were done with yours truly’s name attached.
In an earlier column, I described how I came to write westerns, which represented a sea change in my writing life. It did, my friends, even more. At the suggestion of publicist/publisher, Nick Wale, I have done something I had thought I’d never do—I have adopted a nom de plume, a pen name.
This all happened after Nick asked me to do a story involving a cowboy and a giant squid, William Coburn: The Cowboy vs the Sea Monster. Because this is not your standard western, Nick felt that my established readership might be a bit put off or confused, so he suggested we publish it under a pen name. After some back and forth, we decided he had a point. The pen name could be used to build readership for what I call ‘alternative’ or ‘experimental’ westerns. So, Ben Carter was born. Those of you who’ve read my Buffalo Soldier series about the Ninth US Cavalry in the Old West will recognize the name. Ben Carter is the main character in that series. I thought it was a nice touch, and fortunately, so did Nick.
Now that that little business is out of the way—oh, and I no longer have to be concerned about government restrictions on writing and public speaking—I can move forward. I just ask readers to be on the lookout for Ben Carter. You’ll be seeing more from him in the future. 

Suzanne's Corner

Suzanne’s Corner

Pain and Awareness

Hello and welcome. 2018 is the International Year for Excellence in Pain Education ‘Bridging the gap between knowledge and practice’. July was the Australian National Pain Week with the theme 'nothing about us without us' – What’s your story?
And this month, September, is the American Chronic Pain Association’s National Pain Awareness Month which “is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.” (see website link below)

There are medical definitions about when pain from trauma or injury turns from acute into a persistent or chronic state. Today I’d like to talk about the difference between acute pain to living with chronic pain.

An injury or trauma occurs, and is called the acute phase, and although life might be disrupted for a period of time you know the pain is going to end at some stage – and life will return to normal. However, with the chronic state you don’t know if the pain is ever going to end. Your life is turned upside-down. There are levels of intensity, of impact on things that you want to do or need to do, and all too frequently changes to relationships with family and friends, loss of lifestyle, work, and one’s identity to varying degrees.

Even though pain is researched, over the years I’ve often found on reading reports from laboratory studies on ‘chronic-induced’ pain, there is no real way in a Study’s short time-frame to illustrate the apprehension, fear, hopelessness, and isolation that can surround a person with long-term chronic pain. Study participants know that when the test stops the pain will gradually go away; that the immediate stress response caused during the study tends to cease once outside the laboratory setting; the study has a finishing date – and they can leave the study. The impact of continuing or flare-up, of symptoms and pain, of differing intensities on various areas of a person’s life cannot possibly be replicated in a laboratory.

A different approach, and one which I feel is more inclusive, is where stories are told and recorded from people living with chronic pain from all types of health conditions, trauma and injury. While there is no ‘control’ group as in a scientific study a more accurate picture emerges – from the trials of not coping to times when managing pain and other symptoms means that pain is ‘almost forgotten’ as the excitement of life takes over.

During September where possible you may wish to take the opportunity to raise awareness of chronic pain – lend your voice your story so that others might understand just that little bit more. Are you living with, or know someone experiencing chronic pain and you’re not sure what to do to help? The help needed can sometimes be quite simple and basic – just ask, and then listen (that might seem obvious but just listening and hearing what is being said, and not said, is important)

There are various pain support or chronic pain organisation websites with valuable information on pain management programs; other educational resources; social, information meetings; as well as ways to help communicate with family, friends, healthcare providers, and in some instances the larger community also.

Here’s a few websites to get you started:


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.

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  1. As per usual another inspiring magazine that is a joy to read. This magazine is refreshing with the different authors providing input. It is hard for me to pick just one author's column. I say congrats to all and continue the good works.


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