COMFORT FOOD: HOT BREAKFAST CEREAL

There’s nothing like a cold winter morning to awaken cravings for hot cereal. We all have one or more comfort foods. You know, those tasty things that can bring a warm smile even when you’re feeling down or ill. They may seem strange to others, but bring you a flood of fond memories.

One of mine is cornmeal mush with a scoop of cottage cheese. Sounds icky, but it isn’t. Think of it as poor man’s polenta or finely ground grits. My mom used to make it for me when I was growing up. I didn’t realize at the time that it was something my dad grew up with. Or that cornmeal porridge, called mamaliga in Romania, is a traditional breakfast food from that country. (They serve it with milk or feta cheese.)

Mamaliga wasn’t the only hot breakfast food we ate. Oatmeal and cream of wheat were, and still are, on my yummy list. Grits didn’t join these others until I discover them as an adult.

What kind of hot cereal did you eat as a child?

Do you still enjoy it or does the thought make you run for cover?

What have you discovered as an adult?

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

HUMMINGBIRD: A Star Touched Story

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

You aren’t alone

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Wump! Where did that wall come from?

Me at 7:30 AM after a nearly sleepless night and early morning text wakeup: Completes usual route and bathroom routine with eyes closed. Turns to return to slumber. WAM! Hits a wall that shouldn’t have been there. Brain scrambles to make sense of this new obstacle that is both solid yet somewhat yielding.

Husband: Ouch!

Me: Brain finally identifies the wall as spouse who came to say good morning. Quick check to make sure no one is injured. (I’m fine. His nose hurts where my head hit it.)

Husband: Returns to work in home office.

Me: Heads to bed hoping for sleep and that husband remembers not to walk behind sleepwalking wife without announcing presence. Large furry object blocks me from comfy cozy bed. Sigh. Redirect destination to my office couch and lay down.

Dog: Immediately and effectively pins me to the couch like a big fluffy blanket.

You need more sleep, Mommy.

Me: Sleeps soundly until my bed warmer gets up at 9:00 AM. Reluctantly embraces the day.

Have a great day, Y’all, and I hope you get a good night’s sleep.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

HUMMINGBIRD: A Star Touched Story

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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There is Always Hope

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Welcome 2022

New Day

New Year

Wishing you health and happiness in 2022

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

HUMMINGBIRD: A Star Touched Story

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

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Solstice Celebration

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Only One Day Left To Get A Free Copy of Hummingbird: A Star-Touched Story

Only One Day Left To Get A Free Copy of Hummingbird: A Star-Touched Story

The promotion ends Sunday, December 19th at 11:59 PM.

HUMMINGBIRD: A Star Touched Story

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

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Get A Free Digital Copy of Hummingbird December 15-19, 2021 Only

To commemorate my first World Con, a digital copy of Hummingbird: A Star Touched Story will be available for free on December 15-19, 2021

Get your copy now.

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

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Free Digital Copy of Hummingbird December 15-19, 2021

DisCon III is the third World Science Fiction Convention to be held in DC.

It’s also my first WorldCon.

To commemorate of this event, Hummingbird: A Star Touched Story will be available for free on December 15-19, 2021

HUMMINGBIRD: A Star Touched Story

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

“If you read Star Touched, you’ll love Hummingbird. If you haven’t read Star Touched, now you’ll want to.”

~ Kathy Steinemann

“A delightful insight into the origins of one of my favorite characters in the Star Touched world!”

~ Maria V Snyder, New York Times best-selling author and PRISM Award Winner

“Set in the world of Star Touched, this short story puts the reader in the mind and body of a newly-hatched hummingbird. Except this is no ordinary hummingbird! Charming and captivating, and a must-read for anyone who loves watching birds.”

 ~ T. C. Weber, author of the BetterWorld cyberpunk trilogy and other works.

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States’ Rights and the Future of Our Democracy

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, December 3, 2021

When we studied the fifteen years between the American revolution and the adoption of our Constitution, our teachers presented the debate over how the new republic’s government should look as a done deal. In the late 1780s, the chief antagonists arguing over the form of our government were Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton favored a strong federal government because he distrusted the motivations of individual states and the people who governed them. Jefferson wanted states to be able to legislate as they wished, without interference from the federal government, except in matters of national security.

The Constitution ratified in 1788, and modified by the Tenth Amendment, spelled out the roles of the federal and state governments. The power to raise revenue through various forms of taxation, to raise an army and navy, and to declare war were explicitly given to the Congress. Virtually everything…

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