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?



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.



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.

About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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