There. I said it. And by save, I mean… take it any way you want. Rescue. Liberate. Preserve. Protect. Redeem. Redo. Re-write.
Recently, a friend declared that she needed to “Redo Her Life.” Kids grown, divorced, stuck in memories and habits, unhappy with her current situation, old job, unproductive life.
“What do you want?” I asked.
“I don’t know. Change,” she answered.
“What’s keeping you from it?”
As we talked, I realized these are questions I ask my characters. In a book, a goal has to involve change, something we naturally resist. And you can’t blame others. You have to claim it and fix it. That’s the most satisfying way to write a story – or change a life. Your life.
Every movie, every book, every life has these elements:
In case you haven’t guessed by now, this is my Note to self: Get busy, get committed, get going!
Think it, write it, speak it, DO it! (if you write it and speak it, you're committed to doing it) Take up journaling. Write that book! Take that trip. Make that move. Create your new life! Finish what you started.
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Find yourself in the kitchen with Abuelita… learning the balance of life and love through food…
I’ve tried three times to write a post about the delights of this cookbook, which is a collaboration with my dearest friend, Madeline Gallego Thorpe. For the record, she is a superb cook and multimedia artist while I am a super taster and teller of tales.
Why has this blog been so stubborn?
Maybe it’s because I want it to be perfect. These are Madeline’s family stories that give great insight into the loves and lives of a Hispanic family in Tucson. Maybe I want to say proudly, this is one of the best Sonoran Mexican cookbooks you’ll ever see, because it is! Maybe I want to emphasize that this isn’t an ordinary cookbook. We have family recipes that relate to the history of food in this region. Not Tex-Mex. Not California style. Not even New Mexican, but close. This, in many ways, is a cultural cookbook.
And what does that mean?
We have included recitas, recuerdos, remedios Y dichos, (recipes, stories, remedies, and sayings) along with history, English and Spanish language, essays, and photos. That kind of culture.
What I know for sure is that writing and publishing this cookbook with my friend is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever accomplished.
Madeline and I will be presenting and signing copies of Corazón Contento at the Western Parks Association headquarters, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive, Tucson, AZ, 85755 (actually in Oro Valley) on Wednesday, February 27, at 2:00. We’ll talk food and families, have some fun and laughs, and oh yes, cookies! So, come join us! If you can’t make it but are interested in obtaining a copy of this wonderful, heart-warming book, email firstname.lastname@example.org . He will take care of purchasing details.
Etched in glass, in every major language, on a hotel bathroom wall in Lisbon: Everything is Possible.
Spanish: Todo es possible.
This is my year of getting organized. I’ve been stewing about it for years. Trying to change my bad habits. But now, I have what my techy son calls “digital clutter.” And in this era, who the heck wants clutter? It weighs you down and takes your energy (so he says). In order to get out from under the weight and gain creative energy, I intend to get a handle on all my stuff, take control of my incoming, utilize Delete and Trash liberally, and be more creative. I’m still wondering if getting organized will improve or decrease my creativity? I’m betting on the former.
French: Tout est possible
I’m not saying I’m a hoarder, but I admit, I do save a lot. An awful lot! But you never know when you might need something, right? Admittedly, I can’t always find what I need or want.
Realistically though, how can a person of a certain age (moi) with years of undisciplined organizational practices, advocate of the Chaos Theory, someone with a Wild Mind who files in a horizontal (spread out all over the desk) fashion, be both creative and organized?
Portuguese: Tudo é possível.
My initial act toward organizational nirvana was to clean up my computer desktop (completely covered with files and folders!), create bins or folders, and place files where I might be able to find them when needed. Next will be to unsubscribe and delete daily incoming that I don’t use. I will also eliminate one of three email addresses. Yes, three. What was I thinking? Not clearly, for sure.
So far, refocusing 2019 marketing material into one file and donating 1 large bag of books and magazines. Today I unsubscribed from a last-year’s speaker to our writing group. I feel lighter already. But not more creative. We shall see… follow my progress and I’ll let you know how things are going. Hey, it’s only January.
I keep telling myself everything is possible!