12.12.12: It’s the End of the Contest!

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It's 12.12.12, the date the Mayans predicted was the end of the Cherries in Winter Kindle giveaway. (Okay, their prediction was a little more dire, but I prefer to look at the bright side.) You have until 5 pm EST today to enter to win a Kindle, pre-loaded with Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe … [Read more...]

Good Advice for the Holidays from…Yoda?

Yoda Calm You Will Keep

The holidays are great, but they should come with some sort of a warning about how not to get crazed by the shopping and prep. Just this morning, a friend of mine was lamenting her lack of joie de vivre to the world, and how her holidays were low on the ho-ho-ho - all because of heavy shopping for … [Read more...]

Cherries in Winter Holiday Giveaway!

Cherries in Winter Christmas tree!

It's the most wonderful time of the year - and the busiest. Like you, I'm running around trying to get ready for the holidays while working (revisions on my novel Beach Glass, some other cool projects involving yoga - stay tuned!) and still recovering from Sandy. The joy of the holidays can really … [Read more...]

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Cherries Giveaway: Audiobook!

Cherries in Winter on audiobook

Today's prize is the audio version of Cherries in Winter - perfect for people who like to listen to books while they travel or work out. Or maybe you know someone who has a vision impairment who likes hearing their prose. Either way, I've got one copy of Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for … [Read more...]

Esteem Room

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One of the themes I wrote about in Cherries in Winter was the recession. My grandparents survived the Great Depression; my great-grandparents were immigrants who barely got by. My mother and I learned a lot from our family's experiences about strength, optimism, and occasionally spending some … [Read more...]

Putting Up Gratitude Soup

Suzan and Mom Cherries in Winter

Happy day after Thanksgiving! This day has come to be known as Black Friday, when people take advantage of their time off from work by getting ahead on their holiday shopping. I guess that makes sense. But I'm still basking in the glow of a day that was so extraordinary in its ordinary beauty, … [Read more...]

Happy Anniversary!

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This month marks the third anniversary of Cherries in Winter being published. It's a very meaningful anniversary, too; if you've been following my Facebook posts and Tweets, you know that the area I live in got hit pretty hard by Sandy. Fortunately we didn't lose much, but what we lost was very … [Read more...]