Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Sun Poem

Summer Sun 

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentines Month

February Animated Valentines

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy 2016

Happy New Year!

To all a happy, healthy, prosperous  new year!

Here is a Happy New Year animation. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
This first day of winter, also called the Winter Solstice, falls on Tuesday,  December 22, 2015 . Because of the tilt of the earth, the northern hemisphere, is facing away from the sun.  It is the shortest day of the year, and the least amount of sunlight.
When I lived in the northeast, New York,  it was cold, wet, and somewhat miserable the entire season. However, one can't deny the beauty of the first snow blanketing the ground, Jack Frost on the windows, and icicles hanging and sparkling from tree branches. The first snow was always a sight to see especially when the moon cast its blue shadows on the sparkly white, untouched snow.
I have fond memories of winter walks to school in freezing weather. To get winter beauty, you have to put up with the cold!

Enjoy your winter where ever you may be!

Sunday, October 11, 2015



Autumn, when leaves drop, colors pop, and those lazy days of summer transform to our next season. This year the first day of Autumn or Autumn Equinox, was September 23. It is when daytime and nighttime are an equal 12 hours long.

When I lived in the northeast, New York, this was the most beautiful time of year. The weather changed from hot and muggy to crisp, clear and fresh and the autumn colors of the leaves were spectacular. Nothing can erase the memory of walks to school, crunching “a million leaves” along the way.
I think autumn is when Mother Nature does her best in decorating the world with beauty.

Enjoy Autumn!

Monday, August 3, 2015

I saw from the beach

 I Saw From The Beach

I saw from the beach, when the morning was shining,
A bark o'er the waters move gloriously on;
I came when the sun o'er that beach was declining,
The bark was still there, but the waters were gone.

And such is the fate of our life's early promise,
So passing the spring-tide of joy we have known;
Each wave that we danced on at morning ebbs from us,
And leaves us, at eve, on the bleak shore alone.

Oh, who would not welcome that moment's returning
When passion first waked a new life through his frame,
And his soul, like the wood that grows precious in burning,
Gave out all its sweets to love's exquisite flame

Thomas Moore

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Charolette Russe-a cozy mystery

Charlotte Russe,  a Cozy Mystery
Second Edition
Paisley Preston, 27, a starving student, is sure to fulfill her lifelong dream: finish her PhD program and publish a children’s book. When an earthquake hits, she finds a hidden jeweled box and 1867 document worth half a million dollars. She enlists good friends to help unravel the 2 mysteries and an unsolved murder until betrayal rears its ugly head. Threats are made on her life bring danger and involvement of the LAPD, turns things upside down. The jeweled box and the document take the investigation to Russia, Brazil, New Orleans and Washington DC for research where Paisely’s dreams go to a place she never imagined.

Author's Notes
I ran into an old college roommate and reminisced about our early college days in the 1970’s. We lived in an apartment in the surfing capital of the world, Huntington Beach, California. My neighbors were people from all over; rich, poor, talented, untalented all looking for their dream. The characters of this story were born from that apartment building just a block from the beach.
A downstairs neighbor of ours, Sandy, had an inlaid wooden box she bought at a thrift store. She was unemployed and barely making it, as we all were. We were all trying to get through college. The three of us took the box to a group auction house for a free appraisal. It was worth thousands of dollars. She instantly became rich and we never saw her again. My roommate and I always wondered what happened to Sandy. I hope she had a good life.

Charlotte Russe is a dessert invented by a French chef, Antoine Carene who named it in honor of the daughter his Russian employer, Czar Alexander. It is a type of dessert served hot or cold. A container is lined with sponge cake or lady fingers. It is then layered with fruit puree and filled with custard or whipped cream. It can be complicated or simple to prepare
I remember Charlotte Russe as young girl growing up in New York in the 1950’s. A version was sold in Candy stores throughout the five boroughs of New York. The Russe was served in a paper cup layered with cake, a layer of cherry puree, then whipped cream and a cherry on top. You pushed up on the bottom of the cup as you ate. I remember going after the cherry and getting a nose full of whipped cream!

I wrote this Cookbook of recipes from my cozy mystery, Charlotte Russe, after many reader request for the food cooked, served and enjoyed by the characters in my novels.

Charlotte Russe
3 pkgs. ladyfingers
1 c. sugar
1 c. whipping cream
12 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
Raspberry sauce (recipe follows)
Line a 10” spring-form pan with ladyfingers, sides and bottom. Reserve rest of ladyfingers. Soften the cream cheese and with electric mixer, cream the cheese, sugar and vanilla. Whip the cream (or use 2 cups Cool Whip and fold into the cream cheese mixture). Layer half of cream cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers and top with more fingers and finish with the cream cheese. Cover and chill.
Raspberry Sauce
1 (10 oz.) package of frozen raspberries
tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Kirsch liqueur or cooking sherry

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Defrost the berries, combine all and strain, (if you don’t like the seeds). Pour over the Charlotte Russe.