April 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Edible Miniature Bunny Baskets Centerpiece

eater basket candy

  • bag of bagels
  • container of vanilla frosting
  • green sugar crystals
  • marshmallow bunnies
  • chocolate licorice
  • bag of robin eggs

Take ½ of a bagel and spread frosting on the flat side. Sprinkle the green sugar crystals on the icing. Put one bunny in the center of the bagel where the hole was and push bunny down into icing. Put robin eggs around the bunny. Place one egg in front of the bunny and one egg behind it to secure its position. Put a small amount of icing on top of the bunny ears. Take licorice and dab ends into icing. Bend the licorice to form basket handle. Secure the licorice by attaching the ends with frosting to the bagel and pressing the middle of the handle down onto the bunny ears. Place one robin egg behind and in front of each side of the handle where it is attached to the bagel. Once all your baskets are on one plate, use the plate as a centerpiece.

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Book of the Month

My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

Vickie L Weaver (Author) 

 Kattarina Storost (Illustrator)

my child...

Turtles telling the time of day? Crocodiles eating birthday cake? Porcupines playing peek-a-boo? Oh, no! What’s a child to do? There’s so much more with animals galore. The solution comes from a comforting source.

Link to buy below

 https://www.createspace.com/5714110

Word of the Month

 Nexus (noun) A means of connection; a link or tie: “The nexus between the mob and gambling.” A connected series or group. The core or center.

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

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Connect with Colleen

By Author Colleen Green

Amber Milestone is the main character in my book. She moves to New York City. Like her, I had never been there and I am used to suburban living. It was an opportunity to travel and do research for my book.

My boyfriend and I booked an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown, Manhattan. It was a fifth story walk-up. This means no elevator. Each time you went up the stairs it was about ten to fifteen steps to the next story. The kind of place my character would live with a roommate. It tests your endurance to make the trip back and forth up and down the stairs more than once a day. Even though I am in good shape, I couldn’t help but utter the words, “What did I do to Amber?” I decided to make it slightly easier on her by having her live on the third floor not the fifth!

The noise levels of 9th Avenue were louder than my home. The traffic, sirens, horns, and cars outside our bedroom window could be heard despite fan and nature sounds on my Kindle. I quickly learned earplugs helped.

We used the subway system and walked a lot. We figured out the apps on my smartphone to find the nearest train. All the while amazed at the number of people, the height of the sky scrapers, and the diversity of the people.

The Jewish deli we ate at was superb. I tasted cured meat that I had never had before and coleslaw that was unique and delicious. We had pickles prepared unlike the grocery store ones we buy at home. Local dialogue I noticed: “How you doing?” the server asked us. Think of all the different ways people say hello. Some say hey, hi or what’s up to greet someone. It is important to notice these differences.

times-squareWe took in some Broadway shows. Chicago and Cats both were performed extremely well. One of the people a few seats over kept whispering during the show. New Yorkers weren’t afraid to tell them to be quiet or shut up! They are bold about their opinions. Most people from Ohio wouldn’t be quite so vocal. Not to say one way is right or wrong. Yes, I am making somewhat of a general statement when I do notice certain things, which is fine. I will let each of my characters determine what they do depending on personality not just where they are from or living. It never hurts to take into account where they live and how that may influence their actions or general demeanor. Of course, there will be exceptions to the majority. It is something to be aware of as a writer, not a rule but a guideline.

 

Restaurant seating was tight. Tables close to one another filled the space. A substantial staff were at most places to keep up with the customers. Quick service for food. You can find a wide variety of cuisine such as American, Jewish, Italian and more.

Small convenience stores, called bodegas, are numerous. Some would deliver food 24 hrs a day. Cyclists’ who deliver food use the bicycle lanes. They jet in and out of traffic sometimes not staying in their lane.

Restroom facilities in a big city are different than in the suburbs. For example, restaurant bathrooms for females had just one toilet, unlike suburban ones with many stalls. Since there was only one toilet, there were lines to wait for the bathroom. Pharmacies in the city do not have public bathrooms. Probably to discourage the homeless from using them frequently. Suburban drug stores do have public restrooms.

We saw the One World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial. My heart goes out to those who were so deeply affected by the 9/11 tradegy. Below is the One World Trade Center.

 

new-world-trade-center

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It takes some time to get to the beginning of it from the sidewalks. The part where you walk on is above the traffic. It was fairly busy. There is a bicycle lane. When you hear a bell, it is probably a cyclist trying to pass you by if you get too close to their lane. Wonderful views of Manhattan can be seen from there.

brooklyn-bridge

After my trip was over, I was thrilled that I went. I gained valuable knowledge, sights, sounds and tastes that I can bring to my next novel. I hope to go back someday. Meanwhile, I will continue writing my second novel. It will be dedicated to the people of New York City!

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Finish This Sentence

Article by Contributor Don Hart

History of this little exercise is what started as a joke with grandchildren (“I love you better than leaping lizard,” for example) turned in to creative competition with four children trying to outsmart each other on how they loved Grandpa better than the others…what geezer wouldn’t want this going on? We later had to limit the submissions to one noun, one descriptor.

Four Cats Publishing is looking for writers to submit sentences that start with “I love you better than”… They are especially interested in entries from published authors over 15 years old. Details below.

Guidelines

One item that is humorously improbable and lovable with one descriptor, 3-7 words long (the I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN A… list below is a guideline of winning examples). We will accept entries for six months and we’ll give a monthly prize (usually a book from Four Cats inventory). Entries can be sent to Don Hart’s email: donhart@fourcatspublishing.com or to Colleen Green’s email: colleen_grn@yahoo.com.

The list contains examples of what my grandchildren completed for my own little competition exercise. I thought those on the list were good enough to publish. New entries may be published by The Wright Writers of Dayton on this website or http://www.fourcatspublishing.com with author attribution.

 

I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN…

A chocolate chip cookie

A 10 lb. hamburger

A blue-eyed goldfish

A zebra with green stripes

A pepperoni and banana pizza

My own polka dotted airplane

A mash potato sandwich

Two birthdays in one week

A monkey named Melvin

A lion named Larry

A green and red pony

 four cats pic

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March 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Honey Carrots

  • 5 Whole Carrots
  • 4 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Box of Raisins
  • Olive Oil to coat pan
  • 1/4 Cup of White Wine

 

Peel carrots and cut off tops. Cut carrots into thin slices. Put slices into bowl and add honey. Stir them to coat with honey. Put olive oil into pan to cook carrots. Heat up carrots in pan stirring often. Add raisins and stir. Once carrots are about half way done cooking, add wine. Finish cooking carrots until they are done.

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Word of the Month

Amorphous Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.

“The amorphous package caused alarm to many people in the terminal.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Making a mistake isn’t bad. It is only bad if you don’t learn from it!

Author Colleen Green    www.colleengreen.info

 

cocktail
Looking for a festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktail? Check out this website below with a ton of ideas. Have fun, stay safe, and drink responsibly.

https://mixthatdrink.com/st-patricks-day-cocktails/

 

Book of the Month

Ireland by Frank Delaney

In the winter of 1951, a storyteller arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O’Mara in the Irish countryside. The last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, the Seanchai enthralls his assembled audience for three evenings running with narratives of foolish kings and fabled saints, of enduring accomplishments and selfless acts — until he is banished from the household for blasphemy and moves on. But these three incomparable nights have changed young Ronan forever, setting him on the course he will follow for years to come…

Available on Amazon

 

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