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Ruth Reichel, former Gourmet Magazine editor, was asked to list her favorite food memoirs for an NPR interview. She, of course, listed M.F.K. Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, and Calvin Trillin's Tummy Trilogy. Too bad Ruth could not list her own, for they are my favorites. Both Comfort Me With Apples,...
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"1000 Sacred Places"
Books are among my all-time favorite presents. The unique nature, thoughtfully chosen by someone who knows when a book is right for me, and with it comes the promise of time. Yes, a rich span of time when I can read at leisure, and dream of far-off places. What better gift for the book lover in...
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There must be a thousand ways to break a Guinness World Record, and most are easier than this. The city of Highwood, Illinois will light the night for Halloween this year. If all goes well, they will also end up in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most jack-o-lanterns lit in one...
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 Excerpt from Try if you Dare: Adventure in Vancouver, BC, published on AOL Travel:  Towering snowy mountains, sparkling waters and lofty forests surround a glittering, modern downtown packed with adventures for even the most seasoned traveler. Here are four recommendations for adding at least...
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:28 am (Visibility, blogs) · Edit The way to get noticed online is to show up high in search engine rankings. The term “search engine optimization” (SEO) refers to the use of keywords and repetition to show up well in searches. That drives more traffic to your blog or site, and...
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Write That Book Already! can teach you a thing or two about getting your work published, with plenty of humor along the way. Written by Sam Barry and RedRoom member Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the team who call themselves "Author Enablers" (in a good way), they write a column in BookPage,...
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At BlogCritics.org, I recently posted a brief review of The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini. On average, we sleep 8 hours, work 8 hours, and what do we do with the remaining 8 hours? We drag thoughts of work and need for sleep through our free time, never quite settling on using a chunk of...
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An Education in Happiness
Blogging to distract myself. I'm happily anticipating the appearance by Gretchen Rubin at my local bookstore on Jan. 19th, after following her blog for such a long time. The holidaze are a perfect time to reflect on happiness. For some of us, happiness is with us every day, and for others, it just...
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Over at my Pajama Marketing blog, I offer a new author marketing idea you can do on those early Saturday mornings, in your PJ's. Here is a recent excerpt:   Social networking to find a good used car, or a new brownie recipe, is one thing, but putting Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to work...
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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, raised the bar for all writers. But you need not feel that faint twinge of jealousy. Turns it took Elizabeth Gilbert a looooong time to be accepted: After more than five years of sending out work for publication and collecting only rejection...
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