My Rating: ***
My thoughts and comments:
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels is beautifully written. In fact, it’s one of the best written literary works I’ve read in years. Ms. Michaels is a very talented writer and poet. Perhaps her propensity for poetry explains the plethora of meandering metaphors from page-to-page. The premise of the story, whereby Jakob Beer, a young child from war-torn Poland, buries himself in the ground to escape the Nazis (who murdered his family, and left him orphaned), and is rescued by a Greek geologist, is the making of an incredibly touching story. A classic, really! It’s what piqued my thirst to know what happened to Jakob and Athos. I found my self quite annoyed by the endless continuation of metaphors and regurgitation of historical mentions. Sometimes too much, is just that, too much! But, ultimately, I wanted to know what became of Jakob Beer. Anne Michaels has a way of making his heartbeat palpate through your heart. That’s how talented she is. The haunting memories Jakob experienced, the unimaginable days and nights he spent buried in the ground (with earth creatures crawling in, over and under him), made me yearn for a happy ending. But, as is reality, no victim/survivor of the Holocaust has known a life of true happiness. Not even the next generation. It is a story we should all read, and pass on to the next generation.
In an effort to start reading more novels, I picked up a galley copy I got of Chocolates for Breakfast, by Pamela Moore (original publication which sold around 600,000 copies was circa 1950s). Of course the title is what appealed to my senses. I mean who wouldn’t love to indulge in chocolate for breakfast, right?! Well, it’s a metaphor for all that is debauchery.
I give it 3 Stars ***
And we thought today’s generation was in trouble! A great trip back in time (circa the 50s). A tale of decadence, self-indulgence, self-absorbence, youth gone wrong, old Hollywood, lots of alcohol, young sex, and tragedy. A mesh of all that is at the end, a very dry martini (a constant reference in the book). Chocolates for breakfast, indeed (metaphorically speaking, of course).
A great weekend read. Enjoy!
— Gigi Scott
There’s something about the color purple. The purplelious feeling it emits. It’s soothing, calming, sexy, and it makes me feel dreamy and magical. My daughter and I get together often and discuss the latest books we’re reading, current events, or even political events in the news (this topic usually requires a spirit in hand, as I am a liberal, and Bella is quite the conservative!).
Tonight I made Bella this most incredible magical lavender martini. She needed to have her spirits lifted as she suffered a very painful injury yesterday, so I had to come up with something new. My daughter is obsessed with lavender. If she could sniff lavender, she would. Sorry for the expression, but it’s true. She has at least a dozen bottles of lavender aroma therapy oil bottles laying around the house (one in her car, one in her gym bag, and two of them on her office desk). Instead of anxiety medication, she literally stops to smell the lavender and sprays it around the room to help her relax. She swears by it’s relaxation side-effects.
Since she loves martinis, I took it upon myself to be her nurse for the night. I had to think of something spectacular. I highly recommend you make lavender martinis for your next dinner party or book club get together. Every party we host, I always have a signature drink. This one is definitely the next on the list! I am happy to share the recipe with you.
1. To start whip up a batch of lavender simple syrup by mixing equal parts lavender, sugar and water until the sugar has disolved. Use a strainer to remove lavender buds.
2. Then it’s simple! Pour 1 ounce of lavender simple syrup in the bottom of each glass.
3. In a shaker mix 1.5 ounces of gin and the juice of 1/2 lemon.
4. Pour into martini glass and top with soda water if desired.
I’d like to share the first two chapter of my book with you. I plan on picking out chapters from my book that I believe will peak your interest. Happy reading!
Chapter 1 (Short Introduction)
The year is 1955. I was born in Bratislava, in what was formerly Czechoslovakia, to a single divorced Jewish mother and, to me, an unknown father.
My wonderful Grandfather, Eugen “Jacque” Singer, and Grandmother Ernestina Singer, nee Müller, had four children: a son, Hugo, and three daughters, Olga, Katka “Kitty,” and Lucy. My mother, Lucy Singer Kohn Scott, was the only one with a daughter, and single, because she was now divorced. I had two older male cousins, Kitty’s son Peter, and Hugo’s son Tommy.
My grandfather, who was born on May 31, 1888 in Vienna, about 60 kilometers from Bratislava and which was once the Austrian Hungarian monarchy capital, was the most wonderful and only decent masculine symbol I had in my life. Henry Kissinger looked like the exact replica of my grandfather. My grandmother was the typical warm but very opinionated and intrigue-happy woman. She was the boss and the matriarch of the family. My grandmother was born in 1892 in Hungary, but spoke fluent German, as did my grandfather, my mother and myself. My mother had attended German schools. I had attended Slovak schools; after World War II, Czechoslovakia became a part of the post-war Warsaw Pact of communistic countries, so Slovak and Russian were the predominant languages in schools.
One of my favorite things to do is sit out on my deck in the afternoons with a book in hand, and a delicious lemonade to my side. I don’t like artificial lemonade mixes. I like my drinks to have a twist to them. I also like pretty presentations. It makes me feel vibrant, loved and well, girlie. This lavender lemonade recipe is perfect for a warm afternoon treat. If you need an idea to entertain some fine ladies at an afternoon book club get together, I guarantee you’ll have your fellow bibliophile gals raving about this easy to make almost magical drink. The colors alone will bring a smile to their faces.
In a medium sauce pot, bring 2 cups water, sugar, and agave to a boil. Once boiling, turn off heat and add dried lavender. Allow lavender to steep in sugar mixture until cooled. Once cooled, add freshly squeezed lemon juice and 4 cups of water, pour through sifter into decorative pitcher. Pour over ice and enjoy!
I’d love to share this spiced orange lemonade recipe with you. Nothing gives me more pleasure on a hot summer day, than reading a good book on my deck and drinking this delicious cold drink.
Place ingredients in a shaker full of ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Serve chilled.
The following power bar recipe is a hit in my home, not only because it’s healthy and delicious, but because the recipe is so flexible, you can add or omit any ingredient you like.
MAKES TWO DOZEN SQUARES
From my healthy kitchen to yours, enjoy!
— Gigi Scott
This truly saddens me. As if it’s not enough that Miami-Dade’s commissioners and mayor, Carlos Gimenez, threaten to veto the Pet’s Trust Miami Initiative (which over 10,001 Miamians voted for), they are now seriously moving towards shutting down 22 Miami-Dade libraries out of 49.
This ignorant statement by Mayor Gimenez, ” ”People have said that the age of the library is probably ending … The people of Miami-Dade County do not want their tax rates raised.”
An excerpt from the Miami-Herald: Under the worst-case budget-ax scenario, nearly half of the county’s 49 libraries — 22 — would be shut down, and six fire-rescue units, out of 139, would be eliminated. In addition, 251 library employees and 149 fire-rescue workers would be laid off. Among the libraries on the chopping block is one regional facility, in West Kendall.
John J. Quick, president of Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, called the commission’s decision “a true disappointment.”
The vote, he said in an email to the Miami Herald, “will severely limit, if not eliminate, the library system’s community programs, including its adult and childhood literacy programs, which are so important to the progress and success of this County.”
If you’d like to help, please sign this online petition to save Miami-Dade libraries by CLICKING HERE.
Please share your thoughts. Do you agree with this infographic or not? I’d love to know!