Beach Week Coffee Share

Good Morning, Everyone. If it is August, I am on Beach Week vacation at Davis Park, Fire Island. It’s a quick boat ride or a ferry ride across the Great South Bay, laden with provisions, sand toys, beach chairs and umbrellas. Today, the rain cooled the air. Good thing there is coffee. Pour your cup. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would say that since it had been a crummy year my husband and I decided to rent the cottage for two beach weeks. There is nothing much to do except read, write, eat, dig toes in the sand, and swim in the ocean. We love visiting with our regular beach pals, and hosting friends and family. It had been awhile since my three daughters and grandkids gathered together in one place at the same time. My sisters and I organized a family picnic, Mom’s birthday celebration, and a Christmas re-do at Mom’s big house yesterday. Fifty or so of us played, ate, and talked until we were hoarse. Great day.

If we were having coffee together, I would admit that writing and keeping up with blogs and podcasts had taken a back seat last week. It is raining today, so I hope to get caught up. However, I was able to complete some book launch actions, took care of the website look (again), set up the BOCES Arts in Education workshop descriptions (I am available for live and virtual author visits!), and finished a few clean-ups for The Heart of Bakers and Artists (aka Daily Bread) re-release.

  If we were having coffee together, I would invite you to read Why the Ginger post. I explained why my main character, Lily, is depict as a red-head with blue eyes. These features do not fit the Sicilian stereotype, but in reality, Sicily is a melting pot of peoples and it is not unusual to come across fair siblings and cousins. My heritage is a testimony to the diverse mix.

If we were having coffee together, I would add that I contributed my grilled chicken and corn on the cob dish to the foodie share at What On Your Plate Blog Challenge. Donna and Deb at #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge now offers fancy badges for contributing. Check out my sidebar. Also go to the challenge for inspiring dishes and meal ideas.

That’s it, Everyone. Great BIG thanks go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating. Have a good week. Make it funtastic.

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If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily Bread and/or Becoming America’s Food StoriesThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread and/or Becoming America’s Food Stories, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Becoming America’s Stories Readers slideshow, coming soon! Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.

“If you don’t cook with love, you have to get out of the kitchen.” Florence Messina

Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

22 thoughts

  1. I purchased Daily Bread on my Kindle. It is a very engaging book. I took my grandson to The Tenement Museum in NYC 2 years ago and I think he would enjoy your book (if he can overcome a female protagonist bias).

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  2. Your beach week and family get together sounds perfect. With Queensland’s borders shut to NSW (and that state not looking to be in control any time soon) I’m really missing seeing my parents (who live in Sydney). After these last 2 years I’ll never take family for granted again.

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  3. The beach experience sounds wonderful. I could almost feel wet, warm sand between my toes. I believe Daily Bread is on my kindle…Will double check and will post a pix. Take care!

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    1. There is no better medicine than living on the beach without cars and stores and a small cottage to upkeep.


  4. Hi Antoinette. Sorry for being so late to visit. Vacation for us is a rare treat (yea, we need to fix that) but we were in San Diego with our youngest son just doing stuff with him all day. I barely got any reading or writing done but it was a good trip by other measures.
    BTW – I’ve started your new manuscript but didn’t get far before the long drive south had to start and have not made it back yet to resume the read. I’ll get you something soon.

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