Late to the Weekend Coffee Share Party

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I think I have been in a daze lately. I completely missed the Weekend Coffee Share this weekend. Suddenly, it is time to plan for Thanksgiving, figure which grocery store to buy what I need or at least think I need. I am already late collecting photos for the family calendar, which are usually gathered after Halloween. It is going to be too much for me to stalk several family members (you know who you are) and copy their pics into the Shutterfly bin. 2021 calendar will be all about Dad. Missing him aches. Perhaps seeing him with us in pictures will help as a new year unfolds.

Husband, Matt, is making very good progress in recovering from the left knee replacement. He will be able to start outside rehab next week and, perhaps, be able to drive the following week.

My sisters and I rented a tent so that we may celebrate Thanksgiving safely outdoors. It’s a bit chilly here, but we figure the propane heaters may help. This just may work out if the rain and wind subside.

Daily Bread’s companion cookbook, Becoming America’s Food Stories: a collection of reminiscences and recipes. is now available in eBook format. The paperback version is coming SOON! Stay tuned.

There is some terrific Daily Bread news. Alice Hollinbeck, a wonderful middle-grade book reviewer and blogger, wrote a 5-star review for Daily Bread. Check out her blog, Rosi Hollinbeck. There is something for all writers and readers.

Here is the link to view the upcoming Book Talk interview at the Tenement Museum on December 8th (SO excited)! 

Also, Stephanie Larkin at Red Penguin Books, Daily Bread’s publisher, and I have set up a Jr. Bookworm Book Club Zoom event with a group of middle school kids. It will be aired on the Red Penguin Books broadcast schedule. We will be Zoom-ing on November 30th at 6pm. Stay tuned for recorded links!

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Be well. Be safe, Everyone.  

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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.

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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.

Rollercoaster Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone. After a brief treat of unseasonable warmth, brisk temperatures remind me that is November and winter is coming.  I hope all is well in your world. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that it has been a rollercoaster week.  My husband, Matt, got a brand new left knee on Tuesday to match the right one he received last November. Within 24 hours after surgery, I took him home. Yes, it was a quick turnaround, and sidelined my plans to get a few chores completed uninterrupted, but it seemed that the hospital was anticipating a return of the COVID-19 nightmare. Matt was much safer at home. Daily physical therapy and Matt’s diligence is paying off, though. His walking improves every day (he got up and down the basement stairs yesterday), and the pain is dissipating. Amazing!

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I have also been helping my mom settle and rearrange household business since my dad’s passing. Each little task erases Dad’s name from the roles and his hand in the daily comings and goings.  It physically aches. 

We are scrambling to figure out how my family can celebrate the holidays with our grief still raw, COVID-19 surging, and restrictions keeping us apart when we really need to be together.  For Thanksgiving, my sisters and I decided to rent a smaller tent than the one we had for my dad’s memorial and a few outside heaters. We have enough folding tables and chairs between us so that our immediate family pod can sit at the table together outside. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report an upside to the rollercoaster week. TADA! This is the cover of Daily Bread’s companion cookbook, Becoming America’s Food Stories: a collection of reminiscences and recipes. How do you like it? The book will be ready to go to print next week. Stay tuned.

Here is the link to view the upcoming Book Talk interview at the Tenement Museum on December 8th (SO excited)! 

Also, Stephanie Larkin at Red Penguin Books, Daily Bread’s publisher, and I are setting up a Jr. Bookworm Book Club Zoom event with a group of kids within the next week or thereabout. It will be aired on the Red Penguin Books broadcast schedule. We are hammering out the details to share very soon. 

Well, that’s it, Everyone. Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

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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.

Preparing Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone

 I hope you are all well and relieved. I, for one, dare to feel hopeful.

It is a beautiful Sunday morning on the south shore of Long Island. I am sitting in my pleasantly cool sunroom with my cat, Hershey, who naps on my left side and a steaming cup of coffee set on the right. Is your coffee warm? Let’s catch up. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that the Bella Vela is tucked in the side yard covered with a three-year-old shrink-wrapped. The wrap fits well enough for another winter with a little duct tape and extra bungee cords. I am determined not to throw all the plastic away into a landfill. I just need to retrieve my Sunfish sailboat from the beach club so that our boat fleet will be ready for winter hibernation. It was an odd season with COVID looming over all of us and more than the usual share of wild winds. 

My sister and brother-in-law are keeping their roomy houseboat in its dock space this winter. We have been able to take boat rides to Sailors Haven, a National Seashore Park on Fire Island. Yesterday my sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, grandnephews, mom, and I rode across a calm bay. The ocean was inviting. Luckily, I came prepared and took one last 2020 full-body dip with my niece DD. The ocean was cold, and there was a bit of an undertow, but it was worth the cathartic dip.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you my family is slowly adjusting to my dad not being with us. It is a crushing void. Mom has her good and bad moments. We are making progress with future plans and needed chores. Our extended family and friends have been so kind. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that a lot is going on in my writer’s world. Daily Bread received number 1 new release in the Children’s 1900 US Historical Fiction category on the Kindle platform. Scheduling live events have been difficult because, you know, COVID. The recent spike in cases has put everyone back on high alert and vigilance, which is a good thing in keeping all of us safe. 

However, I am all set for virtual book clubs and library and school visits. You can view the options here. I am very excited about doing a virtual book talk at the Tenement Museum. Tune in on December 8th at 7 p.m.

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

While scrambling with Daily Bread’s promotions, Becoming America’s Food Stories cookbook is just about done. More preparations. Stay tuned for the cover reveal. 

Well, that’s it, Everyone. Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

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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.

Stories Served News and Nosh

Welcome to Stories Served Around The Table News and Nosh.

 October came and went in a whirlwind of downs and ups. The big down was that my dad, the best of the best, passed away. My family and tribe of friends are slowly finding our new normal without our patriarch at the helm. I’m grateful for all the beautiful and peaceful outreach prayers and positive energies as we grieve our loss. 

 Grieving

Writing News

October’s blog posts chronicled the publication journey of Daily Bread. Daily Bread is Book 1 in the Becoming America’s Stories series.  

Harvest Moon Coffee Catch Up

Cover Reveal!

It’s Here!

Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books had the editing, layout, and cover worked out in record time. Jubilant reviews described Daily Bread as “a real page turner,” “an epic story.” Read more accolades here. You can order Daily Bread on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats. Don’t forget to rate the story. An honest review is also appreciated on Amazon or Goodreads. 

Did you notice the Authorgraph button? This handy-dandy link provides ebook readers their very own personally signed author autograph! I think this is a brilliant idea and satisfies that longing for a personal connection with an author. And it’s FREE

 I have learned that the way to get my books into readers’ hearts and hands is marketing and promoting. Writing the story is the easy part of the whole process. COVID-19 has given book launches and promotion events new avenues to explore. Like many of my fellow writers, I got creative to be involved with my audience at a safe distance.

Here is what is happening and will happen soon.

~There are Daily Bread Curriculum Connection resources for teachers and parents who are teaching their kids. Check out the writing prompts, puzzles, page hugger templates, and more. You can browse and download them here. They’re  FREE

~A Circular Tale Offer

If you email me a picture of you reading Daily Bread (paperback or ebook formats),

I will send you a Daily Bread Thank You Gift.

  

~The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators hosts Bookstop. Books by SCBWI members may develop a Bookstop page containing author information, book synopsis, target audiences, and purchasing links. Here is the SCBWI link. 

~Red Penguin Books sponsors Between the Covers TV. I joined a panel of authors whose books just came out with Stephanie Larkin via ZOOM. It aired on October 28th but will have a long life on YouTube.    

Attention Teachers Librarians PTO Arts Chairpersons

I am offering virtual and (limited) live Meet-the-Author and Writers’ Workshops for upper elementary and middle school students. You can browse my classes here. I am also registered in the BOCES Arts in Education program. Type MARTIN in the keyword search. 

~Stay Tuned for Red Penguin Books Jr. Book Club dates where I will be discussing Daily Bread with my favorite audience-Kids- via a virtual platform.

~Save The Date  I will be at the Tenement Museum Live Virtual Book Talk Event on December 8th at 7:00 pm EST. So excited!

~ Keep an eye out for the publication of the Daily Bread companion book—Becoming America’s Food Stories: a Collection of Reminiscences and Recipes. It will be available in time for holiday gift shopping.

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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.

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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.

It’s Here!

Becoming America’s Stories presents

Daily Bread

Buy Now!

It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself..

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Jubilant Reviews

Daily Bread is a humbling experience as you read through the chapters and gain a relationship with  the characters. It embraces child labor, the hardships immigrant families endured during a time spoken very little about. I couldn’t put the book down and am hoping for a sequel. Daily Bread is brilliant.

~Marie Yervasi  Youth Services Librarian/Programmer Westhampton Beach Free Library

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Daily Bread is a page turning story about family ties, community and struggle on Mott Street in 1911. Antoniette Truglio Martin will captivate young readers wanting to know more about the immigration period as they travel through time with this heartfelt story about the way it was and how Daily Bread from the bakery wafts a ripple effect of meanings for the characters and their places in the world. 

~Adrienne Cirone  Associate Principal K-6, Reading Specialist


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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.

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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.

Grieving

Good morning, Everyone.
It has been an unbearably sad week.
My dad, the best daddy anyone could ever be blessed with, passed from this mortal life last Friday morning. Dad was superman to my sisters and brother, the fun-est grandpa to his grandchildren, and a proud Great Grandpa to his greats, a caring brother, a friend to all, and a loving husband to my mother (they have had a true life love story).
Although his heart struggled to keep the pace, his strength waned, Dad maintained he was fine, tired, but fine. He left us on his terms, looking out over the bay, in his bed, next to the woman he loved all of his life.
The loss leaves a deep void. Dad lived his life, surrounded in love and strived to include EVERYONE in his circle. Mom is devastated. Our hearts are broken. The only good outcome was that everyone gathered. My daughters got in cars and on planes and arrived within a day. My sisters’ and brother’s clans traveled as well. Cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends came to our aide, brought food, shared our aching grief.
We wanted to celebrate his beautiful life with EVERYONE, but #!%!ing COVID.
We fashioned a private memorial at The House with the immediate 50 or so family members. Social distancing and masking were observed. My nephew and nieces worked technology magic so that the wide circle could participate with us. A tent, tables, and propane heaters were set up in the yard, and, yes, a deluxe port-a-potty was ordered to save the strain on the cesspool. Buttera’s of Sayville delivered (my sisters and I were not up to cooking), cakes and cookies, and beautiful flowers added, and the many pictures we sorted through were displayed. Mom made the centerpieces. Tears shed, heartfelt sentiments spoken, and the stories flowed. And, though a bit chilly, a bunch of us jumped in the bay. Being our father’s daughters, my sisters and I wore bathing suits under our dresses, so we were prepared. It was a party he would have approved, what Mom knew was the right way to go.
After a week, our lives are slowly returning to a new normal. I miss him, his broad smile, his voice, his gentle presence.
Thank you, Everyone, for indulging me.

Cover Reveal! Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone. I have been running on coffee and nervous energy most of the week. It has been a marathon of writing, cooking, and writing. The Becoming America’s Food Stories is ready for readers. I also have a few photos to to manage. But the GREAT BIG NEWS is that the cover is done.

TADA!

What do you think? I have to get the marketing “swag” ordered and do some leg work on getting a launch together. All good stuff.

I will announce information on ordering and upcoming events shortly. Stay tuned.

Sorry for the quick sip of coffee, but I got to get going.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great. 

Big thank yous go out to Ecelic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

                     

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.

Harvest Moon Coffee CAtch-Up

Good morning, Everyone. The Harvest Moon moonrise was an awesome sight last night. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up.

 If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I drove my mom to Staten Island to visit her cousin, Jean, and family. Mom’s family is not as abundant or accessible as Dad’s, so we need to make efforts to keep in touch, like drive on the Belt Parkway and through Staten Island. It was worth the trip. Mom and Jean chatted on and on, frequently interrupting, filling in their versions of stories. Besides story collecting and visiting, I also wanted to get some clarity on Great Grandma’s origins in Sicily. Jean’s husband is from a suburb in Palermo, and the family had visited Great Grandma’s village, Castellammare del Golfo, years ago. Jean’s daughter, Cynthia, and I decided we needed to plan a trip. Uhh, I miss planning trips!

If we were having coffee together, I would ask if you noticed a few changes on my website. I cleaned up the right side widgets, reorganized the menu bar, and replaced my headshot. What do you think? 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that I am busy writing. Daily Bread’s line editing is done. The artwork needs some tweaking. I tackled the new block editor version on WordPress, which is not as seamless as the classic version, but the block features are great for laying out the visual appeal for blog and web pages. I created a Daily Bread Curriculum Connections page. It includes a glossary, book discussion topics and writing prompts, a crossword puzzle, and vocabulary flashcards to download and print FREE. Check them out. I am also set up to present virtual author and creative writing workshops in schools. You can view my options and contact me here

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that the $40 Amazon Gift Card Raffle closed on Thursday. I used a wheel app (very fun) to select the winner. Congratulations to Terry Mozer. Thank you and virtual hugs to all who signed up. As a promotional bonus, Hug Everyone You Know will be on sale for $10 during October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

If we were having coffee together, I would mention that I cooked up a cozy split pea soup this week. Thick soups are a cold-weather favorite in my home. A few hearty soups will be featured in Becoming America’s Food Stories cookbook I am furiously writing. 

If we were having coffee together, I would add that October arrived, and although the schools are holding infection rates at workable levels, the COVID-19 virus remains a looming menace. It is dangerous! Please, wear a clean mask and keep your distance. Stay safe, Everyone. Be smart. Be patient and kind, especially to those who find it hard to be patient and kind. Make sure you have a plan to vote.

Big thank yous go out to Ecelic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great. 

                     

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.

An Autumn Coffee Catch Up

Good morning, Everyone.

It’s a beautiful Sunday autumn morning. I missed the coffee share last week and discovered I felt that something was missing. I tried to comment on everyone’s post, but you know how slippery time can be. Anyway, it is a new week. Grab your coffee. Let’s catch up. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that I have been immersed in Daily Bread publication details and preparations for the launch.  There are several developments. The series is called Becoming America’s StoriesDaily Bread is the first book. The text layout is done, but the artwork is still pending. Patience. Pen in your calendars for an October 14th book launch!

If we were having coffee together, I would say that I am also working at top speed to complete the companion cookbook. There are 23 to 25 recipes with accompanying food stories.  The cookbook is titled Becoming America’s Food Stories: a collection of reminiscences and recipes.  I love writing about family favorite dishes and how they evoke memories and evolve from generation to generation.  I am interviewing my parents, aunts, and uncles to gather information about the recipes and getting lost in the conversations. My sisters and cousins are also excellent resources. 

 If we were having coffee together, I would admit that photographing the food is a tremendous challenge.  I have been using a phone camera for a long time because my good camera gave out years ago. I splurged on a handy PowerShot camera with a fantastic selection of bells and whistles. But, just because the camera is better than a phone, it is still tough to consider backgrounds, lighting, F-stops, and stage cooked foods to look appetizing in a picture.  My artist daughter, Sara, came to my rescue. She fashioned a food styling 101 crash course for me. We were staging and snapping photographs of caponata and meatballs at a friend’s beach house (a glorious five-day escape). My girl is a patient teacher( although she won’t admit to it). Last week I went to the Dollar Store and rummaged through the dining room cabinets for props. Here a few samples.

Seamless Sandwich

Caponata

Uncle Tom’s Heartburn

Nelly Bly Skipper & Crew

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that the sailing race season ended on Tuesday night. Like everything else this year, it was a different season with COVID restrictions, crazy winds and personal challenges with crew members. But all in all, the all-gal Nellie Bly skipper and crew enjoyed the camaraderie and Tuesday night sailing on the Great South Bay. Matt and I are trying to get in some sailing on the Bella Vela before we have to haul it for the winter. There are a few more weeks.

If we were having coffee together, I would ask you to check out the menu bar on my website. I renamed, rearranged, and added the Creative Writing Workshops, Daily Bread, and Becoming America’s Stories pages. I have been avoiding WordPress’ new editing tools, but I think I may have to invest in a day of dedicating my time to learn the new options. Where to squeeze that into my schedule is the question. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that I met with fellow artists, via Zoom, who are also offering programs in the schools sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES. It is a dynamic group of creatives all working towards supplementing curriculum activities and inspiring students and teachers. Teachers, you can explore my programs here or go to the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Arts in Education catalog. Type Martin in the keyword field. I am available for virtual and in-school workshops.

If we were having coffee together, I would remind you that the $40 Amazon Gift Card Raffle celebrating Hug Everyone You Know third year of publication is coming to an end. There are only five more days to sign up. Click here. 

So, how are things with you? Yes, COVID continues to frighten and restrict us. National news adds to frustrations and depression. The loss of RBG continues to weigh heavily.  Like most of you, I worry. I am doing small tasks to help, which helps me feel hopeful.  

I will close with reminders to be kind, wear masks, and plan how you will exercise your voice to vote. 

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great. 

Big thank yous go out to Ecelic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Be well. Be safe. 

                     

 

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.

 

 

Weekend Coffee Catch Up

Good morning, Everyone.

 Autumn arrived early with cooler temperatures, less humidity, and notably shorter days. Also, the tomatoes are about done, and the peppers and eggplants are not far behind another.

Get your coffee. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that my calendar and the to-do list are filling up with deadlines and tasks to get Daily Bread out into the world. We aim for a mid-October launch date—this October. When the artwork is settled, I will share firmer dates. I finished composing the Introduction and Acknowledgment pages and completed curriculum connections in the form of a glossary, vocabulary flashcards, and crossword puzzles ( both intermediate and primary levels). Book discussion topics are in the works as well. Dates for virtual author visits in the schools are coming in, too. I am getting busy (in a good way).

If we were having coffee together, I would report that I am cooking and taking pictures with a new camera. The companion cookbook for Daily Bread is taking shape. It will be about food and family stories with the family favorite recipes— right up my happy alley. I have been talking to my parents, aunts, and uncles about their favorite childhood food memories. It is amazing how much life, love, and joy were crammed into those tight kitchens and fondly remembered.

If we were having coffee together, I would say that the Saturday after Labor Day is usually the Catboat Rendezvous, the one race Matt and I sail together on the Bella Vela. This year COVID-19 squashed the event. Instead, we sailed across the bay with friends on a blustery East Wind to Watch Hill, a Fire Island National Seashore Park. We docked the boat next to more sailor friends. Keeping socially distant, we had a great day picnicking and getting to the beach. The ocean was a bit too wild for me to swim. The wind did not let up, so we reefed the sails to go home. Our guest, Charlie, an accomplished sailor and Catboat extraordinaire, convinced us we could set the sails in the boat basin and sail out of the channel rather than putt the little engine through it. The thing to know is that the Bela Vela is about the prettiest boat I’ve ever owned, thanks to Matt’s craftsmanship. We made a very impressive and pretty exit. 

If we were having coffee together, I would recommend an excellent virtual workshop on October 20th called 5 Generations: Collecting Memories. It will be hosted by the talented Melinda Ferguson Sherman and sponsored by  Charlotte Lit.

Also, there is still time to enter the $40 Amazon card to celebrate Hug Everyone You Know 3-Year Publication Anniversary. Loyal fans also sign up with new friends. You know the saying—you got to be in it to win it.

If we were having coffee together, I would have to hurry this up. We are heading to the beach for five days to spend quality time with ocean views and sand at Davis Park on Fire Island—the best place on Earth. Matt hopes to catch a striped bass in the surf, and I will walk the shore and write. We were gifted this retreat by our good friend, Dr. Pam. Logistics to juggle wagons filled with provisions and the ferry is always nerve-wracking, but the reward is well worth the effort.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Big thank yous go out to Ecelic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Be well. Be safe. Be smart

Register to vote.

                     

 

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.

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