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

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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.

BIG Announcement

Hi Everyone,

 BIG news. EXCITING news! OMG, this is happening news!!

Red Penguin Books offered me a contract to traditionally publish my middle-grade historical novel, Daily Bread! They will manage the editing, layout, design, and artwork, and have it out in the world by (gulp) October, complete with generous promotional, distribution, and multimedia programs. 

Take a breath. There is more.

 Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books believes the best way to sell a book is to write and put out the next one and offer a companion to pique readers’ interests. She wants a series, which is great since the sequels have been playing in my head for quite some time now. We discussed the companion and concluded a collection of recipes from my Italian-American grandparents with accompanying short background stories would be amazing.

The timeline is a bit aggressive, but I work best under a tight deadline. Here’s the rundown: 

 October 2020: Daily Bread launches

 November 2020: The cookbook comes out (do you see the opportunity to offer a gift set for the holidays?)

 May 2021: Book 2

 November 2021: Book 3

As bonus features, I will have book club questions and curriculum connections available for all three novels and recipe previews for the cookbook. I have to suspend my other writing projects until I can breathe, but will continue to post the weekly coffee shares and be available for in-person and virtual  author school visits in the schools (email me at storiesserved@gmail.com for details and schedules).

I feel very good about Stephanie Larkin and Red Penguin Books. They have been accessible, transparent, and willing to share a bevy of publishing business expertise. Putting quality books in the hands of readers is the mission. It’s my desire, as well. We are on the same page. 

Join me on this incredible ride. Stay tuned.

Clinking Glasses on Google Android 8.0 Saluti Everyone!

 

 


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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.

Why Write?

I aim to write in my notebook each morning. Coffee freshly dripped from a K-Cup, cools beside me. My cat, Hershey, has learned to sit on my left side so I can scratch his ears while I scribble. The sun porch overlooking my tidy backyard is my favorite writing place. If the room is too hot or cold, I’ll settle into the big comfy chair with a pillow

A beach in the living room

behind my back and the view of a fourteen-foot mural of the Fire Island Pines shore. If I can’t be at the beach, I can at least have a life-size beach view in my living room, even if there is a lamp in the foreground. It is a cozy scene. I am grateful for my quiet muses and comforts.

What do I write? Small sensory observations, gratitude for all the blessings, and gripes born from disappointments and general WTF moments fill my pages. Sometimes I simply list must-do tasks and scheme want-to-do plans.

Why am I writing? I’ve always written. I think of myself as a creative person. I don’t draw or paint, sing well enough beyond an octave range, nor have grace or athletic talent. Writing is the one outlet that expresses me. Essays, stories, poems (terrible ones) tell who I am, where I come from, what is going on in my head. Most of my writing never goes beyond my journal pages. Through writing, I can play with word choice and sentence structures, rehearse what I need to say, and decide what is not worth saying. Daily writing gives me my voice.

Why do you write?

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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.

 

 

In Praise of Tomatoes

Good morning, Everyone. A clear summer day is ahead with cooler temperatures and sort-of lesser humidity. Let’s chat over a cup of coffee.
I am sitting in an ancient Adirondack chair that has been part of our homes’ patio decor for, what… decades? It is wooden with some patches of lichen, comfortable, and amazingly sturdy. I am facing the perennial garden that unfortunately took a beating from the almost hurricane (but it was really a tropical storm) Isaias. The vegetable garden took a hit as well. All but the peppers look weary. The okra stands spindly, the eggplants are dwarfed, and the tomatoes hang from wounded vines. I am mostly sad over the tomatoes. Thankfully, my sister-in-law, whose yard is behind ours, has an abundant crop.
A treasured gift of August is the tomatoes. Garden tomatoes taste like a tomato and lend their flavor to just about any dish. Store-bought tomatoes, even those with organic labels on healthy-looking vines, lack the delicate texture and always disappoint with its cardboard aftertaste finish.
Tomatoes have taken center stage in the farm stand displays. Just about each vegetable stand at the Sayville Farmers Market at the Islip Grange has glorious orbs of tomatoes. You can’t miss them. Now that tomatoes are in its zenith, I can eat them all day.
I have been sauteing tomato slices to fold into breakfast omelets. Thick tomato slices are alternated with mozzarella cheese and drizzled with a rendered fig balsamic glaze. With a dollop of fresh basil pesto added, my mid-morning or afternoon snack is satisfied.
A garden tomato sandwich with a smear of mayo or honey-mustard completes lunch. A grilled tomato and cheese sandwich is Matt’s favorites. When I cut tomatoes into wedges, add sliced red onion and chopped basil and parsley, and mix with oil and vinegar, a salad is born.
Sliced tomatoes in a fried eggplant stack (I’ll have to post an ode to eggplant soon) or topping a grill portobello mushroom completes dinner.

photo by ATM

I have exalted the praises of tomato pie in previous posts. The beauty of this pie is that it can be eaten cold or hot. There are many recipes, but I will humbly state, with conviction, that my tomato pie is THE best.

photo by Matt Martin

For my birthday in October, Matt picks the largest tomatoes to stuff with lobster, celery, and mayonnaise—his version of a carb-free lobster roll, and yes, it is THE best.
In between snacks and meals are the tomatoes dried in the dehydrator then frozen in a reusable snack baggie. I call it Tomato Candy. It is great on top of a salad, too.
Now that I need a coffee refill, I wonder if there is such a thing as tomato as a tomato infused brew. Hmm.
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

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A quick reminder to enter the $40 Amazon Gift Card Raffle. Even if you are a loyal follower, you can sign up to be in it to win it! Click HERE.
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.

Coffee in the Rain

Good morning, Everyone.

The rain is falling in a gentle patter this morning. We need the rain, and I’m thankful the wind has finally laid down from yesterday’s northeast bluster.  Dangling tree limbs threatened landfall from last week’s almost hurricane.  The tree guy is coming soon. The temperature dropped from sweltering to reasonable yesterday afternoon allowing us to relinquished the air-conditioned atmosphere and open the windows. 

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you my husband, Matt, and I were on our Beach Week vacation last week reconnecting with friends at the best place on Earth, Davis Park Fire Island. However, it was a different Beach Week. Only my eldest daughter, Sara, was able to join us for a day trip. My parents, recovering from cardiac episodes and keeping socially distance missed out, and our usual posse also practiced social distancing on the boardwalks and sandy shorelines.Tropical storm Isaias blew in, howled through the sassafras and chokecherry trees and whipped the ocean and bay into a whitecap frenzy spraying saltwater beyond the dune lines and bulkheads. Beautiful drama. Our little community fared with minimal damage, and the electricity quickly rebounded. It took two days for the ocean to calm down so that we could swim safely and resume sun-worshipping rituals.

If we were having coffee together, I would report that the mainland was not so lucky. Salt spray and high winds damaged lawns and browned summer colors. Many were without power for a week or more. When we returned home last Sunday, the electricity was on, but our tomatoes were severely wind-blown, and branches and heavy tree limbs littered the yard—ergo the need for the tree guy. Although, no significant home damage, it took me the better part of two days to clear the lawn. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that I have re-dug into writing projects since returning from the beach. I completed the BOCES Arts in Education application for virtual and in-person school author visits and am halfway through the online course on learning how to teach online.  My Journal On! A Teacher’s Journaling Practice Workshop will be offered remotely through the Western Hamptons Teacher Center.  Once it is all up, I will share the links.

School is opening in a variety of fashions on Long Island and New York City, but it is all dependent upon balancing and implementing safety precautions and minimizing infection rates. Everyone is rightly nervous and concerned for our children, teachers, and communities. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that I have two book events this week. I will be at the Smithtown Rotary Club on August 19th and on a virtual author panel sponsored by the Sayville Library on August 20th at 7 pm. 

I also set up a $40 Amazon gift certificate raffle to commemorate Hug Everyone You Know’s 3-year Publication Anniversary.  This will hopefully boost book sales and Stories Served email listings.  Click here to sign up! Everyone is welcomed.

I am exploring cover design options for Daily Bread. Although I did a fair job on Canva designing Journal On! covers, Daily Bread needs a professional illustrator. Suggestions?

If we were having coffee together, I would offer one more bit of news. I joined my cousin’s letter-writing campaign to get out the vote for the 2020 election. I feel some involvement is better than passively fretting and complaining. No matter how your politics steer your conscious, voting is every American’s right and civic duty.  

Well, the rain has stepped up to a steady shower now. I should close some windows a little bit and refill my coffee. Thanks for reading and listening.

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.

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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 Notes August 13, 2020

I am writing while thunder and flashes of lightning usher in the dawn. The storm will pass through soon leaving a fresh wash from the humidity (I hope). In the meantime the low rumble and steady patter of rain provide perfect morning music. 

I just came home after a week at my favorite place—Davis Park, a Fire Island beach community. The beach is the place to revive and create memories with family and friends. Read about the origins of my beach obsessions in   The Beach Loving Legacy of Nelly Truglio  

Stories Served Events: 

*August 19th, 12:00 pm Rotary Club in Smithtown                                

I will be live (properly masked and distant) talking about Hug Everyone You Know and writing with perseverance.

*August 20th, 7 pm Sayville Library virtual presentation The Author’s Journey Towards Being Published. 

I will be on a panel talking about Hug Everyone You Know along with Theresa Dodaro, author of The Tin Box Trilogy, and Valerie Nifora, author of I Asked the Wind. This program uses Zoom online. To sign up for this program, go to https://bit.ly/2DtbF88. You will be emailed an access link the day before the program.

Reminders

I am available for in-person and remote Zoom style book club meetings. Personally signed Hug Everyone You Know books are available for a reduced price. Click here!

Attention TEACHERS

I have several school writing workshops for grades 1-8. You can read about them HERE. Contact me to set up dates and request further details. 

Also stay tuned for my professional development on-line course Journal On! A Teacher’s Journaling Practice.   

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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.

 

 

The Beach Loving Legacy of Nelly Truglio

This painting portrays Coney Island, 1889. Coney Island was and is Brooklyn’s seaside mecca. The beach offered relief from the city’s heat and congestion. From the way people dressed, it is hard to imagine any measurable bits of relief. Hats, shoes, high neck collars and long sleeves could not invite more than a stroll while sweating. I feel a bit of sadness for their restrictions. The clothing and social taboos restrict the joys of the sun, sand, and surf. Imagine the scolding the children had to endure for damp hems and gritty stockings.
My great-grandma, Nelly Truglio, loved being around the water. Aunt Tosca, her youngest child, remembers traveling on the BMT with her mother and older brother Alfred to Coney Island in the 1930s. By then, there was a boardwalk, ice cream, and hot dog stands, rides, and attractions. But the Truglio trio was there for the beach and ocean. They went just about every summer day, even if the weather was not beach perfect. The children played in the sand and swam in the surf while their mother stood guard cooling in the wash of the waves.
Great Grandma must have believed the beach as the best playground for her children and herself, a woman who actively sought out joy in her every day. Aunt Tosca said, “Mama packed towels, a blanket, lunch, and an umbrella. We left home right after breakfast and got a spot near the water so we could keep an eye on our stuff. Mama didn’t swim but enjoyed every minute being in the water and watching us play and swim. She wore a modest swimsuit and always carried an umbrella over her head because she did not want to get tan. After our morning swim, we ate lunch on the blanket. Mama made us lay down and rest so as not to get a cramp when swimming in the afternoon. Later in the day, we’d pack up and buy a frozen custard before riding the subway back home.” Aunt Tosca holds these images as her most cherished childhood memories.
During the forties and into the early fifties, my mother took the same BMT train to Coney Island with her girlfriends to spend the day sitting on sandy towels and cooling in the ocean. My dad was fortunate to have a summer home, The Country House, in Copiague on Long Island. He, his sisters, and cousins swam the canal and paddled or puttered a small boat into the low tide beaches of the Great South Bay to fish, clam, and play. Just like Great Grandma and her children, they all came home sunkissed and happy.
The beach and sunseeker legacy continued through my generation. My childhood home was in Sayville on the Great South Bay. Like my dad, I clammed, fished, and played on the bay. Instead of the subway taking me to the ocean shore, I rode my bicycle to Port O’Call to catch the ferry to Barrett Beach on Fire Island. Like my mom, I met friends and swam in the surf all day. I would eat the salami sandwich I brought for lunch and buy an ice cream cone before returning home on the ferry.
When my daughters were little, I’d pack them and the beach paraphernalia I could carry and ride the ferry to Barret during the weekdays. The fares were cheap, and I could not juggle the kids and operate our boat without my husband. Like Great Grandma, the days did not have to be beach perfect. Overcast and wild winds on the ocean were just as glorious. My girls had to rest for thirty minutes after eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before going back to the surf, just like Aunt Tosca, Uncle Al, my dad, and his posse and me and my crew of siblings and cousins did as kids. As a responsible adult, I realized this rule enabled the parents to sit down and relax before resuming the surf watch on the water’s edge.
Although 800 miles down the coast, my grandchildren have honed their beach-loving legacy and bloomed into proper beach-bums. My daughter and son-in-law carry on the belief the shore is the best playground for their children. Great Grandma would have been proud.
These days, the ocean and bay remain part of my backyard. Fire Island is a boat ride or a ferry excursion across the bay. The beach is my place to appreciate, slow down, and just be. I find relief from my pressing anxieties and believe, like my great-grandma, that this is the best playground for my family and myself.

This essay is dedicated to my Great Grandmother, Angelina “Nelly” Truglio. Her birthday is today, August 7th. I do not remember her well, but I do remember her broad smile, jolly laugh, and bright floral housedresses. Aunt Tosca honors her mama’s memory by retelling the happiness and love her mother created out of simple pleasures and grace.

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.

July 2020 Recap

Welcome

to Stories Served Around The Table July 2020 Recap. The pandemic remains the topic of conversation. Everywhere, everyone must wear masks and keep a distance while going to and from essential errands. Recognizing neighbors in masks has become a skill set. I still find it hard to greet with a head nod, and elbow tapping friends is not satisfying.

I am sorry to report that there is only one blog posting for July.

An Absent Note

I needed to take a blog hiatus to tackle foundations for writing projects and wrestle with personal exigencies and clutter. The big crisis occurred when my dad’s tender heart stopped and needed emergency attention and repair. Scary. Horribly scary. Investigating, processing, and coordinating with doctors, my sisters, and Mom took juggling mastery. Communication was especially tricky with COVID-19 and visiting constraints. Thankfully, positive energies, medical science and expertise, family’s resources, Dad’s resolve, and Mom’s insistence that he was not allowed to leave just yet pulled Everyone through. Dad is doing well—very well, where it is difficult for him to “take it easy” (his normal state).

My other little personal fires have settled into manageable camps. I am back from my hiatus, ready to focus.

Here are the highlights

*Journal On! A Writer’s Daily Workbook is in editing. It’ll be a companion to Journal On! A Writer’s Daily Workshops for children of all ages.

*My application to BOCES Arts-in-Education as a visiting author in the schools is coming along. I will be offering several Stories Served Workshops for elementary to middle school students and teachers. You can click here to view my information flyer.  Contact me for remote and in-person options.

*I am enrolled in Creating Online Classes and Blended Learning through the Teacher’s Center of the Western Hamptons. Learning to teach online is essential for these times.

*Stephanie Larkin’s, of Red Penguin BooksMarketing Your Book-Level 1 course completed. Wow! This class was chock-full of non-scary step-by-step strategies I can actually do.

*Editing continues on Daily Bread. My beta-readers were so essential in pulling this story together. Heartfelt thanks go out to my parents, who provided the Sicilian dialect and manners’ nuances and details. Marie Yervasi, Westhampton Beach Children’s Librarian and Programmer offered insightful comments and suggestions.

*Thank you, My Everyone, for helping me decide on the Stories Served logo. Just about all votes led to this final choice.

* I’ll be back with weekly coffee shares and other writerly postings next week.

*Stay tuned for freebie giveaways coming up in August.

Upcoming Events

*August 20th, 7 pm Sayville Library virtual presentation The Author’s Journey Towards Being Publish.

I will be on a panel talking about Hug Everyone You Know along with Theresa Dodaro, author of The Tin Box Trilogy, and Valerie Nifora, author of I Asked the Wind. This program uses Zoom online. To sign up for this program, go to https://bit.ly/2DtbF88. You will be emailed an access link the day before the program.

*August 19th, 12:00 pm Rotary Club in Smithtown 

I will be live (properly masked and distant) talking about Hug Everyone You Know and perseverance with writing.

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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.

 

 

An Absent Note

Please excuse Antoinette from the blog and commenting responsibilities over these last few weeks. She will be back in mid-August.

Antoinette needs to step back, re-plan the blog and website, spend time taking care of family matters, and focus-focus-focus on several writing projects that need her attention and juggling expertise. She also hopes to get some beach time and sailing in as well.

Antoinette wishes her Everyone well.

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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.

 

 

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