Has your child learned to recognize and identify the different cloud types?
Does he or she know what a roll cloud, shelf cloud or cirrus cloud is? Can he or she name the type of cloud pictured here?
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Invite a Sweet, Rich Italian to Your Next Meal
Ditch the diet for just one night and leave a little room for a sweet, rich Italian dessert. An excellent dessert choice is Marzullo’s extremely addictive chocolate cannoli. Am I allowed to call a pastry beautiful? Marzullo’s gleaming rows of chocolate cannoli are sculpted tubes of Italian culinary art.
I've tasted cannoli that looked great but wasn't satisfying because the tube shell was either too soft or tasted stale. Or, maybe the ricotta cream wasn't creamy enough.That's not the case here!
When I bite down on a Marzullo cannoli's fried, dark chocolate exterior shell, the sensation of soft and creamy sheep's milk ricotta melting into a crunchy mouthful of delicious, dark chocolate elevates the entire cannoli experience to exciting and new textural heights. Yum.
If you stop by Marzullo's Bakery & Cafe in the future, be sure to order the chocolate cannoli. You won’t regret it.
While I was living in Nashville, I was continually learning about different plants and flowers that were native to the region. As I walked through a field one day, I spotted a cluster of dainty mystery plants sprouting soft downy globes of milky white seeds perched high atop long slender green stems. I experienced my usual “wished I’d brought my camera along” angst and thought about returning to photograph them.
Fast forward to the next morning. I grabbed my camera and headed out to revisit the striking plants. Huh? The wind had beaten me to them. Spare strands of filmy translucent wisps remained intact but the bare plants that had been artfully revised by nature looked nothing like the striking delicate beauties I had glimpsed the day before.
Although similar opportunities would present themselves in the future, I knew that the sunlight would never again shed light on those fragile white blooms in exactly the same manner. Dozens of other changes would also occur over time. The moment had passed. A creative opportunity slipped through my hands because I hesitated when I should have acted. Lesson learned.
Have you ever missed out on a creative opportunity because you hesitated when you should have acted?
Writing Myths & Mystique
There is a lot of mystique about the writing process and about writers in general. Early on in my writing career, I mentioned my desire to become a published writer to a New York City jewelry designer who designed the most magnificent plastic cuff bracelets.
She looked at me with great concern and said, “Be careful. Writers drink.”
I once telephoned a woman who had advertised an apartment for rent. I told her that I would be a great tenant because I spent most days quietly writing on my computer.
“Do you smoke?” she asked, “In most of the movies that I’ve seen, the writers are always smoking.”
When people ask what I do for a living and I reply that I am a writer, the second question is predictable and somewhat annoying. “Oh? Where has your work been published?"
Of course, they never really expect an answer because it is actually more of a “Gotcha!” question. They figure that I am a lazy poseur who sleeps in; smoking clove cigarettes and nursing a bottle of Mad Dog between gigs.
Because it is so challenging, many writers cling to rituals and superstition to stoke the fires of inspiration. It has been reported that Truman Capote and Mark Twain only wrote while reclining horizontally. Then there are those superstitious writers who will only write at certain hours or while they are wearing a particular piece of clothing or jewelry.
Many writers believe that they can only write when they are intoxicated or high enough to channel their Muse from an altered state of consciousness while still others turn to prayer. One of the most interesting superstitions I have stumbled across is a story about a Catholic saint with an uncanny ability to unblock writers.
The cult figure Saint Expedite is a mysterious saint who is reputed to expedite the flow of communication. Unblocked writers are expected to thank the saint by obtaining pound cake and feeding it to the birds when their prayers have been answered.
The only American Catholic Church with a statue of Saint Expedite on its premises is located In New Orleans—at Lady of Guadalupe Church. If this information intrigues you, you can discover more information about Saint Expedite, the patron saint of writers at www.catholic.org.
There appears to be proof that superstitions might give you an edge in reducing writer’s block. The Psychological Science journal article “Keep Your Fingers Crossed! How Superstition Improves Performance” reported that when research study participants activated a good-luck related superstition it boosted their confidence and improved their performance.