Waking Up at a Sacred Time


I often hear my friends complaining about waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep. I always tell them it is a blessing to wake up in the middle of the night. It is a secret mystical, magical time ladened with creativity. I find it’s the time my soul wants to express itself. So when I wake up, I always listen to what my soul has to say. I take pen and paper and I write.

Emotions Can Evoke Story


We’ve all read books that have made us laugh, cry and taken us on a rollercoaster of feelings. So we know that story can evoke emotions. But what I found in my writing process is that emotions can evoke story. If I’m feeling emotional and I’m not sure why, I sit down and write. I’m usually surprised at the stories that emerge. Some of my best writing happens when I’m feeling emotional. So I think that not only stories can evoke emotions but emotions can evoke stories. Just like ice melts into water and water freezes into ice.

Kindle


I love the Kindle Fire I got for Christmas! It’s the perfect size, not too big, not too small. The fact that the Kindle now has a color screen is very exiting and the Internet access is so convenient. Call me old fashioned but I’m not crazy about the touch screen. The price is very reasonable; it is a lot cheaper than the iPad, which is why everybody in my family now has one. And the best thing of all is that all our devices synch to the cloud, so if I misplace my Kindle I can pick up my husband’s and keep reading right where I left off.
Unfortunately the Kindle Fire, does not have the text to speech feature previous Kindle models have. A great feature that can read documents and text to you while you drive. I hope they bring it back soon! Guess which Kindle is mine?

Have you tried reading on an electronic reader? What do you like or dislike about it?

 

Winter Delight – Hot Chocolate


Do you need something to spice up your winter? Well here is what I do to keep warm and cozy. Hot chocolate is great but by the middle of winter I start to get bored with it. In order to keep things interesting I come up with things to add to my hot chocolate. Here is what I have tried and loved so far. Verbena is my very favorite; it adds a tropical aroma that warms my soul.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:
1 tablet of chocolate “Abuelita”*
4 cups organic milk
Whipped cream
Organic brown sugar (sprinkle)
Verbena leaves
Optional:
Ground Cinnamon
Peppermint stick
Orange peel

Directions:
Melt one tablet of chocolate “Abuelita” in 4 cups of milk over medium heat. Stir with whisk until the tablet is dissolved. Add fresh verbena leaves and simmer and whisk for about 5 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Remove from heat. Divide among 4 mugs, top with whipped cream, sprinkle with light brown sugar, and garnish with a small verbena leaf,
* Tip. You can substitute fresh VERBENA LEAVES with ORANGE PEEL or GROUND CINNAMON or fresh PEPPERMINT STICKS.
* You can find Chocolate “Abuelita” in any grocery store – look in the Hispanic food section.