Donut Earrings Giveaway (closed) 1

”Mmmmmmm! Donuts!” — said Homer Simpson and almost everybody else. The problem with donuts is that there are so many different kinds. Fosted, boston creme, clazed, cruller, chocolate flavored or with sprinkles. Just writing these words is putting a smile on my face. Which kind is your favorite? Let me […]



Sexual Abuse in Fiction

I feel so angry. I don’t know what to do with the anger or which direction to aim it at. I am drenched in disgust. I can’t watch a Hollywood movie without thinking: “I wonder who got raped so that this movie could get made?” Despite all the serious allegations, […]

Today Will Be different

Fiction to Uplift a Woman’s Soul 1

The information landscape, these days, is full of negative news for women. Stories of sexual misconduct and rape in the work place. Women getting marginalized in this field and that one.  And all over battery of women rights. It chisels away at my heart. To uplift my soul I find […]

Giveaway: Donut Earrings

Life is like a box of donuts. Others will tell you that they already know what you are going to get. But until you dive it and try for yourself, you will never discover which one is your favorite. Hoping your box is filled with sweet and delectable moments. I […]

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2017’s List of Favorites 1

The year is drawing to an end. It’s time to look back and review a few favorites. Favorite Read My favorite book I read this year is I, Who Did Not Die by Zahed Haftlang,‎ Najah Aboud and Meredith May. Two soldiers: One Iraqi, the other Iranian. They meet on […]

Vote for your favorite book cover and title combo 17

I have been tinkering with ideas for the cover design and title for the new novel. These 5 concepts I came up with. Genre is Women’s fiction. Each one I put together on my own. Which means that they don’t look polished. Don’t worry about that. Once I decide on […]

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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

“Why did the chicken cross the road?” I tried to come up with the most interesting answer. Here is what I came up with. Maybe the chicken knew that the road was dangerous and decided to cross anyway. Maybe the chicken was suicidal. The more I think about it the […]

Popcorn Necklace Giveaway

Tea used to be my favorite thing to accompany reading until I had to wear reading glasses. The hot steam would fog up my glasses and impede the reading experience. So I had to give it up, but I always felt that something was missing. Until I tried popcorn. Wow! […]


A Million Little Heartbreaks

To be a parent is to suffer an endless loop of little heartbreaks. The loop is punctuated with the occasional large heartbreak. They leave the womb. Heartbreak. Then they leave the crib. Heartbreak. After that they go to school. Heartbreak. They get sick. Heartbreak. Then if you did well and […]

Million Heartbreaks


Giveaway: Pizza Earrings

To celebrate how well my novel;Spoonful Chronicles; is doing since launch date, I am giving away these pizza earrings. Spoonful Chronicles is a novel that tells the story of a woman a quest to unlock the secret to her destiny by remembering everything she has ever eaten. The pizza chapter […]


Top 10 Songs About Cars 3

Quick! Name the top three topics that songs are written about.   1. Heart break.   2. True love.   I contend that 3. is cars. Since I am writing a novel about traffic, I decided to come up with a list of songs about cars that will be the […]

Giveaway: Donut Earrings

Life is like a box of donuts. Others will tell you that they already know what you are going to get. But until you dive it and try for yourself, you will never discover which one is your favorite. Hoping your box is filled with sweet and delectable moments. I […]

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Giveaway: Burger, taco and ketchup necklace

In the spirit of my new found “Life Changing Magic of giving stuff away for free” I wanted to organize a food related giveaway. After some research, I discovered that shipping food internationally is complicated. Each country has restrictions on what is allowed and not allowed, plus there are worries […]

All About You (survey)

Gather around. We are sitting next to a campfire. S’mores are being roasted in the fire. The hot chocolate just arrived. It’s time for you to tell me about yourself. The evening is just about to get magical. I created this survey. I would like to learn a little about […]


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Losing My Father In Law 8

I have been walking around with a lump in my stomach. My father-in-law, my husband’s father, Ali Radwan Hassan has passed away two weeks ago. At age 82, in the town of Mash-had located outside of Nazareth in Israel. There were health problems, so I can’t say that this event […]

This one screams in anguish: "I can't take it anymore!"

The Secret Life of Trees

Last summer I kept noticing how each tree has an individual character. It’s like each one is saying something This one screams in anguish: “I can’t take it anymore!” This one has dedicated its life to scarring little children Can you feel the parental guidance in this one? This one […]

Before Coffee


We were shopping for Halloween  costumes for the kids when I saw this frantic woman dummy screaming in a made up elevator shaft and I was touched with the depth of her anguish. I decided to video tape her and put her in this video.

Woman in Elevaor Shaft

3 most unique things @ Indie Author Day 1

As if the Vancouver Public Library wasn’t already the best and coolest public library in the world. This year they decided to host an Indie Author Day which I participated in. Here are there unique things that caught my attention while at the event. The Man With The Unique Tie […]

Indie Author Day at the Vancouver Public Library

Graffiti Hack as a dragon

Paper cut-out stop motion animation 1

This is my very first paper cut-out stop motion animation. I had no idea what I was doing. Now that I had done it once I can see the many mistakes I made.

In preparation for this I started cutting out some of the basic shapes I was planning to use. In the end this wasn’t sufficient and I ended cutting out further things as I was taking photographs. Clearly I planned this poorly.


Paper cut-outs for the video

Here is the setup I had for taking pictures. I arranged things so that I was looking at things upside down which made it difficult for me. Another mistake I will avoid next time.

Stop motion animation setup

Stop motion animation setup

The video features the narration of Mary Knapp Parlange. She is a fantastic writer. You can visit her website here.

This was lots of work but felt satisfying. Plus I made mental notes on what to do differently next time.