Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wish You Were Here

This time of year always brings reason for sadness to so many. This year, I could certainly change my long-term holiday perspective of optimism and instead dwell on the fact that tomorrow evening (X-mas Eve here in the 'States) will be the first X-mas Eve in my entire life that I haven't spent dining, bullshitting, and exchanging gifts with my father, who is now deceased. I very well could dwell on it. I could. Then again, we all have a story; we've all lost someone or something (a beloved pet, perhaps) that leaves us wanting in the worst way; we've all been through that first T-giving and/or X-mas after a difficult break-up; we've all been privy to a family member enduring the same thing this time of year. So, no tears or heartache this X-mas, OK?

Instead, in your quest to layoff too many "unhealthy" holiday treats, why don't you give the following recipe a try. Trivial, I know. How does a smoothie mend your heart? It doesn't. (Well, not figuratively, at least.) But this really is a time of year to be a bit trivial, perhaps a bit simple and childish. (This is, after all, the time of year Santa pays all good kids a visit, right?)

Now, you'll need a blender, but trust me, this smoothie has the power to transport you from the snow and ice (you can use that description as a metaphor for the emotional doldrums, if you wish) to the sun-baked tropics (happiness or contentment, if looking for metaphor) in mere minutes.

I call this smoothie "Wish You Were Here." (Cheeky, I know. But it seems we all have to name our meals in this holistic/raw food realm. I'm not sure who decided that. I think it was raw food guru David Wolfe, so please blame him!)

Anyway, Nellie P's Wish You Were Here recipe:

1 cup strawberries
1 cup diced pineapple
1 diced mango
3 tablespoons raw coconut butter
8-10 oz. purified/spring water
Blend, chill, then serve for two.

Give that a try, and see if you don't wake up in Maui with a smile on your face the next morning.

In addition, find some time to intellectually run away from it all. Find a spot where no one can bother you for a few minutes. (A corner of the house, a hill overlooking the city, an empty park off the main drag, wherever.) Stare off into the labyrinth of lights, until you reach that foggy alpha state where you can actually see people you once knew and hear conversations of yesterday and tomorrow. Let your mind run away—allow it liberation. Perhaps you gaze into holidays past; perhaps you peek into the upcoming year, foresee it unfolding just as you wish. Perhaps you simply stare into the face of gratitude with a grin and an affirmative nod.

Please stay safe this week.

Until next time...

Peace & Luv

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Home or Abroad?

When does living abroad actually become “home” for the expatriate and his or her birth nation subsequently become “abroad”?

I recently spoke to a colleague that has been living “abroad”—or “overseas”—for more than twenty-two years now. He no longer carries a U.S. passport, although he was born and raised in America. When conversing with him the other day, he mentioned something about “life abroad.” I asked him what he meant. He explained: anything outside America…even though he hasn’t seen the Stars & Stripes in almost a decade.

So, I ask again: When does “abroad” actually become “home” to the expatriate and his or her birth nation finally become “abroad” or “overseas"?

Doesn’t it seem quit asinine to claim as your “home” a locale you neither visit nor long to visit just because you were hatched in such a place?

It does to me—even if it is a friend making such a claim.

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This week's VBT dates:
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Dec. 10th: Review; Book Worship
Dec. 11th: Guest Post; Author Talk
Dec. 12th: Interview; Book Marketing Buzz
Dec. 13th: Interview; Publishing Secrets
Dec. 14th: Interview; Snow's Place

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Monday, December 3, 2007

A Tip-Toe Through Cyber Tulips

I start a month-long virtual book tour (VBT) this week. The dates and locations for that first week are as follows:

Dec. 3rd: Guest Post; StoryCrafters
Dec. 4th: Interview/Review; Books by CP Murphy
Dec. 5th: Review; Sadie's Storylines
Dec. 6th: Review; Snow's Place
Dec. 7th: Spotlight; Buzz the Book

If you find time, pay me a visit.

Otherwise, have a great week.

Peace & Luv

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])