Friday, June 26, 2015


I have a dear friend with great taste and fabulous jewelry. Whenever I comment on her amazing earrings and bracelets, and even the outstanding gifts she gives, she tells me everything is from Joy Raskin.  I recently went to visit Joy myself and was wowed with her talents. We have become friends. Those of you who have been following this blog know that I often discover some ultra fantastic finds even before Oprah, and with the mushroom coffee, even before Dr. Oz! So, before all of her work sells out, you will discover her first, through this blog!

Miss Raskin can make anything, and she does. Please take a moment to peek at her website, JOY or even better, go to one of her upcoming shows. You will see firsthand an artist in motion. Her jewelry, and gifts are surprisingly affordable.

You can take my word for it; I wouldn’t put anyone on this blog unless I truly believed they had talent and that I was sincerely offering my readers a true find. I believe you will be impressed with Joy. But, you really have to scroll around her site and her shows to see ALL! (the website may not be updated nor include all her creations)
 Fun facts about her. Joy LOVES and cares for Hedgehogs! No kidding. She calls them her “quilly kids.” I met one recently and they are like no other creature I have beheld. Hedgehogs are simply irresistible. Joy even bathes them and wraps them in little blankets. Anyone who loves and tends to little creatures like this, and has the same birthday as mine, May 3….well, naturally I would bond with them. And, Joy exceeds everything…She is a superior human being and a kind, compassionate, generous, artist extraordinaire.
So glad to call her my friend and thrilled and delighted to present her to YOU, my loyal readers. Joy Raskin: JOY

For a wonderful summer treat go and visit Joy Raskin at the Craftsmen’s Fair at the Mt Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH this August 1-9th. 
MISS JOY RASKIN: Fine jewelry made from gold, silver, gemstones; unique flatware and serving pieces, and whimsical metal sculpture.

Most silver and gold is recycled, and many vintage components are used.  Made by hand in USA.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015


I have been utterly inspired with Twitter!
It's clear that The Richard Branson
believes a lot of the same things I do!
Think Big!
Go for the Dream...
He even quoted Steven Spielberg:
I don't dream at night.
I dream all day;
I dream for a living!
And, even though I am not yet paid for my dreaming, I know I will be.
I even used this quote in my book. Currently I am looking for an agent, so let's hope the book gets published soon. It's funny and uplifting.
Given all that I see and learn on Twitter, and of course, real life, there is now no excuse for me not to have my own mega success. Every bit of advice and proven success is there! And, I have found I have the mindset of some pretty lofty folks.
This validation is inspiring....
Star photo courtesy of:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


I'll Have What He's Having...

My friend, author Roland Merullo, has a new book coming out TODAY. It’s called Dinner with Buddha. This is a highly anticipated book, especially with the success of Breakfast with Buddha, and Lunch with Buddha! RM (as I like to call him) has other best-selling books like Revere in Those Days, A Little Love Story, American Savior and many more. He’s published twelve novels and four non-fiction.
Praise for Dinner with Buddha
We, like Otto, find our cynicism worn away by Rinpoche’s gentle instruction in the simple but terribly difficult art of letting go, living each moment to the fullest, seeing the sacred in the everyday . . . This brave, meditative author has carved a unique niche in American literature.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mr. Merullo's New England book tour will include the following:
* June 5th, 7 p.m. Friday, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

 * June 11th, 7 p.m. Thursday, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH

 * June 14th, 1 p.m. Sunday, Tatnuck Booksellers, Westborough, MA (note the afternoon time for this event)

 * June 15th, 7 p.m. Monday, Wilton Library, Wilton, CT
* June 18th, 7 p.m. Thursday, Market Block Books, Troy, NY
* July 20th, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wilmington Library, Wilmington, MA

* July 22nd - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rockport Library, Rockport, MA

 I highly recommend stopping by to see him and buying some of his works. He’s a terrific human being and wonderful writer.  I hope to see you there.

And, don’t forget to ask him to sign your copies for you, and any gift books you may purchase.

Summer is here it’s time to READ!