Sunday, November 13, 2011

What I use to look like in my teens and twenties.

I was going through old photos, and was taken back by this collage of me in my mid-teens and twenties. Oh -what memories and stories some of them do tell!
It's funny looking back at old photos. I'm now fifty seven. While taking a good look at my aging process, and these so called more mellow years that I have now reached, I often wonder who she is- or was. I'm not going to go deep into it today, but I thought I would share!  The one thing that hasn't changed since those days for me- is my weight. I'm still a petite little thing!

Some people ask me, what the best years were. I often thought my vibrant teens and twenties, where seemingly one hasn't a care in the world. Do I have any regrets? Gee, that's a tough question- really! Growing up is no easy pie. Although it was innocent and so very frightening at times, I'm amazed how bold my behaviour was in my teens. And yet, on the other hand, I was so introverted and shy. And that part no one seems to believe. Well, I most certainly did it my way. But, I have to say, I would have done things differently. Many of you- I know, wouldn't change a thing. Wisdom tells me, not to have regrets. So, I try to change my perspective, and turn it around- in order to think every age should be viewed as a blessing. This I can only say now, as I realize how time is so very fleeting.

Do you have old pictures of yourself that you can hardly relate with anymore? What was it that surfaced for you from various passages of your own life? Or how much of it did you manage to write into short stories or books?

I hope to catch up on some reading. Later, I hope to take a walk to the beach. It's such a fine day
 here in Florida. Low 80's is heaven! It will be this way- all week!

What-ever you're doing, try to enjoy some small moments in the Now! Even if it's just cooking or cleaning. After-all, that's all we have!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spiced Coffee Break and Great Sightings.

It's the last day to get Jessica Bell's soundtrack "Melody Hill: On the other side."  for free with a purchase of  her book String Bridge. Please be sure to email her your receipt: jessica.carmen.bell(at)

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Product Description:
Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage--and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits...

"Jessica Bell's STRING BRIDGE strummed the fret of my veins, thrummed my blood into a mad rush, played me taut until the final page, yet with echoes still reverberating. A rhythmic debut with metrical tones of heavied dark, fleeting prisms of light, and finally, a burst of joy--just as with any good song, my hopeful heartbeat kept tempo with Bell's narrative." ~Kathryn Magendie, author of Sweetie, Tender Graces and Secret Graces, Publishing Editor of Rose & Thorn Journal

"Poet and musician Jessica Bell's debut novel String Bridge is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the difficult balancing act of the modern woman. The writing is lyrical throughout, seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that allows the reader to identify with Melody's growing insecurity as her world begins to unravel ... String Bridge is a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a hint of magic." ~Magdalena Ball, author of Repulsion Thrust and Sleep Before Evening

"Author, Jessica Bell paints a claustrophobic vision of life where domesticity becomes a ever-diminishing prison cell. With gripping prose and terse dialogue, 'String Bridge' is a powerful debut novel from a very talented writer." ~Talli Roland, bestselling author of The Hating Game and Watching Willow Watts

About the Author

Jessica Bell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the '80s and early '90s. She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for HarperCollins, Hellenic American Union, Cengage Learning, Pearson Education, Education First, Signature Manuscripts. Jessica Bell has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chains. A full list of poems and short stories published in various anthologies and literary magazines can be found on her website. Additionally, she has written various English textbook materials and is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Ms. Bell's experience as an Australian living in Greece has greatly influenced her writing.

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Have a great weekend