Currently Reading | A Commitment to Make Time

Currently Reading: Severed by VL Towler.

It’s billed as a mystery set in a Louisiana town. The first thing that pulled me into the story was the forensic anthropologist who happens to be a single black woman and how she relates to those in the world around her.

I felt a certain familiarity looking through Dr. Lula Logan’s eyes at her world and – the way she collides with the worlds of others.

Or at least, it feels as if that’s how I engage with others right before I retreat into my own “Life of Walter Mitty”.
I started this book some time ago, got busy and put it on the back-burner.

Then I thought,

make time to read.

Make a commitment to this book with a protagonist who looks like you.

Commit time to read like you used to do in your youth.

Reading like writing forces you to close out the world around you, enter a world of your own making or the world of someone’s making.

Reading/Writing a book is selfish undertaking.

One that we all owe to ourselves. ~ MH

Severed: A Novel

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Letting my oven do the traveling this weekend with this sweet treat via –


Napoleon invaded Russia and lost. Embarrassed and frustrated, he declared that it wasn’t the Russian generals who had defeated the hitherto victorious French army, but General Frost – the harsh Russian winter.


Some of the non-military, auxiliary French personnel decided not to risk frostbites or even death, and to remain in Russia. A barber is a barber, they figured, and a French chef is always a French chef, and a whiff of civilization will only benefit the Russian bear. The bear proved quite appreciative, and a French chef Marie-Antoine Carême got a coveted position at the emperor’s court – the Russian emperor’s, Tzar Alexander I The Blessed.


The Tzar ordered his new chef to create a dessert that would be definitively and recognizably not French. The chef encountered a problem: there was no flour left in the royal pantry.  “Don’t be silly, – advised his sous chef, also French, – make…

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Help Desk: 3 steps to decide if “Write what you know” is best

Maybe it’s the lure of the internet; or a desire to write novels or maybe it’s your vocation. No matter how you’ve found yourself in the world’s second oldest profession; how can you “write what you know” if you don’t know for whom you’re writing?

Source: Help Desk: 3 steps to decide if “Write what you know” is best