How Nutrition is Linked to Depression

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What does it look like? Depression can mean having a hard time getting out of bed, not wanting to talk, even to the people you love the most, feeling like it’s a chore to do things that used to be fun, having trouble concentrating or even remembering. It might sometimes mean having to pretend everything’s just fine.

The musician, Kid Cudi, recently shared that he has suffered from long-standing depression. Although we know success does not equate to feeling joy, some may wonder why someone like him would feel depressed. Unfortunately, depression can have many causes, including difficult life circumstances, medical changes or genetic predisposition. It can be a complicated process to understand, even for the person who is suffering.

I appreciate that Kid Cudi shared about his mental health, because at least for a little while, the media is accurately describing depression for what it is, not a shameful secret, not something that happens to someone else, and especially not a weakness of character, but an illness that may be affecting our colleagues, loved ones and even us. And we don’t have to pretend it isn’t.

There are ways sufferers may naturally manage symptoms or in some cases, even resolve them (under professional medical and psychological care), depending on the source, especially if they may be partly or fully due to nutritional imbalance.

  • One of the most common biological factors involved in depression is unbalanced blood sugar. Even if a person doesn’t have diabetes, fluctuation in blood sugar can affect mood negatively.
  • Chromium deficiency is another nutritional issue that can cause mood issues. It reduces insulin resistance so again, there’s the relationship between blood sugar and mood.
  • Food allergies are found to be related to depression. A food and mood log might help determine which foods are causing problems. To determine a pattern, it might be helpful to continue logging for a couple of months.
  • Omega-3 fats help build connections in the brain, so a deficiency can contribute to  negative mood.

Check out Food for the Brain to read more about natural options for depression. Speak with your primary care physician or psychiatrist, as well as a clinical therapist for appropriate care. An article in The Atlantic  gives some insight into Kid Cudi’s challenges with depression and his decision to receive treatment.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – PATTY JOHNSON 

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Patty Johnson enjoys writing about spirituality, culture, justice and other bizarre and beautiful intricacies of life. She is a health psychologist, which has inspired many reflections and narratives about mental illness. Patty is also currently working on a memoir about an Indian girl, her secret American boyfriend, her two very angry parents who eventually find out, and the unraveling of the whole hot mess. This  story has cultivated over years and has surely been one of Patty’s babies, minus the teenage drama. Speaking of teenage drama, Patty has two lovely daughters. Her husband is a patient guy and thankful the dogs are both boys.

For more info, visit Eat, Breathe, Think.

 

An Evening with Women Who Write In Pictures…

 

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A big BELATED thank you to the writers, to the attendees, and to our friends at

2112 Chicago. 

 

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For more info about the participating authors or to purchase their books:

 

Michelle Cox

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Author of A Girl Like You, a Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel. Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago’s northwest side. It’s 1935, but things still aren’t looking up since the big crash and her father’s subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall―and just when she’s beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead.

She is currently working on her second and third book in the series. This summer, she has been touring promoting her book. She is a She Write Press author.

 

Maria  Karamitsos

Maria-headshot_cropped-290x300Founder & Editor of the online publication Windy City Greek. After many years working as the associate editor for the Greek Star, Maria decided to launch her own online publication celebrating the Greek community.

She has contributed to three books Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes, and Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook  From 2002 until 2015,  she was a featured writer at GreekCircle magazine. Her work has also been published in The National Herald, USAGreekReporter.com, Harlots’ Sauce Radio (Bring the Marbles Home – Once and For All; You Did Not Just Say That!), KRHTH magazine, and NEO Magazine.

 

Ruth Kaufman

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Author of At His Command, England 1453: The king sends Sir Nicholas Gray to protect the recently widowed Lady Amice Winfield from undesirable suitors. Though Nicholas intrigues her, she yearns to run Castle Rising without a man’s control.

Ruth has published several award winning historical romance novels about Medieval England.

 

Emily Paster

headshot-jar-900x600 (1)Food Swap, part cookbook, part how to guide features more than 80 recipes for artisanal items that will be coveted at food swaps and adored as gifts.

Emily is  passionate about food and cooking she is the c0-Founder of the Chicago Food Swap and the founder of her blog West of Loop. She is currently working on her next book.

 

Iris Waichler 

Iris WaichlerAuthor of Role Reversal, Taking Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents offers invaluable information on a comprehensive variety of key topics, including estate planning, copings with grief/anger, building a support network, and ultimately finding the right level of care for your aging parent.

This is Iris’s second book. She is also a She Writes Press author.

 

 

 

Meditation: Even Better Than I Thought

Written by Diane Wilson

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Your coach is also a student.

This is the fifth week of a meditation teacher course, and I’m engrossed. It has become the major focus of all my free time and then some. Homework includes reading, posting, watching and making videos plus a little photography, which I love.

I wanted to take this meditation teacher training class because I teach my neurofeedback clients how to meditate and thought I could polish up my pedagogy. Second, after meditating for years, it was time to strengthen my own practice. It’s given me a lot, but I could benefit from making it an even bigger part of life. Finally, I wanted tools for sharing meditation in groups and helping my corporate clients.

Meditation is like a superpower and increases the potency of the primary tool I use in brain training: neurofeedback. I think of it like this: in sessions, the neurofeedback rewires the brain. Between sessions, meditation strengthens these changes and the brain’s readiness for change overall.

The class is online which is just a bit of an adjustment. It’s my first online class. The advantage is being able to take it from people in Northern California for whom meditating and teaching it is their life’s devotion. I met my teachers on a retreat this summer.

Fellow students are from all over the world – Dubai, Canada, Pakistan, Africa, The Philippines and a rich sprinkling of cities from coast to coast in the United States.

Each week is different, challenging and rewarding all at the same time.

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Last week we each had to find a research study on meditation used for a different condition. With 15 online classmates, I got to see many studies on meditation’s benefits including for anxiety, depression, alcoholism, slowing down the aging process and Olympic athletes.

These athletes, showed significant differences in pre-performance stress as measured by a saliva test. Yes, you could see the difference, in their physiology. Another student shared a study on cellular changes from meditation. Amazing!

This week I have practice teachings via the Internet with fellow students. To me, that’s the finest irony: practicing ancient wisdom with each other across the world made possible by 21st century technology.

I’ll keep you posted on my meditation learnings. Daily, we try various meditation approaches and tools. I feel calmer and more centered already. I’m excited though for what the teaching is bringing. In a world full of chaos, I know this will be a good thing.

Namaste,
Diane

P.S.
Do you meditate? Any success stories? Or did it not work for you? Feel free to leave me your comments here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Diane Wilson, LCPC, BCN, is a seasoned coach and psychotherapist with a background in career and executive coaching.

Diane is the author of “Back In Control: How to Stay Sane, Productive and Inspired in Your Career Transition,” finalist for the Nautilus Books Awards, which recognizes books that help the world become a better place.
http://www.grimardwilson.com

10 Ques w/ Rebecca Hall

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  1. Do you write every day?

I think it depends on the definition of writing.  I definitely don’t put pen to paper daily for my next novel (but feel I should do!), but I do craft blog posts and am active on social media as it’s essential to engage with my followers.  I consider that all a form of writing.  And I’m always jotting ideas down too, waiting for the time when they’ll flow more coherently!

  1. Do you write with or without music?

It depends.  I quite like peace and quiet, especially when I’m on a roll.  But if I’ve the radio on quietly in the background (usually to keep the cats company) and one of my favourite songs comes on, I get distracted enough to either sing to it, maybe even dance!  But hey, we all need to take a break and get some exercise once in a while, so it’s probably a good think.

 

  1. Word that you overuse?

I’m trying to avoid using adverbs in my novel writing.  It’s a sign of laziness (so my editor tells me in big red pen marks) and really, there’s no need to say ‘He banged angrily on the door’.  I’m trying hard, and smiling happily whist doing so (oops!)

 

  1. Any writing rituals? Prayers?

I was one of these people that was never comfortable with a 9-5 routine or routine in general, although now I’ve decided to write full time, it’s weird just how much I miss the routine of having to get up and out of the house by a certain time every morning!
I’m pretty new to the full time self-employed writing game, and actually, am finding lack of structure in my day quite disconcerting and this is something I’m struggling with – so any advice is welcomed to a newbie like me!  Prayers? Well, I pray that I find a writing routine that works for me.  Maybe that involves going to the local library to change my environment, or setting myself deadlines.  Like I say, any help is appreciated!

 

  1. What are you reading right now? Watching on TV?

I am a prolific reader and love reading psychological thrillers.  I’ve just discovered a new British author called C.L.Tayor who’s written some great psychological thrillers…really keeps you up at night.  Jonathan Coe – another British author who tends to write political satires, which are frighteningly accurate – is another favourite.  And ever since my friend introduced me to the “Hunger Games” trilogy, I have become hooked on dystopian Y.A. fiction.  I think it’s particularly pertinent in this period of time we’re living in.

TV?  I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV – but when I do, it’s to indulge myself usually in U.S. television series such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal – the latter I find very clever and well scripted.  I would love to one-day sit in a room with these scriptwriters.

Netflix series such as Stranger Things and House of Cards has really wowed me, as has HBO’s Homeland.  Once again, put me in a room with the scriptwriters please!

 

  1. Book that you would read over and over again.

I try not to read books over and over – although I have to confess: I do love coming back and reading A.A.Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.  I find reading them as an adult, you gain a completely different perspective and see the adult messages in the thought processes of the woodland animals. Pooh really was very Zen, and I do think we can learn a lot from him.  Everyone needs to re-read Pooh as an adult…the world would be a better place.

 

  1. Biggest challenge you face as a woman who writes.

I don’t like to emphasize too many gender differences, in writing or in general as I feel it’s almost positive discrimination.  I assume men also experience the difficulties I face when writing too; guilt that you come up against a brick wall and are letting your fans down, fear that your next book won’t ever get written…or maybe men are less inclined to suffer guilt.  Who knows? Do correct me if I’m wrong.

 

  1. If you weren’t a writer, you’d be …

I trained as a TEFL teacher and still dabble in it because I don’t want to completely remove my contact with other people.  Writing can be a lonely process, and teaching in a classroom is the exact opposite!  So it’s nice to balance the two.

 

  1. What inspires you?

I’m lucky enough to divide my time between the UK and Greece, plus I love travelling to other countries and experiencing different cultures, so travel for one thing definitely inspires me.  My family live in the countryside in the UK, so I love green rolling hills and valleys, that’s always a source of inspiration, and I equally love being by the sea on a Greek island.  Oh, and my cats.  I have two rescue cats and sometimes, just taking time out to watch them play and interact is inspiration enough.

 

  1. After reading Girl Gone Greek, you hope that the readers will…

I’d written Girl Gone Greek as a novel based loosely on my experiences teaching English in Greece in a remote village.  I really hope readers will be inspired to come and visit this beautiful country and see beyond the negative headlines about the financial crisis, see the country for her people, for their beauty (not just the aesthetic beauty, although of course Greece is stunning in that aspect too).  I hope readers will, on some level, question what they see in the media; reports that Greeks are lazy, not willing to work, etc.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – REBECCA HALL

After extensive global travels, Rebecca left the UK to return to the country she fell in love with–Greece, where she teaches English, writes and wryly observes that the chaotic nature of her adopted country actually suits her personality very well.

She travels for and is a Rough Guide co-author (Greece and Portugal) and has contributed to numerous publications including Let’s Go for RyanAir, the Daily Telegraph Travel Section and her container ship voyage from Athens to Hong Kong caught the eye of NPR National Radio in the United States, where she was interviewed twice.  She’s also a Huffington Post contributor.

When not writing, you’ll usually find her drinking coffee with her friends, or sourcing a new place to eat baklava.
Rebecca now divides her time between her beloved Greece and her home country of the UK, which she’s grown to view with new eyes and new appreciation due to her travels.

Find her online @

www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com

FB: www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaAHall

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BeyondBex

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/BeyondBex

Instagram: www.instagram.com/BeyondBex

Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-hall

 

 

 

Are You Satisfied?

img_0090In January, I went back to work, after almost three years writing and producing. I went back to the day job. As grateful as I was for the steady employment, it was a tart pill to swallow. Even with two produced films under my belt and a completed novel, I still didn’t have the goods to make it as a professional writer. For me, success was another produced movie and a book deal.

As it turns out, going back to work was the best thing that ever happened to me. The gainful employment allowed me to do something that I hadn’t been able to do in ages: not think,  not obsess over THE WRITING.

Yes, going back to work was like eating an enormous piece of humble pie.

The play I worked on for over a year never saw a stage light. The book I slaved over, never heard one “Yes.” The movie I worked on for, lets not count the years, never heard “action.”

It was time to call it. It was time to put on my pantyhose and dust off the resume.

To my surprise, ten resumes yielded three job interviews, and two job offers. It was nice to be wanted again. But still, that little voice in my head still doubted. The little voice in my head kept taunting me with …

But I’m not a quitter.

But I’m so close.

But I just need to hang on for one more … FILL IN THE BLANK.

img_6045So, I went back to work. I bought a new dishwasher. We went to Disney. I finally got my Mouse Ears. I hugged Chewbacca and cried like a baby in his arms. I bought a new printer. I hired an editor to assist me with my novel. I hired a trainer to pound my butt back into shape. I went to the way too expensive sushi place for dinner that I always wanted to try. I was building a life that I had put on hold for so many years all in the name of THE WRITING.

And what surprised me the most, in the midst of working and living, I found my way back home to THE WRITING. With the guidance of my amazing editor Annie, I finished my novel. I re-worked my query letter and synopsis.  I went to writing conferences. I networked. I pitched my novel. I had two agents request the full manuscript. And moreover, it’s now a story that I believe in. That I can stand behind.

On the movie front, we (my writing partner who I also happen to be married to) entered the 2017delilah-bc-3_page_1 Sundance International Writer’s Lab, and are finalists. We spent many months re-tooling the story and it is now this little gem of a story that I am so proud to say that I had a hand in.
In the end, I became a happier person, and a better writer. Right now, as I write this, I no longer have a definitive definition of success.

Growing up, my YiaYia, after I would tell her of my latest job, adventure, trip, boyfriend, would always ask me one question, “Are you satisfied?”

Not are you happy, but are you satisfied.

She spoke in a Greeklish. I never for the life of me understood what she was asking exactly. I’d always nod my head and say, “Yes, of course.” Thinking duh …  I just got the ONE THING that I wanted!!! Of course I’m happy!!! How could I not be happy? Right?

But the one thing age has taught me is that there is a big difference between happiness and satisfaction.

Happiness is fleeting. Satisfaction is sustaining.

So yes, YiaYia I am satisfied.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Founder of Women Who Write

By day, I am a PR pro. By night, I am a screenwriter, producer and founder of Corn Bred Films. In addition to working on my novel Delilah: Recovered, I am working on my third film project Oriole Park. I am a finalist for the 2017 Sundance International Writer’s Lab. Oriole Park is in pre-production, and won “Best Pitch” at the  2015 Chicago International Film Festival. My other film project, Other Plans is a romantic comedy that I co-wrote was released on video on demand last summer. And the documentary, that I produced, directed and wrote, Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha & Potter Palmer aired on PBS and was selected for the 2014 Women’s International Film Festival.

 

 

An Evening With Women Who Write

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Several years ago, I read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The book changed my life. No hyperbole: it changed my life. The way I look at myself as a writer. The way I approach my work.

Pressfield has built an online community of writers, at  http://www.stevenpressfield.com/, around his bi-weekly blog posts. I found myself enjoying the camaraderie around those posts, especially the comments.

I though to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to have a group of writers that I could communicate with everyday?

One day, I realized that I had a community of writers. I realized that I knew several women who were writers.

Then I had my “A- HA” moment!

I started a Facebook Group called Women Who Write. It is a place were we post good news, inspirational quotes, questions, links to published work, and more.

For about a year, it was humming along.

I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to have a spot to publish our work?

Then I launched Women. Who. Write. It is an outlet for essays, poetry, short stories, and blog posts.

In the last year, the group has had FIVE authors publish work.

FIVE!!!!!

We needed to celebrate their work.

We needed to talk to them and hear first hand about their experiences.

We needed An Evening With Women Who Write.

It is a diverse group of writers who write everything from cookbooks to historical romance. We are so very honored to have these talented women lend their time and talents to this event.

Here’s the line- up:

Michelle Cox

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Author of A Girl Like You, a Henrietta and Inspector Howard novel. Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago’s northwest side. It’s 1935, but things still aren’t looking up since the big crash and her father’s subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall―and just when she’s beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead.

She is currently working on her second and third book in the series. This summer, she has been touring promoting her book. She is a She Write Press author.

WWW will ask her about her experience working with a hybrid publisher and how she launched her on-line platform. 

Maria  Karamitsos

Maria-headshot_cropped-290x300Founder & Editor of the online publication Windy City Greek. After many years working as the associate editor for the Greek Star, Maria decided to launch her own online publication celebrating the Greek community.

She has contributed to three books Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes, and Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook  From 2002 until 2015,  she was a featured writer at GreekCircle magazine. Her work has also been published in The National Herald, USAGreekReporter.com, Harlots’ Sauce Radio (Bring the Marbles Home – Once and For All; You Did Not Just Say That!), KRHTH magazine, and NEO Magazine.

WWW is looking forward to hearing about how she launched an on-line publication in just a few months. And also find out …what’s next for the publication. 

 

Ruth Kaufman

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Author of At His Command, England 1453: The king sends Sir Nicholas Gray to protect the recently widowed Lady Amice Winfield from undesirable suitors. Though Nicholas intrigues her, she yearns to run Castle Rising without a man’s control.

Ruth has published several award winning historical romance novels about Medieval England.

WWW will explore the world of self-publishing with Ruth, and how she landed rave reviews from the NYT, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Emily Paster

headshot-jar-900x600 (1)Food Swap, part cookbook, part how to guide features more than 80 recipes for artisanal items that will be coveted at food swaps and adored as gifts.

Emily is  passionate about food and cooking she is the c0-Founder of the Chicago Food Swap and the founder of her blog West of Loop. She is currently working on her next book.

WWW is excited to hear about how she started her online platform

and landed an agent. 

Iris Waichler 

Iris WaichlerAuthor of Role Reversal, Taking Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents offers invaluable information on a comprehensive variety of key topics, including estate planning, copings with grief/anger, building a support network, and ultimately finding the right level of care for your aging parent.

This is Iris’s second book. She is also a She Writes Press author.

WWW will find out about her experience writing and publishing her second book.

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Women Who Write invites you to join us on September 8 from 6 to 8 PM at 2112, Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of business and entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative technology,  located at 4245 N. Knox Avenue.

6 – 7 PM – Join us for a reception with the authors. Refreshments will be provided.

7 to 8 PM – A moderated discussion, followed by a Q&A.

The event is free. RSVP’s are encouraged at the  Evening With Women Who Write FB Event Page.

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Amelia Estelle Dellos, Founder of Women Who Write

I am a screenwriter, producer and founder of Corn Bred Films. In addition to working on my novel Delilah: Recovered, I am working on my third film project Oriole Park. The film is in pre-production, and won “Best Pitch” at the Chicago International Film Festival. My other film project, Other Plans is a romantic comedy that I co-wrote was released on video on demand last summer. And the documentary, that I produced, directed and wrote, Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha & Potter Palmer aired on PBS and was selected for the 2014 Women’s International Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Q’s With Iris Waichler

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Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW
Patient Advocate/Author

Role Reversal, Taking Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents – Available Now on Amazon.

Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire – Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner for Best Book of the Year. Winner of the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award for best book of the year. Winner of the finalist award for Foreword Magazine 2007 non-fiction Book of the Year.

1. Do you write every day?

I either write, send tweets, or Facebook posts daily.

2. Do you write with or without music?

I cannot write with music or any noise. I find it to distracting. I have to have total quiet unlike my teenage daughter.

3. Word that you overuse?

I noticed that I say really quite a bit. I am not sure why.

4. Any writing rituals? Prayers?

My favorite way to write is to sit on my bed propped up by pillows with my dog next to me so I can pet her to stay relaxed. She doesn’t mind it either.

5. What are you reading right now? Watching on TV?

I am in a book club so we have read some great books. I just finished reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.It is a book about slavery that was really fascinating. It is based on some real life people whom I had never known about.

My favorite T.V. Shows are The Good Wife and The Americans. I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan and can’t wait for that to come back on Netflix.

6. Book that you read over and over again.

When I was at Book Expo of America I heard Louise Penny speak. Her speech was powerful and moving and her personal story captivated me. I had never heard of her. I now realize her books are hugely successful. She writes an ongoing series about a detective named, Armand Gamache, who is based on her husband. I am enjoying her book that I got there. I plan on reading them all. I love her writing.

My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. I have reread that. It seems particularly relevant right now.

7. Biggest challenge you face as a woman who writes.

Making the time to write in between taking care of my family and my dog.
8. If you weren’t a writer, you’d be …

A film critic. I love movies.

9. What inspires you?

People whose words influence and inspire others inspire me. Great writing and oration are so difficult to do. When you find someone that can do it, you can’t help but be inspired.

10. After reading your book (s), you hope that the readers will…

My book is a non-fiction book. It is a memoir on my father’s life. It is also a book to help people cope with the challenges of taking care of their aging parents. It is the ultimate role reversal. If my book gives them information or resources that makes that role more manageable I will be thrilled. I also wanted people to know about my father. I think he was an extraordinary, funny, loving man and a patriot. I hope that comes through in my book as well.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

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This book was conceived as I watched my loving and lovable father, Melvin Edward Sneider, advance in age. I began to assume a larger role in his life helping him when he asked and later even when he didn’t. He needed the help even though he didn’t always know it. This was true especially near the end of his life.
As I began sharing my idea about this book, I met so many people who began telling stories of becoming caregivers for their loved ones. I heard their stories of the good and bad and all that role entails. At times a day didn’t go by when I didn’t have someone share their care giving story.
I decided to blend my personal experience caring for my beloved father with my forty years of expertise as a clinical social worker and patient advocate. Role Reversal Taking Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents offers invaluable information on a comprehensive variety of key topics, including estate planning, copings with grief/anger, building a support network, and ultimately finding the right level of care for your aging parent.

For more information, visit http://iriswaichler.com/.

<<MEET THE AUTHOR ON SEPT. 8>>

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Join us as we celebrate the publishing accomplishments of Michelle Cox, Maria  Karamitsos, Iris Waichler, Emily Paster,  and Ruth Kaufman. Evening will include refreshments, meet and greet with the authors, and panel discussion.

TO RSVP visit our Facebook Event Page:  An Evening With Women Who Write. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Q’s with Amelia Dellos

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Founder of Women Who Write. She will moderate the panel at An Evening With Women Who Write on Sept. 8th.

 

  1. Do you write every day?

Yes. I work in PR so I am pretty much “writing” every day.  When I am actively working on a script or editing my novel, the laptop is always open and I write every moment I can.

 

I feel better when I am working on a creative writing project. I get anxious and a bit nutty when I am not writing writing. Like there is something missing from my life, I just feel off mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

 

2. Do you write with or without music?

I can’t write to music with lyrics. My brain keeps jumping to the words and I can’t concentrate. I keep hearing the lyrics. Sometimes I play light classical or soundscapes. Otherwise is it just quiet.

 

That being said, music really inspires and informs my work. I do make soundtracks for my various writing projects that I listen to while working out. I find that certain songs inspire me and help with the creative process capturing the mood or feeling of a piece that I am working on.

 

 3.  What word do you overuse?

Apparently.

At the end of the day.

F&%CK.

Seriously?

Really?

 

4. Do you have any writing rituals or prayers?

 I write at home.  I can’t write in a café or coffee house because I find myself listening in on people’s conversations. I just can’t help myself. I am a chronic eavesdropper. I get lost in listening in or people watching. I find myself mentally writing backstories for the people around me.

 

When I sit down to write, I usually just jump in. Like jumping into an ice cold pool, I take a running leap, close my eyes and just hit the water.

 

Or I might meditate for 10 minutes. I have an app on my iPad called the insight timer. I use it to calm my mind and thoughts if I find that I am having trouble settling in.  I also have an essential oil diffuser, I will fill it up and turn it on the scents help me focus.

 

I pray at night. I try to always give thanks at the end of the day.

 

5. What are you reading right now? Watching on TV?

I have too many books going right now. That is not normal for me, I am normally a more disciplined reader. I am editing my novel right now and I am having trouble sitting down to read for pleasure.

Much of what I read these days is research for my novel. I am reading Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman, Joan of Arc by Kathyn Harrison,  The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg, Don’t Look Now short stories by Daphne Du Maurier and Maestra by L.S. Hilton.

I am obsessed with the show Peaky Blinders because of the writer and creator Stephen Knight.  I just finished Penny Dreadful and was disappointed with the series ending. I love Game of Thrones. #JonSnowLives, sorry if that was a spoiler for you. This summer, I found myself drawn into Animal Kingdom.

 

6. What is a book that you read over and over again?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I feel as though I am a better human being for reading both of those books.

 

7. What is the biggest challenge you face as a woman who writes?

Time.

Time.

Time.

Followed by guilt, taking time away from my family  to get lost in another world, at times it feels selfish and self-indulgent.

 

8. If I weren’t a writer, I would be…

I spent a good part of my adult life fighting this urge to be a writer. I think I am stuck doing this. I feel too far down the road to turn back now.

 

9. What inspires you?

 

Nature. Even though, I am a city girl to the core, being in nature really inspires me. Mother Nature’s creation, it just puts everything else into perspective.

 

Art, music, theater, film, books– it all inspires me. I am also really inspired by live performances whether it’s a play or a concert. I need to see people expressing themselves through their art.

 

10. After reading Delilah: Recovered, what do you hope readers take away?

 

I want readers to be satisfied and thoroughly entertained. I want them to want to read the rest of the books in the series. I hope that they enjoy the world that I had so much fun creating.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Delilah: Recovered (supernatural romance): a brutal attack causes Dee Dee Smythe to recover memories of her past life as a powerful witch and puts her in danger from evil forces that have been circling her for centuries.

I am a screenwriter, producer and founder of Corn Bred Films. In addition to working on my novel Delilah: Recovered, I am working on my third film project Oriole Park. The film is in pre-production, and won “Best Pitch” at the Chicago International Film Festival. My other film project, Other Plans is a romantic comedy that I co-wrote was released on video on demand last summer. And the documentary, that I produced, directed and wrote, Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha & Potter Palmer aired on PBS and was selected for the 2014 Women’s International Film Festival.

Delilah Recovered is part one of a trilogy exploring the heroine’s journey.

Find Delilah on

FB:  DelilahD’Arc

Twitter: @DelilahD’Arc

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Join us as we celebrate the publishing accomplishments of Michelle Cox, Maria  Karamitsos, Iris Waichler, Emily Paster,  and Ruth Kaufman. Evening will include refreshments, meet and greet with the authors, and panel discussion.

TO RSVP visit our Facebook Event Page:  An Evening With Women Who Write. 

 

10 Q’s with Ruth Kufman

1. Do you write every day?

It depends on where I am in the publishing process. If a new book or boxed set is about to come out, I might spend my writing time on promotion/marketing, blogging, etc. Since I self-publish, I’m not under contract, so I don’t have an editor assigning deadlines. I keep hearing that content is king, and want to keep those new releases coming.  I also have several already completed manuscripts, and getting those ready for publication takes time. I was invited to contribute to a Kindle World and have a novella releasing in September, so soon I will be writing every day to finish it.

2. Do you write with or without music?

That depends, too! Some days I like quiet, other days there’s construction in my neighborhood so I blast my medieval Pandora station. Sometimes music helps me get in the mood and focus. And sometimes I write I coffee shops so I have to endure or enjoy whatever they’re playing.

3. Word that you overuse?

very

4. Any writing rituals? Prayers?

No. I just start where I left off or with an idea.

5. What are you reading right now?

I have a bunch of books on my Kindle app and jump back and forth more than I did when reading print books.

Watching on TV?

I love TV. America’s Got Talent, The Bachelorette, The Last Ship, Shark Tank, Peaky Blinders and more.

6. Book that you read and over again.

There are many books on my keeper shelf, but I also have so many new ones I don’t reread often. I generally read historical romance novels and historical fiction.

7. Biggest challenge you face as a woman who writes.

Getting readers to understand that ebooks have value. There are so many ways to get discounted or free books that I think many readers would rather wait for a promotion than pay even $2.99 for an ebook, especially from a newer author. I’ve participated in boxed sets to help readers discover my books…but that means readers can get 4 (or more) novels for just .99. Readers in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s Netflix-like subscription service, can get many books for a small monthly fee. The author only gets paid a minimal amount per page read…not when readers download the book.

8. If you weren’t a writer, you’d be …

what I also am, which is a voiceover and on-camera talent. I do commercials, e-learning, films, web series and more. Info is at ruthtalks.com.

9. What inspires you?

Creativity and opportunities to be creative. I love imagination and coming up with ideas.

10. After reading  one of your novels, you hope that the readers will…

be motivated to buy it, then love it and tell others while they’re buying the next one.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – RUTH KAUFMAN

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Ruth Kaufman is an Amazon bestselling author, on-camera and voice-over talent, freelance editor and speaker with years of corporate America contract negotiation, marketing and training experience. Her motto: someday is now.

At His Command Follow Your Heart and The Bride Tournament are standalone books in her Wars of the Roses Brides series. Writing accolades include Romance Writers of America’s® 2011 Inspirational Golden Heart®winner and runner up in RT BOOK REVIEWS‘ national American Title II contest.

Ruth presents workshops on topics including self-publishing, persistence, public speaking and sales skills for the author. She served on RWA’s national board of directors and was president of Chicago-North RWA.

She earned B.A.s in Economics and Communications at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her J.D. and M.S. in TV/Radio from Syracuse University’s College of Law and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Credits include roles in independent films, short films, web series and local and national TV commercials, and dozens of voice-over projects from long e-learning courses to complex medical narration. She completed multi-level improvisation programs at ComedySportz, iO, and Second City. Visit www.ruthtalks.com for demos and sample projects.

For more info please visit her website:

www.ruthkaufman.com

<<MEET THE AUTHOR ON SEPT. 8>>

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Join us as we celebrate the publishing accomplishments of Michelle Cox, Maria  Karamitsos, Iris Waichler, Emily Paster,  and Ruth Kaufman. Evening will include refreshments, meet and greet with the authors, and panel discussion.

10 Q’s With Emily Paster

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  1. Do you write every day?

Not necessarily. I spend a lot of time researching and also developing recipes, which requires me to be in the kitchen. To really write a long piece of text, such as an introduction to a cookbook, as opposed to a recipe headnote which is only a few hundred words, I need big blocks of time and I have to carve those out.

  1. Do you write with or without music?

I cannot write anything when there is music with lyrics on. Sometimes I write with instrumental music, but only if I am at a coffee shop or library and trying to drown out ambient noise. I spend a lot of my time cooking when developing recipes and then I listen to music and a lot of podcasts.

  1. Word that you overuse?

Delicious. Fresh. Healthy.

  1. Any writing rituals? Prayers?

I do like to get out of the house and write at the library whenever I can. I don’t find writing difficult once I have started a section. But beginning a new section is always difficult. I spend a lot of time gearing up.

  1. What are you reading right now? Watching on TV?

I just read Elizabeth Strout’s latest novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, which was very subtle and had a lot of changes in tone that I found problematic. I am in the middle of Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, who wrote Little Bee, which is about London during the Blitz. I will read anything about WWII, especially in England. I also enjoyed The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. I will also read anything about WWI in England.

TV is great right now because “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” are both on. I also want to watch the new documentary about O.J. Simpson because the director is a high school classmate of mine. My Netflix binge is “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” I actually like the show better than the books it is based on.

  1. Book that you read over and over again.

I find it hard to reread really serious fiction, as much as I love it. Margaret Atwood is my favorite writer and I can read her earlier novels over and over like Lady Oracle because they are so funny. Her newer dystopian stuff is amazing but I don’t want to reread. I also love Laurie Colwyn and can read her novels and her nonfiction writing about food over and over and indeed, we have to because she died so young.

  1. Biggest challenge you face as a woman who writes.

Juggling parental and household responsibilities with my need to have large blocks of time in which to write. Being protective of my writing time when people want to schedule phone calls, meetings or lunch. I have had to learn to say no. When you work from home and for yourself, people don’t think you really work and can just meet them whenever. My mother calls me during the day, which is my precious work time. My husband tells me not to pick up, but I never can do it.

  1. If you weren’t a writer, you’d be …

A teacher of some kind. I view my writing as a form of teaching.

  1. What inspires you?

Travel. Eating in restaurants. The farmers market. Other cooks.

  1. After reading one of your cookbooks, you hope that the readers will…

Make my recipes! It’s an amazing feeling when someone tells you they made a recipe you developed and they loved it.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR EMILY PASTER

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Part cookbook, part how-to guide, Food Swap features more than 80 recipes for artisanal items that will be coveted at food swaps and adored as gifts, including everything from salted caramel sauce and Meyer lemon curd to green tomato salsa, lavender shortbread, cultured butter, apricot jalapeño jelly, and rum vanilla extract. You’ll also find creative ways to irresistibly package your items, plus perforated gift tags ready for personalization. Finally, author Emily Paster — co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap, one of the biggest in the world — offers guidance on setting up a food swap in your own community, as well as inspiring stories from people who are part of this growing movement.

Is available now on Amazon.com!

I am Emily Paster, an East Coast native now living outside of Chicago – due west of the Loop. I spent years putting together a resume designed to lead to a big legal career… and then I had a family.  After having my second child, I spent several years staying at home and indulging in my love of cooking and DIY kitchen projects. Now, that’s my career!

West of the Loop is a blog about the joy of feeding friends and family.  I love to cook and entertain and I want everyone to feel as at home in the kitchen as I do. I love to explore new foods and ingredients, especially from my local farmers’ markets, and share what I learn. I seek novelty in the kitchen and am always trying to master a new technique or tackle some DIY kitchen project, from bread-baking to home food preservation. You will read all about my culinary adventures here.

 

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<<MEET THE AUTHOR ON SEPT. 8>>

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Join us as we celebrate the publishing accomplishments of Michelle Cox, Maria  Karamitsos, Iris Waichler, Emily Paster,  and Ruth Kaufman. Evening will include refreshments, meet and greet with the authors, and panel discussion.