“Just Another Rape Poem”

Loving this spoken word by Brenna Twohy:

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Interview with Christopher Datta, Author of The Demon Stone

Today I’m excited to bring you an author interview from Chris Datta. His first novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta

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The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
“Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!”
-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood

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Interview with Chris Datta

Novel Publicity: What drew you to writing about spiritual forces, and could you explain how spiritual forces can be both real and supernatural?

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It’s World Mental Health Day

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“World Mental Health Day is promoted by the World Health Organization to help raise awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and what the world’s governments and health organizations are doing in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year’s theme is living with schizophrenia.” – PsychCentral

Crochet for Schizophrenia

I’ll have a post up today on Crochet Concupiscence about the ways in which one woman has used crochet as part of her total wellness plan in living with schizophrenia.

A Recent Setback

For my post here, I wanted to talk about depression instead, because that’s what I personally deal with. And I wanted to be open about a setback I had recently that was hugely frustrating and reminded me how difficult it can be to get adequate mental health care when you need it.

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Grandma’s Obituary

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My grandma passed away yesterday. I wanted to share her obituary:

Lucy S. Vercillo, 1925 – 2014

Lucy S. Vercillo died on October 6, 2014 in her home, exactly where she wanted to be.

Her faith never wavered and her spirit remained strong.

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Lucy was born December 2, 1925 in Huron, Ohio, one of twelve children of Antonio and Eufemia Larizza. After her graduation from Huron High School she attended nurse’s training at St. John’s in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to learning the profession of nursing she also met Joseph J. Vercillo, who she married on January 18, 1947. Lucy became a registered nurse, a wife, and a mother. The young family lived in Cleveland, Ohio on the near east side. When many families in the neighborhood began moving to the suburbs, Lucy, her husband and three children (at the time) moved a little farther, settling in Ashland, Ohio where she had lived ever since.

Lucy went to work as a nurse at Samaritan Hospital where she practiced her profession as a registered nurse for thirty five years. She was devoted to her patients and took the time to know every one of them. Over the years, it seems that she touched the lives of most families in Ashland through the care she provided to their loved ones. Although she had been retired for 28 years, many people remember her to this day as the person who took such good care of them or their family.

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, who died on February 20, 1980. She thought of him every day. She is survived by four children: Damian (Randi) Vercillo, Phyllis Maunus, Joseph (Miriam) Vercillo, Thomas (Mash) Vercillo; 8 grandchildren: Francesca, Emily, Kathryn, Tony, Diana, Saraan, Eufemia, and Dominic; and 5 great grandchildren: Aidan, Chloe, Isabella, Joseph, and Sophia. She is also survived by her sister, Teresa Johnson. In addition there are many others who thought of her as their mother and friend.

Lucy was an active member of St. Edward Church for over sixty years serving the Lord through many church activities. She was a member of nursing organizations and met regularly with her nurses group.

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Easy Canvas Print Order with Canvas Champ

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I was recently offered the opportunity to try out Canvas Champ, a service through which you can turn your own photos into canvas prints. I found the service easy to use and am liking the product I ended up with:

img 9105 Easy Canvas Print Order with Canvas ChampI got a 12″ x 8″ canvas print of this photo from my April birthday trip to Channel Islands. The order was simple to place. The order was processed quickly and I received the product via delivery within two weeks of placing the order.

Some of the things I liked:

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Save Big and Stock Up with Dollar Tree’s Anniversary Celebration

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you!

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Have you heard about the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration that’s happening right now? They are celebrating by offering tons of new Bonus Buys with up to 58% more FREE for each item … and everything is still just $1 each. These special anniversary products are the same products you already buy at Dollar Tree but in larger sizes so you can get more bang for your buck.

Dollar Tree Anniversary

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The Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration lasts from Sept. 28, 2014 through Oct. 11, 2014. Get in on it now to get all of the items that you need at home. There are terrific deals in five big categories.

Home Cleaning Supplies. For example, 40-oz. Bottles of L.A.’s Totally Awesome® Window Cleaner and 24-ct. Canisters of Good & Clean® Disinfectant Wipes are both part of this big anniversary sale.

Other Household Products. Super glue, multi-purpose baskets and glass vases are just a few examples in this category.

Health and Beauty Products. Soap, toothpaste, nail polish and other things to keep your body looking and feeling good are all part of the big sale.

School Lunch / Pantry Products. 4-oz. Boxes of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish®, 12-oz. Boxes of Loretta® Deluxe Shells & Cheese Dinners and 35-oz. Bottles of Vine Ripe® Ketchup are some favorites.

Other Sweet Treats. Peanuts, popcorn, Smarties. Some of the buys in this category will be good to stock up on for Halloween!

Dollar Tree is known for offering the items that you use most at the cost of just $1. During this celebration, you can get the same items, still for just $1, but you’ll get a much larger quantity of each item that you buy.

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This Lingering Life Nominated for 8 Theatre Awards

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This Lingering Life by Theatre of Yugen, a play I reviewed herehas been nominated in eight categories in the inaugural year of the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards, which are to be held Monday, November 10th here in San Francisco.

 Individual Artist Award Category

 This Lingering Life Nominated for 8 Theatre Awards

  • Chiori Miyagawa* for Outstanding World Premiere Play
  • Michael Gardiner for Outstanding Original Underscore
  • Hideta Kitazawa for Outstanding Creative Specialty

Tier III Production Category

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  • Jubilith Moore for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor
  • Lluis Valls for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor
  • Callie Floor for Outstanding Costume Design
  • Mikiko Uesugi for Outstanding Scenic Design
  • Allen Willner for Outstanding Lighting Design

Good luck wishes to everyone for their amazing creative efforts in putting together this piece.

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Describe San Francisco in One Word

How might a person describe this city of mine in one word. I was intrigued to see the responses in this video (via The Bold Italic):

I think if I were going to pick just one word to describe this city, it would be playful. There are so many opportunities to play here … to play with your own identity, to play with others in activities. More than anywhere else I’ve ever been, adults embrace the joy of play.

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