Everyone remembers their first scary movie. Mine was Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. I hadn’t heard of a vampire, and I don’t think I understood what one was after viewing the movie. Although I didn’t quite understand or remember the movie’s entire contents, I didn’t sleep that night, fearing that ghostly children would be scratching at … Continue reading What Makes a Good Scary Movie for a First Grader?
A friend suggested I read The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. It was probably the best self-help book suggestions I’ve been given. The Gift of Fear tells us that what most of us consider as fear is actually anxiety, because real fear is a survival signal that causes us to react in a … Continue reading The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker – Every Woman Needs to Read This!
I was having a hormonal moment this morning. Remembering that I had chocolate cake in the freezer, I thought about how great it would taste with a cup of coffee. It’s been forever since I’ve eaten an unhealthy breakfast, but today I needed that comfort food. Smiling from ear to ear, I open the freezer, … Continue reading Wishful Thinking – Coffee and Chocolate for Breakfast
A few years ago I was sent to an ENT (ear, nose, throat doctor) for allergies and was considering getting my tonsils out. However, I also had a lifetime of trouble breathing out of my nose. My first appointment was with a doctor I refused to see again because he was such an ass. He … Continue reading Turbinate Coblation Option for Allergy Sufferers
This was my rejected entry for my very first NPR writing contest. The story had to be under 600 words and contain the 4 words: "plant," "button," "trick," "fly." It's been two years since I read this, and looking back, I know it could use some work. Cooking Up Fiction by Susanna Hartigan ©2010 Caterina … Continue reading NPR’s 3-Minute Fiction Writing Contest — Cooking up Fiction by Susanna Hartigan
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite authors. The Alchemist was the first book I read by the author, and I enjoyed a few others as well. I had ordered his newest book, Aleph, in August, so I was thrilled when it finally arrived at my doorstep. Like Coelho’s other books, Aleph is a spiritual … Continue reading Book Review: Aleph by Paulo Coelho
Each morning with my cup of coffee, I generally read the local news. But not for long. I scan it for anything that may pique my interest, which usually isn't much. For example, today's local news involves: a man that punched a woman in the face at a bar, an ATM scanning scam, a hit-and-run … Continue reading Why I Love NPR More Than My Local News