• Writer's Desk

    Two Bloggers Everybody Should Know About

    You may think I am overstating the title or doing a click-bait. No. I am serious about these two. In fact, you may have heard of them. No restraint on their words. One writes with uncanny wit and the other with unapologetic sharpness. I’m talking about José Saramago and Ursula K. Le Guin.   Both writers turn bloggers at the end of their lives, shared their talents with the world for free. Inspiring people all around the world and bringing notoriety to the blogosphere. So, who are these two wonderful writers?   José Saramago He started blogging on September 17, 2008, naming his blog “El Cuaderno” (The Notebook) because soon after he…

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    Edel's Corner

    Type 1 Playlist: 80’s Edition

    Type 1 Diabetes is hard to live with, but looking at the bright side of things is always a great way to overcome struggles and using music is a must to my belief. If you are not familiar with Type 1 Diabetes, you can read info about it here, here, and here. I live with this disease since almost 4 years ago, my Diaversary is February 2nd, that means the day I was diagnosed. Since that day, life has never been the same. Trite to say, I know, but also true. It has taken a toll on everything and on everyone in my life. My family worries about me every day, even…

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    Reader's Nook

    Reading and a Quartet of Books

    Have you ever begin to read a book and you don’t feel the connection? Reading is more than a connection and books are more than medium. Our first instinct is to blame the book or the author: “Not a good book,” “I didn’t like it,”  “The author is bland,” whatever your expression we start ramming against the ones without a voice or representation at that moment. I have felt that way, and I bet you have too. That feeling does not come from the book we are reading or because of the author; it is because of us. Yes, because the way we are feeling at that moment. Sometimes, our feelings get…

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    Writer's Desk

    My Word of the Year 2019

    The Word of the Year is a big deal, not because it is a trend nowadays, but because it represents you. The way you want to live this year will be a reflection of that word.  Last year I chose the word Challenge, and oh boy do I challenged myself and the universe play along with me and challenged me as well. At some point, I wished I didn’t choose that word, but the truth is I am glad I did. 2018 was a challenge from beginning to end, and without the right mentality, I would not have survived it. When you are in a challenge you have to be strong,…

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    Writer's Desk

    A Story About Goals

    New Year, New Goals. That’s how it goes, right? So, let’s talk about goals. First, if you are looking for a post about how to set goals, I am sorry this is not it. I can recommend you this post by my friend Linda from Witte’s World, she will show you how to set your S.M.A.R.T. Goals. Now that we have that out of the way, if you are looking for a great story about crushing goals and be crushed by goals, then, you are in the right place. I promise it will be worth your time. Background Last year, I started with my hopes high, way up my head. I…

  • Reader's Nook

    2019 Book Reading Challenge

    If you love to read, I would like to invite you to join me in this challenge and lets read 52 books during 2019. No shame involved if you don’t read 52 books. To be honest, I am not sure I will be able to achieve such a challenge, but I for sure try my best. This list is just to help you decide what books to read, not set in stone. Also, some you will be able to cross several prompts with one book, and that’s ok. You’ll have room to read more!   One thing I would like to remark is that you do not need to be on a…

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    The Speech Club

    A Beautiful Art: Communication

    “Communication is a science, not an art”, said my son. “Why not art?”, I inquired. Without a blink, he responded, “Because art should be beautiful and meaningful.”   The words uttered by a 13-year-old boy on a casual Tuesday afternoon started a deep conversation on how we communicate and why is so important to learn how to. All of this was sparked by a book I’m reading, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating” by Alan Alda. (I know, a long title, worth saying it and reading the book by the way).   He…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: A Rubber Face with a Stripper’s Name

    The title of the book got my attention for its originality. Besides, the author has twins and I like to hear what other twin mamas got to say. I was not expecting what this book has to offer. Raw and true human nature. Reality. I have been reading memoirs lately, but this one is by far exceptional. Katja Berg, the author, poured her heart out and was not hiding details.   Disclaimer: The author gifted me the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this review are genuine, truthful and impartial. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use…

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    Edel's Corner

    What Taking Time Off Taught Me

    The month of July was full of potential. I had set goals on a personal and work level. Right off the bat, my plans went to the trash can. It was evident that I needed some time off, take a step back and regroup.   When faced with problems you have two options: 1. Deal with them. 2. Go to sleep.   I choose the first option.     Personal Dilemma In July we celebrate our Anniversary. I was excited about this. The problem here was my plate. It was too full. I was trying to do so much, and in the process, I started to neglect someone. My husband.…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation

    A book everybody over the age of 18 should read and apply in their life. It is a topic we should not neglect. Plain and simple.  Estate Planning is an issue most of us don’t know about and should. This book teaches us the basics and helps us secure our family well-being.   Disclaimer: The author gifted me the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this review are genuine, truthful and impartial. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.   Disclosure: This review contains affiliate links. Meaning, at no additional cost to you I will…

  • Edel's Corner

    3.2.1 Quote Me Challenge: Hope

    The 3.2.1 Quote Me Challenge is a way to share quotes we love. I was nominated by M.G. Wells, check her blog and show her some love by liking, commenting and following her.  I appreciate you nominating me. Thank you bunches, M.G.!   Today’s topic is Hope.         My Two Quotes   After giving some thought which quotes to use, I decided on the following:   Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest. The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come. ~ Alexander Pope, An Essay of Man     If you…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: Think & Grow Balls!

    Yes, you read that right. The title is indeed an attention grabber. A self-development book written for you to take action. Think & Grow Balls! presents you a series of chapters with one goal, to encourage you to do all you, until now, have thought was impossible to do. Based on the famous and respected book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.   Disclaimer: The author gifted me the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this review are genuine, truthful and impartial. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  …

  • Edel's Corner

    Book Blogger A-Z Survey

    Today’s post involves books but is different, no reviews, it’s called Book Blogger Survey. Learned about it from Cailin at Stumbly Blog, check her blog out. It is meant to be fun and entertaining and for you to know me better. And also, if you would like to share some answers in the comment section, so I can know you better.     If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you probably noticed that I’ve been on a rolled lately posting Book Reviews. No shame on my game since I love reading and have been blessed enough to be trusted by authors to read their books and to…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: My Coffee Man

    This book had me at coffee. I have to admit it piqued my interest because of the name. I imagined a mawkishly sentimental novel, where a prince saves his princess over coffee or something like that. No folks, it is not that. Yes, is romantic but not mushy, it is witty and has humor. Above all, it has a message.   Disclaimer: The author gifted me the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this review are genuine, truthful and impartial. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.   Disclosure: This review contains…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: The Healing

    One Woman’s Journey From Poverty to Inner Riches   A powerful story of a woman that overcame an abusive upbringing and found herself through yoga and a holistic approach. The Healing is an appropriate name since that is what she did with her life, healed her childhood wounds. The book starts at the moment where change started, even though she didn’t realize it then. Her story is a testament that we should live our life at our own pace, stay true to yourself, and that if things go wrong we got to adjust our course and carry on.   I got the book for free, a gift from the author, as a…

  • Edel's Corner

    The Versatile Blogger Award

    The blog had the honor to be nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. How awesome is that? This Award is for bloggers by bloggers. Recognizing each other for the hard work that is put into their space on the world wide web.   The Versatile Bloggers Award is given to those blogs whose quality of writing, the uniqueness of subject covered,  and the level of love displayed in their words and photographs can be seen throughout their website. The Award honors those bloggers who bring something special to our lives.   For those reasons, I was beyond my words when I was nominated by Witte’s World. Linda and her husband are…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: A Dash Of Flash

    A Collection Of Very Short Stories   I was impressed of how short some of the stories were. Nevertheless, they were powerful. The author calls her style flash fiction, hence the name A Dash of Flash. I enjoyed reading this book very much. You can open it at any page and be prepared to be delighted.   Disclaimer: The author gifted me the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this review are genuine, truthful and impartial. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Disclosure: This review contains affiliate links. Meaning, at no additional…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: Free Your Life!: More Time, More Money, More Happiness

    Extraordinary book all around. It sure achieves its goal: Empower yourself, trigger change and enjoy the life you truly deserve. The way it is structured is easy to understand and follow. All the hard work (research) have been done for you, all you need is the desire to make a change and follow the pointers the author gives you.   Disclaimer: The author gifted me the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this review are genuine, truthful and impartial. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Disclosure: This review contains…

  • Reader's Nook

    Book Review: Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code

    This book is part of a trilogy of books by the author Ivan Figueroa. Although this is the third book, you don’t necessarily need to have read the first two to understand it. All you need to read this book is to have an open mind and a willingness to learn. Also, it is meant to be studied not as a recreational read.   Disclosure: This review contains an affiliate link. Meaning, at no additional cost to you I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.   Spirituality 103, The Forgiveness Code: Finding The Light In Our Shadows Author: Ivan Figueroa Publisher: Balboa Press, A Division of…