3rd Edition, New Release!

This is a great post in honor of my dad who passed away yesterday. I will always remember his big heart & try to emulate his father through action … Rest in Peace, dead Dad … ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Peace, love & great memories to all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Tamara Kulish

Just for Mother’s Day… my new baby is on Amazon!

This 3rd Edition has a brand new title and cover: “How to Heal Your Life on a Deep Heart Level”!

This new edition has been a labor of love. The new cover speaks directly to the companion workbook, and the new title resonates with more people, instead of creating a question.

When I wrote “On Becoming a Lemonade Maker” it became a work in progress. Some readers didn’t understand the title reference, and so a subconscious barrier was unfortunately created.

After working for close to a year on creating a new title and cover, plus updating some of the content, I was ready to launch my baby into the world. It went live on Amazon, just the day before Mother’s Day! How appropriate, don’t you think?

Click to see Tamara’s Amazon Author page!

Book Description:

“How to Heal Your…

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Passionate Frida Quotes That Will Teach You About Love

Frida was an amazing woman! ;-). ❤
Peace, love & art for all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

My Heart of Mexico

Do you love Frida Kahlo as much as I do? I hope so because I’m sharing some of her most passionate love quotes!

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Cities of the Dead

Yup, New Orleans cemeteries are some of the coolest in the world! Some of the dead have bigger homes than what they are building in Oregon for the homeless! ;-). ❤
Peace, love & space for the living,
Sherrie

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If you think cemeteries are unbearably creepy or sad, you might want to skip this post. After returning from a trip to New Orleans, I am still seeing her “Cities of the Dead”– as the graveyards are called–in my mind. New Orleans has dozens of cemeteries, but why are they so memorable?

Because so much of the land is at or below sea level, burials are mainly above ground. When caskets are buried underground, as the water table rises, they come right up out of the ground and float away. Above ground burials are in stone vaults or monuments, and when you see a cemetery full of these little “houses” they give the appearance of a ghoulish neighborhood or town. You can see decorative iron trim, stone crosses and sculptures, and some vaults even have stained glass.

A lot of movies have been filmed in these cemeteries. The one that…

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The Grand Dame of Day of the Dead

Frida is Diego’s mama in this painting. Probably pretty close to the truth!
Peace, love & memories to all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉 ❤ 😉

Creative Hands of Mexico

Few images in Mexico are as ubiquitous or have the depth of meaning as the female grinning skeleton with a large overly-adorned hat and a gown from the late 19th century.

She is known as La Calavera Catrina (The Catrina Skull) or simply La Catrina. Her image, and those since derived from it, can not only be seen in Mexican handcrafts,  but also in Mexico graphic and fine art. In fact, it is the latter two which brought this particular figure to life.

451px-jose_guadalupe_posada_calavera_oaxaquena_broadsheet_1903 Print sheet with skeletal imagry dedicated to Oaxaca by Posada (1903)

Catrina began as one of a number of skeletal figures created by José Guadalupe Posada, a graphic artist publishing in Mexico City newspapers in the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. His importance to the development of post Mexican Revolution culture cannot be overstated, deserving of its own article.

Originally La Catrina was only a…

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Day of the Dead altars for novice spirits

As an American who feels her country is in denial about death, I loved to celebrate the Mexican (Oaxacan) Day of the Dead with my students. Occasionally, a student said it was inappropriate but once I said they could write to anyone who died, those complainers wrote to Elvis or Tupac & all was well. 😉 ❤
Peace, love & remembering our loved ones who have passed on to all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉 ❤ 😉

Creative Hands of Mexico

The most important element of Day of the Dead in Mexico is the setting up of an altar (literally “offering” (ofrenda)) to honor the dead. In homes all over Mexico, these altars are of a personal nature, featuring loved ones who have passed on. Common elements include marigold flowers (which bloom at this time of the year), religious images, food offerings and very often, photographs.

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The purpose of the altars is to make a connection with the departed loved ones, as Day of the Dead has roots in pre Hispanic beliefs, which included the return of the dead once a year to visit the living. Hence Day of the Dead is not a somber or frightening occasion, but almost a happy one, a chance to relive memories.

ddm3_alina Day of the Dead altar dedicated to various Mexican authors (credit Gomez, A01335017,CCM)

I personally have found it psychologically rewarding, thousands…

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the 2015 Five Most Memorable Visual Art Contributions

Wow, there’s so much here, I don’t know where to begin to describe it! I was introduced to an amazing song! The singer and his message are gorgeous and background singers sound like an amazing choir.
Some great photographs here, plus a beautiful reading from an author, called “Goodbye Momma.” (You will have to turn up the sound to hear it though.) Make sure you turn the sound back down for “The Fairy Tale” though!
Thank you so much Kendall! May you be blessed with all that you Hope, Love & Peace! 😉 ❤ 😉 ❤ 😉 ❤
Sherrie

Internationally Bestselling Author ISABEL ALLENDE Comes to BookPeople

I was just saying in my recent interview that Isabel Allende is my favorite author. What an amazing woman!
Never stop writing, Isabel!
Peace,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

BookPeople's Blog

We are honored and excited to host Isabel Allende this coming Monday, November 16 at 7PM, in conversation with Austin author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 65 million copies. Many of them are magic-realist family sagas that entertain and educate readers by telling intriguing stories with an attention to historical detail.

Allende will join us with her new book, The Japanese Lover, an epic that spans time, generations and continents.

The Japanese Lover begins in a lush and eccentric retirement community in San Francisco. Walking its halls is the beautiful Irina Bazili, a young care worker who’s trying to make sense of a troubled past. Her mind is soon captivated by her new patient, Alma Belasco, a woman of refinement and secrets. As Irina spends more and more time…

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Jonathan Franzen Recommends…

Wow, who can argue with Jonathan Franzen when it comes to choosing a good book? Thanks, Jonathan and thank you BookPeople for sharing this with us. 😉 ❤
All the best!
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

BookPeople's Blog

Jonathan Franzen graced us with his presence Saturday, September 19 to speak about his new novel, Purity. While he was here he imparted some food for thought, admitted to liking the song “Muffin Man” by Frank Zappa, and suggested several novels to add to your collection (or a gift to add to someone else’s):

Elena Ferrante 

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. Her true identity is unknown.

The Patrick Melrose Novels

By turns harrowing and hilarious, Edward St. Aubyn’s cycle of novels dissects the English upper class and reveals a dark world of self-loathing, privilege and addiction.

Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed And What It Means for Our Future

Jamieson is Director of Environmental Studies, Professor of Environmental Studies and…

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Cathedral of Light in Leon, Spain – 108-130/200 Camino Photos

It’s amazing that the one country in Europe where I speak their language, I still haven’t been too. (Of course, there’s Great Britain but sometimes that felt like a foreign language too! -a fag is a cigarette & getting pissed means getting drunk?!)
Anyway, I hope to make it to this unusual land & culture one day soon. I can’t wait to see all the Gaudi art in Barcelona! 😉 ❤

Little needs to be said about my visit to León, Spain as I walked the Camino de Santiago. As one of the largest cities along the French Way, it is a highlight of the trip. The cathedral in the old part of town is rather plain on the outside. But the inside! It is a marvel. I believe you will agree …

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If you’ve missed any of these photos, feel free to backtrack over here.

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