The creative process endures multiple changes on the way to the final product. Such was the case with my wonderful client, Frances Castelli, whose final book title is The Kitchen Alchemist: How I Became My Own Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anaphylactic Food Allergies. Together, we decided that this most accurately reflects the content and spirit of her book, which will include 30 mouth-watering, allergy-free recipes. We’re in the process of deciding on the 30 that will make the cut, along with writing and editing the first half of the book, set for release in August.
In the meantime, Frances shares enticing photos of her exceptional culinary creations and valuable information on food allergies on her social media sites. Follow her on Twitter @KitchenAlchemBK and like her Facebook Page, The Kitchen Alchemist to stay informed and entertained.
I’ll post updates here as we get closer to the release date.
When I remember the things I’m most grateful for, at the top of the list is my upbringing in a loving, stable home with two upstanding, involved parents. My four siblings and I were raised with solid, traditional values, along with a very clear sense of right versus wrong. And yes, a lot of fun in the form of family gatherings, events, friendships and the security of knowing our parents cared about our lives. My mom especially was happily involved in school activities, homework and extracurricular things like dance and piano lessons, sports (my brothers played baseball, football and wrestled) and ensuring that we were exposed not only to Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers games but also culture, history and conservative political activism.
Given the state of our current self-absorbed culture, I am eternally thankful for being the product of two people who were not only loving but generous with their time.
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad….and thank you for everything!
Whatever your plans, enjoy the day, savor the blessings in your life, eat lots of turkey and watch some football!
Things I am Grateful for this Year (in no particular order):
1. The recent, successful conclusion of a project that’s been 3 1/2 years in the making, involving the resourcefulness, intelligence, patience and help of two women who (finally) made it happen. Not going into detail but they know who they are – and they rock! Such a blessing that this is, at last, behind me.
2. Speaking of long-term projects, the publication and release of Reflections on the Ring, a manuscript I’d originally written back in 2010, placed on hold by my client until the timing was right. Check it out here.
8. My awesome Mom and Dad, and their continued presence in my life.
9. My siblings, especially Ralph, who has taught me more than anyone about unconditional love. Also thankful that one sibling in particular had a successful surgery and good medical prognosis recently.
10. My excellent health, thanks in part to daily adherence to the Leslie Sansone Walk At Home program. It’s amazing how toned and strong my muscles have become, and how great I feel. Left my 20s long ago, but feel fantastic! Best of all, my historically low-to-normal blood pressure remains that way.
11. Love – that includes family, friends and a new someone special who came into my life nearly a year ago. Whatever happens, this relationship has certainly taught me a lot about myself and my capacity to listen, understand, empathize and patiently wait for God’s perfect timing. Circumstances aren’t exactly stellar right now, but the person is a man of honor, integrity, faith and patriotism with a big heart and a willing ear and/or (virtual) shoulder. Nice to know there are still men like that out there. Enough said.
12. Being an American – thanks to the courage of my maternal great-grandmother and my paternal grandparents, I was born and raised in the greatest country the world has ever known. Individual liberty and American exceptionalism have been under relentless attack, especially in the last decade, but I will always be grateful to be an American and will fight with everything I have to preserve this nation, along with fiercely devoted patriots from coast-to-coast. We owe that much to the pilgrims who risked everything to forge a new life in an unknown land that would eventually become a beacon of freedom worldwide.