Friday, October 8, 2021

Words & Brush Weekender : Easy listening music and chat, Friday 8th October 2021 this week its Romantic music !

 Easy listening music and chat Friday 8th October 2021

This week its Romantic music !

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush,  please post music from your favorite Romantic music & chat with friends!

Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas) Sarah Krauss,  Jacob Fjeldheim - Piano, Georgia Webber - Bass, Josh Davis - Drums

"That's Amore" is a 1953 song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks. It became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin in 1953. Amore means "love" in Italian.

'Some Enchanted Evening' from SOUTH PACIFIC (1958)

You're The One That I Want (From “Grease”) by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

The Blues Brothers (1980) - Everybody Needs Somebody to Love 

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey get up close and personal while dancing to "Love is Strange" in this scene from "Dirty Dancing."

Doris Day sings "Secret Love" 


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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Writer's Corner: Flashbacks


Flashbacks in crafting a novel can be helpful or harmful to a novel.   Sometimes a writer uses inferences from a scene in the story to create a    flashback based on the past experience of an event in a character's life.  It maybe pleasant or traumatic.  

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It seems flashback if expressed well make the novel more successful  if done  correctly.  When it comes to literature, there are many  contrasts -- including "literary" novels vs. mass-market ones,   long-ago classics vs. modern fiction  and   chronological novels vs. non-chronological onesThe last is the subject of this post.jumping back and forth in time, of course, is a hallmark of some modern fiction. I haven't found many pre-20th-century novels with frequent flashbacks, but more recent literature is full of them. To name just a few books: John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany (which I just read), Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain, Don DeLillo's Underworld, Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Toni Morrison's Beloved and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things.

Meanwhile, the classics of many years ago tend to mostly take chronological approaches. Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Jack London's The Call of the Wild, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Mary Shelley's The Last Man, Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, etc., etc. Even Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, which both include informational chapters not directly related to the plot or characters, are essentially chronological.

Modern books can also be chronological or mostly chronological -- Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, James Clavell's Shogun, Andre Dubus III's House of Sand and Fog, John Grisham's The Client and many others.

I like both chronological and non-chronological novels, and see advantages to each.

From past reads in books, flashbacks can be confusing and break the novel in segments that can make it hard to understand.  A writer can loose the reader this way so it is essential not to overdo it.   

    As we are individuals it is natural to cope by blocking out a traumatic event, but it precedes in every aspect of the person's life until they face that trauma and deal with it.  It's getting over the precipice to promote healing and change.

If the flashback is subtle, the characterization strong with the elements crafting the novel, all the more to keep the reader absorbed in another's world through their world.   

Any books or movies or shows with excellent flashbacks? 

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Butternut squash and chickpea stew


Butternut squash and chickpea stew

This vegetarian stew incorporates simple ingredients for power-packed flavor. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Because stew doesn't have to include meat to be delicious.

  • Yield: Serves 4-6
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes

Though it may be fall, it sure hasn't felt like it just yet. At least here in California. I am still turning on the air conditioner every now and then.

But it's probably cold where you are. If not, it will be. Which is why I am sharing this delicious stew recipe now. It is super easy to make, hearty and delicious.


  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 pound butternut squash, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


The first thing we are going to create here is what the French refer to as mirepoix. It is 2 part onion, 1 part carrot, and 1 part celery. Add the olive oil to heavy bottomed sauce pot and warm it over a medium heat. Add in the mirepoix and salt. Saute the ingredients until they are aromatic, translucent but not browned.

Add in the minced garlic and reduce the heat, cooking for about a minute.

Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.

Strain out the mirepoix. You can leave it in but it is typically removed. The only con of leaving it in is the texture. These ingredients are going to be much overcooked in comparison.

butternut squash
This plump, slightly sweet squash makes a great stew ingredient. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Transfer the broth back to the sauce pot and add in the squash. Bring it back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking about 10 minutes.

Rinse and add in the chickpeas, cooking another 5 minutes until the squash is tender and the chickpeas are warmed. Don't let the butternut squash overcook.

Add in the parsley, cover and remove from heat. Enjoy! 

As winter approaches, you'll want this stew in your schedule. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Enjoy !

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Weekly Open Thread, October 4, 2021

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                Everything is pumpkin, leaves and change of weather during October.  This year is going to be a good season to celebrate together.  As it gets cooler, there is the phenomena of dogs loving the leaves.  

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Fun crafts can bring happiness and a diversion from the usual routine we go throughout the day.  These here are toilet paper tubes.  All you need is construction paper, ribbon, scissors and glue to make these.  Might be a fun table topper. For more effect use a hole puncher to make the eyes and a battery tea light to make a neat effect when you turn off the lights.

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Another fun thing is picking up leaves or flowers and lay them flat on the table.  Place copy or white construction paper over them.   Peel a crayon and rub flat over the paper.   If you have a color printer, get some transfer paper and you can iron on the design on a T shirt. Just a neat project to do and lasts a long time.

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And a little something for those that decorate their homes. Pretty neat sound effects, if you recall childhood days trick or treat          

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Cooler season means movie binge watching. Coffee's ready and hope everyone has a safe good week!   

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