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A Chihuahua’s point of view, a guest blog by writer Marianne Banks

Click on Marianne's photo to go to her publisher's website and look at her new book, Growing Up Delicious.

A river of humanity flows by my backyard. Walkers, roller-bladers, runners and cyclists use the bike path from first light to dusk. From my spot weeding a flowerbed I heard a woman say to her companion, ‘I just don’t know what it all means’, as they strode past.
“Did you hear that, Nuala?”  Read More 
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Dear Winter,

You and I started out with such passion, such hope. Your first flakes thrilled me with their romance. You seduced me with visions of evenings by the fireplace. I said good bye to autumn, let it go without a backward glance. But now it seems that our relationship has run its course. You were  Read More 
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Nelson and Snow

Here is my good dog buddy, Nelson, at the Bromley Estate in Jamaica . I was there in 2009 and 2010, but this winter, I am betrothed to my snow shovel in Western Massachusetts , where we are scheduled for more snow tonight. Nelson has never seen snow, although his breed is extremely fond of rolling in the  Read More 
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Working on the Sequel

Here is where I will not be this year, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala .
I am taking a sabbatical from teaching at the international retreats for the next 12 months while I finish my next novel. While I have loved traveling to Guatemala , Jamaica , the UK , and Ireland , I need to stay in one place while I write. I’m working on a sequel to Lost & Found, which one  Read More 
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Who said research was dull?

There is always an element of research for each novel; sometimes the research is vast (historical fiction) and sometimes it's more like fact checking. I recently had a chance to do a police ride-along with a terrific police officer in Portland, Maine. I'm working on a sequel to Lost & Found and for reasons that  Read More 
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Writing in a Heat Wave without Air Conditioning

Since I've last posted in the fall, I've traveled to Italy, Guatemala, Jamaica, Italy, Ireland, and a lovely two-week writing retreat in Maine. But all of this means that I neglected my blog. And I've picked the hottest day of the year on the East Coast to start again. I live in a  Read More 
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Jacqueline Sheehan's Green Chile Enchilada Casserole

Here is a link to Book Club Cookbook who featured my recipe for Green Chile Enchilada Casserole. Enjoy!


When I was writing Now & Then, the main character Anna felt the sting of poverty and lack of food for the first time in her life. She had been transported  Read More 
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One month writing in a castle

Right after I decided to start a blog, I went to Scotland for a month-long writing fellowship at a castle and discovered that writing a blog was pretty hard when I had to walk for 45 minutes to get to the nearest internet. So I am back home now and promise to make up for  Read More 
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Testing the blog

This is the first blog, hopefully of many, that will be published during my residency at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. But this is the test.
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