Wednesday, November 21, 2012


From Rivets and Rails is now available in paperback.

This journey has definitely been a labor of love, but I hope it appeals to railroad and cooking enthusiats who enjoy looking back at their roots.

If you are a book reviewer or blogger and would like a review copy, please contact me.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Cover Reveal of the Railroad Cookbook

Here it is, after hours of wrangling over far too much tech stuff that I always seem to forget how to use as soon as I walk away from the computer...

Any comments are welcome!

The steam train is a photo my great uncle had taken. The woman is my great grandmother who ran the boarding house.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

On sailing, on life

The great thing about sailing is that you can sail into the wind, with it blowing across the bow at you, or you sail with the wind at your back....

Either way, you shall arrive at your destination.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Need for a Title on the Railroad Cookbook

 We are in the midst of getting the railroad cookbook ready for publication, and that includes the design of a cover and yes, a title.

You would think that we would have settled on one by now, but that is not the case. We've been more concerned with the content and historical trivia that is contained within the handwritten recipes of the journal. But the time has come to start turning our attention to this detail.

So we are asking for opinons!

Here is what we have so far. Let us know what you think and send us new suggestions if you have some.

1. The Roundhouse Cookbook. Recipes of a Railroad Housewife
(problem: no roundhouse in Avis, only the "shops" where the NYC line trains were rolled in and out for repairs)

2. From Rivets and Rails, Recipes of a Railroad Housewife

3. Working on the Railroad, Recipes of a Railroad Housewife

4. From Rivets and Rails, Recipes from a Railroad Boarding House

5. The Cookery Journal of a Railroad Housewife

Thank you! We look forward to your feedback!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Accomplishing goals

It's always nice to meet a challenge you've set for yourself.

Today I took my final exam for Anatomy and Physiology, which means I have finished my certification requirements for teaching high school biology. It's great to know that I am finally legit in the classroom! Plus, it's a wonderful feeling to not to have this class hanging over my head and intruding in my life.

Now I can look to meeting other huge items on my to-do list, many of which involve writing.

Be happy, and stay safe!