June 2021 – Newsletter
Thirty-ish years ago, at the end of the religious school year, the Rabbi sent my kids off with this advice for how to have a meaningful summer: Take a walk; read a book; make a friend. Like a dump cake recipe where three or four simple-to-find ingredients combine to create a tasty treat, this recipe for summer is equally succinct and satisfying. Not only do I return to it every summer, but I also offer it up to you. Oh, and when you scroll through this newsletter, you’ll find a dump cake recipe too. Sweet!
Take a Walk:
If you need a “recipe” for how to start a walking habit, I wrote about it here: Walking for Good Health, How to Create the Habit.
Read a Book:
As a writer, it’s sad that things I wrote long ago get buried under the pile of things I wrote more recently. Thus, as I look at the list of sixty-three (63!) books I have reviewed on my website since March, 2020, I feel sorry for the early reviews that are now forgotten. I remedy the problem here.
The earliest fiction review: Young Jane Young
This is the story of a Monica Lewinsky type character, and it takes place before the me-too movement.
The earliest nonfiction review: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love
This shows a potentially scary side of DNA testing: finding out your parent is not your parent!
Make a Friend:
If you need a “recipe” for how to find new friends, I wrote about it here: How to Be Rich in Friends.
Here is an activity for you and your new friend – drinking coffee together! These BIG coffee mugs hold 15 ounces and are on sale now in my Etsy shop – 15% off! (Sale ends 6/30/21.)
And Now Here’s That Cake Recipe:
Thanks to Ree Drummond for this recipe:
Cherry-Pineapple Dump Cake
One 21-ounce can cherry pie filling
One 15-ounce can crushed pineapple
One 18-ounce box of white cake mix
1 ½ sticks (12 Tbsp.) butter
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a 9 X 13 pan, dump the two cans of fruit, and stir them together
- Sprinkle the cake mix over the fruit
- Distribute slices of the butter evenly over the surface of the cake mix
- Bake until the top is brown and bubbly, 45-60 minutes.
A Note in Closing:
Thanks for reading this quarterly newsletter. I am hoping two things:
- That you tell your friends about me and ask them to join my mailing list.
- That you will think of my Etsy shop whenever you need a gift.