The Art of the Meal. Boston’s Liquid Art House

Boston is the canvas for a relatively new restaurant, The Liquid Art House, and it’s a masterpiece.

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Check it out in this article I wrote for Drive the District.

http://www.drivethedistrict.com/2014/12/29/the-art-of-the-meal-bostons-liquid-art-house-restaurant-pleases-palates-and-palettes/

Je t’aime Paris. A love note to my Paris.

I love Paris with all my heart. I lived there as a student and it shaped me in so many ways.

Thank you, Paris. You are special and beautiful and the City of Light, which reminded me of life’s important things and taught me to appreciate the importance of good conversation, good food, a good cup of coffee, a glass of wine, walking, beauty, art, love…. may you shine again soon. Je t’aime. Je suis Charlie.

Writing Tip: Hook the Reader in the First Line

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You don’t have much time. You need to work fast. Your article or book or whatever it is you are writing to engage a reader/ audience must tease them from the get-go so that they are craving s’more.

I recently spoke to a business group in Newburyport, MA. I spoke about how to get your reader’s attention. I started out my talk with the first line in an article I wrote that was published in Salon.com and reprinted in Working Mother magazine 35th anniversary a few months back. Here is a link. The first line is a hook and bait. Here it is: I didn’t mean to put the tampons in my seven-year-old son’s backpack.

Gotcha.

http://www.workingmother.com/mom-stories/big-switch

Remember, you must come up with something clever, funny, gripping, frightening, shocking, intriguing…. And it must be well-written. Have fun with your ideas.  I come up with my first line or first paragraph (or ledes, in journalism it is called a lede, not a lead) while running or walking the beach. Or driving. Make your words dance.

Writing Tip from Murder, She Wrote

Okay, so you have probably heard that writers often write about what they know.

When I co-authored Rum & Razors, the second Murder, She Wrote novel I wrote with my father, Donald Bain, I opened the book up with an experience that happened to my mother, Jackie, and father, when I was about nine.

Jessica Fletcher’s experience parallels what my parents experienced. It was actually very frightening and my parents had to call in the FBI to our house! It was a scary time because my dad was involved in writing a controversial book about the CIA and model Candy Jones and so we thought we were being targeted. I wasn’t allowed to walk to and from school or hang out outside. Turns out it was a prank created by good friends of my parents through a community theatre group they were involved with in Westbury, NY, on Long Island

The point is this: I used a real life experience in the opening pages of the Murder, She Wrote novel. Fun, right?

Write about what you know. Yes. Go for it!

Below is a link to the scene in Rum & Razors. Enjoy! You will learn that GLOTCOYB in Rum & Razors stands for Good Luck On The Completion of Your Book. But in the real-life episode in my house, it stood for Good Luck On The Completion of Your Basement, because my father was renovating the basement in our small modest house. Crazy.

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Snowy Owls on Plum Island

Snowy owls love to winter on pretty Plum Island in Mass. Spied my first one this season on Christmas day and have seen almost one daily since then. Hint: The stunning white owls love to hang out on the roof of the abandoned pink house across from Bob’s Lobster, and in the dunes of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum.

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Photo by Laurie Bain Wilson

Hope you are fortunate enough to see one of these beauties this winter season.

Snowbirds Flock to New England, Not Florida

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Looking for a thoughtful gift idea or just a great idea for a winter escape? Check out this article I wrote in the Boston Globe

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2014/11/29/snowbird-around-actual-snow/PBXcJuEUHDESIMUHDm8k3I/story.html

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NYC Christmas Windows With Ribbons and Lights and Magical Displays

New York City

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Bundle up, hook arms and admire the City’s festive window displays. New York is absolutely magical during the holidays. The spirit is cheerful, little shops are wrapped in ribbons and lights and the biggest stores are totally decked out for the holidays through New Years. Grab a cup of steamy cocoa and hit the pavement, fa la la la la, la la la la. Here’s a little, self-guided walking tour.

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Begin at the Lord and Taylor windows (38th and 5th Avenue; 212/391- 3344 at Fifth Avenue).

Walk north up Fifth Avenue, past the New York Public Library, to the Saks Fifth Avenue windows at 611 Fifth Avenue (at 49th Street; 212/ 753-4000).

Cross the street to admire the larger-than-life Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Continue walking north up Fifth Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman’s windows at 754 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street).

Walk one block east to Madison Avenue and then…

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