Kindle Edition of our book just went Live

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Amazon has informed us that the Kindle Edition of our book just went very live.

Hope yo enjoy reading our book as much as we did when we laboriously wrote it for your eyes.

Merde!!!

Bourreau impitoyable des pauvres cœurs désespérés?

Chers (chères) lecteurs (lectrices), chers (chères) blogueurs (blogueuses):

Bon jour. La première réaction après la publication du Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague est arrivée , parmi les possibles dizaines, d’une chère lectrice parisienne dont nous voudrions garder la vraie identité. Elle nous a écrit le suivant:

J’adore ton bouquin. Finallement quelqu’un ose raconter le vraie désir des femmes d’auhourdhui. J’ai commencé à le lire lundi matin et comme j’étais tellement accrochée j’ai loupée mon bouleau. Après j’ai inventée une excuse que j’avais un peu de fièvre pour mon boss…Si, je l’avais, mais de lire tes examples de notre souffrance quotidienne dans cette dingue de société….Putain! Il faut changer.

Comment est-ce que tu connais tellement la vie intérieure des nanas? Ne réponds pas, enfoirée!!!

T’es le bourreau impitoyable des pauvres cœurs désespérés. J’aime ton livre, mais je t’hais.”

Bourreau, moi? Pour quoi est-ce-qu’elle est arrivée à cette conclusion si radicalle de notre esprit?

S’il vous plait, aidez-moi. Lisez le livre et dites-moi votre sincère opinion….J’attends vos réponses.

Restez distants. Restez à l’abri. Restez en sécurité.

Qu’est-ce-que vous en pensez? Dïtes-nous.

Ne me laissez pas seul.

C’est parti !

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Our long and winding quest for Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague is coming to a conclusion with the availability of our book in Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.

Here is the link for the online Amazon bookstore.

And here is the link for the online Barnes and Noble bookstore.

The official date of publication is August 16, two days after our dearest Father Mario‘s birthday. As our family’s pioneering intellect that endowed us with artistic skills, we must first thank him for it.

Muchas gracias Papá!

We must also recognize the excellent team of Outskirts Press for patiently, diligently helping us.

It seems that the gnochiatta we prepared the day before yesterday brought us good luck indeed.

Never underestimate the effectiveness of powers that have not fully revealed themselves just yet.

Merde !!!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Anxiously waiting with a bellissima gnocchiatta

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. We are waiting for the publication of Emotional Frustration- the hushed plague any moment now and that beautiful anxiety prodded us yesterday to prepare a good omen dish. What better choice for us, Italian Americans, than a dish of gnocchi with a sauce of meatballs?

As you already know from our previous article, the tradition of eating gnocchi on the 29th of each month is a millenary endeavor that had been transferred to all the Italian citizens living abroad. We follow it so our families can enjoy good health, full employment and happiness to be all together.

Will this work for our book’s publication too? We do not know. What we do know is that this dish was delicious and we ate it with our son Gian Luca last night to celebrate. Buon appetito! Auguri!

Stay tuned for the upcoming news about the book’s publication.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

 

Our new book is ready

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. After more than six months of methodical, relentless, and, yes exhausting too, editing we approved the final Galley Proofs VIII that will enable our publisher, Outskirts Press, to publish our book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague in both physical and digital formats soon. Here is a screenshot of how the final product will look like when located on the book shelf or computer.

Below you can see a screenshot of the great front cover designed by our dear daughter Noël Marie.

To hopefully tickle your curiosity we include a screenshot of the text in the back cover. Interested?

Thank you very much for all the expressions of support that we have received in the past months. We hope that you will find its reading informative, challenging and exciting at the same time.

Merde!!!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Celebrating International Workers’ Day

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. We wish all our fabulous working relatives and friends a great May 1st, their day. Today we especially remember those that every day toil in countless working places to make our modern societies work smoothly for all of us citizens. Without them, we would not survive a minute.

Note. This reproduction of Ford Madox Bown’s Work (1863) was taken from Wikimedia Images. The original painting is located in the Birmingham Art Gallery, United Kingdom.

By Ford Madox Brown – 1QG5Dp3Ti29BxA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29657515

After these terrible months, we should appreciate the sacrifice and efforts of millions of workers worldwide that defied the dangers of this still ongoing pandemic to keep us well fed and clothed. In our upcoming book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague, we argued that society owes much more than a mere recognition to all of them, but rather increased wages and social benefits. We hereby enclose an excerpt of our book for you to read. Please let us know your valued opinion.

‘This zoonotic disease, which passed between animals and humans, was propitiated by a global trade of wildlife, agricultural intensification, deforestation, and urbanization that are bringing human communities in a much closer contact with wild animals’ habitats. These critical issues must be urgently addressed by all nations in international forums with real powers to regulate and enforce.

Another major upheaval is the change of the socio-economic coordinates of most societies regarding the labor opportunities that will be offered by employers. The purely physical labor will continue to keep downsizing in the Information Age, especially for positions that can be staffed by people working from their homes. The remuneration of the heroes that are now buttressing communities—physicians, nurses, care assistants, laboratory clerks, fire and police forces, operators of basic services, truck and delivery drivers, re-stockers of warehouse supplies, etc.—must be promptly, justly increased to reflect their real value for our mere survival.

Is a financier fiddling with numbers more valued than your local butcher?   

As we are writing these lines, we are hearing the generalized hand clapping of the Parisians, exactly at their 8 PM time through the transmission of Radio France Inter [i] in honor of the medical and nursing personnel of their hospitals.

In a positive twist, the citizenry has stopped to subserviently follow the so-called “celebrities” of entertainment and sports that had polluted all public spaces. Who is the object of their dreams? The scientists that are working to bring a safe and effective vaccine against the Coronavirus. The blessed saviors of Mankind.

In the aftermath of this pandemic, the world all around us will feel “weird.” Many of the familiar physical and spiritual assumptions that anchored our daily demeanor in our societies will either be transformed or gone forever from Reality. Tom Frieden, a former director of the CDC [ii] said: “A new world is here. Hand sanitizers at building entrances, touch-free doors and elevators, health care that results in fewer infections of patients and staff, and similar measures are here to stay. Travel bans and quarantine of travelers will most likely continue until there is a vaccine, Vulnerable people may need to shelter in place even after others have re-entered our new world.” [iii]

Whatever the magnitude of the challenges ahead, we have the firm certitude that our dear women will be at our side. Let us appreciate their precious devotion by enthusiastically giving them their due respect.

As President François Macron said in an address to the French nation:

“On doit se réinventer, moi le premier” [iv]

References

[i] https://franceinter.fr/direct/

[ii] Acronym of the “Centers for Diseases Control.”

[iii] Tom Frieden, “I used to Run the C.D.C. Here’s What It Can Do to Slow This Pandemic”, opinion, The New York Times, April 12, 2020. https://nytimes.com/2020/04/12/opinion/cdc_coronavirus.html

[iv] Can be translated as: “we have to re-invent ourselves, starting with me.” Our translation.

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What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Celebrating Five Years of Blogging

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. On March 16, 2016, we decided to create a medical and literary web page for professional reasons. We are celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of our dear web page, a major milestone after so much sustained efforts; we would like to thank our daughter Noël Marie and our son Gian Luca, indefatigable collaborators and fans. This platform is critically important for the publication of our new book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague.

When we decided to post articles in the English language (lately we started blogging in French and Spanish too) we are humbly following the pioneering, courageous steps of the first blogger in Shakespeare’s language: G.K. Chesterton. In his staid Victorian times, the British intelligentsia haughtily dismissed his prolific writing as second class writing, or worse. What they did not know at the time was that his agile, frequent and occasionally spotty writing in the mass circulation London newspapers would be the forerunner of our present plethora of similar endeavors in so many multiple platforms. He is the true mentor and “unofficial Patron Saint” of us, bloggers.

We would like to share with you what were the motives that sparked our decision to design this web page and our commitment to continue blogging in earnest. We transcribe a segment of our book’s Acknowledgement. Voilà!

“If they don’t want to give you something,

Get out in the street to make big trouble.

You’ll always get something out of it.” [i]

In our list of needed acknowledgments this quote should take pride of place. It was casually uttered by our dear friend Oscar Pérez, a street-smart lawyer from General Pirán in Buenos Aires State, Argentina, that used to be a member of the Peronist Party. For its almost 70 years of existence that populist political party—composed of an heterogenous array of factions ranging from the extreme right to the left one—has had the signature feature of engaging in all kind of mass protests.

When, after several years of assiduous daily toiling at our desk, we finally crafted a novel in 2016, we were flummoxed by the reluctance of literary agents and/or agencies—in spite of receiving some nice accolades for our writing skills—to represent us in order to secure its final publication. After the initial shock, we took a most bold step: we put the novel in a “holding area” as a Kindle book [ii] and decided to create a medical and literary web page at https://drmolaplume.com

Spontaneously following primal instincts, we designed a few original series. One of them titled Emotional Frustration was perfidiously scheduled to go up at an early 7 AM EST slot on Saturdays, a time when we presumed some overworked and under-appreciated homemakers would get up to fix a solo cup of a hot brew and drink it quietly in the kitchen while her house coasts placidly in sleep mode. We took a guess that all these devoted women would be reflecting about their lives and what was missing in them. Usually just a good ear to listen. (Is that too much?)

Hardly did we fathom at the time that it would turn into such a success, receiving the commentaries (in the page and in its associated e-mail address) of emotionally frustrated ladies from all over the planet, even as far away as Asia. These loyal readers even suggested the topics that we should cover. Somehow our accumulated experience of forty years as a medical practitioner and consultant furnished myriad anecdotes about critical issues that women have to contend with in our societies, especially disdain and discrimination for their real capabilities.”

References

[i] The words in the Castilian language were the following: “si no te quieren dar algo, tenés que salir a la calle a armar kilombo, siempre algo vas a sacar.”

[ii] Mario O. Laplume, “Madame D.C., Book I :Three voyages”, https://amazon.com/Madame-D-C-Book-Three-voyages-ebook/dp/B01M715X63/

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What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day to honor the heavenly creatures that give us life, nurture us, love us and guide us with their great wisdom. What better example than our daughter Noël Marie?

Thank you God Almighty for granting us (her mother and myself) the privilege of such a blessed child.

However, wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of honoring our women just this day of the year, we do it every day of our lives? We include below an excerpt of our upcoming book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague  where we emphatically make this point. We should come out of this terrible pandemic with the firm determination to do right with the ones that have shouldered the heaviest burden in these trying times of cruel Social Distancing. Women.

“If we want them not to be distracted by their disgusting social stereotypes, then we must fight on for a total reconsideration of our civic interactions.

If we want them not to be distracted by the gender inequality in benefits, then we must demand a just compensation inside and outside their homes.

If we want them not to be distracted by the disgusting lack of childcare, then we must mobilize for a much better re-distribution of social wealth.

If we want them not to be distracted by the appalling legacies of racism, then we must override the toxic environmental primes and use better cues.

If we want them not to be distracted by the brutalizing family obligations, then we must pick up more slack at home with child rearing and hygiene,

If we want them not to be distracted when we are ready for ardent love, then we must sit down with them to discuss any aspect of our bonding.

If we want them not to be distracted by the foolishness of our tantrums, then we must shoulder our fairer load at home and outside with a smile.”

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

 

Just a little delay

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning.  For the past few weeks, many readers contacted us to find out if we had already finished editing our new book Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague and when it would be finally published as both a physical and e-book formats. We proudly announce that we have finished that task and will send it to the publishing house.

In early March we had just sent a supposedly final version of the book  but the dramatic moments we went through thereafter, both personally and professionally due to the pandemic, made us re-consider our decision. It would have been dishonest to ignore the dramatic effects of the Social Isolation and Economic breakdown we were witnessing.

Not only we reviewed our previously finalized writings but, based on new articles of our page, we added more than fifty pages of new material with many updated references. Moreover, we dared to discuss some of the startling features of the coming “new reality” that will bear little resemblance to the familiar world we used to consider “as ours.”

Women will play a decisive role in rebuilding our lives inside and outside our homes, like they did after the Great Plague of 1348; their more assertive socio-economic role will bring major changes at the family, financial, labor and employment, civic realities. If we rely on them to help us get out of this morass, we should at least respect them more.

We present you a new page, which was added at the beginning of the new manuscript.

If only one person reads this book…we would feel very satisfied.

If only one person gets the message…our mission would be done.

If only one person is distracted from the Horror…we would be happy.

We were about to deliver the final edited version of this manuscript for its publication when the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic brutally broke in the public scene of the United States. Initially shocked like the rest of the population, we went into strict social isolation. However, as a practicing physician, we had to continue our duties as best we could. In the relative safety of our desk, we pondered whether we should publish it or not. We knew that there had been a complete shutdown of most publishing initiatives.

People cloistered at home deserve the possibility of substantive reading. Terrified by the darkness swirling around, they might like this little piece of light. Emulating the heroic example of Anne Frank, we should garner our moral strength. Dismissing any commercial considerations, we will go ahead with its publication.

In one of the poor quarters of Nàpule —where some of our kin had lived —a neighbor lowered, with a little rope, a basket with a sign from the balcony: inside it, passers-by could drop groceries they wanted to offer for others to pick up.

Chi può metta…Chi non può, prenda[i]

[i] In Italian, it means “Whomever can, put something…Whomever needs it, take it.”

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