Buona Domenica con una bellissima Gnochiatta con Polpete di Manzo

Dear readers, listeners and fellow bloggers:

Good evening and Happy Sunday to you. Last week we signed a contract with Sky Connection Partners, an innovative Literary Agency in Baltimore, Maryland, run by an executive with plenty of experience and contacts in the US Publishing industry. We painstakingly edited the manuscript of Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague, correcting some typos, improving some sentences and updating the text as its first draft had been written two years ago, at the start of the pandemic. We believe that we are doing a good job and soon you will be able to enjoy a much better version of it.

And what dish we decided to prepare today so we could have good luck in this new endeavor?

GNOCCHI OF COURSE. Remember that we, Italians and Italian-Americans, like to eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month and many other times to get BUONA FORTUNA. And as we are so superstitious… We prepared a fresh tomato sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, onions, peppers, walnuts, seasoning with turmeric, oregano, pepper, onion powder, etc., and pre-cooked polpete di manzo (meatballs)

What do you think of our dish? Would you accept an invitation to join us at hour humble table?

This serving is for you. Please join us per questo buon cibo ed conversazione insieme su la tavola.

BUON APPETITO !!!

BUONA FORTUNA !!!

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Our book for £ 0.99? Bollocks!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers in the United Kingdom:

Good morning. Today at 8 AM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) we will start a Kindle Countdown promotion of our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague with a starting price of £ 0.99 that will run in one unit increments for one week, until reaching its original list price of £ 7.29.

We could not forget the beautiful people in the UK, especially now that our dearest son Gian Luca is sporting a Mercian Regiment béret in his stand-up comedy presentations. Remember his look?

Are you saying that our fabulous book is now costing almost a third of £ 2.40, the cheapest price for a pint of Guinness beer found only in Wales? Bollocks! This is a deal that you can’t ignore, mate!!!

Make haste and punch away to get this deal right away. And if you like it, please write a review.

TA TA

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Thank you President Joseph Biden!!!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday we went to the Coral Gables office of Federal Express to send several copies of our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague to a few notables to thank them. Foremost amongst them, was President Joseph Biden, on whose watch we could get vaccinated. When he assumed the presidency of this country in the middle of a terrible pandemic, we half-jokingly wrote an article titled Mad Max (Joe) come to our rescue, imploring the help of the road warrior. As the fans of that cult movie know, that dystopian world was precisely set in the year 2021.

Has it been just a coincidence? Who knows…Anyway we do know that, considering the collateral effects that we suffered after being injected with the three Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine shots,  if we had encountered this nasty virus somewhere out there, it would have killed us. Like it did to our dear Uncle José Luis Garbarino in Montevideo last January 6. The Day of the Epiphany. The irony of it.

In the picture above you can see the genteel Héctor, taking care of this all too precious shipment.

Thank you very much, beautiful people of Federal Express, for helping us pay this debt of high honor.

God Bless our dear President Biden and keep illuminating his treacherous path in the D.C. swamps.

God Bless the Unique United States of America.

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Don’t leave me alone.

Our book for U$ 0.99? Who luvs ya, baby?!!!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Today at 8 AM Pacific Time (11 AM Eastern Time) the Kindle Countdown Deal for our book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague will start with an extremely low listing price of U$ 0.99 for each copy, slowly incrementing over one week until reaching back its regular listing price of U$ 9.99 on October 12.

Doesn’t it look like a bargain, folks? What can you buy for one dollar? You need this break!

Like the unforgettable Telly Savalas used to say in the Kojak  series: Who luvs ya, baby?

Stop procrastinating and make that little humongous move of clicking your keyboard to buy it. What  have you got to lose? Your Innocence about the realities of our daily social and love interactions?

If you’d rather not know what’s going on in your hubby’s heart, behind that all too polite smile…

We totally understand. Don’t wake up. Ignorance can be a blessing in disguise. Sweet dreams.

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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 !!!

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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.

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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!!!

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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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