Archive for December, 2016

A Saturday Story: The Big Secret

Posted by melissa kandel on December 10, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, creativity, Fiction | No Comments

Rat-a-tat-tat went longish nails on old wood. She sat at the time-abandoned Rathskeller Pub, waiting. Three tall jack-and-cokes into her Sunday afternoon, the strange man finally arrived, a wiry figure dappled in late-day shadows. The man looked almost wizardly with a long, white beard and smooth, white hair woven into a single braid that reached […]

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Light On Ice

Posted by melissa kandel on December 10, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, Fiction | No Comments

Everything was ordinary when the morning in question appeared, new and bright with a faint layer of fallen snow. December days in Manhattan were sometimes like that though, routine at first glance then cold and tricky as the sun settled down.

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Underrated Christmas Movies: Five Films To Watch Today

Classic Christmas flicks are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please? An open bar holiday party at your office. And nobody thinks that’s a good idea three hours deep into the festivities when the IT guy […]

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A Winter’s Mistake

Posted by melissa kandel on December 8, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, Fiction | No Comments

Here is the first thing Minerva Griffin thought when she stepped on the train at Koblenz Central Railway Station: This is a mistake.

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Pasta with Basil & Chives in Jalapeño Red Wine Reduction Sauce

Posted by melissa kandel on December 7, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, drink, food, wine | No Comments

My Winter Flu Soup was such an unexpected hit, I figured it’s only right to keep the food trend going with a hearty pasta dish. Make no holiday mistake about it, this is a wintry meal and it’s made to be enjoyed in your coziest wool socks and old, soft sweatshirt as you twirl the delicate strands […]

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Newport Beach Photography

Stuck inside all day, still recovering from the flu so I thought I’d share a few shots I’ve taken in the past couple months around Newport Beach because I’m missing the fresh air, sunshine and ocean breeze as I sit here on my couch surrounded by soup, tea, tissues and the faint sound of incredibly […]

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The Winter Flu Soup

Posted by melissa kandel on December 5, 2016 in food | 4 Comments

Well, I have the flu. Cough, runny nose, sore throat … the whole gang’s here. Yay? So, for today’s post I thought I’d do something timely and share with you my aunt’s recipe for a vegetable soup that is as hearty as it is healthy. Without further ado …

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A Saturday Story: Night Flight of the Sheep

Posted by melissa kandel on December 4, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, comedy, Fiction | No Comments

It’s chilly tonight in California and all I want to do is crawl under my blanket and put some wood in my fireplace and drink spicy butternut squash soup but as it turns out, my friend is throwing a Griswold Family-themed ugly sweater party tonight. So, instead of sitting by the fire, I’m getting my […]

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Reviewed

[Image via Netflix] WARNING: A CRAZY AMOUNT OF SPOILERS AHEAD … After what seems like an actual year of waiting, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has finally made its caffeinated, fast-talking, pop-culture-referencing debut on Netflix. While the very first scene—Lorelai and Rory doing their back-and-forth thing beneath the town gazebo—felt more like a poorly choreographed […]

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For the entire month of December, I’ve decided to challenge myself to post one story a day. Of course that challenge—#lwsblogchallenge as we’ll call it henceforth and forevermore—starts right now on Dec. 1 and of course today on Dec. 1, I find myself on my couch, 11-pound dog sitting atpop my forehead, an ever-present sniffle tickling […]

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