Up to Snuff #67: Key Things to Think About When Writing

Up to Snuff #67: Key Things to Think About When Writing
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

What one aims for when writing is often the good perfected book that can go into schools. One must have all their ducks in a row, good education and degree’s lined up neatly to get the respect they deserve. A writer needs to have a good brain “tape” and hopefully wisdom. Maturity is also key and very often writer’s mature into writing and unfold as they grow older. A writer needs enough practice and should write regularly. It is also beneficial to cultivate a rich creativity, build something up and work from it. You can write from education and degrees. It helps to perfect writing and dialog in fiction if you use the right software. Writing non- stop with tablets can help to collect a setting, dialog or build up a fiction or a non-fiction book. One key some writers use is to always use a plan. Journalist’s with plans are often more successful. Another key idea for a writer is to do a little branding. Your book generally succeeds when it can be used to teach something.

Wise choices are good for a writer like collecting books and building a library and reading vs. TV. Wise choices can also promote preservation of your brain by avoiding ignorant TV programs and choosing a non-violent route for ultimately a healthier brain. Avoid crime or violence in music, choose programing and entertainment that aligns with your views. A good hobby to have is to research books. To propel yourself, what is crucial is to self- educate as much as possible by reading things in your field and building “ladders” for yourself to study. Education is generally not on a platter; you must have a rich self-education, experiential learning, to prepare you for and combine with your education. Set high bars and work towards mastership studies. Be a wise guide and look for good teachers, private teachers and align with smart people. While you are studying you can also be assembling notes for future writing, books or teaching. Buttress your books with classes and experiential learning to build a strong foundation for your books and writing career.

One key area for a writer to development is analysis. Analysis in the end impacts ones total and complete knowledge frame work. A good way to propel and acquire knowledge is via asking questions, just as in a PHD, one may start with a question or hypothesis to frame a greater study. Great books are something to use to build understanding of writing, vocabulary, analysis and very often romance or passion for your personality. A percentage of your reading and writing should be “KB” or knowledge based reading. Try to get up high enough in every subject that you can study independently and have it be meaningful. It is important to have high standards, bars and goals. You may feel “the power” to do something special in the world or for mankind-have something to offer.

Originality arrives from a variety of sources. It can arrive from bringing three disparate things or concepts together to make a new form via juxtaposition. Well- crafted questions can help you to arrive at original ideas as well as analysis. Research and inferential writing are some of the best ways to get at original evidence based thinking. Taking an aspect or a perspective where you slice off a piece of something or take a sampling can also be an essential way to look at subject matter. You can also write your thesis and later write associated variables as in an APA research proposal which can be developmental and a good path to original thinking. Observations and field work can be good to achieve original notes and writing with descriptions. You can use something you create like a microcosm, a catalyst or something like a “maquette,” to feed off and generate original ideas. Critique your writing to elevate it and get additional perspectives.

What is essential to a writer is to think about what is detrimental and available vs. what is responsibility and choice. Things that weigh heavy on the readers brain and could be avoided are things like: suicide, abortion, crime, killing, negative ideas and instigation, misogyny, low self-esteem, alcoholism, drug fame as opposed to health promoting, humanitarian, Paradisian and the world you want to live in.

One big challenge the writer has is to have a daily “digest” of enough words to adequately build their vocabulary. What is often recommended is to use a Thesaurus when searching for a word or something like “Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms.” A Thesaurus will build your vocabulary out sideways. It is good to read frequently and classics with better vocabulary choices. It is worthwhile, to read the classics with a dictionary and pen and paper. To advance rapidly, read every summer or regularly the dictionary itself. There are on Amazon.com a few books on building the vocabulary, the vocabulary from classic roots, vocabulary workshop, and vocabulary flash cards. You can sign up for new words delivered to your email box on M-W’s Word of the Day. Other good places for information on writing are the “Purdue Owl” website, the “Library of Congress” Database, “Wikipedia” and the “Poetry and Writers” website.

What can ultimately be good is to organize your reading so when you first wake up in the morning you have morning reading and before bedtime reading. It is good to catch your favorite current events in the morning along with your favorite online magazines and blogs.

A nice ways to round out a personality is to heavily read in subject areas. Try subscribing to better newspapers around the world like Chinese English Papers, “NY Times,” “Washington Post,” “The Guardian” in London, “BBC News,” and international English language papers to get a good cross section of news. You can watch Mexican news on TV’s “Telemundo” plus “CNN” or other respected TV news sources for weather and broadcast news stories etc.

Other things that are nice to subscribe to or view are sources like “MXDWN,” or “Pitchfork” or “Rolling Stone,” “Entertainment Weekly,” “Noisy,” “Stereogum,” “Alternative Press,” “Brooklyn Vegan,” “BBC” and “Tone Deaf,” as some of the online music magazines.

Art Magazines like “Art in America,” “Art Forum,” “Juxtapoz,” “Virtuogenix,” “American Art Collector,” “Hi Fructose,” “Fine Art,” “La Mode,” “Photo Play,” “Art Market,” “Art News,” “Cloth Paper Scissors,” “Aperture,” “Aesthetica,” “NKA,” “Fine Art Connoisseur,” “Daguerreian Society” or art websites that regularly send email news like “E-Flux” also make for good information about art. “Bio News” is an online science news source.

More than 1600 Literary Journals can be found on the “Poetry and Writers” website at pw.org. To read things like poetry, short stories and creative writing or essays try a variety of literary magazines like “The Paris Review,” “Ploughshares,” “The Kenyon Review,” “The American Poetry Review,” “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic,” “Poetry,” “New England Review,” “The Missouri Review,” “The Gettysburg Review,” “Cimarron Review,” “Sewanee Review,” “Antaeus,” “Esquire,” “O’Henry Awards” or “Columbia Journalism Review” or “Michigan Quarterly Review.”

There are also a variety of culinary sources out there like the blog “Cooking without Limits,” or magazines like “Bon Appetit,” “Food and Wine,” “All Recipes,” “Marth Stewart Living,” “Better Homes and Gardens.”

Try reading in an area or subscribing to journals online or in print to spruce up, to stay on top of your field and improve your skills. Many magazines can be found by searching online or in magazine.com, magazinestore.com or discount mags.com. A good writer is well informed and well-read.

A good writer’s kit may be tablets to take notes, pens, tape recorders to record notes or dialog or interviews, a telephone recorder for interviews, camera’s, video cameras, a Wi-Fi device, a telephone, a watch, a sketch pad to make a sketch or a diagram of something and maybe a pocket dictionary or if you can carry it-a laptop and work in every café with Wi-Fi around town. It may also be nice at times to have an artist’s easel and capture in paint a rendition of a place or create a set. BN.com out of New York sells telephone recording devices. It is good to get started collecting all the basic tools of the trade.

Up To Snuff #66: Book Review and Fiction Lesson, “The Sun Also Rises,” By Ernest Hemingway

Up to Snuff #66: Book Review and Fiction Lesson “The Sun Also Rises” By Ernest Hemingway
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Hemingway’s 1920’s based fiction novel, covers spiritual dissolution, often describing both Jewish and Catholic Views, immorality and bacchanalian bar hopping and on a lesser note, unrequited love. What may resonate with the reader are micro points like the French, “aperitif” and “digestif” and grander points like his two city, “international agenda.”

“International Agenda” in fact may be what the reader is left with thinking, of what it means to write fiction and how it can be done across two of the world’s most amazing cities, in this case Paris, France and Pamplona, Spain. Hemingway’s piece of modernist fiction, leads the reader to ponder fiction itself, being something of illustrious descriptions, the practice of detail and analysis as description. How one may plan trips or excursions to illuminate a story and embody the setting. One can imagine Hemingway carting around small tablets of paper to bullfights and down Parisian streets, even while in carriages.

It is in fact, the emotion about descriptions, in fiction, that grips you. What also grips the reader is how a writer may become an instigator and define a place, time period, era, a group or a movement. In this case the book chronicles a group of writers and Foreign Correspondents in Paris and appears to be autobiographical. “The Sun Also Rises,” describes the romance for the writers life, the spontaneity, the comradery with other notables of the time period, and how the stories unfold into novels, articles and love affairs, some of which manifest into marriages, others that go unrequited.

They were described as a “lost generation,” perhaps many facing short lived marriages in favor of the dramatic high living of a traveler. What becomes interesting is the fame and publicity that writing generates, the resulting introductions that create, the “Who’s Who” lifestyle. Reporters regularly write about and therefore hob nob with notables, if at the bullfight-the bullfighter.

It is as if a writer must cultivate a “writerly” richness. The writer is at once a manufacturer, instigator, and conjurer. Everything for the writer becomes vivid, when you desire the writing to be as good as life, if not better. Having more power to act as taste master, direct society via writing, and dress your content. Hemingway was a master of description much like James Baldwin. Hemingway would make wonderful “observations,” such as to watch, the feet of dancers, to bottle their dance performance, as difficult as that may be.

Hemingway was an angler as was seen in later books like, “Old Man and The Sea.” He was later overseas, with many of the same interests he may have cultivated in America; which became a part of his “international agenda”-fishing in Germany and Spain for example.

The good fiction may be written in “non- stop” fashion. The writer establishes their setting, carries their tablets and writes literally “non-stop” while traveling; then at a later time transcribes collected details to form the story. Then perhaps an editor or programs help you to iron out your dialog. Perhaps if you are guided by some kind of “North Star” and utilizing precision, you will reach a fine piece of literature at the finish.

Great planning may go into a classic piece of literature. One may pursue degree’s or charter boats and acquire nets. Some of literature’s greatest works may not have been easy to come by. Hemingway provides a good fiction lesson.

Cook Book, Book List

Cook Book, Book List
Assembled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Nutella Cook Book
Cravings: Hungry For More Chrissy Teigen
Popcorn Cook Book
Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japans Food Culture
Food Crushie Bowls
Pasta, Pane, Vino about Italy
Grape, Olive, Pig
Out West Cook Book
Tex Mex Cook Book
Mexican Cook Book
Tailgating Cook Book
Jamaican Recipes
Nordic Cook Book Chef Magnus Nillsson
My Paris Kitchen David Leibovitz
Boil an Egg
Twelve Recipes Cook Book
French Food World

Around My French Table Dorie Greenspan

Life Changing Salad Dressings Grace Legere
Our Cuisinart Ice Cream Recipe Book 125 Ways Sweet Tooth
Ice Cream Cannabis Creations Frozen Rasta Fari

Casserole Cook Book –countrystorecatalog.com
Cooking With Elsa-countrystorecatalog.com
Country Woman
Groundnut Cook Book
All Nigerian Recipes Cook Book www.allnigerianrecipes.com

Bonne Femme Cook Book Mimi Moranville
Chezbonnefemme.com  (Aperitif Recipes)

The Braiser Cook Book
Baking Chez Moi
A Kitchen in France-a Year Cooking in my Farm House Mimi Thorrison

Finding Fountainbleu

Canape Cook Book
Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktail Party Hors d’oeuvres
Bartender Manual’s

Mastering the Art of French Cooking vol. 1 & vol. 2
Tasting Paris 100 recipes to eat like a local
The Art of French Pastry
French Country Cooking Meals & Moments From a Village
Around My Table
Voila Effortless French Cook Book
Aperitif Cook Book
Rodale’s Naturally Delicious Desserts and Snacks By Faye Martin (4 stars)
Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book 2018

Carla Hall’s Soul Food, Everyday and Celebration

Midwest Living Magazine

Happy Halloween 2018!!

Happy Halloween 2018!!
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
It’s a time to get zombie and put on your black eyeliner. Form a subculture and write zombie thrillers, spectre, or ghouls and goblin style fiction. You can visit a dead relative in the cemetery. Go for a walk in the cemetery. In some cities old punkies would try to make love in the cemetery until a ghoul grabs their legs!
There is a lot of good fall culinary to try out like Halloween Peanut Butter Spider cookies where you make a peanut butter cookie and stick a peanut butter cup on top upside down and paint chocolate legs and put eyes on the peanut butter cup, also good are Caramel Apple Clafoutis and there is a good recipe on Bon Appetit.com-do a search, pumpkin cheesecake, caramel apples, peanut brittle, pumpkin and applesauce quick bread, apple pies and vanilla ice cream, sweet potato pies, lots of squash or sweet potatoes in general-orange-research fall desserts online. Grains and corn dishes like “Homalito” or “Tamales” are also nice. Another culinary delight that strangely really fits is a touch of Tex-Mex or Mexican dishes or a Mexican Fiesta for “Day of the Dead” celebrations or African foods if you’re going the way of Black Magic. Some great recipes for fall were found on “Food Networks 50 Best Halloween Recipes” and “Food Networks 50 Top Tailgating Recipes” ( has good chili recipes), Food and Wine.com also has nice gratins, baked stuffed acorn squash, casseroles, apple cider cakes and candies. Halloween with all homemade candies? You can do spooky snacks, Halloween cookies that are animated, cover a cake with candy, Jalapeno Poppers with smoked pepper cheese, feta and cream cheese inside, black salt rimmed glasses, or “Bite Night” a Vampire themed party with snacks or tapas.

It’s also a good time for women to gather and form witch covens or practice paganism or make a fire in or out or attend a bonfire outside and sing and tell stories or read from books with a flashlight. You can buy an outdoor fireplace if you are in a residential area. You can also go to a farm and go on a hay ride. Fall drives in the country or to the Cider Mill if you are in Michigan are also great fun. Pick up a gallon of apple cider (it’s a stool softener). Peanuty things are nice like Pad Thai. It’s also Oktoberfest and beers and brats fit in and so does tailgating and games. Chili’s for the first “chills” are also nice.
Make a Halloween video-lay dead on the steps with punk hair or a wig and a 40’s dress. Try writing a script and make a video, performance art piece, prosperous zero or write a play or story. Search online for Halloween Video Editing Tips. Perhaps you can have a screening party or maybe a piano recital or zombie violin recital.
Put a candy bowl in your home or business. Don’t forget to make your dentist appointment so he/she can break the bad news to you right after Halloween that you have all those cavities.
Maybe a bloody mary! Search high and low for Halloween cocktails. Beer is traditional for October, a classic beer month. Cheap drafts, anything ghouly or glowing, Mexican beers and liquors for Day of the Dead, Tequila shots, Guinness, hot toddy’s and warming drinks and whatever matches your costume.
Nice pumpkins, hay and outdoor decorations, wreaths on the door, corn cobs, altars, sugar cane, skeletons, calaberas, parties, candy parties for kids, costumes, sewing and patterns at Joann Fabrics features alot of interesting costumes to sew if you are searching for an idea or you want to dress up your insanely loved child.
Music can be moody classical, baroque, call your ancestors, soundtracks to thrillers, Michael Jackson, Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, Smiths, Pixies, Santana, and whatever you’re channeling with your costume and spooky stuff. Also spiritual African music like Ali Farka Toure “In the Heart of the Moon,” Fatou, Ry Cooder “A Meeting by the River,” Ry Cooder “Bop till you Drop,” Ry Cooder “Mambo Sinuendo,” Kate Bush, Grateful Dead “American Beauty,” Jan A.P. Kaczmarek “Unfaithful,” old Sinead O’Connor, 10,000 Maniacs, Annie Lennox, Babatunde, Queen “Rhapsody” or ABBA, Starwars Sound Track, Grover Washington, Herbie Hancock and Cassandra Wilson.
Don’t forget about the dead, set a place for them at the table. Decorate! Put a sign on the door if you are accepting Trick or Treater’s and organize it in your neighborhood. Make-up, costume, zombie styles, culinary, good Music, films and making films, photos or portraits in costume, parties, spiders, spirituality, children, women, writing, farms, countryside, fall, Oktoberfest, sports, games, college games.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR FUCK BOOTS for the adults. What is also nice is to make holiday libraries, see book list below and check goodreads.com for Best Halloween Books. Black cats, costumed dogs, black and orange, masks and papier mache!!! You can make very original costumes and designs with Papier mache. Parades. Candy, occult, metaphysical, herbs, even getting a cold, death, write your will or estate planning, Halloween graphics and good spooky graphic designs, song books and collect or write music see below suggestions for basic fireside songs. Drawing from a live model with charcoals and drawing pencils or painting is also nice or formal illustration by computer could also be exciting. What could be really fantastic is feeding off old folklore, legend, or magic to create dynamic paintings and use your holiday to paint. Make a Zine or a Zombie Zine. Anything metaphysical or voodoo or ju ju or Black Magic. Irish music and folklore. Tarot. Legends, myths, fables.
Halloween can drag out all your characterization fantasies. You can have a hand puppet recite poetry or wear a white owl papier mache mask or some kind of scary animal with little weird teeth out of papier mache. There are sometimes groups that form that make papier mache masks then host events, do plays or make parades.
It may be nice to play dress up and take photos. It may be nice to make herbal concoctions. What is really nice is to pay homage to the full moon. There used to be Full Moon Bazaar parties every full moon. A drumming circle may be nice. It may be nice to really just get into Halloween or fall culinary. You can always pop on a game on TV for an instant tailgating party. Maybe try a Zombie Dance Party or Gothic or Halloween Film Night or just curl up and read all month.
Happy Halloween from Revolving Stream!
Movie List
Alfred Hitchcock
Dumaurier Films (classics): “Jamaica Inn,” “Rebecca,” “Frenchman’s Creek,” “The Years Between,” “Hungry Hill,” “My Cousin Rachel,” “Kiss Me Again Stranger,” “Fraction of a Second,” “The Scapegoat,” “The Birds,” “Don’t Look Now,” “The Break Through,” “The Life Force Experiment,” “The Birds II, Lands End”
Michael Jackson Thriller Video and Album
The Exorcist
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Hocus Pocus
The Picture of Dorian Gray By, Oscar Wilde
Rosemary’s Baby
The Adam’s Family
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Circus Video’s
American Werewolf in London
Blue Velvet
Performance Art (Goat Island Video’s)
Phantom of the Opera
Wizard of Oz
Barnum and Baily
Bob Flanagan
Snow White
Fritz the Cat
Naked Lunch
The Hobbit
Free to be You and Me
Freaks By Tod Browning 1932
American Carny: True Tales for the Circus Sideshow
Sideshow Alive in the Mind
RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Black Orpheus
Lacto Drom
Want you to be my neighbor Morgan Neville (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood)
Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Akira Kurosawa
Film Noir
Ginger Rogers
Hedy Lamarr

Book List
Daphne Dumaurier (see Wikipedia Book list, also search for “Classics of the Macabre”)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime & Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamozov)
Nikolai Gogol (Diary of a Madman)
Anton Chekov
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Egon Schiller
Louise Bourgeois, An Unfolding Portrait
Friedrich Nietsche
Victor Hugo
Walter Scott
Homer Epics
Jean-Paul Satre
Ann Radcliffe
Diane Arbus
The Scarlet Letter
Edgar Allan Poe “Murder in the Rue Morgue”
Crime Fiction
Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction
L.T. Meade’s “Stories from the Diary of a Doctor”
Naturalist works: Arnold Bennet, HG Wells, Arthur Morrison “Child of Jago”
American Gothic Tales By Joyce Carol Oates
The Pagan Book of Halloween: A Complete Guide to The Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells and Love By Gerina Dunwich
Halloween: Vintage Holiday Graphics
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Trick or Treats: The Ultimate Halloween Book By Deborah Harding
The Book of The Occult By, Simon W. Clark
Aleister Crowley , The Book of Thoth (Tarot), Qabalistic Writings
Carlos Casteneda
Jude’s Home Herbal
I Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, By, Maryse Conde
Legends of Santeria, World Religion & Magic By, Gonzalez-Wippler
Magic From Brazil, Recipes, Spells & Rituals By, Caroline Dow
VOODOO Curses, Don’t Get Mad, Get Even, The Dark Art of Curses Vol . 1 By Prince Abdul-Hawl and A.B. Aames
Enchantments a Modern Witches Guide to Self Possession By, Mya Spalter
Fast Orisha Power: A Quick Tutorial to Urban Santeria by, Frater Azrael
Santeria: A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic By, Luis Manuel Nunez
Santeria: African magic in Latin America By, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
Urban Santeria: New World Magic for Urban & Suburban Populations by, Medicine Hawk Wilburn
The Magical Power of The Saints, Evocation & Candle Rituals By, Rev. Ray T. Malborough
Santeria: African Spirits in America by, Joseph M. Murphy
Santeria: African Magic in Latin America By, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
Creative Ritual, El Obatala
Continuing Yoruba, Santeria & Western Magic Traditions By El Obatala
Santeria The Religion, The Religion: Faith, Rites, Magic, World Religion & Magic By, Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
Kali Mantra Magick, Summoning the Dark Powers of Kali Ma, Mantra Magick Series Book 2, By Baal Kadman
Robert B. Parkers Old Black Magic, (Spenser Book Art) By Ace Atkins
The Book of Black Magic by Arthur Edward Waite
Black Magic: Religion and the African Conjuring Tradition By, Yvonne P. Chireau
The Veritable magic Noire, True Black Magic By, Iroe Grego
Black Magic: Spells of Destruction By, Ashtara Mikovich
The book of the Forbidden Knowledge Black Magic, Superstition, Charms & Divination By, Johnson Smith and co Tarl Warwick
Magical Healing a Health Survival Gudie for Magicians & Healers by Josephine McCarty
The Unofficial harry Potter Spell Book Wizard Training By, Michael Gonzalez
Simple Self Healing=The Magic of Auto Suggestion By, Emile Coue
Creative Visualization By, Shakti Gowain
Tales From Dark Places the Halloween Collection By, D.C. Rogers
Zombie Apocalypse Trilogy book 1-3 By Chelsea Luna
Death Makes a Holiday a Cultural History of Halloween
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane By Katherine Howe
The Phantom of the Opera, By, Gaston Leroux
H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of the Supernatural: Classic Tales of The Macabre By Stephen Jones
World War Z: An Oral History of The Zombie War By, Max Brooks
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By, Washington Irving
The Shining By, Stephen King
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By, Robert Louis Stevenson
Alice in Wonderland
Greek Mythology (eg. Medusa)
Charlotte’s Web
The Witches By, Roald Dahl
Macbeth, By Shakespeare
The Halloween Tree, By Ray Bradbury
Dracula By, Bram Stoker
Frankenstein, By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark By, Alvin Schwartz
The Complete Tales and Poems By, Edgar Allan Poe
The Graveyard Book By, Neil Gaiman
Anan Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom, By, John O’Donohue
Pagan Portals-Irish Paganism, reconstructing Irish Polytheism By Morgan Daimler
Gods & Goddesses of Ireland, A guide to Irish Deities, by Morgan Daimler
Celtic Flame: An Insider’s Guide to Irish Pagan Tradition By, Aedh Rua
Pagan Ireland (Epochs of Irish History Books) By, Eleanor Hull
Wild Irish Heart, The Mystic Cove Series Book 1, By, Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Witch, Mystic Cove Series Book 6, By, Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Roots, Margaret and Sean, The Mystic Cove Series Book 5, By, Tricia O’Malley
Wild Irish Rebel, A Mystic Cove Novel Book 4, By, Tricia O’Malley
Thicker Than Water, A Dermot O’hara Mystery Book 1, Michael McDonnell & Mial Pagan
Wild Irish Eyes, A Mystic Cove Novel Book 2, By Tricia O’Malley
Camera Obscura
How to Make Masks! Easy How to Make Masks, Masquerade, Halloween and Dress Up Fun By Jonni Good
Papier Mache Masks by Jane Yates
Great Paper Mache By, Gerry Copp
Paper Fantastic 50 Creative Projects to Fold and Weave
Hand Puppets How to Make and Use Them
Step Right UP! Memoirs of a Sword Swallower By, Daniel P Mannix
The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton A True Story of Conjoined Twins By Dean Jenson
Inside Peewee’s Playhouse the Unfolding Unauthorized Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
Big top Pee Wee & Friends A color & Fun Book
Big Top Pee Wee and The Circus
Focus on: 100 Most Popular Comedy Film Characters: Lemony Snicket, Howard the Duck, Pee Herman, Goofy, Homer Wikipedia
Freaks of Side show and Film By Mary Brett & Steven Gould
Peter Hennen Hell’s Belles From Gorilla Girls to Freak Babies By, Kevin T. Gerone
My Life with Geeks, Freaks and Vagabonds in the Carny Trade By Howard Bone and Daniel Waldron
Electric Woman, A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts By, Tessa Fontaine
Carnival Freak, By Billie Sue Mosiman
The Giants of Seville By, Byron Scarbrough

Some Classic Fireside Fall Songs:
Weeping Willow
Sleepy Hollow
Weeping Willow
The valley goes on and on
The valley goes on and on

Sleepy Hollow
Weeping Willow
Sleepy Hollow
Love will follow

I walk the leaves so pale
I walk the leaves so pale
(a wail shriek thrill like an animal at night)
The sun has gone to bed
The sky is so dark
The stars are so bright
The animals start to sing
And I am falling in love

I toss my photo into the fire
I toss my photo into the fire
And go to God
I send this letter to the angels
To ask their plea
I send all my dark energy
to the fire
And out of me
I toss my photo into the fire
And go to God

Come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Someone needs you lord, come by here
Someone needs you lord, come by here
Someone needs you lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Someone’s praying lord, come by here
Someone’s praying lord, come by here
Someone’s praying lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Come by here my lord, come by here
Oh lord, come by here

Show me kindness
Show me kindness
Show me love
Improve my life
I’ll improve yours

Where is devasta-tion?
Where is deva-sta-tion?
Where is devasta-tion?
Where is deva-st-a-tion?

When you fall-out- of- love
With deva-staaaaaa-tion
Then I’ll be saved.

All songs were written by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu with the exception of “Come by Here” copied from Hymnary.org

Up to Snuff #63: Summer Reading List 2018


Up to Snuff #63: Summer Reading List 2018

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


China in Ten Words By, Yu Hua

Chekhov Plays, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, The Wood Demon

The Tale of Genji  By, Murasaki Shikibu

Resurrection Blues (Play), By Arthur Miller


Right Hand Man to The Champ, by Tasha Robinson-White

El Elephante, Saramago  (known for “precisos palabras”)

The Ask

The Big Book of Fairy Tales by Walter Jerrold

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories by, Jay Rubin

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tales

Up to Snuff #61: Personal Library Sections List

Up to Snuff #61:  Personal Library Sections List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Presidential or Leadership & CEO

Health, Medical, Fitness, Beauty

Page Turners, fiction, creative non-fiction, Mystery, crime fiction, novel, and genre


Ancient and Early Man

Writing Reference Library


Shakespearean Book List

Tragedies Book List

Techniques eg. Alexander Technique

Musical Pedagogy



Cook Books, Culinary and Culinary School Series

Foreign Language and International, Poetry of the World

Art, Creative, Coffee Table, Craft, Sewing, Quilting, Tailoring, Fashion

How to’s


Binders of Research

Spirituality, Religion, Witchcraft, Esoteric

Guide Books, Maps, Almanacs

Math Book Collection

Nature, Naturalist, Gardening, Local Tree’s,


Epistemology, Knowledge


Research, Sociology

Dictionaries of the World



Pets, Puppy manuals

Public Speaking

Grants, Grant Writing & Non-Profit, fundraising


Web Design

Phone books


Calligraphy, writing & penmanship

Great books

Comedic Writing

Tragedies, Mythology

Foreign Affairs

Plays, Theater, Acting, Musical Theater

Sheet Music, song books


Canning and food notes and preservation

Estate planning wills writing, Self Help, Soul Development

Yoga, Falun Gong, Spiritual Exercise



Cultural eg:  Arts, Culture & Civilization

College Text book


Travel, vacation get away, landmarks, sites

Philosophy, Existentialism


Education, teaching, learning, knowledge

Technical Writing

Memoir and family history

Family, friends and colleagues books

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Recreation, leisure, sports



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Up to Snuff #59: Rhetoric

Up to Snuff  #59:  Rhetoric

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu



The art of speaking with elegance and force, declamation: oratory; the art of skillful use of language in prose writing.

The Consolidated Webster Multi-Pictured Encyclopedia Dictionary


Rhetorical as in rhetorical problem solving

“Effectively communicating the results of that work.” “Communicating effectively the technical problems that they solved.”

“Rhetoric, however has more general, less negative meaning than its popular connotation suggests, defined most simply it means “effective communication.””

“Effectively communicating the essentials of technical problem solving.”

“Communication refers to activities ranging from writing formal technical reports to running a meeting”

“Effective is something that an audience can understand and deal with significantly.”

“To upper management, peer experts, subordination or the public outside all need to have the results of the technical problem solving explained to them clearly so that they can act upon what they learn in ways appropriate to their positions.”

Technical and Professional Writing by George E. Kennedy and Tracy T. Montgomery


“Art of Oratory, to say, to speak, orator, more at word, the art of speaking or writing effectively, the study of principles and rules of composition formulated by critics of ancient times, the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion, skill in the effective use of speech, a type or mode of language or speech”

“Rhetorical question, given to speech, grandiloquent, asked merely for rhetorical effect with no answer expected.”

Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary



Rhetoric Aristotle

Rhetoric A Very Short Introduction

Rhetorical Devices a Handbook and Activities for Student Writers

Rhetorical Devices

Rhetoric Alive Principles of Persuasion

Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators

Rhetorical Theory Second Edition Borchers


Up to Snuff #57: Spring Book List 2018

Up to Snuff #57:  Spring Book List 2018

Compiled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Roland Barthes

Samuel Beckett, More Pricks than Kicks

Thomas Raddall, The Nymph and The Lamp

Stefan Zweig, Balzac

Flaubert and Madame Bovary, Francis Steegmuller

Dubai Tales, Muhammed al Murr

Prize Stories OHenry Awards 1983

Daphne Dumaurier, Don’t Look Now

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dalai Lama


Timeout Paris

Chateaux and Hotels of France

Doris Lessing, The Cleft

The Last Picture Show, Larry McMurthy

Kurt Vonnegut

Ram Das, Be Here Now

Leave Here to Heaven, Ben Miles Williams

Nigger of Narcissus, Joseph Conrad

Roads of Destiny, O’Henry

Kapuscinski, Shadow of the Sun

Harvard Classics

Show Boat, So big, Cimarron, Edna Ferber-Three Living Novels of American of Life

Landscape Graphics, Reid

A Perfect Lady, Pollack Wolff

Sommerset Maugham, 10 Novels

James Baldwin

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

Ceramics, Nelson

Zhan Lian, Painting books and DVD’s (search on internet)

Jane Eyre

The Arabian Nights, Sir Richard F. Burton

The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Longford

The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Resurrection Blues, Arthur Miller

Consilience, E.O. Wilson

A Room With a View, E.M. Forster


Up to Snuff #55: Book List Primarily French Writers Extracted from “Flaubert and Madame Bovary” By Francis Steegmuller

Up to Snuff #55:  Book List Primarily French Writers Extracted from “Flaubert and Madame Bovary” By

Francis Steegmuller

Assembled by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


History of Genoa

Breughal “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” (Painting)


Victor Hugo

Study of Greek



Stendahl (Pseudonym of Marie Henri Beyle)

Edgar Allan Poe

Saint Theresa


Don Quixote, Cervantes

Uncle Parain From Nogent


Last Hours of Marguerite of Burgundy

Two Hands on One Crown

Secrets of Phillip the Wise

Matteo Faleme

Two Coffins for One Outlaw

The Plague in Florence

The Iron Hand

A Dream of Hell


Bernadin de Saint Pierre


Byron Translations

Henri III, Et sa Coeur

Victor Hugo, Hernani

Theophile Gautier, (Romanticist)

Alexandre Dumas





George Sand

Plays of Racine Cornielle

Comedie Francaise

Louis Phillippe of Orleans

Jacques, George Sands

Chatterton, Vigny

De Comps, The Suicide

Old Rules of Rhetoric

History of Dukes of Burgundy

Marie de Medicis



Corneille and Racine

Horace Odes






Hugo, Les Orientales

Notre Dame de Paris



Queen of Sheba

Idees Recues

Chateaubriand, Rene and Atala (Style Schools)


Thoughts of Sceptic

La Danse des Morts

Mortuary Themes


Byron’s, Caine

Memoires d’un Fou


L’education Sentimentale

Dolts and Debaucheres


Aesthetics of Hegel

Vincents, History of Genoa

Merimee, Prosper

Merimee, Notes of a Journey in the South of France

The Last of the Mohicans


Hugo, Feuilles d’Automne

Lucrece Borgia

Le Roi S’amuse

Dumas’s “Antony”

Medieval and Oriental Subjets

Guy Maupassant

Froissant Chronicles

Capeluche le Bourreau

On L’homme Rouge

Les Orientales, Hugo

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The Cousins of Isis



Alfred de Musset

Les Transmigrations du Latin


Comedy of Plautus

La Martine

A Ma Belle Lectrice, Bouilhet

Pasha Abbas

Abu Simbel

Acropole d’Athenes, L’ Colet

Amor nel Cor, Colet



Arpentigny,  Captain d’

Art et l’Amour, Colet


Aux Poetes, Du Camps

Eleanor Marx, Aveling

Aventures de Mademoiselle Mariette, Les Champfleury



Honore de Balzac

Charles Baudelaire


Le Candidat, Flaubert

Candide, Voltaire

Capeluche le Bourreau, Du Camps

Ce Qu’On Reve en Aimant, Colet

Ce Qui Est dans le Coeur de Femmes, Colet

Miguel de Cervantes


Les Chants de Vaincus, Colet

Chants Modernes, Du Camp

Charlotte Corday et Mdame Roland, Colet

Francois Rene Chateaubriand

Le Chateau de Versailles, Colet

Les Chatiments, Hugo

Un Coeur Simple, Flaubert

Confessions, Musset

La Dame aux Camelias, Dumas

La Danse des Morts, Flaubert

De Gladiatoribus, Lipsius

Dictionnaire des Idees Recues

Du Vrai, du Beau et du Bien, Cousin

Fantomes, Colet

Feuilles d’Automne, Hugo


Les Fleurs du Mal, Baudelaire

Fleurs du Midi, Colet

Fossiles, Bouilhet

The Golden Ass, Apuleius

The Golden Legend

The Governess, Colet

Graziella, Lamartine

Herodias, Flaubert

History of Poetical Feelings in France, Flaubert

Illaid Homer


Journal de Rouen

Immanuel Kant

The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper

Life of Jesus, Strauss

Le Livre Posthume, Du Camp

Louis Lambert, Balzac

Love Letters. Colet

Lysistrata, Aristophanes

Macbeth, Shakespeare

Madame d’Aigrizelles, Champfleury

Madamede Montarcy, Bouilhet

Madeleine, Colet

Mademoiselle de Maupin, Gautier

La Maison de Poete Exile, Colet

Manon Lescaut, Prevost

Matteo Falcone, Flaubert

Le Medicin de Campagne, Balzac

Melaenis, Bouilhet

Memoires d’Outretombe, Chateaubraind

Moise, Chateaubriand

Moliere (Pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Moniteur Universal

Monsier le Prefet (Flaubert)

Le Monument de Moliere, Colet

Le Musee Secret de Naples

Napolean le Petit, Hugo


Nil Le Egype et Nubie, Du Camp

Novembre, Flaubert

Odssey, Homer

Par les Champs et par les Greves, Flaubert

Paysage et Amour, Colet

Les Pays Lumineux, Colet

Penserosa, Colet

Pericles, Shakespeare

The Plague de Florence, Flaubert

Politics, Aristotle

Preceptes du Style, Buffon

Prevost D’Exiles, Antoine Francois (Abbe Prevost)

Religions of Antiquity, Kreuzer

Rene, Chateaubriand

Ressouvenir Paien, Colet

Revue de Paris


Le Roi S’Amuse, Hugo

Le Rouge et le Noir, Stendahl

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Salammbo, Flaubert

Satyricon (Petronius)

The Secret of Phillip the Wise, Flaubert

La Servante, Colet

William Shakespeare

Smarh, Flaubert


Souvenirs et Paysages d’Orient, Du Camp

Souvenirs Litteraires, Du Camp

The Suicide, Decamps

Tagahor, Du Camp

Trois Contes, Flaubert


Une Nuit de Don Juan, Flaubert

Vie de Boheme, Murger

Comte Alfred Victor, Vigny


A Midsummer Nights Dream

The Tempest

La Martine

King John

Child of the Sun, Soul of Fire


Charlotte Cordoy et Madame Roland (Feminism)

Le Chateau de Versailles


James Henry, Notes on Novelists

Levin, Harry, The Gates of Horn

Brombert, Victor, The Novels of Flaubert

Colum, Mary, From These Roots

Degoumois, Leon, Flaubert a L’ecole de Goethe

Mestral Combremont, La Belle Madame Colet

Praz, Mario, The Romantic Agony

Starkie, Enid, Flaubert:  The Making of the Master

Up to Snuff #54: Indian Writers Book List

Up to Snuff #54:  Indian Writers Book List

Osho DVD’s and Books


Bhagavadgita Home Study Course by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a 2 year course, Published by Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute of Vedanta & Sanskrit, Saylorsburg, PA, volume 1

Mahabarata, By William Buck

Autobiography of Gandhi

Gandhi on Personal Leadership, By, Anand Kumarasamy

Mohandas Gandhi Essential Writings, John Dear

Messages From Amma, In the Language of the Heart

Fareed Zakaria (Some earlier articles in Foreign Affairs were masterful)

Passage to India, E.M. Forster


Shakti Gowain, Creative Visualization

Dr. Mishra

R.K. Narayan 1906-2001 The Guide

Amitav Ghosh-The Glass Palace, Sea of Gypsies

Mulk Raj Anand 1905-2004

Chetan Bhajat-A Night in a Call Center

Raja Rao-1908-2006

Nayantara Sahgel, 1927-2017

Nirad C. Chaudhuri, 1897-1993

Bharati Mukherjee, 1940-2017

Amita Nair

V.S. Naipaul

Kiran Desai-The Inheritance

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies

Kovid Gupta

Argha Shadid Ali

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

Salman Rushdie, Midnights Children

Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

Arundhati Ray, God of Small Things

Triveni Acharya

Judge Ahluwalia

Teresa Albuquerque

Afshan  Anjum

Umarj i Anuradha

Rana Ayyub

Nadira Babbar

Tista Bagchi

Rupa Bajwa


Rashmi Bausal

Dayamjani Barla

Jahnavi Barwa

Kiran Bedi

Pankaj Bhadoumia

Shereen Bhan

Bela Bhartia

Bindu Bhatt

Suchititra Bhattacharya

Margaret Bhalty

Shomali Bose

Dimane Bunshe

Uma Chakravarti

Anuparma Chandrasekhar

AAngana P. Chatterji

Swati Chaturvedi

Supriya Chaudhuri

Shaili Chopra

Monica Das

Sadu Dehlvi

Kishwar Desai

Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Hahar Dutt

Shahira EK

Sama Faliero

Leela Ganhi

Saganika Ghose

Ruchira Gupta

Daisy Hasan

Lakshimi Holmstrom

Roopa Pai

Jameel Nishat

Sumita Narain


Some Indian Poets

Meena Alexander


Syed Waheed A Shraf

Bhavesh Bhatt

Sri Chimmay

Ritam Chaudhury

Keki N. Daruwalla

Leema Bhar

Tishami Doshi

Joy Goswami

Jyotish Jami

Laxmi Agarwah

Amita Nair