Interview with Max Micallef

“The subtitle of the book is actually the time frame of the intensity of my depression/anxiety, a major love life experience, and then the creation of the book itself.”

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A New Yorker at heart, Micallef is from the tri-state area and often resides in the city.  He’s a politics/government junkie, spiritual but not religious and very into homeopathic living. His sun sign is Gemini; Moon Sign is Scorpio; Rising/Ascendant Sign Sagittarius; Venus Sign Cancer and Mercury Sign Gemini to name a few. He can be contacted through his email for more about his natal chart or talks on astrology and/or Numerology.  His life path number is 3 and his current personal (or world) year number is 6.  He’s gay, single, and ready to mingle but so over the lust scene. Insightful/intuitive, blunt, and ambitious/driven are three words that he’d use to describe himself. Biblichor has an amazing time up close and personal with this budding writer/poet.
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Tee: What has been the inspiration behind this book?

Max: I have always felt emotions on an intense level. Being an empath, I feel other people’s emotions as though they are my own, or at least pick-up on other people’s not-so-obvious feelings and emotions. Not to confuse this though with being easily excited or general hyper-ness. Though this ability brings great intuitiveness, great pain can come along with it. I decided to create something good out of this pain being a combo of the mentioned empathy, genetic depression/anxiety, and trying to live life through these variables. I hope people read this collection and have an “ah-ha” moment on their journey of life. Some sense of connection their innate self.

Tee: Since when have you been writing? Do you feel writing as therapeutic?

Max: I can’t remember when I started writing. Writing to me being even jotting-down bits of stream of conscious or moments you have with yourself. Writing is definitely therapeutic to me. It’s a very clear channel to the self. I write down what comes out then organize after. It’s one of the closest ways I objectively view my perspective, experience/journey, and overall being.

Tee: How long did it take you to complete writing this book?

Max: The subtitle of the book is actually the time frame of the intensity of my depression/anxiety, a major love life experience, and then the creation of the book itself. Out of the subtitle’s time range I would say the year, ending around May, 2017 even though the book was published in July, included the main organization/putting-together of the book. Most of the collection I wrote during the low point half the book is about then well later or after the suicide attempt I organized or put-together.

 

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Tee: What are the main ideas that you want readers to take away from this book?

Max: I want readers to take anything they take out of this book that promotes any internal awakening for them, or anything positive in relation for that matter. We are the teachers and students of each other. When i have moments of wisdom or clarity or the “ah-ha” moments I mentioned before, it’s such a pure and grounded feeling like no other, and I want others to experience that as well.

Tee: What are the projects that you’re working on at the moment?

Max: I am currently working on another piece of writing about our current, and position speaking, illegitimate federal administration. It’s also in poetry form; specifically the found poetry style. But I say illegitimate because because the people that make-up this administration are not allowing themselves to just live and be. I see them, whether in a literal or non-literal sense because I don’t know their private lives, as having a crucial low-point in their lives as I did that in the end is beneficial to their growth but is difficult to process and experience because they were all given positions of power simultaneously like my low-point simultaneous with a prominent experience in my love life. Because of this, what proceeds is then actions and behavior on their self-journey that are not coming from their innate self. I feel both anger and upset towards their actions and behavior because of the people they are hurting. I am a proud member of the resistance. However, I hope with all of this the people of this administration learn to love themselves.

Tee: How can readers, admirers and fans reach you?

Max: Anyone for any anything or reason can contact my more professional or work email mmaxmicallef@gmail.com

Tee: Thank you so much for your time Max. It was a joy catching up with you. Waiting eagerly for your upcoming books.

Read the review of Of Love and Mental Health Here.

The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet by Jen Fisch

Paleo is often used interchangeably with Keto. It is not as high in fat or low in carbs as keto and has several differences as well as types. It is possible to follow a keto diet while following principles of both.

Title: The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet

Author: Jen Fisch

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Date of Publication: 2 January 2018

Rating: 5/5

Diagnosed with two auto immune disorders: psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, Fisch decided to take up a keto diet earlier on in her life at the age of 18-19. As the tagline of the book describes, it is full of low carb, high fat recipes for busy people on a keto diet. Looking for ways to alleviate pain, she followed her doctor’s advice and started a low carb diet by cutting out sugar intake.

Following a keto diet helps body to burn fat/ ketones for energy instead of burning sugar for energy. Mental clarity, reduced inflammation and increased energy are some of its benefits. Macro nutrients are the major nutritional elements that make up the caloric content of food. The trick is to avoid low quality fats. Intermittent fasting can be adopted as a part of a ketogenic lifestyle. She then goes on to provide a basic guideline about managing electrolytes to maintain a keto diet that necessitates drinking a lot of water.

Paleo is often used interchangeably with Keto. It is not as high in fat or low in carbs as keto and has several differences as well as types. It is possible to follow a keto diet while following principles of both. Fisch mentions some must have kitchen equipment as well before getting to the nitty gritty of her recipes. The chart about foods to enjoy and foods to avoid is very helpful. It is wise to have a well -stocked pantry and some pantry essentials include pink Himalayan salt, ghee, olive oil and grass fed butter. She enlists some of her favourite keto products including Kerrygold Butter, Fat Snax Cookies, Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice and many more. Details about keto cooking is provided in a few short paragraphs under sub headings. Its short, easy to understand and offers a prelude to the recipes that are to follow. The amazing thing about these recipes is that they can be cooked in a single pot, in a single pan, within about 30 minutes and are vegetarian. Each recipe calls for only 5 main ingredients.

The recipes are provided with the ingredients to the left along with their cooking time and the procedure on the right. A short ingredient tip is provided below each of these. The book is extremely organised with recipes divided into smoothies and breakfast; soups and salads; side dishes and snacks, fish and poultry entrees; pork and beef entrees and ultimately some really yummy desserts and sweet treats. The chapter on sauces and dressings is a bonus with its innumerable number of creative and delicious sauce combos. The recipe title index at the back of the book makes recipes easily accessible.

Fisch offers some incredibly simple solutions through her thoughtful and well experimented recipes to create natural, wholesome meals out of just 5 ingredients. She can be reached at http://www.ketointhecity.com

 

Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra

Sammy Jo is one such restless toddler struggling to fall asleep. She also relies on the trick of counting things in the air until she drowses off. But this time something isn’t going right. Sammy Jo’s imaginary sheep have surrounded her bedside. They’re far more in number than the ten she’d counted before. Surprised and excited after seeing them, Sammy Jo cannot fall asleep anymore.

Title: Ten Sheep to Sleep

Author: Nidhi Kamra

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing

Date of Publication: 30 June 2017

Rating: 5/5

Baa baa pink sheep.

Putting a child to sleep is a strenuous task especially if the little one is a highly imaginative kid. Every parent is familiar with these challenges. Hence, the importance of bed time stories and lullabies. But that’s what age old proven tricks are for. Counting cows in the air is one of them.

Sammy Jo is one such restless toddler struggling to fall asleep. She also relies on the trick of counting things in the air until she drowses off. But this time something isn’t going right. Sammy Jo’s imaginary sheep have surrounded her bedside. They’re far more in number than the ten she’d counted before. Surprised and excited after seeing them, Sammy Jo cannot fall asleep anymore.

Illustrated brilliantly by the very talented Eugene Ruble, the sheep mostly come in various shades of striped pink. They usually zip by on their skateboards as they head towards Dreamland. They are woolly, jolly and love Sammy Jo. Tonight they’ve overcrowded her bedside and are accompanied by ten more polka dotted sheep. They introduce themselves as next door neighbour Mary’s sheep who has abandoned them. They’re upset, crying and have no place to go. Sammy Jo decides to help. But her brother and parents don’t need them either. They count other things to sleep.

Sammy Jo desperately needs to find a solution before the sheep jump on her bed, hide in her closet and tear at her books. It’s then that an idea hits her. She asks the sheep to line up in pairs so that she can count them by twos. So clever, Sammy Jo!

Though aimed at kids aged 5-8, this picture book can be offered to kids who have not yet begun reading. The hand drawn sketches on the page margins will definitely arouse the interest of all kids. Mother of two, an engineer and author, Nidhi Kamra, weaves a delightful tale in the manner of a picture book with big bright illustrations and a tinge of kiddy humour that will leave parents and their little ones asking for more.

Guess what Sammy Jo’s brother and parents count to sleep? Read to find out.

Click the book cover to grab your copy. Happy Reading!

 

The Ultimate List of Fiction Books You Should Read At Least Once in Your Life by thisiswriting.com

Here’s the ultimate list of fiction books you should be reading at least once in your life. How many have you read so far?

Check out the link here: https://thisiswriting.com/the-ultimate-list-of-fiction-books-you-should-read-at-least-once-in-your-life/

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The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook: 75 Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven by Robin Donovan

Though full of vital tips and tricks for new users, Robin Donovan’s compilation is essentially a cookbook that provides a cooking chart with cooking time, weight, oven function and convection temperature for various meat and fish products and a separate list for vegetables.

Title: The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook: 75 Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven

Author: Robin Donovan

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Date of Publication: 26 December 2017

Rating: 4.3/5

Be it built in or counter top, ovens these days come with a convection function but most people fail to use it as they do not know how to go about it. The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook book begins with an introduction to the inner workings of this modern and useful function called convection. So what exactly is convection?

Unlike conventional gas or electric ovens, convection cooking uses a fan to circulate air and heat throughout the over and around the food. This technology allows food to be cooked faster, more evenly and at a low temperature saving power and time. For meats, pastries and many vegetables convection cooking is the best method provided one knows how to use it properly. The right temperature and time of cooking is of utmost importance to get the desired results. The book explains the whys and hows of convection cooking and to get the most out of it in a simplified, concise and easy to read manner.

Titled ‘Know Your Oven’, the first chapter details the technicalities of a convection oven explaining the genius that has gone behind crafting it. This small lesson in science is important to understand the full features of the oven. The proper and equal transference of heat across the entire length and breadth of the food leads to better cooking automatically. In ten crisp points Donovan jots down the many reasons to love a convection oven and adapt a convection cooking process that the conventional oven fails to provide. Most familiar brands like Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Frigidaire, or other high end brands like Wolf and Miele provide convection functions in their ovens. In short paragraphs Donovan goes on to briefly detail about the counter top convection ovens, convection toaster ovens, convection microwave ovens, halogen/infrared ovens. Top ideal convection cooking methods include roasting, baking, toasting and oven-frying.

Though full of vital tips and tricks for new users, Robin Donovan’s compilation is essentially a cookbook that provides a cooking chart with cooking time, weight, oven function and convection temperature for various meat and fish products and a separate list for vegetables. A few tips on adapting the usual recipes or cooking whole dishes for a convection oven is highly useful. The best part about this guide is the 75 recipes that it comes with about various dishes that can be easily cooked in convection for breakfast and brunch, as appetizers, snacks; with or without vegatables, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, pork; home made breads, cakes, cookies and desserts. The book is of moderate length and written in an easy language. The practical tips make the book really handy. From the author of  best selling Campfire Cuisine, The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook, and Dutch Oven Obsession comes this yet another exciting collection of sumptuous recipes to line up your dining table. All the recipes are indexed at the end of the book for easy access and more of Donovan’s work can be seen at her blog www.twolazygourmets.com

Click the book cover to grab your copy. Happy Reading!