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How to Make Long Island Tea

Long island tea is a classic drink that you can get in almost any bar, a type of cocktail so old that nobody’s completely sure who even first created it. Despite its name, it’s not actually made using tea: in fact, it’s not even made in a similar way to tea…

5 After-School Snack Ideas for Busy Parents

As a busy parent, finding it easy to make snacks for the kids is essential. After a long day, the last thing you want to do is bake cookies. When the kids get home from school, they're usually hungry and exhausted. You need healthy snack options you can have ready for them. When they run through the door, kicking off their shoes and dropping their school bags on the…

Flowering Plants You Can Plant at Home

Are you one of those people that admires your neighbours’ gardens when they are in full bloom with envy? Do you sometimes feel like you would like to give gardening a try but feel like you do not possess the know-how to make a success of your own garden?…


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Melina Druga's Blog – February 2019 Archive (6)

Victorian Poison Wallpaper: Death by Interior Design

We are slaves to fashion – both in our wardrooms and in our homes.  This also was the case during the Victorian era.  Homes in the Victorian era often were covered in wallpaper.  The Victorians loved wallpaper so much they covered every wall with it and sometimes the ceiling.  The wallpaper of choice was that of bold colors with large patterns.  But the fashion-forward got more than they bargained for – poison wallpaper was killing them.…


Added by Melina Druga on February 27, 2019 at 1:36pm — No Comments

A Review of Moscow Airlift: Makes for a Better Screenplay Than a Novel

Set during the Cold War, Moscow Airlift by Marc Liebman was published by Penmore Press.  The novel is ideal for those who love political intrigue.  A saga, the format of the novel with its wealth of characters and multiple location changes lends itself better to a screenplay.


I did not review the final draft of the novel, and therefore, ignored any typographical…


Added by Melina Druga on February 21, 2019 at 10:34am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Eileen O'Finlan

Eileen O'Finlan describes herself as a New Englander to the core and can't imagine living anywhere else. Her dream home in an old farmhouse in Vermont where she can spend her days –and nights if wishes – writing.

O’Finlan is an animal lover and has owned cats since she was six years old.  She also is environmentally conscious.

When she’s not writing, O’Finlan…


Added by Melina Druga on February 19, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Molasses.  Chances are it’s something you don’t have in your pantry, but 100 years ago it was a household staple.  Molasses is processed from sugar cane and is used as a sweetener; it is a dark brown, barely viscous liquid.  One January day, molasses also became synonymous with death. An industrial accident in Boston, known as the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, caused the sweetener to flow through city streets.…


Added by Melina Druga on February 13, 2019 at 9:56am — No Comments

A Review of Scavengers from the Sea: A Thriller That’s Not so Thrilling

Published by author services company TCK Publishing, Scavengers from the Sea by Rob Mackintosh is subtitled “a historical thriller novel.” That’s where the trouble begins.  The novel isn’t so much thrilling as it is a series of slice-of-life pieces with nothing to tie them together other than the characters.


This is book one in the Legend of the…


Added by Melina Druga on February 7, 2019 at 10:25am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Marc Liebman

Marc Liebman is constantly on the go.  When he was a partner in a consulting firm, he was on the road at least four days a week and averaged 200,000 air miles annually.  It’s an experience he doesn’t miss.


Liebman also has traveled via RV with his family and dog.  His dream trip is to watch a baseball game in every ballpark in the country.  He’s already seen games in…


Added by Melina Druga on February 5, 2019 at 9:55am — No Comments

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