“Murder is Served”

What immediately struck me was the assemblage of the scenes! Flashback and flashforward succeeding, stimulating curiosity, keeping alive the attention. Moreover, the characters are well designed, each of them with its share of secrets. But what really makes this must-see show is the protagonist, a masterful Viola Davis[2] that manages to be at once our heroine and the villain of this story.

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*Spring rolls
(The recipe is my version of a track found on the web)

Ingredients (4 people)
– 125 grams of flour
– 300 ml of water
– 3 tablespoons cornstarch
– 150 grams of pork
– 100 grams of bean sprouts
– 1 carrot
– 2 fresh green onions
– 1 tablespoon of oil in peanut seeds
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 90 grams of cabbage
– 1 celery

Preparation:

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We start sifting the flour and cornstarch in a bowl, then we insert two large pinches of salt and the flush water, moving until you have a batter without clots.
Let the mixture stand for at least half an hour reached. In the meantime, we start to prepare the filling: we wash the celery scanting it of the filaments; we cut it into very fine strips and about 6 cm long.
We do the same…

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“Braggot, Rain and Magic”

I would love writing a huge, fabulous, musical about Avalon. As big as Broadway production, but for now, I need to stay grounded and withmy eyes on the books.
The version of Marion Zimmer Bradley, “The Mists of Avalon”, is, at the moment, the one I prefer, because it revises the legends of the Arthurian Cycle from a womanly point of view.

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The first Fall’s rain after the Summer is like a shattered mirror, reflecting every little emotion, from the relief of the first fresh air to melancholy for the sunny days we leave behind. From the horror of the shrinking hours, to the comfort of a season full of prospects.

It is the season of grapes, pumpkins, and more intense colours.

And good books.

Actually, every season is right for good books, but you will agree with me that the rain and the first breezy is the ideal type of weather for a genre in particular: fantasy, with its magical atmospheres, supernatural beings, overwhelming mysteries.

Fantasy is the broader and more variegated literary genre, I guess, there are so many sub-categories to spin your head, but there are some hotspots that you can not neglect: the hero, the villain (very often one confused with the other), and magic!

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“Knock – Knock : Murder or Treat?”

provide yourself with the S’mores Lollipop * and other mouth-watering treats, with a beautiful face mask (one of those that…. if you open the door with that cucumber smeared on your face you are more scarying than if you wore a full Halloween costume), and make sure that there is still a daylight, or someone in your home that can protect you from the psychological anxiety that this show generates.

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Halloween has always been one of my favourite celebrations!

I know, I know, is not an Italian custom. giphy8So what? I celebrate it anyway. It will be for my penchant for the theatre but the idea of dressing up and walk around with a different face for a night in which everything-can-happen, it’s something I really like!

I’m glad that in recent years it is also spreading here and that some children come knocking for the traditional “trick or treat?”; It will not be a little make-up and fun to make us lose our cultural identity !!
What I hope is not going to be imported along with the festivities and costumes by creatures of the night, it is the incredible spear in murders that take place on the night of October 31.
I don’t think it’s the party itself to blame, whilst the possibility for murderers to blend…

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“Better the Devil (in a Prada dress) you know”

As I am not the classic girl who goes into raptures at the prospect of an afternoon of shopping , in fact, more than once I pretended being influenced to avoid them , I must admit that reading this book made me want to dress better, cure details, manicure , buy jewellery , hats , handbags, shoes … ah shoes …… ..

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Imagine the beach in lateSummer, early in the morning when the sun is still forgiving tumblr_mp35gsh8hy1qhb2u5o1_r7_500and the sand is wet from the night ‘s events, a nice bowl of ice cream , the right soundtrack * to feel like stars in disguise , sun glasses … and “The devil Wears Prada . ” The novel. Remember when I told you not to trust the books with  covers too ” Vogue ” style? … .. Oops ! Well , how is it that you say … the exception that makes the rule.
Yes, once again, I find myself talking about a book that roughly certainly most of you will have seen in the movie version ! And once again I invite you to follow the advice to go back to the source and read the Lauren Weisberger novel[1]; because , despite a stellar cast that…

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Classics: “The Count of Monte Cristo”

It’s time to read it again

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“Moral wounds have this peculiarity – they may be hidden, but they never heal; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.”[1]

tumblr_mvsihbgmoa1rsbzcro9_500I kept this classic waiting for three years . There in the bookstores , sometimes I approached it , I thumbed through , I read a few sentences and put it back . I was not ready , it wasn’t the right time .
As I said , a book , a great classic in particular , requires proper attention , the urgent desire by the reader to jump in its pages and not the need to say ” I read it , I was clever .”
It is not a competition to see who is smarter , there are no prizes for those who pretend to be intellectualist. A good book, like a fine wine , should be…

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“The best thing I could learn”

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ban-gif-life-goes-on-live-favim-com-906053From school I learned that what you really learn are not the times tables or important dates but being with people you do not know and you really care about too little (or too much);
From tales I learned that there are bad guys but you can boycott them;
From volleyball I learned that the individual is strong but it is the group that makes the difference, that no matter how Mother Nature made you, but how you  bring out your grit, determination, strength, tenacity! ;
From the theater I learned that the real actors are all under the stage and that the best masks are the ones we wear every day. That if you believe in something you can make it happen. ;
From the reading I learned that if you know more than others you’ll always be one step ahead, and you will avoid the commonplace;
From the

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“Lost, Club Sandwich and Beer”

In March internet was off for a few days and so, with my roommate, I decided it was time to focusing the attention on the box set for the SIX seasons of LOST. TODAY, May 28th, I agree with myself and what I wrote in this article: Lost remains the most beautiful TV series (seasons 1-3) with the ugliest ending ever … ..
💕 #teamHugo

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Let me play it safe: I’m not objective when I have to talk about LOST, for me it should be seen and reviewed and revised again in Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer !
It is, despite the millions of productions seen in the elapsed time, still my favourite TV series (even with the worst final ever, almost as bad as “Batman vs. Superman”).

Flashback, flashforward, mysteries, brilliant characters!

Many characters!

Many many characters!

Too many characters!

However, if among you there is still some muggle who has not seen this amazing TV series, I suggest you to watch it combined with the summer sun, a nice club sandwich * and a cold beer, possibly Dharma, but alternatively a Schönramer Saphir Bock will be fine as well. If you are on an island it is just perfect, but for those who stayed in the city or country, my suggestion is to…

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“A Bouquet full of Emotions”

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“Your behavior is a choice; it isn’t who you are
[1].” 

The turn of the seasons brings us back toSpringin its full glory of life and rebirth after the long, cold winter . The skirts are getting shorter ( well, they are if you had  to go to the beautician! ) , fashions change , it comes the inundation of ceremonies that increase all in the same short period in which it is assumed there is enough sun to enjoy it but not too much to curse the celebrated … and theflowers bloom .
Being allergic to pollen and associated I always made sure that on special occasions instead of flowers people send me chocolates , books or other types of gifts . But on the rare circumstances that I received the floral tributes I have always had the curiosity to go to discover the…

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“Ricciardi: Hunger and Love”

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<< Hate is still an emotion deeply coloured, not as affection , which is painted with watercolors. >>[1]

largeLuigi Alfredo Ricciardi, son of Baron Ricciardi Malomonte and Mrs. Marta , was born in 1900 in a small town of Cilento . Both parents died when he was a baby and he was raised by the loving nanny Rosa , relying financially on the family fund profits .
He opts for Law at the University, after which he enters the police command centre in Napoli . Become one of the youngest inspector , he lives in Via Santa Teresa where he continues to be cared by Rosa .
Since Luigi was a child he realised to be different , in fact, he had visions. He sees and hears the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths. It is both a gift and a curse. It has…

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Classics: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

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“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” [1]

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<< This book speaks with me ! >>
How many times have we thought that, in front of a novel? A story that really seems to get closer to our daily life , or that for some mysterious reason awakens an emotion , a memory, a smell …
Perhaps the truly biggest benefit of the ” classics ” is to always bring back this wonderful feeling of belonging , of truth . Even if the stories may be distant in time and space , they can remain ever present without delay and find that reader that will exclaim << This book speaks with me ! >> . WITH me, not TO me . There is a difference .
It happens to me every time I read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. ”

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