Monthly Archives: February 2014

Super-duper new website for my book

For Cover - thumbnailthe past few weeks I’ve been working with my wonderful webmaster, Juliana Giancini, to finalize the website for my book, Finding My Invincible Summer. You can now connect to it through two links, both and  Yes, both URLs point to the same site. So all you have to do is type in the title of my book (no spaces) followed by .info or .com, and there you are.

The first thing you will see on the Home page is a wide image across the middle with short quotes from people who have reviewed the book. In a few seconds the image will automatically shift to a new one – five images in all. Or you can click on the left and right arrows that show up when you pass your mouse across the image.

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The Home page has a new summary of the book plus a few opening paragraphs. It also has links to the book’s Facebook and Goodreads pages; to my pages at LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads; and, on the right sidebar, to reviews by readers at Amazon and Goodreads.

The Reviews tab at the top takes you to a compilation of readers’ reviews that have appeared so far on Amazon and Goodreads (24 and counting). After the first five reviews there’s a form you can use to write your own. If you’ve read the book and haven’t written a review yet, I would be really grateful if you could say a few words on the site, or even better, on You can write a review on Amazon even if you didn’t buy the book from them. Reviews on Amazon are widely read and help to promote readership.

Under the About the Author tab you will see a link to another website, which has examples of my translation work and articles I have written on linguistics, translation theory, and machine translation: The link to sends you to a Q&A interview where I talk about the process of writing Finding My Invincible Summer. There is also form you can use to send me a message with your comments, thoughts, feedback, and so on.

Click on The Media tab and you will see a gallery of photos from my book launch and signing party last year. I will soon be posting a new gallery with photos from the Local Authors Exhibit at the San Diego Central Library. (I’m waiting for the medal that the Library will soon be awarding to local authors.)

Now here’s the exciting part: the Blog tab takes you to this blog you have been following all along. You will no longer need to go to this URL. Everything is now one-stop shopping.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Juliana Giancini for her creative vision, high level of technical expertise, thoroughness, and patience and graciousness in working with me over the past three months – and for empowering me to take it from here.

Welcome to my website! How about giving it a try right now?

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Pinterest: over 1,000 followers!

BreathtakingNine months ago I wrote here about my addiction to Pinterest, the social media site that communicates solely by sharing spectacularly beautiful pictures. Far from curing my addiction, I have allowed it to grow out of control. I am now not only a Pinterest addict but also a Pinterest “ace,” with 74 boards and, as of today, 1,022 followers. The link to my site is

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe it. I have learned so much from the stories, history, philosophy, principles, and techniques behind the pictures. And I have learned worlds about the people who share pictures with me—and about myself as well.

My first and most precious board is devoted to my book, Finding My Invincible Summer. Over time I have found scenes that show places I describe in my book, from Corcoran Street to Norway, Brazil, and Portugal.

Landscape planI have also created what amounts to a whole “course” in landscape design through a series of thousands of pictures, starting with 124 site plans, moving on views of hundreds of interesting designs, and then focusing on specific topics: beds, containers, fire pits, fences and walls, gates, lighting, ornament, outdoor furniture, overhead solutions, paving, pools, roof gardens, slope treatments, free-standing structures, and water features. I also have 10 boards on different kinds of plants.

Then my inner artist finds expression in collections of drawings and paintings, portraits, sculpture, street art, art glass, jewelry, textiles, patterns, and wood art. The art section is followed by boards on architecture.

Monkey w i-phoneThen come the animals. So cute! I have special boards for all kinds of animals. Animals are followed by boards for places where I have been, which have given me wonderful trips down Memory Lane. Finally come my schools, paleo recipes, Christmas, and last but not least, People I Admire, with Byron Katie on the cover.

I let myself do a little pinning every day, and I only pin pictures that I really like. I’m not just collecting photos, I fall in love with each and every picture that I post. I invite you to join me and get a feel for the many interests that I enjoy sharing with others. Again, the link is:

My previous blog on Pinterest is at:

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