Month: October 2014

The Walton Family Cookbook by Sylvia Resnick

The Walton Family Cookbook by Sylvia Resnick

If you like to cook, you’ll enjoy working your way through my friend Sylvia Resnick’s little cookbook. The recipes are not exactly Walton Family fare but rather Hollywood fare of the Walton era. Interspersed with behind the scenes cast stories and reflections, Sylvia presents a unique take on this old TV series.

Sylvia and I met online through a mutual acquaintance close to ten years ago. We were both looking to connect with other writers and women over fifty who were just starting to come on the social media scene. From the very beginning of our friendship I delighted in hearing of Sylvia’s adventures in Hollywood that date back to the mid-60’s, when as a Hollywood writer her articles and interviews appeared in such magazines as Movie Stars, TV Star Parade and Modern Screen. In the

In the 1970’s, she joined the staff of famed gossip columnist and businesswoman Rona Barrett where she interviewed and wrote about rising film and television stars for Barrett’s magazines. She went on to write a biography of Kristy McNichol commissioned by Xerox and two celebrity cookbooks: The Patridge Family Cookbook (Curtis Publications) and The Walton Family Cookbook (Bantam), with a focus not only on favorite recipes but homespun memories from the show. In 1982, Sylvia signed a contract with St. Martin’s Press to write a biography of Burt Reynolds.

Immersed in Hollywood life, Sylvia became friends with Burt Reynolds and in 1982, she signed a contract with St. Martin’s Press to write his biography.

Her writing talents also found their way into the fiction world. She wrote a trilogy of teen mysteries titled “Debbie Preston Teenage Reporter” and two erotic novels: Heat Wave and Summer of Love. She is currently under contract to complete a book on Hollywood Heartthrobs for Bear Mountain Media.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my copy of The Walton Family Cookbook. I’ve given it as a gift to several of my friends who were fans of the show. Not only does it have good recipes, readers can’t help but be reminded of the good ‘ole days when the Waltons were like family friends.




Gut It Out

Gut It Out

378a445020743408715c4111ffb81adaSometimes it just takes guts. Sometimes we can’t think our way to a solution. We can’t whine our way to the answer. We can’t emote our way to healing. Sometimes it just takes guts and putting one foot in front of the other and doing the thing we think we cannot do, facing that thing we think we cannot face.

I haven’t been writing lately. I’ve been gutting it out, head down, leaning into the pain. Pushing through, breathing the baby into the birth canal. She’s so ready to be born, so done with carrying the weight of the past, so ripe for life.

There’s a bit more pushing to be done before I can embrace the miracle of birth that will set her free, though it feels as though the hardest work is done. The months of sickness and burden, the trimesters of struggle and straining toward freedom and understanding.

A new consciousness has awoken. A new beginning is at hand. Birth, life, death. Birth, life, death. The cycle of life continues unfolding the fullness of you, the fullness of me. Lean into the pain. Gut it out. Let the birth take place. It simply needs your cooperation and above all else, your fearlessness.