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Last month was really wonderful!

Writing deadlines take priority this month, I have kind of let them slide but they are now barreling down on me.

Speaking of my writing, my e-books are all on sale for the month of August! https://www.amazon.com/Sherri-Rabinowitz/e/B004YTKO86/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks Get them while they last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casting for Sherri’s Playhouse and  new play being worked on… We have several plays coming up; a farce, A time travel story, The newest parts of Mabel of  The Anzacs, the second part o Joe Kronus…And here is my short tiny play called Dowry to enjoy while we work on the others ; http://tobtr.com/11422435 

 

 

I had a really fun chat with author Dr. Winfried Sedhoff about his book The Friendship Key.  It was interesting discussing how important friendship is and how it is imperative to our psyche to touch another soul; http://tobtr.com/11446951

 

 

 

I had so much fun chatting with the delightfully entertaining artist Jeff Sturgeon and producer/writer Steven L Sears about art, writing and a great new project, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11448821

 

 

 

 

I spoke to author Scot Noel about his book, stories and his magazine DreamForge Magazine, we also talk about science, space exploration and positive science fiction; http://tobtr.com/11461113

 

 

 

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Chatting With Sherri welcomes back photographer; Ian L Sitren   8/20/19 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11455871

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Brenda E. Cortez  on 8/22/19 at 1pm pacific time;  https://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/08/22/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

 

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Reviews;

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I re-read this for the first time in a long time. I read the original about a year after it came out, and I loved it and gave to other family members. We were all hooked.

I love the movies very much and they are very faithful but it is texture and depth you can never really transfer to film. It is hard to convey the inner world of the characters. I found in reading it again that you can see how confused Harry is, how innocent and yet how brave with more understanding the books. Also their being quite British, the characters rarely show how they truly feel on the outside, you can see it in their eyes, because they are all wonderful actors, so you feel the depth and pain as you look into their eyes. But in a book, you feel it in your gut, it tears your heart out.

I lost my parents since I first read this book, I am not a child, and I was lucky to have my parents for a good majority of my life so I can’t compare to Harry’s pain. He never really knew his parents at all and slowly he gets to know them through others who did, through out the series that knowledge builds. He loves them even more deeply in the later books, but in this book, all he has ever known is their loss. And the ugly untrue rantings of a jealous sister and her cruel idiotic husband. These two people (“The worst muggles in the world!”) abused this baby for 10 years. He hadn’t known love since his parents died, so it is a miracle that he is full of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness. His parents are a part him despite his cruel upbringing from his horrid Aunt and Uncle. And the abuse he suffered from a spoiled, arrogant, egotistical bully of a cousin.

I love so many the characters first and foremost Harry, Ron and Hermione. I am the most like Hermione Granger I think, but because I am book worm and was always different. Still am. I remember only a few years ago a colleague from work and I went out to lunch. We had time so we went shopping and I picked out a necklace, she tilted her head and said, “It is like you, different.” Left handed compliments…sigh, they are something I learned to read early, so out of the three of them, I think I understand Hermione best.

But my favorite has always been Hagrid. He was just a sweet teddy bear, and I have always adored that kind of character. Sweet, kind, a gentle giant, full of a quiet hard earned wisdom, (though he was not book smart, he was life smart) I just adore him.

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An exciting time!

Sherri’s Playhouse presents a very short tiny play called Dowry! It was originally for an under 10 minute play writing contest. But it was so personal and special I decided to do it on Sherri’s Playhouse. It is a very short re-imagining of the founding of my family in the US. It was a very personal project and I am very interested in chatting with my cast about bringing the stories of my Grandma to life; http://tobtr.com/11417347  Then I presented it on  Sherri’s Playhouse a very short tiny play called Dowry ; http://tobtr.com/11422435

 

My poem in Flapper Press;

Broken — by Sherri Rabinowitz

Broken like a bird with a broken wing

Even a missing feather

The poor little thing can’t fly

I feel broken

Alone

Unloved

Not able to fly

I am the bird with the broken wing

Broken Alone

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Latest shows from Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award nominated author, RM Alexander.  We had a chatted  about her new path, and new pen name, listen in ;  http://tobtr.com/11417381

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; A L Walker. We chatted about her about writing, inspiration and publishing; http://tobtr.com/11404693

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri with Best-Selling author, Writers of the Future judge;  Dean Wesley Smith, and author, Writers of the Future winner,  Preston Dennett.  We had a lovely chat about how they met and persevered when all was against them, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11425341

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Anthony J Sharpe best known for his part of Cec in Miss Fisher mysteries. We talked about the movies he has been very busy traveling around the world to make them.  And we chat about the movie too; Meanwhile check out his page Instagram .j.sharpe.official He is having a special Miss Fisher Pic Day!

Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back talented actor Nathan Page.  We talked about family, ecology, gardens and acting.  We chatted about his new movies, one was the new Daniel Radcliffe movie and the Miss Fisher film.  No plot points were given but a lot of color especially about Morocco which sounds intriguing;  http://tobtr.com/11425351
Chatting With Sherri welcomes back Elizabeth Gracen! We chatted about her Flapper Press and how well it’s doing. And her  documentaries and the theater she has recently done, listen in ;  http://tobtr.com/11425355
Chatting With Sherri chats with Egyptologist Dr. Colleen Darnell! This is a fun chat about one of my pet subjects, Egyptology.  We had a great time and talked about several very fasinating subjects including how Agatha Christie handled ancient Egypt in one of her novels, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11425371
Reviews;

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17)Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I re-read this book recently and I realized how complicated it was. Much more so then any of the televised versions of the book. The characters are not paper cut outs, there is depth here and she has to give a complete picture of what happens to the people who survive this fatal voyage.

I think that is the part I focused on this time, the survivors. What becomes of them. And in a time just before war what might happen to them. It seems such a happy pleasant ending for these survivors, but there are storm clouds brewing and she projects it into the book but very cleverly through characters you might not believe. Not because they are liars or don’t know what they are talking about but because they go on and on about it. I can see that today. The world is so crazy right now, people are worried and they are passionate about it and I don’t blame them. But I have friends, who I truly respect, but they only talk about the problems, when I quietly asked, “What can we do about it?” They reply, “we need to fight it.” I agree, but it is straining to hear them go on and not have one idea in their head on how to fix it. So she uses that to project, so its there, yet you’re not taking it seriously. Its ingenious, really.

Also this time, I really looked at the first victim more closely, she is basically a good person but she had been given everything on a platter all her life and everyone scrambles to jump to do what she says. It has made her grow arrogant and rather full of herself. She has no idea what down to earth means, she has never been exposed to it.

I also believe reading between the lines, that she has always been something of beau snatcher. Her ex-friend, now arch enemy basically states she would do what she did and that it had always been a part of the plan. An intricate part of the plan, if she does not steal her fiancee then the plan would not work.

Also poor Rosalie, she has this tough life with her mother, then she falls for an unavailable man. I mean really, it takes Poirot to point out to him that he loves her. I hope that one works out for her, but I am not sure, he does not seem to be able to think for himself. I always hope for lovers.

Anyway, these are my theories and ideas about the plot. On my I don’t know how many re-reads. I hope it gives you some pause to say, hmmm, I didn’t think of that. 🙂

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Sherri’s Playhouse is back!

Sherri’s Playhouse presents a very short tiny play called Dowry! It was originally for an under 10 minute play writing contest. But it was so personal and special I decided to do it on Sherri’s Playhouse. It is a very short re-imagining of the founding of my family in the US. It was a very personal project and I am very interested in chatting with my cast about bringing the stories of my Grandma to life; http://tobtr.com/11417347  Tonight I presented on  Sherri’s Playhouse a very short tiny play called Dowry ; http://tobtr.com/11422435

I chatted with some wonderful guests;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Joe Spraga, we had a fun chat about writing and inspiration; http://tobtr.com/11380975

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Jacqueline M. Dodd an attorney who advocates for children, we had a great talk about how she helps others and how it all started; http://tobtr.com/11380987

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Shaquita Smith, we talked about her new films, and how she loves to direct and write films and where she gets her inspiration  ; http://tobtr.com/11388623

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Writers of the Future winner; Carrie Callahan.  We had a lovely chat about her story and how she felt winning the Writers of The Future award;    http://tobtr.com/11388679

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Kaaron Warren, we chatted about writing and what books we love. It was a lot of fun ; http://tobtr.com/11397401

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Crystal Westman, we chatted about her new book which is about a woman’s epic journey.  It sounded great ; http://tobtr.com/11404721 

And coming up;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award nominated author; RM Alexander  7/20/19 2pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11417381

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; A L Walker on 7/21/19 at 4pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11404693

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Reviews:

The Enchanted AprilThe Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really needed to re-read this charming fairy tale of love. Four very diverse women come together to escape London in the a very dark and dreary winter, and their domestically difficult situations. Two young wives who feel separated and unloved by their husbands. A middle aged woman who felt old and elderly before her time and as though she belonged in the Victorian world and not the modern world of the 1920’s. A titled, amazingly beautiful, over petted and utterly miserable young woman who felt that love being taken from her once she wanted nothing to do with it again.

All four are vibrant intelligent women who are just waiting for adventure and maybe if they are lucky love. So they escape in spring to Italy, to a beautiful small castle on a hill. Full of flowers and beauty. And there they all go through their own inner growth. I won’t tell you how it works out for them but each of them surprise themselves and each other.

 

The Secret of Chimneys (Superintendent Battle, #1)The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read this before a long time ago but to be very honest the only thing I remembered was Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent and her father Lord Caterham. So re-reading it I find that I am much more intrigued by really the lead of the story; Anthony Cade, British-educated adventurer, down on his luck when the novel opens; 32 years old, and 14 years since he was last in England. He is really very interesting, smart, kind, funny, a decent guy. Yet he is a man of action, he can climb trees, fight bad guys and protect people. Sort of a down to earth swashbuckler, with a good heart.

The novel starts when Anthony is working as a tour guide in South Africa and runs into an old friend, James McGrath, a Canadian an old friend from school days. He has a really adventurous time and saved two people so he has two things he has to do in London, but he love to hunt gold so he asks his old buddy Anthony to do it. I won’t tell you the intricacies of the script I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Meanwhile back in good old London is a towering self important bore of a politician; The Honourable George Lomax, of the Foreign Office. He has brow beat poor Lord Caterham into having people down to his country estate Chimneys. It is a place that has seen a lot of history but all he wants is peace and quiet to work on his hobbies. Well it is not going to happen it is arranged. Poor Bill Eversleigh, who works for George Lomax and is one of the house party, he is an old friend of Bundles but he is in love with; Virginia Revel, cousin of George Lomax, daughter of a peer, society beauty and young widow of Timothy Revel, former British envoy to Herzoslovakia; she is 27 years old. Well she doesn’t want to go either but George pushes her to go so she makes the best of it.

Then Anthony and Virgina meet under difficult conditions, again don’t want to give the plot away but they become friend very quickly to protect Virgin who may be in more trouble then she realized.

Well they meet at the beautiful country estate and of course there is murder, mayhem, love, betrayal and general confusion, very entertainingly done. There are some super big surprises in this one. Definitely worth a read.

The Seven Dials MysteryThe Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the last days of renting the estate Chimneys, Sir Oswald and Lady Coote host a party including Gerry Wade, Jimmy Thesiger, Ronny Devereux, Bill Eversleigh and Rupert “Pongo” Bateman, Sir Oswald’s secretary. Gerry Wade has a bad habit of oversleeping. The others plan a joke on Gerald by placing eight alarm clocks in his room and timing them to go off at intervals the next morning. The alarms are heard but Wade is not awake. The poor young man died.

Lord Caterham and his daughter Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent move back into Chimneys. The coroner gives a verdict of Death by Misadventure for Gerry. Bundle, who adores Bill Eversleigh, puzzles over this event. She is not thrilled to find out that Gerry died in her room; she finds an unfinished letter from Gerry to Loraine dated the day before he died. He asks Loraine to forget about that Seven Dials business. She is even more puzzled and wonders if this Seven Dials business is the reason for the death of Gerry. So Bundle goes off to London to see Bill. She drives a car just like Phryne Fisher’s and with the same speed and skill and on the way, a man steps out of a hedge and into the road. Bundle misses him but he collapses anyway, muttering about “Seven Dials…Tell… Jimmy Thesiger.” Then he dies.

The next day Bundle reaches London and gets Jimmy’s address from Bill. She tells Loraine Wade and Jimmy of Ronny’s death. Bundle tells the other two of the warning letter that George Lomax received. Lomax is hosting a house party the following week at his house at Wyvern Abbey; Jimmy and Bundle get themselves invited by very different but clever means.

Bundle visits Superintendent Battle at Scotland Yard; he is being very mysterious but he does hint to Bundle that Bill knows something about Seven Dials. According to Bill, Seven Dials is a seedy nightclub and gambling den and Bundle insists he takes her there. In the club, Bundle recognizes the doorman as a footman from Chimneys. Bundle returns to the Seven Dials club and questions Alfred, the footman. He tells her that he left Chimneys for far higher wages offered by Mosgorovsky, owner of the club. Further, Mosgorovsky sends a replacement for Alfred at Chimneys, John Bauer. Alfred takes her into a secret room with a table and seven chairs. She hides in a cupboard in the room and witnesses a meeting. They wear masks with eye slits and clock faces on the hoods, each clock showing a different time. The only clue to identity is that one woman has a mole on her exposed shoulder blade.

Bundle and Jimmy arrive at Wyvern Abbey and are introduced to the Cootes, Sir Stanley Digby the Air Minister, Terence O’Rourke, and the Hungarian Countess Radzky. Superintendent Battle is there, disguised as a waiter, which Bundle finds very amusing but he is as formidable as ever. Bill Eversleigh is there as staff of Mr Lomax. Jimmy and Bill agree to keep watch, changing over at 3.00 am. Bundle and Loraine are both told to let the boys handle it, with the result they both find ways to sneak in. Really, Bill should know better!!!

Bundle, acting alone, changes her clothes and climbs down the ivy outside her room. She runs into Superintendent Battle, on his own watch outside, he tells her that he is aware of everything she has found out and to leave the lady with the mole alone. He persuades her to go back. She does so, and then checks on Jimmy in the hall. Finding him gone, she goes to Bill’s bedroom but finds that she has erred and is in the Countess’s empty room. Bundle hears a tremendous struggle in the library, and two gunshots. Apparently the bad guy fought with Jimmy and shot him as he escaped.

Bill goes to Jimmy’s London flat. Ronny Devereux’s executors have sent him a letter written by Ronny, and Bill is amazed. Jimmy rings up Bundle and Loraine and tells them to meet him and Bill at the Seven Dials club, Bill’s story being “the biggest scoop of the century.” Loraine reports that there is something wrong with Bill. They find him unconscious in the car. Then someone knocks Bundle unconscious. She comes round in Bill’s arms, where she stays comfortably cuddled in his arms, with her eyes closed, as Bill finally tells her how he feels about her, thinking her unconscious.

And that is all I am going to tell you. Because that would be spoilers of what is really going on in this rather wild plot. It is a fun tale, it sort of reminds me of the first Tommy and Tuppence story. I highly recommend it.

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