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Sandy Powers

Sandy Powers
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Englewood, Florida, USA
Birthday
October 26
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I have a new book, "Passage." "Passage" is a book of journals written by my mother in real time concerning the Great Depression, two wars, and her life as a FBI counter spy. I am also the author of the award winning book, "Organic for Health." My husband, Mike, and I live in Englewood, Fl. http://www.sandypowers.org

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MAY 20, 2012 6:36PM

The Hungry Traveler

Announcing a new eBook from Kindle:  The Hungry Traveler by Sandy Powers

A kaleidoscope of tales and tastes.  The award winning author Sandy Powers reminisces about her travels, life growing up, and recipes from around the world in this uncommon cookbook.

Special limited pricing: … Read full post »

MAY 20, 2012 6:36PM

The Hungry Traveler

Announcing a new eBook from Kindle:  The Hungry Traveler by Sandy Powers

A kaleidoscope of tales and tastes.  The award winning author Sandy Powers reminisces about her travels, life growing up, and recipes from around the world in this uncommon cookbook.

Special limited pricing: … Read full post »

MAY 20, 2012 6:35PM

The Hungry Traveler

Announcing a new eBook from Kindle:  The Hungry Traveler by Sandy Powers

A kaleidoscope of tales and tastes.  The award winning author Sandy Powers reminisces about her travels, life growing up, and recipes from around the world in this uncommon cookbook.

Special limited pricing: … Read full post »

MAY 20, 2012 6:35PM

The Hungry Traveler

Announcing a new eBook from Kindle:  The Hungry Traveler by Sandy Powers

A kaleidoscope of tales and tastes.  The award winning author Sandy Powers reminisces about her travels, life growing up, and recipes from around the world in this uncommon cookbook.

Special limited pricing: … Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 2:28PM

The Movie "J. Edgar"

In the new Clint Eastwood movie, "J. Edgar," J. Edgar Hoover is quoted as saying, "Communism is not a political party--it is a disease."  It was the Age of McCarthyism.  It was the Age of the Red Scare.  It was also the age when the FBI recruited my mother, Grace Balogh, as a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2011 1:32PM

The Ugliest Lamp

 

 

Joe Scarpelli and Sally Russo were married in an evening ceremony at St. Raphael Church in their hometown of Newark, New Jersey.  The reception was held in St. Raphael’s basement hall immediately after Sally and Joe were pronounced wife and husband.  Joe and Sally came fr/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 10:09AM

Vita-Mania: It Can Kill You

 

Vita-Mania is an obsession Americans have with vitamin and mineral supplements.  According to current estimates in a National Health survey conducted by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70% of Americans now regularly take vitamin and mineral supplements.  In t/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2011 6:04PM

Say, Can You See?

 

A massive volcanic eruption four thousand years ago formed Santorini, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea.  Villages of white-washed dwellings perch the top of steep cliffs scattered throughout the island.   Just how steep I was about to discover.

 

Our destination was the town… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2011 9:05AM

Will It Never End? Part Two

  

I arrived thirty minutes early for my biopsies at Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center.  On the table next to my chair in the waiting room was the latest flyer from the American Cancer Society.  Breast cancer cases increased since my mastectomy in 2005. Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 9:44AM

Will It Never End?

 

 

In 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast.  The best option for me was a mastectomy.  My oncologist said, according to statistics, my chance of breast cancer recurrence was about twenty percent.  I chose to concentrate on the eighty percent of no recur/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 10:14AM

How Many Points

 

 

I was not looking forward to it.  “It” being my yearly health check-up.  I vaguely remember last year my doctor mentioned something about “losing weight.”  I’ve been busy with writing and book signings and family that the “mention”/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 8:24AM

Pesticides and Your Family

I wrote this article for The American Chronicle in 2008 and with the latest  studies connecting pesticides and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children, it bears repeating. 

 

When I was a child, my mother’s instructions in cleaning vegetables were to discard the oute… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 10:33AM

A Cold Is A Cold Is A Cold

 

Several years ago, my husband, two daughters and I flew Egyptian Air from London into Cairo International Airport.  Cairo, the capital of Egypt with ten million people, is the largest city in the Arab world.  After retrieving our luggage, we grabbed a cab to the Ramses Hilton that ne/… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2011 8:38AM

The Pig Roast

  

We were newlyweds when we rented a cottage on the shores of Lake Erie.  Our friends, Frank and Jean, owned the property and lived on the knoll above us. 

            “Let’s have a pig roast,” I suggested/… Read full post »

James Michener Didn’t Have One, Either                       I just finished reading   “The Shocking Slaughter of Africa’s Wildlife” in the UNESCO Courier (A… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2011 1:18PM

The Fort in Seattle

In 1900, a United States Army Fort called Fort Lawton was built in the heart of Seattle.  During World War Two, the Fort was an Army training base and staging area for combat in the Pacific.  The base was also used as a Prisoner Of War Camp, housing 5,000 Italian/… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2011 9:47PM

What's in a Name?

 

 

My birth certificate reads “Sandra Joyce Balogh,” although everyone has always called me Cookie.  According to my parents, I am called Cookie because I was born the same year as Cookie in the comic strip Blondie and Dagwood.   The comic strip was so popular in/… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2011 8:20AM

An Ordinary Housewife

 

 

There are times in life when ordinary people do extraordinary things.  Such was the case of my mother, Grace Balogh.

 

Grace was a busy mother of five children, a wife, a P.T.A. member, and a volunteer for the Red Cross.  An average housewife in Middle America.  Nothin/… Read full post »

The newspaper headlines of the early to mid-20th Century read like the headlines of today. Are we incapable of learning from the past?  Are we doomed to repeat our failures?  These questions were brought home to me when I discovered boxes of my mother’s notes, letters, and newspaper c/… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2011 5:39PM

The Opening Chapter

The Opening Chapter  

“Can you deliver the hospital bed before noon?”  I glanced at my watch: 9:30.  “Eleven?  Yes, that’s right.  Englewood.  I’ll be waiting.”

            I ran…

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JUNE 3, 2011 5:34PM

The Opening Chapter

The Opening Chapter  

 

“Can you deliver the hospital bed before noon?”  I glanced at my watch: 9:30.  “Eleven?  Yes, that’s right.  Englewood.  I’ll be waiting.”

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JUNE 3, 2011 5:33PM

The Opening Chapter

The Opening Chapter  

“Can you deliver the hospital bed before noon?”  I glanced at my watch: 9:30.  “Eleven?  Yes, that’s right.  Englewood.  I’ll be waiting.”

            I ran…

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MAY 23, 2011 8:58AM

"Black Jack" Logan

 

John Alexander Logan was born in Illinois in 1826.  In 1861, he entered the Union Army as Colonel of his 31st Illinois Volunteers, where the volunteers soon nicknamed him “Black Jack” because of his black eyes, black hair, and swarthy complexion.  Logan was “regarde/… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2011 10:44AM

Kirkus Review

Thank you, Kirkus Reviews.

Powers, SandyPASSAGEAuthorHouse (140 pp.)$21.95; $12.95 paperback $9.99 e-bookMarch 1, 2011ISBN: 978-1456729561

Paper: 978-1456729547

 A mother’s collected memories reveal her remarkable life in this work of nonfiction.Powers (Organic for Health, 2007) brought hom

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MAY 6, 2011 9:34AM

After Ten Years

After Ten Years….

 

Some of the comments I read about the killing of Osama bin Laden has me completely baffled.  One of the crazy commentators on Fox News—a “judge”:  “What?  The President now has the right to order killing.  Are any one of us ne/… Read full post »