Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Monday, August 10, 2020

Something Worth Watching?

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one is just a reminder of why we need to get rid of the corrupt, lying, criminals from both major political parties who have made careers out of selling out the interests of the American people to their rich donors. Peace!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Roasted Vegetable And Quinoa Salad #Recipe!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is a healthy salad recipe that can be served hot or cold, perfect for summertime. Enjoy! :-)

4 cups water
2 cups quinoa
1 large tomato chopped
1 large onion chopped fine
1 cup broccoli florets
1 ear corn cleaned
1 bell pepper chopped (your choice of color)
1 eggplant cut into small cubes
8 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup fresh basil chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
1/4 cup pecorino romano grated
1.5 cups olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup greek yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the water and quinoa in your favorite quinoa cooking device and cook as long as your device requires quinoa to be cooked. Don't forget to salt the water. When the quinoa is cooked, set it aside to cool.

On a grill or grill pan, give the corn, onion, broccoli, pepper, and eggplant a quick char. Transfer the vegetables to a baking sheet (or use a folded sheet of aluminum foil to create a sealed pocket if cooking on a grill), brush liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until the eggplant is fork-tender. Cut the corn off of the cobb and mix the roasted vegetables, tomatoes, and quinoa together in a large bowl. Toss to distribute evenly.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients and then pour the dressing over the vegetables and quinoa. Toss to coat evenly. Serve warm or chilled.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

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Friday, August 7, 2020

#Animal #Rescuer's #Guide To #Staying ( #Relatively ) #Sane! #Free! :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

Just a reminder, for those who haven't checked it out yet, I've collected all my animal rescue/care posts together and published them as a small book.  If you'd like, you can download the book for free from Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.

Thanks for stopping in today, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

#APC #Spotlight: The Watcher By Jennifer Thompson!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Jennifer Thompson in my APC spotlight, today! Jennifer is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, witches, teen, fantasy, novel, The Watcher, looks great! Here's the description:
Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a witch, makes it even harder. Cole find he keeps bumping into a new girl. What he doesn't know, is how much she will change his life forever. Experience the world of The Vilincia Coven, and set out to make your own fate.
 If you think this sounds like something you might enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1165

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Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Eleven-Hundred-Sixty-Five:
In order to finally discover exactly what it is that drives my hominid-servant to these periodic bouts of unregulated and seemingly fruitless activity, I laid in wait for one to begin. I remained in close proximity to my hominid-servant for several days; stalking her as I would prey about whose habits I needed to educate myself. Once my hominid-servant began her ritual, I snuck up close to her, though I endeavored to remain out of range of her flailing limbs.

Fortunately, on this occasion, my hominid-servant engaged in her ritual immediately beside a piece of furniture under which there was adequate room to conceal myself. So, I was able to get close while still protecting my person from harm. Unfortunately, I was not able to discern any perceivable cause for her behavior.

In spite of my best efforts, I remain mystified as to why my hominid-servant continues to expend so much energy on an activity that serves no distinguishable purpose. At this point, my working hypothesis is that this is simply further evidence of the congenital madness that plagues the hominids of this planet. However, as always, I will continue to observe and report back on any further developments.

Hominids are weird! ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

An Open Secret...

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I just wanted to write a quick note for all the people in this country who are suddenly so deeply concerned about learning about history. You see, I think there're some facts you should know that you apparently somehow missed all these years. I'm sure you'll be thrilled to learn that there are these buildings all across America. Seriously, just about every city and even small town has at least one. And bigger cities and towns usually have several. Anyway, these buildings are full of these things called "books." And within these books are pages with words written on them. Now, the words in these books cover all different kinds of subjects, but many of them cover history. And an excellent way to learn that history is to read those books. But, do you know what the best part is? The people in these buildings let you read all their books for free! Yep. I'm not joking. You can read any book in these buildings for free.

Now, I'm sure you're asking what these magical places are called. Ready? They're called "libraries." And to make your studies even easier, libraries are staffed with people who have spent years learning how to do research. And those people will help you with your research. The bonus here is that, once again, the professional services of these highly-trained experts are 100% free to you.

So, not only can you read about the history you're suddenly so interested in learning about. The reference librarians at the library will help you find lots of books covering the same historical period and events written from multiple points of view and focusing on different aspects of what you're studying. That way, you can get a more complete picture of what happened and a better understanding of all the different people and ideologies involved. Because clearly, with all the concern you suddenly have about learning about history, you'll want to make sure you have as thorough an understanding as possible about the events in question. And, you know something? Librarians are perfectly happy to help you find books written from whatever perspective interests you. Even books written by voices who don't have official approval. If you ask for it, they'll help you find it. They'll even reach out to other libraries and ask if you can borrow their books, if the library you're at doesn't have what you're looking for.

So, if you really want to stick it to the man, you've got your avenue open for you, right there. And it won't cost you a dime.

But, you're asking yourself, what about the quarantine? Aren't libraries closed? Well, many of them are. But a lot of the libraries that are closed are offering curbside service. You can search for what you're looking for in their online catalog, or call them or email them and ask for help finding what you need, and they'll bring it out to you. That's how dedicated librarians are to helping you fight the system.

So, there you have it, folks! No excuses. No matter what the powers that be do, you'll be able to learn all about whatever history you want. You know what else you can do? Once you've learned about that history, you can tell others. That's right! No one will stop you from telling whoever you can convince to listen to you whatever you like about any aspect of or take on history. So, if your mission is to make sure people are informed, there you go.

Happy reading! ✌