Kindle Edition Published by NimNam Books: January 2013
Discover some of the many wonders of modern-day Egypt on this alphabetical escapade
– foods like mangoes and konafa, animals such as foxes and jerboas, and places like
the Red Sea and Zamalek. At each letter of the alphabet, stop to explore fun alliterative
phrases, colorful photographs, and interesting facts.
Ever dream of pulling up roots and creating a new life and home in the country where
your ancestral roots began? Ever wonder if you had the courage to re-invent yourself
in a new place? Does Italy, in particular, seem to be calling you?
Deeply Rooted is a sensitive weaving of a family chronicle with the story of an unanticipated
life transition. It begins with the author preparing to leave Egypt, where she and
her husband had lived until his career came abruptly to an end as a result of a corporate
merger. Without a job or a home in the United States, the couple had a weighty decision
to make and not much time in which to make it. Giving in to a life-long yearning,
they chose to make Italy their home. Leaving everything they owned crated and stored
in a warehouse in Cairo, they packed two suitcases and left on their adventure.
Deeply Rooted, the author shares this search for a home and for her inner self. Her
story is a day-to-day account of what this was like - the fear, the excitement, the
doubts, the discoveries, the frustrations, the magic, the letting-go. At the same
time, she reflects on one hundred years of her Italian family history and how her
ancestors’ models of love, faith and strength enriched and influenced her own life
and her decision to make Italy her home. Ginda’s is a story about planting a dream,
believing it will take root, remembering family and honoring an ancestral home.
This is not simply a cookbook! Throughout its pages, Ginda Simpson, author and artist,
offers readers tasty tidbits of everyday life in the Umbrian countryside where she
lives. In short story vignettes, she paints a lively image of the people that teach
her everyday to celebrate the food that graces her table. As Ginda gratefully acknowledges
- famed chefs, friends, neighbors, peasants and strangers alike have all contributed
in their way to her intimate knowledge and deep respect for the age-old traditions
of an Italian cuisine that is simple and wholesome, satisfying and nurturing to both
body and soul. The recipes are clear, the ingredients simple, the outcome worthy
of a party. Cook up some goodness and invite your friends to dinner!
Do you find yourself perplexed by the changes you see in your aging parent? Are
you concerned about what it means to lose a parent to Alzheimer’s? Will you be able
to care for them with the patience and love that is required?
Artist/writer, Ginda Simpson, learned much throughout her father’s unforgettable
and invaluable journey with Alzheimer’s. With pen and paintbrush in hand, Ginda drew
this portrait using both images and words to record what she and her family experienced.
As a physician, writer and teacher, her father would have wanted his final life journey
to illustrate and illuminate for both his family and the medical community the mysteries
and the magnitude of Alzheimer’s. Confident that her father would have wanted her
to write this story, she set herself to the task. LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS is Ginda’s
way of honouring her father, a man of infinite courage and integrity. His was an
extraordinary life. Her hope is that her words will offer comfort and courage to
others on a similar journey.
A field guide to the plants growing in the mountain wadis and coastal plains of South
Sinai. Perfect for the nature-lover or hobbyist interested in identifying the various
plants encountered while trekking, hiking, or camel riding in the Sinai desert. Common
English and Arabic names, general description and information, photographs, and practical
and traditional Bedouin uses are given for over 100 plants indexed in the book.
Are you planning your first trip to Italy, or returning to the peninsula because
it has called you back time and again? Or do you prefer to remain in your comfy
armchair and travel to distant lands via engaging travel journals? In Italian Wanderlust,
author Ginda Simpson, who has resided in Italy for over a decade, shares and celebrates
all that is Italy - the traditions and festivals, the food and the wines, the enchanting
cities and the peaceful countryside. As an artist and travel writer, her words simply
paint pictures. For your own planning purposes, she includes contact information
for the various hotels and restaurants mentioned in her stories. A must for anyone
who loves Italy, who dreams of travel here, or who simply wants to savor their own
memories of the country.
You can preview and order print copies from Blurb. In the print copy, images of original
watercolor paintings and pencil drawings by the author are included with each story.
The electronic versions are text-only.
Egypt is in the news quite a bit these days, and everyone is kept “informed” of the
unsettling state of affairs as the populace seeks a fair and functional new government.
I invite you, instead, to imagine yourself adrift on the Nile in a white-sailed felucca…
Let me take you to see the Sphinx in the middle of the night, to ancient bazaars
and crowded marketplaces, to the tranquil countryside where life unfolds, unchanging…
Morning of Light, short stories illustrated with my paintings and art-enhanced photographs,
captures the Egypt of today, its people and their customs. It offers a glimpse into
what it was like to wake up to the Call to Prayer and experience the country, not
as a tourist, but as a temporary resident, welcomed and accepted by the Egyptian
people. Read, learn and love with me, as I discover the country that would steal
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When it was time for us to leave Egypt in 1999, I thought my heart would break. But
Allah is good. Egypt had claimed our daughter Bernadette’s heart and eventually bleseds
our lives with Nadim, our Scottish-Egyptian son-in-law. It was as if life placed
in my hands and tied around my heart, a long unbreakable cord that would pull me
back to Egypt over and over again. And so I continued to write. “Afternoon of Honey”
is the sequel to my first collection of short stories about the country – “Morning
of Light.” Travel along with me through the years that followed, leisurely afternoons
honey-lit and sweet, teaching me over and over new insights and ancient wisdoms.
Through pages illustrated with my paintings and art-enhanced photographs, let me
take you now to South Sinai, a land that stretches beneath a sky and along a sea
of endless blue. Come with me on a pilgrimage to Abydos in search of fertility blessings.
Discover as I have that the best treasures in the ancient bazaars cannot be purchased…
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