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Developing a Theme – From the Maltese Tiger blog

Author Don Massenzio

What is a Theme?

In the simplest terms, a theme is an idea. It’s not what your story is about because that would be the plot. The theme is what you, as the writer, are trying to say. What is the moral of your story? What is the lesson that you want readers to take away?

A theme is usually distilled to a single sentence or even one word. Examples include, “love conquers all,” or simply “Love,” or “Family.” You may begin with a theme in mind and write a story that illustrates that theme. Or, you can also draft a story then examine it and ask yourself, “What am I trying to say?”

Your plot answers the who, what, where, and when. A well-developed theme answers the most important question- Why? As in why are you writing this story? And, why should a reader care? But Theme…

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Old-fashioned Vegetable Chowder with Meat

A Hundred Years Ago

Vegetable Chowder with Meat is the ultimate comfort food. This hundred-year-old recipe makes a delicious hearty soup that is perfect on these cold winter days. This flavorful  soup features carrots, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, onion, and celery, as well as a little barley.  I used beef in this recipe, though other meats would also work.

Here is the hundred-year-old recipe:

Source: Good Housekeeping (february, 1917) Source: Good Housekeeping (February, 1917)

And, here is the recipe updated for modern cooks:

1 1/2 pounds stewing beef

4 quarts water

2 tablespoons barley

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup potatoes, diced

1 cup cabbage, shredded

1/2 cup onion

1/2 cup celery

2 cups tomatoes, diced (or use 1 16-oz. can of tomatoes)

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Put the meat and water in a stewing pot or dutch oven. Cover and bring to a boil using high heat, reduce heat to medium…

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Brown Girl Surf: Women of colour learning to surf and to be environmental stewards

Life & Soul Magazine

Brown Girl Surf originally started out to amplify the visibility and voices of women of colour who surf. Today its mission has evolved to include teaching women of colour how to surf and to be active environmental stewards.

Named in honour of Polynesia’s first female surfers, Brown Girl Surf is dedicated to fostering a diverse, alternative women’s surf community in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

Brown Girl Surf was founded in 2011 by Farhana Huq and Mira Manickam in the Oakland area, and today has extended its reach to include fostering a community by teaching environmental awareness, increasing access to surfing and providing lessons for those looking for their way in the water.

This Oakland-based non-profit organisation, which is run by volunteers, attract girls and women of all ages and backgrounds for their weekend Surf Sister Saturday outings and run seasonal surf crews and a summer camp for…

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