Coffee Times Weekly Roundup — 14

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(First published at Coffee Times Substack)

How are you, Coffee Times mates? News of rising numbers related to the ongoing pandemic is in the spotlight and I hope you are all staying safe, wearing masks, washing hands — and social distancing of course.

Fortunately, you can engage with your fellow writers safely via published words quite safely.

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What treat do I have for you today?

Jackfruit halwa. I remember the first time one of my mom’s students brought us a big batch from Kerala. I was overwhelmed and skeptical at the same time — wondering how on earth we would finish it. Skeptical because I wasn’t too keen on the taste. But you know how some things grow on you? This is one of those. Yes, needless to say, I slurped it all off. I’d get back from work and settle down with a bigger-than-I-should-eat piece and enjoy it thoroughly. Yum! And to think that the idea of jackfruit halwa made me screw up my face. I apologized to the halwa, blew it kisses, and gave it a great big hug — inside my tummy! Love the nut overdose in it.

Vidya Sury’s Jackfruit Halwa ©

And now, some reading pleasure with this week’s picks

From Coffee Times

Biliz Maharjan says doing what you love is not enough for success — and that you need to be exceptional. Don’t miss the takeaways in his post.

If you are a writer looking for publications, Megan Llorente might have just the list you are looking for! I know I am looking forward to checking out a couple of these.

I have to agree with Rhea Anglesey when she suggests laughing your way to better health. I mean, laughter IS the best medicine, isn’t it?

And if you are struggling with a sugar addiction, it might be easier to kick it for good than you think, says The Silent Wave. Great tips in there!

Can indulging our emotional cravings with food boost our social health? Irene Fassler believes it can — she says sharing our comfort foods and cooking experiences magnifies the power of edible love. I like the sound of that!

Can you say “Hello” in Japanese? There is more to it than Konnichiwa! Read this delightful post by Diane Neill Tincher as she takes us through the journey of this Japanese greeting!

I loved this post by Sandi Parsons where she talks about a book character she loves — I must admit that it is most inspiring.

And while we’re on the path of inspiration, you must read Karen Schwartz’s post where she emphasizes and illustrates why we can’t know where we want to go until we name what we want. Reminds me of the quote: if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there!

Honorable mentions

Priyam Samantray How Medium Motivated Me To Publish My First Book

Mulan Traveling on crutches

Sujona Chatterjee Dear Writers, do you go through this too?

Niels J. Post Journaling Weekly is Fundamental for your Future Self

Harrys Stratigakis The place she calls home

Alexander Benesch, educator, and writer I am an addict

AC Troi A Love Letter to Mine Vax’d Friends

Kripa Singh Woo-Hoo Wellness or Boo-Hoo Wellness?

Across Medium

I could not wait to share this hilarious but wonderful post by BichoDoMato. If you have been lucky enough to have David Perlmutter engage with your posts, you’ll understand why. Enjoy!

Can you turn stressors into growth opportunities? Yes. Find out how in Dr Mehmet Yildiz’s post.

Never ever experience writer’s block again, thanks to Marcus aka Gregory Maidman mega-list of prompts to illuminate your spirit.

A beautiful post by the lovely Diana C. that I can fully identify with! Keep speaking your truth!

David Acaster is a wonderful writer and reading his post took me right back to my childhood!

Prompts from our Coffee Times columnists

Yana Bostongirl’s Know Thyself prompt “Why I quit blaming myself” is a valuable one for self-reflection and letting go of past hurts.

Marrisa W.’s Books column has an interesting prompt — it is all time-related.

Sharing Randomly’s Travel prompt this week is all about working remotely while traveling.

Vincent Van Patten’s Inspiration prompt is to make a simple mindset shift to see each day as extraordinary. Can you do that?

Until next week!

Stay safe, stay home, and don’t forget to wash your hands and mask your face.

Got suggestions?

Please share in the comments! Thank you.

With love from the Coffee Times Team

Winston, Dr. Preeti Singh, Yana Bostongirl, Drashti Shroff, Sharing Randomly, Marrisa W., Vincent Van Patten and yours truly, Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles


Writing about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Parenting, Health, Travel, Life, Books. Showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com