I was honored to have my poem “The Journey” included in the anthology. I was even more honored when reading the other poems. Last night, at the kick-off event, I listened to many read their poems. It was hard reading mine. I wrote The Journey on the year anniversary of my mothers death. It’s a homage to what we sometimes take for granted. To be fair and honest I will admit we argued, there were things we did not agree on. Sometimes I was wrong, sometimes I wasn’t, but the important lesson I learned was is it didn’t matter. We loved each other. At the end, when I said goodbye, it’s the times she held my hand, helped me understand a sometimes cruel world. I am glad I held her in my arms as she passed. I can only hope she heard me tell her how much she helped me on the journey that is my life.


It’s simple but I think I should let you know the site is simply darkwinterlit.com/post/the-quiet-one-by-debra-zanelli


My short story, “The Quiet One” is now available on the Darkwinterlit.com Please check it out and spread the word.

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Its the time to use fresh strawberries and rhubarb to make a great desert that goes well with vanilla ice cream

Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

1 c.  white sugar                                             3 tbsp. flour

3 c. chopped fresh strawberries                  3 c. diced rhubarb (the smaller the better)


1 ½ c. flour                                                     1 c brown sugar                  

10 tbsp 1 ¼ stick butter                               1 c. rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375 D.

In a large bowl, mix white sugar, 3 tbsps. flour, strawberries, and rhubarb.  Place in a 9X13 baking dish.

Mix 1 ½ c. flour, brown sugar, butter and oats until crumbly.   Crumble on top of rhubarb/strawberry mixture.

Bake 45 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned

Read a good book while enjoying the recipe is my recommendation. Try Sister World, The Arrival. Two tasty treats


I am proud to say that my short story ‘The Quiet One’ has been accepted by DarkWater Literary magazine. I’ll let you know when it will be available. I have to say my sister ask me if it was true. I’m not telling.

My poem “The Journey” has been accepted in the Rhode Island Bards Anthology. There will be a book launch On June 28th at the Courtyard Providence which means it’s in Warwick. There’s a $5.00 cover charge. I hope you’ll join me.

Good News

My poem, The Journey, has been accepted in this years Rhode Island Bards Poetry Review. The launch event will be held at the Courtyard Providence, which of course is in Warwick. It will be held on June 28th at 7:30, doors open at 7. There is a $5.00 cover charge.

My short story , The Quiet One, will be published the DarkWinter Literary Magazine. Things are looking up.