Outlander Re-Cap and Machu Picchu, Part Dos


Outlander returns and so does Sister Sassenach, our re-cap.

Outlander is dark, dark, dark  and so is Sister Sassenach, our re-cap.Bring back Clean Jamie!

Julie Dolan and Lian Dolan on the Tuesday Satellite Sister Podcast. We re-cap last week’s episode of Outlander, the darkest episode yet. In tone, content and frankly, you just really couldn’t see some of the scenes because that dang prison was so dark. It was all downhill for Jamie and Claire this week n the show and we are reeling that we head into the season finale of Outlander. 

Julie has more tips for Machu Picchu. Plus, Yosemite, Appalachian Trail and Mt. Kilamanjaro

The End of High School: One parent is thrilled to no longer be a school parent. Read Joe Queenan’s piece in the Wall Street Journal called School’s Out Forever  Are you happy your school daze are over?

Poor Little Rich Wives  by Wednesday Martin One athropologist’s look at the women of the Upper East Side. We discuss the lives of these modern women and whether or not the “wife bonus’ is a real thing. Read the article here by Wednesday Martin.  

Food trends: 

Chefs want you to eat every, even the cauliflour core

The Doritos Effect  Why junk food is like heroin. Read about the book here. 


Now do you remember Lemon Up? the juice of one whole lemon, people.

Now do you remember Lemon Up? the juice of one whole lemon, people.

Vermont Country Store:

Lemon Up and Snoopy Pajamas. Whaaaat? Yes, only at the store that time forgot. Find the link to Lemon Up here. 

And here’s the link to the Snoopy pajamas in case you want to get in on the Peanuts explosion.



7 Highlights of Machu Picchu

Julie goes to Machu Picchu and gives us her 7 Highlights of Peru

Julie goes to Machu Picchu and gives us her 7 Highlights of Peru

Julie Dolan, Liz Dolan and Lian Dolan on the show this Memorial Day Weekend.  Julie lives out your Bucket List fantasy: making the trek to Machu Picchu. Okay, she took a train and skipped the Incan Trail, but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t feel the power of the Pichu. Listen to her  7 Highlights of Machu Picchu and Peru. 

Lian tells us about the importance of Awe in our lives. Can experiencing awe make us better people? Yes it can, according to Social Scientists. Read the article from the New York Times here. 

Liz has been watching TV all week for work and she gives each Satellite Sister a recommendation for the Fall TV Season: Oil, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Family.

Medical Update from Liz! Why is her eye-twitching? She’ll tell us.

Lian has a toast moment, thanks to Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl

Our Morningstar cousins: Beth, Martha, Sue, Mary and Anne.

Our Morningstar cousins: Beth, Martha, Sue, Mary and Anne in 2014 at a Morningstar family reunion.Hence the lobster t-shirts. We’ll miss you, Anne.

Plus, we say goodbye to our beautiful cousin Anne. Funny, smart and kind. A wonderful mother, grandmother, teacher, sister and cousin.

Thanks to John Fullbright for the use of his song, Keeping Hope Alive from his album Songs (2014). For more information, click here.


Author Interview with writer Eleni Gage

Our interview with Eleni Gage, author of The Ladies of Managua. Hear the backstory of this rich tale of three generations of women.

Our interview with Eleni Gage, author of The Ladies of Managua. Hear the backstory of this rich tale of three generations of women.

Another Satellite Sisters WordWrite Festival 2015 author interview! We loved talking to Eleni N. Gage about her latest novel ,The Ladies of Managua, a lush, rich tale or three generations of strong women who are mothers, fighters, artists. A long-time travel writer and author of a memoir and another novel. Eleni infuses her book with a tremendous sense of place, setting the book in New Orleans in the 50’s and Nicaragua of the revolution and now. A wonderful read and a perfect book club pick! Eleni fills us in on the real backstory of this fictional tale. Would you write a novel about your grandmother-in-law? Eleni did!

For more information about Eleni Gage and her book, click here. 

A Synopsis of The Ladies of Managua

When Maria Vazquez returns to Nicaragua for her beloved grandfather’s funeral, she brings with her a mysterious package from her grandmother’s past–and a secret of her own. And she also carries the burden of her tense relationship with her mother Ninexin, once a storied revolutionary, now a tireless government employee. Between Maria and Ninexin lies a chasm created by the death of Maria’s father, who was killed during the revolution when Maria was an infant, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother Isabela as Ninexin worked to build the new Nicaragua. As Ninexin tries to reach her daughter, and Maria wrestles with her expectations for her romance with an older man, Isabela, the mourning widow, is lost in memories of attending boarding school in 1950’s New Orleans, where she loved and lost almost sixty years ago. When the three women come together to bid farewell to the man who anchored their family, they are forced to confront their complicated, passionate relationships with each other and with their country–and to reveal the secrets that each of them have worked to conceal

Eleni Gage, her husband Emilio and their daughter in Nicaragua

Eleni Gage, her husband Emilio and their daughter in Nicaragua

Eleni Gage discusses her process, her inspiration and how being in Nicaragua helped her writing. Thanks to Eleni for sharing her story with us.  And congratulation on the birth of her son– six weeks ago. Well done.

Our full list of 2015 Best Beach Bag Books will be coming in a few weeks. But Listen to other Word Write interviews below:

Elyssa Friedland, author of  Love and Miss Communication

Caroline Leavitt , author of This is Tomorrow

Susan Casey, author of The wave, on extreme surfing

Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof on her dog


Author Interview with novelist Elyssa Friedland



A Millennial Rom-Com about Life without the Internet by debut novelist Elyssa Friedland

The Satellite Sisters author interview series, the Word Write Festival 2015, continues with novelist Elyssa Friendland talking about her book Love and Miss Communication, a modern rom-com about digital detox. Writer Elyssa Friedland captures the dilemma of millennial relationships, knowing too much about each other thanks to social media. In our interview, we discuss getting to know one another the old-fashioned way, through conversation and organic interactions.  Plus, we’ll cover her writing process, reactions to her first book and what’s next for this lawyer-turned-writer. If you check your Instagram before you get out of bed, you’ll relate to the characters in Love and Miss Communication. 

elyssaFor more about the book Love and Miss Communication and author Elyssa Friedland, click here 





Synopsis of Love and Miss Communication

Evie Rosen has had enough. She’s tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She’s over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it’s time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear—she’s done that too!)

And that’s when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie just may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn’t mean you can unplug from life.

Host and author Lian Dolan and guest Elyssa Friedman talk about love in the time of social media what it’s like to bring our a first novel and what all lawyers seem to want to be writers.


Our Best Beach Bag Books List for 2015 is coming.

But check out our list for 2014 here: Best Beach Bag Book 2014

Love author interviews? Check out these other WordWrite Interviews:

Eleni Gage on The Ladies of Managua

Annabelle Gurwitch on I See You Made and Effort

Claire Cook on  Roadmap to Reinvention: It’s Never Too Late

Amy Hatvany on Heart Like Mine

Cindy Chupack on The Longest Date: Life as a Wife