Lillian Africano

Lilllian Africano is the managing editor at Luxe Beat Magazine, the cruise editor at JAX FAX. She also blogs on TheCruiseEditor.com and SpaReviewMag.com.


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My New Book is on Amazon: Dumped, Divorced, Deserted. The Club

My New Book is on Amazon: Dumped, Divorced, Deserted. The Club

Check out Amazon and Lulu for my newest book: Dumped, Divorced, Deserted. The Club.  After publishing 16 books in the conventional way, I’ve just done my first digital publication. It’s available as a Kindle book or paperback on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Dumped-Deserted-Divorced-Lillian-Africano-ebook/dp/B072MD269G) and as a paperback on lulu (http://www.lulu.com/shop/lillian-africano/dumped-deserted-divorced-the-club/paperback/product-23261518.html) It’s a kind of tribute to The First Wives Club and it begins with Lily Fielding’s husband saying:  “You know as well as I do that we’re not on the same page any more. There just isn’t any point in staying together.” With these words Lily’s husband tells her that their marriage is over, that he is leaving her for another woman. Lily thought she had everything—a successful and handsome husband, two beautiful children, a magazine-perfect home. But in one shattering moment, she loses the husband, the friends they’d shared, the home and all her illusions about “happily ever after.” As she struggles to raise her children alone, to build a new life, the women she meets in her therapy group become her...

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New Jersey Celebrates Pork Roll

New Jersey Celebrates Pork Roll

Today, May 28, 2016, New Jersey honors its iconic food, the pork roll, in not one, but two festivals in Trenton. Why two? TC Nelson and Scott Miller created the first festival in 2014, then had a disagreement that result this year in two separate events this year. The Nelson festival is being held between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. at Trenton Social and Miller’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Mill Hill Park. Why all the fuss? Okay, pork roll isn’t foie gras or Chateaubriand, but this tasty artery-clogging treat is the star of the Jersey Breakfast, the pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich. And as such, it’s celebrated, not only with the festivals, but also with a “documentary,” a band (The Pork Roll Project) – and also by the stoner band Ween, which memorialized the sandwich in a song. State Assemblyman Democrat Tim Eustace is leading the push to make the PEC the official state sandwich; the only holdup is the debate about...

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Macy’s Parade: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Macy’s Parade: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Back in the day when my three children were growing up, the Macy’s parade was a big part of our Thanksgiving tradition. We watched it on television, and when a willing grandparent—my father—volunteered as escort, the kids had the real parade experience—watching it “in person” while I cooked our turkey. This operation wasn’t as simple as it might seem. The crowds were always huge and the weather was often cold—that’s all part of the in-person experience. So is getting up early (it’s wise to claim a spot about 7 a.m. or earlier, well before the parade starts at 9 a.m.) As the willing grandparent was only able to lift one child at a time on his shoulders, there were complaints that all the kids could see were people’s legs and knees. And yet, whenever they returned home from one of these outings, they were filled with stories, about the parade itself—the balloons, the floats, the clowns, and yes, Santa himself. About the cold—and also about the valiant ways in which...

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