Ja-ne de Abreu
Ja-ne always liked to write stories. After getting a degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans, she spent twenty years working in the mediums of photography, videography, and writing for other companies. Fulfilling their creative projects prompted multiple Telly award winner, Ja-ne de Abreu, to manifest her own. Ja-ne now focuses on exploring the energy inside our choices and the resulting responsibilities and freedom by telling stories through various methods.
Sassy Food is an empowering tool to transformation in a serious pandemic lockdown that led to growing a book from growing food. It is a confirmation of the power of your choices. Ja-ne's inspiration to grow food in the pandemic led to much peace and calm to she and her 93-year old hanai mother while the chaos of the pandemic was out there. In their bubble of not allowing people inside the house and being just about completely isolated, they had positive changes every day, They added freshness to their meals with things they grew. It was exciting and gave them something to look forward to every day.
Many people think growing food takes a lot of time and space. And that is not true. Like the subtitle says, it really is possible to grow your own any size 'farm' anywhere, anytime of year with any budget. Sassy Food empowers you to take charge of adding peace into your life by bringing nature to your fingertips. All basics are covered from growing food from various growing methods, to cultivation and everything in between. It includes a flexible cooking technique showing how to create your own delicious recipes using a symphony of ingredients, without measurements. Artistic photos of gorgeous Eve models in Hawai'i will spark your creativity as to how you can grow food in your space, wherever you are in the world. Sassy Food shows women no matter what shape, color or age can shine their beauty from the inside out! This book honors food as we ought to honor all the women who plant, harvest, and cook it. Ja-ne hopes Sassy Food will inspire you to be lighter with yourself and bring sassyfreshhh into your focus.
This book is designed to bring light-hearted silliness into your life. It's hard to maintain that levity with the constant seriousness of life. When Ja-ne does anything with her plants all of that goes away and she is present in the moment of seeing new changes, harvesting something to add to their meals, planting seeds that will grow into new vegan meals---this simplicity is bliss. It restores Ja-ne so she has more energy to go back to caregiving 24/7. Yes, she has not had any time off, much less one day off, since 2019. This is one way that helps her to keep on going. Inside a world pandemic, with wearing masks and social distancing, this artistic beauty was achieved. It shows we are all responsible for our individual choices and can make positive change despite any circumstance.
Chasing the Surge: Life as a Travel Nurse in a Global Pandemic
Grover Nicodemus Street is a travel nurse who felt it necessary to help others in these turbulent times. He has gone to COVID hotspots in the US since the beginning of the pandemic to do so and also to help keep his wife, who is a cancer survivor safe from this deadly virus. He also encountered many unbelievable events, like being suddenly stuck in the middle of a Black Lives Matter protest in New York, the storms of Florida last summer, and the gigafire of California. Grover’s wife, Dr. Sandra de Abreu Guidry-Street stayed at home and researched the virus while he was working on the front lines. Even though he tried as hard as he could to keep COVID-19 away from his wife, it was not possible.
Grover felt compelled to write about his travels to share his experiences and shed light on the actual reality of the patients and healthcare workers who are behind the closed doors of hospitals. He did not know how to start. Ja-ne de Abreu, his sister-in-law, just finished writing Sassy Food, about her polar opposite pandemic experience of quarantining while caregiving and growing food. As they discussed it, she became immediately inspired as to how to construct his wild year.
Chasing the Surge is a compelling story about this global pandemic but also to dispel misbeliefs about this virus and the vaccine. Being a Black American, Grover is dedicating a portion of the proceeds towards educating minority communities about coronavirus and the safety of the vaccine.