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Vivian Greene

Author, Artist, Speaker, Entrepreneur | All that is real is seen with the heart ®


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Literary FeastI’ve had the pleasure to help a lot of literary campaigns. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, and how I loved to read the moment I discovered books.

I also love to eat. Doesn’t everyone? So when I was asked to help benefit a vital lifelong literacy campaign in the Pacific Northwest, with a very novel (pun intended) program called Literary Feast, I immediately agreed.

Yes, there are thousands of children, and families, who lack the educational resources to read, succeed in school, operate a computer, or find a better job.

Well, we all need to eat and read. Elliot Wolf from Classic Day Publishing came up with a very unique and fun way for the King County Library System Foundation to support its innovative literacy and learning progams — Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook.

It’s a fascinating book of favorite recipes by your favorite authors ranging from Christmas Cream Puffs to Chicken Amondrata to Dan Greenberg’s canned ravioli. It is available through The King County Library System Foundation web site at or order directly at

Since my comic strip features Rotunda, the President of Weight Wishers, we put together a little something different. Here is an excerpt from Literary Feast: The Famous Author’s Cookbook.

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Copyright © 2009 by Classic Day Publishing

When Vivian Greene asserts everything in life is a gift, it’s not out of naiveté. The creator of Kisses™, a popular syndicated comic strip and books, has maintained an appreciative spirit while moving through a great deal of loss in her life. She lost long-time love Toby Stone to cancer. She lost 18 years’ worth of work when Hurricane Andrew hit her Florida headquarters. And, she lost virtually all of her remaining possessions in shipping them to Hawaii. Her response? “I’m infinitely resilient. I have so much love in my life. Unconditional love is all that really matters.”

Not that it has been easy. She has a blessing to show for each loss. Greene, who launched her cartoon character Kisses™ in 1971, used what she learned from Stone’s life and death to write Good Mourning, a book on grieving, followed recently with Mourning Glory.

When Hurricane Andrew wiped out the business that had put her into the millionaire ranks at age 26, she saw it as an opportunity to head in another direction. “I said, ‘I’m just going to go to Hawaii to do this.’ “ And the personal property loss has given her new insight into the generosity of others around her.

“The kindness I receive is absolutely priceless,” acknowledges Greene. “What I’ve really learned is nobody can take away what’s really mine. My favorite recipe, like Rotunda’s, is sharing the laughter and love and the theme of Kisses™, who’s eyes are covered because ‘All that is real is seen with the heart.’ “


“My favorite recipe is a recipe for success. It all began with cookies. Rotunda, the main character in my Kisses™ cards and comic strip loves cookies. She is the President of Weight Wishers, and has a secret to dieting worthy of Oprah’s highest award. Even if all Rotunda’s diets don’t work, she looks the same after 30 years.” ~Vivian Greene

Rotunda’s Philosophy is if you eat something you really, really love, you get so excited you burn up all the calories.

Literary Feast

Rotunda put her photo on the refrigerator door as a Diet Reminder. And every time she opened the refrigerator she smiled, even if she didn’t diet – because she looked so happy in the picture.

“You are what you eat, ” her brother warned her.

“Oh,” blushed Rotunda, “You mean I’m your little cookie?”

Literary Feast: The Famous Author’s Cookbook
Copyright © 2009 by Classic Day Publishing, Compiled by Terry J. LaBrue, APR
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Vivian Greene

Invest In Love inc
“All that is real is seen with the heart.”

© 2009 – 2011, Vivian Greene. All rights reserved.


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Happy Hannukah!

Hannukah begins December 12th. It is the Festival of Lights and is celebrated for eight (8) days. Eight is the luckiest number if you are Chinese No wonder Chinese food is so popular! And it’s lucky if you are Jewish, because you get 8 Happy Hannukah gifts (one each day).

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a special candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final evening.

An extra light called a shamash (Hebrew: “guard” or “servant”) is also lit each night for the purpose of lighting the others, and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest or in the center.

The beautiful thing I love about this special holiday is that it reminds us that we can light many candles, or share our own light with so many others, and it never diminishes the light that is the source.

Happy Hannukah!

Rotunda, the main character of my Kisses™ comic strip, is the faithful president of Weight Wishers. She is an expert on every diet. Her favorite part of this holiday – besides sharing love and light – are the lotkas, potato pancakes.

For a donation of $18 or more to Invest In Love, we’ll send you 10 Happy Hannukah cards.

For $8000 we’ll bury you in Kisses™ (greetings), and schedule a speaking engagement &/or fundraiser with Vivian Greene and her dancers!



Enjoy! And thanks for the light you’ve brought into my life year after year after year!

Happy Hannukah, and Happy Every Day!


Vivian Greene
Invest In Love inc
“All that is real is seen with the heart.”

© 2009 – 2011, Vivian Greene. All rights reserved.