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Michael Tonello

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Brockton, Mass., The United States



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I grew up in Massachusetts. I traveled the world as a makeup artist and hairdresser until a chance job assignment in Spain proved fateful, and I resettled in Barcelona. Pressed to find a profession that did not necessitate working papers, I became a lucrative eBay luxury reseller of all things Hermes. I am a columnist for HuffingtonPost.com and live in Barcelona with my partner, Juan, and our two cats, Gala and Dali.

Floyd Mayweather is flossin' a ridiculously rare man-bag ... and it costs more than your CAR!!!!
The boxer just touched down in Georgia this morning ... flaunting one of his favorite expensive purchases -- a diamond Hermès HAC 50 bag made out of crocodile skin.
We spoke to someone from Hermès who told us the bag isn't being sold in stores -- and therefore, it MUST be a custom job (Pharrell had... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 20, 2015 17:18
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message 51: by Leaning-Good (last edited Jun 26, 2010 07:22PM)

Leaning-Good Michael,

It's sound very interesting to travel the world as a makeup artist and hairdresser, your history is attractive, Michael!

I believe that your 2 cats, surely have awemest hair style;

but anyway I've just watched the T.V news yesterday, about how chinese people do to their dog, if you have time to check the chinese trend today, you will feel wonder and perhaps terrible to see a lot of chinese's dog which be dyed their hair as a rainbow ball [and many times is as a Panda!:]

Anyway, thinking in the opposite way, to have a dog and a panda in the same time [also, it's in the same dog's body,too:] may be is great for the Sufficient Economic Idea.

Beautiful Regards,

message 50: by Jana

Jana Happy Holidays, Michael!

message 49: by Jalil

Dizin is a ski resort situated to the north of Tehran iran in the Alborz mountain range.

The huge Dizin ski resort was established in 1969 [1:]. The ski season in Dizin also lasts longer than European ski resorts(from December to May) because of its high altitude.[2:].

The highest ski lift ha reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.

Dizin ski amenities include two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants, villas and private apartments around the Dizin ski resort accommodate thousands of people every year.

message 48: by Jalil (last edited Oct 10, 2009 02:07AM)

in pictorial time there w 2 empire in all wrold persian empire(iran) and roman empire(italy)
Rock-face relief at Naqsh-e Rustam of Iranian emperor Shapur I (on horseback) capturing Roman emperor Valerian (kneeling) and Philip the Arab (standing)1800years ago

Christine Hi Michael,just dropping by for a visit. I would like to invite you to check out Shadow Forrest Authors for charity and help support illiteracy issues.
We also have a SFA group here on goodreads. Have a great week.
Blessing CJ

Christine Hi Michael, dropped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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Join shadow forest authors and help stop illiteracy worldwide.

Christine Hi Michael, stopped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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Belle ♥ happy 2 b your friend! Your book looks really interesting :)

message 43: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Michael.
Thanks for the friendship on goodreads.

message 42: by Jessie

Jessie Hey Michael, how's it going?

message 41: by Sanaz

Sanaz Hi Michael,

Thanks for the friend's request.

Good Luck

Christine Hi from down under Michael. Stopped by to see what’s new with you.
Please take a look at SFA.

Blessings CJ

Christina C. thanks for the add :)

Cornelia reading christmas stories Pictures, Images and Photos

message 36: by Adhi

Adhi Thanks for the add,Michael! I can't wait to read Ur book. But i'm still waiting to publish it in Indonesia.

message 35: by Redman

Redman Thanks for the friendship!

message 34: by Eva

Eva Leger Hi Micheal- thanks for the add! Can't wait to read the book- it looks great- different from anything I've read too.

message 33: by Abah (last edited Oct 16, 2008 10:05AM)

Abah Hi Michael, thanks for adding me as your friend. Have some nice books to read.

message 32: by V3

V3 Dear Michael,
Thanks for the request to add me, I'm glad to know an author just like you. I think I'm interesting to read your book Bringing home the Birkin but it will published in Indonesia...hmmmmmm.
Well, say hello for your cats, Gala and Dali. I love cats too....

Best wishes,

message 31: by Zeynab

Zeynab hi.its a text with its persian translation.enjoy it
> Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs.... Who
> arranged a running competition.
> روزی از روزها گروهی از قورباغه
> های کوچیک تصمیم گرفتند که با
> هم مسابقه ی دو بدند .
> The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
> هدف مسابقه رسیدن به نوک یک برج
> خیلی بلند بود .
> A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race
> and cheer on the contestants....
> جمعیت زیادی برای دیدن مسابقه و
> تشویق قورباغه ها جمع شده بودند ...
> The race began....
> و مسابقه شروع شد ....
> Honestly,no one in crowd really believed that the tiny
> frogs would reach the top of the tower.
> راستش, کسی توی جمعیت باور نداشت
> که قورباغه های به این کوچیکی
> بتوانند به نوک برج برسند .
> You heard statements such as:
> شما می تونستید جمله هایی مثل
> اینها را بشنوید :
> "Oh, WAY too difficult!!"
> " اوه,عجب کار مشکلی !!"
> "They will NEVER make it to the top."
> "اونها هیچ وقت به نوک برج نمی
> رسند ."
> or:
> یا :
> "Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too
> high!"
> "هیچ شانسی برای موفقیتشون
> نیست.برج خیلی بلند ه !"
> The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one....
> قورباغه های کوچیک یکی یکی شروع
> به افتادن کردند ...
> Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing
> higher and higher....
> بجز بعضی که هنوز با حرارت داشتند
> بالا وبالاتر می رفتند ...
> The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!!
> No one will make it!"
> جمعیت هنوز ادامه می داد,"خیلی
> مشکله!!!هیچ کس موفق نمی شه !"
> More tiny frogs got tired and gave up....
> و تعداد بیشتری از قورباغه ها
> خسته می شدند و از ادامه دادن
> منصرف
> ...
> But ONE continued higher and higher and higher....
> ولی فقط یکی به رفتن ادامه داد
> بالا, بالا و باز هم بالاتر ....
> This one wouldn't give up!
> این یکی نمی خواست منصرف بشه !
> At the end everyone else had given up climbing the
> tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big
> effort, was the only one who reached the top!
> بالاخره بقیه ازادامه ی بالا رفتن
> منصرف شدند.به جز اون قورباغه
> کوچولو که بعد از تلاش زیاد تنها
> کسی بود که به نوک رسید !
> THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to
> know how this one frog managed to do it?
> بقیه ی قورباغه ها مشتاقانه می
> خواستند بدانند او چگونه این کا ر
> رو
> انجام داده؟
> A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the
> strength to succeed and reach the goal?
> اونا ازش پرسیدند که چطور قدرت
> رسیدن به نوک برج و موفق شدن رو
> پیدا کرده؟
> It turned out....
> و مشخص شد که ...
> That the winner was DEAF!!!!
> برنده ی مسابقه کر بوده !!!
> The wisdom of this story is:
> Never listen to other people's tendencies to be
> negative or pessimistic.... because they take your most
> wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you
> have in
> your heart!
> Always think of the power words have.
> Because everything you hear and read will affect your
> actions!
> نتیجه ی اخلا قی این داستان اینه
> که :
> هیچ وقت به جملات منفی و مأیوس
> کننده ی دیگران گوش ندید... چون
> اونا زیبا ترین رویا ها و آرزوهای
> شما رو ازتون می گیرند--چیز هایی
> که از ته دلتون آرزوشون رو دارید !
> هیشه به قدرت کلمات فکر کنید .
> چون هر چیزی که می خونید یا می
> شنوید روی اعمال شما تأثیر
> میگذاره
> Therefore:
> پس :
> ALWAYS be....
> همیشه ....
> مثبت فکر کنید !
> And above all:
> و بالاتر از اون
> Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your
> dreams!
> کر بشید هر وقت کسی خواست به شما
> بگه که به آرزوهاتون نخواهید
> رسید !
> Always think:
> و هیشه باور داشته باشید :
> God and I can do this!
> من همراه خدای خودم همه کار می
> تونم بکنم

message 30: by Ed

Ed Thanks for the add, Michael.

Good reading,

Ed Lynskey

Fenixbird SandS Michael I love reading your book reviews very favorable.

CaptainChants Hullo!

Thank you for the friend add, I hope you're well : )

message 27: by Tanya

Tanya Hi Michael, thanks for the friendship add! wishing you the best !

message 26: by Jatana

Jatana Williams Barcelona, how wonderful! One day I will travel there. Thanks so much for the add. I look forward to learning from you.
Jatana Williams aka Ms.Thang
'In My Prayers with my Legs Wide Open'

message 25: by Dianne

Dianne Ascroft Thanks for adding me to your friends. I see you live in Spain - I envy you! We've been to Malaga and Almeria the past couple years and loved them!

Dianne Ascroft
author, 'Hitler and Mars Bars'

Christine I loved your book, and I encourage everyone to read it. "Bringing Home the Birkin," in addition to having a clever title, is a wonderful read.

I reviewed it for Gather.com, if you would like to read more glowing praise. Are you getting close to the paperback release date? Hopefully that will draw more folks to the book, too.

message 23: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Michael!

My new romantic suspense, The Twist is a Bookstrand #1 Bestseller! A story of mind-bending control and unnerving metamorphosis, The Twist unravels the tale of a hotshot consultant as he struggles to foil a plot to steal $12 million and to rescue the feisty, female scientist who has stolen his heart.



Lee Silver
"Romance With a Twist"
THE TWIST, BookStrand #1 Bestseller

message 22: by Vanda

Vanda Hi Michael,

Great to see your book on Beattie's Book Blog, here in New Zealand!

Abbeville Press Hi Michael, and thanks for the add.

We do hope you check back with us for updates on our books and our exciting new online media!

message 20: by Rahmat

Rahmat Romadon Hi Michael, thanks for adding me on your friend list. Hope your books will be the big hits.

message 19: by Sylvia

Sylvia Hi Michael! Good luck with the book signing. I want to read your book. Wish I could find it here :D

message 18: by Kate

Kate Sorry I can't be in LA during your signing, but good luck!!

message 15: by Jalil

Jalil tx 4 add request dear friend

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* thanx for adding me as a friend :D !!!

Karielle hey Michael ,

thanks for adding me as a friend.
happy reading!


Chel ♪ Hey Michael
Thanks for adding me
Smiles ☺

Shawnette Hi, Michael...thanks for the invite to your circle of friends...and Welcome to goodreads...your travels sound very intriguing...congrats on your book and good luck at the book signing...be blessed...Happy Reading & Writing :-)

message 10: by Ken

Ken Hello Michael,

Thanks for adding me as a friend. Good luck with the book and the signings/discussions coming up.



message 9: by Mike

Mike Philbin Michael
welcome to PKDland - get stuck in.



Windyasari Septriani thx for add, Mic :)

Christel Hello Michael!! Thanks for the invitation

Rosemary Thanks so much for the invitation. Your travels and career sound fascinating. I still remember with a smile my son's one and only call home when he was on a People-to-People student trip in Europe--he called to say Barcelona is the best city in the world.

I wish you the best with your writing and book touring!

Norman Cooper Hello Michael,

Wow, living in Barcelona must seem a world away from Brockton, MA!

Thanks for the invite!


message 4: by Imey

Imey Juliant Hi Michael, pleasure to meet u
thanks for the add

warm rgds,

message 3: by Kate

Kate Hola, Goodreads amigo. Encantada. Lucky you to live in Barcelona. How do the Barcelenos celebrate Valentine's Day?

Michael, I've added your book Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag to my to-read list.

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