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  • The Fathers We Adopt | The Music Man

    The Fathers We Adopt | The Music Man

      It’s an old story really, the girl who’s missing a father. Either he’s dead, or drunk, or doesn’t care. Or perhaps the parents are divorced and he’s gone or banished. Perhaps he’s an angry man, or neglectful. Hopefully he’s...

  • The Music Man

    The Music Man

    The day in 4th grade begins as usual: the pledge of allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, a round of spelling. Melodious music wafts into the room. Then a tall, willowy man enters, bright red hair tumbling over his forehead, a violin tucked under his chin. He dips and sways, his...

  • Mother–on Mother’s Day

    Mother–on Mother’s Day

    I look at this photo of my mother, age 30, as I lay somewhat untethered in her lap. It’s before everything happens, before my father leaves her, before she leaves me. It’s the beginning of our story. There we are, innocent of the future, and unknown to both of...

  • Tracks to My Heart — Excerpt from Don’t Call Me Mother

    Tracks to My Heart — Excerpt from Don’t Call Me Mother

        The train bisects the blue and the green, parting wheat fields by the tracks. Mommy and I rub shoulders, sitting in the last car, watching the landscape move backward, as if erasing my childhood, all those times when she would board the train and leave me aching for...

  • The Power of Writing to Heal — Excerpt from The Power of Memoir

    The Power of Writing to Heal — Excerpt from The Power of Memoir

            Forgiveness means letting go of the past....

  • Journey of Memoir Excerpt — The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

    Journey of Memoir Excerpt — The Three Stages of Memoir Writing

    The Three Stages of Memoir Writing Through teaching memoir writing over two decades, and from writing my own books, I have found that there are several stages that writers go through as they write their memoir. I have broken these down into three stages, and each of them...

  • Poetry and Art–Early Memoir Snapshots

    Poetry and Art–Early Memoir Snapshots

      To write a memoir is to embark on a long journey of the imagination and of memory. My path of gathering memories, images, and stories was first through autobiographical art–through painting, collage, etching, and mixed media. But I knew that words were necessary as...