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  • 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...

  • Memoir and The Legacy of Mental Illness

    Memoir and The Legacy of Mental Illness

      I spoke with Victoria Costello, author of A Lethal Inheritance at the National Association of Memoir Writers member teleseminar. about the legacy of mental illness. Those of us who come from families with hidden or diagnosed mental illness feel “Other,” the...

  • 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...

  • Free Books Today! Download from Kindle–and Read On To Learn About Your Giveaway Program

    Free Books Today! Download from Kindle–and Read On To Learn About Your Giveaway Program

      Today I’m giving away my two books for Free! Yes, through the KDP program in Amazon. I’m jazzed about doing this, and ask you to please download my books, completely for FREE! And I want to tell you all about this program that can boost your rankings,...

  • 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...

  • What Happens after “The End” of your Memoir?

    What Happens after “The End” of your Memoir?

          It’s one thing to write a first memoir—the journey is daunting, what is the plot, how will it end since my life is continuing? These questions are some of the challenges as we work on our first memoir—which we call “the memoir,” unable to think of...

  • Second Chances–the New Edition of my Memoir Don’t Call Me Mother

    Second Chances–the New Edition of my Memoir Don’t Call Me Mother

      Today I’m celebrating the official release of the new edition of my memoir Don’t Call Me Mother! There are few second chances in life, but in the world of artistic creation, you can rebirth a book, revisioning it as artists do when they paint....

  • Are there Secrets in your Family?

    Are there Secrets in your Family?

              No one ever saw how my grandmother looked when she was upset—hair frizzed, lips caked with coffee stained lipstick, rage pouring from her eyes as she ranted and raved. Sometimes I would stand in front of her for two hours, afraid to...