I could see my husband was depressed. I didn’t realize I was the source of his unhappiness. We were adjusting to the empty-nest phase of life as our recently-married daughters were increasing the family at a rate of six babies in five years. Hoping counseling would help, I faithfully met my husband at the counselor’s […]
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“We’ve encountered three s’s that waylay writers on the way to writing their truths: secrets, silence and shame.” Linda Joy Myers, PhD and Brooke Warner, from their book, The Magic of Memoir This month of March 2021 I am teaching a memoir writing course on Zoom for SCN, ‘Would I, Could I, Should I Write […]
During a Book Event via Zoom for my novel-in-stories, Floating in the Neversink, one of the attendees asked me to recall the worst thing that happened professionally. What could I answer? Should I mention the rejection letter I received from a writing contest addressed to Miss Wilson, wondering if the real Miss Wilson received my […]
For many of us, writing is a journey of self-discovery, full of delights and surprises. I never set out to write a memoir. I had no plan or outline, no clear beginning and an unknown conclusion. It just became one along the way. Eight years ago, I had just discovered that my daughter was a […]
Editor’s Note: Stories and their authors can be our teachers. They help us enhance our perceptions and sharpen our writing skills. Like many women writers, I was influenced at a young age by one specific book. It wasn’t Little Women, the inspiration for many young girls who identified with the creative, spirited Jo. My pivotal […]
This essay was first posted in The Memoir Network July, 2017 I enjoy many forms of physical exercise, from climbing mountains, to backpacking along trails, to bicycling, and even swimming. But mostly nowadays I just go hiking, sometimes with my grandchildren and partner, but often alone. Working the muscles of my body is good for […]