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The Personal Cost of Writing Memoir

October 18th, 2018|

When I told family members I was working on Don't Leave Yet, a few asked, "Why relive the emotional trauma of your mother's Alzheimer's? Why revisit the past?" My answer was succinct and important: so [...]

The Possibility of Revelation

March 15th, 2016|

I recently attended a master class for piano. Although I’m not a musician, I was fascinated by the weaving of melody that the young students were practicing. When the instructor said, more, more, the piano [...]

The Importance of Writing Retreats

November 7th, 2015|

The writing process is a solitary endeavor. Sometimes it’s a struggle just to carve out a block of time in our busy schedules, but we do it. We open our notebooks or computers and hope [...]

Book Launch

June 8th, 2015|

On May 9th, I launched Don't Leave Yet at Ravenswood Historic Site in Livermore. It was the perfect venue. Ravenswood is a restored Victorian, complete with a wrap-around porch and rich wood moulding and fireplaces. It sits [...]

Pub Day

April 21st, 2015|

I can hardly believe this day has arrived! For the past ten years, I have either been writing or promoting my memoir. During that time, I was blessed with the marriages of my son and [...]

Prepublication Thoughts

March 12th, 2015|

With a little over a month until my book publication, I am feeling overwhelmed. Many expectations surround the event: launch party, readings and signings, keeping up on social media, reviewing the work of fellow authors, [...]