I love words, the feelings they evoke—dignity; the sound of words—obsequious; the way they look written out and the power they can give. To take a few words and blend them into a mix of phrases, sentences, ideas can be almost magical. I discovered I can actively do all the things that other writers do. And be published. And feel confident as a writer. And be successful at it. And so can you.
Each essay in Seedlings tells a lighthearted or not so lighthearted story of regular people in and out of relationships, marriages, and that particular phase of life known as retirement. The tips that emerge out of Seedlings can help fill the gaps in your life’s journey. I’ve found the journey is much easier when it includes humor, love, and acceptance.
Thinking of Miller Place: A Memoir of Summer Comfort is a comfort and “balm,” inviting readers to step away from today’s often hectic pace to the idyllic comfort of lazy Long Island summers of my 1950’s childhood with my identical twin, Finn.
Blog is kind of a bubblegum word for a noble and personal endeavor. Certainly personal, for what blogger is not casting their thoughts out onto the waters of the literary Internet. And noble yes. I think bloggers do have a higher principal of sharing their truth be it cooking, recycling, ethics, human rights, or the craft of writing.
When I tell people “I’m having a love affair” there is a general intake of breath, and bodies lean in to get the full story. When I reveal the love affair is with words, and it has been going on for years, there is a collective sigh—part relief, and part disappointment in not having a juicy tidbit in response to the question of “What’s new?”
I am a writer of memoir, personal essays, and observations about life. I have learned to carve out time for this passion, to take a time and place to nest with my words, and hatch a sentence, a phrase, a story, a book that will move someone to do the same. I am passionate about sharing and assisting others who have a story to tell.
To be a voice for writers and seekers for those who believe in the power of words, for those who are beginning the journey from sleepwalking through life to the fully alive experience of being open to all the senses, all the emotions, using words and images to capture the curves, side trips, roadblocks, descents and ascents along the way.
Bottom line as a writer: “Edu-entertainent” for the reader or listener with my essays, stories, and books.
Bottom line as an editor: Travel with a writer to get from Point A to Point B without pain, procrastination, or pouting. Build content, confidence, and competence.