My Love Affair…


Background

Ethel Lee-Miller is a native New Yorker, now contented resident of Tucson, Arizona, who captures images, relationships, and a sense of time and place with carefully chosen and inspired words. Having ‘a love affair with words’ has been her passion for decades. This love affair has yielded a memoir, Thinking of Miller Place, an anthology, Seedlings, Stories of Relationships,  inclusion in MuseMatrix and musings in her blogs at The Writing Life. Seeds for stories, scenes, and characters are everywhere.

Her business, Enhanced Life Management, is the core of her work and her educational and counseling training is visible as a writer, editor, coach, storyteller, and observer of life. She shares personal essays, life strategies, and practical ideas with her readers in what can be termed “edu-entertainment.” She has been a storyteller at Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson and her latest adventure took her to– Improvisation.

Twenty-eight years as an elementary educator in West Caldwell New Jersey also included parental counseling, leadership workshops, negotiation skills in and out of the school setting, conflict resolution training, and process writing.

She has been happily married to a wonderful, supportive man for twenty-eight years, enjoys the special bond of being an identical twin, as well as spending time with her extended family. She has achieved the level of brown belt in Tae Kwon Do, plays tennis, enjoys dancing, hiking, traveling, reads voraciously, and meets with other folks of  “that certain age” to share the rich adventures that life brings after…well, after a certain age.

Writing

Being both a writer and presenter about writing has given opportunities to work with emerging and published authors, in workshops, corporations, and schools for over 18 years.

Ethel’s memoir Thinking of Miller Place: A Memoir of Summer Comfort (Second Edition, Wheatmark 2016) is a comfort and “balm,” inviting the reader to step away from today’s often hectic pace to the idyllic comfort of lazy summers of a 1950s childhood. Ethel’s memoir depicts a young girl’s forging an identity for herself which reconciles her own separateness with that of being an identical twin. Whether one summered at the beach, a farm in the 1950s or other time, it is easy to identify with the childhood innocence that colors the author’s view of life, love and family.

Seedlings: Stories of Relationships (Wheatmark 2014) is a collection of personal stories about the phases and milestones of life told with a combination of practicality and humor. Fiction and non-fiction, each story reveals a truth about relationships that will have you nodding in recognition, remembering a relationship, or laughing out loud.

Her work is part of Muse Matrix, an anthology of women’s writing and art (WWAMatrix Press 2016).

Certifications:

  • BS Education — Wagner College, Staten Island, NY 1969
  • MA Human Services — Montclair State University Montclair NJ 1984
  • Nationally Certified Parent Trainer Professional — 1985
  • NJ School Social Work — 1985
  • NJ School Counselor Certification — 1985

Organizations

Writing:

  • The International Women’s Writing Guild — Regional Representative – Arizona; New Jersey 2004-2009
  • Story Circle Network – Member since 2016
  • Arizona — She Writes; Arizona Authors Association; Tapestry Writers – Co-founder; The Eastside Writing Room – Founder; Writers Lunch – Founder; Writers Read – Founder.
  • New Jersey — Scriveners – Co-founder, women’s writing group; The Write Group of Montclair; Memoir and Muffins – Founder; Seasonal Storytellers and Evening of Memoir – Extroverted authors who love to share their stories.

Educational:

  • Retired Essex County Teacher Association
  • Retired NJEA/NEA
  • Toastmasters International — Distinguished Toastmaster; William Paterson University Toastmasters, Wayne, New Jersey – club officer, mentor. Dining To Speak Toastmasters, Fairfield, NJ – Past President; District 46 Area 12 Governor – 1999-01 and 2005-06. Former member Arizona Clubs: TV Toastmasters Live- VP Public Relations; Roadrunners Toastmasters-VP Membership, VP Public Relations; Epicurious Toastmasters.