close up of woman writing with pen


My love affair with words began decades ago. Twenty-eight years of teaching kids was a reciprocal experience. Watching them grab new words and seeing how they played with words reminded me of word games and nonsense words my twin and I invented in childhood.

A love affair is the only way I can describe it.

I love words. The feelings they evoke. The sound or way they look written out. Spoken, sung, or written, there’s a power in words that is available to all of us. That power inspires, motivates and changes people. Ask a group to sit with dignity and watch what happens. Backs straighten. Eyes make direct contact. Legs uncross and feet get planted on the floor. There might be a smile. I can easily say that’s what I’m about. Using words to entertain, connect, and share, with humor, caring and affection.

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

– Maya Angelou


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.

The Writing Life

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.


Writing is mostly a solitary experience. And yet the product destined for publication of some kind, be it article, pamphlet, newsletter, journal, book, poem, or screenplay will be seen, heard, or handled by many.

On My Bedside Table


Triggers- David Richo

Daughter of Moloka’i- Alan Brennert

Walking Meditation- Thich Nhat Hanh 

Repose, the Potent Pose- Victor Shamas

The Girl with the Louding Voice- Abi Dare

Metaphysical Meditations- Paramahansa Yogananda

All-Time Favorite Reads

The 12 & 12

Rebecca- Daphne DuMaurier

The Four Agreements-  Don Miguel Ruiz

Seedlings, Stories of Relationships- Ethel Lee-Miller

The Art of Teaching Writing- Lucy McCormick Calkins

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change- Pema Chodron