Stepping Away

Stepping Away for Awhile

Beginning Friday, June 9th, I will be stepping away from this blog, my book review blog, and social media as I recover from surgery. During my time away, I’m hoping to regain strength and energy lost during my 18 month battle with chronic pain resulting from a fall in January 2016. I’m also hoping to take advantage of the quiet time to work toward completion…

Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling’s Schizophrenia by Martha Graham-Waldon | Memoir Review

SYNOPSIS What if you woke up one day, living with a family member who had changed into an entirely different person? What if she were an older sibling you had always admired and strived to be like? And what if you were an insecure preteen when it all started? What would that do to your life? Martha Graham-Waldon’s memoir entitled, Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a…

Memoir-in-Progress Update

Where is my memoir? After many months, here is an update on the status of my memoir. Over the last year plus, obstacles attempted to sabotage my efforts. In all honesty, I tried to sabotage the entire book multiple times. Thankfully I’m married to a man, also a creative, who would not let me turn loose of my dream. He persistently reminded me of conversations we’d…

Scattering Ashes: A Memoir of Letting Go by Joan Rough | Review

BOOK Description When her alcoholic and emotionally abusive mother s health declines, Joan Rough invites her to move in with her. Rough longs to be the good daughter, helping her narcissistic mother face the reality of her coming death. But when repressed memories of childhood abuse by her mother arise, Rough is filled with deep resentment and hatred toward the woman who birthed her, and…

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In Praise of Libraries and Bookmobiles | National Library Week

The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. ~ Albert Einstein It’s National Library Week. I don’t know about you, but several libraries played a role in my love of reading and, yes, writing. During National Library Week, I want to pay homage to Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy industrialist who believed in sharing his wealth by helping others. Among those…