• A Day in the Life,  Creative Nonfiction,  Family History,  Memoir

    A Day in the Life | Easter (Episode #2)

    Welcome to the second installment in my A Day in the Life series of short creative nonfiction pieces drawn from days gone by. I hope you enjoy them. Easter One Easter Sunday stands out in my mind above all others. I was around age four. Dressing up was a highlight for me as it was for most little girls, especially around Easter. Easter meant a visit from the Easter Bunny with baskets filled with eggs and jelly beans. It almost always meant new clothes and this particular Easter it meant a new pair of black patent leather Mary Janes. I was so proud and excited to wear them. I thought…

  • Quotations on Writing,  Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tools

    6 Books Added to General Writing Resources List

    Winter has been too kind to the populous of the Pacific NW, and the season overlooked us in favor of other parts of the country. But in place of unkind and unending blistering cold, freezing precipitation, snow depths unbelievable to most of us, the lack of same at our end of the country allowed germs to blossom, multiply, and infect. My husband and I must have passed someone stricken with respiratory issues with the instinct that “paying it forward” meant anything and everything. If we could find the kind soul, we’d gladly pay back the germs shared. However, we’ve had some good reading time as we rested, drank lots of…

  • Book Review,  Child Abuse,  Memoir

    On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened, a Memoir by Lori Schafer

    The child does not question, the child believes in the supremacy and the certainty of the parent, the child trusts. The child does what she is told. ~ Lori Schafer in On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened (Kindle Loc. 456) It was the spring of 1989. I was sixteen years old, a junior in high school and an honors student. I had what every teenager wants: a stable family, a nice home in the suburbs, a great group of friends, big plans for my future, and no reason to believe that any of that would ever change. Then came my mother’s psychosis. I experienced first-hand the terror…

  • Memoir,  Writing

    10 Women Writers Who Ignited the Memoir Genre | Part 2 of 2

    Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.  ~ Myra Pollack Sadker, Author and Advocate for Promoting Equity in and Beyond Schools The National Women’s History Project (“NWHP”) has designated March as Women’s History Month. Underlying its founding and continued progress over the last 35 years is the theme, “Writing Women Back into History.” This year the organization’s theme for their month-long celebration is reminiscent of writing memoir: “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” Last Thursday I shared Part 1 of this post listing five of the ten women writers I felt had contributed greatly to our genre. Today I share the other…