• Family History,  Gratitude,  Memories

    SPRINGTIME MEANS …

    … many things. Beautifully bright colors, a warmer feel to the air, an awakening from winter, and graduation for many. The blog will be silent for the next couple of weeks as my husband and I travel to witness our youngest grandson’s high school graduation. An exciting time for him, his parents, and the rest of his family. The newsletter will also be a bit off-schedule coming out earlier than its usual third Wednesday of the month. We’ll be riding the rails and taking in the scenery of this beautiful country we call home, something we truly enjoy. My next post will come out on May 31st. Until then, happy writing! Almost…

  • Books,  News Bits,  Writing

    Tuesday’s News Bits on Writing & Books (Week of May 2, 2016)

    Welcome to my weekly curation post on the best writing and book links I discovered during the past week. My hope is to save us both time. How you might ask? First of all, I list the links to my favorite items in this post. A place I can always go back and find them. Second, I pass them along to you, and without too much effort, you have them at your fingertips. You can either bookmark the post or save it to Evernote or something similar if you think it will come in handy down the road. Here are some great articles from last week: Finding time to write…

  • Book Review,  Creative Nonfiction,  Memoir

    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi, A Memoir | Review

    THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER ‘Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option…Unmissable’ New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life…

  • Memoir,  Timeline Stories,  Writing

    Timeline Story 5. Writing Abilities Carry Me from Medicine to the Law and Beyond

    This is the fifth post in a series sharing my Timeline Story, a look at the events, experiences and occupations that have contributed to shaping my business and writing abilities to the present. The first post is found at this link, second here, third, and fourth.   WRITING ABILITIES MOVE ME UP IN MEDICAL COMMUNITY When I left you in the fourth installment of my timeline story, I was leaving my first job in the medical field as an assistant to the Chair of the Anatomy Department of Vanderbilt Medical School. Until I felt more confident in my writing abilities, I chose to stay in the same field and searched the Nashville papers…