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At My Book Launch
Okay, I’m on to another marketing project. I was overwhelmed and indeed impressed by the numbers of blogs Jessica Bell is going to visit during her two-week book launch blog tour for her soon to-be-released, String Bridge. And that got me thinking I hadn’t visited nearly enough blogs at...
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Reading at Pages: A Bookstore
I’ve given readings, taught classes at my workplace, and spoken in public many times, and I still get very crazed before I have to do any kind of public speaking. No amount of asking why do I do it to myself? why can’t I let my experience ease my mind? helps calm me. I experienced the worst stress...
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  On this tenth anniversary of September 11, it seems fitting that I share a story about my friend, Brenda Newman, who played a huge part in restoring the jewelry recovered from Flight 93. Flight 93:  The Jeweler’s Story  In El Segundo, CA, known as one of the last lazy 50s style...
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In 2003 we traveled to Italy in January. When we arrived in Venice it was lightly snowing and the sky was in shades of pinks and blues. I will never forget the beauty of it and how much I loved walking outside, feeling the crisp air on my face. From there we took a train to Arezzo in Tuscany to...
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One of my dear friends recently said, "I don't even want to go anywhere to celebrate ... there is not a whole lot to celebrate about getting old." This reminded me of a quote I've been repeating for a lot of years: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" attributed to Satchel...
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  Here’s a little run-down of what’s been happening in my life as a writer in the last few weeks. My second piece for Naturally Savvy went live this week,  http://www.naturallysavvy.com/inspiration-and-motivation/fitness-over-60-and-countingan interview about a woman I’ve known for lots...
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I came home for the summer between my junior and senior years of college. But it wasn’t really my home – not the place where I grew up. It was my parents’ new cramped apartment in California where they moved while I was in school at the University of Wisconsin studying journalism. I hated being...
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Book Launch at Pages
Since my book launch and signing just after my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, was released in May, I've spent the month of June on a blog tour, coordinated and managed by WOW-Women on Writing. I decided to embark on this tour because I had hosted two other WOW blog tour authors in the last...
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My Garden Buddha
I remember sitting in a circle every morning at an Esalen workshop with everyone in turn giving a one-word check-in assessment of where we are with the day or anything else on our minds. So if I were to give one word for today's check-in I could say "busy." However, a better word is...
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I work out. I work out every day. Today I walked an hour and 20 minutes at a 15 minute per-hour pace. Yesterday I did 30 minutes of cardio at 180 strides per minute on the elliptical trainer and one hour of killer Pilates. So what? It doesn't seem that strange. It doesn't sound like I'm any...
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Leaving the Hall Light On
 Here is part three of my blog series on a book launch and signing for my just released memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On: 1) Preparation, 2) The Actual Event, and 3) Lessons Learned. Part Three - Lessons Learned. Book the venue early. I contacted the Pages  (http://www.pagesabookstore.com/) ...
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From my publisher, Lucky Press LLC
As promised here is part two of my three-part blog about my book launch and signing.  Part Two - The Actual Event Our son Ben arrived at our house at about five thirty ready to help bring books, food, and drinks to the Pages bookstore, and by the time we got there, about six, Jetena, the...
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Leaving the Hall Light On Cover
I'm going to write about the book launch and signing of Leaving the Hall Light On in three parts: Preparation, The Actual Event, and Lessons Learned. Part One: Preparation I think the worst part of the preparation stage was waiting for the book signing to happen. I booked it for the first Thursday...
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Book Cover
I've been writing without monetary rewards virtually all of my life. However I've stepped up the pace in the years since the death of my son in 1999, when I found that writing paid me in comfort and healing.  Writing about the unhappiness and tragedy in my life transfers the pain from my body onto...
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Paul, Age Twenty-seven
"When I held Sam alone for the first time..., I was nursing him and feeling really spiritual, thinking, please, please God, help him be someone who feels compassion, who feels God's presence loose in the world, who doesn't give up on peace and justice and mercy for everyone. And then a second...
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