Monthly Archives: March 2015
What was I thinking today when I set off with Ed to climb to the top of the Duomo? He reminded me later as we sat at a cafe after our climb that Paul, our concierge, had mentioned getting to the top was not for the faint of heart. Ed says he warned me too. I wonder why I didn’t hear Paul and Ed? Perhaps it was because I wanted to see the extraordinary view—terra-cotta roofs, the hillsides, and the bridges crossing the Arno? Or maybe I wanted to remember if I had made it to the top as an 11-year-old girl in the summer of 1971. (more…)
Today on the way back to Naples from Positano where I attended the Sirenland Writers Conference this past week, Ed and I stopped in Pompeii. We took a tour with a guide, who showed us, in his opinion, the most noteworthy highlights. This was Ed’s first visit to the ruins of Pompeii. My second. I had visited in 1971 with my family when we toured Italy during the first summer we lived in Europe – Stuttgart, Germany. (more…)
Mom’s letters to my Grandmother found in the back of my parents master bedroom linen closet are the subject of Janet Gallin‘s (long-time talk show host of Love Letters Live) SF Love Letter Examiners column. A treasure-trove of family memories of our time spent in Stuttgart, Germany.
Exiting news: Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul (2008) in which I was a contributor was reissued under a new title. The updated title is Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joys of Adoption.
I’m thrilled to again be included as a contributor. And I’m always happy to sign books.
In January, Suzanne Brazil’s heartwarming story about the positive influence her mother had on her life, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom.
Suzanne and I met last September at New York Times best-selling author, Laura Munson’s Haven Retreat in Montana. Since then we have read each other’s stories from afar (Suzanne lives in a suburb outside of my beloved Chicago) giving each other feedback and encouragement.
Visit Suzanne’s website where you can discover her writing and how she “rubs elbows” with accomplished writers.