Monthly Archives: March 2015

Catwalk in the Florence Duomo


me and the duomoWhat 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…)

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Remembering Pompeii

selfieToday 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…)

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SF Examiner’s Love Letters Column

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-Letterstime 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.

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Chicken Soup Reissue

ChickenSoupforSoulJoyofAdoptionExiting 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.

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Congratulations to Suzanne Brazil

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.chicken-soup-for-the-soul-thanks-to-my-mom-9781611599459_hr

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.

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