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23rd. November 1996   My dear Joanna, It was lovely to meet you at last. Your father, my darling Andrew, once showed me your photograph and, beautiful though it was, it hardly does you justice. I’d really like you to keep my letters to him, and should they be of interest, you must have…
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When I Wasn’t A Writer

I have wanted to tell this story for ages, but was never able to fit it into my memoir. I made a pencil sketch of it back in 2008 because it was preying on me so much,The sketch says it all. Two children stand before a closed door. The…

The Power of a Smile and Laughter

Our ability to smile is a wonderful gift; it not only benefits the person producing the smile, but people they encounter as well. Have you ever noticed what happens when you pass a stranger who smiles at you? Most of us smile…

The Art Of Coaching A Writer

There is magic in seeing another writer finish their book, knowing you had something to do with it. It’s like being a mid-wife, or taking your team to the winner’s circle. It’s the kind of service like no other, knowing you had a part in…

“Writing Your Life Makes It Real”

Is it possible to weave a story of pain and despair into something beautiful, capable of inspiring others? The answer is Yes, if we are brave and open enough to change our perspective. Our angle of vision. Our perception.  What’s done is…

“Memoir as Soul Work”

All art is expression. All expression is a way of putting it “out there.” As soon as we put it out there it’s no longer inside us, or merely inside us. It has been expressed outwardly. So we can now hear it, feel it, see it, touch it…

Life is Just Too Hard.

Most evenings after dinner I make espresso coffee to sit down and enjoy some television with. I have a small plastic shaker filled with chocolate powder to sprinkle on top of the coffee but one particular night I was rushing to get it made…