Why I Started this Blog



Quotes of Wisdom 29 Grief & Joy – Crying & Pseudobulbar Affect

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."  ~Washington Irving As human beings, it is in our nature to cry.  "Emotional tears" (Hoyt; Science How Stuff Works; How Crying Works) are a built-in pressure release system for strong feelings such as sadness, anger, anxiety and even deep regret. Of course, crying can be an expression of deep feelings of joy or love as well. Being overcome by just about any emotion can cause the tears to flow.  If we allow it.

Quotes of Wisdom 28 Death as a Teacher *Vicarious Trauma & Memoir*

"It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you." Michael A. Singer The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. I am writing about life, death, and the profound changes in my life as each death has occurred. I am writing about how my career as a social worker and my personal life are intimately woven. They've dramatically affected each other. 


Quotes of Wisdom 27 – A Friend’s Presence During Grief

Silence in the presence of grief is golden.


Quotes of Wisdom 26 – Writer’s Workshop Weekend – Memoir & Poetry & Meditation & Yoga

"Sharing the stories of your difficult times can also guide others in navigating their own journeys." Writing for Bliss ~Diana Raab, Ph.D. And so, off I go to immerse myself in writing for a weekend! For bliss, as Diana says, for my family whose stories are epic, and for my spirit who soars when I write. Introduction to my career memoir.


Quotes of Wisdom 25 – In Search of Writer’s Voice & Soundcloud link to Listen to My #Poetry

"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~Louise Brown


ScoreIt! a Writers Resource

Cool app for writers! Yay for Book Giveaway too!

Independent Author Business & How To's

One of the most difficult tasks for any author is stepping away from their work and giving it a critical product-based assessment.

Here’s an app that takes some of the guesswork out of audience identification.

ScoreIt!™’s engineering leverages the cutting edge science of stylometry, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify underlying patterns of language structure in any given text. Statistical analyses are then applied to identify those significant patterns that define one author’s writing style as compared to another…. In broad terms, each submission is evaluated and weighted for its 1) grammatical construction; 2) authorial vocabulary; 3) expressive complexity and 4) use of function words.”

After putting my recent title through the ScoreIt! system, I was pleased with the results.

Read more about my ScoreIt! analysis and the Book Giveaway based on the data.

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Quotes of Wisdom 24 – In My Mother’s Garden – A Rose in Honor of My Mom, a Courageous and Adventurous Spirit #grief #breastcancer #amwriting

"...and thus, my mother's death is woven into my life." ~Bonnie A. McKeegan


Quotes of Wisdom 23 #Gratitude for the Wise #Women in My Life

Today I simply wish to express, from the bottom of my heart, my sincere gratitude for all of the older (than me at each stage I met them!) and elder women who've impacted my life so beautifully.


#Quotes of Wisdom 22 Finding Your Unique Creative Voice – Writers Conference Notes & A #Writing Prompt #Story – Velma’s Man!

The process of finding and defining our own unique voice seems elusive, and perhaps, difficult to describe in concrete terms such as, "do A then B then C then ta-da you've found your voice." A 279 word story "Velma's Man" from the writing prompt "You'll Never Believe What Happened at the Company Picnic Yesterday." Notes from Sierra Writers Vision & Voices 2018 Conference.


#Quotes of Wisdom 21 The #Healing Gift of Presence

Our empathetic presence can be the greatest gift in times of suffering.