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How Father Saved Christmas – Micro Memoir from an Irish Christmas

This is my contribution to the 2013 Virtual Advent Tour.  This blog tour was created by Kelly and Marg over at Virtual Advent to allow us to share a favorite Christmas or holiday memory. In western Christian tradition, the real-life Advent is all … Continue reading

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Your First Writing Draft: Typed or Handwritten?

I’m working on my first book-length memoir. It’s terrifying. The general theme or topic: My immigration, at age 24, to America. Rather than just a ME-moir, I blend the personal narrative with national and family history, economics and psychology to … Continue reading

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Books for Writers: Writer with a Day Job

Originally posted on The Happy Elephant Blog:
As writers, many of us dream of the day we’ll be able to give up our day jobs to write full time. We struggle to find time to write between, work and/or school,…

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For Labor Day: Seamus Heaney and Other Thoughts on Work and Writing

I wrote this exactly a year ago, never thinking that it would become one of many international elegies  for a great poet and wit and humanitarian. Séamus Heaney’s poem, “Digging” has always been my favorite piece of literature about work. Have … Continue reading

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Writers! Write to your own body rhythm

When my late mother met my then-boyfriend, she shared some maternal advice. “She’s a pure devil in the mornings,” she said, nodding toward me (I thought all devils were impure, but … anyway).  Then, my mother proceeded to describe those childhood … Continue reading

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Writing About Traumatic Events: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Last week, my audio essay,  “Sanctuary” was published at “The Drum: A Literary Magazine for Your Ears.”  As fond and proud as I am of this particular essay and this online literary magazine, having this piece of writing go public … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions for Writers: Ernest Hemingway’s “Truest Sentence”

Should some writing come with a “made-in-China” label? In our digitized 21st century, how much of our writing is too cheap, too quick and too disposable? Has the sheer volume of digitized, podcast, broadcast and hard-copy content spawned a  24/7 … Continue reading

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For Labor Day: Seamus Heaney and Other Thoughts on Work and Writing

I wrote this exactly a year ago, never thinking that it would become one of many international elegies  for a great poet and wit and humanitarian. Séamus Heaney’s poem, “Digging” has always been my favorite piece of literature about work. Have … Continue reading

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A Reading Life: Thank You

Last week, I contributed to this wonderful blog, The Books They Gave Me, in which readers get to “reflect on the books given to us by loved ones.” For my contribution, I decided to write about my first ever gift … Continue reading

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The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop on Writers’ Work in Progress

Week 8: The Next Big Thing: Work in Progress Thank you to Donna at Girl Who Reads who invited me to join this blog hop, in which writers dish a little on our current work in progress. Thanks, too, to the other … Continue reading

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