How to write a memoir

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”  ~From “The Wonder Years”  Several years ago, I decided to write a St. Patrick’s Day column about my mother’s beloved Grandpa Finney, the son of an Irish immigrant.* I knew he was a […]

Memoir on Canvas: Part 3

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher This the last of a three-part series on this project … At this point, the portrait finally gains a three-dimensional layer. It’s the most enjoyable step in the process, giving the imagination free reign and […]

Memoir on Canvas: Part 2

“Creativity always takes courage. — Henri Matisse This is part two of a three-part series … Bring on the acrylic paints! Adding more texture and brighter color to the background layer is the next step before adhering a photo of myself to the center. Not unlike adolescence, this part of the process can be a […]

Memoir on Canvas: Part 1

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” — Thomas Merton The first week of the new year always invites introspection, making it the perfect time to start the mixed-media self-portrait I’ve been putting off for years. I’m happy to report that it was one of the most satisfying creative […]

Someone made my day

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions — the little, soon-forgotten charities of a smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge Every author I know enjoys getting mail from readers who found that his or her book “hit home” or […]

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