Monthly Archives: November 2008

A Second Workshop on Spiritual Autobiography

Tomorrow I lead a small group of colleagues in a workshop much like the one I taught at my church several months ago.  I will again use the Marilyn Chandler McEntyre’s essay published in Weavings.  But this time I will … Continue reading

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Eat, Pray, Love–A Spiritual Memoir for Thanksgiving?

My husband Stuart and I have just worked together to make two pumpkin pies, two apple pies, and broccoli, curry cheese soup.  We are waiting for our daughter Kate and her boyfriend Nik to arrive from Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving weekend.  … Continue reading

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Memoir(and): Should You Subscribe?

I seldom read every article in a magazine that comes to my house.  Without time for hours of reading every day, I do a lot of skimming instead of deep reading.  I wish it were not so. However, with a … Continue reading

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Memoir Joke–From Bill Maher

“Couple of problems [for Bush] . He hasn’t been offered as much money as he thinks he deserves for his memoirs, and when they asked him to write an autobiography, he said, ‘I don’t really know that much about cars.’” … Continue reading

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Willa Cather: A Pictorial Memoir

Since Willa Cather is one of my favorite writers, it will not surprise anyone who knows me well that one of my most beloved books is Willa Cather:  A Pictorial Memoir.  The book was published 35 years ago and is … Continue reading

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Joe the Plumber Fulfills Prediction

As soon as Joe the Plumber erupted onto the political stage, it was inevitable the he, too, would become a memoirist.  At least, he has signed a book deal, something I predicted on October 18 here. Of course, he is … Continue reading

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Coming Home to Roost

In a previous post called Blogging and the Memoir Community I promised to review DeWitt Henry’s memoir called Safe Suicide because he was the first published author who found me through this blog. Here goes, DeWitt.  Hope you come back … Continue reading

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Do You Know Your Own Geology?

Today one of my colleagues at the Fetzer Institute, Dr. Joel Elkes, celebrates his 95th birthday.  No, that is not a typo.  He was born in 1913, lived through two World Wars and a century of struggle.  He was a … Continue reading

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Laura Bush Will Bring Home the Memoir Bacon

Last week I felt sorry for George W. Bush, who, unlike his predecessor Bill Clinton, was not offered a $12 million advance for his memoirs.  In fact, he was encouraged not to write them at all–yet. Today The Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Little Heathens–Perfect Memoir for a New Depression?

“Ralph Waldo Emerson could have learned a thing or two about self reliance from my great-great-grandparents,” asserts Mildred Armstrong Kalish near the beginning of her book Little Heathens:  Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm in the Great … Continue reading

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