Monthly Archives: May 2009

Beautiful Sentences Contest Entries: Please Vote for Your Favorite One

Well, what fun it has been to see the contest entries emerge in the last week. Eleven readers responded, some with one sentence, and some with several.  I had great plans to find a polling widget and install it on … Continue reading

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Memoir as Potential Social Movement

Last Friday, The Kalamazoo Gazette published an op-ed I wrote. Its conclusion contains the revolutionary idea that if all of us finished the tasks (see below or click link above) we need to accomplish before a “good” death is possible, … Continue reading

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Love and Death: Forrest Church's Testimony and a Mini-Memoir

Forrest Church’s voice rings in my head today. I finished his memoir last night, and  many of his themes are ones deeply embedded in my own life.  His 2008 book, Love & Death: My Journey Through the Valley of the … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth About One's Life: Memoir Controversies

What would a memoir blog be without a category for memoir controversy? Can you trust the label of memoir when it appears on a book?  Today’s writers, editors, and their lawyer’s are continuing to ask Pontius Pilate’s question, “What is … Continue reading

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The Middle Place and How to Sleep Alone in a Twin-Sized Bed: Humor and Pathos Together

Remember when I met the woman from Wells Fargo bank on a plane going from Minneapolis to San Francisco?  Remember that she told me about Kelly Corrigan and a must-read memoir called The Middle Place?  Well, I finally read the … Continue reading

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The One-Hundredth Name for God: A Foreword to A Hundred Camels

Now that Dr. Gerald L. Miller’s memoir, A Hundred Camels: A Mission Doctor’s Sojourn & Murder Trial in Somalia, has been published, and you can buy it at, I will share with you the foreword I contributed to the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Sentences: A Different Kind of American Idol Contest

About 200 people visit this website each week–not a great crowd, but one that is slowly growing.  Each time I log in to the dashboard to begin writing another post, I get another set of statistics that informs me which … Continue reading

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