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Beautiful Unbroken: Poetry on the Front Lines of Nursing

Guest blogger Lanie Tankard has returned, this time with a book on a subject new to this blog, nursing, but nursing as seen through the eyes of a poet. Don’t you love the variety of human experience available to all … Continue reading

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In Praise of Sonia Sanchez: Living a Haiku Life

Poet Sonia Sanchez has never written a book called a memoir. But her work flows directly from her life. It’s not about her, however. She calls her “I” the “collective I” which is also a “collective eye” searching for justice and … Continue reading

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Want to Write a Great Memoir Query Letter? Marla Miller Can Help!

Meet Marla Miller, marketing expert, blogger, writer, columnist in The Writer, workshop giver, and query letter critique-er I first met Marla in 2007 when I attended the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. I was totally new to both creative writing and … Continue reading

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A Million Little Pieces of Memoir Genre Trust

Like most of my readers, I am an admirer of Greg Mortenson and think what he has done  in Afghanistan and Pakistan–building schools (helping girls, especially) and building relationships of trust–is the best way for Americans to interact with the … Continue reading

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2010 in Review: Gets a CheckUp from WordPress

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading

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Smell: The Memoir Writer’s Stimulus Package

“What smells trigger memory for you?” My niece Joyous Derner asked the above question on her Facebook page a few days ago. She got lots of responses, which led me to remember a wonderful book:  Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History … Continue reading

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Presidential Memoirs, College Essays, Tony Blair Memoir: Memoir in the News

Memoir is in the news! Do you know how many copies of Barack Obama’s memoirs have sold? Which was more popular, Jimmy Carter’s memoir or Bill Clinton’s? Check out the answers to these and other presidential memoir questions here. An … Continue reading

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