20Nov, 2020

Podcast Interview – The Difference between Autobiography and Memoir, and all Kinds of Other Points Pertinent to Writing Family Stories

My dad's first outing in the pram, pushed by his Aunt Resi (a major character in Jumping Over Shadows). Walking along are the proud parents, i.e. my grandparents, Karl and Hanne. Reichenberg, Czechoslovakia, 1933 I am happy to share that the lovely ladies of the Genealogy Happy Hour hosted me for their podcast episode this month. It was [...]

13Nov, 2020

How Do you Deal with the Plethora of Names When Writing Stories from Family History?

At my Great Aunt Resi's for New Year's Eve, early 1940s, Czechoslovakia (This picture is from my memoir Jumping Over Shadows.) When you write a story from family history, the cast of characters can be quite large. This can be confusing to the reader. So the issue of how to handle all those names within the text can [...]

2Oct, 2020

The Magic of Needlepoint Projects – Easy-to-do, Therapeutic and Beautiful, They Might Also Connect You to Your Past

A month ago I was suffering from a broken heart (being a mother is hard...), and I found myself opening this cross stitch kit I'd ordered back in May from easy123art. I threaded the needle, started counting, and rediscovered a craft I hadn't done since high school. I was amazed how therapeutic this embroidery project proved to be! It seemed [...]

11Sep, 2020

Remembering 9/11 by Remembering Some of Those Who Lost Their Lives

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Today is 9/11. Somehow it strikes me as odd to remember that day in the middle of a new calamity. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly is a different calamity altogether. I'm not even sure it's appropriate to compare the two but that's where my mind is going. Remembering 9/11 also makes me so conscious of the passage of time. 9/11 was [...]

14Aug, 2020

During the Pandemic, Traveling by Book is the Best Kind of Travel, Provided You Read a Magnificent One like The Lost Pianos of Siberia

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It is precious and rare to fall in love with a book. It is even more precious to get lost in a book and be swept away to another world. This just happened to me with Sophy Roberts' wondrous The Lost Pianos of Siberia. I finished its 350 pages in three days. Then, hungry for more, I read its hefty [...]

7Aug, 2020

Soothing for the Soul – A Day of Wide Open Horizons and Thundering Waves at the Indiana Dunes

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For weeks my daughter had been nudging that she wanted to go hike trail 10 in the Indiana Dunes. She wanted to relive a childhood experience. We had taken the kids on the woods part of that trail way back when. It is fairly flat and thus easier to manage for little legs. But we had never gone in the [...]

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