Archive for the Living the Writing Life Category

Evoke the Era

Evoke the Era

Everyday pleasures. My neon green transistor radio. The stack of ’45s I played on my turntable—the Temptations, the Jackson 5. Monday nights watching Laugh-In. Bazooka Bubble Gum. Astro Pops. Fizzies. It’s a 1960s childhood. I flattened my thick wavy hair with egg shampoo and wrapped it around my head every

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Writing “Just for Family”?

Writing "Just for Family"?

This topic has been on my mind for — well, over twenty years. When I started teaching memoir back in 1996, twenty-two people circled a big table at the local junior college in the area where I live. Stories so ready to tell poured out of them. Some of those

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Meet the Author: 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl • True Stories 1910 – 2010

Meet the Author: 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl • True Stories 1910 - 2010

Are you in the Bay Area on Saturday March 14, 1:30 – 3:30? If so, please drop by the Petaluma Copperfield’s Bookstore, a Meet & Greet where I’ll have a table near the entrance and I’ll be saying hello and signing books. San Rafael Copperfield’s is hosting a second author

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Readying for Release

Recently, I finished preparing the over-fifty first-person tales of life through a century for “100 Years in the Life of An American Girl.” There are five or six stories in each decade/chapter and each one of those chapters opens with a short cultural history of the decade, offering a colorful

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