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cover image for Holding It Together

Here's an image of the new book.

The bowl in the top right is an example of Kintsugi,
the Japanese art of embracing damage; an apt metaphor 
for all those who have struggled with mental illness. There is often beauty and strength in our scars!

Book Launch and trailer--Holding It Together

I've just published my newest book, Holding It Together, and with it, have taken a risk; one well worth taking. I am standing up to stigma! This book is my story of surviving a family legacy of mental illness. I have all sorts of hopes for this work; that it will help get mental illness out of the closet, that it will provide support and education to those suffering from mental illness as well as to those who love them, and that it will get people to see the great need for research on alternative treatments.

Earth Day Celebration at R.J. Julia

COME ONE COME ALL to R.J.Julia for an Earth Day Celebration!!!
 
I will be performing as part of Stringing Words Together (violin and poetry) on April 22nd at 7  p.m.
 
The bookstore is located at 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. For more information, call R.J. Julia's (203)245-3959 or check out their website.
 

There will be a book signing for my new book, The Magic of Moments: From Mindfulness to Reflection. This collection, focusing on the natural world, will be launching in mid-April.

Book Trailer--Fading Into Focus

Great news! I'm pleased to present the book trailer forFading Into Focus,my collection of poems and memories of my mother's life and her journey through Alzheimer's. Here it is. Hope you enjoy!



The book trailer captures the essence of some of the powerful emotions that come through in the poetry: nostalgia, regret, acceptance, forgiveness, and most importantly, love. The book trailer was created by Stacey Harris of Hebron CT, who specializes in book trailers for indie authors.

GREAT NEWS!!

Good news comes in threes! 

Just found out that my book, Fading Into Focus is a finalist in the Foreword Reviews IndieFab Awards Contest :https://www.forewordreviews.com

My book, Too Close For Comfort, was accepted for publication by Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsey Books:   http://www.kelsaybooks.com


My poem, Giving Thanks; an ode to Indian Pudding, was just published on the famous Boston restaurant Durgin Park's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Durgin-Park/111063242277133

POEM-PUBLISHED

HONORED AND THRILLED TO BE TODAY'S FEATURED POET ON AUTUMN SKY DAILY.
CHECK OUT SEDUCTION, MY POEM ABOUT WINTER


Editor's Note: The play of imagery and alliteration in this poem carefully nudges the reader towards the last three lines' brilliant address.

ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA

HELPFUL ARTICLE AT ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION ON PERSONALITY CHANGES IN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS.  IT WAS http://www.alz.org/cacentral/documents/Dementia_Care_30-Personality_Changes_in_Dementia.pdf PERSONALITY CHANGE THAT I FOUND SO DIFFICULT WITH MY MOTHER AND WHAT I SHARED SO MUCH ABOUT IN FADING INTO FOCUS.  MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN MEMORY THAT IMPACTS BOTH THE PATIENT AND THEIR FAMILY.

HERE'S THE LINK:

http://www.alz.org/cacentral/documents/Dementia_Care_30-Personality_Changes_in_Dementia.

BOOK REVIEW

THRILLED TO RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING REVIEW FROM MIDWEST REVIEW OF BOOKS:
 
With an impressive candor and an exceptional ability to craft poetry that touches the psyche as well as the heart, "Fading into Focus” (Memoir; Alzheimer’s and a Mother-Daughter’s Changing Relationship) is a truly extraordinary read and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Absolutely recommended for personal reading lists, "Fading into Focus" is certain to prove an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library collections.

Entering the Digital World

I'm at Tisane with a social media tutor so I can learn to better get my message and work out into the world.  One is never too old to learn!!

Winning Writer's Digest Award--It could happen to you too!!

I just found out that I won first place for poetry (Fading into Focus) in The Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.  I am both honored and thrilled to have won this amazing award, especially since it was for a book about my mother that brought me to such a place of love and understanding.  She would be so happy!  This book has the potential to help others struggling with difficult relationships, aging parents and/or Alzheimer's.  Hopefully, I will be able to reach a larger audience.  This is very exciting and unexpected.  To all writers out there, this could happen to you as well.  Persevere and keep sending out your work.  Believe in yourself and what you are doing.  Do NOT let all of those nasty rejections discourage you.  Subjectivity is the critical word to keep in mind when the negativity gets in the way of moving forward with what you believe in.
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