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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.


Good news comes in threes! 

Just found out that my book, Fading Into Focus is a finalist in the Foreword Reviews IndieFab Awards Contest :

My book, Too Close For Comfort, was accepted for publication by Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsey Books:

My poem, Giving Thanks; an ode to Indian Pudding, was just published on the famous Boston restaurant Durgin Park's Facebook page:


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.

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.

New book soon to launch!!

Well my new book, FADING INTO FOCUS is about to be birthed.  I'm looking at mid February.  This book is a memoir in verse about my relationship with my mother and th experience of dealing with her descent into dementia.  It is ultimately a work of love and peace and a very candid collection that follows my imperfect journey toward forgiveness of both her and myself.  I'm hopeful that the honesty in which I express my feelings will be helpful to others struggling with similar issues of aging parents, Alzheimer's or other illnesses, grief, difficult relationships etc.

new book

Well it's been a very long time but I'm back and with a newfound commitment to be consistent in posting on this  blog!  Since my last post, there has been much writing, many readings and the completion of my second collection, FADING INTO FOCUS, which will be published in the near future.  It is a memoir in verse about a mother daughter relationship and the impact of Alzheimer's Disease.  Sounds pretty heavy but it's all about awareness and forgiveness.  Looking forward to sharing with the world!

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cover image for Holding It Together
Book Launch and trailer--Holding It Together
Earth Day Celebration at R.J. Julia
Book Trailer--Fading Into Focus


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