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Author Interview - Linda Joy Myers and Song of the Plains

Author Interview - Linda Joy Myers and Song of the Plains

I'M PROUD AND PLEASED to be able to share with you my recent interview with Linda Joy Myers, in which we discuss her new memoir, Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence. I first interviewed her back in 2010, when I was working on my memoir. (You can watch that interview here.) Since that time, she and I had the opportunity to work closely together while co-editing the award-winning anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s. So I was pleased and intrigued when I heard she was publishing her second memoir this June. Linda Joy[...]
Don't Miss the Benefits of eBooks - Accessing Your Notes

Don't Miss the Benefits of eBooks - Accessing Your Notes

DO YOU READ EBOOKS? If so, do you use many of the features ebooks offer, such as highlighting phrases and passages you like, creating notes about your impressions, searching for key ideas, and bookmarking? I know I do. These are useful tools for research — or simply for thoughtful reading. And one area in which ebooks have it over print. With print, you can highlight text and write notes in the margins to your heart’s content, but, unless you transfer everything manually to a notebook or computer, finding those passages when you want them becomes a trial of flipping through pages[...]
Read Like a Writer, Part 7: First Impressions - Dance of the Dissident Daughter

Read Like a Writer, Part 7: First Impressions - Dance of the Dissident Daughter

THIS IS THE FIRST OF THREE ARTICLES, in which we discuss Sue Monk Kidd’s memoir, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine. Originally published in 1992, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, in which Sue Monk Kidd writes about her awakening from a traditional, patriarchal and fundamentalist spiritual life to the celebration of the divine feminine, has become a feminist classic. Though I have read and enjoyed several of Kidd’s novels over the years, I had not yet read Dance of the Dissident Daughter, so when a number of readers suggested[...]
Journaling Through Summer

Journaling Through Summer

SUMMER. When everything swelters, and the world seems as though it’s come to a halt in the heat. When you retreat indoors to your air conditioned space or, maybe, travel somewhere exotic just to get away, it’s a good time to journal about the season you're in. I've created a video, adding pictures and music to writing prompts in order to help stir memories and emotions. Images and music are both powerful tools to use when journaling, as they work to evoke subconscious feelings and submerged memories. If you can’t, or don’t want to, watch the video, I’ve included the prompts here: Write[...]
Why We Love Memoir

Why We Love Memoir

WHAT IS IT ABOUT MEMOIR that fascinates and draws us to it in a way that fiction, while entertaining and enlightening, does not? Why do we love reading such intimate, first-person stories of challenge, struggle, and triumph? Is it, as some would claim, a tabloid-style voyeuristic curiosity? Is is that we want to live others’ lives vicariously? Perhaps there’s some truth to that — we humans are terribly curious creatures, after all, endlessly fascinated by tragedy and death. This is the stuff that sells newspapers. But I think it’s more than that. We are engaged in a constant search for meaning,[...]