Coming Alive Memoir

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    In July I was at Endicott College for the wonder-filled International Women Writers Guild Conference.  After waiting  two years due to the virus, I imagined a peaceful time walking along the beach there.  Instead,  overwrought by the heat and humidity I got in my car  and sought out a hairdresser at a Beverly salon. One more layer of my hair was removed but not before the room spun around from bending backward at the sink. The lady seemed to know all about the dizzies and brought me a cup of water.  Moving into an empty dorm room made me realize I am not a kid anymore as I lay on…

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    Coming Alive: Mother’s Day

    Make everyday Coming Alive Day! One May I spent Mother’s Day with my two aunts on my father’s side of the family who were alone and sad.  Before I could feel guilty about dining with them my mother said, “go and be with them…You can see me another day….everyday is mother’s day ” Last fall, I bid good bye to my last living aunt, Aunt Helen.  My mother died seven years ago. I was blessed to have eleven aunts to get to know and feel loved by. We get our start in life through our mother’s body. Only she can make the sacred choice of bringing life into the world.…

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    Coming Alive: Mid-Winter Anticipation

    “Coming Alive” available by March 1st! With anticipatory joy I look forward to a new year and the publication of my book by Shanti Arts. For two decades, I followed my star to create this memoir. Through its ups and downs, revisions upon revisions I found my voice. While I don’t agree with Michelangelo that art is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration it is at least 50 -50! Epiphany in the Christian calendar is a session of realization,  announcing the birth of the Prince of Peace and the wisdom of following a star. The truth is the world is pregnant with possibility however bleak mid winter appears. “What ifs?” My…

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    Twelve Signs of the Zodiac: Sagittarius: Adventure & Celebration

      This is my last blog of 2021. I am grateful for all my friends and followers who have tuned in, commented and emailed as I explored this new medium. I began with the 10th sign of the zodiac last January and before I could harness the 9th sign of Sagittarius, the Archer’s arrow flew and I found myself back to the Sun in Capricorn and Christmas Eve! However, the planet Mars is now in the sign of Sagittarius for the next few weeks so there is plenty of Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) energy remaining:  celebration, faith, adventure and wisdom.   “Coming Alive” in 2022! My memoir, “Coming Alive” will…

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    Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life. -Anna Akhmatova You may have the universe if I may have Italy. -Giuseppe Verdi Consider your origin; ye were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. -Canto XXVI, Dante Alighieri Italy is a dream! When my parents and I arrived at Kennedy airport in New York, we saw a bunch of tired, bored college students stretched out over the carpet and chairs in the terminal. They were to be among the eighty students I would live with in Tuscany. My mother’s worries about the dangers of the pinching and prowling behavior of…

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    The Twenty Year Poodle by Anne Ierardi

    This extract is from my memoir, coming in the summer! The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s. -Mark Twain   For years I told my wife I wanted a dog. She repeatedly said no. I felt ambivalent myself, as it was so long since I’d had a dog. I worried something bad might happen; when I had had to part with two dogs because I didn’t have an adequate home for them. Now that we had a large house on Cape Cod with a yard and I worked next door to my home, it seemed the perfect time. But what kind of dog?…

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