Category Archives: memoir

Friendship, Mummies and Loss

    Two years ago last month I lost my lifetime friend to cancer. Memories of our days together are crowding in on me today. I find writing about things often sweetens thoughts out of the past, so bear with … Continue reading

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Where am I and Why am I here?

Last week I bought a new camera. It also makes phone calls and goes on the Internet. It’s not very large so I can carry it anywhere. That way every time I see something beautiful I can bring it out … Continue reading

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Fifties Innocence

At the age of fifteen I went to work at a drug store for the summer. In those days there was a soda fountain with stools, all upholstered in red leather and tucked under a counter of the same color. … Continue reading

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Frog Legs and Sinking a boat

 After my dad came home from the South Pacific and World War II, he and a couple of his buddies went together and bought a little fishing cabin on the Ninescaw River outside Wichita, Kansas where we then lived. And … Continue reading

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A hot wind and ice cream

Who, me? Write a memoir? Believe it or not that has been suggested. I’ve spent my writing life telling other people’s stories. Some presented as the truth, others woven into fiction. But when I reached the age of 80 earlier … Continue reading

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An Audio Book Memoir by Janet Grace Riehl

  I’m pleased to have as my guest on the blog today, Janet Grace Riehl poet and writer. I’m the first of 18 stops on her blog tour in June and July for Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Music CD The … Continue reading

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Thought today I’d post an announcement for my April 25 workshop on top of beautiful Winslow Mountain in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks. We always have a great time at these workshops, which I give twice a year, and … Continue reading

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When I get famous

I’m going to write a memoir. Where that desire came from, I guess I’ll never know. For 20 years I’ve thought I had to be famous before anyone would care to read much about my life. Then along came the … Continue reading

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A Labor of Love

As a writer, I seldom do holidays with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Today is labor day, and I’d rather be at my computer than slouched in a chair in the shade fanning myself. I began this past weekend … Continue reading

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Writing a memoir

It never occurred to me that my life might hold anything of much interest to readers, until I was telling someone about my experience with bengal tigers while working for a rural newspaper. Her eyes widened as the story unfolded, … Continue reading

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