The biggest news is that my 3rd book, the story of my husband’s youth during WWII in Indonesia, is coming out soon. Darkness in Paradise will be available within the next month or so. It is being published by Archway Publishing and the final galley has just been reviewed.
I have been busy with life stories and have recently completed several for hospice patients. I spoke recently to the Pastoral Care Academy in Stillwater about writing the hospice life stories, and after a quick tally, discovered that I’ve done more than 60 of them over the past five years. I am thrilled to be able to provide this service for the families of Lakeview hospice patients.
I will be appearing soon on SPNN TV with Nadia Giordana to talk about the importance of writing our memoirs, as well as sharing some ideas of how to do it. Capturing memories is important to me. I believe that we need to remember our past to do well in the present. The past is the root in all of us, and it’s important for the younger generation to understand where we came from.
Memories of Lake Elmo, published in 2013, is the history of a small Minnesota town, written as the result of more than 120 interviews of local residents. I have done a number of speaking events with neighborhood groups about the book since then, with some still scheduled.
I don’t know about you, but my comfort zone keeps broadening and shifting. Those who know me personally, know that part of my success story revolves around having overcome a paralyzing fear of public speaking (and being on camera).
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that one of the reasons I set out to produce my own cable access TV show, was to keep myself speaking regularly without some of the inevitable surprises that come with appearing on a set over which I had no control. That doesn’t get me off the hook completely (I wouldn’t want it to).
Happily, I often do get asked to do things that take me outside of my comfort zone. One such occasion recently was co-hosting as a guest on SPNN’s “It’s A Woman’s World.” I enjoyed the entire experience, but was a bit nervous even though I had been in that studio two or three times before.
For most of us, it takes repetition to become comfortable. Once we are, then we must reach beyond what is comfortable and continue to stretch ourselves. This is how we grow. My list of fears used to be long. Lately, all I worry about is getting tongue-tied, or drawing a blank when it is my turn to speak. I can deal with it.
Think about this quote by Claire O’Connor:
“Do you have enough self-love to allow yourself to be a clumsy beginner?”
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