Words have fascinated me from my first reading of Golden Books, and the songs that spun around on my childhood records. "Peter and the Wolf," Prokofiev's introduction to the orchestra for children, like other Disney recorded books and pictures, entranced me on the couch in our red and white tiled mid-century basement first on my kiddie record player, then on my hi-fi RCA Victor "Voice of Music" through my teens. The words were just as important as the music, and I was enamored of their affinity while I was falling in love.
Always understanding the value of the printed word, I began to write little essays and poems in elementary school, was an ace speller. I wrote marketing letters in the '80s and proposals for my gardening business in the '90s. Since my stroke, personal essays have allowed me to take stock of life-changing events. Writing has been a life-saving therapy since age 58.
Memoir-in-Progress In personal essays and vignettes, I show a baby girl relinquished at birth in Greenville, SC, adopted in 1952 by an Air Force couple stationed in Sumter, SC, the child's growing awareness of the loss of her birth family, which is complicated by a transient lifestyle, and the effects of sealed adoption records in her quest for birth family.
Stroke Story: My Journey There and Back is my brief memoir of one devastating moment and my road to recovery.
Coming to Terms: My Journey Continues
My sequel to Stroke Story intersperses the narrative of my long recovery with Japanese poetry.
Permanent Home: A Memoir is a collection of published stories of the early life of this Air Force daughter, and impressions of her years in Tokyo. I write about my foray into Philadelphia area gardens, my adoption journey; search and reunion with my birth family, and the survival of brain hemorrhage. My reflections are written in prose poetry and Japanese Haibun. The softcover edition includes an abundance of black and white personal photos (contact me directly for a copy); Kindle edition photos in color.