under the birch tree
a memoir of discovering connections and finding home

postcard-front-birch2“In my early years, I grew to know a particular birch tree, planted on the same plot as I was. I noticed this one’s ashen white limbs contrasted with its scattered dark-trunked tree mates of stately oak, maple, and elm. Its delicate arms played in uncomplicated innocence, inviting me to circle around it. I developed a kinship with its youth.

There’s something about trees. My discovery started at fifteen, when I wrote a poem and realized I had a place in this world. My birch and I seemed to shadow one another over the years, and a birch tree sighting spurred memories when I sought to be at home. When I was among the unfamiliar, my tree would tell me I was in the right place as I remembered where we met, where we came from. Trees became a metaphor for living, a guiding symbol for finding home, and the beginning for my story.


The Magic of Memoir,

“I Called You a Memoir”

meme-magic39 (2)In this collection, writers who’ve been there and made it to the other side share their stories of wisdom, including tips for dealing with the inner critic, practical strategies that provide motivation, and lessons learned from mistakes made and overcome. Included are interviews of high-profile memoirists and their encouragement and inspiring stories.

Read more on my blog page at SheWrites

Illinois’s Emerging Writes: An Anthology of Nonfiction

“Connections were about making things, whole, complete.” – from “The Writing Desk”

41VERvQm0dL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“In Illinois’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, Illinois’s most promising up-and-coming authors have the chance to share their own words. Covering a wide array of genres and topics, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one essay per writer, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.” -Z Publishing House




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