Her Beautiful Brain

“A daring and ambitious memoir that bestows unexpected rewards on the reader.” –Seattle Times

“Unflinching, tragic and compassionate.” –Shelf Awareness

I’ve lived with the loss of my mom, and the fear of Alzheimer’s, for a long time now. I understand that I am stuck with this particular fear; yours may be cancer or heart disease. But I also understand its value: which is to continually remind me that I have no idea what the next day or decade might hold. Now is the time for me to do all that I feel called most urgently to do.

I am my mother’s daughter. Like her, I would prefer to keep traveling under my own steam and enjoying the view along the way. Like her, I would rather my brain not get all wrapped up in a big tangle of ropes. But hers did, and mine might too.

Up Next

Upcoming classes:

July 9 and 16: Two 3-hour virtual seminars via Hugo HouseWhen Memory is Not Enough and Finding Your Own True Voice. Registration opens May 24 (members) and May 31 (public). 

September-October 2022 (dates TBD): Introduction to Memoir Writing at Seattle Central College/Continuing Education.

New work:   3rd Act Magazine, Summer 2022: “From Flower Power to Third Act Power,” featuring ThirdAct.org, and  Spring 2022: “Cultivating Compassion,” featuring National Geographic photographer Hannah Reyes Morales.

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