“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sharing Our Gifts - Looking forward to 2009

The Sharing Our Gifts Retreat at the Idlewyld in Lakeside (October 2008) was enchanting. That sounds like hyperbole, but it's not--we all came away feeling inspired and refreshed. We shared miracle stories and watched The Nancy Drew Movie on Friday night and by the time we met again in the Green Room of The Fountainview, we had some synergy going. 25 women strong, we enjoyed workshops on journaling, memoir, mandalas, book groups, liturgical dance, and emmeagrams. We all left with "kitchen wisdom" notebooks that we designed ourselves and filled with wise thoughts after having a parting tea with Joan the innkeeper. Next year can't really be better, but we'll try to best last year's event during the third weekend of October 2009.

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A Winding Road - Writing

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.