Greetings and welcome!
It's soon an Indian summer in both the States and Switzerland, and it's an Indian summer in my long love affair and marriage with Pierre! First the two new books, "Side by Side, Writing Your Love Story" and "Footsteps, In Love with a Frenchman", both celebrating our lasting love. Very wonderful at our age to still be in love after close to sixty years.
"Side by Side" is a memoir of our marriage, remembering especially the happy moments-and encouraging the reader to do the same. I write about seven overlapping steps to lasting love, from courtship and commitment to celebration, in each chapter I include journal practices for the reader, to write the way to lasting love.
"Footsteps, In Love with a Frenchman" is an expanded version of an earlier book, now newly edited with additional stories, recipes, and photos. The collection relates the first thirty years of our marriage, as I followed my husband around Europe while raising six children, and found my way to becoming a writer, and staying in love!
Some recent news, I returned to the States for the International Women's Writing Guild Summer Conference at Wisdom House in Litchfield Connecticut. It was my 25th consecutive conference, the first one dating back to 1990! It was extraordinary to be once again with so many friends, women writers taking their voices into the world. Check out the Guild, www.iwwg.org, and discover the creative energy and warm support that welcome you.
Here in Switzerland, the Geneva Writers' Group participated in the annual book fair, Le Livre sur les quais, at Morges in early September. We gave reading on one of the cruise ships on Lac Leman, we led workshops and dialogues, all the while signing and selling our books under the gigantic tent that bordered the lake. Our yearly cycle of workshops started September 19 with the launch of a new collection of writing, Offshoots 13, World Writing from Geneva.
Another personal essay, Airport Chatter, is posted in my blog, chosen as I remembered the experience this spring at JFK and searched for another congenial table mate! The essay was originally published in the International New York Times. I will continue to post these 'new' (already published but new on my website) essays every three or four months.
A bit more news, One Year to a Writing Life will now be published in Korean. The Chinese edition is doing well. There are enough Chinese to help it along!
To close this homepage, I return to my most recent book, Side by Side, Writing Your Love Story, from the Introduction.
Pierre and I have been married for close to sixty and we are still very much in love. What went right? To answer this question, I thought back to the good moments of our relationship and began to write. With each memory, I relived the experience--the strong attraction that has kept us together for so long. When I shared the memories with Pierre, we felt the attraction together.
This is the premise of Side by Side: that we can think back to some of the good moments of our relationships, write about them, living them anew, share the memories with our partner, awakening the mutual desire to create new good moments. I suggest that we write our way to lasting love. And we can do so side by side with our spouse or partner, while respecting the space between us--filling each other's cup, as Kahlil Gibran writes in The Prophet, but drinking not from the same cup.
Thank you for your visit.