Greetings and welcome!
I returned in mid May from three busy, exciting weeks in the States, with two new books, workshops in Washington, New York City, Boston, and with wonderful visits with family and friends.
First the two new books, "Side by Side, Writing Your Love Story" and "Footsteps, In Love with a Frenchman", both celebrating our long love affair and marriage. I'm posting a recent photo from this spring, taken on the Connecticut coast, showing the two of us.
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, tracing my way to becoming a writer, and staying in love!
I rejoice to have the books published by Melissa Rosati at Red Lotus Studio Press.
It has been super good to work with her, and with her publishing team. She loves the two books almost as much as I do! Thank you Melissa.
Now for the workshops in the States. Once again I returned to the C.G. Jung Centers in Washington DC, Boston, and NYC, each time working with "Living and Writing toward Wholeness". I returned also to the writers centers at Bethesda MD, Grub Street, MA (for The Muse and the Marketplace weekend conference), and Hudson Valley (rescheduled for August 1), giving the workshop "Writing Your Love Story".
And I returned to the Scandinavia House in NYC, for the Spring Big Apple weekend of the International Women's Writing Guild. where I taught Writing Your Life Stories.
It was extraordinary to find anew so many friends from the Guild, and together to look forward to the coming summer conference at Wisdom House in Litchfield CT, July 24 to 31. It will be a wonderful week of workshops, panels, fellowship, and fun. All are welcome!
Now back in Geneva, the weeks ahead are full. At the end of this month I will attend the Annual Dinner at the American Library in Paris and then teach a workshop at Shakespeare & Company the following day, May 27. Closer to home, I will be reading from my new books June 6 at BooksBooksBooks in Lausanne, and June 18 at Payot Rive Gauche in Geneva.
The Geneva Writers' Group continues to flourish, more writers, more books, and more initiatives. The GWG Literary Prize winners to be announced at our end of the year celebration June 13 at the Geneva Press Club. In early September we will participate with a reading and workshops at the Morges Literary Fair in Early September. Then we start again our yearly cycle of workshops September 19 when we will launch the new Offshoots, Writing from Geneva, Volume 13.
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.
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 fifty-five years 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, seeing the colors, listening to the sounds, feeling the emotions. That we each can then 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.
I write about my own love story as an example and an invitation. It is the story of a long marriage, a long relationship. I speak of marriage and relationship interchangeable, as I speak of spouse and partner. Pierre is both. He is my lover, the father of my children, and my best friend....
I write in each chapter about something that is close to me, something in the natural world. A nautilus shell calls forth our first kiss in the middle of the azalea busses in Bellagio, Italy. A maple leaf takes me still further back to my childhood in Briarcliff Manor outside New York City. Sunflowers here on the hillside about the Lake of Geneva urge me to look outward. While pieces of sea glass from Cranberry Island, off the coast of Maine, remind me to look inward, Evergreen ivy close to our front door shows me how to keep growing through the different seasons of love. My childhood pond is a lesson in Zen and wellbeing. And the giant oak reminds me to first celebrate the humble acorn.
Thank you for your visit.