Skip to main content


Featured Post

New Memoir Ahead

Hello, friends! Checking in to tell you I've been writing a new memoir 👩‍🦳 I'm quite excited with this project, which I plan to complete this summer. As many know, stories of my adopted life are in my 2nd memoir  Permanent Home . I've had a number of works of haibun, prose poetry, and personal essay published in literary magazines, related to my life as an adoptee in a military family. This new book of creative non-fiction/memoir expands on the experiences of a baby girl born in 1951 adopted by an Air Force couple in 1952. My hope is that my stories will benefit adoptee women and men who have been similarly touched by adoption; hurt, wondered, searched, and maybe even found. Thank you, as always, for following my writing journey. Please check into my website. There you'll find more of my prose, and of my haiga (Japanese form of photo image with haiku)  Hope your 2020 is a fabulous one! Until next time, Mel Mary El
Recent posts

Update from Florida

  Hello! I'm back in Sarasota  ...after a long hiatus in Pennsylvania!  We left July 3rd to be with my Mom who'd just gone into hospice care.  The good news is she celebrated her 97th birthday in August, and is doing well!  I moved Mom from the continuing care facility where she'd resided about six years. The nursing and rehab center where she now lives is better able to care for her at her advanced age. A big relief they take such good care of her!  My Mom, Agnes Caffrey, October, 2019 On this blog, I share links to my new writing in literary magazines. Since my last entry, I've received several prose acceptances; a few on the calendar to be published. Nick Olsen, editor of Mac(ro)Mic , /  World In Words, will publish my two pieces, "Newsprint' and "Farmland Reverie, " this Friday, November 22.   I hope you'll stop by to read them. I've been fortunate to be in the archives of this cool lit mag

August in Pennsy

                  My new logo                   Dog  Days?   Hi Friends, and welcome! Until this, Monday, I've been on a partial writing hiatus.  My husband, Phil, and I have been in PA since early August when my 97-year-old mother began hospice, after a bout of flu and upper lobe pneumonia. Remarkably, my feisty Mom has returned to a stable state of health but remains under hospice care. Since, of course, we can't predict the time of the inevitable, we've decided to stay up here at her little condo until I'm confident she is adjusted to her new nursing center. She does seem content. This happy shot was taken earlier this year with Max. Sadly, she now shows more decline. But, breaking me out  of summer doldrums with a "WOW" is the 6-week online class Writing Short Writing Deep with Sheila Bender I'm enrolled in!  (See here)  Women on Writing The first week prompted me to generate

My New Website is Up!

I'd love for you to Visit my      New Website! I hope you'll enjoy the new WIX site. I enjoyed the challenge of setting it up with short biography, prose and images, as well as all the ways to connect with me, and buy my books!  *** Here are a few of my new Haiga--photo/image poetry. The first was published July 9 on FreshOut Art and Poetry Collective in Instagram and Facebook. aimless in the summer weeds--  chirr of crickets This next one is self-published haiga--photo and monostitch--one-line poem. a sacred screen we stand apart until the dawn - shadow dancing FreshOut Arts and Poetry Collective float, fly or drift all is a dream I'LL CATCH UP SOON... I'm spending the Summer in Pennsylvania with Mom--97 in Aug. 🌺

Announcing My New E-Book!

Welcome to my Updated Blog ~   I'm so thrilled to announce my third book - the sequel to Stroke Story Coming To Terms : My Journey Continues "Coming to Terms is Gambutti's sequel to Stroke Story: My Journey There and Back, the memory of a life-altering brain hemorrhage in 2008. Eleven years later, the author settles with the many challenges and struggles she has faced. For readers who suffer effects of brain trauma, such as chronic speech and motor impairment, hope feels elusive. With this book, she offers you encouragement that many gains do come through perseverance. And for those inclined to push themselves; to give too much—she hopes you can “come to terms” with the need for self-care, and can learn to let some of it go." Stroke Story: My Journey There and Back "The life of a vibrant, creative woman, fifty-seven years young, is dramatically changed by a major hemorrhagic stroke during a community bus trip through
Spring Holiday Weekend Chag Pesach sameach! Happy Passover to Jewish family and friends! And, to all who celebrate, Happy Easter!   Here in Sarasota, it's mild and sunny about 75F. A good day for heading to temple or church, entertaining family or visiting a park. So, I know you're probably not on your laptop or smartphone today, but I'll use my quiet afternoon to update you for the week ahead. I've used the past couple of weeks in writing short prose, and taking photos and creating haiku/art (haiga).  The result has been several submissions to lit mags, for which I hope to hear back soon.  Acceptances always are wonderful, but I've learned to accept there will be rejections. That's life. Many rejections are opportunities for revision and learning--honing my craft. So, I persist and grow. *** I'll make only a brief comment about the turmoil in the U.S. with the release of a redacted "Mueller Report," and the realiz

Monday Musings

Hello! Just a quick post to ensure things are up to date with Blogger now Google+ has left the stage.   I hope to begin a newsletter in the near future. If you'd like to receive occasional updates to your e-mail, please private message me to my Facebook page at this link:  Mary Ellen Gambutti, Author To purchase my e-book on Amazon Kindle, please go to this link: Stroke Story: My Journey There and Back This Facebook Page (link below) was my first upon publishing "Stroke Story." I'm keeping it up to sustain the Writer Group connected to it: Writers' Haven On Coconut Bay, MaryEllen Gambutti, Author If you're interested in joining the Group, Writers' Haven , you can request to join through the (above) Page, or request here: Writers' Haven Facebook Membership Group To purchase the Kindle version of my book, go to this link: Permanent Home: A Memoir I believe that covers it for now!  Please return to my new blogger post