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You can buy my books on Amazon. Thank you!Permanent Home: A Memoir First full day of Spring, and Phil and I are in Easton, as my 96-year-old mother recovers from a bout of flu and pneumonia. Thankfully, we look forward to celebrating her August birthday.The Bamboo Hut Spring 2019 - published by Steve Wilkinson in issuu Bad Mountain Weather by Mary Ellen Gambutti
I'm thrilled to be in the premier issue of Human Kind Journal in January my Haibun Away and Within by Mary Ellen Gambutti I've just learned I'll be in the upcoming issue with my piece, "Mirrors of Loss." Thanks so much, Robin Anna Smith, for your beautiful, important journal and your confidence in my work.
Haibun Today has published my Haibun (Prose Poem with Haiku)  RefugeSincere thanks, Ray Rasmussen. This is my third Haibun in your prestigious journal.
Tanka Journal has published my work through Prolific Press. I share it here with you. Looking forward to seeing my handmade chapbook when I get home to Fl…

Valentine's Day

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Midwinter Sarasota Update
I'm not yet used to Gulf Coast Florida. Although I lived in Texas and Louisiana for several years as a child, and I was born in South Carolina, I am a northerner. Although I have no regional accent--I never latched on to such a distinct identifier, I guess due to my transient military childhood--most of my life has been spent in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I miss the clear, cold air, and snow. But my husband and I retired here eight years after my stroke to avoid ice and the shovel.



I first realized my parents and I were far from our New Jersey home came in my second-grade classroom with a Dick and Jane reader story, "A Snow Storm Valentine." Does anyone remember it?


Through our classroom window, we seven-year-olds marveled as snowflakes sprinkled softly in the schoolyard. Sister pulled the casement forward to scoop a bit of the lovely cold stuff into a cup as it accumulated on the sill. 
Closing the window, she invited us to the front to demonstr…

Announcing My New Book

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Welcome to 2019!
I hope your year is off to a good start!

. I'm thrilled to announce the release of my new book, a collection of stories beginning with my early childhood memories, my experience of adopted life in a military family, my career as a professional gardener, and the story of my hemorrhagic stroke and recovery; reminiscences and reflections which I think--hope--many may relate to and enjoy.  Permanent Home: A Memoir I hope you'll pick up a copy. Click title to purchase from Amazon   If you purchase the softcover, my "Matchbook" offer gets you the Kindle version at a reduced price.
 (some color photos in e-book)



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In a previous blog post, I shared haiga - photo with a haiku inscription (3 line-2 phrase Japanese poetry). I use both my own photos and copyright free images. My Haigas have appeared in online and in print journals. More on the way all the time! 
Here are a few recently published in FailedHaiku - senryu - sad, witty or humorous haiku wit…

Late Fall...Catch Up

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I wonder. When did the rain stop and turn to persistent long, very hot, humid days? In Sarasota, that must have been sometime in September.  I *expected* it to cool off around then; ready to sit on the lanai to write. Most days I'm in my peaceful sanctuary.  A stream of zen-like musical sounds, indoor-outdoor views of plants, our little walled patio and pool, and sweet Chihuahua, Maxwell, offer me contentment. Devices are always charged, should I want to check in socially, or write.

Still, my custom has always been to spend equal time indoors and out. Having spent most of my life in the Northeast, for many years, Pennsylvania, it's been a difficult adjustment to Florida, and I'm often alone--and yes--sometimes lonely. I suspect this will change for the better; bringing me more balance in my life, as I get to know more people here. I don't drive since my stroke, and walking is rather less than more. I hope to get a 4-wheeled scooter to enable me to explore our safe and…

Summer Ends

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Welcome Back!It's been a good summer hiatus for me. Hope you summer has been wonderful!
If you're a new follower, welcome, and please have a look into my archives if you're getting acquainted with me and my work.  As a short form memoir writer, I record personal history and hope to connect with my readers and their experiences. I share my truths through "creative non-fiction," my memories through the art of  prose. I sincerely hope you enjoy my writing, and would love to hear from you. 
At some future date, I'll open my blog up to writing guests. If you're interested in sharing your work here, please message me on my Facebook author Page Mary Ellen Gambutti, Author
This summer,  Phil and I've been up in Easton, PA. We stay in the home where my mom lived for about a decade. I worked as a receptionist in Moravian Hall Square prior to my hemorrhagic stroke 10 years ago. Mom moved into an assisted living studio about 5 years ago. We enjoyed a lovely celebrat…

July Begins

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Hello, friends~

As you can see, I've been playing with my blog themes and layout once again. I'm seeking to make it simple and readable for all. Hope the changes are improvements! Let me know what you think :-)





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I'm excited to share a few updates to share with you ~I have a picture somewhere, and will keep looking to post it here...
My short creative non-fiction/slice of life, "Arlen Needs a Home," has been published on  mac(ro)mic
You can read it here https://macromic.org/2018/06/25/arlen-needs-a-home/
It's a story about a boy in my first grade class who lives in an orphanage and spends Easter weekend with us. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you, Nicholas!





My memoir piece, "Leila: Lost and Found," a story of my reunion with my birth mother and maternal kin, has been published in Modern Creative Life.  As you can imagine, this piece is particularly close to my heart. 
You may read it here:  http://www.moderncreativelife.com/leila-lost-and-found-by-mary-e…

Summer Days

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Dear readers, hope you are doing well, and keeping stress levels low in the heat!

I'd love to update you with my recently accepted and published writing.
Carpe Arte has published my Haibun, "Late Winter Gardening." Thank you, Eva!
(read here)https://carpearte.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/late-winter-gardening-by-mary-ellen-gambutti/


Thrilled that "Meeting Momma," a short adoption reunion piece was published June 10th in The Drabble.  Please read here:   https://thedrabble.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/meeting-momma/#comments

This is the second piece published here. The first was "Barkeep," a recollection. (read here)
https://thedrabble.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/barkeep/
Modern Creative Life has accepted a longer reunion piece about my birth mother, "Leila: Lost and Found," for July 28th release.
Amethyst Review has published my recollection on matters spiritual, written from my childhood perspective. Many thanks to editor and publisher, Sarah Law, for a seri…