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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…

May News

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Welcome! It's about time I checked in with you. Hope your spring is beginning, and you're keeping happy and healthy!  👦 👧 👪
I started today by updating my background and theme. Hope my layout is easy to follow, and you'll enjoy perusing my archived posts.


Phil and I have been enjoying our sweet, Chihuahua, Maxmillian (Max). He was rescued from a shelter in Miami and brought to "Underdogs of Florida" shelter in Bradenton, Fl. Several weeks later he became available to adopt from a wonderful foster-mom in Sarasota. He's about 8 yrs old and doing very well!
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Since my last blog entry I've had some success in writing and publishing and I'd like to share my pieces with you. Thrilled to have these acceptances! I've provided links to published work, as in previous posts.

As I told you last time my piece, "Pigeon Coop" was published in 'Storyland Review.' As promised, I'll share a photo of the humble antique cabinet I inherited fro…

Happy Sad

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A Happy Spring to you all!

My happy news starts with telling you my Haibun--style of Japanese prose with Haiku poetry--"Hands of Love: A Tribute," was published in the March issue of Haibun Today by Ray Rasmussmen, for which I'm very grateful.

My story is a memory of my dear Nana, who passed away at aged 99 over ten years ago.

Hands of Love: A Tribute

I'm also so happy my story, "Pigeon Coop," was published by Storyland Literary Review! It's a story about my Nana's history with a beloved, though plain, piece of heirloom furniture. (I'll add a photo of the "pigeon coop" when I'm back up in PA in a few weeks.)
Hope you enjoy! Pigeon Coop by Mary Ellen Gambutti StoryLand Literary Review




Tropical Flowers - My Nana loved them 






My Sadness We were devastated to lose Finn, our Schnoodle, after only nine months. He was such a good companion. You may recall he came to us last June as a rescue who had been in foster care for two years. Sadly, he beca…