Ibis and Hibiscus--the title taken from my impressions of Gulf Coast Southwest Florida when I arrived, a newly-published author three years ago. I'm a former horticulturist/professional gardener, adoptee in reunion, Air Force daughter, and hemorrhagic stroke survivor. My writing appears in many fine journals, the links to which are shared chronologically here. I'm an indie author who has self-published three Memoirs: Stroke Story: My Journey There and Back, Permanent Home, and Coming To Terms.
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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,
You can buy my e-books and soft covers on Amazon. Thank you!Permanent Home: A MemoirFirst 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 …
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 realization, for many, that we face more di…
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!
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, https://macromic.org/ 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. I'm also thrilled to have been working with Basha Krasnoff of Portland Me…