In 2003 I was faced with myriad life-changing issues and as a way of working through them, I started to write. I wrote and wrote, sometimes in the middle of the night, and 350 pages later my memoir was finished and ready to print. It was complete with family photos that spanned several generations: including those of my eight year old grandmother with her mother, father, and older brothers; one of my Granddad on his police motorcycle in the thirties, a photo of my mother holding me, as an infant, in front of our apartment house in NW Portland, photos from my wedding, those of our son and daughter, and lastly our precious grandsons.
I gifted my memoir, "Rose City and Beyond" to family members and a few close friends and their feedback was most rewarding. It generated a few chuckles and even a tear or two, I hear, and hopefully it will enlighten my children and grandchildren of the era I grew up in - a time before computers and cell phones! Since then, hardly a day has gone by that I haven't written something: a thought, a phrase, a page, a chapter, or a nugget for a poem.
To date I have written two memoirs: "Rose City and Beyond" and "Through the Tunnel of Love, A Mother's and Daughter's Journey with Anorexia", which was published in April 2011 and is available on Amazon.com. I am currently writing short stories, and compiling a collection of my great-grandmother's stories and newspaper articles, as well as editing her memoir, which she wrote at the age of 74, two years before her passing. Great-Grandma Zoa has been an inspiration to me.
I owe my love of nature, books and the craft of writing to my late father. He was never too busy for me or my brother, and one of the many things he did for us was to make sure we visited the library every week. "Thanks, Dad, Through the Tunnel of Love is dedicated to you."