How do we remember?

I’ve been thinking about memory a lot lately. Like, why do we remember some things and not others? I can recite how one of my customers took his coffee twenty years ago but fail to recall that we are out of dog food as I’m driving by the store. And why do the painful occasions…

Intro to Blogging

I loved a workshop I taught recently called So You Want to Blog. I wanted to share what I’ve learned about blogging since I started sharing here, originally as The Chef’s Wife. What a journey it’s been! I’ve published three books since I first tested the waters sharing my words with you all. Thank you for…

Write Letters With Me!

Do you have a couple of minutes to watch a video? I’d love to share why I’m writing a letter a day for the month of March. I share about how I received a stack of thank you letters from seventh grade students who I spoke to recently on memoir writing. The kids were awesome…

Be that face!

I wanted to share some of the faces that have looked back at me when I asked if I could take their picture. They are a  reminder to me to show up and be engaged in the lives of others. I mean, look at these seventh graders I spoke to about writing memoir – don’t…

My Top Ten Tips For Memoir Writing

I love the teaching I’ve been doing, particularly on the memoir. I’ve gathered my top tips on writing your story and recommend the practice for everyone, even if you aren’t certain you will share it with anyone. Have you ever been tempted to write down parts of your life? If so, these might help you…

Memoir Intensive Begins February 1st!

Part of my new year’s reflections include how grateful I am to be teaching. Because of that I developed this new class, which I am really excited to share. Please check it out and share with your friends! What’s your story? This new class offering is for all writers, from beginners to advanced. Let’s meet…

In Memory of My Friend & Mentor

“But there would be no book without our agent Neil Salkind, whose amazing perseverance on our behalf and whose constant stream of positive words cannot be matched.” I wrote this in the acknowledgments section of our cookbook The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors, which was published in 2010. It’s accurate to say that I wouldn’t have published…

Pay What?

My semester teaching has started at The Lawrence Arts Center and lucky me – what a great group of students! Fourteen of us come together on Friday mornings to read, write and talk about the power of our stories. These are some of my favorite things! The authenticity and energy of everyone is infectious. I…

Being Schooled

My motto of saying yes to opportunity has led to me to show up feeling unqualified before. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when standing in front of a room of seventh graders that the little voice in my head asked me – what did you think you were going to accomplish here?  I immediately said…