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 to Live

I posted on social media recently that I did not appreciate the dog dying in a certain movie (some of my friends did not appreciate me revealing this spoiler, so I’ll withhold the title here). I thought it was a gratuitous plot device, an intentional tear-jerker. And it worked. I had to take off my…

Thank you readers

I am preparing to teach a workshop on blogging at the Lawrence Arts Center. I love the freedom I have as an instructor there to develop ideas for classes. I wanted to lead this class because creating a blog was instrumental in helping me find my voice as a writer. And I have you, dear…

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…

Checking coat pockets

When I was a little girl I thought I would be a ballet dancer for a job. Apparently, you could get money to go to class and perform and that seemed like heaven. When I decided at age fourteen not to move away from my family to Kansas City to study dance full-time there, I…

Hello 2018

Like many of you, I like to use the New Year to evaluate last year and focus on the next one. I have been geeking out with my new planner but have also paused to reflect. 2017 saw the realization of a goal of publishing my memoir Float On, something I’ve been working on for…

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…

Location or Proximity?

For the first time our family is going to wake up on Christmas morning not at home in Kansas, but away in sunny California. We like to travel during Christmas break, but our tradition has been to leave town on Christmas Day. It’s fun to open gifts, eat homemade cinnamon rolls and then hit the…

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…