I believe in the power of story. Tales that are shared through and within generations define our heritage, provide us with empathy over transgressions and celebrate our adventures. They are as essential as the food that feeds our bodies. Stories fuel our souls.
The best stories are told around the table. Listening, telling and retelling memories add spice to our nourishment. Versions of the truth are flushed out as we pass the sauce, laugh out loud, sip the wine, and dab stained lips.
So take a seat, eat something, and join in as stories are served around the table.
I am a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really want to be a writer when I grow up. I have been collecting, writing, and fashioning stories forever. Over the years I had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews. My children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016).
My memoir. Hug Everyone You Know: a Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer, was released by She Writes Press on October 3, 2017. The story chronicles my first year with breast cancer treatment as a wimpy patient. It is everywhere books are sold including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.
I live in my hometown of Sayville, New York with my husband, Matt, and am never far from My Everyone and the beaches I love.