Summer 2019 Recap

Welcome to Stories Served Around The Table Summer Recap. As with most summers, this one flew by in a wake of beaching, sailing, reconnecting, and gathering. There were ups, some downs, gains and a few heartfelt losses. I wrote several boat stories and mused about life’s comings and goings over coffee. I hope you will enjoy them. Feel free to share.

In other writing news, my interview on Writer’s Dream with Joe Santriano will air on LTV (local channel 20) September 15th at 3:00. It is also available on the Writer’s Dream YouTube station.  Joe and I had a wonderful conversation about writing, cancer, and gratitude.

Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Blog Magazine has picked four of my blog posts for the Smorgasbord Posts From Your Archives #Potluck. The posting dates include August 22nd, August 29th, September 5th, and September 12th. Browse around this website. It is chock full of England style recipes, gardens, and life essays. There is something for everyone.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog tour with Women on Writing. This will be my inaugural to the phenomena of blog touring. I hope this may boost book and e-book sales.

The 2019-2020 school year starts up next week. The Great Big News is that I decided to retire.  I will be working until October 18th, the day I come of age. It is a giant step. Once I had done the math, I realized that I have been teaching in public and private programs for 40 years. Within that time, I took three short maternity leaves for a total of 15 months. My career has been a tremendous part of my life. It has shaped me into the person I am today.

Did I mention that this is a GIANT step?

Over the years, I have worked in so many settings. I have been so fortunate to be part of teams that include people I can work well with and have come to love.

Financially, my husband and I are OK. Working any more will not bump us up to a more comfortable level. That does not matter. What does matter is caring for home, hearth, and husband, taking an active role in my grandchildren’s lives, and being more present with family and friends. Travel will fit in more readily. Writing, writing, and  writing will be a big part of my every day. I aim to get stories told and explore the craft more deeply.

So, BIG breath. I am ready for this next life chapter. New adventures await!

Thanks a bunch for reading.  Don’t forget to hug everyone you know.

As always, BIG THANK YOUs go out to, Eclectic Alli for managing Weekend Coffee Share.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great!


Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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7 thoughts

  1. Many good things in your life, Antoinette. Although, like you say, some ups and downs. I will be interested to hear about your blog tour. It sounds challenging and fun. Huge congratulations on your retirement. Everything good you have heard about retirement is true. Big breath and hugs:)


  2. An interesting summer Antoinette, and even more so for your decision. After a few weeks you will wonder how you had the time to work full-time.. A wonderful career and now onto a new one… more books and stories and family time.. great combination..thanks for mentioning your series, delighted to have you join me over there. Sally

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  3. I’m so so happy for you! I’ve been reading your blog every week this summer, and it feels like you’ve made many beautiful memories. I am sure that your decision to retire is well thought out. I agree with you thetas time with our loved ones, and being present in their life is the most important. Time is the only thing we cannot make more of. I’m very happy for your.

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