Mommy, You Hurted My Penis!

It happens. When a boy is three.

And he wants to be carried all over Storm King Art Center on a postcard Fall afternoon.

The boy is heavy. And the perch is bony. And he doesn’t always grip.

But we loved it yesterday when Cooper inched us into a pack of leaf-gazers and shouted, “Mommy! You hurted my penis!”

Cooper and I made a few memories there. We rode the tram past Calders and Lichtensteins and…

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Storm King Fall.

My appearance at Magpie Bookshop in Catskill, NY. A great time was had, especially by Cooper.

And In The Interest of Making Memories

Or making words. It’s the same thing these days.

Our No Family Holidays With Family policy is breaking new ground this Thanksgiving. I need to take a trip for book research. To smell the scents. And haunt the haunted places. And tease out sounds from almost 200 years ago. Or millennia ago.

I’ll take what I can get.

And I’ve been working on my Help! I’m Married to An Architect! boardon Pinterest,…

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Make a Memory
natchez trace, make a memory

I’ll ask this question a lot in coming weeks:

What would you do to Make a Memory?

Or maybe I need to ask it a different way. You tell me, Dear Reader.

With the pending arrival of the thing-I’ve-been-working-on-non-stop, I’ve been thinking a lot about making memories. About turning I wish I had into I’m glad I did.

This blog is getting ready to change. As part of encouraging people to Make a…

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Meet Me at Catskill’s Magpie Bookshop This Saturday, October 18

If you or someone you know is in New York State’s Hudson River Valley, please support Magpie Bookshop in Catskill. I’ll be at Magpie this Saturday, October 18, from 2 – 3:30pm.

Kristi Gibson, the owner, is even setting up a sheet so that I can show my Natchez Trace walk photos on a wall. We’ll have wine and nibbles, and I’ll give an unvarnished account of my Natchez Trace walk. (Because the blog…

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Today, This Is All I’ve Got

Yesterday was sucked into the final stages of getting Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace ready for the publisher. Today, this is all I’ve got.

A text from Mom.

And my reply.

mom textHow was your weekend, Dear Reader? Please tell me what your worlds looked like, so I can imagine something besides text and screen.


To Live Forever: An Afterlife…

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Make A Memory at Rotary Happy Feet
happy feet

I spent yesterday morning crying, I mean, volunteering at Rotary Happy Feet. A joint production of Mount Pleasant and East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Clubs, Happy Feet gives school shoes and socks to children whose parents could otherwise not afford them.

I cried, because I helped Jonathan. He’s already a heartbreaker, and he’s only four.

As I dug through the shoes at Target, I found only two pairs…

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I Died Today. Remember Me.

I Died Today. Remember Me.


To honor Meriwether Lewis, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis will be 99 cents on Kindle from October 12, 2014 to October 19, 2014. I couldn’t discount his book on the anniversary of his death. It felt like a devaluation of him. But, starting tomorrow, twist your friends’ arms. On October 20, the book will be priced at $3.99.

I always came to in the same New Orleans…

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Why Don’t You Sneak a Peek?


This came in the mail Wednesday.not without my father book

You peeked first, Dear Reader. Well, after the publisher. And MTM and me.

Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace launches January 15, 2015 at Nashville’s Parnassus Books. If you’re in the Nashville area, or you’d like an excuse to be, the party starts at 6:30pm.

Does this sound like a book you’d like to read, Dear Reader? It’s…

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