10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump

You haven’t heard from me in awhile. I’ve been in hibernation. Ever have one of those periods? I’ve been finishing a book and–let’s face it–grieving the loss of my mother […]

Feb 11, 2015     Comments Off
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Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True

I don’t know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two novels, submitted them to agents and publishers, got 47 rejections […]

Aug 8, 2013     Comments Off
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The Love and Hate of Memoir

The Love and Hate of Memoir

    You love them. You hate them . . .   You yearn to record their greatness. You seethe to burn them good. The heady month of hearts and […]

Feb 7, 2013     Comments Off
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Writing Sensuous Details

Writing Sensuous Details

It’s winter in Santa Fe now, and the colors are chalk brown and muted green huddled amidst the white of mounded snow. In my fireplace I burn Pinion pine, and […]

Jan 15, 2013     Comments Off
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I am in the presence of great art

I am in the presence of great art

I said those words today as I walked into the painting gallery of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the greatest collections of art in Europe, and then I wept, privately, […]

Oct 11, 2012     Comments Off
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October 3: German Day of Unity

October 3: German Day of Unity

 I have never been so happy as I was yesterday to see a decidedly Western shopping street replete with all the standard flagship stores. It’s just not the sort of […]

Oct 3, 2012     Comments Off
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About Lisa

Lisa's book of literary nonfiction, A Great Romance, is forthcoming. She wrote Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir and Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills. Both are published by St. Martin’s Press.

Lisa blogs for The Huffington Post about the power of story. She earned degrees from Reed College and the University of Iowa.

She comes from a long line of Nebraskans: Congressman J. N. Norton, District Judge William H. Norton, and Evelyn Norton Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy's personal secretary. Lisa's mother, Nancy Rogers Sayre, descended from Thomas Sayre, the early Long Island settler.

Lisa lives in Santa Fe; Venice, Italy; and an 85-year-old writing cabin in the Sandhills.

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