Writing—Lisa’s memoir writing

Teaching Memoir at Yale

Teaching Memoir at Yale

Later this month I’ll be on the faculty of the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) 34th annual summer conference beginning June 24 on the campus of Yale University: http://www.iwwg.org. The Guild’s goal is, “personal and professional empowerment of women through writing,” and it draws women […]

Friends at the Ranch

Friends at the Ranch

My head is swimming with houses. I’ve looked at so many potential homes in and around Santa Fe, I can hardly think. Ever had real estate overload? When I get back to the ranch where I am staying, I have friends to greet me. Here […]

Home again in Santa Fe

Home again in Santa Fe

After a year of travels through Europe and repeated treks across the U.S., I have come home to Santa Fe. The elegance of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains holds me in its palm. I have many stories to write, and I am eager to settle. […]

Greetings from Prague

Greetings from Prague

Five hours via train and express bus operated by Deutsche Bahn Railways and I was in Prague. A quick weekend dash to the East from the Village of Schwaebisch Hall where I have been submerged in German. Sometimes I can not keep my sentences straight […]

The Goethe Institute

The Goethe Institute

Schwaebisch Hall—November 11, 2010 It’s the end of my first week of an Intensive German Language course at the Goethe Institute in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. Those years of college language courses creep back into consciousness. Grammar flows onto the page, but still I stand in […]

Venezia—Full moon aqua alta

Venezia—Full moon aqua alta

  Wish I’d had a photo of me plunging through high water in Piazza San Marco the other day. I’d share it here, but it will have to live in memory. The crowds were queuing for the wooden walkways, but I had on knee waders. […]

Memoir on the Road Again . . .

Memoir on the Road Again . . .

Venezia—October 27, 2010 The year began with my mother ill and dying from cancer, segued into a solo trip to Europe to follow the trail of my parents’ post-war journey across the Continent, and settled into a long period of isolation at my Great Plains […]

Sliding into the land of creativity . . .

Sliding into the land of creativity . . .

  Last time I posted here I was trying to get comfortable with writing, trying to get back to work on the manuscript of my new book idea. I was in the place of weighing old material, beckoning new material, struggling to find a way […]

Tearing It All Apart To Find The Real Story

Tearing It All Apart To Find The Real Story

When my mom got sick and I traveled to her home to take care of her, I left behind a manuscript one-third done—the beginning of a new book of memoir, the concept of which I was crazy about. I thought it was solid work. Then […]

Following the labyrinthine road of creativity

Following the labyrinthine road of creativity

July 2010 I’ve been back from Europe long enough to skitter into the chaos of day-to-day life, but not so long that I have forgotten what it felt like to be rising every day to ride a train to a new locale, to have no […]