There are large windows on all sides of this upstairs room at the For Julia and David art community, except the one I share with the next door apartment. This great triangular window follows that slant of the ceiling, starting at ten feet and ending at perhaps fourteen feet, directly across from my bed. A long narrow window continues the view across the top of highest wall. Two 6×8-foot windows form most of the lowest front wall. I am in a bird-and-butterfly bowl. Or, at night, a lightning bowl.

2017 Memoir Project: Mine (and Yours?)

I am so excited about my new 2017 memoir project that I have decided to share this 12-month project with anyone interested in writing his or her own: You can do your memoir as I do mine! To read more about my 2017 one-year memoir project, or to read entries already posted, go to 2017 MEMOIR Mary’sTo have my entries sent to your email box as I post them, hit the SUBSCRIBE button above the right-hand column. Feel free to share this link with anyone you know who’s been hankering to do some sort of autobiography but can’t seem to get going.

Come on! Let’s do this! You can send me your stories via my Contact link. I promise not to share, edit or publish anything without your written permission.



The Write Life: Finding Your Memoir Voice

Spring 2014
For several years when I lived on Beaver Island I offered workshops in writing and memoir-writing. The most popular was called The Ten-Foot Life, where I gave each participant a ten-foot piece of paper and their own table upon which he or she traced, visually and verbally, a variety of subjects across various life periods. It was amazing how this process brought up long-forgotten memories and helped focus the work on something other than “I was born….and then….and then.

Date:          A weekend in March or April
Schedule:  Friday 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00-Noon, 1:00-4:00
Sunday  10:00-2:00 p.m.
Place:        My studio or another good place in Bay City, Michigan
Fee:           $200 for the weekend, which includes Friday night dinner.
Limit:         Five participants, allowing for plenty of individual attention

So many of you have asked me to repeat this workshop that I’ve decided to give it a go. If you live at a distance, Bay City has excellent accommodations, a wonderful river walk and plenty of restaurants. CONTACT ME (see above link) for more information.










Writing/Painting Workshop starts January 5

Our first session will address the scary blank page. Putting pencil to paper, whether as writing or as a line in a drawing is about as scary as creating gets. We have some tricks to side step that obstruction. Come and join the Bay City group….give us a call or email to sign up for the first or any of the $20 sessions: 989-894-5925 OR January workshops meet in Bay City on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m. on January 5,12,19, and 26, 2011.

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Don’t miss these fabulous recent books!

The most important book I’ve read in a long time is Half the Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It’s not an easy read, but I read it all, through all the rapes and abuse and violence and murder that women suffer around the world. Okay, I have always known that women suffer, but I have never really understood in what numbers, and how blazée the news media and international governments have been about it. Women are treated as if they are invisible.

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Cartooning Lymphedema

One of the possible side effects of a sentinel node dissection and the removal of underarm lymph nodes can be a condition called lymphedema. Go to Mary’s Breast Cancer Blog for March to read my blog entry on this adventure. Find here my graphic account…I got my hand wrong—I’m right-handed, not left—but hey, you get the idea!

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Mary Finally Leaps into 2007!

After finishing three Beaver Island commissions before Christmas as well as a three-week trip to Florida, I’m busy finishing a sequel to What’s On the Beach, another easy intro book to Great Lakes nature for kids (and clueless adults) called What’s In the Woods. I’ve finished most of the art and am now writing and doing layouts. With luck and a little less procrastination, I’ll have it ready by June.

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