Author Archives: straightspousememoir

“Be Like a Bird”

“Let us be like a bird for a moment perched, On a frail branch when he sings; though he feels it bend, yet he sings his song, Knowing that he has wings.”—Victor Hugo [Photo courtesy of pexels.com, showcasing the photography … Continue reading

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Making Room to Grow

“People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you’ll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow.”—Erma Bombeck These words from beloved Erma Bombeck … Continue reading

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High Praise by Book Judge

Drum roll: And the winners are… I’m told my book was one of the “more than 2,300” book submissions for the 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards program. Here’s how it worked: Submit book, completed form, and entry fee … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

I must confess that now, more than ever, I look for an Acknowledgments page before making a final selection on buying a book. If none, it makes me think (1) the author and/or publisher were too much in a hurry … Continue reading

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Making Friends

’Tis the season for book festivals, library events, and book discussion groups here in New Jersey and beyond. Such events are perfect opportunities to reach out to others and pay attention to their current reading interests, as well as to … Continue reading

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Memes Matter, #5

Sooner or later, someone who struggles with sexual identity will show up at your door. Please pay attention, listen with an open mind and an open heart, and show compassion. And what about their spouse? The coming-out experience for those … Continue reading

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Memes Matter, #4

Let’s face it: Sometimes the unthinkable happens to you or someone you love. You feel the pain and despair. It’s devastating. Almost never does it help to hear the words: “Get over it.” I try to remember to breathe. Take … Continue reading

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