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Photos Help Tell the Story

Photos Help Tell the Story…

When I was little, my father almost always had a camera in his hand. And I was almost always more than willing to pose on the other side of the lens. Since then, photos have been a large part of my life.

There are a handful of photos in my upcoming book, In So Many Words, due for release on Friday November 4th. Special people, sentimental items, and one sacred space all help me tell my story. The people are still around but a few of the things are gone. While this makes me a bit sad, the photos preserve the warmth in my heart.

In So Many Words will be available on Amazon and on my new site, Shanti Mom for One, on Friday November 4th. For now, please visit my YouTube channel for an inside look from my Kula and me.


About age 2 at Gramma’s house.
About age 2-3 on Christmas Day at home in Chicago. Only the years are gone from this.


My Kula. Kate, Donna, Mary, MaryAnne. Still alive and kickin’ like you wouldn’t believe!
Various stages of my writing journey and my publisher, Jamar.
My sacred space, Ocean Yoga Center. One of the things that is no longer there.
Some things that helped me tell my story. The fertility drugs and syringes are LONG gone, thankfully! The baby clothes, used and gone. The others still remain.
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Sneak Peek into My First Book

News Flash! Sneak Peek

You are being treated to a sneak peek into my book, In So Many Words, before it comes out on November 4th. My life has been so consumed with preparations for its publication that some of it just had to come out!

The book will be available on Amazon, this blog, a few local spots, and many other sites belonging to colleagues and friends who have generously offered their help with its promotion.

Look for my promotional videos in the first week of October.

I am simply bursting with excitement!


Excerpt from Chapter One:

Drop the reins. Let God, fate, universe take control. Seriously. You’re not sure you know how to do that? It scares the crap out of you that you won’t know how to do that? Remember the vessel – one heart – possibly two. Remember the light inside you. Remember the vision board focused on you. Your heart and soul. Those come first. Someone else’s love is going to spill into yours. You are not going to take it. Would you still feel happy without him in your life? Of course you would! You already did! Nothing was missing. You are complete.”

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TBT: No complaints here

This post was all set for complaints, worries, difficulties, stress, annoyances, blah, blah, blah. I even made a list of all the things I wanted to complain about, for fear of forgetting something. Oh, the horror!


I sat down at my desk to work on a more pressing project and noticed my screensaver slideshow. There were photos from years and decades ago and some I didn’t even recognize. Friends and family enjoying the events of the past faded in and out. Wonderful memories flooded my mind and my heart. I even smiled.

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Bubbles at my wedding reception in 2010; Jax Beach, FL

How lucky am I? I’ve done some really cool things in my life! Many of the smiles on those faces were because of me. Many of my smiles have come from the events and people in those pictures. Simple photos transported me back in time and gave me that same warm feeling of happiness and contentment.

The Jungle Book

TBT:no complaints here
My dancers in our Broadway Jr. production of The Jungle Book; 2006; Charlotte, NC


Not today.

I found a time machine.