Authors Who Influence My Writing: Elizabeth Gilbert

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Elizabeth Gilbert. I first was introduced to Elizabeth Gilbert's writing through reading Eat Pray Love in 2006, the year my mother died. Eat Pray Love is one of those books that captivated me from the start, and kept me engaged all the way through. I remember not being able to put it down. Her book Big Magic had the same impact on me. She takes [...]

2018-02-19T03:28:52+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Authenticity, Change|

Inside the Gift of Goodbye: Ch 2 Invincible Me

Inside the Gift of Goodbye: Highlights from Chapter 2 Invincible Me Chapter two paints a picture of how my mom influenced me growing up and as a young adult. She indulged my every whim, including making seven formal dresses for me my junior year in high school, dresses I designed. I went to college to focus on accounting and become a lawyer, something my father encouraged me to do. After I struggled through my first accounting class, I discovered a [...]

2018-02-19T02:03:08+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Change, Faith, Health|

Feathered Quill 1st Place Gold Book Award

Feathered Quill recently awarded The Gift of Goodbye three book awards: 1st Place/Gold Award for best new book from a Debut Author and in the Religious/Inspirational category and 2nd Place for best new book in the Memoir category. I am thankful to my readers, each of you, my editor Annie Tucker, my publisher Brooke Warner, and my publicist Crystal Patriarche and Morgan Rath for making this huge honor possible. THANK YOU! http://www.featheredquill.com/awardprogram.shtml

2018-02-19T02:04:08+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Authenticity|

ReaderViews: The Gift of Goodbye Review

ReaderViews recently completed a book review on The Gift of Goodbye. Below are some highlights and the link to the full review. “The Gift of Goodbye” is a memoir that deals with loss and the subsequent feelings of anger, sadness, depression and acceptance. In the face of a devastating divorce, author Rebecca Whitehead Munn, is unable to cope when she learns her mother is diagnosed with cancer. As Munn’s story unfolds, she begins to view her situation more constructively and [...]

2018-02-19T02:04:57+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Faith, Love|

Time as a Measure of Value

Time is a helpful way to measure value. Have you ever really considered how you spend your Time, and been honest with yourself about the result? Does it measure what you value most? When you consider how you spend each hour of your day, it will give you a sense of what is really important to you, from the perspective of your actions. Many of you will read this and would agree that you have taken stock of what is [...]

2018-01-13T19:07:03+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Love|

New Year, New Focus

A New Year, A New Focus- the age old tradition of setting new goals or resolutions, to be better at or do more of something.... As I moved through the first day of 2018, I watched the water in Richland Creek ripple over the stones and pebbles and considered the various twists and turns my life took the previous year. I felt peace and joy to be standing in a space of comfort as new beginnings were unfolding. As our [...]

2018-01-07T04:04:59+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Faith|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Marianne Williamson

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Marianne Williamson. I first was introduced to Marianne Williamson's writing through my mother. She was an avid reader and would send my sisters and I her favorite books when she felt the books would help each of us. The first book I received was A Return to Love. My mother embodied the full meaning of Agape Love, as I describe in The Gift of Goodbye, [...]

2017-12-28T19:18:30+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Change, Faith, Love|

Surviving grief, from mariashriver.com

Surviving grief is similar to riding ocean waves, unpredictable and yet a reality.. Each of us has a grief story, some of us have more stories than others. Each story is unique in some ways, and yet similar in others. During the holidays, the grief can be magnified, especially if it is the first time to go through the holiday without your loved one.  After losing my mother and then my sister unexpectedly last year, I have learned that grief [...]

2017-12-16T20:17:32+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Change, Grief, Loss|

Inside The Gift of Goodbye: Ch 1 Venturing into the Unknown

Inside The Gift of Goodbye: Highlights from Chapter 1, Venturing into the Unknown Chapter one opens with some background about my upbringing, my mother's influence on me, and lays the groundwork for my marriage and relationship with my children's father. While our relationship was founded on passion and romance, over time the many demands of work, running a household, having and raising children, and life started to create a wedge between us. After six months of not making progress healing [...]

2017-11-26T21:05:36+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Change, Divorce, Grief|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Dr. Brene Brown

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Dr. Brené Brown. An author of four books and several TEDtalks, her most impactful book to me at the time was The Gifts of Imperfection, which I received as a gift for my 50th birthday. I was in the process of expanding version 1.0 of my story and her words spoke directly to my heart, in a profound and life changing way. After [...]

2017-12-28T18:41:14+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Authenticity, Change|