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The Dawn Wall and the Sunset Wall

By Sarah White Earlier this winter I was captivated by the exploits of two young men free-climbing the south face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, known as the Dawn Wall. After 19 days on the mountain, Tommy Caldwell and … Continue reading

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Revisiting the “Sunset Wall”

I’m just back from a few days with my mother in Florida. The occasion? The Flower Festival at her Episcopal church. This involves High Tea in the parish hall, (yes, crustless sandwiches, scones w/ clotted cream, and all) plus musical performances … Continue reading

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“Good as a Girl” — excerpt from newly published memoir by Ray Olderman

My good friend and writing mentor Ray Olderman has published his memoir! If you are local and know Ray– or just like being around funny friendly people–congratulate him at his book launch party Thursday June 28, 6pm at the Goodman … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Dance?

Thank you, Deb, for responding to my plea to “Throw me somethin’, Mister,” with a true New Orleans tale! By Deborah Wilbrink Joanne and I arrived at Bourbon Street. We were teens come to the Big Easy on false pretenses … Continue reading

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The Pinto

In this season of giving thanks, I offer this short essay I wrote nearly a decade ago about a gift that kept on giving. I often use this as a teaching story in my workshops, asking “with whom do you … Continue reading

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Halifax Inserimento

University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is not an easy place to get to from the Midwest. At least it wasn’t for me on my trip there in August 2017 to begin the residency portion of an MFA in … Continue reading

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Who doesn’t love a good reading list?

Submissions to “True Stories Well Told” have slowed recently (hint, hint) so perhaps its time for some inspiration. Who doesn’t love a good reading list?  Here’s my suggested reading for memoirists.   Good books on writing memoirs: Your Life As Story: … Continue reading

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A Stormy Sea and the Wrong Island, continued

A Syngean Adventure, by Sheila Spear continued from post …We left the harbor and set off across the stormy seas. It was a bit rough and one or two passengers were looking green, but nothing much, in my estimation. As we … Continue reading

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