Jump-start Your “No-Big-Deal” Memoir

REMEMBERING CHILDHOOD: Workbook Your Way to a Finished Memoir

Jump-start Your No-Big-Deal Memoir Now! Coming Early 2016


For years I’d been writing short vignettes about my childhood, nothing that I considered of use to anyone—brief images, recollections of family, friends, events. I came upon them in my search for a missing file on my computer, opened them all, and began to read. It took me a year to turn those little recollections into a book that could help … Read More

What Would You Sacrifice For a Beloved Pet?


Mari and Arnie Choose
When I first met my friends, Mari and Arnie Fagin, their children had grown and left home. The big house was quiet, empty second floor bedrooms awaiting visiting family and friends. But the kitchen! That was another story.

I could hear the commotion from my guest bedroom and headed for the sunny breakfast room where I heard Mari ask, “Ready for breakfast? Would you like your breakfast, Mensa? Princey?

“Mari,” said Mensa. “Mari.”

Arnie had gone to work, but Mari still had to serve breakfast to her beloved pets, her remaining children.

Mensa peered … Read More

Leslie’s News: July 2015

You Can Write a No-Big-Deal Memoir

leslie-on-15th-ave-22nd-street-e1436969352525These blogs are a preliminary to my forthcoming memoir, Remembering Childhood: An Interactive Memoir. The title is intended to describe my intention to provide support for the reluctant memoirist  to put one big toe in the wading pool.

Many of us intend to write a memoir, but don’t follow though. There are numerous reasons, not the least of which is inertia. By the time we actually reach the memoir writing stage of life, other things seem … Read More

My Best Ever Twice-Ripped Cardigan

For the knitters among you, decide if this sweater was worth the effort. If you’re not a knitter, skip my long explanation, look at the photo, of the finished product, and say, “oooh!”

My friend Ann showed me her book Cardigans by Luisa Harding and I found the perfect cardigan called Kitty. It had tiny delicate cables that screamed elegant. When I began to knit (yes, I did swatch), I realized that the sport weight wouldn’t give me the sweater of my dreams. I wanted delicate. RIP! (rip out stitches, although Rest in Peace might have been a better idea).

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Leslie’s News: May 2015

ManhattanMini_c1_highresCamille Minichino is my favorite ‘cozy’ mystery author. I just finished reading her Killer in the Cloister, a page turner in which 28-year-old Sister Francesca who is studying at a large university in the Bronx becomes involved in uncovering the mysterious death of her new Mother Superior. I was hooked! I suspect you’ll also be hooked on her latest mystery set in another area of NYC.

Manhattan, Big and Little

One of the many reasons … Read More

A Brownie Scout in the Fifties


I wasn’t my sit-up-and-fold-your-hands self on Brownie meeting day. Instead of my usual attentive behavior in school, I had trouble keeping still on Tuesdays. My wooden seat was harder on this day than other days, and the confinement of its attached desk made me squirm.

I worried about the bus. Would it be on time? Would I miss it? I worried about my seven cents fare, and I reached into my sock to feel the nickel and two pennies at every … Read More