Monday, December 8, 2008

The Book is out!

It is with great excitement that I drove to Ottawa (from Muskoka, where I live). It was a two-fold purposeful trip.

Firstly, it was my granddaughter's first birthday and we had a party.

Secondly, to pick up 200 copies of my book!

Both of us are happy girls!

It was fun seeing the generations together. I often feel the presence of my mother and know that she looks down on us with love. She was so proud of her granddaughter, Caitlin, and would have loved Josephine so much.

They say that one should deal with strong emotional events by writing it down. I found it helps so much. I can look back on my story of caring for ailing parents with much more clarity.

The big book launch will be in February, but for now I am selling them from my car!

There are some new studies that have found the benefits of writing a memoir to come to terms with your own story. There is healing power in such a process. Dr. Gary Reker's work on spirituality and autobiography interests me, as well as the work done by Pennebaker, convince me that the writing process is a healing one.

"We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full." -Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)