October 9, 2018

The KNOT TIMER hiding under the bar

You never know where you will find an interesting item. My most recent find is a very old timer. In the process of taking out a never used bar in my family room, that I thought had been cleared out already. I found a plastic bag filled with shredded paper tucked under the counter. I almost pitched it into the trash, but it seemed a little heavier than I expected. Poking around in the bag I found a cylinder of green foam. Wrapped inside the soft foam, with an envelope tucked under the rubber band I found this –

The envelope labeled “SHIP'S KNOT TIMER” in the familiar scrawl of my father-in-law contained a page...

May 8, 2017

I am a lover of words, phrases, quotations and especially stories. My favorite genres are memoir and history, but I also read a lot of mysteries. History has always interested me, particularly how ordinary people provide key pieces in the puzzle of history. Over my lifetime, I have sought and absorbed stories from my family, but also other life stories of many famous and ordinary people. I now have a part-time job in a bookstore to support my reading habit. My purpose in life has become leading various writing groups and encouraging others to share their stories. My motto is, “Everyone has a story to tell — and they should.”

My passion for sha...

May 3, 2017

It sounds trite to say, “I think of you often,” so how do you prove it? One way is to tell (or write) a story about them. My dear friend Sheri told me a story of how her dad demonstrated it. He traveled a lot for his work and was often away for several days at a time. They are not wealthy people and he traveled so often that gifts were not really an option – what to do? Sugar packets.

Nowadays, sweetener packets are all generic – white, pink or yellow depending on brand. When she was young and her dad traveled, sugar packets were more decorative. Some advertised the restaurant or hotel on one side, but most packets also had a side with a pictu...

April 30, 2017

Stories flutter around me like butterflies, darting around – each unique. I find storytelling is enjoyed by both the teller and the reader/listener. Over the past several years, I have become more and more passionate about everyone taking the time to write and share their stories. My motto is “Everyone has a story to tell — and they should.” I have taken a long and winding path to this point and plan to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way. Please join me for a casual excursion down Butterfly Drive, perhaps first as a reader — but I hope to encourage you to tell your story. I can hear your excuses as to why you haven’t yet writ...

April 28, 2017

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

 -The Dali Lama

Image - Cedarburg Memoir group: (from left to right) Shirley, Sue, Diane, Nancy (me!) and Tomi Fay


Stories cause ripples on the pond of life. Almost fifteen years ago my writing mentor, Diane, cast a pebble that continues to ripple. She started leading writing groups at The Guild, continuing education classes associated with UWM. She branched out and started another group eleven years ago at a local community center. While members have come and gone and locations have changed, the writing groups pers...

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Nancy leads many senior storytelling groups and teaches memoir classes. Nancy was a 2014 cast member of the Milwaukee Listen to Your Mother show. She has a story...

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