Welcome to my official website!

Thank you for visiting! I like to think of my website as a place where land meets ocean, where ideas meet feelings, and where head meets heart. Journey with me to land’s end . . . where logic has done its best and can go no farther. Adventure with me to ocean’s beginning . . . where the heart rests in motion. Thanks for joining me on the journey!

from my heart to yours,


“Sea Marks,” the touching, moving, hilarious, romantic play by Gardner McKay, stars two riveting, veteran actors in a jewel-box of a theatre. By helping to fund this production, you’ll help the Pewter Plough Playhouse keep the arts alive and well in Cambria, California, a charming coastal town suffering from the worst drought in its long history.

Click the Sea Marks poster below for show dates!

Sea Marks performed by Mara Purl and Christopher Law

Click the image to see Mara talk about Sea Marks and get show dates and ticket details.

Mara’s post on USA TODAY . . .
Click to read: Happy Ending ‘In Here’

American Voices with Senator Bill BradleyMara Purl Interview
American Voices with Senator Bill Bradley
SiriusXM Radio Channel 124
Link to American Voices site
American Voice Facebook page
August 11, 2013

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Mara Purl is interviewed by Senator Bill Bradley on his program American Voices. They discuss writing, e-books versus print books, living a life in the arts in today’s economy, and living not only from the head, but from the heart.

from the blog

January Handsel

Handsel: a gift given at the beginning of something, especially a new year. Though it’s hard not to keep thinking to myself “this time last year, Mom was here,” what I try to do when these thoughts recur is shift from grief to celebration, from loss to gratitude, from past to present. This is a new year, a perfect opportunity for new beginnings. Perhaps I can let the universe help me move forward, instead of tackling the forward momentum all on my own. Read more Continue reading

A Year for Mom: The Big Day

The Purl Family “A Year for Mom” are posts written the year of my mother’s illness and her passing. It had started as one of Mom’s bright ideas. Though she and Pere had been unable to fly to California to see my sister Linda perform the remarkable one-woman show The Year of Magical Thinking, she imagined that, somehow, the show could come to her. Read more Continue reading

A Year for Mom: Preparing for the Big Day

Mom in Captain Hero's arms“A Year for Mom” are posts written the year of my mother’s illness and her passing. Some of the most heartfelt and extraordinary communications I’ve sent or received took place during this challenging year. This post shares the experience of celebrating her 90th birthday. Read more Continue reading