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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
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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
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Step-Mothering is All Heart

Amelia-Mara-cropOne of my favorite roles in life is that of step-mother. Any more than one can plan or train for motherhood, one can’t schedule the unexpected eventually of becoming a step-parent. The job comes with its own prickly difficulties, but also with a series of gifts that continue to leave me, by turns, breathless and grateful. Read more
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Indie Book Tour – Linn’s of Cambria, CA

Mara Purl concludes her Indie Book Tour by coming full circle back to Cambria, California, where the whole story began
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Indie Book Tour – Women’s Voices at Kepler’s Bookstore, Menlo Park, CA

Mara Purl, Victoria Zackheim, Pam Houston, Elizabeth Rosner, and Zoe Fitzgerald Carter read from their works at their first Women's Voices event at Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park near San Francisco, California.
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Blog Tour Visit #4 – National Association of Baby Boomer Women

Mara Purl guests on the National Association of Baby Boomer Women blog site, where her conversation with Anne Holmes leads to recognition that NABBW issues and those of the characters in the Milford-Haven Novels both shed light on the lives of Boomer Women.
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Milford-Haven Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

Mara Purl hosts the 25th anniversary of her original radio drama Milford-Haven with original cast members, local sponsors, broadcasters, journalists and friends in Cambria, California, where the show began.
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My Heart Goes Red for Women

Mara Purl gives Keynote Address at American Heart Association's annual Go Red for Women in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Mara Purl on book tour enjoyed signing books at several Barnes & Noble stores, which have their own culture and place in local communities.
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Women, Books & Jewelry

I’ve known for a long time that there’s a connection between women and jewelry. In fact, that’s probably a connection I made at about age three. Was that when I first admired Mommy’s shiny baubles? Hmm. I think by then, I was actually asking for baubles of my own.

One of the earliest pieces to grace my collection was my very first charm bracelet. How I loved its shiny silver trinkets with their magical moving parts! Each time my parents took me someplace special, a new charm was added, until from every single link dangled a treasured memento: the Rockettes kicked up their legs all in a row; five candles poked through a birthday cake with pink enamel icing; a split oval twisted to become a heart.… Read more

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