Category Archives: Live Your Best Life

Writer at Work, Otters at Play

So here was this cute, inventive, self-sufficient creature who was an “index species”—that is, one whose presence was a key to the ecological well-being of its own region. I was liking these furry, sweet-faced critters even more than I thought I would.
Posted in about issues of the heart, Bellekeep Books, Bellekeep Books by Mara Purl, California, Central Coast, Current Event, E-Books, e-books by Mara Purl, Ecology, Environment, Escapism through romance novels, Fictitious town of Milford-Haven, Finding treasures of the heart in books, Head & Heart, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, heart of an artist, inspiring through fiction novels, Integrating lifes purpose through art, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, Live Your Best Life, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Mara Purl Romance novels, Marine Mammals, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Mothers, Novel series, Nurturing the soul, Ocean Elements, Romantic fiction, Santa Barbara, Science, Small Town Fiction, When Otters Play, women and romance novels, Women authors, Women's Fiction | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cozumel – European Legacy in the Caribbean

Since I write about a small, coastal town that draws tourists both with its picturesque beauty, and it's local arts and crafts, I always find it fascinating to find parallels in other locations. So Cozumel deserves a closer look. At least we scratched the surface of that beautiful island off the Yucatan, and we look forward to returning to those sparkling waters for further adventures.
Posted in Authors and Publishers Services, Bellekeep Books, Book Marketing, Connecting through books, Creativity, Cruising, ideas for books, Live Your Best Life, Mara Purl, Marketing, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, Ocean Elements, Opening up to New Worlds, Small Town Fiction, Travel, Women authors, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

If It’s Not One Thing It’s Your Mother

I could have chosen to believe I had a mean-spirited mother who’d rather hurt than help her daughter. Yet, when I scratched the surface of the complex relationship with my mother, I never failed to discover her heart of gold. Her only motive in saying anything critical was to help me, improve my life, remove an obstacle, deliver me to my best opportunities. Read more
Posted in Family, Family values, Gratitude, Head & Heart, Heart, Mara Purl, Mothers, Mothers & Daughters, self-growth | 5 Comments

Ancestors in the Mountains

In my memories, honeysuckle twined itself densely through the framework along one wall of the wrap-around porch, sweetening the air. In the cool of the cellar, I reached high to grasp one of the scores of jars of applesauce my grandmother had made. My little legs pumped hard to make the rope swing go higher. I sat on my granddaddy’s lap and asked for the hundredth time to listen to his “tick-tock”—his gold pocket watch. The aroma of biscuits wafted out from the kitchen.
Posted in about issues of the heart, AHA Moments, Bellekeep Books, familial history, Family, family history and genealogy, head and heart connection, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, Live Your Best Life, Mara Purl, Mothers, Nurturing the soul, self-growth, Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cousins Reunion

I came away with the impression that most of the greats and grands of the family were quite heroic in their way, surviving the Great Depression, serving in the Great War, and coming home to tend their farms and care for their families.
Posted in about issues of the heart, Authors, Bellekeep Books, familial history, Family, family history and genealogy, Family values, Finding treasures of the heart in books, head and heart connection, Heart and head connection in books, Integrating lifes purpose through art, Live Your Best Life, Mara Purl, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, Mothers, Novel series, Nurturing the soul, self-growth, Small Town Fiction, Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dresses from Mom

For her final birthday, we planned a unique performance. Mom designed a dress for me to wear, and had her wonderful seamstress make it. A dazzling green organza confection, it made me feel as if I was wearing jade sliced as thin as clouds—and then she gave me her jade jewels to go with it. I knew this would be the last dress she’d ever give me.
Posted in Art and Entertainment, authors and entertainment world, Family, family history and genealogy, head and heart connection, Heart and head connection in books, Integrating lifes purpose through art, Intuition, Life in Baby Boomer years for Women, Logical Thinking, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Mother, Nurturing the soul, parenting girls, Power of Universe, Uncategorized, Women authors | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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
Posted in about issues of the heart, Connecting through books, Finding treasures of the heart in books, Head & Heart, Heart, Heart and head connection in books, ideas for books, inspiring through fiction novels, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, Love of Books, Mara Purl, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, mission and core purpose in life, Nurturing the soul, Opening up to New Worlds, parenting girls, self-growth, transformation through AHA moments, Women authors | Leave a comment

The After Days

Projects have always been a way of life for the Purls. Sometimes a bane, sometimes a boon, projects define our time and express our various core purposes. That’s what I’ll miss the most, I think—that I won’t get to do the next project with Mom.
Posted in about issues of the heart, AHA Moments, Authors, Bellekeep Books, Creativity, familial history, Family, family history and genealogy, Family values, flow of life, head and heart connection, head and heart connection, Heart, Integrating lifes purpose through art, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, life's purpose, Love, Magical moments, Mara Purl, mission and core purpose in life, Mother, Mothers & Daughters, Nurturing the soul, Personal Essays, power of the universe, relationships, self-growth, sychronicity of life, synchronicity, Transformation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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
Posted in Acting, Art and Entertainment, authors and entertainment world, Family, family history and genealogy, Family values, Heart, Integrating lifes purpose through art, involvement in issues near and dear to heart, life's purpose, Magical moments, Mara Purl, Mara Purl, mission and core purpose in life, Nurturing the soul, Personal Essays, Public Speaking, Transformation, Women authors | Leave a comment

Auntie-Mothering Heart to Heart

Mara Purl and LuciusThe first time I saw a picture of my darling nephew, he was making the thumbs-up sign in an ultrasound image. Close to the time of his delivery, my sister asked, “If he comes in the middle of the night, should I call you?” I answered, “Every other woman does!” This was literally true, since my husband’s an obstetrician. We laughed, and then dashed to the hospital at the appointed hour. Read more
Posted in Art and Entertainment, Family, family history and genealogy, Family values, Head & Heart, head and heart connection, Heart, heart of an artist, Live Your Best Life, Mara Purl, Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, Music, self-growth | 1 Comment