Spirited Thanksgiving Affair for All TellTale Souls


It was a spirited, early Thanksgiving affair, as it turns out. Huge thanks to the TellTale Souls* who helped make last night’s “Souls & Spirits” event at Books Inc—Alameda a truly memorable evening.  And sincere appreciation to the wonderful friends who showed up in support and to the folks who were drawn to it.  We all came away enthralled by the power of “Keeping Spirits Alive!”

What season could be better than this to give thanks, through writing personal  Mother Memoir,  to those who mothered us through life, for the lessons that were taught, for the love and care that sustains, and for the understanding this type of writing provides when the mothering wasn’t the kind we wanted or needed?

I’m thankful for the deep connections on an emotional level that I would never have felt had it not been for my asking practically everyone I’ve met, over the past decade, to answer this question, “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character and keep her spirit alive for future generations, what would it be?”

I hope to have some pictures up in a few days, but right now I’m knee-deep in cooking for an early Thanksgiving feast (Tomorrow, OMGosh!) for 13 guests!  I’m trying not to let panic set in… as I sit before the computer sending out notes of thanks and posts, while the rolling pin awaits my guidance over fresh, homemade pie dough.

*Ann Seymour, Alan Rinzler, Blair Kilpatrick, Dominique Crawley, Jarvis Jones, and Pam Wight shared intimate stories included in my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit. (Due to illness, Pam wasn’t able to share her Mother Memoir, although she was very much there in spirit!).


  1. It was a pleasure to share in your wonderful event. And thanks to your generous contributors for bringing their stories to life.

  2. Pamela says:

    So glad it was a success. Yes, I WAS there in spirit, and my plan is to attend the next ‘Souls & Spirits’ event! Congrats.

  3. Congratulations on this wonderful event! I was honored to share my story and loved meeting those other “TellTale Souls” too. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


  4. admin says:

    Thank you, Judith, for coming out on that cold & rainy night with no parking to be found!

  5. admin says:

    Pam – Yes, you’ll be there in the flesh next time around. It was truly a remarkable night all the way around.

  6. admin says:

    I hadn’t anticipated it, but my biggest thrill was listening to the stories each of you read in your own, unique voices. I’ve read them all dozens of times, of course, but this was a first, and I loved every minute of it. We actually had our Thanksgiving yesterday, which was filled with family, friends, love, and many, many thanks.
    Thanks, again, for being a part of something bigger than ourselves!!!

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