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Time to find the time: Questions to inspire your own Legacy Letter

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Time to find the time: Questions to inspire your own Legacy Letter

When I was 26 years old — pre e-mail (what??), I wrote my dad an 8-page snail mail letter. It started like this, "Dear Dad, I've been meaning to write this letter for quite some time, and in the "rush rush" of everyday, I just never found that chunk of time. Until today." I went on to explain that while I "knew" him, I didn't really know him. "And so forgive me," I wrote, "but I think this letter is going to be a zillion questions to try to find out what your life was like pre-Marianne that contributed to the kind of...

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Words from a Wish Come True

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Words from a Wish Come True

Dear Marianne Richmond,  A few years ago, my parents told me news that would forever change my life. I was only about 2-3 years old when they told me. They sat me down on the couch and told me that I, was adopted. They explained everything. They explained what it meant, how it happened, and everything else. I was very confused. Lots of feelings all at once filled me. Then, they sat me down on a couch and read me I Wished For You. The book helped me see through all the bad parts, your book helped me see that even though there was...

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Be Brave Little One -- my NEW BOOk is born!

Author Bravery Children's Books Connection Courage Publishing The Heart's Journey

Happy Book Birthday to my newest book -- Be Brave Little One! TODAY, August 1, is the “official” publication date, the day when it is AVAILABLE here and here and here.  Sounds like a big deal, yes??   It is. This book is the culmination of hours and hours of thinking, writing, concepting, drawing, painting, designing, printing.   And for me, finally figuring out how to give voice to the journey of courage we all walk. It’s the message I’ve been wanting to put into the world for such a long time but didn't quite know how until a conversation last year with my...

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A short story about love

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A short story about love

My friend Deb left me a voicemail.  Deb’s college-aged daughter, Sam, was sad. Sam's roommate, Morgan, had just lost her dad. (l to r: Morgan, MC, KatBart and Sam)  Sam and her friends wanted to let Morgan know how much they cared about her and didn’t know exactly how to do that. “Will you mail Sam a copy of your Gift of a Memory book?” Deb asked me on voicemail.   I mailed Sam my book. And Sam, a typical teen who loves Instagram and SnapChat, carried the book around and asked people write notes to Morgan.   And they did.  Things like,...

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The Gifts of Instead

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The Gifts of Instead

I was scheduled for a pre-mother's day book event at The Book Passage, an amazing and popular bookstore just over the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful and vibrant bookstore did everything right. They made flyers. Promoted me on their website.  Shared me online. Readied the room with chairs and a microphone and a book display.   I did everything right, too. I gathered my supplies. Set aside the time. Drove the 90 minutes from my house, ready to read and create and connect. Then, no one showed up. Not one person. Not one mother, dad or cute kid. Johanna, the event host, and I waited in...

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