Local authors offer information and inspiration

As a person who loves to write I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend two informative and interesting presentations given by authors who once lived in the Cleveland area. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, I joined a large group at the Bay Village Branch Library to listen to Emilie Richards discuss the journey which led her to a very successful writing career.

She is the author of over sixty novels, including "Whiskey Island," a mystery thriller set right here in Cleveland. Ms. Richards shared many useful tips on the "how to's" of writing for publication. One which I felt was most helpful was "ideas are everywhere." I believe many people would like to write but don't know where to begin.

As I listened to Emilie Richards I thought of the many potential reporters for the Observer who would like to try their hand at writing for publication but don't know how to get started. If you are interested in writing for the Observer but feeling intimidated, please contact the paper and speak with Tara or Denny Wendell. They will give you support and information to help you get your news and/or ideas into the paper. I am grateful to Emilie Richards for her many writing tips and plan to read one of her latest novels, "A Truth for a Truth," published this year.

On Friday, Nov. 5, nurse and author, Judy Flickinger, spoke at the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. Unlike Emilie Richards, who has authored many books, Judy has written just one. The book is titled "Spirit Matters." In my opinion this book is a wonderful guide for those living with a life-limiting illness and those who help care for them.

As a retired hospice nurse, Judy Flickinger has gathered much valuable information during her many years caring for those at the end of life. I was surprised to learn that the end of one's life can be a time of peace which can bring families closer, heal relationships and allow the dying person the dignity and comfort of being pain-free, surrounded by family and friends.

The book is built around eleven lessons which explain "the importance of keeping the spirit alive and well during the course of a life-limiting illness." Although not the most comfortable of topics to discuss, knowledge of hospice is so important. We all face the certainty of death but can be reassured that good care for the mind and body is available at the end of life. Thanks to Judy Flickinger for sharing her extensive knowledge of the hospice experience.

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 23, Posted 7:03 PM, 11.07.2010