The Memoir Experience

Thanks for stopping by my website, Memoir & Mindfulness, M & M, for short.  

Why M & M? Because they’re two subjects that have a lot in common, though they’re not usually found together. Two subjects that I’m passionate about. Two subjects that bring so much joy and fulfillment. If you haven’t already, try them out. Please browse the website and see what you think.  

After writing my memoir (King of Doubt) and teaching memoir writing, and after practicing mindfulness as my basic life philosophy, I realized something intriguing: the more mindful I am, the better memoir writer I become. The better memoir writer I become, the better mindfulness practitioner I am. Nice that it works that way, right?   

Memoir is a search for truth from the past, the story beneath the story. Mindfulness is a search for truth in the present, life absent the tricks and deceits of the mind. Memoir and Mindfulness together create a path to the creative life, peace and freedom from fear. For more on why and how and how you might want to try out this powerful, exhilarating and creative combo, please check out my blog; come to one of my events; read King of Doubt; stay tuned for my forthcoming Write Your Story, Claim Your Life: Memoir & Mindfulness; and let me hear from you!

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Book Club Challenge

For the first 17 book clubs that select King of Doubt as a book club choice for 2017 and invite me to visit with them (in person or via Skype), I will host a private, free, on line “Introduction to Memoir and Mindfulness” webinar. This webinar––exclusively for members of these book clubs––is all about the process of engaging in personal writing using the M&M approach. And for each book club that accepts this challenge, I will donate one free copy of King of Doubt to their local library.

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In a small town on the west coast of Scotland, five-year-old Peter Gibb trades his soul to the devil in a futile attempt to win the approval of classmates, teachers, and parents. Follow the story of Peter's humorous but desperate struggle to find a way out of the dungeons of doubt. An insightful tale of lost and found, King of Doubt grips you with tension as it warms you with heart. Anyone who has ever struggled with self doubt -- and who among us hasn't? -- will see themselves in these pages. This moving story, one man's journey from doubt to wonder, will fill you with hope and promise. The story rivets your attention to the final word, while the beauty of the language still sings long after the reading.


Share Your Story

“Daddy, you should write a memoir. You’ve done so many interesting things,” my daughter Caitlin urged me. “Memoir? Not for me,” I said.  I looked down on memoir. Not really so creative, I thought, just regurgitating the facts of your life. Self-absorbed. Boring.

I was confusing memoir with autobiography.  Autobiography tends to be chronological, from birth (or before) to today. Plodding forward. Think history text book but on a personal level. Nominally objective. Memoir, by contrast, is theme oriented. 

If you are interested in starting your writing journey, check out my blog for more insights about memoir and mindfulness and how you can begin to share your story with others. 

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My Books

Interested in my work? Read more about King of Doubt, and other future publications. 

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For more information about memoir workshops, coaching and editing, visit my services page. 

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Find out where I will be teaching or speaking on the topic of memoirs and mindfulness. 

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