A Balanced Life
A Balanced Life, published by All Things That Matter Press in 2018, is a lyrical memoir that uses ice skating as a metaphor for life. From the dreary afternoon when her uncle brought her a pair of second-hand skates to the present, the author has pursued skating, a sport for which she has no apparent talent. Linking each chapter to a specific aspect of skating, she probes the nature of loss, time, athleticism, and commitment. Told in a recursive style, much like skating itself as well as memory, she examines her childhood, young marriage, motherhood, career and maturation through loss and recovery. The book continues to the present, when, in her seventies, she's still skating and still trying to get her life in balance.
"A Balanced Life is an intimate and illuminating memoir that lyrically moves the reader round and round the solid yet slippery and serendipitous rink of its author's life": DM Denton, author of A House Near Luccoli and To a Strange Somewhere Fled
This prize-winning short story collection was published in 2015 by Washington Writers Publishing House. The stately homes lining St. Bart's Way form the backdrop for an exploration of the assumptions, values and middle-class standards of the families who live on this fictional Baltimore street.
"The intertwined families who live on St. Bart's Way grapple with traditions, loss, and always, one another. After reading these exquisite stories, I was left breathless, pondering the new ache in my heart: Leslie Pietrzyj, author of Pears on a Willow Tree and Silver Girl.
Baltimore’s Lexington Market celebrates one of America’s most enduring marketplaces, from its founding on the heels of the Revolution to the present. With nearly 150 photographs, Baltimore’s Lexington Market “is almost a yearbook of the market faces that were once as familiar as a schoolteacher or boss.