A Moment of Silence

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Fellow Travelers, Veterans3 Comments

On Monday, May 26th, the clock will strike 3 p.m. one time zone at a time. Everywhere across the U.S. people will fall silent, together or alone, to remember those who died at war. A moment of silence can be powerful. I recall this very clearly when the day after the towers fell, my husband and I were in Italy, … Read More

Monday Letters

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, Women23 Comments

It’s five o’clock on Monday morning and my mother sits in bed, knees up, a pad against her thighs, her second cup of coffee steaming within easy reach. Her pen flies across the page in front of her leaving behind a trail of thoughts that have been on her mind for days, minutes, or take shape as she writes. I … Read More

How to Love a Loquat

Elizabeth MarroEat, Drink, Love, Family14 Comments

It’s spring here in San Diego. The sky is blue, the temperatures are nudging eighty degrees, and I am working hard to come up with all the ways we can eat our loquats before they shrivel into black hairy clumps. I realize that there may be those reading these words who are dealing with highs of forty degrees, mud, losing … Read More

About A Boy

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, The Distiller's Mother11 Comments

Today, April 20, is about Easter. It is also about a boy. The boy in this picture came into my life on April 20, 1975. He doesn’t look this way any more. He’s taller, his shoulders sometimes hunch when the world gets a little much for him, there are a few lines at the corners of his eyes when he … Read More

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Elizabeth MarroReading & Writing9 Comments

Just when I was trying to come up with a blog post, my friend Pamela Hunt reached out and “tagged” me for a blog tour all about the thing I was having a really hard time doing that day: writing. That’s how things have worked with Pamela from the outset. She is a generous champion of my work who has … Read More

Voice: Lost and Found

Elizabeth MarroEat, Drink, Love, Reading & Writing11 Comments

Hello again. It’s me. I’ve gone missing since early February, at least from this page. Those who’ve been blogging much longer than I have already know what I’ve discovered: use that voice or lose it. For a host of very good but also not very good reasons, I’ve not written here for the past five weeks or so. I’ve missed … Read More

To Love, Anniversaries, and Burps in the Night

Elizabeth MarroFamily9 Comments

On February 2, 2012 my husband and I hung side by side at the start of the zip line at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The feeling I had at that moment steals back as I write these words. Pure terror. Pure bliss. The inching forward until the moment arrives in a rush. The platform seems to fall away … Read More

Journey to Now, Again

Elizabeth MarroBooks, Growing Pains, Reading & Writing8 Comments

I read MAGICAL JOURNEY last summer and shared my thoughts and a free copy about it here. The paperback version has just been released and Katrina Kenison  is offering several opportunities to win a copy of this book and others free. On January 29, we drew the  name of Misha Gericke of South Africa as the winner of Magical Journey from the readers … Read More

Confessions of a Bathroom Reader

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Reading & Writing9 Comments

Confession #1. This is for my mother who will not be shocked when she hears that yes, all those times I disappeared into the bathroom when it was my turn to wash the dinner dishes, I was reading.  Long after I had any legitimate reason to be in the downstairs bathroom, I was poring through the pages of Gone With … Read More