In 2009 only weeks after my husband had died I noticed a strange car sitting across from my house. It was an even distance between the two houses on the other side of the street so I wondered if someone was visiting either neighbor why they didn’t park closer or in the driveway of their host. Continue reading
“…in the days of cavemen people gathered around the campfire at night and someone would start talking, telling a story, and it made them less afraid.”
Myra McElhaney of Atlanta, Georgia released Building A Life You Love After Losing the Love of Your Life on January 12, 2016 with a launch party at Georgia Public Broadcasting where Vikki Locke of LRK Media interviewed the author about her writing.
A writer and speaker before losing her husband Phil to a brain tumor in 2009; McElhaney was accustomed to using personal stories to illustrate ideas and techniques for business. After the loss of her husband, friends and associates began introducing McElhaney to other widows and widowers hoping she could help them to navigate through their grief. Those conversations prompted her to share her experience and insights in a memoir.
Using her trademark humor and irreverence, McElhaney opens the book with a chapter called, “In Bed with Jose Cuervo” and gives readers a brutally honest look at her roller coaster ride through grief. While sobbing in her Ben & Jerry’s, doing grief therapy with a professional and railing at God, McElhaney realizes that she wasn’t married to a dead man and just waiting to join him.
“Raw and honest and yes, even funny,” says TV Journalist/Author, Kimberley Kennedy. “If you are suffering loss, I urge you to let Myra’s story help you navigate the waters of this very difficult storm. She is bright, shining, living proof that joy does indeed wait on the other side.”
Building A Life You Love After Losing the Love of Your Life is available on Amazon.com. You can learn more about Myra McElhaney’s speaking and writing at www.MyraMcElhaney.com.
People often talk of “having balance” or “getting balance” or ‘being more balanced.” As if it’s a thing to get or something to achieve. Balance is a verb—an action word. It’s something you do. Some weeks you may balance well; others not so much.
I was reminded of this recently as I was taking a ski lesson. Continue reading
Last weekend friends and fellow authors, June Cline, Sandy Weaver Carmen and I set out on the road to participate in the Southern Women’s Show in Savannah, Georgia where we had a booth to sell our books. I talk and write about enjoying life and doing good. June is a humorist and Sandy does programs on happiness. We called it our joy, humor and happiness tour. Continue reading
“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other women who have her back.” Unknown
This has been one of the best weeks of my professional career. My tribe really outdid themselves.
On Tuesday, January 12th my memoir, Building A Life You Love After Losing the Love of Your Life officially launched with an event at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Continue reading
It’s Thanksgiving Day, the family’s all here. A time to give thanks for all things we hold dear.
The turkey’s been stuffed and put in to bake. Mama has made a chocolate pound cake.
There’s dressing, potatoes and a pot of green beans. This is the prettiest table that I’ve ever seen.
There’s cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie. There’s a squash casserole I can’t wait to try.
A pecan pie and a potato soufflé, I’ll just forget about my diet today.
There’s a jar of pickles, some macaroni and cheese. And someone has brought a big pot of peas.
Some sourdough rolls, hot with butter. “Is it time to eat?” I heard someone mutter.
Let Papa ask the blessing, make it short and sweet. I’m thankful for everything and I’m ready to eat!
By Myra McElhaney
(From my poetry book, Musings on Major and Minor Matters that May or May Not Matter, Published in2011. Available on Amazon.com)
- What are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving?
- Any favorite dishes?
- Favorite Thanksgiving memories?
As always, I love your comments!
Recently I read an article urging women not to be so ‘nice’ in business and saying it’s not important to be liked. Within minutes I came across a blog saying it’s bad to be polite in sales calls. Continue reading
“Where do you want to go now?” I asked Mama. We were in Clarkesville, the next town north of where she lives. We’d driven there after lunch to go to the funeral of her next-door neighbor’s daughter. We’d already had lunch and it was a beautiful day so I didn’t want to go straight back home. Continue reading
Recently I was asked to speak for a women’s networking event about “Creating Connections on Purpose for Profit.” We asked each of the twenty or so attendees to answer this question Continue reading