I did not become an author of a book until I was past 60. I did not know what to expect, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Some of the greatest joys I receive are the emails and letters from readers who say that my story has inspired them, sometimes given new hope, and sometimes that they are starting their own list of Sweet Things.
I read every letter and email and I try to answer every one. I welcome your thoughts.
I just finished reading your book Remember the Sweet Things. Not in some time has a book moved me so. Actually, it has risen to the top of my favorites. Your writing is phenomenal! I pray for talent like yours. I am not currently in a relationship but I have two wonderful grandchildren ages 3 and 5 who make me laugh daily. Your Sweet Things lists have inspired me to start one for each of them.
I will be on the lookout for your next project and waiting patiently for a chance to meet you.
It really was a gift for me to read your words. I am so sorry to hear about Marsh, he was a very cool guy. Your marriage is such an inspiring and great story, it's really beautiful to read. I want to thank you for sharing your words, you are a true teacher at heart!!
Best of luck to you!!
I am in the middle of reading Remember the Sweet Things and it is such an amazing story. Its easy to focus on things that don't matter in life, your book has brought back the simplicity of enjoying each other and the remembering all of the little things. Thanks for sharing your love story, it truly is beautiful.
I just finished your book and i must say having to go through such a loss has always been a dark spot in the back of my mind. there is some part of me that resists putting everything i am into a relationship with someone else because of that fear of loosing them. what you shared and what you remembered and the positivity you put into your words and the love that you did get to share was very inspiring. Thank you for such a great read and for making me realize that love and memories are worth the loss.
I just wanted to let you know that I read your book in one day last week and found it very moving; so much so that I have been re inspired to try to get back to the little notebooks I started for my two and three year old which I was filling with precisely the kind of things (though obviously child orientated!) you wrote in your list in the hope of giving them to the children when they are older.
It also made me think of all the little 'sweet things' my husband does and has done for me since we met — writing them down would be a great way to keep them fresh just as you did.
What a wonderful memoir you write and a fine tribute to an obviously wonderful husband and father.
I listened to your book on CD. I hope my wife doesn't get hold of it (just kidding). I listen to a great many books and generally only ten minutes give to three out of four. Yours got me right away and like life itself I lamented that it was too short.
My mother once visited me when I lived in New York City. She was 50. Thrice divorced she was well turned out and possibly looking. I came back from work and she told me of her day. She had been at the Museum of Modern Art and a man said he was done with his NY Times and would she like it. I said he was trying to pick her up. She protested but it emerged that they did have a date for later that evening.
She married him and he was the love of her life. Like you she met her man. What will men in a museum do when print departs?
I know you hear this a lot but your book made me want to be nicer to my wife of nearly 40 years so she will remember the sweet things. Thanks Ellen
Ellen, I imagine you are likely getting comments and praise from many who have read your book. I know I am one of many who has just finished it and felt truly touched and inspired. I have only been married a year and a half and still consider myself a newlywed but your story has shown me that its never too early to start noticing and celebrating the small things that make married life so rewarding. Thanks for such an honest portrayal of marriage and life.
I just read your book. What a blessing. I was looking for a book called "Remember" on the library website and your book popped up. I choose to believe that it was God. He knew this was something I needed to read. What a beautiful story you have shared. Thank you! I've been married for 6 years and we have two little kids. Needless to say I have many days where I'm worn out, tired and easily snap. I had a tragedy in my life last spring which made me really stop and remember how blessed I am. I try to look for the little things in the day to day stuff to be thankful for. It is still hard but I'm trying. Your book has given me a great way to be more focused on those daily blessing and now I'm going to write them down.
I'm sure you have heard it before, but I would like to thank you for your book. My husband is in the Air Force and we are currently in South Korea and I found your book at the base library and loved every word! I identified with so many things in your book. I am much younger but your book touched me in a way that I could not begin to tell you. Thank you for teaching me to slow down and remember the sweet things.
Congratulations on your book and your wonderful life. You were truly blest! I haven't moved far from my home town in Hudson, WI. Your adventures leave me feeling like I missed a lifetime. I'm sure I'm not the only one that envies the wonderful life you had with Marsh. Best of luck!
I noticed your book in the new nonfiction section and pulled it from the shelf. I hadn't heard anything about it previously. To me, your book was like a box of fine chocolates. I quickly knew I would really enjoy it and hard as I tried to slowly savor it, I just had to keep reading. You know, I was sad when it ended but thankful to have heard about your journey. After I finished it, I thought it sounded like a great movie, like Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook."
One of the things I marveled about you is your ability to continually move forward through all the different changes that came your way. You probably never figured you'd live in China, then sail the islands of the South Pacific before building homes in Mexico. That is very ambitious and brave! I'm inspired by that.
You're a beautiful writer. You've delivered a real knock-out with your first book. It really is about what marriage can be if we're paying attention. Your story is a great reminder that life is about recognizing and savoring the simple, everyday treasures that come our way. Thank you for sharing your story and wisdom with the world. Congratulations on a job very well done.
With two rambunctious boys and a house full of company yesterday, I still managed to finish your book in just four days — a record for me at this time in my life.
I picked it up at the library last week. I normally read only self-help, allergy, (I have a support website for mothers of food allergic children) and business books.
But something about the title struck me and within a few pages, I was hooked.
From what you shared, it's obvious that Marsh was a very good man. But no one is perfect. And you certainly had your challenges with two teens at home etc.
I wonder if your conscious attention to the good things he did and then your appreciation of them was a factor in your lovely life together?
Marsh certainly seemed like a terrific guy. He had the makings of a great husband. But I think you tended those seeds and watered them well and kept the garden growing. What a beautiful example to share with your children and the rest of us!
I so enjoyed your book and, of course, knew that this was definitely something I would love to do also! So I've started my own book of 'Remembering The Sweet Things'. Two regarding our grandson, Jacob. When his sister Jazmine was born he had trouble pronouncing her name and for the first couple of months she was referred to as Salmon. And last night Jacob phoned Grandpa a I to read us one of his bedtime stories. It was from one of his Spiderman books and he ended with "and the town was safe once again." Thank-you so very much for this gift!
I just finished reading your book and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. My mother and father passed away recently so I am particularly taken with the power of memories and the healing they can do. Your story was amazing and inspiring and so lovingly written. I think most impressive to me was the "carpe diem" spirit in which you and Marsh lived. I'm sure it wasn't always easy, but you knew what was important and you went for it. That's an inspiration to all of us.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to your spouse and your marriage! I am getting married to an incredible man in just two months, and reading your book helped me to appreciate the beauty of the everyday and him even more. The obvious depth of your's and Marsh's love for one another felt so very familiar to me, and reminded me how very blessed I am with my relationship as well. We've been together for nearly 4 years, and I wish that I'd kept a Sweet Things list during all the time leading up to now — that's OK, I can re-create what I can and give it to him as a wedding gift. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us.
I just finished reading your book an hour ago and I was just blown away! What a beautiful Love Story that you and Marsh shared. I will now treasure the Sweet Things that my husband does for me. Thank you for sharing your Love Story with the world!