Carole MacLean wrote an essay tor my anthology, Written Across the Genres. It’s titled “A New Season”. The first line is “Every Super Bowl season reminds me of what I miss most about my parents.” She goes on to tell about loyalty to their hometown teams after they moved to California and their loyalty to their children, cheering them on through life’s challenges and accomplishments. In their elder years, her parents’ loyalty to each other through many illnesses, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease never wavered. Carole ends the essay with a sports analogy relating to teams and a new season. You can read the essay in Written Across the Genres, available on Amazon or your local bookstore. Here is a short interview with Carole who has moved to Arizona.
Julaina: Who is your favorite author and their genre?
Carole: I have no favorite, but love Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Nora Ephron, Laura Hillenbrand, Sue Monk Kidd — a mix of memoir, not-fiction, chick lit, self-help and spirituality.
Julaina: I see you’re an avid reader. Why do you write?
Carole: To speak my truth and share with women what I’ve learned about the importance of self-care.
Julaina: Where do you like to write?
Carole: At my desk overlooking the Sonoran Desert, the playground for quail, rabbits, roadrunners, coyote, and an occasional javelina or bobcat.
Julaina: What are you working on now?
Carole: A book of personal essays about gratitude — and the lessons learned from loss and death.
Julaina: Thanks for the interview, Carole. Come back to California for a visit. We miss you.
While caring for her elderly parents, Carole realized how difficult it is for many women to take care of themselves when they are taking care of others. She began “Fuzzy Red Socks” Women’s Retreats. Now Carole is retired and blogs about self care.