Ellen Hawley Roddick

Ellen Hawley Roddick
Orcas Island, Washington, USA
February 13
An author of both nonfiction and novels, I also am a freelance editor of nonfiction and a freelance writer of newsletters and fund-raising letters. I co-author clients' memoirs and, as a public speaker, address such topics as creative business communication and how to write a memoir.


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JUNE 29, 2011 3:36PM

How's Your Self-Esteem Today?


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While the view you have of yourself may depend more on self-esteem than on objective reality, self-esteem is tricky to pin down. What are we supposed to think when we receive so much advice with so little consistency? Consider these examples (my comments in parenthesis):

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APRIL 24, 2010 4:41PM

Assisted Suicide — Murder or Mercy?

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Do I believe in assisted suicide? You bet I do. And here, in response to the hbo_jack Open Call, is why.

In January 2009, I posted here the story of my mother's lonely suicide in Seattle./… Read full post »
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JUNE 13, 2009 6:02PM

Coca(ine)-Cola and Other Remedies from the Bad Old Days

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Once upon a time, Americans didn't fool around with illness. Never mind health plans. Just pop into the druggist. Got a headache? Take an aspirin. Got a cough? Take an aspirin with heroin. Huh, what's that you say? You'd like something in between, instead of going straight from aspirin… Read full post »

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MAY 8, 2009 7:59PM

Santa Barbara Today: Fire and Heartbreak

I lived in Santa Barbara from 1999 until 2006. I left on impulse (that’s another story) and stay in touch with friends there, some of whom are among the best friends I have. Today almost all have been evacuated from their gracious homes or are in the warning zone and readyRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2009 1:49PM

I Was Robbed Right Here on Open Salon

Today I had this OS message from an Alert Reader (as Dave Barry would say): "Did someone named Roger Vaughn just copy your piece and put it down as his own?"

I visited the Vaughn blog (http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=114208) and whadya know? He writes that he is a priest, and he claimsRead full post »