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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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 12:54PM

The Pug, the Kitty, and the Lizard

  pug and cat

Recently, my niece and her family who live in a Seattle suburb went on vacation, and I took care of their pug, kitty, and lizard. I live in the beautiful San Juan Islands northwest of Seattle, and occasional pet-sitting gigs for my niece give me a… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2012 1:09PM

Potty Mouth

  Portland Loo

The New Portland Loo http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-08-29-portland-loo-20120829,0,104499.story

 In a current TV commercial, a group of women discuss toilet paper, approaching it as a forbidden topic that they are courageous enough to tackle. I mean, really.… Read full post »

Family sign
Matt Paust commented on my previous post, "I'm curious as to how you got into the memoir biz."

This, then, is that story.

In 2001, I lived in Santa Barbara. Shortly after 9/11, a woman I'd met through a Wellesley connection invited me to a lunch… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2012 2:03PM

Memoir Begins with Me


memory mirror


Memory is creative. It stores scenes from our lives that may or may not have happened and that almost certainly did not happen exactly the way we remember them. A memoir, then, is not so much a record of events as it is our perspectiveRead full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 9:38PM

Out of Work in Santa Fe


After I awoke that first morning of being unemployed in Santa Fe, I faced the day with dread. I'd read about what a nightmare unemployment is and wondered how I would survive not having a job and paycheck plus health insurance. Surely I would become homeless, and perhaps IRead full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 2:37PM

Boys Will Be Boys—Sometimes

  BOY playing


I’ve been hanging out with my grandson over the holidays while his parents were working. In playgrounds and museums and at the beach, what stood out for me was the ways boys and girls do or do not conform to gender stereotypes.

At a kids’ museum, a group… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 4:06PM

Tony Bourdain Expands

Bourdain's imprint image 
 Image from eater.com http://bit.ly/oaMxa1

For Tony Bourdain fans, the news is good. He now has his own book imprint for Ecco/HarperCollins, and his new series, The Layover, debuts November 21 on the Travel Channel.

Being a cool, successful celebrity chef,

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JUNE 29, 2011 3:36PM

How's Your Self-Esteem Today?


man camera mirror


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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 "When the tide is out, the table is set."

Old Coastal Salish Indian saying

edible seaweed 

 Photo BC Kelp  http://www.bckelp.com/BCKelp-Photos.html

Walking along the ocean shoreline, does your mouth water at the sight of seaweed? Mine didn’t until I met Jesse Longacre, a CalRead full post »

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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

  pills on plate

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 »