BURNING WOMAN

Memoirs of an Elder

A passionate love story about the adventure of aging. Turning 65, artist, writer, psychologist Sharon Strong claimed the next decade to trek the Himalaya, build massive sculptures for Burning Man, and meet the love of her life. What she could not have imagined was a wildfire that destroyed twenty years of art work. Her story will inspire others through times of creativity, destruction and transformation.

Publication: June 21, 2022

A ROCK GARDEN IN SPRING

A ROCK GARDEN IN SPRING

It’s spring in the Sierra foothills. Our world is coming awake after the long night of winter. I began to feel creative sap rising in me, as if I was one of the gnarly oaks on our 20 acres that were sprouting tender green leaves almost overnight.     I wanted to design a rock garden....

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ON THE RADIO

ON THE RADIO

Listening to my interview with Linda Toren, poet, teacher, and host of A Way With Words on KQBM Radio 90.7 FM, I felt like an honored guest talking with Terry Gross. The focus was my book, BURNING WOMAN, Memoirs of an Elder, to be published by She Writes Press in June 2022. Our conversation was...

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THE WEDDING

THE WEDDING

Fingers of sunlight had just begun to brush the horizon a delicate shade of pink when the hot tub called to me. Tom was still asleep. I slipped out of bed as quietly as possible, padded outside in bare feet, and sank into the warm water, steam rising in the chill air. Hearing the whispery whoo-hoo...

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FULL CIRCLE

FULL CIRCLE

Our daughter, son-in-law and silver lab are coming for Christmas! It’s a lovely surprise. At the last minute they cancelled their holiday visit with my grandson in Heidelberg due to the Omicron surge. Tom and I planned a quiet day, just the two of us, having honored Winter Solstice on the 21st...

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THE SPOKEN WORD

THE SPOKEN WORD

Tom Is producing my audiobook for BURNING WOMAN, Memoirs of an Elder. We’re in a makeshift sound studio in his office. I’m wearing headphones, reading into a microphone. Beginning on page 21, I hear my words spoken in a deep, resonant voice as it they’re bouncing off the walls of my skull. My...

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BEACHED

BEACHED

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making plans. —John Lennon We slid our two-person kayak into Drake’s Estero and, one at a time, edged into our seats butt first, as if getting into a buoyant sports car, myself in front and Tom in back. Early morning fog, cool and moist, heavy with the...

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THERAPY ON ZOOM?

THERAPY ON ZOOM?

  I flipped my appointment book back to March 16, 2020. The page is covered in red ink circling the names of clients I needed to contact to schedule virtual sessions. Scrawled across the week’s calendar in purple highlighter is “COVID. I started with phone sessions, then FaceTime. Four months...

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HELEN AND THE 7 CHAKRAS

HELEN AND THE 7 CHAKRAS

The call came in the middle of a therapy session. I let it go to voicemail. When I played back the message, a woman’s somber voice said, “Hello Sharon...I’m a friend of Helen’s. Her dementia has gotten worse. She’s unable to care for herself and has been transferred to the memory care unit. We’re...

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SOURDOUGH SCONES

SOURDOUGH SCONES

Baking was a ritual I started after becoming housebound. I wasn’t alone. Remember early in the shut down when there were no bags of flour on grocery store shelves, no baking powder, and no yeast? In the olden days, when my children were young and money was scarce, I’d make bread. The smell is...

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AN EPIPHANY ABOUT TIME

AN EPIPHANY ABOUT TIME

It's 12:50 on a Monday and there’s not enough time. I am not even sure what I’m late for. But, I can feel my heart beating rapidly and a fluttering sensation in my chest. The image of a heart with wings comes to mind, but my heart doesn’t feel like it’s taking flight. It feels caught. This is so...

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