At AWP this year, I fell in love with AROHO and am thrilled to be part of the retreat! I am a relatively seasoned person but a relatively new serious writer. I returned to disciplined writing when my children went to college and am an active member of the Grub Street, Inc., writers’ center in Boston. I will begin their Memoir Incubator Program, a yearlong intensive course, in June, 2013. My memoir is a story about the lessons I learned when I lived in an orphanage as a child, lessons that enabled me to survive and even thrive — till I was forty or so. My book shows the hidden cost of resiliency, the surprising need to re-configure my coping in midlife, in order to integrate parts of myself I learned to forget as a child. Recent publications include the New York Times “Modern Love” column and the Boston Globe “Coupling” column.