It’s been more than ten years since I moved across the country and into my childhood home with my mother, and began dreaming and writing this memoir into being. Here is the story, time lapsed into one minute and fifty-five seconds. I came for a year — I stayed for the end.
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I loved talking family caregiving and authoring a debut book in the time the host calls “life’s sweetest third.” Watch my interview with Julia Brewer Daily, award-winning author and named Best Woman Host by the American Writing Awards, on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcast station. Link to YouTube.
I had so much fun talking about caregiving and my memoir with Micheal Pope and Life Is a Sacred Journey. It’s just thirty lively minutes. I hope you enjoy it too. View it on YouTube here.
Mother Lode and I are the subject of a feature article in my local paper. “Locally world famous,” my father would say.
“In Mother Lode, Staebler unpacks the peaks and valleys that come along with caregiving, particularly for a parent in one’s childhood home. Since her mother Stellajoe Staebler . . . died, she has become a caregiver ally, extending a metaphorical lifeline to those trudging similar paths.”
Read the story here.
I had the pleasure of talking with Laura Vaillancourt, elder care counselor, about my experience with caregiving. We discussed how I remained sane(-ish), writing, leaving home and finding home. I hope you enjoy the podcast!
Watch a video clip here!
My book launch celebration during National Family Caregivers Month in November was such fun! Watch for more video clips from the program, but here is one. Many favorite stories ended up on the cutting room floor. Several of them are on this website (deleted scenes); here is a video of me reading two of them. https://tinyurl.com/Deleted-scenes
June 26 . 2023 . 1:30pm
with Lewis Mason Thurston Co. Area Agency on Aging
Briggs Community YMCA
1530 Yelm Highway SE, Olympia, WA
(More details to come)
August 3 . 2023 . 4:00pm
National Association of Memoir Writers’ Virtual Book Club
September 9 . 2023 . All day
Workshop presenter: Where Are You From? Writing About the Past for the Future.
Southwest Washington Writers Conference
Walton Science Center, Centralia College; Centralia, WA
Information and registration at southwestwashingtonwriters.com
November 5 . 2022 . 4:30-6:00pm
Mother Lode Launch Celebration
HUBBUB . 505 N. Tower . Downtown Centralia
December 10 . 2022 . 2-4pm
Local Author Event
Book ‘n Brush . 518 N. Market Blvd . Downtown Chehalis
December 17 . 2022 . 2-4pm
Local Author Event
Lewis County Historical Museum . 599 NW Front Way . Downtown Chehalis
March 14, 21, 28 . 2023 . 1:30-3pm
Yes, You Can! Self-care for Caregivers (with Area Agency on Aging)
Centralia Timberland Library . 110 S. Silver . Centralia
March 31 . 2023 . 8-8:45am (PT) 9-9:45 (MT) 10-10:45 (CT) 11-11:45 (ET)
Life is a Sacred Journey, Facebook live event with Micheal Pope
May 4 . 2023
Authors Over 50, with award-winning host Julia Daily
Recording release on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts
May 4 . 2023 . 7-8pm
Mother Lode: The Situation & the Story
American Association of University Women, Lewis Co. Chapter
May 6 . 2023 . 10am-4pm (Reading at noon)
Columbia River Author Festival
Longview Public Library . 1600 Louisiana St. . Longview, WA