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                                ... her family was an open book, without secrets. Even as a child, Barbara Jean Ellington knew her grandmothers were lesbians, a truth they never concealed. During BJ’s summer vacations at their home on Blue Lake, Nonna and Lena taught her to swim and play cards, provided a lively contrast to BJ’s conservative parents, and comforted BJ when her first summer romance ended abruptly and without reason. Now, years later 



As we begin the new decade, we stop to contemplate the next chapter of our lives by taking a peek at the last page of the book…our obituaries. Through guided exercises, participants will take stock of the years they have lived and have yet to live. Beginning from the end, we will take the long view of our personal narratives and write out our own life tribute. Then, with that story in mind, we will backtrack, returning to 2020 to write out our vision for the New Year, while acknowledging it for the gift it is. All work is personal—no sharing required, and no writing or journaling experience needed. Bring your questions and aspirations, a notebook or some paper, and a pen or pencil. Open to all. Two opportunities to attend. 


Radiance in Lancaster, PA

Saturday, January 25, 2020 1-3 PM


The Mind, Body, Spirit Healing Room in Wilmington, DE
Sunday, March 1 1:30-3:30 PM


Workshop "Hindsight is 2020: Journaling with the end in mind"

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"Characterization is exceptional; both grandmothers sparkle. Spikes of humor, brilliant descriptive passages . . . all contribute to a memorable thought-provoking novel."  VOYA

detail of painting by Linda Celestian.

Jill Althouse-Wood, author of the novel SUMMERS AT BLUE LAKE, is both a writer and an artist. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. Before quitting her job to make art and meaning, Jill worked for 15 years as a fabric designer.

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​​​​Jill Althouse-Wood