Welcome to my hyperactive, creative life reflecting my passion for art, writing, sewing, the Great Lakes, Beaver Island, Bay City (Michigan), Florida, my experiences with breast cancer, and life. Above find links to my art, books, resume, published work and contact info. Click on the following links to quickly check out my note cards, posters, pillows and cushions, wool hats, and books currently for sale on my Etsy store. To the right find the archives to the past blog posts and to my Breast Cancer Blog (which is thankfully out of date as I go into my eighth survival year). (Photo by Marie Marfia.)
CURRENT NEWS: Many of my friends have expressed an interest in my Pakistani childhood, and while I have not yet written my own memoir, my mother, Ruth Blocksma, has just finished hers—Kansas to Pakistan: My First Forty Years—which reflects much of my life as well as hers. Writing during her 94th year, my mother describes her early life as the ninth child of immigrant intellectuals, girlhood and education in Michigan, early marriage as a “war widow,” and five years of family life in Pakistan, where, as a plastic surgeon, my father, Dr. Ralph Blocksma, worked with Dr. John Vroon soon after the 1947 Partition to start a hospital.
The manuscript is finished, waiting only for me to do the editing and production. My working model is 144 pages with photographs and a color cover, ready to ship in April, 2014. We originally planned to print only fifteen copies for the immediate family, but with Pakistan in the news and memoirs gaining readership, interest has been growing for this book, so I have am publishing as a Beaver Island Arts title for about $20.00. My problem: How many to print.
CONTACT ME if you’d like to reserve one or more copies. No payment is required until I’m ready to ship. THANKS!