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 To the right find the archives to the past blog posts and to my Breast Cancer Blog (which is thankfully out of date as I go into my eighth survival year).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: At last it is (almost) here—my mother, Ruth Blocksma, with a little help from me, has written a memoir of her early life and marriage, including her years in Pakistan with my father, Dr. Ralph Blocksma, shortly after the India/Pakistan Partition where he helped develop the United Christian Hospital. Her book, titled Thirty-three Years and Twenty-one Homes: Across the World to Michigan, 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, her girlhood and education in Michigan, and early marriage, including years as a “war widow. The book will be available by April 1st and I am accepting orders now. Email me at mblocksma@yahoo.com or call 989-894-5925 to order your copy, or to inquire after our excellent discounts to bookstores and libraries. THANKS!

Thirty-three Years & Twenty-one Homes: Across the World to Michigan,
by Ruth Blocksma & Mary Blocksma
ISBN-13 978-0-9708575-4-5
Paperback, 144 pages with black & white photographs      $20.00