Dec 122012
 

Well-known Bay Area Journalist and Author,

Francine Brevetti to appear on Blog Talk Radio

Tune in Monday, December 17 at 8:30 A.M.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/feisty-side-of-fifty/2012/12/17/the-legend-crafter

and Friday, December 21 at noon

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voaradio/2012/12/21/secrets-to-getting-published-27-francine-brevetti

Monday, December 17 at 8:30 A.M.

Hear first-hand what it’s like to write your own book by listening to Francine Brevetti on Internet radio. Francine will share the top 5 things it takes to start writing a non-fiction book. Eileen Williams’ show, The Feisty Side of Fifty, celebrates Baby Boomer women who are transforming the spirit and style of aging.

Eileen will interview Francine on:

  • Why so many people are writing memoirs lately.
  • Understanding why you’re writing your book – is it because you want to leave a family history for your descendants, or to heal your soul, or  make a statement about your life?
  • How to kick start the writing process and deal with writers’ block.
  • Knowing who your intended audience is so that you can better shape your story.
  • How to establish a discipline of writing.

Friday, December 21 at NOON

Francine will be talking to Sharyn Abbott, (www.sharynabbott.com) an author, speaker, publisher and business coach. They will discuss the challenges writers face in starting and completing their manuscripts. Topics will include:

  • How to continue writing your manuscript until it is completed.
  • How to see your manuscript through by publishing independently.

 

Listeners are encouraged to call in and ask questions of Francine and hosts on each show.

Nov 122012
 

Speaking at the Metropolitan Club on Friday, November 9, I found the 10 women who attended eager and engaged in what I had to say about writing a book on family. Self-selected to hear my remarks, they had all thought of starting a book or some had started already.

 

As is so common, they asked: how do I start? Those who had already begun writing, wanted to know: Now that I’ve started and have all these pieces, what do I do with them? How do I put this together?

 

At the end of our hour, they were all eager to proceed.

 Posted by at 8:12 pm
Nov 072012
 

I’m addressing two fascinating groups this month — The Metropolitan Club on November 9 and the Fisherman’s Wharf Rotary Club on November 15.
The Metropolitan Club, almost a century old, occupies a registered historic building near Union Square. It serves women with a variety of athletic facilities, library and dining room. My contact there, Claudia Feurey, has asked me to speak about writing about one’s family or one’s own life story at their monthly luncheon.

A much different group, the Fisherman’s Wharf Rotary Club,<"></a> holds a weekly breakfast at the Franciscan restaurant for business people and entrepreneurs. Club president Tresa Eyres whom I knew from Women in Consulting asked me to focus on writing about business and self-publishing.

These should be fun.

 Posted by at 9:41 pm
Oct 312012
 

Caterina Rando’s luxury retreat this past weekend, October 25-29, was a milestone for me and I can safely say for the nine other women entrepreneurs who participated.

It took place at Il Villagio, http://www.ilvillaggio.com,  a resort in Yountville, in the heart of the wine country.

Four very gifted speakers on various subjects from healing, prosperity and “green” usage of products kept us rapt, Thursday night, and Friday and Saturday mornings. The rest was free time to enjoy the spa, swimming pool and many local shops. Caterina and her husband Gary Dunn hosted us for lunch at the Bottega, property of the star chef Michael Chiarello.

Andthe hot air balloon ride fulfilled a long-held fantasy of mine.

But the most cohesive and solidifying event was the subtle one — 10 women all having started or just starting their own businesses– coming together for mutual support and the wisdom generously shared by Caterina and the speakers.Of course we swapped our stories,  drawn from experience, mistakes, successes and courage.

 Posted by at 4:09 am
Jul 102012
 

Recently my friend Bob Hansen invited me to a monthly dinner at one of San Francisco’s chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4618.

Held in Chef Hung’s on Clay Street in Chinatown, this was a gathering of mostly Chinese -American veterans of the Vietnam war; there was one old soldier, Jimmy, who served during World War II but apparently never saw action.

I brought along with me a little tin box where my father — long deceased — had stashed his dog tags and good conduct medals for his service during World War II. Since I have no heirs I really didn’t know what to do with this memorabilia. I thought someone at this meeting might have a suggestion.

I showed the box and its contents to the chapter’s head. He saw no historical interest in it and suggested I give it to my children. When I explained I didn’t have any he asked, “what about your nieces and nephews?”

“I don’t have any.”
“No one? You have no one?”

True enough but his pointing it out embarrassed me. He fell silent. I thought of the difference between the tightknit Chinese families and my own.

Later during dinner I turned to Bob with the same tin box and its contents. He took it from me and said he could find a place for it in a veterans museum in Sacramento.

My father served behind the lines. I had no illusions that his dogtags and good service medals had any historical significance. But I couldn’t see myself throwing them into the landfill. Bob’s solution was kind and diplomatic.

Later in the evening, one of the Post’s members, Patrick, remarked that their group was like family and I could consider it my own if I wished.

 Posted by at 1:58 pm
Jun 112012
 

The first Monday of every month the Naval Order, a U.S. Navy heritage society, www.NavalOrder.org, gather at Capp’s Corner in North Beach, San Francisco.

These old soldiers/sailors hail from World War II and all the other conflicts this country has been engaged in since.

So you can imagine a room full of elderly gents and a few ladies clumping together around rows of tables to update each other on personal news, association events and the latest obituaries. Their physical form expresses their age — some bent spines, spectacles, and hearing aids.

But these details do not speak to their hearts and souls which are vibrant, proud and assertive. Passionate about their service in the country’s navy, these members are happy to recall the events that brought them together.

The speaker on this day was 92-year-old Mickey Ganitch who gave his eyewitness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Here are some YouTube clips of similar addresses Mickey made at other events:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlvpn3SNdQY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAyf5t3N9P4&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beTVay0oGzY&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsO0_7Ne2tg&feature=relmfu

Also at this luncheon, and also 92, was the illustrious poet and founder of City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I was thrilled to get his autograph and I later sent him the same YouTube links as above.

The first Monday of every month the Naval Order, a U.S. Navy heritage society, www.NavalOrder.org, gather at Capp’s Corner in North Beach, San Francisco.

These old soldiers/sailors hail from World War II and all the other conflicts this country has been engaged in since.

So you can imagine a room full of elderly gents and a few ladies clumping together around rows of tables to update each other on personal news, association events and the latest obituaries. Their physical form expresses their age — some bent spines, spectacles, and hearing aids.

But these details do not speak to their hearts and souls which are vibrant, proud and assertive. Passionate about their service in the country’s navy, these members are happy to recall the events that brought them together.

The speaker on this day was 92-year-old Mickey Ganitch who gave his eyewitness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Here are some YouTube clips of similar addresses Mickey made at other events:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlvpn3SNdQY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAyf5t3N9P4&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beTVay0oGzY&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsO0_7Ne2tg&feature=relmfu

Also at this luncheon, and also 92, was the illustrious poet and founder of City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I was thrilled to get his autograph and I later sent him the same YouTube links as above.

My friend and Vietnam veteran Bob Hansen pointed out that there are many members in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are otherwise too occupied to attend.

He also noted that many illustrious people are members of this society such as the Admiral George Dewey who to was victorious at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American war and the former Secretary of State George Shultz.

 Posted by at 7:46 pm