Joan Leof Joan Leof writes personal essays for publications as diverse as The Philadelphia Inquirer and Spirituality & Health Magazine. A collection of her essays along with questions for reflection and writing has just been published in "Matryoshka: Uncovering Your Many Selves Through Writing." She has also published a memoir, "Fatal If Swallowed: Reclaiming Creativity and Hope Along the Uncharted Path." For more information about her work, or to purchase her books, go to www.joanleof.com.
Lifestyle

My Mother Was Buried on Mother’s Day

By Joan Leof
She was not only a pioneer; she was also highly creative. She painted. Sculpted. Played the piano. Wrote. This artist wholeheartedly plunged into each new art form, not worrying about being perfect. Or even good enough. The fact that she was an adventurous risk-taker in all areas of life was one of her greatest gifts to me.
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Family & Friends

In Search of Motherhood

By Joan Leof
A grief that felt endless burst out of me in sobs. I was mourning the reality that I could never give the man I loved the biological child that we both wanted—but that he wanted most of all.
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Fashion & Beauty

Ocean Legacies by Joan Leof

By Joan Leof
In my 40s, I invited a lover to accompany me to my quiet beach. We swam out to where the water was chest high and began kissing. Soon, my bikini pants were in my hand and we were making love. The ocean’s rhythms. Our rhythms. How primitive it felt. How natural. A moment of total abandon.
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