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Nonagenarian author Babette Hughes has penned three books, including the forthcoming The Red Scarf, due out in July. She lives in Austin, Texas. To learn more about Babette and her work, please go to: http://babettehughes.com/author.html

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How to Write Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 5:21 PM

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Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom -- the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are. It...

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The Big Lie

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 6:59 AM

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I am often asked what my secret is -- at the age of 92 I am writing my fourth novel and fifth book (up at 5 am). Post Hill Press will soon publish a series of three novels I...

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Blame

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 9:30 AM

"Listen," my uncle said to me, "your dad was just unlucky getting murdered like that." Look at Bugsy Siegel and Legs Diamond. Al Capone. Dutch Schultz. They're still writing books and making movies about those guys. And what about O'Hare for God's sake, getting a major airport named after him?...

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Orphans

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 10:58 AM

My grandmother's first husband was Jacob Smith, the name changed from Schmiko when he immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, from Poland. But his new Americanized name and youth, his grand handlebar mustache and his young wife couldn't protect him from the tuberculosis epidemic--known in those days as consumption. He died at...

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The Lost Father

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 1:05 PM

When I was in first grade Miss Charles (whom we called Charlie because of her mustache) marched us into the auditorium to learn "My Country 'Tis of Thee." She sat down at the piano and led us through the song word by word, playing the piano with one hand and...

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The Good Wife

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Although I've been writing and publishing for 50 years, I'm always thrilled when a new book is launched. THE RED SCARF, published recently, is the sequel to THE HAT.

And its sequel, THE NECKLACE, is in process on my computer, and should be finished soon....

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Still Writing at 90: So Many Questions

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Although I've been writing and publishing for 50 years, I'm always thrilled when a new book is launched. The Red Scarf, published recently, is the sequel to The Hat, , and its sequel, The Necklace, is in process on my computer, and should be finished soon. The three...

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A Model Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Although I've been writing and publishing for fifty years, I'm always thrilled when a new book is launched. THE RED SCARF, published just this month, is the sequel to THE HAT.

And its sequel, THE NECKLACE, is in process on my computer, and should be finished soon....

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The Secret

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Although I've been writing and publishing for fifty years, I'm always thrilled when a new book is launched. THE RED SCARF, published just this week, is the sequel to THE HAT. And its sequel, THE NECKLACE, is in process on my computer, and should be finished soon. The...

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The Families

(14) Comments | Posted July 27, 2013 | 8:09 AM

The Boston trial of the alleged killer, Whitey Bulger, and his gang is in full bloom, now -- the papers are filled every day with every sordid detail. As I read these accounts, I often wonder about the families of these infamous people. Not their mafia families, but their wives,...

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My Left Breast -- Final Chapter

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 8:37 AM

You go for radiation 35 times over seven weeks. After one week you actually smile and thank the technicians. Another week and you zip off your blouse and bra, climb on the table, remove the pillowslip, lift your arm, wait for the buzz to start and stop and the technicians...

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My Left Breast- Chapter 5

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 6:47 AM

Author Babette Hughes continues to share her emotional breast cancer journey with us. You can read her past blog posts here.

After I was finally admitted to MD Anderson in Houston, a surgeon gave me a lumpectomy and assigned me to seven weeks of daily radiation back home...

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My Left Breast -- Chapter 4

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 7:32 AM

The radiation waiting room could be a dentist's office. No one looks up as I walk in. A man is rattling a newspaper as he turns the pages. He folds it down and gives it a smack. I like hearing such common, ordinary sounds in this extraordinary place. I eavesdrop...

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My Left Breast -- Chapter 3

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 7:59 AM

Chapter 3

No one knows exactly if your cancer will kill you sooner, or later, or not at all. There is the often broken five-year test of time, there are statistics and prognoses and studies, there are oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, and social workers; there are articles in the New York...

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My Left Breast: Chapter 2

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 6:02 AM

Writer Babette Hughes shared her experience with breast cancer in a powerful blog post recently. Here is a follow up to that must-read blog.

Back home after the diagnosis, I make dinner, noting that the salmon smells fishy. I cut the ends of the string beans and wash...

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My Left Breast

(23) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 7:25 AM

We sit in a circle. The husbands, too. Both facilitators are breast cancer survivors. Everyone, except the husbands, takes turns talking. The stories are heartbreaking and boring. And routine, astonishing, terrifying and exhausting. But after the husbands are taken into another room (to talk about, ahem, their breastless feelings), the...

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