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Nancy Sharp
Nancy Sharp is an author, speechwriter and keynote speaker. Her memoir, Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living, will be published by Books & Books Press in February 2014. The story is about giving birth to twins and learning the same day that her husband’s cancer had returned. Sometimes life really is everything at once. Seeking the healing solace of the Rocky Mountains and a fresh start, Nancy packs up her five-year-old twins and moves to Denver, never imagining that she would find love in the pages of a magazine. Her unforgettable story is a gift for those looking to lift themselves from the embers of loss and adversity through bold living.

You can hear Nancy at any number of events throughout the country. She frequently speaks to small and large groups about loss, caregiving, taking chances in life and love, and bold living. Please see the Events page at for upcoming appearances.

Nancy holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Her work has appeared in national magazines including Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, SELF, MORE, Marie Claire, and National Geographic Traveler. She has also written for numerous online media as well as regional publications like 5280 Magazine, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Denver Post.

Nancy authors two blogs. Vivid Living: Life in Full Bloom...Thorns and All™, is a sometimes funny but always poignant take on finding the meaning and possibilities in everyday life. Tasting Life with Nancy Sharp, meanwhile, captures Nancy's passion for food and the many ways that we feast on life.

An ex-New Yorker, Nancy now lives in Denver with her second husband, Steve Saunders, and their four children, ages twelve through twenty-two.

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Entries by Nancy Sharp

Thanksgiving and Awakenings

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Painful lessons often yield great blessings. At no time do we feel this more acutely than the holidays.

In 2009, Toti Cadavid, born in Columbia and a longtime resident of Lone Tree, Colorado, almost lost her life on Thanksgiving Day. She and her husband Luis and two of their...

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In Light of Brittany Maynard's Death, Go Where You Need to Go

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:51 AM

For weeks now the world has followed Brittany Maynard's story of life and death.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of right-to-die, there is much to be learned from this young woman's passion for living.

By facing her own imminent mortality, Brittany Maynard gave herself and her...

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When Life Feels Grueling, Find the Grace

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 12:17 PM

For reasons we can't always predict, sometimes life throws curveball after curveball. It's human nature to crave certainty, and yet life is anything but. People run into career ruts. People lose jobs. Marriages crumble. Accidents happen. Savings get depleted. Healthy people get sick.

If we're lucky, we're thrown one curveball...

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Write the Story You Want to Live

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:17 PM

As silly as it sounds, there was a time in my life when my shadow became a kind of guardian angel, a surprising friend in what can sometimes be the loneliest of places: New York City. I was a young 20-something working hard to build my career in public relations....

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What I Know at 48

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:33 PM

An old friend called the other day to wish me a happy birthday. "How do you feel at 48?" she wanted to know.

Without pause, I answered, "I feel both sides now."

Which is to say I'm more entrenched in my middle years even as I taste the...

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Keep Going -- We Believe in You

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

In fall 2003, I bought my husband Brett a card with the following passage from Oliver Wendell Holmes on the cover: "I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."

There was no particular occasion...

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Ode to Nostalgia and Something New

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:55 PM

I'm feeling very spirited. That's on account of the Denver Broncos winning the AFC Championship with a 26-16 win against the New England Patriots. The Broncos are off the Super Bowl!

Please understand that I am not a football buff, nor even a "genuine" sports buff. That said, I like...

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When Life Gets Hard, Go Forward

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:07 PM

One, two deaths this week -- but also, new life.

First our dwarf hamster Whiskers died. She was the first pet my children have ever had, and they adored her. Her death was completely unexpected, and it was quite upsetting for the twins to discover her small body rigid and...

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A Prayer for Peace

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 6:31 PM

The world, I believe, is still beautiful. The sun fills my kitchen in Denver with pure light. If I close my eyes, I can feel the warmth of that light. And yet I feel pain, too. The kind of pain that almost belies the reality of words. Still, I will...

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Lessons on Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:54 AM

I ought to know that death pays no heed to the natural order of life. I first learned this lesson nearly a decade ago when my husband Brett died at thirty-nine years old. Until then, I'd been relatively sheltered from calamity, at least among family.

Brett's diagnosis severed that safe...

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Keeping It Real at Reunions

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:02 PM

I'm headed to Chicago for my college reunion. Tis' the season.

Oh OK, it's my twenty-fifth. I graduated from Northwestern University in 1988. Go Wildcats!

My college friends are among my closest friends today. We're scattered throughout Denver, New York City (and the tri-state area), Seattle, Los Angeles and London....

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Women of Second Acts

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 7:19 PM

Please, if you will, study this picture.

[Note to readers: I'm in the back right corner.]

What do you think our group has in common?

Do we look related? Nah.

Do we appear to be roughly the same ages? More or less.

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You Can Learn a Lot From Stinky Potatoes

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:52 PM

The Jewish new year 5774 has just begun.

Jews everywhere expressed gratitude for their blessings, so many of which we, um, forget to acknowledge amid the steady drumbeat of everyday life.

This is what I enjoy most about the high holidays -- stopping time just enough to be able to...

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Secrets From the Grave

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Every family has its secrets -- uncomfortable remnants of the past or matters of the heart too raw to reveal. But what if you discovered a family secret so powerful that the truth challenged your very identity?

All her life my friend Suzanne Handler struggled to understand why her mother...

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Eggs and Inspired Parenting

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 11:13 AM

I hate eggs.

Since when?

Duh. Like. Always.


The next morning...

What would you like for breakfast?

I'll have eggs.


Sound familiar?

But wait...

Embedded in this eggy exchange are two simple jewels of parenthood and life.

Be nonchalant. Engage in "My Way Or The...

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And She Rides

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:59 PM

The other morning my daughter Rebecca announces that she'd like to ride her bike to photography camp -- alone. We strike a deal that I'll accompany her in the morning, letting her lead the way, but that yes, she can ride home on her own. She's twelve now, and has...

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7 Little Habits That Are Making You Tired

(75) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Little Energy Zappers

Always tired? You’re not alone. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 58 percent of people age 55 and over sleep less than seven hours a night. The study also found that 80 percent of people age 55 and over...

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What Happened to May?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:28 PM

May pulled me by the collar like a cyclone. All month, I spun from event to event -- birthdays, mother's day, school plays, school picnics, school fundraisers, school conferences, school projects, cycling events and so forth. Beyond "planning" and "showing up," there were annual medical appointments to be made, camp...

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'What Now?'

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Some time ago I stumbled upon an unforgettable commencement speech by Ann Patchett. It was a speech she gave to Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater, in May of 2006, titled, "What Now?" Today it's a book.

I'd been searching for inspirational words about transitions. And Patchett's words...

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A Story of Second Chances

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 6:45 PM

June 17, 2006, was the day I left Manhattan and moved west to Colorado, with only my 5-year-old twins by my side.

"We're taking a great adventure," I told my daughter, Rebecca, and son, Casey, trying to amplify everyone's courage, my own included.

Only hours before, we'd said goodbye to...

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