Barbara Clarke

“Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.”
~ Carolyn See


Barbara Clarke

I’ve received many labels through the years, some unwanted: ”Best Body” in the ninth grade and ex-wife twice. In mid-life I was told by a mailperson that I held the local record for the most forwarding labels of someone not fleeing the law—three. And most recently I was given one I treasure—earned in a class developing a forthcoming memoir—“Most likely to start a forgiveness movement.”

I’m not an expert on almost anything but I do know this:

There is not enough love and connection to each other in this world.

In writing my forthcoming memoir, The Red Kitchen, I rediscovered the power of love and understanding.

A secondary theme of this blog comes from a memoir in progress. For this topic I do have some expertise – how broken and heartless our healthcare system is. I am writing my story through the lens of working in the insurance industry where I saw how healthcare as a human, if not sacred right, had been lost to greed, schemes, and profits.

My intention for this blog is to:

share our stories and the people who inspire us

♥ provide a safe forum to exchange ideas that facilitate meaningful conversations

The metal on stone art is in the garden next to The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NY

Just 90 Miles Away

Just 90 Miles Away

In 1997, I joined 150 Americans and Canadians to violate the decades-old U.S. embargo of Cuba. My reason for going was to see Cuba’s healthcare delivery system and after working in Miami to satisfy my curiosity about the island just 90 miles away. My trip was...

The Journey of a Title

The Journey of a Title

This is not about Meghan and Harry – no, not that title kerfuffle. This is about the journey of the title of my forthcoming memoir launching in April 2021. My memoir has had more names than a litter of puppies. It started off with the working title of My Story and...

Manufacturing Hate

Manufacturing Hate

I just experienced my first ever “book shaming” at a local coffeeshop. After I’d settled in with my latté and muffin, I took a book out of my carry bag. Because it was close quarters, I felt the man next to me shift in his chair to see what I was reading. I admit to...


I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coming Soon!

Exciting News!

The Red Kitchen:
A Memoir

To be published by She Writes Press.
Publication date  is April 6, 2021

What was it like growing up in your family? Mine was impeccable in public but behind closed doors—deeply flawed.

An unhappy mother and a secretive father turned me into a poignant and observant narrator for the family. I remember almost everything—save for one event that changed my life forever.


Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

– Rumi

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