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.”

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.


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

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

What’s in a Word?

What’s in a Word?

Now that The Red Kitchen is on its way to an April publication, I am free to work on my next memoir. The current title is Pre-Existing Conditions and takes up my dubious rise in the health insurance industry. And my retreat to a Missouri farm where I launched a second...

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

I’m passing on you filling my stocking this year and request you fill a few for others on my behalf. And best wishes to the Missus who each year goes unmentioned except in a few ho-ho-hum songs. Let me start with something personal and move out into the wider world...

Social In-Security

Social In-Security

We all face risks to our economic security throughout our lifetime including loss of wages, outliving one’s savings in retirement, and high health care costs at any age. In the US, we claim to meet these and other personal disasters through various social insurance...


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

– Rumi

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