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.”

Welcome to My Blog

More love, less hate
More health, less profit

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

There is far too much hate in the world and not enough love.  In writing my forthcoming memoir, The Opposite of Hate, I rediscovered the power of love and understanding as well as the role hate played in my own life.

My other focus of this blog comes from my work-in-progress, Something Better. In it I reveal how broken our healthcare system truly is through the lens of my years working in the industry. There is far too much profit-making when health is a human right, not a luxury. It’s a topic I want to write about as well as provide a place for others to share their thoughts and experiences.

The objectives of this blog are:

Develop the power of empathy (not pity or sympathy) that allows us to stand in someone else’s shoes.

Provide a safe forum to exchange ideas that facilitate meaningful conversations on these two topics.

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

Please join me in this endeavor – what I think of as the Empathy Project.

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 the working title of My Story and then...

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...

Reworking the Workplace

Reworking the Workplace

I wish that when we talk about polarization we were only talking about how to protect polar bear habitats in the Arctic. But, alas, now the term’s most common meaning refers to the act of dividing, often people and opinions, into completely separate groups. We’ve gone...


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

Other Makers

Alita Zurav Letwin

September 17, 1932 – January 16, 2020

Alita Letwin was smart, funny, kind, and an inspiration to people of all ages.

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

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with Joan…

Louise Aronson

“I realized that the most important stories, and the ones that make my work so meaningful…

Nancy Canyon

She is truly a maker—memoirist, poet, painter, and more—everything but a candlestick maker.

The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project

It’s 2:00 a.m. and there is something bad happening in my house. This isn’t the first time but tonight something is different.

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Andrew Shattuck McBride is an editor, a friend, and…

From Website Willies to Wonderful

“Would you try to fix your car given your skill set?” she asked, as comforting as this no-nonsense person can be. I got the message and set out to find such a person with “make a website” on her resume.

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