The second most exciting thing in life for me has always been learning something new. The first? Getting to share what I’ve learned with others. My life has given me so many opportunities to do both—as a professor (retired), as a historical novelist, and as a cruise lecturer.
My goal as a historical novelist is to provide you, the reader, with high-quality fiction about women and the forgotten and undervalued roles they played in their societies. Whether it’s the real-life physicist Emilie du Chatelet, the literary heroine Penelope, or women who have sprung entirely from my imagination, I offer you stories true to the facts of a time and place, to bring history alive for you and make you feel as much a part of other cultures as you do your own.
As a world-wide lecturer for several cruise lines, I use my career as a college professor of humanities to find the stories that make travel more exciting and memorable.
If you have either met me recently or been in my life since I was a teenager (or younger), you may know me by my birth name, Laurel Weeks. I have been using this name in my private life for several years.
Please check back from time to time for updates on my new projects and schedule, and drop me a line at email@example.com to let me know you’re out there reading and traveling!
From my diary
- Nine MonthsIvan died nine months ago, the same length of time it took to bring him into life. Today is his birthday, so after Ivan has now been the same length as before. In between were forty-three years. This photo was taken forty-one years ago today, when his more birthday-experienced big brother Adriano was showing him how to blow out the two candles on his cake. I recently read something to the effect that the body often moves forward too quickly in the aftermath of a great loss. There is, after all, so much that needs to be done. But in this … Read more
- Forgiving Better, Part 2Note: I posted the first part of my Rosh HaShanah talk yesterday. If you didn’t see that, you might want to scroll down to the bottom of this post and open the link to that one first A very smart friend of mine once suggested that the first task in forgiving is to ask yourself the question, “am I willing to forgive?” That’s a game ender unless you can answer truthfully that you are. To forgive you have to be willing to level the playing field. You have to be comfortable with the idea that they’re only a fallible … Read more
- Forgiving Better, Part 1The High Holy Days are an immensely helpful and mercilessly focused guide for the process of self-inventory, seeking forgiveness, and atonement, and they can serve as a template for non-Jews as well. But though we hear a lot about the importance of asking for forgiveness, there’s one aspect about which we get much less guidance : how to be an effective and honest forgiver. I confess, I am not very good at it. I’ve been carting around a couple of injuries inflicted long ago upon me. I am sure I am not alone in that. Has anyone reading this been spared? … Read more