Lenore HirschI have always loved writing but became serious about exploring my interests in journalism, poetry, travel writing, and humor after retiring.

I grew up on the east coast, attending state universities in New York and Massachusetts. I spent the summer after college in San Francisco and got hooked.  Soon after, I made a permanent escape to the west coast and have been in the Bay Area ever since.  I taught kids with special needs at the middle school level and eventually became an administrator.

In 2013,  I published My Leash on Life, Foxy’s View of the World from a Foot Off the Ground, my dog’s memoir, told by him. In 2018 I published a collection of poetry, Leavings, as well as a book of humorous essays about aging, Laugh and Live, Advice for Aging Boomers. All of my books are on See my publishing page, Laughing Oak.

I was instrumental in founding the Napa Valley branch of the California Writers Club. I write occasional features for the Napa Valley Register; a doggie blog, My Leash on Life; a restaurant blog, Lunch Encounter; poetry and travel pieces. I have been published in Napa Valley Life, UUWorld, and various journals and anthologies. I am also an avid amateur photographer.

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Reading at Chapter One Books, Hamilton, MT