Why I Wrote “An Uncommon Life”

Recently one of my customers asked, “What prompted you to write a book about your daughter?” After all, Cedar has been gone for close to nine years, and our family has found closure and a measure of peace regarding her loss.

I thought a moment and answered, “I think Cedar would want her story to be told.” I can imagine my daughter’s voice: I had some success as an artist in only twenty years. Just think what a person could do with an extra fifty!

Besides being a memoir of Cedar’s life, this is a book for artists. Young artists, old artists, and “I want to be an artist” artists. It is the story of my daughter, a gifted child who taught herself how to draw, write and act.

Artistic triumphs blossomed throughout her short life, one after another, like a morning glory vine in early summer.  Of course Cedar had many wonderful influences; a grade school teacher who encouraged our seven-year-old poet, several marvelous dance teachers and an art instructor in middle school who insisted her students not be cowed by “critics.”

But it was Cedar who spent eight hours a day drawing, writing and studying the acting and film-making techniques of the old stars like Buster Keaton and Kathryn Hepburn.

My hope is that  An Uncommon Life serves as a reminder to create your own art, whatever that may be, joyfully and often.

2 Responses to “Why I Wrote “An Uncommon Life””

  1. Alissa says:

    Hello, Merry.

    I bought some of your jewelry and book at the MVC in OH in February 2011 (this year). I gave some of the jewelry as a gift at an event the same night (the recipient loved it) and wear a mouse pin on my lab coat at work. What an honor to get a glimpse of Cedar’s life! I’ll be ordering the DVD for more and to help carry on her dream.

    Thank you and hope to see you again next year!

  2. Merry says:

    Hello Alissa,

    I haven’t been by for a while, apologies for not seeing your comment! And such a good one, too. I am so glad you were able to have that glimpse into her life. She would have been 30 years old this month. – Merry

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