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The website of Barbara Brabec
author and self-publisher, book manuscript editor, and author's consultant

Self-employed at home for most of her adult life, Barbara Brabec continues to move in new directions as an author and independent publisher, speaker, and author's consultant. This site reflects her professional and personal interests, philosophy, and beliefs. (But it's now in the process of change. See notice below.)

Important Notice - January 2019

THIS SITE HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE since the turn of the century, and now it's time to completely redesign it and update its content. A combination of changing technology and my new life and work interests have necessitated a move to a Word Press blog as soon as I can find the time to do all this work. I don't know how long this will take, but until I'm finished, the site as you see it now will remain intact.

Then suddenly one day the old site's content will vanish and the new Word Press site will emerge. The domain name will be the same, but only some of the old site's content will reappear. Articles and information that will suddenly vanish will be those in the Home-Biz, Crafts Industry, and Computertalk departments. You may wish to read some of these articles now before they disappear from the Web.

CLICK HERE to join my mailing list and read my special announcement about how the Brabec Bulletin will also change in 2019. On that page you can also link to my new article and personal update, "What I Did in 2018 That Changed My Life."

New "Dog Memoir" Book in Progress

I ONCE SAID THAT "Old writers never die; they just change their subjects." Since the publication of my first memoir about my life with a drummer named Harry, I've been most interested in writing in direct response to the call of my heart. And that call is what prompted me to document the life and writings of my amazing mother in my second memoir and biography. It's also what prompted me to begin the writing of a third memoir in August about Ginger, the remarkable dog Harry and I rescued in the deep woods of Missouri in the seventies. This will be my first work of fiction—a "dog memoir" based on the dog's true and dramatic life story told from two points of view in alternating chapters in Ginger's voice and mine.

This book has been living in my heart ever since Ginger found her Golden Pastures in 1984, and it is unlike any other book I'll ever write. It was nothing short of a miracle that Harry and I found this abandoned dog after she had been running wild for six months, and our lives changed overnight after we rescued her, literally from the jaws of death. (See photo of Ginger with Harry HERE.)

Originally, we just planned to save Ginger, clean her up, and then take her to the Pound for adoption, but she quickly won our hearts and then surprised us with a litter of puppies. Our life with Ginger was an adventure from start to finish as we taught her to communicate with us and adapt to our unusual lifestyle as we moved from place to place and traveled the country. After all these years, she still comes to me in my dreams, always smelling like fresh-popped corn.

I feel like both Harry and Ginger are accompanying me as I write this book, and from the early interest in it that I've had from a few people in my network, I believe that the publication of this book will also be life-changing for me in ways I can only dream about now.

 

Memorial Pages

A Widow's Thoughts and Advice—Barbara's series of articles for widows and other grieving hearts.  

 

a pair of Harry's rosewood drumsticks

BARBARA AND HARRY BRABEC—partners in both life and business for nearly 44 years. Barbara's memoir of their unusual and adventurous musical life together is documented in THE DRUMMER DRIVES!