Debbie LaChusa

memoir

I Decided Against Surgery for My Dog’s Torn CCL

My golden retriever Faith, sporting her pretty purple custom Posh Dog Knee Brace for her torn CCL

Why I didn’t follow the “gold standard of treatment”–TPLO surgery–for my dog’s torn CCL, and how she’s doing despite going against the vet’s recommendations. “Uh-oh,” my husband said, as Faith came in from her morning potty break. “What?” I replied. “She’s limping, again,” he said. We’d only been home one week from a trip to …

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Women Who Inspire: She Was Only Five Foot Two but She Was a Force

On my wedding day, with Grandma C standing with us. I'm wearing the wedding dress and veil I made myself.

The small but mighty pioneer who inspired me to start my own business This story was originally written and published in Age of Empathy on Medium, in response to a writing prompt: Women Who Inspire, in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023. I don’t know much about her life before I knew her. From …

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I Found Hope on the Internet. She’s been my refuge ever since.

Hope, my golden retriever, at nine months old

I walk downstairs and into the kitchen. My husband is sitting at the table with his laptop open and a big smile on his face. As I enter the room, he swings the computer around. A cherubic golden face fills the screen. “Oh my God,” I say. “It’s Hope!” My husband looks at me, puzzled. …

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I Just Completed a Memoir Writing Course, Now What?

memoir writing course taught me writing memoir is an unraveling

I enrolled in an online memoir writing course last November. Twelve weeks. Twelve lessons. All taught by an award-winning, best-selling memoirist. It’s one of the smartest (I’m patting myself on the back!) decisions I could have made. Although I’ve been writing my entire adult life, I didn’t know what I didn’t know about writing memoir, …

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I Asked Dad To Send Me A Sign Before He Died. He Sent Me a Hummingbird.

Hummingbird with quote

Hummingbirds are considered a sign, that the spirit of a loved one who has passed, may be near. This story was originally published in The Memoirist on Medium. I first saw the delicate, hand-carved hummingbird tied to the bottom of a birdhouse, hanging in the sunroom. Handcrafted of tightly twisted twigs, the birdhouse was the …

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Writing is Prohibited

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The email landed in my inbox on Saturday afternoon. That’s when they always arrive. Every week, a new chapter released, with video and text lessons, interviews, suggested reading, and of course writing exercises. The subject line read, Writing is Prohibited. I breathed a sigh of relief. After beginning the memoir writing course with an excited …

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