I'm glad you stopped by. Although I'm not here "streaming live" to greet you, I assure you I am fully ALIVE as I write this, and that I sincerely appreciate your curiosity and time investment.
Whether you ventured to this page because you've already read one or a dozen of my books, heard me speak, subscribe to the TwinkleGram, discovered me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or read my Traveling Laughs blog--or perhaps you even landed here by accident (all hail cosmic glitches!)--I hope cruising a few of these pages will help you find what you're looking for (my calendar, or perhaps a new book release?), and better introduce you to the "variety pack" of me.
For over two decades of writing and speaking, my passionate pursuit to entertain and rejuvenate using humor (I love to laugh-especially at myself), uncommon wisdom, and passionate insights has been affirmed through countless calls, letters, and evaluation sheets. A reader recently e-mailed, "There is so much depression and sadness in this world. I applaud you for reminding all of us to treasure the moments in our lives, and for encouraging us to find joy in the little things. What you do helps so many to rise above the heaviness of life and live, and laugh, and face another day, so thanks!!!!" That is exactly why I keep doing what I do.
I am a firm believer in the power of story (short or book-length, funny or insightful, real or fiction, on stage or page) to accomplish my purpose, which is to remind you: Don't Miss Your Life! Whether you're tuning into me live or in print, fasten your seatbelt. I promise you a wild, fun, provocative, heart-warming ride.
ABOUT FINDING OUR WAY HOME When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries limit her as much as her mother’s recent death haunts her. Concluding she can’t recover alone, Sasha reluctantly hires a temporary live-in aide. Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is delicate, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing to Sasha’s iciness, and undaunted where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity. “Fans of Jan Karon will adore Charlene Baumbich’s warmth, wisdom, and inspiration.” —Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times best-selling author of Call Me Irresistible “An endearing read of gifts…unlikely friendships, perseverance of will, enduring love, and without pause, the ever present gift of grace…all discovered amidst life’s most untimely hardships.” —Tresa Mott, The Next Chapter Book & Gift Boutique and Tresa Mott’s School of Dance “Descriptive passages of this story immerse one in a tender tale of hope and love. This touching story is a reminder to all of us that even the dark moments of our lives can be transformed through our own power and through true friendship.” —Kenneth von Heidecke, world-renowned choreographer “The book is an enthralling read that made me both laugh and cry. I literally couldn’t put it down. I suspect you will feel the same way.” —Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, reviewer Alma Bond
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 7/26/2010 REVIEW for Divine Appointments: "Josie Brooks is not interested in disruption. Everything in her life is organized, minimal, and efficient. A successful business consultant in Chicago with a type-A personality, she ruthlessly identifies and slashes any source of economic wastefulness with complete disregard for the employees themselves. Soon, everyone at Diamond Mutual calls her "The Dragon" as she orders the termination of decent, hardworking people for the sake of profit. Josie's rigid life, however, mysteriously begins to unravel when a strangely alluring snow globe appears at her apartment. Soon afterward, Josie is forced to confront her own flaws and fears, beginning an emotional journey toward love, friendship, mourning, and new beginnings. A wide range of characters flesh out this latest installment of Baumbich's (Stray Affections) Snow Globe series, most emerging impressively from the narrative. Particularly noteworthy is Baumbich's ability to make Josie likable even at the height of her self-centeredness. Readers familiar with the first book in the series will note that the place, plot, and characters in the second book are all new, but having a second chance is still a central theme. (Sept.)
--For more reviews for DIVINE APPOINTMENTS, please click on my Purpose and Press tab--
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 7/6/2009 REVIEW for Stray Affections: Inspirational novelist Baumbich (Dearest Dorothy series) presents readers with a lovely story of forgiveness, restoration and a dash of hopeful whimsy thrown in for pure pleasure. Baumbich, whose nonfiction is frequently self-deprecating and thoroughly comedic, offers her fiction fans a tale that is "flurrious" with the unexpected and unimagined as Cassandra Higgins, mom to four young boys and day-care provider, sets upon a course of self-discovery after purchasing a snow globe. Cassandra, whose father committed suicide and whose mother barely, and bitterly so, continues to face life one day at a time, revisits her childhood pain as she gazes into this glass globe containing three dogs and a girl resembling herself. This young mother realizes that even with a loving husband, children and a life absent of any major catastrophe, the past continues to wield a mighty force that shapes present-day attitudes and lingering emotional afflictions. Baumbich reaches deep into the heart’s recesses, but does so with the precision of the most skilled emotional physician. For that, her readers will feel nothing but gratitude. (Sept.)
Kornflake, my literary and famous dog, is also tail-waggin' happy you stopped by. He wants you to know that he not only appears in the Dearest Dorothy series, but that he typed (literally!) a line in Don't Miss Your Life!(I speculate as to its prayerful meaning in the book), and served as my foot warmer, my inspiration and my wonderful muse during the writing of Stray Affections, a book about DOGS, and snowglobes, and second chances. He is also pleased to announce the results of his DNA. Click here for the startling combo!
As one of my Facebook followers said the day I posted this picture on my FB page, "I think I'm in love!" Exactly.