Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Magazine for Widow/ers: FREE July online issue

Developing Strategies for Living Well after Loss

Free July online issue

East Lyme, Conn.— The new magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, is now available online. The public can receive free access to the July 2014 issue at


Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., of East Lyme, Conn., founded Pathfinder to explore and share the successful practices of widow/ers—artists, politicians, teachers and historical figures—who have learned to live well after loss.


Dr. Moore said, “What makes Pathfinder unique is the slant on how widow/ers need to look at everyday issues in new ways. It is a community where they can ask advice of experts and of each other to find strategies for developing a life of joy and purpose.”


In addition to compassionate and honest sharing of experiences among widows and widowers, Pathfinder includes practical advice on managing finances, health, relationships, travel, and home and car maintenance.


The July 2014 issue of Pathfinder features a widow who found new meaning by pursuing a career in art; famous widower Norman Rockwell who took a non-art class that changed his life; and a widow who is perpetuating her husband's memory by continuing his forestry work.


Moore is the author of the soon-to-be released book, “Common Sense: Strategies for Living a Joyful and Meaningful Life after Loss.” A noted speaker and workshop facilitator on end-of-life and survivor issues, she is a member of Toastmasters International and has achieved Distinguished Toastmaster level. She is the owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme.


For more information, contact Dr. Moore at or visit


Photo caption: Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc. Photo by Stephen W. Moore.

Contact Dr. Moore directly for availability of magazine excerpts and images.  

About the Publisher

Joanne Z. Moore, PT, DHSc., lives in East Lyme, Connecticut. In addition to publishing Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, she is the owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC.

When Moore was widowed in 2009 after 37 years of marriage, she found few resources to help her negotiate the new path her life had taken. She said, “Being widowed is not a stage of life that most of us prepare for very well. When it happens, we need role models and friends to support us as we transition to a new way of living.”


Moore’s 40 years of experience as a physical therapist has taught her to value life at every stage, despite tragedy. She has observed people learning to adapt to a new, fulfilling life of purpose even after serious injury and degenerative diseases. She has learned that the people who are happiest are those who can find the good in new situations. She drew upon this experience when her own husband was diagnosed with cancer. She intentionally made the last stage of her marriage rich in love. Her husband commented that they saved the best for last, as it was a time of great intimacy and harmony. They valued that time together as much as they valued each stage of their marriage. After his death in 2009 after 37 years of marriage, she continues to live intentionally. She honors his memory by managing 260 acres of forestland that he intended to help with his grandchildren’s mortgages.


Moore’s Pathfinder magazine supports the widow/er by telling stories of how other people have managed this stage of life. Stories are as varied as the individuals experiencing their unique struggle. Some describe common pitfalls, and some are inspirational.


In addition to speaking on physical health, end-of-life and survivor issues, Dr. Moore presents a variety of lectures of interest to widow/ers and staff who work with them. Widow/er topics of interest include “Process for Decision Making”; “Common Financial Mistakes”; “Charting a Course for the Future”; “Rediscovering Joy and Purpose”; and “Developing Personal and Professional Goals.”


Moore earned her doctorate in Health Sciences from the University of St. Augustine. She studied physical therapy at Quinnipiac University, Conn., and earned a master’s degree in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Resume Lisa Saunders of Mystic, Conn.

Lisa Saunders

PO Box 389, Mystic, CT 06355                  

SUMMARY: Skilled in press releases, public relations, marketing, writing, editing and desktop publishing. Author of several books and TV talk show host. Sponsor family for Coast Guard cadets.

EDUCATION: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B. S., Business Management and Marketing


Independent writing/publicity consultant, Nov. 2010 – Present: Write press releases, newsletters, marketing materials, and edit publications for several clients including National Field Service Corporation, Rockland Community College and Daughters of the American Revolution (Groton Chapter).


Mystic Seaport: Mystic, CT, 2010 - Present

Part-time Historical Interpreter: Orally present Mystic’s ship-building history and artifacts to the general public.


State University of New York at Rockland, Suffern, NY, 2006 – Oct. 29, 2010 (presently consulting)

Campus Communications Assistant

  • Promoted events and programs to the media, authoring press releases and alumni newsletter, SCENE, with quarterly circulation of 35,000. Located and interviewed successful students and alumni for human interest stories. Initiated and ran successful “Open Mike Nights for Writers.”
  • Used Twitter, Facebook, and RCC Speakers Bureau as additional promotional tools, which resulted in newspaper coverage of the college and faculty.
  • Composed brochures and edited catalogs.

Key Accomplishments

  • Awarded by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations, District I: Gold Medallion for Academic Convocation Booklet (2010); Silver for Departmental Brochures (2010); and Bronze for ad print series, which featured noteworthy alumni (2009). 
  • Received national coverage on Fox and Friends and in Associated Press through press releases relating the circumstances of individual students or faculty to current events.

National Field Service Corp., Suffern, NY, 1998 – 2008 (presently consulting as Field Director)

Recruiter / Marketing Specialist for consulting company

Interviewed approximately 80 candidates monthly and communicated with clients on employment needs in the utility, communications, and right-of-way industries. Represented company at job fairs and coordinated marketing events, including annual 100-guest Christmas party and sleepover event at West Point Academy. Placed many applicants with AT&T. Maintained database of applicants in People Trak.

PUBLIC SPEAKER                                 

Topics:  How to Turn a Writing Hobby into a Career… Internet Marketing...How to Get Free Publicity…How to Get Published/Self-Published…How to Write Memoirs…How to Promote Your Business (or yourself)…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Books by Lisa Saunders with image, summary, reviews

Jpeg images of all book covers (includes ISBNs, publishing dates, etc). Books are available online and through author by writing to her at:

Genre(s): Non-fiction, memoir
Author Lisa Saunders says “no” to daughter Jackie’s pleas for a dog, fearing it will be too rambunctious around her disabled little sister Elizabeth. But she does make her a promise she thinks she will never have to honor: “If God brings a dog to our door, then you can have it.” In the meantime, the family wrestles with a series of dysfunctional pets: a flesh-eating hamster, an attack cat, killer ants and a very stinky rabbit. Then one day, the unexpected happens: a shivering, dirty puppy shows up at their door. But is this dog really Heaven-sent?
Plus: Latest news on how to prevent the far-reaching but little publicized effects of congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus), the #1 viral cause of birth defects—causes more disabilities than Down syndrome.
2-3 testimonials/reviews:
"Sheds light on a disorder that is preventable and not talked about enough. If you're an animal lover, you'll love the critter tales as much as the special-needs storyline...really lifted my spirits."
"Saunders takes readers on a road trip as harrowing as any Dog Whisperer training challenge...Beyond the laughs about a dizzying pet search, Saunders' dog tale is about a mother who candidly reveals her family's burden, love, and acceptance of a daughter born with severe disabilities-and the people, and pets, forever touched by her life." — Rockland Magazine

"Very touching, moving, personal; a joy to read. I laughed out loud and I cried. I congratulate Lisa on producing a very good piece of work.”
Gail J Demmler-Harrison MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Congenital CMV Disease Registry and Research Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Genre(s): Non-fiction
Brief Description for each book: Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife
The transcribed letters of Charles McDowell and his wife, Nancy, display remarkable devotion, and offer readers a unique perspective of the Civil War. These letters contain little known details about: hangings, prostitution, amputations, desertions, theft and murder among Union troops. Charles also describes personal contacts with Lincoln and Seward (of "Seward's Alaskan Folly"); battles of Cold Harbor, Jerusalem Plank Road, Monocacy, Opequon, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek; the Siege of Petersburg; Mosby's Men; and the Shenandoah Valley and Appomattox Campaign. The Ninth Heavy Artillery was a part of the Sixth Corps. This story is cohesive and informative yet charming and romantic in a very personal way. Vintage photographs enhance the text.
Where your book is available for sale: Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife is available through the publisher, Heritage Books;  author; and  Amazon.
2-3 testimonials/reviews:
"The story of how the marriage between Charles and Nancy survives separation, disease, the threat of death, and malicious gossip is compelling." Pamela Goddard, Ithaca Times
"Unusual ..."American Civil War Magazine
"An intimate portrayal of the relationship between a husband and wife that makes them interesting reading for anyone." Civil War News
 "I could not put the book down, it was fascinating at several levels. The story is wonderful as a view of a marriage under difficult circumstances and as military history. It is also fascinating to read of the gossip and moral lapses among the folks left behind. I enjoyed the down-to-earth language of Nancy and Charles and got several chuckles from their expressions. It is also interesting from the standpoint of a farming community coping with the loss of so many workers. I always wondered how they managed, this story helped me see. It was a great month-by-month list of chores and plantings and harvestings and just plain fun, like sleigh rides. You'll also get some insight into political opinions and racial attitudes among these folks in Central New York." D. Montano 

Book Title(s): Mystic Seafarer's Trail
Genre(s): Non-fiction: Travel memoir, New England History
Brief Description: Mystic Seafarer's Trail--A historical–and sometimes hysterical–journey to the “7 Wonders of Mystic” and beyond.
When most people think of the quaint seacoast village of Mystic, they think of the movie, “Mystic Pizza.” Yet when they visit this maritime community, they find a lot more than pizza! National Geographic named Mystic one of the top 100 adventure towns in the United States.
Want to embark on your own adventure in the greater Mystic area? Then follow the path featured in the adventure guide Mystic Seafarer’s Trail by local author Lisa Saunders.  Within its pages  you’ll uncover little-known facts behind  the “7 Wonders of Mystic,” Amelia Earhart’s secret wedding location, the sea captain who accidentally discovered Antarctica and several tragic shipwrecks off Watch Hill, R.I. You will also learn hidden stories behind Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, which houses the “Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below” exhibit. Read eye-witness accounts from residents about what it was like when Julia Roberts came to town to star in “Mystic Pizza.” Other locals you’ll meet include an old fisherman whose cousin is listed among those lost at sea on Stonington’s Fishermen’s Memorial and Ernie the Ledge Light Ghost.

The book also includes information about how to kayak under the drawbridge to pick up an ice cream order and where to paddle to the partially submerged schooner Marmion. Valuable tips include what NOT to wear for seal watching in the winter, where to thaw out afterwards, and how to picnic “Mystic Style” for excursions on historic vessels in warmer months. Learn about Mystic’s free bike sharing program.

About the author: While searching for the Seven Wonders of Mystic with her beagle/basset hound, author Lisa Saunders uncovers the secrets behind the Titanic’s shoes, Amelia Earhart’s Noank wedding and Captain Sisson’s hunt for gold. But will she ever find an adventure of her own—one that will make her thin and famous? Then it happens: when walking the Mystic Seafarer’s Trail (which she designed for those who don’t like to go uphill), she meets a blind sailor who invites her on a long winter voyage. Can this landlubber defy squalls, scurvy, and her fear of scraping barnacles to survive this epic journey?
Mystic Seafarer’s Trail can be purchased online, through the author and at these locations.
Also see Mystic Seafarer’s Trail: Self-Guided Tour Map
“You will laugh out loud at Lisa’s adventures in this part travel guide, part historical reference and completely hilarious tale.” Bree Shirvell, Editor, Stonington-Mystic Patch
 “Author Lisa Saunders has mastered the art/science/gift of writer-reader communication. She’s not writing at you; she’s talking to you…no holds barred. Her frequently disarming candor evokes reader reactions ranging from chuckle to head-shaking laughter.“ George Nammack, Long Island Boating World
Lisa Saunders has written an engaging and solidly researched narrative which should capture the attention of all who are interested in early New England history and the traditions of the sea that were one of its foundations.” David S. Martin, PhD., Professor/Dean Emeritus, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC 

Genre(s): Juvenile fiction
Brief Description for each book: Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator is a test of young courage. Lisa is a chubby city girl searching for friendship and excitement. She leaves home, and the elevators and bullies of a big apartment complex, to spend a summer in the country at her grandparents’ farm. Culture shock! Accompanied only by her loyal beagle, Donald Dog, Lisa faces a summer in a very different environment with its own challenges and dangers. Using an outhouse is the least of her problems! She is terrified of her new pony. Lisa’s grandfather is injured by a charging cow and needs her to ride the pony to get help. Remembering Grandma’s lesson about how love overcomes fear, she pushes herself past her anxieties to ride alone and obtain the help he needs. Also includes recipes from grandma’s kitchen.Where your book is available for sale: Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator is available through the author and Amazon.
2-3 testimonials/reviews:

“A ‘warm fuzzy’ in paperback form. It is a tangible tale for storytelling that provides a springboard for discussion between children and adults.” Ruth Zwick, Educational Director, Sentinel Publications
“A special treat for children and adults!” Mary K. Henderberg, Editor Wayne County Star
Ride a Horse Not an Elevator is a refreshing tale of a young city girl lucky enough to still have grandparents living on a farm.  Using the horse as a magnet, we have tied Lisa’s story of life’s lessons in this child-friendly setting to agriculture, the care of horses and horse nutrition, to human nutrition and good eating habits, fitness and exercise.” Jeannie Griffiths, Cornell Cooperative Extension Horse Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University

Available through author, Amazon, Lisa's Guide for Writers: How to get published & self-published and as free e-book on Smashwords.

"A great resource for writers and people who want to change the world. I highly recommend it for people who want to spread a message or promote their work."  Faye Hollidaye


"I love it. Lisa gives a lot of practical advice that's worked for her during her career. I have recommended this book to follow writers on two of my websites and have referred back to it multiple times." Dominique Rambert

Available through author, Amazon, Shays' Rebellion: The Hanging of Co-Leader, Captain Henry Gale;  and as e-book on Smashwords.

"Henry Gale was a survivor, as Lisa Saunders so ably illustrates in this fascinating account of his close encounter with death. He lived in perilous times, not only as a soldier of the Revolution, but as one of the leaders of Shays' Rebellion. His revolution lasted from 1775 till he left Massachusetts for the wilds of Vermont about 1790 and eventually upstate New York about 1800. Not to be missed!" David Sisson

"Tremendous Details of My Family History and the political actions of the time and era. Good read on my ancestor." Carolyn Johnson

Also available as a free e-book, The Woodcutter’s Tale is a tender fairytale for all ages about the process of healing after the death of a loved one. The afterword, written by Julie Russell, LCSW, seeks to help individuals understand the grieving process and to return to a life with purpose and meaning. This booklet includes Lisa’s story of how she's trying to move forward in a way that will honor the memory of her child.

Available through author; Amazon, Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale; free e-book on Smashwords.

"Please do not let this book pass you bye. The pictures and words are so very special. This is a simplistic story for children, parents, and grandparents alike who have ever dealt with the loss of a loved one-especially a child. This story expresses love, grief, and the most important hope of seeing our loved ones again. My family lost our 3 year old son recently, and this is a book I'm so happy to have. Not only is this special to our 5 year old son, but will be passed on to the many families around us who are facing the steps of life with heavy hearts of a loss. I'm so grateful this book has been written!!! Thank you!!!" Kendra M.

"A great quick read. For such a short book, it sure packs a punch. With honesty and radiance that only Lisa can provide, the reader gets a glimpse into the pain and healing that comes with the loss of a loved one. This book is very informative. I think that the CMV community is very fortunate to have Lisa as an advocate for them." Denise Ide

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lisa's Lazy Person's Guide to Home Management

Lisa's Lazy Person's Guide to Home Management

by Lisa Saunders (her hound Bailey is pictured above)

Are mundane chores preventing you from reaching your true potential--like becoming thin and famous? Over the years, I have found several ways to make routine tasks easier—especially for a lazy, always-on-a-diet person like me. If you're lazy too (or busy saving the world or raising children) and need some advice, or have a tip to share, please read on:

1. Gardening

Laziest way: Buy fake potted plants and put them outside. That's usually what I do--I’m not kidding! It mortifies my mother who is a true gardener, but for drive-by's, I doubt they can tell the difference (one winter, however, I was too lazy to put my red begonias inside so they me gave away as they sat there getting faded yet still blooming in the snow).

Lazies who want to make an effort: Buy plants from a friend’s plant sale fundraiser and hire your friend’s kid to plant them (at least you're maintaining friendships when you do that). Warning: you’ll have to pray for rain all summer long or you’ll be out there watering them every few days.

2. Maintaining/cultivating friendships

Laziest way: Just give up. I saw a movie recently where the leading lady said, “I can’t have girlfriends, because then I'll have to remember their birthdays.” (By the way, if your friend is a true friend, she would just self-address a card and give it to you a week before her birthday.)

Lazies who want to make an effort: If you’re too lazy to enter your friends’ birthdays on a google calendar that can be set to remind you, then you’ll have to be thoughtful other times of year. For example, if your friend produces a CD, buy it, or if they approach you with a catalog from their child’s school fundraiser, buy something. If you don’t need it, give it away as a gift. If you can’t afford to buy anything, promise them that when you have to do a fundraiser, you won’t bother them!

3. Cleaning

Laziest way: Hire a housekeeper who doesn't speak your language (so they can't blab to all your friends about what a slob you are).

Lazies who want to make an effort: Get rid of all knickknacks—be honest, you never dust them and they cover your table surfaces that you need for piling papers on. When people ask you what you want for birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc., ask them to clean your house for a couple of hours or to hire someone to clean it. That way you get what you really want and you are making it known to everyone that you just can’t handle doodads in your house.

4. Meals

Laziest way: dine at a drive-thru.

Lazies who want to make an effort: it’s all about the crockpot and pre-washed salad, canned/frozen vegetables and prepackaged soup mixes. Never fall for those crockpot recipes that make you sauté or brown something first—we’re trying to save steps here. I am getting my “weight loss” crockpot recipes from a free weight loss site I joined (they give you a diet and track your weight—if you’re honest when plugging it in) at:

Sorry, there’s no getting out of going to the grocery store. But if you’re buying a lot of frozen and pre-packaged, chemical laden foods like I suggested, you probably only have to do major grocery shopping once a month since that kind of food lasts forever!

5. Christmas/Hanukkah Cards

Laziest way: Just say “No!” (But you better be in mourning or sick or something--otherwise, your friends WILL be offended unless you all agree beforehand not to exchange greetings.)

Lazies who want to make an effort: If you’re bad about remembering birthdays, then you really have no choice—you must send holiday greetings. Other than sending a form letter or a family/pet picture postcard, the easiest thing to do is to send an e-mail with the excuse that you are saving trees or on the cost of postage in order to donate to some noble cause. Right after 9/11, I used the anthrax scare as my excuse!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Captain Bill Palmer: Indiana Jones of the Sea

Shipwreck explorer, Captain Bill Palmer

Captain Bill Palmer: Indiana Jones of the Sea
Lisa Saunders

Need adventure in your life? Shipwreck explorer Captain Bill Palmer of Wallingford, Conn., not only offers sport fishing and shark cage diving from his charter vessel, but he’ll take you down to the tangled wrecks off Watch Hill and Block Island, R.I.

An Army paratrooper during the time of the Vietnam War, Palmer is now one of New England's leading authorities on underwater wrecks and has videotaped dozens of submarines, U-boats, and sunken vessels lost in East Coast waters. His expertise (and dramatic eccentricity) is highlighted in the best-selling book Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson because it was his advice the divers sought to identify a particular submarine. (Palmer told them to look in the electric motor room for a box of spare parts normally carried to make repairs. Those boxes have identifying tags on them specific to that particular boat.)

As owner operator of the charter vessel Thunderfish out of R.I. and Mystic, Conn., Captain Palmer has been diving since the late 1960s and knows the exact location of wrecks, including those where there was a large loss of life, such as the Metis and the Larchmont.*

Of the Metis, sunk in 1872 off Watch Hill, Captain Palmer said, “There’s not much left of her except for the machinery because worms in the water eat the wood. But beneath the sand, lies her cargo. I’ve found china, and friends of mine have found luggage tags with brass numbers on leather. One friend found a safe with steamship tickets inside.”

Even more souls were lost on the Larchmont one bitterly cold night in February 1907 when the steamer, bound for New York from Providence with 200 passengers, collided with a coal-laden schooner four miles southwest of Watch Hill Light. The vast majority of its panic stricken passengers were doomed when thrown from their beds as the bow of the schooner plowed deep into its hull. The few able to make to it to a lifeboat were largely underdressed and unable to survive the freezing temperatures to the shores of Block Island where many were found encased in ice. Palmer said you can still see the Larchmont’s paddlewheel sticking upright, looking very much like a Ferris wheel. He has found dishes and various ship fittings at the wreck site.

Palmer mentioned that in addition to the artifacts he’s found on shipwrecks, he has also discovered the skeletal remains of German sailors on the WWII submarine sunk seven miles off Block Island moments before the end of World War II in Europe. Highlighted in his new book, The Last Battle of the Atlantic, The Sinking of the U-853, which is packed with underwater images, he hopes the German remains will one day be returned to their families. 

Captain Palmer introduces his book, The Last Battle of the Atlantic, on his website: Out in the cold Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rhode Island, lies the remains of what was once a feared and mighty hunter. …It's what men feared the most when they went to sea aboard their vessel back in the World War II years. It's a German Submarine called a U-Boat. The U-853 was the last German submarine sunk in World War II. She was sunk with all hands just minutes before World War II ended. The once mighty hunter feared by all who put to sea, now lies in 130 feet of water off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, her grave marked only by a circle on the nautical charts, DANGER Unexploded Depth Charges, May 1945.” His book is available in area shops.

If you’re not a diver, you can still negotiate around a wreck’s numerous hazards and squeeze through a submarine’s deck hatches with Captain Palmer through his diving documentaries made by his production company, Thunderfish Video.

A noted story teller, Palmer enjoys giving the history of the people behind the maritime disasters and is a regular lecturer at venues such as the Beneath the Sea conference in N.J. Palmer also shares his advice willingly to would-be shipwreck discoverers looking for clues on where to find wrecks. For example, one place to start is to ask fishermen where their nets have been snagged or lost.

Captain Palmer is a licensed Coast Guard Captain and a dive instructor specializing in advanced wreck diving. He is an associate member of the Boston Sea Rovers and a member of the American Society of Oceanographers. His award-winning films have aired on the Discovery Channel, A&E, and Connecticut Public Television.

For more information about Captain Bill Palmer, his films, book, or to reserve your adventure aboard the Thunderfish, visit: or call (203) 269-0619.

*Author’s Note: The Metis and Larchmont shipwrecks are discussed in my book Mystic Seafarer's Trail and in my TV interview with Captain Bill Palmer, which includes clips of his dives  (you can locate the interview on YouTube by searching "Lisa Saunders and Captain Bill Palmer" or click on:


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More shipwrecks, famous dead people and ghosts in Mystic Seafarer’s Trail

Travel Memoir Mystic Seafarer’s Trail Revised

Includes More Shipwrecks, Famous Dead People and Ernie the Ledge Light Ghost


Mystic author Lisa Saunders has revised her travel memoir, Mystic Seafarer’s Trail, to include more shipwrecks off Watch Hill, famous dead people such as the missing headless major at Fort Griswold, and area ghosts including Ernie the Ledge Light Ghost.


Although her memoir ends differently, it still begins: Shortly after stepping out of my new home with my hound for our first stroll through the historic seacoast village of Mystic, a woman pulled over in her van and yelled, ‘Excuse me.’ Assuming she was a tourist wanting directions to Mystic Pizza or some other attraction, I wasn't prepared for what she really wanted to know: ‘Do you realize the back of your skirt is tucked into your underwear?’”

Saunders has since sprinkled new information throughout such as the mysterious tomb and calendar chambers hidden in Groton’s Gungywamp site. New chapters include how a beer shortage affected New England’s history, scary ghost stories from the Daniel Packer Inne and Denison Homestead, plus Lisa’s quest to turn her Mystic Stein Hoist win into a national one at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston.

The basic story line remains: While searching for the “7 Wonders of Mystic” with her beagle/basset hound, author Lisa Saunders uncovers the secrets behind the Titanic's shoes and Amelia Earhart's Noank wedding. But will she ever find an adventure of her own--one that will make her thin and famous? When walking the Mystic Seafarer's Trail (which Lisa designed for those who don't like to go uphill), she meets a blind sailor who invites her on a long, winter voyage. Can this plump writer defy squalls, scurvy, and her fear of scraping barnacles to survive this epic journey?

Lisa will present Mystic Seafarer’s Trail on:

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014, Noon

Books Sandwiched In, Stonington Free Library

20 High Street P.O. Box 232   |   Stonington, CT 06378   |   P. 860.535.0658

Upon conclusion of her presentation and question and answer time, Lisa Saunders will be on hand to autograph books. More info:

Bank Square Books also carries autographed copies of Mystic Seafarer’s Trail and it is available as an e-book. Visit Lisa at



About the Author: Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and local TV host living in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband and hound. She works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport, is the parent representative of the Congenital CMV Foundation and is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution (Anna Warner Bailey Chapter). A graduate of Cornell University, she is an instructor at New London Adult & Continuing Education and holds writing/publishing workshops for children and adults. A consulting publicist, she received the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Gold Medallion. Lisa can be reached directly at or visit her at:



Reviews (critics and “fans”)



“You will laugh out loud at Lisa’s adventures in this part travel guide, part historical reference and completely hilarious tale.” Bree Shirvell, Editor, Stonington-Mystic Patch


“Author Lisa Saunders has mastered the art/science/gift of writer-reader communication. She’s not writing at you; she’s talking to you…no holds barred. Her frequently disarming candor evokes reader reactions ranging from chuckle to head-shaking laughter.“ George Nammack, Long Island Boating World


“With a keen, self-deprecating wit, Saunders tells the tale of each of the 7 Wonders [of Mystic], beginning with Wonder #1, the whaleship Charles W. Morgan.” Windcheck magazine


“Lisa Saunders has written an engaging and solidly researched narrative which should capture the attention of all who are interested in early New England history and the traditions of the sea that were one of its foundations.” David S. Martin, Ph.D., Professor/Dean Emeritus, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC


“Mystic Seafarer's Trail is full of local history, adventure, misadventure, and laughs.  Lisa Saunders has thought long and hard about the historic homes, landmarks, graveyards, and dead people of Mystic, Connecticut.  As a newbie in an old seaside town, Lisa sets out to explore what life was, is, and will be (for her) in Mystic.  She brings with her basset/beagle hound, Bailey, and a unique, thoughtful, and - often - quite humorous perspective. As you walk the streets of this small seaside town with Lisa and you get to know her, you find yourself interested, engaged, and (seriously) laughing out loud. This book is perfect for Mystic area locals, history buffs (she's done her research), sightseers, and those who could use a good laugh.  And, if they ever make the "Mystic Seafarer's Trail - The Movie," Lisa should definitely be in it. (If you've read the book, you know what I mean ;-). If you live in, or are traveling to the Mystic, Connecticut area, this book is for you.” TripAdvisor (Suzanne Doukas Niermeyer)


"Hi Lisa - your book was a big hit at our son's wedding!  I sent the book out early so guests could read it while traveling to Mystic and everyone said it made their trip much more interesting." K.S.


“I found Lisa’s anticipation of her sailing adventure just plain entertaining and could relate to her internal dialogue, misgivings, and somewhat grandiose fantasies. She is a person worth spending time with.” Ann Kuehner, LCSW


“I laughed out loud on a number of occasions. It’s interesting, humorous and touching.” Glenn Gordinier, author of Surfing Cold Water: A New Englander's Off-Season Obsession


“This book is a splendid way to tie Mystic's history to life today—a bridge from the past to the present—for any age.” Lou Allyn, Masons Island


“An historical—and sometimes hysterical—look at Mystic. I can’t wait to visit!” Marianne Greiner, Illustrator, New York


“Entertaining, witty, informative—and cute! It covers a range of topics from personal loss to finding life, history and new friends.” Kristin Hartnett, Executive Director, Laughworks, Mystic, Connecticut


“What a read—fascinating!” Kathleen Poole, former Chesapeake Bay waterwoman





“If you're a native of coastal CT or even just love to go there on vacation (or want to), the Mystic Seafarer's Trail is a humorous and informational guide to the area through the eyes of local author Lisa Saunders and her dog Bailey. Through mishaps like a skirt being tucked into underwear and a sailing trip gone awry, you get a taste of the area and will laugh along the way. I would highly recommend for fans of Bill Bryson and Jenny Lawson, or people looking for a good read.” Jackie T.


“Mystic Seafarer's Trail is an adventure that takes you through a journey in a wonderful and humorous way. The author does an amazing job in making this book a very addicting book to read that truly I did not want to put down. It was a great journey of which I laughed, cried, and captured new meaning into my own life.” Kendra M.


“This author has a way of making even the most routine activities of life, like walking her dog, into a search for adventure. With her slightly self-deprecatory sense of humor, the author, a newcomer to Mystic, learns the local etiquette as well as the lore and legends of this seaside town. Readers will learn about a wide variety of topics ranging from shipwrecks to genealogy to how to become an extra in a movie. You will enjoy the author's friendly tone as she explores the history of the region and tries to create a little history of her own. Enjoyable and informative read.” ThatzRight


“So enjoyed reading this book--Lisa has a great way of storytelling--can hardly wait to visit Mystic and see where all of these adventures took place :)”  Marti Perhach


“It is really amazing to be reading a book that is written about the area in which I live. Gained a lot of knowledge about the history of the locations.” Lorraine M Sanborn


“Mystic Seafarer's Trail is funny, fun and informative. Funny because Lisa Saunders' adventures (real and imagined) made me smile and yes laugh! Fun because the author captured the spirit that historians experience as they undertake their adventures of discovery. Fun because the serendipity of finding "cousins" in a cemetery is not lost on any researcher. Informative? Well that is obvious. I learned a lot about Mystic and Lisa - and it was all interesting. I can't wait to visit Mystic again - and walk the Seafarer's Trail!” Marjory


“Settling into a new town is never easy but for Lisa Saunders and her hound Bailey the process is more adventure than nesting. From the very first page to the last you'll laugh out loud. And anyone with a fondness of Mystic, Conn, will appreciate the tour of the tiny village and the history Saunders was able to uncover. Saunders has created a hilarious story that is part travel guide, part memoir and part historical reference.” Bridget Shirvell


“Interesting read makes you think and wonder. drift into the past and travel with the sea folk who take their chances to better their future, no knowing what is ahead.” A. White "world traveler" (kerrville, Texas)


“Well written and very interesting stories. I enjoyed how she tied all the stories together and yet each one was different.” Judy H.


“This book was a wonderful read. I felt as if I was on some of the adventures that Lisa wrote about. Her chapters pertaining to her "voyage at sea" was very entertaining and funny. As I read this book, it really sparked an interest to visit Mystic, CT, and surrounding area someday and venture to all of the places mentioned within the book. Lisa has a great sense of humor and I found myself laughing out loud many times. I have enjoyed Lisa's previous books and look forward to her next literary adventure. Another great book from Lisa Saunders!” Daniel Elser (Dallas TX USA) -


“I found out through reading this that the author & I are related! This was a fun, fact-filled book. Love the history of this area.”  Michele Rolfe "Wolfpug" (Bridgeport, NY USA):