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Debut novel is set in Leucadia

Link said she learned how to write from her father, an English teacher, who would give her high school books to read as a young child. “He was a vocabulary maven,” she remembers. Her mother was a journalist who grew up in San Diego and had a column in Women and Guns magazine. “She has an encyclopedic knowledge of fire arms and the arsenal to prove it,” Link explained. “She was always huddled in the study doing product evaluations of guns, sights, targets and outdoor equipment and would happily run into the woods to try them out.” Link first chose a career as an actor, graduating with a B.A. and B.F.A., then performing the classics in regional theatre as well as touring

with Phantom of the Opera in Scotland. She also did soap opera work to pay the bills. After a divorce, Link said she turned to writing, realizing it was when she was happiest and most productive. “I’ve always been a writer — as a child I would write about fluffy clouds,” she recalled. “I think most of us don’t trust things that come easy. I became an actress first because it was difficult for me.” Initially, Link wrote television scripts and soap operas and, eventually, travel articles. In addition to being an author these days, she blogs for the Huffington Post and writes for the Modern Love column in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Link says she begins writing about 8 or 9 a.m., with tea and a pad, and can continue all day. At bedtime, she gives herself questions, which she says are often answered when she wakes up. “It’s in sleeping that my writing gets stoked,” she explained. Her advice to new writers is to write all the time, anything that comes to mind, in journals, letters and blogs. It’s important, she says, to make writing a daily habit. The second tip is to read. “It’s astonishing to me how many students don’t read books,” she said. “Read pamphlets and books from different centuries. Read the Bible. You begin to imitate certain voices.That helps you find the nuggets that become your own voice.” Link will be in San Diego the month of November promoting her book and offering a one-day workshop on Writing Dialogue on Nov. 17. For more information, visit

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CARLSBAD — Leucadia provides the backdrop for Teresa Link’s first book, “Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship and Expensive Household Appliances” published by St. Martin’s Press. The storyline deals with the ups and downs three couples experience as they transition from the California dream to lives as empty nesters, coping with divorce and economic hardship. Link will sign books and discuss her work at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. In addition, Write Out Loud will offer a reading by founders Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy as well as actors Linda Libby and Eddie Yaroch. “Teresa has been a friend of ours, and has been a reader for us, too,” Murphy said. “The book is funny, insightful and wonderfully descriptive. I want all my friends to read it because they are going to understand the characters, empathize with them and get angry at them — it’s an emotional story because it’s about life.” Link lived in Solana Beach and Leucadia from 2004 until last June when she got homesick and returned to the East Coast. She assures old San Diego neighbors and friends that they have nothing to worry about. “The book is completely fiction — completely made up,” she said. “While it was the first novel to be published, it was the third to be written. The first things we write about are autobiographical so we can teach ourselves. By the time I wrote this book, I was capable enough as a writer to trust my imagination and had already exorcised those autobiographical impulses.”

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“Beauty and the Beast, Crafting Creatures” by Nevill Page will be at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pierview W a y , Oceanside, through Jan. 6. Visit or call (760) 435-3721 for more information.

NOV. 3 ART IN ACTION Artist Joan Grine will give a pastel-painting demonstration noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the COAL Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. More info:

Teresa Link, author of the new book “Denting the Bosch: A Novel of Marriage, Friendship and Expensive Household Appliances.” Link will sign books and discuss her work at 7 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Professional actors belonging to Write Out Loud will offer a reading. Courtesy photo

YOUNG STARS Oceanside Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Call Theatre Company’s Youth Academy presents its “2012 Fall Academy Showcase” at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside with performances in musical theater, mask, monologues, and selected scenes. E-mail with any questions.

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NOV. 5 WATERCOLORS Through Nov. 27, Mary Helmreich’s “Watercolors from my Studio,” will be on exhibit at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas.

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TIME TO SWING First ART IN DEL MAR The Del Wednesday Programs present Mar Art Center hosts an opening reception from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 for its fall Gallery Exposition, at 1555 Camino del Mar, Suite 22. Live music by Yuki Sakata plus featured artists photographer Terry Scott Allen, painter Gabrielle Benot, Photo Illustrator Bob Coletti, painter Marie Louise Dautzenberg, mosaic artist Donna Klipstein and watercolor artist Mark Sherman, Karen Aschenbrenner and Maidy Morhous. FLUTE FEST Friends of the Encinitas Library present Sterling Flutes, founded by Oceanside master flutist Eleanor Tibbals-Pennington, for its First Sunday Music Series from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 Encinitas

“Sweethearts of Swing” trio at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff by-the-Sea. For more information call (760) 6351000. FANCY FOOTWORK Dance Studio Hour presents a free, informal presentation by students in MiraCosta College’s dance classes, showcasing ballet, jazz, modern, tap, commercial, Latin, and world dance forms at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Room 5101, Dance Studio, Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive.

NOV. 8 OL’ JACK Cowboy Jack solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Robbie’s Roadhouse, 530 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

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Artist draws on life experiences KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art The artist, storyteller and philosopher Madelynne Engle is a master alchemist who transmutes difficult situations into extraordinary treasures expressed through her art. A visit with this modern phoenix leaves one humbled, awed, and inspired by her indomitable spirit. The 2007 wildfires vaporized Engle’s Fallbrook home and studio, including her life’s work of sculptures, paintings and poetry, leaving her with a disabled husband, a yellow Labrador retriever, a car, and her incomparable life force. The native of St. Louis, Mo., who had relocated to California in 1978, says, “There’s a reason for everything … Every occurrence is an invitation to know life in a deeper way.” Engle pensively quotes her Danish grandmother, “You can’t pour fresh tea into a cup that’s already full,” and acknowledges that her “vessel” had been full prior to the fire, which allowed her to create a new vessel to fill. Engle, who in the 1980s renovated a 42,000-squarefoot warehouse in San Diego for 48 artist studios, approaches the creative process as an inquiry rather than an answer. Fully examining and experiencing life as she’s living it, she says, “When I’m in the middle of something I want to record it, to translate it into my art.” She says of difficult situations, “They’re the illustrations for the story.” A 2003 Sculpture Magazine article stated, “Engle’s … works … possess a poetic, even magic-realist quality that either lyrically or humorously spins the mundane world of appearances into visual riddles or poems.” Engle remarks that she often uses humor as “a back door into things that might become the sand that makes the pearl.” To evoke emotion through her artwork, Engle follows the directive, “Create from a place in your soul that has something to express.” She reflects on emotional transparency, “Telling a story with emotion … evokes that emotion in the viewer.You don’t need to have the same experience to share the same emotion.”

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Madelynne Engle with her “Rainforest, A Love Story” sculpture, currently on view at the San Diego Botanic Garden through April 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of Michael Campbell Photography

She invites viewers’ involvement as part of her artwork’s totality and adds, “By abstracting thoughts and feelings, you allow the viewer to introduce their own life in that story.” Engle often employs classical references in her work, which she interprets in a contemporary manner as she continues to explore the dualities of life. Her 85inch obelisk titled “Rainforest, A Love Story,” currently on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, incorporates recycled components including semiprecious stones and objects discovered on her Fallbrook property after the fire. She says of the recycled materials included in many of her works, “I am a user-up of discarded things; I find the transmutation of one thing into another to be an affirmation of life’s dualities

and continuity.” Her life exemplifies this philosophy. Engle has rebuilt her home and studio in Fallbrook, where she now works on a smaller scale, often repurposing components donated by friends. She smiles, “If you’re in my life, you’re in my art.” Her obelisk “Rainforest, A Love Story” is on view at the San Diego Botanic Garden through April 15, 2013. Learn more about Madelynne Engle at Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at

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