March 2, 2013

Former professor writes book to teach life lessons


She writes under the name Lorna Lee and changes a few of the names in her book to keep the confidentiality of friends and family members. Her family members, however, approve of and are proud of her writing, she said. 

“The day will evaporate when I sit and write,” Earl said. “That will keep the dizziness in the background.”

Phil Racine, 55, of Plattsburgh, Earl’s partner and publishing confidant, became involved in her writing process. 

“She has an amazing ability to put her thoughts on paper,” Racine said. 

Writing, however, didn’t come to Earl as easily as it had during her teaching years. 

“The brain surgery left her with a kind of handicap, and she had to overcome that,” Racine said. “There were several instances where she was having difficulty finding the words that she wanted to use.”

The book was therapeutic for Earl. 

“It helped her really understand the events in her life,” Racine said. 

Earl hopes this book can help others who have similar issues in their life. 

“I lay it out there because I believe that there are people who feel that they’re the only ones who’ve made those stupid mistakes (in life),” she said. “I wouldn’t put all my secrets out there for the heck of it.

“I hope to make the same kind of difference that I did when I was teaching.” 

TO LEARN MORE "How was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost," by Lorna Earl, who writes under the pen name Lorna Lee, is available at For more information about Earl and her book, visit her blog: www.lornas

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