AUTHOR

Margaret Davis Ghielmetti has lived on four continents and has visited nearly fifty countries. She is a Live Lit storyteller who has won two StorySLAMs with The Moth. She wrote and performed a solo show, “Fierce,” about refinding her creative expression, and is passionate about sharing the beauty of the world through her photos. She and her Swiss-born husband, Patrick, can be found in Chicago when they’re not out exploring.

A Memoir of a Recovering Perfectionist

An intrepid traveler sets off at forty to live the expatriate dream overseas — only to discover that she has no idea how to live even her own life. Part travelogue and part transformation tale, Ghilemetti’s memoir, narrated with humor and warmth, proves that it’s never too late to reconnect with our authentic selves—if we dare to put our own lives first at last.

THOUGHTS ABOUT THINGS

Italia!

Italia!

Italia! I fell in love with the Bel Paese as a twenty-one-year-old backpacker staying in pensioni recommended by Let’s Go: Europe. Sure, it helped that I met a handsome Roman boy first thing (now a good friend to my husband and...

The F Words

The F Words

Every day, I pray for help on many things.  “Please help me to set goals for my life and take steps to achieve them.” These goals include exploring, loving, and sharing the world through my art. Next I pray, “Please help me to set goals for my day.”  To help me...

Patrick and Margaret

Patrick and Margaret

My parents had been married for sixty-six years by the time my mom died. She loved to tell me that she would never divorce my father. “One day, though,” she’d add.  “I will kill him.” (She’d be holding a frying pan over my poor dad’s bald head when she said that, but...

Memoir in a Year

Memoir in a Year

So what’s the key to writing a memoir in a year? For me, it helped that I’d long been writing Trip Reports from everywhere we lived around the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, the US. (That’s a lotta three-ring binders o’ stuff to draw from.) It helped that I took “Memoir...