IMG_5390Meadow Rue Merrill started out as a small-town reporter, corresponded for The Boston Globe, wrote parenting essays for The New York Times, and served as a contributing editor at Down East magazine. She graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in English and holds an M.Ed. in Literacy for Writing and the Teaching of Writing from the University of Maine at Orono.

Speaking:

“My favorite speaker was Meadow Rue Merrill. Out of all of the guest speakers, her story had me sitting on the edge of my seat,” Lauren, a student at the University of Maine at Augusta. “Meadow Rue Merrill is the real deal. She is transparent about her struggles and broken dreams, but what comes through as she speaks is her deep-rooted faith in God, who gets her through each day’s challenges. Meadow brings a gentle yet powerful reminder that we are not alone, and inspires us to keep moving forward… no matter what,” Vicki Corrington, professional certified coach and conference speaker. “Meadow is an amazing speaker who will keep you engaged from the first word to the last. Leaves you wanting more,” Jennifer Boguhn, Celebrate Recovery Minister North East. To schedule Meadow to speak at your event, send her an email.

Writing:

“Playgrounds for Kids who Can’t Run and Jump,” Motherlode blog for the New York Times, July 17, 2014 — Sharing about the first time I put Ruth in a swing and one time I couldn’t “Mainer’s Invention Could Prevent Newborn Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy” WMTW Chanel 8 News, April 30, 2014 — News anchor Tracy Sabol interviews me about raising a child with CP “Facing the Skepticism in Adoption, in the U.S. and Qatar,” Motherlode blog at the New York Times, April 2, 2014,  — Responding to an adoptive family’s loss and imprisonment in Qatar Perfectly Human: How a Little Girl with Cerebral Palsy Shared Her Gifts,” Thin Places blog at Christianity Today, March 25, 2014, — Finding ourselves in need of help after adopting a child with special needs “So, Do You Want to Adopt Her?” Chicago Now, Portrait of Adoption, Nov. 7, 2013, — Deciding to adopt a child with special needs “The Love Between Sisters,” Author Katie Ganshert blog tour, May 4, 2012 — A special goodnight song to my daughters “Letting Ruth Go: When a Disabled Child Dies,” The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Dec. 9, 2011, — After losing Ruth, we had to decide what to do with her adaptive equipment (nominated for a Casey Medal for meritorious journalism) “There are More Important Things Than Saving for College,” Motherlode, The New York Times, Oct. 20, 2014 — getting real about money and priorities “Still in Love with York,” The Boston Sunday Globe, July 13, 2014 — Celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary where my husband and I went for our first date! “Inside Out,” Down East, July 2014 — A coastal home in Biddeford embraces the great outdoors “Little Big House,” Down East, June 2014 — A Maine lakeside cabin built to accommodate a crowd “Rooted in History, a Garden Design for the Ages in Maine,” The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, April , 2013 — A spectacular Bath garden gets mistaken for a public park “Instead of Investing in College, We Invested in our Kids,” Motherlode for the New York Times, April 29, 2014, — Sending our son to look at $40,000-a-year colleges with a dozen hardboiled eggs “Ocean,” Down East, March 2014 — Fine dining in one of Maine’s most exclusive neighborhoods near the summer house of former Pres. George Bush! “A Popping Success,Down East, February 2014 — A Maine family that works together making some of New England’s best popcorn More fun Down East house stories (it doesn’t hurt to dream!): “Stylish Steel,” July 2013; “Shipshape,” May 2013; “Prefab Style,” March 2013; “The Winter House,” January 2013; “Beauty on a Budget,” December 2012; “A Peaks Paradise,” November 2012; and “A Camp for all Ages,” October 2012 Our Backyard Forest,” Down East, July 2012, — Life and loss, the traumatic summer a lumber company cut down our neighborhood forest “A Ride to Remember,” Down East, October 2012, — Horseback riding on Maine’s most popular state beach! And just because I once wanted to be a cowboy, here’s an episode of  PBS’s History Detectives featuring me, an old coin, and a family mystery!