Author Archives: Kathleen Buckstaff


About Kathleen Buckstaff: Kathleen Buckstaff is an award-winning author, columnist, performance artist, cartoonist and photographer. She currently writes for The Huffington Post and wrote regularly for the Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Republic. Kathleen performed her one-woman play to sold-out theatres in CA, AZ and NYC and expanded the play into a book called The Tiffany Box, a memoir which was honored in 2013 as a USA BEST BOOK AWARDS finalist. Kathleen’s book Mother Advice To Take With You To College: Humor, Inspiration and Wisdom To Go was released in March of 2014. Kathleen’s abstract photographs of lilies were exhibited for the first time in April of 2014. Kathleen has a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford and a MA in Journalism from Stanford. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their three children and their dog Lily.

Thoughts on Letting Go and Bereavement

I recently was reading an autobiography written by the country western singer Naomi Judd called “Love Can Build a Bridge.”  In her book, Naomi describes what she believes is an […]



Advice to a friend whose mom has cancer

I spoke with a dear friend of mine today.  Her mother has cancer and has an 8-hour surgery scheduled for later this week.  My friend confessed she’d spent most of […]



What is love? Listening.

One aspect of loving people in our lives better comes from being able to listen.   I attended a workshop at Spirit Rock Meditation Center a few years ago and one of […]



Gifts from those who are living with a serious illness

gathering oral biography from people we love

Many years ago, a friend gave my mom a book as a gift— I recently read the inscription on the inside title page “You will undoubtedly have many colorful answers […]