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Paperback 6” x 9″
109 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-153-9


by Kathy Billings

Two simple tales, past and present, imagined and true, capture the essence of family and compassion.

Higgins Beach, Maine. A place, a community, a natural wonder, and the source of memories and strength for a daughter as she experiences the unexpected realities of the end of life—not hers, but her mother’s. Seeking solace, her mind wanders to a time long ago—1932—and images of her mother, age seven, living the life she herself once lived as a young, free spirit absorbing the beauty and excitement of summer at the beach. Laced with bits of local and family history, human values and intimate relationships, From a Distance playfully creates and recounts heartfelt stories that encourage the reader to reflect on the world of dementia and the role that love and humanity have in our lives.

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“An interesting tale of the present-day struggles of coping with elderly parents, mixed with the history, mystery, and romance of an earlier time. An enjoyable read for those who have come to know the wonder and charm of coastal Maine.” —Rodney Laughton, local historian and innkeeper, The Breakers Inn



Kathy Billings grew up spending summers in the small beach village of Quogue, New York. She raised her own two children in Maine, where she sailed the waters of Casco Bay for many years. A member of Brown University’s class of 1975, Kathy earned her master’s in museum studies from George Washington University. Her professional career included leadership positions at the Maine Maritime Museum, Pejepscot Historical Society, and Bowdoin College. She currently lives in Scarborough with her dog, Mimi.