Book Author

Demos Health, New York, New York: You CAN Cope With Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Ways for Living A Better Life. Won a 2009 Royal Palm Book Award, Florida Writers Association. Reprinted four times since that year.

Morris Publications: If You're Having a Crummy Day, Brush Off The Crumbs. Won a Royal Palm Book Award in 2002, Florida Writers Association.

Peppertree Press: The Sleepover Surprise. Pub date: April 2010. (Picture book, ages 3 - 8). Chosen as a Best Book by Rotary, International, which bought 100 books and gave them to children in south Florida.

Magazine Writer

Won 1st prize, Women in Communication Matrix Award: Best Magazine Article.

Won three 1st prize Editors Awards, Connecticut Press Club. Also won prizes for Best nonprofit Magazine, best nonprofit Newsletter, and Best Marketing Handbook. Wrote a serialized column: "How to write your memoirs" for The Florida Times-Union.

Wrote more than 100 feature-length articles and cover stories for the New York Times (Connecticut section), Connecticut magazine, Caribbean Travel and Life, and 10 other magazines and newspapers, including Water's Edge Magazine in Jacksonville, Florida.

Column Writer

Presently writing a weekly humor column for the Ponte Vedra Recorder. Seventy eight of these columns have been compiled in a collection called Wrestling Alligators: Of Florida, Family, and Furry Friends.

Editing Experience

Proofread/edited, researched or wrote articles for Working Smart, a business advisory published by Xerox Learning Systems and also Progressive Grocer. Freelanced for Business Digest, General Electric, Alexander & Alexander, 3M, Bank of America, U.S. Steel plus various books for Entry Publications, Barron's, Keats Publishing, and Enslow.


Keynote Speaker at a Neuropathy Foundation Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA.
Plus... more than 1,800 book reviews in:
The Florida Times-Union
The First Coast Parent
The Ponte Vedra Recorder
Book Page

Marguerite (Mims) Cushing has written professionally for more than 35 years. She lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

In the third grade, 1953, Cushing had to write to someone in a profession that she thought she'd like to choose as an adult. She wanted to be a writer, so she wrote to noted author and neighbor Phyllis McGinley. She told her to "Read, read, read, and then write, write, write." She's been doing that ever since. In the sweltering Florida summers she reads about 25 books each year and takes a break from writing, but she still writes in her Daily Diary, and has a journal for every year since third grade.
Laptop, the cat, in her library shelves.