Notes on Life

A Girl’s Stories from Land

Fourteen turns One

October 18th, 2016|

October 20, 2016 – One year since publication

Do you realize that it’ll be 2029 when Fourteen is fourteen?  Ha!

Thanks for walking this path with me for the past few years. Most of you signed up for my blog/newsletter a year before publication and I thank you for that! I also […]

San Diego Union Tribune features Fourteen

September 12th, 2016|


“Leslie Johansen Nack’s memoir, “Fourteen,” is about a long-distance sailing trip she took aboard a 45-foot boat in 1975 with a father who was both adventurous and abusive. Lines got crossed that had nothing to do with the masts.

The Oceanside resident will talk about her book today at 4 p.m. […]

Sailing Magazine Review

February 26th, 2016|

Fourteen is reviewed in the March, 2016 issue of Sailing Magazine, page 21.

“The true life story of a teenage girl in Southern California in the 1970s is certain to be full of the standard sex, drugs and rock and roll associated with that time. Add in an abusive father who […]

Publicity and the Book Launch Party

November 29th, 2015|

It’s been a whirlwind since the book published on October 20, 2015. I appeared on the local morning show, San Diego Living, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – four days before my book launch party. It was perfect for building excitement about the book. (Links to all the publicity Fourteen […]

Being European

October 4th, 2015|

Continued….part 7 of 7

The house Dad built was an A-frame design and looked like a ski chalet. Walking through the door, the three bedrooms were stacked one, two, three to the left, against the back wall. Out the bedroom windows we had a wonderful view of the outhouse, the side […]

Life on the ranch

September 10th, 2015|

Continued….part 6 of 7

We moved into the house but Mom moved to town to an apartment where she had a shower and a flushing toilet. One evening, as I sat next to Dad on the couch reading a school book in the living room, Monica came up from behind and […]

Charlie and Duke

July 22nd, 2015|

Continued…part 5 of 7

It was wonderful having the expanse of sixty-three acres. I spent the summer exploring the property with my sisters, climbing, hiking, playing together, and getting to know the horses. We had not been allowed to ride the horses yet. Dad alternated riding Charlie and then Duke once […]

Guppies and Girls

June 16th, 2015|

Continued…. part 4 of 7

Dad worked very hard every day building the house. Occasionally a friend from town would show up to help him raise a wall, or lift the heavy beams into place. Our Norwegian grandfather, Bestefar Erling, came from Norway to help Dad work. He didn’t speak a […]

Save the Date, New Website and Other Exciting News!

June 4th, 2015|

Dear Friends: I have news to share!

But, before I do, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for signing up for this blog and for supporting me in my journey to publish! I feel humbled and so grateful to all of you. ♥


Now for the news […]


May 18th, 2015|

As we traveled down the road, I was amazed to see buildings. We’d all expected land in the middle of nowhere – just like Dad described to us, but he had not said anything about the work he’d done. He kept turning around to check our faces to see how surprised we were, obviously proud of himself.