I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the City of Staunton with my husband, Chris, and three Bengal Domestic cats, Ezekiel, Rebecca, and Precious Destructo (though they have few days where I think they’ve ever been domesticated!). I am the caretaker of an elder sister, Pam, living with me for the last two plus years. My sister has an intellectual disability and was removed from her husband and way of life in November 2015. She misses her husband, but I’m happy to have her living with me.
I am a Christian, and I love the Lord. I have two grown children who’ve blessed me with four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. I have two brothers and two sisters, and we are all as different as the patterns on a leaf! I also have a niece and nephew whom I adore. I especially miss my mom who lives away from the area. I don’t get to see her as much as I’d like, but if I could I’d be sitting with her every day talking over a cup of coffee. [As of this moment, February 21, 2017, I’m caring for my mom until she is able to return to her home as she is recovering from a nasty encounter with congestive heart failure.]
I have the most loving, wonderful, loving, fantastic, loving, crazy, loving, mixed-up, loving, functional, loving, dysfunctional family one could ever hope to have. We are the same, we are different. Some of us are right on track, others occasionally have to have their corkboard pins (ouch!) removed to get back on course.
I am retired disabled from the best job ever held. I worked for Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, their goal is working with the disabled and/or people with challenges overcome their adversities and find employment. It was the best darn job I ever had! I believe in the old adage that when God closes a door, he opens a window, so here I am. And, it has taken me a long time to get here. I’ve worked in accounting, information technology, a combination of the two, had clerical jobs in the fields of law and medicine and everything in between. I’ve worked odd jobs cleaning, working in a sewing factory, as a church secretary, and in schools. I feel like I’ve done it all though I know I have not.
I enjoy writing, reading, being out in the sunshine and staying warm inside during the cold winter months watching the snowflakes fall. I’ve watched pine cones develop from the first tiny bud into a full flowering and examined them from the ground after they fell, and when I can get out to play in the flowers and listen to the wind, well, that’s the time when I ‘m at my happiest.
I think writing is all about curiosity, and experiencing what can be experienced before our days on earth are over and our journey comes to the end. I am a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Blue Ridge Writers Chapter of The Virginia Writers Club, Inc., and International Association of Journal Writers. I recently began studying with Sheila Bender, Essayist, Poet, and Writer of the Writing It Real website. I also belong to the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild. Jerry is a wonderful teacher for anyone who writes, no matter what genre.
I have also participated in the November 2010-2015 NaNoWriMo stints. I was one of the winners the 2011 NaNoWriMo. I participated formally for several years, and then set my own goals for subsequent Nano Camps and Nanos. I write articles for the online family-friendly website AlmostAnAuthor.com and I’m currently penning a novel. I am a current member of the National Writer’s Guild.