I was born in Piqua, Ohio, a small town named for the Indian who rose from the flames, as legend goes. A family move to Dayton, Ohio, attendance at various institutes of elementary and higher education, a marriage, an abbreviated career in product development, the births of four children, a second degree in English later in life, the death of a sibling, followed by the death of both parents, all landed me where I am today—somewhat lost and still searching for what it’s all about.
Trying to live up to my now-deceased mother’s unwavering belief in my ability to convey the stuff that life is made of by putting pen to paper, I wrote and self-published the memoir, Dancing in Heaven as not only a legacy for my disabled sister Annie, but with the hope that in some small way the book will help make the world a better place. I know that sounds rather lofty, but it is simply true.
Although someday I would like to try my hand at writing fiction, for now I primarily write nonfiction in a desire to share human interest stories that celebrate the good in humanity and life in general. Again, lofty, but true.
I recently published Where Memories Meet – Reclaiming my father after Alzheimer’s. It is the life story of my father who was born during the Great Depression, the eldest son of an alcoholic father with mental illness. My father served in the army in Germany during the Korean War, and became a successful small businessman, devoted husband, and loving father, never-the-less. He ultimately lost his cognitive abilities and eventually succumbed to Alzheimer’s. There’s a lot here, but it will read much quicker than you think. No doubt.
I am currently working on a story about birth mothers who gave up their children for adoption. I don’t know yet whether this will be a full-length book, a feature article, or something in-between.
On my first blog, Random Thoughts From Midlife , I have posted photos and stories about my self-publishing journey, overcoming the loss of my parents, birdwatching, gardening, our travels, and assorted other random topics. My series about my husband’s bilateral knee surgery has become popular. You’d be amazed at how many people are out there walking around on bionic knees.
I live in Cincinnati with my husband Mark and our little dog Arthur.
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