I was born and grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. As the oldest of three girls, I was excited and scared to head off to school. Thankfully, I survived kindergarten. While in first grade I had trouble learning to read. I'm not sure if it was me, or because my mom got sick for a long time. So we three girls were shipped off to relatives for a while. My little preschool sisters went to the same place. I went alone to live with an aunt, uncle, and two older cousins to finish first grade in a different school. My aunt worked in the library of my new school, and she spent a lot of time with me improving my reading. Later she became a teacher and reading specialist. I don't really know if that was her plan all along, or if working so much with me inspired her to help other children read. Anyway, thank you, Aunt Gladys.
By the time I got to sixth grade my reading was much better. But now there were new tasks to conquer. I don't recall writing much through Elementary School. Then in sixth grade I had to research and write about something. I was clueless. I had no idea what to write. My mom suggested I write about farmers playing music for cows so they would produce more milk. (Not many cows in our suburb, and none in our neighborhood.) Honestly, I thought it was a dumb idea. But since I had nothing better, I went with it. When I saw my paper displayed on the bulletin board with a big red "A" and some encouraging remarks, I was thrilled and amazed. This was my first revelation that maybe real writing was a very fun thing to do.
I've always been a writer in one way or another with my little girl diaries that I called journals when I got older, making lists, writing letters and notes (sometimes to myself), and stories, of course. And I still do all those kinds of writing.
As a teacher, reading and writing were my favorite subjects to teach, but I integrated writing into all subjects. And when students wrote in their journals, I wrote in mine.
I live in Northeast Ohio with my husband, Murray. Together we have four adult children, and a current count of nine grandkids. Besides writing and reading, I also enjoy sewing, crafting, and eating ice cream. I have taught children's church, been on VBS staff as a storyteller for many years, and served in other ministries in our congregation. We like traveling, and my favorite destination is the beach where I love gathering lots of seashells. We also enjoy lakes and rivers, mountains and forests, and historical sites too. On our bucket list is a cross country road trip to all 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii on different adventures. I also hope to sail through the Panama Canal one day.
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