I’m an on-the-go sort of person from Oregon who makes it a point to seek positive experiences with diverse people and within nature. I am powerfully drawn to a diversity of places, both the outdoors and cities (and enjoy writing of small trips). First and last, I am a lover of life, and wake up curious about what lies ahead each day.
Authentic stories organically arise from life’s beauty and sorrows. I’m a lifelong writer of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, and write at least three days a week. Story is my truest love although all the arts, as well as nature, invigorate my being and doing. The sciences also instruct me well. Living in the great Pacific Northwest, I can avail myself of fine and varied material.
A retired addictions and mental health clinician who worked in human services over thirty years, I provided counseling to many peoples: high-risk youth, Native Americans and other persons of color, mentally ill, homeless people and also the frail elderly. In this work has been woven manifold tales of hardship and loss, courage and triumph. While pursuing my career I raised five children and have seven grandchildren (though a granddaughter passed in 2022). Living amid trees and hills, surrounded by mountains, I am deeply thankful even in these unsettled times.
I appreciate being in a community of bloggers. It has never been more crucial for each to find a voice and be heard, especially any who’ve lost personal power and with it, sustained hope. A central tenet of my living and writing is that we are spiritual beings cloaked in human bodies; when we reawaken to this we can share the powerful compassion of Divine Love. This is deeply transformative and impacts all we meet. I identify as an open-minded, liberal Christian but much else instructs me, and Nature is a primary teacher. I have not lived a quiet or easy life but have discovered greater peace with age. Speaking up more openly–while listening better–is part of my ongoing human growth.
Though I was raised in a family of musicians, I chose writing over performing arts–except for poetry readings, which I enjoy. Several pieces of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry have been published in small literary journals as well as anthologies over decades. It was an honor to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a novel-in-progress excerpt published in the anthology VoiceCatcher. I also admire visual arts so share with you some photographs, though only one photo has been published beyond this blog.
I have blogged for 11 years and am so grateful for the followers that have read my work, as well as reading others’ work. I share this life being lived at 71 in the hope that you may find something of value, saomething of good use. Living well (especially when life is hard) is my passion; writing is my primary instrument to better understand human dreaming and striving.
Living in intentional love is how I keep on. There is much to be done; I am trying to do it creatively!
In good will,
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