I hope this picture conveys something of the fact that I am an on-the-go sort of person, and seek here and there for interesting experiences of place and people and the natural landscapes from which stories always organically arise. I am a lifelong writer– of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, at my desk an average 8 hours working on a piece, at least three days a week. Story is my truest love although all the arts, as well as nature, invigorate and instruct in my being and doing. And living in the great Pacific Northwest, I can avail myself of some fabulous raw material.
I’m also a retired addictions and mental health clinician who worked in human services over thirty years, providing counseling and resources to everyone from troubled youth to the frail elderly. In that work were manifold tales of hardship, loss, courage and triumph. Five children have long been raised and my husband still is working so our place, sitting among woods and hills, is an oasis of quiet and calm. I enjoy creative activity in a variety of mediums, so even dance about and sing a bit (tried flamenco but a hiking injury put the kibosh to that).
Language can so well illuminate and renew life. It has never been more crucial for each person to find his or her voice and be heard, especially those who’ve lost personal power and with it, adequate hope. A central tenet of my living and writing is that God resides within us and about us and when we reawaken to this we are able to give and receive powerful compassion of Divine Love. This, alone, can transform us. Nature also enriches immeasurably the body, mind and soul.
I was raised in a musical, performing family. I’ve enjoyed a personal history with music, dance, theater and visual arts as well as writing. I have published some of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry over many decades. I like to draw and paint; photography later became another adventure (once randomly published a photo, to my surprise). It was an honor to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a novel excerpt published in an issue of the anthology VoiceCatcher. It’s all about the joy of inspiration and labor of honing skills–then sharing results. I believe the arts heal as well as entertain.
I know for sure that we all suffer, love, endure losses and yet continue to grow as individuals, and equally certain we need one another, even if not always in face-to-face meetings. We have blogs as one way to connect, and I’m happy to have you along for the ride as I craft tales that find me and set my soul flying. Please try out a post or two–I hope you find something of interest, and let me know what you think!