In late July of 2014, I created this blog for the simple purpose of disciplining myself to produce at least one poem a week that I consider finished. I have found the WordPress blogging world to be a great place to post writing and also to explore and find like-minded people. After three and a half years of blogging, I have a small following and a few people who often take the time to offer a comment or thought. It’s always good to hear what people respond to in my poetry. My goal is to share some of my work with people who like to read poetry. If a poem of mine reaches out to one person who likes it, I’m happy.
In the past few years my writing has focused more and more on Japanese short form poetry: haiku, tanka, haiga and tankart. It has been an honor to be published in both print and online journals of real excellence.
So, who am I? I am an American who is a northerner by birth and upbringing, but I’ve lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for 36 years and truly love life here. My husband and I have one adult son who lives not too far away. We have a lovely yellow Labrador retriever that keeps us company and amused. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel a good deal both in the USA and abroad, and we have lived in London four times.
I’m a retired reading teacher who taught for 34 years in both the private and public sectors of education in the USA. Literacy issues are important to me, and I like staying current on what is happening with world wide literacy efforts. I pray that one day literacy will be something everyone experiences, along with world peace.
Retirement has given me time to read, write, blog and generally do what I like after so many years of working and parenting. This time is very precious to me, and I’m thankful for each day I have. Family, friends, meditation, reading, traveling and enjoying the beauties of nature provide endless joy. As you can tell, I lead a simple life, one for which I am very grateful.
I have published my work in both print and online journals. My chapbook, Erasing the Doubt, was published by Finishing Line Press in April, 2015. It is available through FLP. I’ve also co-authored a book, A Giving Garden (©2009) along with friend and photographer, Debbie Suggs.
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