I am writer, blogger, wife, mother of two, grandma of six who remembers her first glow of publication, a poem I wrote in elementary school that was printed in our town's local paper.

I also remember the joy I felt in reading my first chapter book way back when. I didn't know at the time what it would take to be a writer, but I did know I wanted to be one. After a few detours along the way, here I am, still reading books and now writing them.

...hollow trees and historical barns...    
My background includes journalism studies, special education teacher, tutor, stay-at-home mom, newsletter editor/advisor, women's Bible study facilitator, and devotional writer. Currently I write middle-grade historical fiction. I've completed one novel set in the late 18th-century Ohio wilderness and am working on a second, a story that takes place during the Civil War. I also write picture books, children's stories and articles, and adult inspirational pieces. Lately I've been dabbling in a bit of poetry. Poetry is a great playground for words.


I've been published in Cup of Comfort and My Dad is My Hero anthologies; Rise, 32 Weeks of Inspiring Devotions to Fuel Your First Year of College and Penned from the Heart devotionals;  the SCBWI Bulletin; and children's magazines Children's Playmate, Children's Digest, and Boys' Quest.

When not writing, I can be found reading, knitting, taking walks in all seasons, snapping photos, reading to the grandkids, making blueberry cheesecake, or simply enjoying a Saturday morning cup of coffee with hubby, otherwise known as the Windy City knight. 

I also buy into the philosophy of this poster (quote attributed to Satchel Paige of baseball fame) which hangs in my kitchen, a whimsical reminder of the simple joys of life. I found the poster back in college days in some little shop uptown in Athens, Ohio, home to Ohio University.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love being a part of this awesome community called blogging, and consider it a privilege to meet each and every one of you!

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