Originally from Sheboygan (Wisconsin), I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with minors in Humanistic Studies and Spanish. In early 2014, I left my 20+ year career as archives assistant at the UWGB Archives & Area Research Center to pursue a completely new life path dedicated to compassionate service: that of mandala facilitator, as well as personal caregiver to those with daily living challenges. I also care for the congregation at the Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as the administrative assistant. I am also a production assistant for a documentary about the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease entitled Will I Be Next?
But first and foremost, throughout my whole life, I have been a writer. I wrote a mystery series when I was in elementary school, my first novel in 7th grade, did my 9th grade career paper on author, and wrote more novels up into my early 20s. I corresponded with a published author friend of my mom’s when I was eleven (Florence Parry Heide), and I would send her my juvenile mystery series books as I finished writing them. She had high praise for me; I kept all of her letters and comments and most prized the one, “You WILL be a published writer one day.”
Everyday life has a way of keeping you busy with the necessary tasks of daily life: finding a financially-sustaining career, marriage, home ownership, motherhood, midlife crisis, etc. That driving urge to write seemed to have left me for a quarter-century. I began to doubt Florence Parry Heidi’s emphatic and knowing “You WILL be a published writer one day.”
Blogging will be a good way to ease myself back into this – – my gift and my purpose.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going for walks in nature (especially along the beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior), gardening, swimming, reading, guinea pigs, British TV, genealogy and history. I am a misa/mesa (sacred medicine bundle) carrier in the Andean tradition of Adolfo Ttito Condori.