A short piece about me with the hopes that you’ll reach out and share a little bit about yourself in return. And one person at a time, we’ll build a community of committed people who believe in each other and in the art of writing as an important pathway to relationship.
By birth, I am a member of a family community that includes aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, cousins, second cousins, and third cousins, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews – and in the very near future, I am promised a great-great niece or nephew!
When I married my community expanded to include not simply a husband, but a whole new set of all of the above. Members of my family live all over North America and are descended from every people on this earth. Jay and I added to that community by gifting the world with three lovely daughters and a wondrous son. Two daughters married and expanded my world with sons-in-law and grandchildren, the flower garden of my wisdom years.
Friendship has greatly enriched my community over the years. I have friendships that are over fifty-years in duration and some wonderful friendships that just began this year.
Beyond this intimate circle, my community includes present and former neighbors, the colleagues of my years as a university professor, and the present participants of the creative writing workshops which enrich my post-tenure years.
Last year at this time, I started posting on the blog, “How Do I Love Thee.” The essays were remembrances of the trials and tribulations, challenges and achievements, joys and craziness that went into the making of the my 55-year marriage to John Frances Ward.
This new website continues that endeavor as I hope to keep alive and well the strong bonds I’ve formed over three quarters of a century, and form new ones through sharing my stories and the wisdom with which I’ve been graced by years of loving, committed relationships.