“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Raised in a small farming community in Minnesota, little did I know I would spend the first half of my life doing, and the second half writing about it.
Inheriting a nomadic spirit from my Grandpa Joe, who left his family as a young man to hop a train out west, I could not wait to get away from the corn fields. At my first job in a truck stop, I worked with an older lady behind the fuel desk who told me to “get out and see the world while you’re young, ’cause when you’re old, you won’t have the energy.” Meeting people with foreign accents, tales from big cities and stories of far away places added to the dreamy visions I had developed as a child from reading adventure books.
I wanted – no, I needed – to see and to experience everything!
After I graduated high school, I moved to a nearby college town and into an apartment with a few people I did not know. I spent the next five years wandering in and out of jobs and colleges. I even got into some sticky and dangerous situations. I grew exhausted, broke and overwhelmed. The day my car broke down, I decided to move home. I needed to regroup and develop a plan for my future, so…
I became a travel agent, a career that would pay me to see the world – or so I thought! That position didn’t provide enough money to pay for trips, but it did bring me to the city where I met my husband – a man with that same nomadic spirit as my grandpa. His job has brought us to more places with more changes and challenges than anything I’d ever done before, and we’re still going strong.
Through several moves, raising a child and ministering a household, I’ve managed to earn degrees and/or diplomas in Humanities, English Literature, Business Management, Travel and Children’s Literature.
Words are my passion. Learning new languages and listening to music inspires me. I also love all that writing entails: organizing, playing with, adding to, deleting from…it’s Wordsmithery.
You’ll likely find tidbits about gnomes, yarn, vivid color and God here, because those are the things I love. Some have said that I see the world through rose-colored glasses, though I think it’s rather with a luminescent glow.
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