Born in western Kentucky in 1952, I received my Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1976 from Murray State University and worked in the health field for over 19 years. I’m an organized, caring, and critical Virgo, who strives for perfection in all I do — harder on myself than anyone else.
I lived in south Florida for over twenty six years specifically in the heart of the Florida Keys for the past several years. Living in the Keys has fostered my hobbies of swimming, scuba diving, kayaking and bicycling. I am a member of Paradise Peddlers and Paddlers, a member of the Dolphin Research Center, where I previously worked as a volunteer and belong to the Friends of Old Seven, an organization to save the historical old Seven Mile Bridge. One of my poems, Salty Queen, is published in the Friends of Old Seven brochure.
Living on the Edge, a collection of my poems was published in May of 2012 and is available on Amazon. My poetry has also been published in the book Key West I love You, An Anthology of Love Poems, April of 2012 and Anthology Thirty, Florida State Poets Association, Inc , 2012.
I have always been a risk taker, from skydiving, scuba diving with sharks in Papua New Guinea, diving the blue hole in Belize or moving from the security of my hometown in Kentucky to upstate New York to initiate a hospital Speech-Language program.
However, diving into the literary world is a big challenge. Placing yourself out there in written words is scary. But I love challenges and I am having such a good time.
As I grow older, peace and calmness have finally entered my life bringing with it a renewed energy and I’m checking things off my bucket list. My love of travelling has taken me many places and for my 60th birthday, I fulfilled a dream and took a sabbatical in France. My heart will always be in the paradise of the Keys, however, I love the French culture and their way of life. My hope is to travel between the two locations as I love them both. I am a member of the Big Pine Writer’s group in the Keys and the Plumes writing group in France.
I hope you will enjoy following my journey. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes, which is from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day ,“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”