I call myself a fluid poet soul.
But you might want more details.
Crazy as it is,
I'm mostly known as the mother of
10 amazing teen & adult children.
My six grandchildren also bring me great joy.
I am surrounded by an awesome cadre
of friends and relatives from all walks of life.
I'm always learning something new from them!
I graduated in May 2021
with an MA in Ministry from
Asbury Theological Seminary,
where I am a member of the
Theta Phi honor society.
As part of my academic program,
I did two independent research courses
on the topic of restorative Christian spirituality
for those who have experienced faith crisis.
I continue working for the seminary
assisting in classes as needed with.
research/writing training & assessment.
Speaking of research
and faith crisis,
for the past dozen years,
my "dark hobby" has been
studying authoritarian and/or aberrant,
spiritual abuse, and family dysfunction.
I suppose I should call it my
since I do it to educate.
It's no fun getting sucked in.
Ask me how I know.
I work for a crisis hotline,
where I have learned to listen, reflect, and resource.
This is an extension of what I have always said of myself:
"I connect people with resources, ideas, and inspiration for success."
I also teach high school English
and middle school language arts
part-time for a local homeschool program
where my youngest teen is also a student.
Once upon a time, I wrote and self-published
three books on home education.
I love art, music, literature,
and historical architecture, particularly cathedrals.
Botanical gardens and other nature settings
are favorite outings for me,
and I have been known to fall off a waterfall.
I create my own art with photography, calligraphy,
woodwork, painting, and countless doodles.
And words. I live for words.
That's why I'm a poet, and
why I'm writing a book, again.
My favorite place to write is
my hand-dyed turquoise
tilted table with these words
burned into the bottom edge:
FILL YOUR SOUL
WITH ALL GOOD THINGS
AND LET THE BEAUTY
That's my philosophy for life
and for writing.
Most of all,
despite my own periods
of crisis and cynicism,
I am a disciple
of Jesus Christ.
All good things!
I can't imagine
any other life for myself.
To God be the glory.