My Story

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 will graduate 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 am doing independent research

on the topic of restorative Christian spirituality

for those who have experienced faith crisis.

I am a course assistant

for Practical Theology because

I love helping students

with research methodology. 

Speaking of research

and faith crisis,

for the past dozen years,

my "dark hobby" has been

studying authoritarian and/or aberrant,

religious movements,

spiritual abuse, and family dysfunction.

I suppose I should call it my 

"darkness-to-light" hobby 

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 have homeschooled

rather eclectically 

since the early 1990's,

but I'm finally down to one teenager for that.

I taught co-op classes for several years,

usually middle school language arts

integrated with history.

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

POUR FORTH.

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.

 

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