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I hail from Long Island in New York, but have made my home in colorful Colorado for almost forty years. I graduated from Central Islip State Hospital School of Nursing with my RN in 1972. Yep, do the math and you'll see I've passed the big 6-0! I took my first job at a Veterans Administration hospital in the Hudson River Valley, but transferred to a VA Hospital in Colorado in the summer of 1973. I have been married to husband Manuel (lifelong nickname: Speedy) for over 36 years. We have one daughter and one son. Our kids always thought it was so romantic that I had to move halfway across the country to find their dad!
Joelene, our daughter, started college, changed her mind about her career choices a time or two, and eventually found her niche as a correctional officer for the Colorado Department of Corrections. It is ironic that the prison where she started her career was located on the site where Speedy and I spent our career and eventually retired. The facility was a VA hospital until it was closed and sold to the state in 2001. The prison has now been closed, so she and Arron commute to work at another DOC facility since she has purchased a home in town.
Madison, Joelene’s daughter, is twelve years old and our only grandchild. She enjoys a plethora of activities. She is an excellent student and reads well above her grade level. She enjoys dancing and has participated in classes for gymnastics, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet. She has participated in basketball, baseball, volleyball, and swimming. She loves pets, especially her three cats and two dogs, and would like to be a vet someday.
Our son, Jason, graduated from DeVry University Denver and married his wife Jaque in 2005. They lived in New York City for a few years, then moved on to the UK in 2010. Jason is Cisco and Microsoft certified and works for Providea, a video conferencing firm. He and his wife enjoy travel and have visited China, France, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil.
I can't forget our two big babies, who pretty much rule the house, Aspen and Scar!
Like many writers, I've carried stories in my head since I was a kid. I’ve had a couple of things published in the local newspaper, our church newsletter, a local magazine, and the online site Devokids. I Had a short piece accepted in the antholoty Love is a Verb Devotional (2011) by Bethay House Publishers in 2012, another short story was published and appeared in Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Events. Even though it was printed under my name, this story was told to me by a friend of mine, Bonnie Hoffman, abd is not my personal experience.
That is the extent of my publishing credits to date. I have three novels in progress. When the mood strikes me, I write a short story or a poem, but have not pursued publication for any of them to date. I'm a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).
From late 2010 to early 2013, I was involved in another aspect of the writing world.I served as the Executive Editor for Starsongs Magazine, a publication for kids by kids. Starsongs was published by Written World Communications (WWC), a small independent publishing company based in Coloardo Springs. I also served as Vice-President OF WWC and supervised the YA/children's division of the company. I left WWC when my husband started experiencing significant health poblems.
I am a Christian writer. However, you don't need to be a Christian or a writer to be welcome here. I'm not going to preach to you, and everything I say won't necessarily have to do with writing. I feel called to manifest a Christian worldview in my writing. I will stand behind what I believe in, but I won't force those beliefs on you. However, ask me any questions about my faith and I will be more than happy to share with you what I know. I'm still learning myself. I still have a lot to learn!
I like to think that my Christian beliefs are reflected in the way I live. But I fail. Often. I'm sometimes impatient, self-centered, lazy, self-indulgent. That's just the beginning of the list. Some of my actions are certainly not those befitting a Christian. With my family; with my friends; with my coworkers; with my church family; with myself; with God.
But I wake up every day with the intention of doing better. Sometimes I succeed. Most of the time, I don't. Good thing He's a God who knows me better than I know myself. He understands.
Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to contact me. I'd love to hear from you.