I love my life as a travel writer and blogger and currently have more than 220 articles in 24 different print and online publications. I love discovering the cultural distinctions of places around the country and the globe, and I enjoy sampling regional cuisine. People and their stories fascinate me. Professionally, I am a member of The International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA), International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA), Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and I am an E.A.T. Certified Judge for the World Food Championships.
But, I have other identities, as well.
I think of myself as a prissy, loquacious, Southern lady – Think “Land of Cotton,” sweet tea, “Bless Your Heart,” squash casserole, “I don’t sweat pretty” kind of Southern lady.
I’m a wife with 48 years experience. My husband is a veterinarian and writer. I call him my Silver Fox, and he’s the wisest person I’ve ever known. He has recently published his first book: “What a Way to Make a Living: Tales from a Small Town Veterinarian,” available on Amazon.
I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 14. Imagine having 3 in college at one time followed by 3 weddings within 16 months. Then imagine keeping up with that many birthdays and finding perfect Christmas presents, not to mention having enough mantel space for the stockings.
I am a former Southern Baptist missionary who lived in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador for 4 years teaching English and Bible studies and hosting Ecuadorians, fellow missionaries and volunteers from the States.
In addition to Ecuador, I have visited other countries both for pleasure and while doing volunteer mission work: Kenya, Venezuela, South Korea, Guatemala, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and England.
I am a musician – Private piano teacher, church pianist and organist for years, and a retired public school elementary music teacher.
I am a proud graduate of Auburn University and a faithful fan of the Tigers – WAR EAGLE!!!
My first book was completed in December of 2016. It’s now available in print or on Kindle through Amazon. “Telling It On the Mountain: 52 Days in the Life of an Improbable Missionary.”
I live by at least ELEVEN Commandments – A personal fave is “Thou shalt not bore.”
My Personal Goals?
1) Be a follower of Christ who is a positive representative for Him.
2) Stay “interested” and “interesting” all the days of my life.
3) To dance at every grandchild’s wedding. (Since #14 is due in mid-July 2019 and I am now 69-years-old, that will call for some Divine Intervention).
CONTACT ME with your questions and comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.