A native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a retired kindergarten teacher, I found my muse at the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University, a non-credit college for people over fifty. Never having embraced writing in high school or college, I began writing poetry, prose, and haiku, which ultimately led me to write my first book, Susie and Me Days: Joy in the Shadow of Dementia. I now find writing stimulating, energizing and therapeutic. Since my second book, Confronting Chordoma Cancer: An Uncommon Journey has recently been published, I am considering challenging myself again by delving into writing books for children.
In addition to writing, I am a volunteer support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. Being able to help caregivers and families with solutions to the day to day challenges they encounter is incredibly rewarding. Enthusiastic about working with older adults, I enjoy bringing my foreign doll collection and other programs to memory care facilities in my area. I have also committed to becoming a volunteer peer guide as part of the Chordoma Foundation Peer Connect mentoring program.
I am the mother of two sons, and stepmother to a son and daughter. My husband Chuck and I have eight grandchildren, and currently reside in Sarasota, Florida.
A portion of the profits from my books will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Chordoma Foundation.