The purpose of this website is to introduce myself and my writing. If what you find appeals to you, I invite you to follow me to keep in touch.
Let’s start from the present. I’m a septuagenarian. I don’t want to say “I’m in my 70s” because that reality does not match how old my spirit believes its age to be, which is around 43.
I am a retired grant writer who has lived in Largo, Florida, since the mid-1980s. Although writing grants is a form of writing, my preferred genres are creative non-fiction and spirituality.
After retiring in 2011 I finally had the time and mental freedom to write the way I always felt called to. A year later, two things happened simultaneously. I joined a writing group and began studying spiritual writers.
My writing group included an atheist, a Jew, a psychic, a psychopomp, several former-whatever’s, and me, uncategorized. I brought spiritual essays to the group that I wrote during my morning meditation time. To my surprise and delight, the eclectic group loved my pieces and suggested, “You should publish them.”
Thus began my dive into the world of self-publishing.
I write in the genres of creative non-fiction and spirituality. My work has been published in The Story Circle Network, Story Circle Journal, The Sun, Reiki News Magazine, and the anthology, Kitchen Table Stories. In 2005, my essay, Joni, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize through the Emerging Press category. My books, The Women in His Life and Indelible Imprint can be found on Amazon.
My next book, The Deliberate Thinker, will be published in April 2021. It’s a how-to manual about developing the creative energies of your mind to influence your world and realize your own potential. The goal for the reader is personal growth and service to others.
I come from the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, as did several generations of Irish predecessors. My parents met during World War II and married soon after. I was raised in the iconic, post-World War II planned, suburban development of Levittown, Pennsylvania.
After high school I worked fulltime as a secretary for three years, then joined a cloistered, monastic community in Wrentham, Massachusetts, where I lived for seven years. Upon returning to a regular life I completed two degree programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, then moved to Florida where my career as a grant writer began and carried me through retirement.
Those are the facts, but not the story. The story is about a girl who loves to write and is a spiritual seeker.
I also love labyrinths, Runes, Reiki, shamanism, all-things-Irish, Rat Terriers, cats, genealogy, reading, and traveling. I have been dubbed a candle whisperer. Yet, writing and my spiritual journey hover above everything and abide with blessing.
The Women in His Life: What Jesus Saw in Them gives the reader a peek into the mind of Jesus through the creative expression of the author as she imagines his relationships with the women in his life as mentioned by the writers of the four Gospels. You can purchase this as an eBook or paperback on Amazon here.
Indelible Imprint is a true, short story of 5800 words about a life-changing experience of rejection that remained unhealed for twenty-seven years until participation in a journal workshop provided the setting for forgiveness to take place. You can purchase this as an eBook on Amazon here.
The Deliberate Thinker will be launched in April of 2021. This is a how-to book of personal power. It provides you with a progressive template in which your own thoughts, words, feelings, imagination, and intention are used to their greatest capacity. The challenge is that most of us have not been taught to identify and appreciate what is already ours as thinking and self-determining persons. The Deliberate Thinker will teach you just that.
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