I was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, coal mining country, and lived there until I was 23 and moved to Dayton, Ohio, my curent home.

I will always miss the Pocono Mountains and the Wyoming Valley but have come to love the wide open spaces and prairies of the midwest. Dayton is in the Miami Valley, a low wide valley centered by rivers.

As a child, one of my favorite places was the Osterhaut Free Library; the first time I was allowed to travel on the bus alone, it was to there. To say I loved to read is a ridiculous understatement. I breathed in books. Through books I learned that the world is wide and the people diverse and I wanted to go everywhere and meet them all. Perhaps that is the root of my wanderlust.

I've kept a journal since I was twelve, and still have all of them.

After retiring from a much loved teaching career, I began to write and it felt like coming home.

I write memoir, fiction, and poetry. I am passionate about my family, travel, reading, walking, animals, radio, gardening, cooking, and learning French.