I am an author as well as a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. I am a cat person, flamingo collector (which is why you’ll see the “Feisty Flamingo” link on our menu), summer/beach/flip flop lover, and grandmother to the most adorable baby girl you’d ever want to meet! And yes, some of her pictures can be found on my Instagram account!
I grew up in a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a town so small it only had one traffic light. And that’s still true today. But one of the best things about living in a small town is how everyone knows everyone else. And even though I moved away from that town when I went to college, and my career took me to other places, I always maintained a close connection to my hometown, since my mother still lived there in the very same house where I grew up. Holidays were always spent there with family. It was where my roots were, and still are, in my heart.
My mother was a fiercely independent woman who grew up in the depression years, and after only twenty years of marriage she suddenly became a widow with an eight year old daughter to raise. In an era where most women did not work outside of the home, Mom became a popular full-time kindergarten teacher as well as enrolled in college courses at night in order to obtain her bachelor’s degree, which she accomplished at the age of 56. Even after her retirement 16 years later, she still remained active and energetic, gardening, shopping, and especially enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her granddaughter, our daughter Ashley.
However, as my mother entered her late 80’s and embarked on the subsequent effects of the aging process, I found myself not only learning to cope with my own mother’s difficulties, but giving encouragement and inspiration to other women going through similar experiences, or sometimes even worse situations.
Following my mother’s death, I realized that by sharing my personal story and feelings, I could help other daughters and granddaughters going through the same experiences; help them navigate through the maze of all the intricate decisions needing to be made at this time, as well as help them deal with the grief which accompanies this inevitable part of life. By providing this guidance and these words of hope, many of my readers should one day be in a similar position to give guidance to someone else.
“Memories in a Daughter’s Heart”, now available through my publisher, Easter Press, as well as on Amazon, is our story. Some of the blog stories on this site are excerpts from this book, as well as my next one, “Letters from the Womb,” inspired by our daughter’s pregnancy.
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Feel free to contact me by email if you are going through a tough situation and need someone to talk to. All such conversations are confidential.