Soon after my father’s death in 1970, my mother began filling the lonely hours by translating the New Testament gospels into our native language, Seneca.
For the next twenty years, the clicking of the Smith Corona typewriter keys became a regular sound in the house. Those were the days that demanded white out and correction tape.
Often, I sat and watched her mark the glottal stops with a pencil and promised that someday I would start where she left off. To everyone’s surprise, her past time blossomed into something bigger than herself. What began at a little desk near her bedroom window turned into a work respected among linguists and local New York universities.
She taught me that whatever comes from our heart has value, and that with daily discipline our work grows and improves. If ever my writing comes close to producing a small degree to what my mother has accomplished, I will be satisfied.
I’m one of those people who tends to observe, first. Name tags are my nemesis. Since I couldn’t think of anything in particular to share, I reached out for some help. I happened on a post that listed a few questions posed to draw out more information about ourselves. Here’s how I answered them.
I’m interested in a healthy lifestyle and natural remedies. My mother was never one to run us to the doctor for every scratch and sniffle. Art and photography are also a mainstay. I was recently asked to teach art to an autistic teen. I’m very excited about this. Most of the photography I use on my site is my own. I even taught English at the secondary level and writing, post-secondary.
There’s the usual that entails marriage, parenting, and life in general. I’ve had a great deal of experience in learning how to adjust to different cultures because of my husband’s military career. I’ve had loads of failures, too. I can tell you what it takes to get back up.
What energizes me?
I love helping others. It doesn’t matter if it is a few words of encouragement or whether I have to drive twenty miles to help someone paint kitchen cabinets. If I have the means, I will do it. I believe it’s important to utilize the gift God has given me. I also love sharing what He’s done in my life.
For sometime, I have wondered where my passions lie. It never dawned on me that my passion was writing, photography, and painting. I love to take notes and copy down words and phrases. I love how words make me feel and the images they create in my mind. I love how language syntax has a particular order, like basic algebra. I could spend all day, every day involved in words of some type. Come to think of it, I get energized by algebra, geometry, and trig (but only the easy stuff).
I have a keen eye at detecting misspelled words, incorrect grammar, usage, and spelling. I love to diagram sentences (weird, huh)? As for pies, my lemon meringue is bar none. I also have years – no, decades – of home renovation practice under my belt. I’m great at talking to strangers.
And, so you have it. I’d add ‘in a nutshell’, but that’s too confining for a creative. I’d have to find a way to break free.
So, thank you much for stopping by my site. I truly hope I can give you words that are enjoyable and keep you coming back for more. If that’s the case, please consider subscribing to my blog. I love meeting new people. Don’t forget, one of my skills is talking to complete strangers!
I look forward to meeting you,