Welcome to my virtual home, ya’ll! I’m just a well-educated G.R.I.T. (that’s Girl Raised In the South if you must know) from Virginia who is beginning life over at 48 after 29 years of marriage. Once upon a time, I couldn’t get enough of British Premier League Football (that’s “soccer” for all you Yanks), and although I am still a die-hard Arsenal supporter (pretty sure the ex-husband snuck that into the original marriage vows), I find myself returning to my first sports loves: baseball and football. Soccer will always be a part of my life, as my youngest is pursuing his goal of becoming a coach, and he still finds time to play for enjoyment. A special education teacher by training who has bounced from academia into the historic halls of a 120 year old private, tuition-free private school for children of limited financial resources in Richmond, VA, I am also proud to be a coffee snob, mother of 3, grandmother to 2 precious little ones, and completely enjoying my new role as…well, me.
The 3 kids and I are all learning to live and thrive with various degrees of Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy and Ankylosing Spondylitis (say THOSE 3 times fast!) while trying our very best to NOT live like we have very misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and often painful auto-immune condition.
I once spent every waking moment flying between the youngest’s soccer matches and orthopedist’s appointments, rheumatologist and Spine Center visits, or vacuuming mass quantities of pug hair off every surface. Now, I’m getting back to my roots as a writer, and learning to be me again. If I’m not in front of the computer or in the classroom, I can be found in the garden, reconnecting to my faith and beliefs, modifying yoga poses to avoid becoming the Tin Woman in “The Wizard of Oz: Part Deux”, pursuing a budding candle business, reading,getting creative in the kitchen,rediscovering my amazing home city of Richmond, VA or, for the first time in about 30 years, just….being.
I welcome you to grab a picnic basket, thermos of your favorite beverage, and join me for a while as I pick up again on my journey down a crooked path.