I’m a farm girl, youngest of five girls from a very small Iowa town. We had four TV channels and a party line for awhile. I spent a lot of my summer days outside exploring or reading. My Dad always said I was too independent but I think that’s my parents’ fault. My Mom sold Avon when I was little and she would put me in front of the TV with my dolls. When she returned I would still be sitting there playing. Today people would call that abandonment, I call it trying to survive in the 60’s with five kids. When I was 18, I saved up my money and traveled to Europe for the summer after my high school graduation. One of the months I stayed with my penpal’s family in England. I didn’t want to leave them. Heck, I didn’t want to leave England! I have since had my DNA analyzed and found out I’m 79% British. No wonder it felt like home.
I received my journalism degree from Grand View College in Des Moines (now Grand View University). That’s where I met my husband and some of my lifelong friends. In high school I always thought I would become a foreign correspondent. Now I live in a big city where I work for a 100% privately-funded nonprofit as the Communications and Social Media Manager. I still travel, and I still read. And now I’m back to writing. I hope you enjoy my little random thoughts as I explore my love of writing (or as some people might say, expressing my opinion).