What Is the Purpose of This Website?

For starters, it’s a landing place for my audience to connect with my published works. You can find my first published book for sale on Amazon, and the link is on the page titled “Violet.” I have also published the sequel, titled Indigo, which was released around Christmas of 2018 (sorry, readers, for the delay while I handled my numerous life challenges this year), as well as a poetry art book I hope to release soon. My handbook titled How to Be Afraid and Do It Anyway is available now in ebook format, and the print version is coming soon. You can find it on the page titled “How to Be Afraid and Do It Anyway.”

I also blog about the travel and living tiny lifestyle my husband, Michael, and I share. The blog is called Flying with the Falcon, and can be found in the menu under that title. I write about living in New Hampshire and our hopes to build a tiny house here, our Airstream we call the Aluminum Falcon, National and State Parks we visit, places we like to eat and shop, life hacks I learn, and whatever else floats my boat at the time. I generally post once a week.

Eventually I plan to add articles about writing under the Titles Are Overrated section. Those will focus on self-improvement and writing tips, which are what my workshops tend to explore if you attend. Then again, maybe I’ll just blend these topics with Flying with the Falcon, which seems to be happening anyway.

I am working on a “resources” page for my readers, which will feature more courses I hope to offer soon. The focus of these resources will be about writing technique, self-improvement through daily writing, and travel tips. Stay tuned for more of those, but you can already peruse what I have available on that page, some of which is free content for anyone.

A few things about me:

  • I believe freedom is the most important aspect of my life. I also believe other people deserve freedom, which means we all have the right to pursue the life we want to live as long as it doesn’t interfere in anyone else’s happiness. By this, I mostly mean no one has the right to oppress another person in any way, shape, or form.
  • Writing makes me happy. Even when I went through a time of my life where I didn’t write (it’s a long, sad story), I couldn’t stop myself from having words leak out of me all the time. I wrote on napkins, paper towels, register tapes, margins of flyers–you get the picture. I didn’t set aside the time, yet my spirit demanded the words be set free. When you know, you know.
  • My children have made me a better person. Before I had them, I believe I was rather selfish. With their presence in my life, I want to make the world better, help more people, and fight for things that will make them safer and happier. Then again, I think this happens to a lot of parents. Either way, it’s a good thing. Thanks, kids. I love you.
  • I used to be a teacher who taught in many different types of schools, colleges, and programs. Now I am a teacher who shares knowledge mostly through workshops and informal settings. I prefer working for myself, because I get to be more creative and fine-tune what I teach to match what individuals need. As of September of 2018, I will also be assisting in a Montessori classroom, which is exciting. It takes me back to my education roots, when I worked in Montessori as my first job in education.
  • Music is a big part of my life. I grew up in a musical household, trained to play classical piano and sing, and was surrounded by music my whole life. After working full-time as an English teacher for a year, I rewarded myself with a new guitar, and it changed the direction of my musical life. Now I play and sing for myself, but when others allow me to sing with them I am delighted.
  • Visual art seems to be woven into my DNA, as there are many, many generations of artisans in my family. Lots of the women in my family are excellent quilters, designers, painters, weavers, potters…the list goes on and on. My personal favorite medium in general is collage or tile mosaic, but I also like making sculpture out of wire or found items. For a while I had an Etsy store, but I think I prefer to make art for the sake of art, rather than having to lug a bunch of stuff to festivals. Still, I do plan to incorporate some art into my poetry.
  • I believe in taking good care of myself, whether that means getting out to hike, making sure I spend time soaking up a little sun, eating food free of unnecessary additives that don’t belong in it, meditating to free my mind of clutter, or reading the occasional inspirational book.
  • It’s important to me to be a good steward of the planet. I’ve spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors in my lifetime, much of it through camping and hiking, but also just going outside to play (yes, I still do that–when’s the last time you enjoyed a crazy slide or got going really high on a swing?). Our planet needs us to not use it like a sewer, so I do what I can to take care of it.
  • Lastly, I see myself as a humanist. I believe in equality for all. That doesn’t mean I believe we need to live on Planet Purple, where everyone looks the same, sounds the same, and does the same things all the time. Equality means we all get to live the life we want to live without someone else making us feel bad about who we are. And so I end where I began, with freedom and the pursuit of happiness, things I believe we have to fight to create more of in the world, but especially here in the US.