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These neighbors returned with less ability to think than when they left, or they returned not at all. Raised in Alabama hill country on what has been called the “toenail of the Appalachians,” I now live in rural Tuscaloosa County.
A dogman, always. My father was a dogman who killed nothing, ever. He often took me on Saturday night hunts to hear the dogs tree their coons or rabbits. We sat with other hunters listening to the dogs bay, only to call them off when they became too frantic. Never without a dog, my husband and I have a partz-mix cocker spaniel who decides in her own doggy-way what can and cannot be done at home.
An educator, I am certified to teach history, English and music. I hold an Educational Specialist degree in Secondary Teaching Methodology from the University of Alabama, as well as eighteen hours in journalism and eighteen hours in creative writing. I have done extensive studies on the history of West Alabama and the Civil War and serve as an historical re-in-actor. I taught in four school systems and at the University of Alabama before retiring.
I am an insatiable reader. During my fourth-grade year, I was bedbound for over two weeks with a vicious case of mumps.
My mother had ordered a red set of World Book Encyclopedias from a traveling salesman. The books arrived the same time as the mumps. I spent weeks reading encyclopedia after encyclopedia, even hiding under the cover with a flashlight to avoid having to sleep.
As we raised twins, I found no time for writing. I was too busy teaching our children to grow and others to write. The academic and artistic atmosphere surrounding Tuscaloosa continued to fuel my imagination and desire to become a part of the arts community.
It was not until I retired and my husband asked what I most wanted to do that I began to write in earnest. “I want to go to school and learn how to write stories,” I said. And I did. I had looked jealously on the Creative Writing program at the University of Alabama when I arrived but cast the idea of enrolling aside.
My parents would not have approved. They had, after all, refused to let me become an airline hostess! (too-worldly, you know) Too, as a female, I needed an education that would support me and our children were I to find myself needing to do so. Writing did not guarantee income.
My studies in creative writing and journalism include these published authors: Michael Knight, University of Tennessee, Knoxville;
My work in progress is a novel about actual experimentation on and sterilization of young women of color in mid-20th century Alabama. It is told from the point of view of a fictionalized twelve-year-old patient.