I lost my husband and companion of 13+ years to heart failure Thanksgiving week 2014 (not quite a year ago as I write this).  I’ve been up and down and upside down and inside out since then, but mercifully, I’m topside mostly, standing on my own two feet and getting stronger every day.

I am a mom, grandma, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law and step-daughter, and friend.  I live with two furry boys of the beagle variety, I sometimes drive a Honda VTX1300T motorcycle, I like to paint (walls and furniture), and color (pictures).  I read a LOT, and I’ve started writing a book of my own.

I’m active in Toastmasters and recently joined the National Speakers Association. I’m certified as a coach by the John Maxwell Team.  I’m also a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management of the National Center for State Courts.  Professionally, I’ve been a court administrator but am giving that up for a while to reevaluate my priorities and find out who I am (and who I want to be).

One of my favorite quotes: The only reason to do anything is as an expression of who you are.  Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God.


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