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Hi, Laura. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!
Laura chose to answer the three questions in an essay. Thank you Laura!
Trying to separate my life into the three categories covered by authors on this blog was like amputating limbs. The pieces that make my life are so interwoven, it’s hard to disconnect them.
My journal question-of-the-day recently asked, “What are you called?” I listed the obvious first: daughter, sister, aunt, writer, teacher, musician, history buff, gardener...widow.
The last word is the hardest to embrace, but because of it, a new realm of my life has begun. John died two years ago of a brain tumor. His wild ride to the end is the making of my published book, “Liquidating Life.” I included equipment we needed and when, medical terms, and lots of levity in hopes it would be a guide for anyone journeying through brain cancer or end-of-life issues.
As a Tallahassee native, I knew our town before we honored our heritage with the restoration of old homes and the birth of many museums. A story of my childhood romps on the porch of the Murat house ran in the “Tallahassee Magazine” in 2010. My first solo driving jaunts took me past the San Louis Mission when it was covered in vines and mostly hidden by trees. Beyond Tallahassee’s history, I grew up traveling and enjoying National Parks, monuments, and museums, which is why the novel sitting on my bookshelf is an historical romance set in 1870’s California.
It must have been at Godby High when I fell in love with Russian history. The closest I’ve gotten to my “bucket list” city of St. Petersburg is Kiev, Ukraine. Soon I’ll go on my fourth mission trip there to work in an orphanage school and learn heart lessons to bring back to my first grade class. I’ll put together and distribute food packets to widows and pensioners and clean their apartments. We also have the opportunity to partake in Ukrainian culture through ballet and opera, which feeds the musician in me. But most impacting is seeing WWII through the eyes and stories of those who lived during their country's occupation.
I’ve written stories since I was very young. The Tallahassee Writers Association has given me knowledge and confidence, and I now lead the Havana Writers Group.
The best therapy through every up and down in life has been my yard. My latest ongoing project is turning my backyard into a fruit garden with limes, figs, bananas, blueberries, and a yet-to-be-identified citrus tree.
I hope I continue to have the courage to walk through whatever doors open next. I never know where they’ll lead and it makes for an exciting life. I should write a book.
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