MY LIFE (so far)

Born in Rhode Island,

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followed by a few early years in North Carolina,

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I grew up in a classic New England village —

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and spent blissful weeks each summer in western Maine where my grandparents had a cottage and beach on Kezar Lake.Kezar Lake

A shy, short, anxious kid, I’ve always felt left behind ~ the ultimate late bloomer. Luckily, I discovered a passion for theater, dance, tennis and writing… and most importantly, traveling, thanks to an amazing AFS summer abroad with the Teixeira family in Campos, Brazil – the summer that forever changed my life.

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I majored in Anthropology  at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, gave up tennis and theater to focus on dance, kept writing, spread my wings further, spent an incredible semester abroad in Sri Lanka, and developedvineyard_summer a deep sense of curiosity!

Ten years after college, I completed my Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) with a focus in creative writing at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth

In addition to freelance writing for many years, I’ve worked in publishing, taught English Literature, as well as held positions as a children’s librarian and co-executive director of a local arts foundation. I’m also certified as an ESL instructor and had a fantastic experience teaching these wonderful teens (and about 100 more students) in Hangzhou, China. hangzhou

I’m enormously proud of my two young adult children, who raised me well, and my husband, who runs his own cool company and the Hot Chocolate motorcycle gang.

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These days I still spend my free time traveling (locally & beyond) as much as possible….

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as well as hiking, swimming, admiring, kayaking, cooking, exploring, biking, observing, gardening, laughing, snowshoeing, reading, chatting, often to music and somewhere near water.

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And when at home, I divide my time between the north shore of Massachusetts and my own wonderful cottage in the Maine woods (where I do most of my writing) just down the lake from my grandparents’ old place . . .

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. . . along with my slightly nutty (but very soft & cuddly) doodle, Obadiah.

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