Little Bio

          Flying Pages is an open door to all things writing. Here you will find discussion about the magic and mystery of  grammar, word choice, or sentence structure, and ruminations about the writing life in general. On some days, you'll find an eyepiece suspended over a tangible in our writing world––its origin, its evolution, its owner(s). Occasionally, blog posts will feature a did-you-know aspect whether it be about bookbinding, writers and their gardens, bibliomania, or possible forays into other disciplines. You'll soon find that the more I explore the wonder of things, the deeper I venture into wonderment.
       You would be better served if I told  About me in bullet points lest you begin to yawn
  • born and raised in Schuylkill County, PA
  • married 34 years to the same wonderful man
  • one child, adopted from Colombia, S.A., who has left us as empty-nesters
  • South Florida resident  since 1993
  • abandoned long hair and foundation makeup since 1993
  • possess a curiosity likened to the peeling of an onion                                        
  • humorous (sometimes too much)                                  
  • rarely without paper, pen, or book in hand                                 
  • Certificate of Attendance, Université de Poitiers, Tours, France
  • B. A. in Art History, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    • Graduate studies in Art History, University of Maryland
  • Master Gardener (MD)
  • Member: Royal Palm Beach Writing Group; Florida Writers Association (FWA);  Florida State Poets Association
  • Freelance articles published in The American Gardener; Parenting Plus, U. S. Catholic; Florida Gardening
  • Short fiction and poetry published in Royal Palm Beach Forum; Spectrum
  • "Finalist" in the Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition sponsored by FWA (2009, 2012, 2013); 2nd Place RPLA in Poetry (2012); 1st and 2nd Place RPLA in Poetry (2013)
  • keeper of journals
classical piano    theater     singing     dancing     music     French     cooking     photography    nature     fountain pens     typewriters     art/art history     hiking     kayaking     swimming     WATCHING: horse dressage, polo, jumping     WATCHING: baseball (Marlins), football (Redskins/Dolphins)     travel     blogging     reading blogs     beekeeping   films (many genres, nationalities)   reading     writing     Facebook     Pinterest     Angry Birds     all iThings     non-hurricane seasons
JoJo (Mini-Schnauzer) RIP 3/26/2014

Birds - outdoors (many)
Birds - indoor parakeets (five)
         and other translucent-winged creatures
Dogs (one)                   
Cody (Silky Terrier)
         and an occasional Alligator in the back canal
Honeybee Hives (2)

Besides being an avid reader of literary works, I also "read" nature's wonders. A tropical garden dwells in my backyard––akin to a botanical masterpiece––which I call Kasmir or Eden. This is the source of my nature "reads," and on my best reading days, the pages fly.

Florida Friendly Yard Certified
Wellington Garden Club: P. President, Life Mbr
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs: Life Member
Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association: Mbr
Wellington Garden Tour participant (2003)
Fertilization via home composting
Native trees, shrubs, plants; well-behaved tropical trees,     shrubs, plants
                                                        Insecticide/herbicide free