I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel ~Maya Angelou
For years I felt as many writers do. I had something to say, but hadn’t a clue how to express it. So I penned drivel that no one except my loving family would dare ever read. That is until a pivotal event changed how I would feel about my writing forever.
About fourteen years ago my grandmother, Helen Clay Sprague recorded a tape of her childhood memories at my request. I knew some day when Grandma left us her delightful stories would go with her. I never spent a day in her presence without hearing a few of her past adventures.
When Grandma died, I reached for her tape out of grief, and began to listen. As her voice washed over me, I heard a treasure trove of words; pouring from the heart of a woman who had known a full life and had lived it to the hilt…in her own way. She was a rich woman indeed. And from her stories, I discovered the key to my writing. I now pen what I know, what I love, and what I'm most passionate about. She taught me that.
I hope you will share a portion of my inheritance.
Blessings and love,
Ft Wayne, IN USA
I'm Ralph's wife, mom to one beautiful daughter Julie and two purring fur children named Simon (a/k/a Bag o' Spots) and dear little Maggie as well as daughter to the greatest role model ever. They are incredible blessings from God and bring joy to my world.
My writing experience and published work is listed below.
Muncie Star, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Largo Leader and Seminole Beacon newspapers 1988-2005: Guest Writer
Edgerton Earth-Edgerton Ohio 2001-2002: columnist.
Skyline Magazine, SpinningS, Hudson Review, Winter Sky: online and print, 2004-2006
Sage of Consciousness on line magazine: 2004- 2006. Issue Two: "In the Still" - poem. Issue Three: "The Long Journey Home" –short story. Issue Four: "The Visit" - poem. Issue Six: "The Road Trip" – short story. Issue seven: Featured Poet" - "The Rescue"- short story, “The World We Know" – poem, and "A Place Where Grandmas Go” – poem.
Autumn Leaves online magazine (2004-2007): 36 editions – poem
Fate (print magazine-Dec. 2005 issue): “Life with Karen” – short story.
GreenPrints, the Weeder’s Digest (quarterly magazine 2005): “Stuck on You” – short story.
The Rocking Chair Reader, Family Gatherings (paperback - Adams Media 2005): “Wilbur's Vanishing Act”- short story.
Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul, Daily Inspirations (paperback 2005): Shoes – devotional.
Beyond Katrina (paperback 2005): “The River” – poem.
Coloring the Color of the Water Golden (paperback 2006): “In the Blink of an Eye” – poem.
GreenPrints, the Weeder’s Digest (quarterly magazine 2006): “The Gardening Buddy” – short story.
Pocket Prayers (inspirational pocket card collection – Chronicle Books 2006): “For” – poem.
Wounds of War (paperback 2006): ‘A Tiny Casualty” - poem.
Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause (paperback 2007): “Blessed Indeed – short story.
Holiday Writes (paperback - Inkspotter Publishing 2007): “Flags.” – poem
To Have and to Hold (Hardcover - Center Street of Time Warner Book Group 2007): “Thank You” – poem.
Green Prints, the Weeder’s Digest (quarterly magazine 2008): “Dusting the Beans” – short story.
Expressions Poetry Anthology (paperback 2008): “The Trestle” – poem.
The Ultimate Gardener (paperback - HCI Books 2009): “Dusting the Beans” – short story.
Everybody Playz tha Fool (paperback 2010): copy editor.
The Right Future for Florida and You, Starting Right Now! (paperback 2010): by Col. Mike McCalister, 2010 GOP Florida Gubernatorial candidate, and 2012 candidate for U.S. Senate. - Ghost writer, editor.
The Ultimate Bird Lover (paperback - HCI Books 2010): “Kids Will Be Kids” – short story.
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Devotional Stories for Mothers (paperback 2010): “Having it All” – short story.
Chicken Soup for the Soul – My Cat’s Life (paperback 2011): “My Gardening Buddy” – short story.
World Wide Hippies.com online magazine (2010-2011): frequent contributor.
God Makes Lemonade (paperback- Lemonade Books 2011): "Plain Old Ted" - short story
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Family Caregiver (paperback 2012): “The Hidden Blessing” – short story.
Chicken Soup for the Soul - Devotional Stories for Tough Times (paperback 2011) "No Matter What" - short story.
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Messages from Heaven (paperback 2012): “Hot Dogs in Heaven” – short story.
Chicken Soup for the Soul - Angels Among Us (paperback 2013) "Daniel and the Pelican" - short story
God Makes Lemonade (paperback- Thomas Nelson Publishers 2013): "Plain Old Ted" - short story
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives (paperback 2013) "A God Thing" - short story