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"Laughter is the best medicine." I'm a lucky woman to have had the opportunity to work in three rewarding professions---elementary school teacher, piano teacher, and author. "A Burden of Silence: My Mother's Battle with AIDS," reveals a tender mother/daughter love story. My elderly mother was transfused with HIV contaminated blood while undergoing heart bypass surgery.

Background Information

I've been a nonfiction freelance writer since 1981. My short stories have been published in inspirational magazines in the United States, Canada, and Italy. After receiving a B.S. degree in Education from Keene State College, Keene, NH, I taught elementary school for several years. I don't think I could have picked a more rewarding profession. I also enjoyed teaching piano to children and adults for 26 years.

I've spoken professionally about my book and the AIDS pandemic. In my talks I have included how I overcame adversity in my life. I have also appeared on television and radio. It wasalsoan honor to give the keynote closing address to 800 students at a high school when the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display.

I volunteered with the NAMES Project and appeared on stage announcing names from the AIDS panels displayed on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. "A Burden of Silence" has been placed on the Hospice and Palliative Care International recommended reading list by Director, Roger Woodruff, M.D., Melbourne, Australia.Hospice nurses showered my mother with love and care during her last weeks. Her special hospice nurse was someone she could share her secret with.

Asan avid AIDS activist, I'meager to heightenAIDS awarenessthrough the media, schools, churches and other organizations. Education is the key to preventing further HIV infections. I address an issue people feel uncomfortable talking about. Yet, throughout the world, 8,000 people die daily from AIDS. My mission is to get the message out to the public so people will know the facts.

We don't want our children coming to us and saying, "Why didn't you tell us all the facts? Why didn't you stand up and do something to end this pandemic?"

History will judge us on how we respond to the AIDS pandemic. So far, it won't judge us kindly.


Accepted into the National League of America Pen Women
Second Prize winner for a Memoir in the National League of American Pen Women Contest in Florida.
I have won several contests for my stories published in newspapers.
My short nonfiction stories have been published in the U.S., Canada, and Italy.

Additional Information

On April 23, 2009. I spoke about HIV/AIDS and the AIDS Memorial Quilt to over 1000 students at Timberlane High School in Plaistow, NH. I had spoken to the Timberlane High School students in March of 2006 when Mom's panel and many others were on display in the gym. Gave presentation on George Gershwin to the Vero Beach Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

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