For Those Who Don’t Know Me

While learning about fanzines, it was suggested that I write something to introduce myself. After all, I am writing for people I have never met. So here is a little background, some context for you, my audience.

When I was a young girl, I loved to read and write. In high school,  I wrote a column in the local newspaper; In college, I minored in journalism. I wanted to be a veterinarian, but that didn’t work out. I had taken a lot of science courses so ended up with a BS in Science and then circumstances led me to a Masters in Early Childhood Education. I combined my love of science, technology, writing, and reading to become a teacher.

I spent the last twenty-two years working as a teacher in American schools in Shanghai and Taipei. I traveled extensively and have many wonderful memories and trinkets to show for it. Before moving to Asia, I worked for seventeen years as a teacher in various capacities in the Florida Keys.

When my second husband became ill with a brain altering disease no one could figure out, I began to write poetry. I read it, too. I think Frost is credited with saying you have to read at least 100 poems before writing one. Being able to express my fears, anger, and grief through poetry helped me cope with what turned out to be eleven years of my husband’s suffering and eventual death. I continued to write poetry to express my feelings. When my new love interest, who had been my high school sweetheart, died in a car crash, poetry helped me cope. I have three chapbooks detailing these emotions and experiences.

When I retired last June after thirty-nine years of teaching, I decided to pursue writing more vigorously. I am still writing poetry and am proud to say that one of my poems will appear in the March 2020 edition of Rattle magazine, but now I am also writing picture books and ta da—a fanzine, this fanzine—Logo-phi-lia.

I moved from an urban environment to a country one with fewer than two-thousand people. I can see stars at night! I am learning the names of birds. I fish in the creek. I have a wonderful partner, Ken Forman, who opened his home to me. I get to hang out with his dog, too. He is the one who encouraged me to write this fanzine.

 

 

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