Photo by Rita - a pond near my home in Maryland
SRinging the bell to celebrate end of my chemo!
I was born and raised on the south shore of eastern Long Island, NY and became a voracious reader at a very young age.
During the course of my career as Director of Contracts for a defense electronics company, I willingly traded life by the ocean for an opportunity to live in Colorado and explore the Rocky Mountain west. Another career move brought me back to the East Coast where I traded the mountains for an opportunity to live near the historic and governmental center of our country - the suburbs of Washington DC.
With my retirement in 2014 I embraced the opportunity to reawaken the creative muse left slumbering for all too many years of poring over legal documents. In 2016 my husband and I sold our home in Maryland and decamped to warmer climes - The Villages in central Florida - where I enjoy all of my interests while Bob indulges his passion for golf and classic cars. Life is good. We are incredibly fortunate.
I say that even though at the end of September 2018, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although my general great health and ever optimistic personality helped me face this health issue, I admit that there were some difficult times. I used positive reality meditations as well as visualization techniques to get me through my first months of chemo. Driving to the barn to ride my horse, or at least visit him when fatigue in my later weeks of chemo prevented me from riding, kept me focused. My husband, friends, family, and an excellent team of doctors, made my health journey easier. In May 2019 I underwent surgery, followed by six weeks of radiation. My treatments were completed in July. My cancer is gone and I feel great!
I put my writing on hold for a few months. In May 2019, having weathered the worst of my health storm, I picked up where I left off in writing Another Chance - Peter's Story which is the final book in what has become the Second Chances trilogy. The book is in its final stages of editing and will be published in December 2019.
Thankfully, October 2019 has been vastly different from October 2018. I was thrilled to have two books awarded Finalist status in the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. I was ecstatic to walk across the stage twice at the awards banquet on October 19th in Orlando, Fl. My children's book was awarded Gold in the Children's Picture Book category and was then awarded the Grand Prize of Best Children's Book. What a difference a year makes! I am very blessed.
If I'm not writing, or reading an eclectic mix of authors, I'm enjoying photography, gardening, and most especially--riding my dressage horse, Kosi.
I enjoy hearing from my readers. Please don't be shy. Rita