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I'm originally from Auckland, New Zealand, but have lived in the USA for 26 years. I studied at Auckland University, New Zealand, and have a BA, MA, Women's Studies Certificate, and a PhD. from the University of Kentucky. I'm interested in Modernist and Victorian Literature, with an added fascination with Dystopian works. I've taught college English for many years, but now devote my time to writing from home. Presently I'm writing a book on grief, entitled Coming Back. It covers my journey care-giving my husband through 6 years of pancreatic cancer.

  • In memory of Dr. Martha Post

    In September, 2011, Doctor Martha Post was murdered outside her medical practice in Lexington, KY.  Yesterday, her murderer was finally found guilty and will no doubt spend the rest of his life behind bars.  Martha’s daughter, Caitlin, was my daughter’s… Read More ›

  • Back to school

    Imprisoned in this little crib (cage) is my beautiful baby daughter, barely 10 mths old. Already she relied upon pacifiers and teddy for comfort. She couldn’t sleep without either one, and many a night I spent relocating her “comforters” so… Read More ›

  • Upright with Poise and Grace

    Recently my therapist recommended me reading Dae Gak’s, Upright with Poise and Grace. While I’m not a practicing Buddhist, there’s so much wisdom I’ve gleaned from this book. Sitting Upright No Matter What Whatever appears Sit upright in it, Neither hoping… Read More ›

  • Walter White’s Life lesssons — Breaking Bad

    In the very first episode of Breaking Bad, Walter White tells his students that the essence of chemistry and life itself is “growth, then decay, then transformation.” Of course, it’s the “decay” that’s the tough part. If you believe in… Read More ›

  • What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?

    Annie Dilliard asserts: “one should write as if posthumously…Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if… Read More ›

  • Serendipity

    Serendipity: a happy accident, a fortunate mistake, finding something of value when you’re not searching for it. In 2001, I strolled through the food court of the student center (University of Kentucky) in search of nothing more than a healthy… Read More ›

  • Wedding Day

    Our wedding, Jan 15, 2005 Each and every day I’m eternally grateful for the life and love we shared. On this date we married, and only then did my life truly begin. I will love you forever, Roger Sidney

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