Earlier this year, I decided to move away from my long time profession in administration. I have a small creative bone that is itching to be scratched.

The problem is multi-fold. I want to write. I want to create/craft. I want to photograph. I want to sing.

The writing I want to do is both non-fiction, and poetry. I want to write about how I got through the struggles with my younger son, and his suicide. I want to get the truth out there about what he went through. I want to offer a little bit of hope to other parents in a position like mine.

The poetry, so far, has been related to Bryan’s death. I almost have enough pieces for a basic chapbook. I want to publish it and continue writing. Then, there is that creative, hands-on bone.

I really enjoy taking discarded things and transforming them into usable pieces or new art. The rush I got transforming the broken coffee table into the coat rack was addictive! I also have another piece I’m trying to work on.

I do some very basic photography, primarily landscape and florals. I love it, too. I am “jonesing” for a short trip to grab new photos.

I probably have six weeks to put in with my current contract, before I can shutter the administrative consulting work and move on. I want to develop a desk manual for whomever comes in after me. I have to clear out and do some work on the replacement office space. That shouldn’t take too long. But, it keeps me from working on the other things I want to do so badly! LOL

Ah – it is a great problem to have, in the end.

Something different to look at.

Something different to look at.

Mixed Greens

I forgot to tell you!

Some of my art has been accepted into the Habitat ReStore Mixed Greens Art and Craft Show, April 20-21, 2013.



I have four mounted photos I call “Windows.” Two are desert scenes from Arizona and two are forest scenes from West Virginia.

Sonoran 1 Sonoran 2 Forest Trees 1 Forest Trees 2

I also have a recycled student desk. I have a few more things to do with it.


The event will be at the ReStore in Charleston, WV. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, I hope you will stop by.

Snow, Buds, and Cat

We had a pretty good snow in West Virginia this weekend. Of course, it’s winter. I haven’t gone out much, but I did take a notion to get some photos of a bush I have that sets buds early. I can’t remember the name of the bush. We just call it “Stupid Bush” because it blooms in cold weather.

A little snow on the leaves.

A little snow on the leaves.


This bush sets buds in the late fall, almost winter.


The cluster of buds don’t seem to mind the cold.

My youngest cat, Abey, enjoys the snow, in small doses. She is spoiled rotten, and can be quite vocal for a cat.

Abey enjoys the snow, in small doses.

Abey enjoys the snow, in small doses.